Comment to Marsha today over at have regarding Vaccination Liberation
No comments have been made at any of my blogs today by anyone; there is no moderation, so I don't know what to tell you. Make sure she goes to the right blog.
I'm sorry, but I've looked over her site and it is not based in accurate scientific information, nor are her links to scientifically accurate information. As such, nothing she has to offer, since none of it is grounded in scientific evidence of the day, is likely to hold any sway with the pro-science side. It has to be either a direct peer reviewed scientific journal or referencing said journals in order for us to consider it reputable information.
We are none of us denying vaccine injuries occur. What we are saying is that based on the preponderance of well conducted studies to date there is no credible link between vaccines and autism. We do not deny vaccine injury and autism can co-exist. So at this point, I really am not sure what the argument between the two camps is. Vaccines have saved millions of lives over the last fifty plus years and are an important part of preventative health. It appears that the extremists in the anti-vaccine movement out of ignorance want to see a reinstittution of the days were parents lived in fear that they would lose one in five children to what is now a preventable disease. I cannot as such respect those who are on the extreme fringe of this movement.
It is one thing to advocate for vaccines that are as safe as possible while adhering to the truth, It is another to lie about the ingredients, to lie about the number of adverse effects, to lie about the link betwen autism and vaccines.
Marsha, you will ultimately have to decide where you stand on this front. Are you a moderate, for more study, for spreading out the vaccines, while focusing on the real protections vaccines offer, or will you be an extremist and decide that vaccines are more harm than good and to blame for everything from autism to alzheimers? Which position you choose will say a tremendous amount about your character.
Marsha, by definition, hyperbole is not truth nor intended to be.
"meaning excess or exaggeration) and is a figure of speech in which statements are exaggerated. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is rarely meant to be taken literally."
Instead, let's focus on areas of agreement:
We all want vaccines to be as safe as possible.
We want children to be safe and protected from disease.
We want to help families dealing with autism cope better and get better, more effective therapies.
Now, how do we do this? We step away from histrionics and hyperbole. We step away from woo sites that promote inaccurate and dangerous information. We focus on reputable science. We put our money where our mouth is and we donate funds to organizations funding autism research. We think rationally and work hard to educate ourselves about the scientific method, about vaccines, about autism. We do this not from propoganda sites nor from sites that would sell us easy promises of cures, but from reputable scientific sites.
Failure to do these things reflects an underlying unwillingess to focus on the future and on our chilldren and instead reflects a desire to hold onto a victim mentality.