Skepchick Quickies 11.13


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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      1. There are a ton of magazine-style articles debunking the myths. The problem is, denialists simply refuse to believe any facts coming from the WHO, CDCP, or AAP.
        Here’s a quick provider guide, though I’m not sure if it’s what you’re asking for:

        For more in-depth debunking, you can go to sciencebasedmedicine.org and click ‘vaccines’ under categories on the sidebar.

  1. Wow, that anti-vaccine page is a hot load of horse dunk. I typically look askance at anything that uses fear as it motivation to keep reading, and then break out in laughter when it devolves “And YOU could be next!”

    They say: “But what if the very vaccination is able to cause the illness in the first place?” and I quickly realized that A) they don’t understand how immunization works, B) they are anti-science and pro-feel (as in, I feel that I will be okay if I swallow powdered glass.), and C) a bunch of angry people.

    The CDC is a great place for straight-forward SCIENCE-BASED info on vaccines. (I noticed someone mentioned wanting a link.)

    I can’t even deal with the Uganda laws. Just horrific.

  2. Although I’m not an expert on this, I believe that Africa was not particularly homophobic until Christians and Muslims introjected their homophobia into Africa. If we are worried about this radical homophobia ending in mass murders, then we should crack the symbolic language code in which the mythology of religion is written. And then we should prove to others that that is the real foundation of fundamentalism in those religions. The code was tweaked to fight propaganda wars, and later generations did not realize how they had been mentally programmed. The only thing they retained from the propaganda was an extreme idolatry of patriarchal heterosexual marriage, and an extreme hatred of non-heterosexual non-sexist non-patriarchal marriages.
    Marriage itself is a deity-cosmology ritual based on the role of procreation in creation stories. It is an evolved ritual ultimately based on rituals and symbolic language that existed before people knew their fathers.

  3. The WUW site is scary. I immediately looked for the 9/11 conspiracy page and was actually disappointed that they didn’t have one.

    If it wasn’t so serious a thing I’d say fine, have at it, die from preventable diseases. Sadly they wouldn’t and aren’t the only ones to suffer.

    I had someone on facebook freaking out on me just last week over getting the flu shot. She also sent me a link today to “Top healing foods that stop ovarian cancer in its tracks!” (Yes it was the Natural News site) She believes this stuff.

    I laughed at her because she takes vitamins which I have always given the stinkeye for being *usually* unnecessary.

  4. I saw a page recently about the vaccines purportedly not being introduced until the diseases were already on their way down. It cited an organization called National Health Foundation and their (NHF) site listed US Vital Statistics as their source. I went to the CDC to find the vital statistics. However, although the graphs show data going back to about 1880, I wasn’t able to find vital statistics before about 1920. Does anyone know if there is actually any data about the rates of these diseases before 1920? I’m just trying to figure out where they got their data from. It looked to me like they made it up.

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