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Jul 25 2012

It’s Not Lying! It’s Just Research Lite!

Thou shalt not bear false witness
                                               – Exodus 20:16
It surprises me how many people of the Abrahamic Faiths (Islam, Judaism, Christianity and associated splinter movements) can remember random bits of their faith but forget something as simple as the ten commandments. The ten basic rules you are supposed to live your life by, and they forget them. Mainly because it’s impossible to live your life by the rules in these faiths without either sacrificing some of the more stupid ones or being an industrial grade douche.

Sometimes the very best lies are the ones told because you refuse to see the truth, because the truth will force you to change your attitude to the way things work.


Before I went to Uganda, I knew all about Bill Gates and his billion dollar vaccine campaign. I had read the stories of him going into remote African villages and vaccinating children with the measles vaccine at gunpoint. I knew about the thousands of cases of children in India becoming paralyzed after receiving his polio vaccines. I’ve researched the African children coming down with the mysterious “nodding” disease” immediately after vaccination. I’ve listened to the interviews where Bill Gates calls his vaccine campaign “population control”.
Check out those rad links, there are variety of problems here.

1. Anti-Vacciners are very guilty of thinking that Mr. Gates is personally out in Africa giving out vaccinations. How much money do you bet that “Mrs. I know all about Mr. Gates and his vaccine campaign” gets her information from Infowars, Natural News and a variety of other news sources that make Fox News look fair and honest? 

2. The story of Bill Gates going to remote African Villages to vaccinate children at gunpoint turns out to be from a quack website that claims that 131 children in Malawi (A country where Measles has a 15% Mortality rate, but whose mass vaccination scheme has dropped the total number of cases quite spectacularly). A quick check on the original website shows that the article was pulled. Possibly because it was hearsay and gossip (but it hasn’t stopped all the usual suspects from running the story.).

3. The polio vaccine in India was being rolled out by the Indian Government and has very little to do with Mr. Gates. The magic 47,500 non polio acute flaccid paralysis cases are being blamed on the polio vaccine despite the cause of NON POLIO Acute Flaccid Paralysis being anything that is not polio. AKA these are individuals who showed up with Flaccid Paralysis and when tested for Polio showed negative. Now anti-vax will say that the test isn’t sensitive, but frankly it’s the same test we use for matching blood types. What they are doing are confusing diseases. The OPV has a peculiar problem. The virus is damaged using the cold and indeed the medium of the vaccine. It however can be excreted via faeces and get into the water supply where it can regain it’s virulence causing an infection in some people whose immune systems are reduced and who aren’t vaccinated (Oh!). However? This is rare. Incredibly so. In India last year there were 11 people out of 1.2 billion who had this. (If the entire world recieved the OPV and had Indian like sanitary conditions there would be 77 people. Of which most made full recoveries. Unlike proper polio which would leave a trail of broken bodies and dead people.). I am not the Cookie Monster but I am sure that 11 cases is lower than 47,500. It’s one thing to say stupid things because you are ignorant.

4. The Mysterious Nodding Disease is mainly found in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. An area with rather low vaccination rates. It began in the 1960s in Tanzania and due to the increase of travel in Africa got spread. No one knows the cause yet anti-vax (with their massive testing facilities, intimate knowledge of biology and willingness to experiment) have declared this disease to be related to vaccinations rather than say… nematode infestations, consumption of infected meat, and vitamin B6 deficiency or a combination ther of (all implicated in the disease).

5. The Bill Gates foundation actively gives out sex education and condoms and anti-vax LOVE to think it’s the vaccines that drop birth rates. Is it lying or are you guilty of quote mining if you don’t say the entire statement? Vaccines help reduce the birth rate by creating high rates of survival which translate to more children surviving which means you don’t need to have a bunch of them to beat the odds of survival. That was what Bill Gates tried to say, but anti-vax don’t read the second half.

So what has the lovely lady done to change all this? That’s right! It’s a anti-vax nutter doing charity! Let’s see what she got upto!


During my time in Uganda, I saw it.

It wasn’t 10 minutes down the road from the airport, that I saw all the big banners hanging. Bill Gates vaccine campaign had been in town the week earlier. Big posters reading “Any child under 5 can come get free polio & measles vaccines”. Woo-hoo. Nice, I thought.  Well at least that happened the week before. I did not want to witness it.
Because giving out free vaccines to those who need it is evil. These people should be praying to a 2000 year old dead carpenter who died by the fruits of his own trade.
The students did a skit for us. They held up signs that represented their current childhood epidemics. Yellow Fever, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Diarrhea, etc.. then the skit showed how the body fights sickness through white blood cells. One of the kids was the “white blood cell body guard” that protected the body. It was a very cute skit and informative.
Well there you have it folks. Even a simple skit aimed at children couldn’t make this woman understand how the immune system works.

