The Science has spoken.
Until it changes its mind.
The following headlines and images remind us that sometimes Science has some catching up to do. Sometimes Science needs an update. And sometimes Science needs to rewrite a textbook or two.
Rrewrites happen when Science flip flops.
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Butter ISN'T bad for you after all: Major study says 80s advice on dairy fats was flawed
Science needs an update because sometimes Science doesn’t have all the answers it thinks it does.
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Red wine is good for you!
Wait. No, it’s not.
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Sometimes, Science thinks it know everything. During the 1930s, Science must have thought it knew everything about cigarette smoking. Science was so confident that it even encouraged doctors to promote cigarette smoking.
But decades later, the message about smoking cigarettes was a little bit different. The Science, and now doctors, said that cigarette smoking was dangerous to your health.
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Science, and some doctors, act as if they are the ultimate authority. Sometimes they aren’t and they have to backpedal. That happened after the fast-tracked HPV vaccine was introduced in the mid 2000s. When the HPV vaccine landed on the US vaccine schedule, three doses were recommended.
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A few short years later, the headlines read One HPV vaccine dose ‘enough’ for cervical cancer prevention.
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For many girls who’d already received more than one dose, including the ones who’d been compensated for vaccine injuries received from the HPV vaccine, learning that one dose was ‘enough’ was too little too late.
But the Science, including Vaccine Science, has spoken. And screw anyone who doesn’t want to listen to it.
Vaccine Science has been very vocal. It’s loud, in your face, and it steals headlines. It’s been rather brusque lately, but those of us who stopped listening to Vaccine Science can tell that it’s gotten louder because it’s trying desperately to get the last word in. This video is a good example of that.
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In the video, the CDC’s Anne Schuchat, M.D., who is also the director of the National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Disease, doesn’t just cite inaccuracies in the name of Vaccine Science but she attempts to fabricate facts about Dr. Wakefield, his findings, and that “article”. Schuchat claims that it was just flat wrong. She also implies that dozens of better studies – ones that do not link vaccines to autism, should reassure parents. Schuchat goes so far as to include in her testimony that vaccines do not cause autism even though they do. It should be concerning that when autism as a result of vaccines is being questioned, the experts’ studies claim absolutely no link to vaccines when at least 100 readily available studies say otherwise. Either way, during that Hearing it was easier for Schuchat to remind the public, and especially the parents, that they should just kowtow to the Science even if the Science is dead wrong.
THE SCIENCE HAS SPOKEN, BUT SO HAVE THE PARENTS
Dr. Schuchat mentions that she talks to parents. She explains to them that vaccines and she, a physician and a public health expert, should be trusted. But parents don’t trust vaccines. And they’re beginning to not trust the health experts who are publicly warping facts and reality.
Medical benefits may have been seen for some people at some point with some vaccines, but over time, medical risks have been noted by others. When risks are noted, that information should be immediately shared with the public. In sharing that information, we should see these types of phrases in our newsfeed: new evidence, groundbreaking discovery, significant findings, researchers work round-the-clock. We should see headlines that scream:
Scientists Backtrack! Vaccines Don’t Always Save Lives
This Just In! Vaccine Sales Benefit Stockholders Not Patients
The Science Was Wrong! We Trust the Parents to Make Their Own Vaccine Decision
Instead, when vaccines make headlines, they blame, belittle, and crush. They also misinform:
Anti-Vaccine Movement Causes Worst Measles Epidemic In 20 Years - “Measles is now spreading outward from Disneyland in California, in the worst outbreak in years. The epidemic is fueled by growing enclaves of unvaccinated people.”
Measles Outbreak: 92 Percent Of Doctors Blame It on Anti-Vaccine Parents - “More than 90 percent of doctors believe the current measles outbreak can be laid at the feet of parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, a poll indicates.”
Flu shot only 19% effective this winter - “In spite of the flu shot's limitations, people are still better off being vaccinated, Pekosz said. ‘There's nothing harmful about the vaccine,’ Pekosz said. ‘There's no disadvantage to getting it.’"
No disadvantage? But the flu shot had limitations. It was 81% ineffective! Where is the outcry? Where is the demand to make a better, safer, more effective product?
There is no demand, and there will be no demand. That’s because the general public has been ingrained to believe that vaccines, even ones with low effective rates, are only safe and only effective. Why? Because the Science and the media have spoken.
“THE SCIENCE HAS SPOKEN…”
The media pushes the easy button every time that they say that Science has spoken. They overused that sentence especially when they side with the medical industry, which as our community knows is quite often.
Citing only gains, only benefits, and quoting only whomever they’re in cahoots with, the media lacks integrity and facts when it comes to reporting on vaccines. Easily, they could ask for input from parents. But when the media does seek input from parents, parents are portrayed as emotional conspiracy theorists and their vaccine-related stories likened to science fiction. No wonder the general public is still in the dark about vaccines!
Instead of citing setbacks and instead of reporting that many medical procedures, including vaccines, come with risks, news reports downplay potential hazards. They dismiss concerns from parents as well as ignore valid claims of vaccine injury and of death. While a teaching opportunity would better serve the public, the media continues to add to the circus they’ve created. They shut door on the parents but kick it wide open it for others to chime in. The media lets others push that easy button, others who think that that they know best even though they don’t.
Since December, when vaccine stories cropped up all over the airwaves, the Science and the media could have presented a great amount of useful, factual, and reliable information. They wasted time, ignored facts, and ramped up the fear instead. They chose to gang up on the most vulnerable and then did everything they could to humiliate them. Their loyalty is not to the vaccine customer but to the vaccines.
Vaccines are not all that they are cracked up to be. They are ineffective, come with side effects, do not fully prevent or protect, can cause serious problems, and always come with a risk. As much as Science thinks they are, vaccines most certainly are not perfect. I don’t know if they ever will be.
So, when it comes to vaccines, the Science hasn’t completely spoken. The Science shouldn’t have the last word on vaccines anyway. The parents should.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.