By Anne Dachel
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Jan 5, 2015, UK Daily Mail: Controversial anti-vaccination advocate discusses her views
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny: "I was actually quite surprised. It was not what I was expecting. I didn't know it was going to cause such a large uproar.
"I was coming there on a holiday. I'd been asked to speak to some small groups along the eastern coast. I assumed I was going to come into the country, speak to a few groups, maybe a few hundred people, enjoy my holiday and quietly get back on my plane and return back to the U.S. I had no idea it was going to create such an international event."
The anchor noted that five of Tenpenny's speaking engagements had been cancelled and that this is a "controversial topic."
Tenpenny: "It's a controversial topic everywhere. I didn't know that it was quite as heated in Australia. It certainly isn't that heated in the U.S."
Anchor: "You advocate personal choice from my understanding, but the medical experts say that vaccination is a social responsibility. You're risking public health, particularly that of children, the elderly and the sick by exposing them to infectious diseases. What's your response to that?"
Tenpenny: "I believe that people do have a choice and should have a fully informed choice about what is being injected into their bodies, and that there are a lot of other ways to keep yourself healthy other than just being vaccinated."
Next Tenpenny was asked about herd immunity and the danger that if we gave people personal choice and they didn't vaccinate, "we'd have an absolute public health disaster on our hands."
Tenpenny: "Just because you've been vaccinated doesn't mean that you're not going to get sick, and we've also seen recent reports over the last couple of months where people who are vaccinated are shedding the viruses much more than the assumption of people who are unvaccinated that are spreading the disease.
Anchor: "Why then are the doctors, scientists and medical professionals all advocating vaccination. Are you saying that it's a big conspiracy?"
Tenpenny: "What I've actually said all of these years, all the fourteen years that I've spent investigating problems associated with vaccines, is that there is another side to the story. And when we do vaccinate, we should take other things into consideration--like genetics, what the health of the family is, what the health of the child is, what their diet is like. We know that there are so many genetic mutations now that are not expressed. The topic deserves a broader expression rather than just going along and giving every child and every adult the same vaccine."
Anchor: "What qualifies you to talk about this? You're an osteopath, not an immunologist."
Tenpenny: "An osteopath in America. . . is trained the same as a medical doctor. We have the same four year medical degrees, we hold the same positions---"
Anchor: "But you're not a medical doctor."
Tenpenny: "We are medical physicians. We just have a different type of training."
Anchor: "Do you advise anyone to have vaccinations?"
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, who comes from Ohio, was scheduled to give a series of talks on vaccination in Australia in March, but now she's found herself in the middle of a huge uproar.
Pro-vaccine lobby fight to stop US anti-vaccination campaigner ... The Daily Telegraph
Sherri Tenpenny: Who is the controversial anti-vaccination campaigner planning ... ABC Online
Doctors want to bar anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny Sydney Morning Herald
As I listened to the interview, I kept waiting for the young the young woman to ask Dr. Tenpenny why she believes vaccines carry risks. She never did. Instead, she concentrated on the dangers of not vaccinating and trying to convince viewers that Sherri isn't a real doctor.
Please note that the word AUTISM wasn't part of the interview on Australian TV. STILL, just questioning the safety claims is enough to start a war!
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.