Seizing our new-born infants,
Blighting their lives with pain;
Filling their veins with poison,
Tainting each tender brain
Of all the nutty ideas that Nicole and Joe embrace (and they never met much “woo” that they don’t like), their anti-vaccination stance may be the worst.
I am well aware that there is an anti-vax movement in America today. There has been an anti-vax segment of the population pretty much as long as there have been vaccines available, so it’s nothing new. (Read about it at the link to the “hymn” that I quoted.)
Nicole wrote a nice little article about her reasons for being anti-vax. The image above links there, so you can go read it if you wish. I’m going to quote from it a bit.
My family sees a Naturopathic Doctor, (Dr, Shelley Bluett), who has the same amount of yrs of education as a MD.
Well, I know a woman who has a doctorate in Rhetoric, which means she has the same amount of years of education as an MD. That doesn’t make her a medical doctor.
A naturopath is not a medical doctor. She can put “Dr.” in front of her name, but she’s not a medical doctor.
Therefore she received the typical round of antibiotics used to treat her supposed Pneumonia (which was not even cultured or confirmed).
They do not have culture pneumonia to know it’s pneumonia. It has a distinctive sound, something Nicole would know if she bothered to ask or had ever listened to a patient’s chest who had it.
Even when my daughter had chicken pox…she recovered quickly with only about 20 pox total and felt absolutely fine…as if she wasn’t sick at all
How nice for her. I wonder how many people caught it from the daughter and weren’t so lucky.
Both my children are on preventive supplements for when I take out into the public. . .
There is no such thing as a “preventative supplement.”
Being a pro-life Christian I cannot in good conscience inject Human Diploid cells from aborted fetus cells into my children.
You’re lucky, since vaccines do not contain any such thing.
From Steven Novella (a really good guy to follow if you’re interested in science and medicine), we have the above explanation in fairly simply language.
And Nicole goes on and on with this sort of thing, listing all her fears. Most of them are groundless. In addition, almost the entirety of her “article” is made up of cut-and-paste stuff, gleaned from anti-vax websites.
Rather than bore you all silly with a step-by-step refutation of her claims, here’s a good article written by a real doctor going through the mythology, point-by-point, complete with lovely linkies.
One of the most important points the man makes in that article is likely to be overlooked by most people, and that’s #16, “I use PubMed to do my vaccine research.” Nicole doesn’t cite PubMed, but she does cite more than a few abstracts. The problem with abstracts (short summaries of the research) is that they aren’t the whole thing. They’re intended to help professionals find articles that they wish to peruse, not to provide the average person with definitive research results.
But here’s why Nicole’s position on this subject is both dangerous and irresponsible.
I will write later about the whole idea of treating that wound at home, but the subject here is immunization, not laceration.
Nicole’s children have not been vaccinated for anything. That means they have never had tetanus shots, nor did this child get a booster after this injury.
I’m quite sure Nicole has never seen a case of tetanus. Most people haven’t. Frankly, most medical professionals haven’t. I, however, have.
Most of the time, patients came and went and I barely remember their having been there two weeks after the fact, but sometimes a patient was simply memorable. This lady was one of those.
She was a young woman who walked out her back door one summer day while barefoot. The screen door hit her leg/ankle and cut it. It wasn’t a scratch. It was a relatively deep cut. Not as severe as the child’s head pictured above, but still, a good cut.
She cleaned the wound, bandaged it, and a few days later came to us.
She had tetanus.
She and I were about the same age. She was healthy. She’d had no medical history to speak of, no serious illnesses. She was simply a healthy young woman who was negligent about preventative medicine—she had never had a tetanus shot—and unlucky when that screen door hit her ankle.
I am now an old woman and I have never forgotten my week with her. She never got to become an old woman, because she died after a week of agony.
I remember that the whole thing so unnerved me that I got some tetanus antitoxin and brought it home and gave Dave the whole series. Everyone that worked in our ICU unit got booster shots just because we were so freaked out. The room had to be kept very dark and very quiet. We tiptoed in and out. The least sound or light would cause her to go into seizures.
Not everyone dies of tetanus. The majority survive, although the experience is not a pleasant one, and recovery can take a very long time.
However, those who die are chiefly those who were never vaccinated, and most people survive the disease today because most people have had at least the childhood series of shots and have some immunity (hence they don’t get as severe a case as my patient had).
It’s not about a “strong immune system.” It’s not about a “healthy diet.” My patient was young, and strong and basically healthy. It’s about an anaerobic bacteria, Clostridium tetani, that is present in soil, in dust, and in farm yard manure (like goat and chicken manure). That bacteria gets into a wound like the head wound pictured above, and burrows down where there is no oxygen and thrives there. No amount of “strong immune system” or “healthy diet” will do anything to stop it. And there is no such thing as a “preventative supplement.” You stop Clostridium tetani by getting a series of vaccinations in your youth and by having booster shots as needed.
I believe strongly that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children should be cited for not doing so. I also believe that any parent whose un-vaccinated child contracts a preventable disease and dies from it should be charged with manslaughter.
The anti-vax movement has taken on a quasi-religious tone. It’s rooted in a broader anti-science mentality, and once people embrace that, it’s difficult to dislodge. Evidence doesn’t seem to help particularly because the true believers are only looking to validate their own ideas.
My patient who died was an adult. She was responsible for her own health. The Naugler children are helpless victims of their own parents’ lunacy, negligence and irresponsibility.