Anti-Vaccine Book For Kids Extols The Virtues Of Measles

Via Salon, the new hot genre of children’s books. No word on whether “vaccine vampire” young adult versions are on the way:

Measles is responsible for thousands of tragic (and preventable) deaths each year. Which is perhaps why so many reviewers are panning a new book by Stephanie Messenger, an Australian author and anti-vaccine activist. According to the author’s page, “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” was written to:

Educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messages from vested interests to fear all diseases in order for someone to sell some potion or vaccine, when, in fact, history shows that in industrialized countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body.

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  • emperorreagan

    According to the CDC for children in the US, 1-2 per thousand who get the measles will die. 1 in 1,000 will get encephalitis, which can cause convulsions, deafness, and mental retardation.

    The primary argument against vaccination? Nutbags think the vaccine gave their precious baby autism.

  • Calypso_1

    Perhaps NAMBLA will publish Henry’s Happy Herpes.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Sometimes it’s good to build immunity naturally, other times, trying might kill you. So go ahead, roll that dice.

    • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

      hmmm….build immunity naturally….how does that work?

      • Anarchy Pony

        They should have covered that in freshman level biology.

        • stray_bullett

          So cover it AP. Especially since “built up immunity” is now being questioned as even existing as we learn more about genetics.

          • Kevin Leonard

            the real brilliance of your argument is that science doesn’t really know how immunity works.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I think the primary argument against vaccines
    should be that they prevent Nature from thinning out the herd of defects
    this: everybody’s gotta live for ever thing
    is eventually gonna have some blow-back

    • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

      a disease is not a defect. it can happen to anyone.

      • BuzzCoastin

        being killed by the disease is the defect
        disease is Natures test for the defect

        • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

          ….so nature has a plan and those that catch a disease deserve their deaths….because there are too many people, apparently…..

          • BuzzCoastin

            Nature is Nature
            it has no morality or sympathy
            survival requires adaptation
            disease tests adaption
            a vaccine could be helpful there
            that’s up to you & your government

          • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

            keep it up, tough guy. I’ll give you one hundred dollar for each of those little black dots that stops moving. how much money will you make? Ayn Rand for Health Minister!

          • BuzzCoastin

            take your beef up with Nature
            I didn’t make the rules
            I just have to abide by them

          • stray_bullett

            Buzzcoastin, let me know how that whole nature thing works out for you when your kid dies from polio.

          • BuzzCoastin

            stray bullet, that kinda says it all
            collateral damage, accidents will hapen
            interesting position for one with such a sobriquet

            everyone dies, when you don’t
            let everyone know how you managed to escape Natures deadline

          • stray_bullett

            Way to avoid the question. Maybe you should re-read it. It was a simple question.

          • BuzzCoastin

            when one of my kids dies from polio I’ll let you know
            so far, their genes be doing great
            thanks for askin’

            now here’s one for you
            what if one of your kids died from a vaccine
            would you sue?
            or would say
            well, sometimes science just doesn’t get it right, oh well

  • Kevin Leonard
    • Kevin Leonard

      votin’ down the truth when it don’t suit you, rock on ‘Merika

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    What’s funny is that people will buy this book and take their kid for Mcdonald’s on the way home.

  • stray_bullett

    Having heard so much about how nearly eradicated (or seldom heard of anymore) illnesses are popping up again due to people not vaccinating their children, I still just kind of figured it was something you read about, and being made a big deal of by opponents of the anti-vaccinators. Personally, I think not vaccinating should be classified as child abuse, just as parents who deny their child medical treatment for “religious” reasons are tried for murder.
    But then my friend came down with whooping cough. And german measles. And these could kill her. They’ve tracked it back to a nurse at her child’s daycare, who works at another daycare, which is where they think the nurse picked it up.
    And there is no criminal OR civil court recourse for the behavior that brought this about.

    • https://sites.google.com/site/themattprather Matt Prather

      good

      I would shudder to think what would happen if you or people in consensus with you were allowed to bring civil or criminal “recourse” for such behavior.

      • stray_bullett

        So your child is in preschool, and your child is exposed to some kid (never vaccinated) who is carrying a developed strain of german measles (it mutates within it’s host, making vaccinations less effective) causing blindness to your child. It’s a medically known fact that more virulent strains develop in unvaccinated children. Your child is now blind for life through no fault of your own.
        How are you feeling about that?

        • https://sites.google.com/site/themattprather Matt Prather

          When did I stop beating my wife?

          I haven’t. I proudly beat my wife.

          • stray_bullett

            Nice try at rhetoric….but my scenario involved no implied guilt on your part, as your tired question would. Maybe you should try to reframe your response. Because as it stands, that was no response at all. And not even funny.

        • Kevin Leonard

          ummm.
          So you know you are going to have to back up that statement about “medically known fact,” right?

          An unvaccinated child would be susceptible to any strain of measles. For measles to propagate in a vaccinated child, the virus would have to mutate. I think you have it backwards.