Crucifying the Vaccine Heretics. ~by Roman Bystrianyk (co-author Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History)

I recently read a short piece in Time Magazine by Mr. Jeffrey Kluger on how the actor and activist Rob Schneider should “shut up about vaccines.” If you’re not familiar with what is going on, here is what the controversy is basically about. Rob Schneider is a parental rights activist that believes the individual should decide if he or she should receive a vaccine for themselves or for their children. Mr. Kluger disagrees. (1)

Mr. Kluger spends most of the childish, insult filled article painting Rob Schneider as an idiot and a clown who has no right to say anything whatsoever about anything at all, and certainly not about vaccines. The exception by Mr. Kluger might be that Rob Schnieder may be allowed to say something to do with comedy, but from the tone Mr. Kluger manufactures I doubt he even thinks Mr. Schneider even deserves that. There is little doubt here that Mr. Kluger feels he is intellectually vastly superior to Mr. Schneider by stating that Mr. Schneider would have scored a zero on the SATs because he lacks the skill to even write his own name. It’s hard to imagine that a chief science editor at a big name magazine would write such an article much less why Time Magazine would allow it to even be published as some type of news worthy story.

The goal of the article is simple – destroy the messenger as quickly as possible – impugn their character so that anything they might have to say is disregarded. This is sadly a tried-and-true technique of bullies from the playground to supposed grownups who have attained some position of power and influence in our society.

Funny how seriously the public is supposed to take actresses like Amanda Peet who are blindly pro-vaccine, but when a celebrity who has done some critical thinking and come to a different conclusion they are branded quacks (just like doctors) and blacklisted.

Science’s unofficial motto is “Question Everything.” Well that might be true for understanding the cosmos or physics but that certainly does not in any way apply to vaccines. Vaccines are the unassailable magic wand. They cure everything and have zero downside (well accept for a sore arm or two). According to Mr. Krulger vaccines are “not filled with toxins” so there just couldn’t possibly be any downside at all anyway.

Let’s look at some things that are never discussed when talking about these perfectly harmless and only flawlessly beneficial magic wands. Unlike Mr. Krulger’s article the following information comes from historical and scientific sources that are listed at the bottom of this article for anyone who wishes to do more research. To keep the article reasonably short I’ll stick to a single disease – measles.

During the 1800s into the early 1900s measles, like all infectious diseases, was a big killer. The measles vaccine was introduced in the United States in 1963. By this date using United States statistics the measles death rate had declined by over 98%. (2) Similarly, the measles vaccine was introduced in England in 1968. Since England began keeping statistics in 1838 we can get a much better idea of just how bad measles was during the 1800s – it was a big killer. Phenomenally, the death rate for measles had declined by almost a full 100% before the introduction of the vaccine in England. (3) (Take a look at the graphs in the reference section to see the dramatic decline in deaths.)

Something you may have never been told was that by the time of the vaccine introduction measles was considered generally a mild disease. This was written about in the medical literature at the time just before the vaccine was introduced in the late 1950s. (4)

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