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Monday, July 09, 2007

No Shot To The Arm, And You're To Blame

So I'm on Facebook and I noticed that there is a group called "Do Not Get Vaccinated". Not only is that group there, but one of my friends from massage therapy school joined it. As I've said before, there's a lot of weirdos in massage therapy who believe some absolutely stupid shit, but I didn't consider her one of them.

The likely story (the same one I've seen from other anti-vac people) is that she read or talked to some anti-vac person who has read all the literature about what happens in your body with a vaccination shot - all of it wrong or misleading - and then was completely convinced that vaccinations are bad. She then probably started to read herself; all the authors and websites that the anti-vac guru suggested. A massage therapist is a great person to have in your camp because we talk to around five people per day on average. A crafty altie could make use of someone like her to further the cause.

There is a good article from 2004 that illuminates what is likely a large part of the problem: massage therapists work with chiropractors in many cases and both MTs and chiros are prone to weird-ass ideas about health borne out of poor information and misunderstanding, like the (wrong) idea that vaccinations are bad. Here's a telling exchange from the article with Wendy Mesley interviewing chiropractor Martha Collins:
Collins: And maybe those are the people that are attracted to wellness care anyway.

Wendy Mesley: But maybe there are going to be more and more of these people encouraged by people like you and maybe it will get to a stage where a disease like measles does come back, because kids aren't vaccinated.

Collins: And if it did, what would happen?

Mesley: A lot of kids would die!

Collins: If it did, what would happen as far as - I don’t think it’s going to happen. I really don’t, Wendy. I really don’t.
Well, I'm glad she doesn't think it'll happen. She should tell everyone in the United Kingdom about her thoughts, especially the parents of the two kids who died.

It is well worth reading the subsequent pages on immunization facts and misconceptions as well, if only to prepare yourself for a conversation with a freak who tells you not to immunize your child (or yourself). If you find an MT, chiro or regular doctor who is against immunization, go elsewhere because these people have no idea about evidence or how your body or immunity works.

* Orac at Respectful Insolence has good articles and information
* Great article on why the anti-vac movement won't die.
* Vaccination information
* Flu shot
* Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: Immunization Info

3 Barbaric Yawps:

At 10/7/07 8:59 am, Blogger tina said...

Speaking of vaccinations....what do you think about the vaccination for cervical cancer? Just curious.

At 10/7/07 10:02 am, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

Hey Tina,
Well, so far I think it's great. Seems like it's going to be fabulous against protecting women against the most common strains of HPV. Check out this article from today (July 10) for more info.

At 11/7/07 7:24 pm, Blogger tina said...

I know a few people who say they would definitely NOT give the vaccine to their young daughters.They say not enough time has passed to see if there are serious side effects. Hey, I would give it to my daughters if they were still young. I have had the cancer and it is not fun, to say the least. It's a scary thing and if it could be prevented then why not get it???


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