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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s
Twisted Anti-Vaxx History

Daily Beast, by Russell Saunders

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/24/2014 5:13:54 AM

Despite multiple studies showing no link between vaccines and autism, RFK Jr. continues to use his position to spread that lie. What will it take to make him stop? If you’re headed to Capitol Hill with a cause, it helps to be a Kennedy. For Robert Kennedy Jr., scion of America’s most storied political family, all it takes is his name to arrange face-to-face meetings with two powerful Senators. As a physician who has traveled to Washington, D.C., with health-care advocacy groups on a number of occasions, I envy the access he displays in a recent profile in The Washington


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 7/24/2014 5:43:21 AM     (No. 9937606)

Problem is, the story of the "storied" Kennedys is pretty tacky.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 7/24/2014 5:54:48 AM     (No. 9937617)

"Robert F. Kennedy Jr.´s Twisted History"

That would work just as well, no?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/24/2014 6:10:38 AM     (No. 9937626)

The Kennedy´s come from a long line of liars, corruption, greed and murder. RFK Jr. is just carrying on the line.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: millstream, 7/24/2014 7:47:23 AM     (No. 9937738)

the vaccination issue is a risk/benefit issue. The vaccines may generate short term immunity but at what cost. We are experiencing an epidemic of autoimmune related illnesses in this country. I don´t criticize parents that feel the long term risks are not worth the benefit of a couple of years of potential immunity. The fact that naturally occuring immunity post illness is life time should clue everyone to the fact that there are fundamental differences between the immunization vs natural infection.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 7/24/2014 8:09:48 AM     (No. 9937771)

Sorry #4, debating "natural" vs vaccination-induced immunity ignores the reality of contracting these terrible diseases. You first have to survive a disease to achieve natural immunity; which often isn´t the case with some of these diseases. And those that survive are left with terrible aftereffects: Polio:crippled muscles (including those that let you breathe); Rubella: birth defects, if contracted while pregnant; mumps: sterility. Few people living today know what a disease outbreak is like, but we´ll find out if enough gullible parents choose not to vaccinate and the benefit of herd immunity goes away.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: periwinkel, 7/24/2014 8:15:31 AM     (No. 9937781)

Is this the Kennedy who sounds like Katherine Hepburn? I listened to him expound for an hour or so on C-span one day a long time ago. You talk about bloviating about nothing in particular. I think that day he was all excited about rivers or some silly thing. That voice is fascinating.

Kennedys spend their lives thrashing about trying to be important for something besides their names. Lots of money and no character will do that to you.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: patpgmr, 7/24/2014 8:18:52 AM     (No. 9937789)

#5, I remember a neighbor girl in an iron lung for life because of polio. My nephew (only 4 years younger than I) was left with permanently impaired eyesight because of complications from measles.

If you didn´t live it, it´s difficult to imagine.

Thousands of children used to die of communicable diseases every year.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/24/2014 8:25:14 AM     (No. 9937806)

Re #4, the vaccinated person gets more than a few years of immunity. And the risk/reward factor is heavily loaded toward the reward side. Everything has risks, but some things are very worth miniscule ones.

It is clear that many are ill-informed, perhaps by those with their own agendas.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Freeloader, 7/24/2014 8:32:42 AM     (No. 9937825)

America´s most storied political family? Personally, I would place them a couple notches below the "storied" level of the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lucchese "Political Families" of New York City.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/24/2014 8:45:43 AM     (No. 9937838)

Re the author of this article,

Russell Saunders is the pseudonym for a pediatrician in New England.

A medical doctor who undoubtedly sees the results of the anti-vaccine fad that has swept away decades during which many potentially devastating contagious diseases were virtually eradicated in our country.

Those who blather about risk have no idea what they are talking about. Most are too young to know better. Others have picked up bogus information or are into so-called "natural medicine". Well, so have been many primitive peoples and we know what disease did to them. They had their witch doctors and we seem to have ours, preaching bogus health counseling when they haven´t a clue.

As for the "autoimmune" diseases, the primary one - HIV - is not caused by vaccinations. Neither is lupus. Nor any other that I can think of . And attempts to characterize autism as an autoimmune disease have been blown out of the water. It has a heavy genetic component which is very difficult for many to accept. It also appears to be "growing" because more symptoms are rightly or wrongly being swept in under its name.

Those who foolishly wihhold vaccinations from their children do not deserve praise.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Really?, 7/24/2014 8:51:22 AM     (No. 9937854)

Number 4 is just perpetuating a misunderstanding of the very successful vaccination programs that we have in the U.S.

In, it is Not without risk but the reduction in the occurrence of many terrible diseases easily proves that we are on the right track.

People like Kennedy and Ginny McCarthy are causing quite a bit of damage.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MattMusson, 7/24/2014 8:51:37 AM     (No. 9937855)

If you are anti-vaccine - you should stay away from antibiotics. Antibiotics can kill some people in minutes.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: congar, 7/24/2014 8:52:10 AM     (No. 9937857)

Ah yes, the Kennedys, America’s closest resemblance to royalty…chilling.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/24/2014 9:08:52 AM     (No. 9937900)

This pediatrician has written some v. interesting articles, available by clicking on his name at the top of this one.

Here is one vaccine he can vouch for himself:

Because of the rotavirus vaccine, millions of children have been spared a really lousy illness, and our country has saved hundreds of millions of health-care dollars. This new study joins the growing body of evidence that shows how overwhelmingly beneficial vaccinations have been to our country and the world. In the case of rotavirus, it’s a benefit I’ve been lucky enough to see with my own two eyes.


