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Not the Ducks!/I Get Mail – No Doctor

It has been a long day, so I figured you guys could do with some laughs.

I am not a doctor. I have no children. But I do have common sense, and by the tone of this article, so do many parents. I remember as a child getting one vaccination and one booster shot. That’s it!

I am not a doctor but I intend to make sweeping changes to my medical regimen based on a total lack of understanding of medicine and conspiracy theory.

Common Sense dictates not attempting to make medical decisions contraindicated by experts in the same way that experts tell you not to wash down your laptop with a fire hose. But damned if you are going to do it anyways.

And I don’t remember my vaccinations as a child. Because children’s memories are pretty shoddy.

Doctors now want to give multiple vaccines at the same time and tell parents not to worry, it won’t cause autism. I’m not so sure it won’t.

Based on your vast knowledge, your decades of research into immunology and understanding of autism?

All drugs have interactions. Read any “information sheet” provided with your prescription and you will see a vast list of “if you take this, don’t take that,” etc.

Yes, even drugs such as NaCl, Water and Sugar have interactions. They also have uses, to avoid using a medication that is needed because you fear side effects is like refusing to drive a car because you fear crashing. Except, medicine is more needed.

I have refused to add any more prescription drugs. Not only does this decision save me money, it prevents dependency and interactions that could cause death.

Because many of my current patients are fighting crippling battles of metronidazole addictions.

The problem with this attitude is that it encourages people to give up chronic medicines. Things like anti-diabetics, anti-hypertensives, psychiatric meds and asthma meds leading to increased mortality rates. And this is like suggesting its cheaper to die young than pay for healthcare.

The article also includes: “What we are seeing is a resurgence in the community – based on the lack of vaccination – with different diseases that are preventable.” Could the resurgence be because of the influx of individuals entering the U.S. illegally? Absolutely!

Yes, because Measles is coming in from Mexico. Not from the fact that nearly 40% of the USA is not completely vaccinated. Let’s blame Mexicans rather than people who think like this. Because taking responsibility for your own mistakes is for chumps.

Comments

  1. says

    I remember as a child getting one vaccination and one booster shot. That’s it!

    I remember getting bunches, but that’s because I spent a lot of my childhood on a farm and my parents were concerned about tetanus. Then, when I joined the army in 1983 I got the classified 1983 immunity shot which, according to some people, included experimental vaccines for smallpox and anthrax. I have no idea. I’ve kept up on the tetanus shots because I still live on a farm. I’d read descriptions of tetanus. No thank you.

  2. smrnda says

    Wow, this guy might actually be the biggest idiot who has ever emailed you (I’m sure that you filter out some that are even worse, but this just hit new depths of stupid.

    Drugs have interactions. In fact, they actually list them on the bottle of the piece of paper. From what I understand, when you fill an Rx at a pharmacy (at least some in the US) they check your new drugs against what you are already taking for interactions. Drug interactions are standard issue knowledge for doctors and pharmacists, not some arcane lore.

    I take a few drugs that have possible interactions. One has a warning about alcohol and drowsiness. So yeah, I have to limit a bit of alcohol consumption.

    “Could illegal immigrant Mexicans be causing outbreaks of measles?”

    This is a claim the guy could have done some cursory research on. IT wouldn’t be hard to look at measles cases by geography or demographics.

  3. says

    You know, I don’t remember getting shots as an infant, either. How weird is that? I know I had plenty of vaccinations, and I’m damn grateful for them. I’m grateful for not dying from a minor cut or because I’ve shared air with groups of people.

  4. says

    I wonder what the vaccination rate in Mexico is? I remember, from when my kids were small there, that the government sent people house to house to make sure all kids were vaccinated.

  5. minxatlarge says

    Yo, I remember a lot of my immunizations, but was an Army Brat, so we got Everything. Plus, a book that documented it all. The ones I especially remember were polio (oooo, sugar cube) and Rubella (which we were given in grade school the first year it was available). I’m not sure if the poke with the four tiny needles was for smallpox, but I remember an itchy scab that keep falling off and getting smaller. If you can’t remember your childhood, great, because there were missile crises, assassinations, riots and rocket accidents. Not as much fun as Mad Men (though they seemed to capture the moon landing with accuracy).

    But never mind who recalls the horrors of being a child and who loses those horrors in a sunny yellow haze.

    Anti-vaxers are on my last nerve not simply because they’re wrong and they endanger the rest of the community with their contagions, but because they divert resources from addressing actual causes of autism and other brain disorders. We already have strong evidence (and not mere correlation) that 60% of developmental disorders are due to specific environmental toxins (long read, totally worth it): http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/the-toxins-that-threaten-our-brains/284466/

    Not only is there great evidence for specific neurotoxins, but we have evidence that autism begins to develop months before the MMR is given: http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/17/brain-imaging-could-detect-autism-risk-in-infants-as-young-as-6-months/

    So are anti-vaxers just shills for the Chemical Industry? Are they backed by Dow and Monsanto? Disclose your industry ties, you shills!!!! (Your Level of Paranoia May Vary)

  6. Kevin Kehres says

    I don’t remember getting vaccinations, but I sure remember getting the mumps when I was 8.

  7. vereverum says

    As I’ve commented on anti antivax threads before I think the problem is experience. I remember the polio vaccine. It was a mass immunization (though I didn’t know that’s what it was called) at the school house. It was almost like going to the fair. Everyone was in a good mood. I had a friend who wore leg braces and used crutches. I can’t remember her name now, but she was 7. She wasn’t there & that made me a little sad but not too much because I was only 8. I think the antivaxers just haven’t had the experience of standing face to face with this stuff on a daily basis. Living with it every day. I also think, imho as they say, that in the mid to late ’50’s the world was on the verge of the worst pandemic in almost exactly 600 years. I have no evidence to that and I’m not dogmatic about it but I just think it’s true. It’s cruel and heartless and I’m quite willing to change my mind, but perhaps what the world really needs is a major plague to make it sit up and take notice.

  8. hm says

    @vereverum I think you’re right about a lot of antivaxxers not seeing the consequences of these epidemics. I’m finding that kids of immigrants are more likely to vaccinate as they have relatives that were effected by diseases that we now have vaccinations for. I’m a first generation Canadian and I remember one of my teachers who was a thalidomide baby, one of my classmates parents had polio damage and my oldest brother has a smallpox vaccination scar.

    I think seeing damage of what happens when there isn’t any preventative measures makes you appreciate and utilise those measures.

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