None of the children held up signs that said “Autism” or “Asthma” or “Allergies” or “ADHD”. Or any other autoimmune disorder that is currently affecting 1 in 6 American children.
The children in Uganda also don’t receive 49 doses of 14 vaccines.
They also didn’t hold up signs that said “Whooping Cough” or “Measles” or “Polio” or “Chicken Pox” or “Hep B”. Nope. None of those.
One of the major things you are told when you work in something like providing medical care in a third world nation or disaster zone is to select your volunteers carefully. No one brings a dermatologist or an oncologist to a disaster area. Their skills while useful aren’t that useful in terms of the situation on the ground. Likewise I am sure the OP is a lovely mum, but a terrible aid worker.

Autism, Asthma, Allergies are all present in third world nations. It’s just that it is less of a problem than Malaria, AIDS, Yellow Fever or Diarrhoea.

Uganda is free from Polio and has had zero (that’s right ZERO) measles deaths in the past 2 years (I think it’s three now) because of the usage of the vaccine which was rolled out simultaneously across the entire nation. It’s one of the success stories of vaccination in reduction of mortality rates and the Measles rates in Uganda are falling as we speak. Measles however in other parts of Africa can reach mortality rates of upto 15%. Hepatitis B is more common in Uganda than AIDS with 3 million sufferers. It’s just that these people don’t see it as an infectious disease in the same calibre as AIDS or Yellow Fever. Nor have they seen children die from Diarrhoea.

The children in these remote villages are sick and dying from malnutrition and unsanitary living conditions. They are not dying from undervaccination and they are certainly not injured from over-vaccination.
They simply need Food, Water, & Sanitation.
Uganda’s Infant Mortality Rate is 63/1000 live births. Ours is around 4. You are ten times more likely to die before the age of 1 in Uganda than you are in the UK.

They drink the same water they bathe in.
That water comes from dirty stagnant water sources.  They bathe on a dirt floor. They eat outside on the same dirt floor.

Sure malnutrition and unsanitary conditions play a role, but you know who is fighting for sanitary condtions and improvements to food supply? Oh right!

And agricultural reform and microfinance is pivotal in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s plan to improve Africa as is the empowerment of women and stance against practices such as the treatment of “witches” and female circumcision while pushing for education.

And the naked little girl above was suffering from measles. I asked why. I was told that someone came into the village 2 weeks prior and gave the kids measles vaccines. Now the little girl has measles. They kept putting her in a tub of water to help with the itching. It was truly heartbreaking to witness. With no medical means to care for her illness, they are left to deal with the after mass of what we call “preventative healthcare”. Ha!
Lying for Jesus is still Lying.

Wait? So it’s truly heartbreaking to watch this poor bairn get Measles right? But its completely acceptable to not vaccinate your child so that they get Measles on purpose… This Jesus bloke must be a hell of a drug if it can make you this crazy.

And they put her in the tub to deal with her Fever. Remember children there are six signs of measles. Rash, Fever, Koplik’s Spots, Cough, Coryza and Conjunctivitis.

I don’t care who you are or what side of the vaccine philosophy you fall under, there is no logic in the world that can explain that going into a remote village and giving children who only eat one meal a day and have never had clean drinking water, a vaccine. Seriously? Think about it. Can you imagine walking up to this precious little girl and saying: ”I know you are starving, but here is a measles vaccine instead. I promise this will make you much healthier than food or water”.
I don’t care how many times you manage to get pregnant but being a mother doesn’t make you an expert on anything. Uganda is a third world nation. Yes, I know a lot of people don’t like using that term but frankly?

Uganda is a terrible place to live compared to the paradises that we are from. This is the sad truth but that’s how it is. Colonialism and the Civil War did screw them over. Uganda is trying it’s level best to transition from such a society into one like ours. It’s actually doing better than many other african nations. But it’s got a long way to go. It doesn’t have the money to build clean drinking water and feed everyone. And there is a reason for that.

