The US Department of Health and Human Services recently got together with Elmo the muppet to shoot a video on the topic of vaccinations. Elmo has questions that the friendly surgeon general Dr Murthy answers. The video’s bottom line is that of course vaccines are completely safe- just like wearing a helmet when you ride a bike. Elmo gets his vaccination in the video and then Dr Murthy and Elmo wonder aloud why anyone would resist getting a vaccination since it’s so easy and safe.
The “Anti-Vaxxer” video is targeted to a population of 2-8 year olds who despite being unable to understand the complexities of vaccinations are sure to love and trust Elmo. Taking a controversial issue and bypassing the authority of parents who are responsible for their children is unquestionably indoctrination.
Adult Indoctrination Masquerading as Science
But what does the National Geographic, a magazine that bills themselves as one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world, say about vaccines? The Anti-Vaccine Generation: How Movement Against Shots Got Its Start is subtitled Mistrust and misinformation give a shot in the arm to measles vaccine naysayers. Despite the billing as a scientific magazine, the article is almost entirely anecdotal and one sided. You can read it yourself here
This brings to mind yet another recent National Geographic article that opens with the statement, Why do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?
Science is of course equated with fact which equals truth, never mind that science is never settled while a controversy rages. Instead of acknowledging that reasonable thinking people are coming to different conclusions and discussing the scientific controversy we are treated to an article that basically discredits the opposition to vaccines with a wave of the hand. If Nat Geo’s conclusion is so scientific, why not address the research?
Here is a quote to give you the tone of the article
We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from the safety of fluoride and vaccines to the reality of climate change—faces organized and often furious opposition. Empowered by their own sources of information and their own interpretations of research, doubters have declared war on the consensus of experts. There are so many of these controversies these days, you’d think a diabolical agency had put something in the water to make people argumentative. And there’s so much talk about the trend these days—in books, articles, and academic conferences—that science doubt itself has become a pop-culture meme.
In other words, it has become all the rage to doubt the experts. While the experts know the facts, the doubters apparently spinning their own information out of whole cloth or find information on the internet which is discredited as a source. Such broad and sweeping generalizations about any class of people are usually wrong.
Note as well that they are labeled “doubters” when they could just as easily be labeled “truth seekers”. National Geographic lumps the “doubters” in a class with the flat earth society and creationist movement.
Dr Andrew Wakefield who is considered the “founder of the anti-vaccine movement” can be heard in a recent interview. Find out his side of the story. He has paid a big price for honestly seeking answers. I am always motivated to listen to a person who has suffered a loss. Supposedly, we are told he is a money seeker but in his quest for truth he ended up losing his license to practice medicine. Listen to him here unfiltered by the main stream media.
More Links To Other Information
Here is a link to an article about a CDC whistleblower who came forward about a fraudulent vaccine research project that was performed by the CDC about 8 years ago.