Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Earth is Flat – Like Your Head!

Imagine how hard it must have been to be Copernicus in the 1500s, claiming that the Earth is just a planet in a solar system with the Sun at the centre, challenging the Biblically-based belief that the Earth was the centre of the Universe. Copernicus made his discoveries many years before he published them (just before his death), fearing his ideas might get him into trouble with the church. The politically powerful churchmen of the time feared that Copernicus’ theories might lead men to think that mankind is simply part of nature and not superior to it. Of course, that kind of crazy talk would lead to a lessening in the churchmen’s power.

Fast forward 600 years. New millennium. What are myths that are upheld by church and state and industry today? The sacred cows that help uphold the belief that mankind is superior to nature and natural processes? There are many of these myths and they are so entrenched in popular belief that anyone who dares hold them up for scrutiny is labeled a “conspiracy theorist.”

I am one of these so-called conspiracy theorists given my disbelief in the sanctity of vaccinations as the world’s most important medical accomplishment. For eight years (on and off) I have been trying to get financial support, a broadcaster, to stand behind a film about the way in which vaccinations are marketed to parents and doctors. The way in which diseases are marketed to create unreasonable fears and thus, demand for new vaccines.

Today marks a watershed moment in my efforts. The last possible mainstream funder in Canada has rejected the project, saying the science to support my position is not proven – even though the story I want to tell has nothing to do with the science of vaccines. The story I have been trying to tell has everything to do with the way in which parents make one important health-care decision for their children.

It’s arguable that every parent must decide to vaccinate or not vaccinate or partially vaccinate each of their children. But given the nature of “informed consent” around vaccinations, most parents don’t actually “decide.” We give in. We accept. If we challenge, we’re often labeled abusive or neglectful. In some US states children are actually taken into state custody when parents refuse to vaccinate.

Efforts to show parents that their basic right to make informed decisions on their children’s behalf are denounced. Vaccinations are such a sacred cow that challenging the blind acceptance of this medical intervention, which itself is based on tradition not on science, is seen as heresy.

Yeah, yeah, many people will argue that there is strong science behind vaccinations but the fact is, there is not. Even the vaccine-manufacturers can’t prove the value of vaccines since there has never been a study of any significant population to compare the health of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people. There is no control group against which to compare the vaccinated population…so there is no scientific evidence that we’re better off with vaccines. There are graphs and charts and statistics and anecdotes and assertions but no scientific proof. (A died-in-the-wool conspiracy theorist might also say there are lies and cover-ups and hidden agendas and Naziesque experiments on expendable populations – but I’m not that kind of heretic).

Not many people have the stomach or the time to invest in challenging the church, state and industry. Copernicus waited until death was knocking to publish proof that the Earth is just another planet, and, by extension, that Man is just another species, no better than other species in the universe. (A Monty Python song is trying to break out from the depths of my memory…what is it?)

Who will have to die before the truth about vaccines is exposed? Who has a hidden notebook containing the facts and evidence to prove or disprove the beliefs that have become so entrenched that universal vaccination is heralded as God’s work. Maybe vaccines really are the second-coming but until someone steps up with the scientific evidence to prove it, I think parents must become more forceful in questioning this sacred cow.

If I can't make the film, I guess I'll just have to keep blogging.


Blogger Herbinator said...

A voluntary or, more correctly, an intentional community would be perfect for "proving" the value of NOT vaccinating. Would also be good for cancer research, health stats, and social experimentation.

June 01, 2005  
Blogger Toad734 said...

So what happened to Polio if vaccines don't work?

I am not saying we aren't over medicated, and I am not saying that drug companies aren't reaping the benefits of paranoia, but some diseases just aren't as threatening any more due to vaccines.

My dog doesn't have rabies.

June 01, 2005  
Blogger Herbinator said...

I would put money into improving the general dignity of mankind. Improved human condition allows us to laugh at sustained biological attack and, indeed, has been the resolution to every historical mass killer of mankind.
What happened to Spanish Flu, SARS, Bird Flu? I tend to think that vaccination is very much a smokescreen based upon junk science. The diseases are real but the medicos are like witchdoctors chanting to make an eclipse of the moon pass.

June 01, 2005  

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