This is the end of his article on rotavirus, the serious effects it has on children, and the massive changes that the vaccine has brought. Less suffering for kids, lower costs for hospital visits. As he says, there is a small risk, but only a few in 100,000? He believes the reward justifies it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Ken M., 7/24/2014 9:19:50 AM     (No. 9937918)

As the article says, it´s not just a bunch of noise -- it´s a real threat to public health. Just like the bedbugs, it (i. e., the Kennedy larvae) should have been immediately exterminated many years ago.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: AltaD, 7/24/2014 10:33:20 AM     (No. 9938057)

Maybe it´s time for researchers and other medical professionals in this field to sue Kennedy for defamation.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Namma, 7/24/2014 11:10:55 AM     (No. 9938133)

Preventive medicine works!!!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MargaretM., 7/24/2014 12:01:27 PM     (No. 9938221)

I too am old enough to remember polio epidemics and the terror it held for parents all summer long.

Hard measles kept children sick and in dark rooms for two weeks. Families got quarantined when they had scarlet fever, etc.

I have a nurse acquaintence who decries vaccines; she of all people should know better, but she has a fabulous immune system and doesn´t need vaccines (or has benefited from the herd immunity that the rest of us have provided for her).

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Butch59, 7/24/2014 1:41:54 PM     (No. 9938367)

My wife had polio back in 1941 when she was just an infant. The lasting effects have been that here right foot is 2 sizes small that her left and her left leg is smaller. She was lucky just to survive. And she wore a brace on her right leg up to and thru high school. When a polio vaccine WAS created, she didn´t think she had to take the vaccine since she had already had polio. She tells me that she was stunned when her doctor told her that there were/are several viruses that can cause polio and yes, she needed the vaccines. She took them. Now, as we are entering out late years (she in now 74) she suffered a broken hip (and wouldn´t you know it was her right hip) that required two operations to set it right. Now her right leg is 1/2 inch shorter than the left. And she has to wear an orthotic brace on that leg and she is barely able to walk. When we go out, I have to assist her to the car and I put her in a wheel chair when we get to where we are going. So, anyone that goes around the country yapping about how vaccines are just soooo bad for someone should have is/her mouth taped shut. Permanently. Especially and of the Kennedys.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 7/24/2014 1:42:03 PM     (No. 9938369)

So another "man of the people" Kennedy uses his influence to peddle dangerous ideas while trying to keep himself relevant. Just curious to know; did his kids have all of their vaccines? I think we know the answer to that question. Frauds all of them.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Adam, 7/24/2014 1:44:27 PM     (No. 9938373)

Perhaps he´s hoping to bed Jenny McCarthy? He is, in the final analysis (as his father might say), a Kennedy.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Elvira, 7/24/2014 1:54:31 PM     (No. 9938389)

Though I am not antivirus, I have to urge caution. We are vaccinating very young babies with multiple vaccinations at 3 month intervals during their first year.

I have told my story of my two youngest children having a SEVERE reaction to the pertusis vaccination, screaming and screaming and screaming for hours and hours and hours!! I heard of another mother who´s daughter had a similar reaction. I did not allow them to have it again. The other mother did and her daughter was severely damaged being retarded for the rest of her life. Vaccinations are not candy, they should be handled carefully.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: m0j0mojo, 7/24/2014 2:27:38 PM     (No. 9938445)

these anti vaccine people are the new luddites i remember the signs on peoples house polio scarlet fever no one rven knows someone who had smallpox we hane words for spouses who had the other die orphans but no word for a percent who has lost a child maybe because it´s parent since 1/2 your kids died before 5 years old more fools but they are kid killers

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Reply 24 - Posted by: millstream, 7/24/2014 3:23:59 PM     (No. 9938533)

this is not the place for a detailed discussion on the propriety of vaccination. On both sides are individuals that believe their position is correct without any significant research on their behalf. It is not a settled question in the scientific community. There are many practitioners and pharmaceutical companies making a great deal of money on the practice so that will influence their positions. Remember the medical professions used to promote the relaxing effects of smoking in advertising. Our health care establishment is a history of successes and failures. Everyone should do their own research and draw their own conclusions.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: catfur27, 7/24/2014 4:49:54 PM     (No. 9938664)

..wouldn´t this guy be more credible if he came out campaigning against the abuses of alcohol and drugs...???

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Reply 26 - Posted by: CharlesMartel732, 7/24/2014 7:06:17 PM     (No. 9938823)

I am extremely skeptical of the medical establishment. Their promotion of statins and low-fat diets are just two examples of where they just plain get it wrong. The scientific community is no better with their AGW nonsense. So, perhaps a bit of skepticism is in order.

That being said, parents have to consider the risk benefit ratio previously mentioned. It does seem to overwhelmingly support vaccinations but, again, caution is in order.

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 10/1/2014 5:35:31 AM     Post Reply
Dallas - A patient in a Dallas hospital was confirmed Tuesday to have the deadly Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday. (Snip) September 19: The adult patient boards a flight to the U.S. in Liberia after being screened for Ebola symptoms - September 20: The patient arrives in the United States - September 24: Patient shows first symptoms of Ebola - September 26: Patient seeks initial medical care - September 28: Patient admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas - A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital spokesman said the patient has been in isolation since he arrived on Sunday,

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