Vaccines are the most common discussion. To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. Today I was privy to what was going to become a very inflamed argument over the importance of vaccinating. The person arguing for, is somebody whom I love and respect for many of their characteristics. Loyalty is one of them. Well, deserved loyalty.
This person however has found themselves in a situation, where their child has been fighting a “vaccine preventable” disease over the last couple weeks, and it has been very difficult. Now mind you, this teenage child has been vaccinated; so the finger pointing (and trust me, this is always started by the medical community that is treating) has been directed towards “all those people who don’t vaccinate”. So it prompted me to jump in and write.
But first remember, I write out of a passion for seeking truth. I don’t claim to have that truth… yet. I just know that 95% of the time, I will make a medical doctor arguing for vaccines appear to be a kindergartner with no reading capacity, simply because I have searched with a desire to find the truth. And they, and this is not a crass disrespectful statement mind you, have not done the same level of searching. The reason is that it is easy to accept that vaccines are good… necessary… beneficial. Because a $1,070 Billion industry saying “DO IT”. It would be so easy for me to lay down and say, “yep, those guys got it right”. The only problem is, I just don’t believe it.
So it always comes back to the graph. The stupid graph. I call it stupid because it is hard to simply give in when this data is so stupidly strong. I mean, I almost don’t care about anything else when it comes to vaccines other than “they are claiming a victory that is simply not theirs!” Honestly it is like nothing else matters.
How in the world could anybody give credit to the stupid whooping cough vaccine, when the disease was gone for all intents and purposes… WELL BEFORE THE VACCINE EXISTED???
I honestly think the most effective vaccine is the scarlet fever vaccine… see how its line fell? See how nice that one is… its the red one. Oh wait… there is no vaccine, this is what you get from google (wikipedia):
There is no vaccine. Prevention is by frequent handwashing, not sharing personal items, and staying away from other people when sick. The disease is treatable with antibiotics which prevents most complications. Outcomes with scarlet fever are typically good.
Huh!? What do you know… wash your hands. Honestly, I believe without a doubt that the number one reason that these diseases disappeared is because of hand washing, and clean water, and water treatment, etc.
So… public health. It starts with health. The pursuit of it. Not drugs. EVER.
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E