By Anne Dachel
I had a chance to speak
with writer/producer Leslie Manookian of the phenomenal movie, The
Greater Good, and she was thrilled to share that they have begun collaborations
with thousands of chiropractors across the nation who will show the film in
their offices and communities and have a live chat with the filmmakers. They
are planning similar collaborations with other practitioner groups such as
naturopaths and integrative medicine specialists. Also exciting are plans to
work with Montessori, Waldorf and Homeschooling communities to show the film in
their schools and communities.
Leslie reported on the
legislative success in Idaho where lawmakers were educated about the dangers of
vaccine registries, their intrusion into private medical decisions, and the
potential to abuse this information. The bills to extend vaccine registries to
all Idahoans and make it very difficult to remove one's information from them was
In this her most
recent piece, Leslie addresses the push in a number of states to end
vaccine exemptions and to monitor residents' vaccine records.
Vaccine Exemptions and
Vaccine Registries – Is there a connection?
In recent years,
vaccine exemption laws have been under attack in a variety of states while
vaccine registries have been on the rise. Vaccine exemptions have been
restricted in California, Washington, and Vermont and attempts to restrict them
have been seen in other states like Colorado, Texas, Oregon, and New Mexico.
Over the same period, there has been legislation introduced in many of these
states to extend vaccine registries from just children to all individuals in a
state or to make it more difficult to stay out of the registry if so desired.
At first blush, this type of information gathering might seem relatively
benign, but is it so in practice? Is there not genuine potential for abuse and
what are the ramifications if we allow this type of information
gathering? It is not clear what is driving all this legislative activity
or what might have spurred a rethink of existing state laws especially as these
vaccine exemption laws have been on the books for many, many years, if not
decades. It is noteworthy that all these states have something in common: they
either lead the nation in rates of vaccine exemptions or they lead the nation
for having experienced the largest increase in rates of vaccine exemptions in
recent years. CON'T.