By: Tony Davis
You know how modern medicine has pretty much eliminated a handful of horrible illnesses withÂ vaccines? Immunization is the reason smallpox has been wiped off the planet. Measles andÂ whooping cough have taken a beating, along with diphtheria, an infection which causes a thickÂ covering in the back of the throat that can cause difficulty breathing, heart failure, paralysis orÂ death.
Sadly, some of the illnesses are coming back. CNN reported November 5 there were 200 causesÂ of a Polio-like illness called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) which causes muscle weakness in theÂ limbs. CBC reported on Nov. 9 that AFM may have reached Canada, with a case in Alberta. TheÂ reason is most likely the reluctance of some to vaccinate their children.
This all started with Andrew Wakefield. In 1998 Wakefield published a case series in the Lancet,Â a reputable scientific journal. He suggested the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine mayÂ cause developmental disorders like Autism in children. Since then MMR vaccination rates haveÂ dipped. Studies were produced shortly afterward which contradicted what Wakefield wasÂ suggesting. The Lancet didnâ€™t realize Wakefield was being funded by lawyers who had beenÂ involved with lawsuits by parents against vaccination. To make matters worse the Lancet didnâ€™tÂ fully retract the â€˜studyâ€™ until 2010, citing ethical violations.
Itâ€™s not just Wakefieldâ€™s fault. The media is partly to blame, they have given the issueÂ false balance. You know who knows about science? Scientists. Jim Carey is a wonderful actor,Â but he doesnâ€™t have any educational background which suggests he knows anything about theÂ safety of vaccinations. Sure, he has an opinion, but on this topic, it is worth nothing. So please,Â donâ€™t drag him on NBC to talk the ethics of healthcare.
Even the pharmaceutical companies who make the drugs are to blame. People attacked the fact that mercury was an ingredient in many vaccines. So, in response they took the mercury out, but this ledÂ people to believe they were on to something. There was nothing wrong with the mercury in theÂ vaccinations. The studies on the toxicity of mercury were done on methylmercury, which canÂ cross the blood brain barrier and cause poisoning. Ethylmercury is what they were using inÂ vaccinations to prevent bacteria growth. You know how there is the alcohol you can sip onÂ Friday night and have a decent time, and then there is the alcohol they use toÂ kill germs? Same idea. The removal gave weight to individuals claiming the mercury contentÂ was the reason their child developed Autism. The only issue? The MMR vaccination neverÂ contained any mercury.
In April of this year, The New York Post uploaded a video of an angry mob of anti-vaxxers inÂ New Jersey. They were upset, shaking their fists, cursing and flipping off lawmakers who votedÂ to make it difficult for families to obtain religious exemptions from immunizations. AngryÂ parents yelled, â€œYou are going to hell!â€ and â€œScience doesnâ€™t belong in corporate America!â€
I donâ€™t blame the parents. Itâ€™s hard to deal with trauma. When unexpected things happen in ourÂ lives, we often try to find a reason to rationalize it. However, there is a difference betweenÂ causation and correlation. Just because the rate of drownings goes up when Nicolas Cage stars inÂ a movie doesnâ€™t mean he is drowning people like a mad man. The first dose of the MMR vaccine isÂ recommended between 12 through 15 months of age. The second dose 4 through 6 years of age.Â Autism typically appears during the first three years of life. Just because both happen at the sameÂ time does not mean they cause one another.
Itâ€™s not Autism parents have to worry about when it comes to vaccination, it is the illnessesÂ which could occur when immunization is avoided. In 2016, David Stephan and his wife ColletÂ Stephan were convicted in Alberta. David was sentenced to four months in jail and Collet was givenÂ three months house arrest. Their son, Ezekiel died from meningitis in 2012. The Stephans wereÂ against vaccination, so instead of seeking medical treatment they fed their son smoothies, gingerÂ root and other home remedies.
Itâ€™s time to get over the hysteria, read more than one article and make sure it is peer reviewed byÂ other actual scientists, and for the love of God vaccinate your children.
Nov 6. CNN reported New Yorkâ€™s Orthodox Jewish community was facing a measles outbreak.Â If you donâ€™t vaccinate your child it makes it easier for them to pass a disease to another child, notÂ just get infected themselves. You arenâ€™t out of the woods either. That free flu vax, takeÂ advantage of it. Your baby cousin is cute, but you pick her up unknowingly having a touch ofÂ whooping cough and because they arenâ€™t old enough to have been fully immunized, they canÂ catch it. Then their tiny little throat could swell up to the point of them no longer being able toÂ breathe.