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Dr. Sherry Tenpenny is an osteopath who spends most of her time these days preaching against safe and effective vaccines, encouraging people to not vaccinate their children, which leads to outcomes like the current “Disneyland” measles outbreak that California is currently dealing with. Thanks Dr. Tenpenny, and thanks Dr. Oz for promoting her!
Tenpenny came to my attention recently because she was due to tour Australia spreading her misinformation, but has now canceled the tour due to “security concerns.”
When I first read that headline, I assumed that the concern was that Tenpenny would be like that one lab monkey from Planet of the Apes who bit that guy before he got on that plane and spread that monkey disease all over the planet. We don’t want your monkey diseases, Dr. Tenpenny! Just stay inside please.
But no, it turns out that Tenpenny claims vaccine proponents are sending violent threats to organizers of her speaking tour. This is awful, and as a vaccine proponent I’d like to go on record as saying I condemn any threats of violence against anti-vaccinationists. I believe that people like Tenpenny cause immeasurable harm to the health and safety of society’s most at-risk people, like infants and immunocompromised patients, but the way to fight them is using education and compassion.
I’m really upset to think that other people who understand the effectiveness of vaccines would do such a thing as threaten anyone. And that’s why I’m relieved to be able to report that in actuality, there was only one bomb threat and it came from an anti-vaccination activist who wanted to scare the venue into going forward with Tenpenny’s lecture despite peaceful public pressure to cancel.
That movement isn’t long for the world anyway, but I’d rather it go away before diseases like polio make such a comeback in the western world that wealthy hippies and libertarians are forced to acknowledge the horrific consequences of allowing these diseases to run rampant.