How much money do you bet that Mrs. G here has bananas in her kitchen? Bananas not grown natively in the USA and shipped at expense to her supermarket or grocer or whatever for her to purchase. She is part of the problem. Our system of agriculture produces so much food that 3 to 6% of our population is easily capable of outproducing between 70 to 90% of their population due to the usage of modern farming methods. This means we have access to insanely cheap food that we also subsidise so as to maintain a tactical surplus in case of disaster. However? This makes the price of food very very cheap. So cheap that it puts third world farmers out of jobs. It’s a catch 22 and the best way to fix this problem is via empowerment and consolidation of farms while reduction of population so that the future generations have more choices than subsistence farming.

And it’s not a zero sum game of vaccines or farming. It’s a combined process. It’s just that vaccinations are easier to get out there because doctors and nurses are willing to go speak and treat people while there are very few agriculture educators who are willing to do the same thing. This is changing as people like Mr. Gates try and improve agriculture by education, but it’s a slower process than the vaccines because education means fighting against ignorance. If Mrs. G who grew up in the lap of luxury in a first world nation can be ignorant then what hope do people who haven’t had the chance to be educated have?

Here’s what we did. We showed them what preventative healthcare really looks like.We gave them a water syste
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Now fresh rain water will drip into this big water bin, so they will have clean water.
I normally don’t criticise people who try and help but that privilege only exists if those people who try and help don’t criticise medical help. But Mrs. G started it so let’s look at what she has done with a critical eye.

The average rainfall in Uganda is 1180 mm of rain per year. It’s around the same of what I get here (1300 mm of Rain).

Rainwater harvesting reduces your reliance on groundwater… BUT it won’t replace it because your rainfall is firstly not guaranteed and rainfall generally occurs during rainy seasons creating a boom/bust water scenario. So this would only work during a period with rains. After the rains go then what? Back to the ditch? Out here I have a shower so my water consumption is really low compared to most other people (they prefer a mug and a bucket of water which uses a lot more water) and even I would burn through that much water.

And I really hope that the guy on the ladder hasn’t climbed up to check how the water level is doing. Mainly because that tank looks awfully “tall”. See most rain water harvest tanks are sunk into the ground rather than fitted onto raised platforms. The water stays cooler and less of it evaporates particularly if you build your tank out of metal. In addition you can place some fancy filters to keep the dirt out.

In addition they are usually fitted with covers and filters but this one doesn’t seem to have any of that. It just seems to be a simple “water falls on roof, goes down gutters into big bin” dealie. It’s basically a big bucket of water placed right next to the orphanage which is rainwater harvesting at it’s cheapest and easiest.

Can someone tell me why that’s a bad idea? Answer? [Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue, Filaria and Chikungunya are all spread by mosquitoes which live in small pools of water. Like in drains and indeed in the big bin of fresh clean drinking water.]

And we gave them a cow and a years worth of rice & beans.
The lovely Mrs. G is a raw milk junkie. How much money do you bet that she encouraged these people to drink unpasteurised milk? Something responsible for 30% of all diarrhoeal diseases? Pasteurisation drops diarrhoea rates by 30%. The same concept can be applied to water dropping it even more.

It’s why in India the travel suggestion is “Drink Tea/Coffee”. Because boiled water and milk mean you are less likely to catch something wicked. So yes, Mrs. G probably went to Uganda. Built a giant source of still water which allows the vector for a variety of tropical diseases to survive and told these individuals that unpasteurised cow milk is good for them while rubbishing vaccinations.

Atleast she gave them rice and beans which is nice.

And we painted their finger nails. Because little girls want to feel loved and pretty.
They want to know people really do care about them.

 So let me get this straight.

Vaccines which have saved millions of lives are toxic… But nail polish which contains butyl/ethyl acetate isn’t?

Caring about someone isn’t the same as helping someone. From what I can see, Mrs. G has gone to a third world nation to make things worse.

They don’t want to walk around their remote villages hungry, and the only people who show up are people who are there to stick a needle in their arm and make them sick.
Every now and then, when I write a post, I’m just plain mad.
I like to refer to it as Righteous Anger.
This is a Righteous Anger post…
Instead we should create a system which results in pools of stagnant water in gutters to allow Aedes Aegypti (Dengue and Yellow Fever vector) to grow and a large pool of deep cool water to allow Anopheles and Culex to spawn in (Vectors for Malaria and Filaria). We should also encourage these people to drink something responsible for 30% of Diarrhoeal cases (and 30% of deaths) which is preventable by a simple procedure discovered more than a 100 years ago…
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
 for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy”
-Proverbs 31: 8-9
Don’t volunteer to help people if you have no idea what you are doing. Good intentions are no match for calm rational thought.

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