First, I have a question.
Did anyone hear about the
September 2012 case of Tetanus in the media?
Wonder why not?
.................Might it be that the person concerned was vaccinated? Shhhh…..
Normally I would stay silent on the topic of a child suffering as a result
of parents. However, the decision by this child’s parents to go public and
label all other people who don’t vaccinate, as being as dumb as they are –
or were - , has led to internet and email vitriole from the snarling
provaccine zealots in this country.
That is the primary reason for this blog.
Another reason is even simpler.
The words spoken from the parents’ mouths, condemned themselves, and reveal
that their self professed intelligence is fictitious.
Did we (HIlary and Peter) vaccinate our children against tetanus?
On what basis did we make that decision? Much
of that information is here, but there are heaps more
medical articles etc, in clear-files that didn’t make it to the website.
And we own and have read, every NZ Immunisation handbook that has been
We know “the facts and odds” - inside out, backwards, forwards, up and
down. We believe in
careful, informed decision making.
For anyone who has not been following the very public parental
self-flagellation, pleas, and subsequent flip-flop, … here are the relevant
links, family quotes and my comments, in date order.
First Herald article
…they made what “they thought was
an informed decision not to vaccinate any of their children because of
concerns over adverse reactions”
Before I go any further I should address this lie from Starship:
“Dr Shepherd said there had been at
least five cases of tetanus in unimmunised children at the Starship in the
past 10 years.”
Dr Shepherd knows as well as I do, that before Alijah there had been only
THREE cases of unimmunised children in Starship in the last 11 years. One
was a transfer from Waikato. It matters,
because “at least” means that there
were more. And there were not more than five. There were
not even five. A lie, is a lie.
The information construct around this child isn’t just a “word game”. It’s
as carefully calculated, manipulated and as deceitful as the word games
Starship and Nikki Turner played in 1998, whipping up a non-existent
diphtheria case (for which I have all the hospital files, test results and
correspondence), into a national disaster and parental crime.
There are two differences between 1998 and 2012.
First, the 1998 parent wouldn’t play IMAC’s games. Second, this kid actually
HAD tetanus, whereas the 1998 kid didn’t have diphtheria, something IMAC has
never admitted! But the attacking innuendos and lies about how and
why non-vaccinators think, are flowing just as freely.
There was media silence until Shelley
Bridgeman was co-opted to provide an orchestrated lead-up rant
about people with degrees who don't vaccinate, considering themselves so “superior”
to those with or without degrees, who DO vaccinate.
Shelley laid a nicely “coincidental” platform, for
the father to beat his chest with
more self-incriminating words:
like us make the decision to
not vaccinate on very little
factual information about the actual consequences of the diseases -
massive pain, disability and death - and
a lot of non-factual, emotive
information from the internet stating inflated figures on the
frequency and severity of adverse reactions and
conspiracy theories about
'evil' doctors, governments and drug companies."
"Believing myths about vaccines
is not the same as getting the facts. And that is the core problem."
Fortunately, WE (I, and
other people I know…) do NOT fit into Ian William’s category of “parents
today, we read yet more words of wisdom:
"Ian Williams is
a smart guy - a scientist,
an inventor, a businessman - but when it came to son Alijah's health
he dismissed science and
behaved like a "hippy",
creating a situation where Alijah almost died.”…
Some “smart guy”.
I picked up my dictionary, to find that
a) a person of unconventional appearance, typically with long
hair, jeans, beads etc, often associated with hallucinogenic drugs, and a
rejection of conventional values.
b) a person who rejects the values of conventional society and tries to live
in accordance with principles of universal peace, love etc, usually in a
Are the Williams....... attempting to classify people who don’t
vaccinate........, as being hippies, by inference?
Back to the article:
“And it's not as if Williams is
unfamiliar with science. He has a
science degree and he's turning
his invention, the WilliamsWarne
homebrew machine, into a global success.”….
Amazing that a beer maker,
in all of this, would take the opportunity for a free business plug to make
profit from penance….
like us make the decision to not
vaccinate on very little
factual information about the actual
consequences of the diseases."
He also says they fell for the
myths and conspiracies that pepper the internet. The Williams
downloaded information from the internet and underestimated the diseases
while over-estimating the risks of the vaccine reactions.”…
Are the Williams ALSO
blaming people who might write so-called conspiracies, for
“Williams tells parents to watch a
video of a child suffering tetanus or whooping cough when making their
decision on vaccinations."
Such scientific clarity...... . Having admitted that
he knew little factual information,
he now wants people to decide on the basis of
his emotions and feelings?
He did not realise the severity of
tetanus until his son went through it.
Wow. A really really smart
"We sat down and said
'f...ing hippies', because
we were hippies about it. We
used our intuition and feelings
but there's no place for it.
There's just statistics on disease and adverse reactions."
Let’s get this straight - and do a summary recap of the above, in my own
A “smart guy” with a science degree, admits to being a hippy, ignoring
science; believing myths and conspiracies and makes serious decisions based
on intuition and feelings.
Which hallucinogenic drugs caused that?
A man with a science degree
forgot Science 101 (how to research a topic); didn’t KNOW what tetanus was,
or how serious it could be (or any of the other diseases so
it appears) and even worse, ....appears to have an inadequate knowledge of
even basic wound management.
But the stunning delusion is
that a man with a science degree thought that
believing conspiracies, ignoring science and following their intuition and
feeling, was an informed decision.
to cap that off, a man with
a science degree, blames the people who put stuff on
internet for sucking them in, … while labelling all other non-vaccinators,
as parents “like us”....and trying to show us the "errors of our
“Already friends have vaccinated
their children as a result of their story.”
Hurray!!! …………I am so grateful.
…………………………………………..I am so relieved.
……………………………………………………………….I am so pleased,
………………………………………that your friends “LIKE
YOU” have vaccinated their children.
The last thing those
of us who don’t have degrees, but do make our decisions based on
science like this need, are
more "smart" people
with degrees with kids with tetanus, tarring and defining the rest of us who
don’t vaccinate -- with their own self-confessed ignorance ..... AND ....
then trying to tell us what
we should do next.
Next, Ian Williams says…
“Williams now wants Alijah to be a
poster boy for immunisation, knowing his story will ignite fierce debate on
the controversial issue.”…
The ONLY debate must surely
have to be:
1) how someone who thinks they are intelligent could make decisions
based on emotions, feelings, myths and conspiracies, … and
2) how many other people “like them” with degrees are equally as
hair-brained, and easily conned, and then flip-flop based on the emotion of
My plea to anyone with science degrees, who have forgotten the ability to
study that you had before getting a degree, is ….PLEASE, PLEASE,
PLEASE ………vaccinate your children right now!!! Just do it.
And don’t blame me for telling you to do it, or …..come running to me for
help if it all turns to custard.
Actually you won’t have to blame me, because isn’t that what IMAC has just
told all of you? Wonderful, safe, no problems, so now don’t be stupid….
Just do it.