Skeptimus Prime » Anti-vax One atheist's thoughts on politics, religion, and philsophy Mon, 11 May 2015 01:55:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Book tells kids measles isn’t so bad. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 05:45:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Found this book for sale on Amazon today through a Salon article that tells kids that it’s safer to get Measles than a vaccination:

 It’s a children’s book written by some anti-vaccination wackos from Australia.
Review from the Amazon page: (Bold to emphasize the crazy parts)

Melanie’s Marvelous Measles was written to educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messages from vested interests to fear all diseases in order for someone to sell some potion or vaccine, when, in fact, history shows that in industrialized countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body. Having raised three children vaccine-free and childhood disease-free, I have experienced many times when my children’s vaccinated peers succumb to the childhood diseases they were vaccinated against. Surprisingly, there were times when my unvaccinated children were blamed for their peers’ sickness. Something which is just not possible when they didn’t have the diseases at all. Stephanie Messenger lives in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and devotes her life to educating people about vaccine dangers and supporting families in their natural health choices. She has the support of many natural therapists and natural-minded doctors. 

Of course this is dripping with naturalistic fallacy. What exactly is a “natural-minded doctor” anyway?

Oh, and here is a picture of a child suffering from a perfectly “benign” case of  measles.

Side effects of measles include pneumonia, otitis media which can lead to deafness, corneal ulcerations which can lead to blindness, and even death in a small number of cases, and vaccines are one of the safest tools the medical profession has for preventing a host of illnesses.

This book is harmful and medically fraudulent and the authors should be ashamed of themselves.

On reviewer on Amazon also pointed out that it seems that the title appears to be a jab at George’s Marvelous Medicine which was written by Roald Dahl whose daughter died of Measles when she was seven.  Which seems in rather poor taste.
P.S. It seems I have been running this blog for exactly 2 years now, Hurray.
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Further evidence against the anti-vaccination movement. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:19:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Autism signs detected in brain scans of infants
Study had managed to detect Autism development in children as young as 6 months old.  This could lead to early detection of Autism would be good news for treatment.  
It is also a blow to the anti-vaccination movement since detecting Autism at that early a stage is just another piece of proof that Autism is not being caused by vaccines. 
This fact did not stop the articles speaking about this from being peppered people ranting about big pharma conspiracies.
The vaccines were never ruled out as the cause of autism/neurological disorders, unless of course you use all the Big Pharma funded research as you evidence, all other independent research exclusively points to the vaccines and the toxins they contain, so it is no surprise that a child could be diagnosed early due to the massive amounts of toxins in their brain at that point.

The idea that the government and drug companies are intentionally poisoning people to make buck, and that scientists are actively trying to cover this up is fairly laughable, unfortunately the anti-vaccination movement has actually caused deaths by influencing people not to vaccinate so that makes it less funny.

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Revelation of Wakefield’s fraudulent Autism study is unlikely to convince the anti-vaxers. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:02:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

          This morning I ran across an article on USA Today speaking about the recent revelation that Andrew Wakefield‘s 1998 study on the link between autism and the MMR vaccine was not only inaccurate but fraudulent.  Some seemed to think this would put this whole debate to bed, but I wasn’t surprised when a quick examination of the comments for this article revealed many unconvinced posters.  People with a conspiracy theory will usually interpret evidence against the conspiracy as a cover up, and therefore even more proof that they conspiracy is true.  I very much doubt anti-vax proponents like Jenny McCarthy or even
Wakefield himself will even slow down, I even predict they will
continue to quote this study.

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