I need some popcorn

Tonight, only on pay per view, it’s pharmaceutical chemist Derek Lowe vs. Outreach 2K president William Burke on “vaccines”:http://www.corante.com/pipeline/archives/2005/06/27/thimerosal_again.php#26817!

Unfortunately, I can’t play spectator in this sport because I have children. They have to be vaccinated against certain things before they enter school.

The good news is that there is a definitive statement on the effects — good and ill — of vaccines. The bad news is that there is more than one definitive statement, and those statements are contradictory. Just like the medical advice I receive for my child.

However, there are some things we do know about vaccines and how they apply to the Western world:
* polio is no longer a problem
* smallpox, one of the world’s deadliest diseases, has been eradicated
* flu epidemics are no longer the fearsome massively lethal plagues they once were[1]
* most communicable childhood diseases are no longer feared as they once were

fn1. However, the way our health departments have been handling flu and flu vaccines lately, I’m afraid we’re going to get walloped. They keep “predicting” a horrible flu season which doesn’t pan out, including the imbroglio with the vaccine shortage last year. People are going to stop listening to shrill health departments, so I hope they (all they way up to CDC(Centers for Disease Control)) get their act together.

What are the downsides of vaccines? We don’t know, and as Burke indirectly points out, Western medicine has kept its head in the sand about it. We’ve flogged the thimerosol horse quite enough, and we’re phasing it out nonetheless. Let’s get some honest evaluation of vaccines, because the data I’ve read tell me they’ve added more years to people’s lives than treating diseases.

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