We’re relieved that Team Trump has denied Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s claim that the president-elect is naming him to chair a commission on “vaccination safety and scientific integrity.” That would’ve been putting a madman in charge of the asylum. RFK is the national spokesman for the Looney Tunes brigade that claims pediatric vaccines cause autism and a vast government conspiracy is to blame. The scientific consensus disproving these claims is overwhelming. Yet Kennedy has still traveled the nation preaching his ludicrous gospel — even at one time talking of “a holocaust” that’s “destroyed the lives of 20 million children.” Thanks to such quackery,
On one hand, naming him to the group might have been a good thing. He would be surrounded by people that very much pro-scientific evidence and the resultant report would be exactly like all the other studies that are pro-vaccine. He would then be standing out there all alone and exposed as a fake for all to see. Just a thought.
Just the Kennedy name alone speaks of a legacy of social engineering and power-mongering. We´ve managed to put the name of Clinton in its proper place in history, I hope someday we can scrape the remnants of the Kennedy family into the dustbin of history as well. Dump them right on top of Oblahblah as a pile of the most vile examples of Leftism.
I really despise the Kennedys and hold them in contempt...
It is sad to see good people struggling to deal with autism and its enormous challenges. How tempting then, to seize on an easy, finger-pointing ´answer,´ blaming Big Pharma and evil doctors for our troubles. Unfortunately, the blamers are victims of bad science, a charlatan´s old faked numbers, and a sleazy politician´s grab for witch-hunt fame. The theory was totally discredited years ago, and long after the mercury compounds were removed, even in unvaccinated children, we still have autism. Later studies by reputable institutions point to genetic developmental damage. Those poor gullible souls who believed the bad science, and still refuse to vaccinate their children do a huge disservice to not only their own little ones, but to others. Such ignorance and superstition is shameful. And I am appalled that Trump would appoint that corrupt Kennedy idiot to any public post. What a terrible, stupid move. Plays right into the preconception that Trump is an ignoramus, scientically illiterate. Hate to see the Dems nodding triumphantly and saying, "Toldja so."
I´ve heard all the reports and studies. But no one can tell me why that in a 10 year period, three families in our neighborhood had 2 autistic kids, 1 deaf child, another with JRA. Their families did not have any history with any of these diseases. There were two other families with a total of 9 other kids. They didn´t get the shots. They were all healthy.
Have always thought it was up to the President-elect to announce his commissions and appointments. That is why skepticism reigned when it was read that Robert Kennedy, Jr. announced his own appointment.
Also, was very surprised to see that the major news media ran with what Kennedy said without first confirming it with the Trump people. On second thought, maybe not so surprised.
The fake news is getting deep. There is no such thing as a "scientific consensus", it´s an oxymoron. There is scientific evidence, there is scientific theory, and there is human consensus, but there is no such thing as scientific consensus.
For the record I do not believe in conspiracy theories, they are almost always a hoax. Vaccines have a large body of scientific evidence that they are generally safe, with a very small percentage of negative reactions.
NOTHING is 100% risk free. We are all dead, in the end.
Getting out of bed every day is a risk, but so is staying in bed.
The risks of not vaccinating children are many millions of times worse than any risks of vaccinating children. In centuries past, typically 1/5th to half of children died in their youth.
Around 100 million people died worldwide only a century ago from the flu. Smallpox killed millions, too. Now we can get vaccinated against them, and even if they miss the mark a bit on the flu strain, it is just a minor inconvenience for a few days. Smallpox is almost gone. Now it is rare that a child dies of disease.
Vaccinations is a huge part of the reason. Eliminate them and the diseases will roar back and once again scythe down millions of children and adults.
Vaccinate your kids. Not to do so is parental neglect. As the earlier poster said, there used to be a world with no protection against diseases. Now that they are available, it is beyond foolish not to protect your children as much as possible.
Agree with #2 - a health-professional relative and also a pediatrician friend have many children patients who developed autism immediately after receiving childhood immunizations. Two major points: first, the actual anti-disease components of these vaccines are probably not the problem - it´s the extra stuff they put in the formulas (called adjuvants) that probably cause the damage. (E.g., there is still thimerisol (mercury) in some vaccines); second, the practice of giving multiple vaccines at the same time can overload the very tender immune systems of children, especially those who are naturally "weak" or susceptible to reactions. The hysteria that an unvaccinated child is a major health risk is overblown and being used to sell the pro-vaccine case. What happened to just having and recovering from a childhood disease that rendered the person immune for life?
Agree with #2 and #15, particularly #2´s last sentence... As a first-time gramma who was raised a Christian Scientist [not seeing doctors, but know better now as well as now a Believer in Christ] as a child and having had measles and was quarantined in home by my then wise parents, doing much research and have one question to pediatricians and others?
Why does a newborn baby before leaving hospital need a hepitatis B vaccine who has had no illegal drug use or unprotected sex?
The answer is "To get parents in the ´system´ for over 50 more vaccines."
If you look at a map that shows occurrences of typical childhood disease in the Los Angeles area, for example, all of the outbreaks are in the prosperous west side. There were no instances - none - in East LA because parents there have their children vaccinated. Kids in West LA are taking advantage of the herd immunity that´s created when 90%-plus of children are vaccinated.
Of course, discuss a sensible plan and schedule for vaccinating children with your pediatrician - there´s no need to take all the vaccinations at once! - but by all means do vaccinate your children. Their young lives depend on it, and your children depend on you to do the right thing.
BTW the British doctor who concocted the myth that vaccinations cause autism lost his medical license for having faked data in his "study." This is fake news if ever there were any.
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