Facts, not Fantasy

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Don't Panic!

When you are more paranoid than this android then you need to take it down a notch.

No seriously, do not panic. These guys are quacks and tools who are spreading a lunatic mistrust in medicine solely to encourage the sale of their own snake oil. 
Their latest gripe is about how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is encouraging the vaccination of children across the globe. Which is a lofty goal. 

The infamous Bill Gates is on a crusade to vaccinate the entire world. In a recent speech, the Microsoft guru-turned-humanitarian put pressure on the governments of the world to "prevent four million deaths by 2015, [and] ... ten million deaths" by 2020. He believes this will happen by vaccinating at least 90 percent of the world's population.
A very lofty goal. And they have the money and the clout to do this. I mean what can you say is wrong with this plan? 

In order to find fault with this plan you must either be a morally bankrupt neo-luddite who would doom people to a horrible death by preventable diseases solely to fuel his world view. Or you must be so grossly incompetent that you cannot recognise how really incompetent you are. That the real reason for such a belief is a gross level of incompetence coupled with utter belief that they are right despite all evidence to the contrary.

I don't know which is more terrifying.

Among his many speeches, however, Gates has given conflicting information concerning the agenda behind his vaccination push. In his most recent speech, he claims vaccines will save lives. But in a speech he gave at a TED conference last year, Gates clearly stated that vaccines and health care were part of an equation to reduce the world's population by 15 percent
Yes, this seems like a sensible plan. The problem in most of the developing world is massive overcrowding. You would have to be some sort of blind moron to think people across the world have the same kind of lifestyle as we do (or indeed, I did) in "The West". Even our poorest families are well fed and have access to education and healthcare and housing that is absent in most of the developing world. 

A lot of the problems world wide in India and China stem from having obscenely large populations (One in six people are chinese, one in six people are indian. 1/3 people are from "Asia". There are more people in India than there are people in the ENTIRE CONTINENT of Africa while possessing a lot less natural resources. Literally 60% of children show signs of stunted growth and development because there is simply not enough resources for them. This means they are forever stuck in a loop of sub mediocrity as they "end up with no future". Why educate your kids when they are going to be labourers, why should they learn anything bar their future trade? Why should they study or play when they can work and earn money? 

If your having girl problems, I feel jealous of you son!
I got 99 problems and insufficient food is one!

The population must be controlled. The reason we have so many resources in the west is because our population is under our own control. Laissez faire, we agree to not procreate like rabbits and thus our society remains relatively resource abundant. Where I live in India a bath tub is a luxury because water is so scarce. 

"The world today has 6.8 billion people ... that's headed up to about nine billion," he said to his audience. "Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps ten or 15 percent."

It is. India's population is rocketing up as is Africa's. All attempts to fight the rise have been like trying to put out a bonfire with a super soaker. And the plan makes sense. If you reduce the number of children who die, parents will place a premium on their child's health rather than rely on quantity for children to survive. Teaching people about contraception can reduce the population to a more feasible amount. 

No plan involving vaccination involves killing people. Because then we wouldn't vaccinate. 

So which is it? Do vaccines help to save lives or end lives? When considering that vaccines are loaded with toxic adjuvants and chemical preservatives, many of which are known to cause serious health problems, sterility, and even death, the latter conclusion makes a lot more sense
Obviously these individuals have not read their own statement properly. Vaccines Save Lives (The adjuvants are not toxic. Carbon Nitrogen and Hydrogen are present in proteins. They are also present in Cyanide. Chemical formulas matter!). 

Yes they do cause some serious health problems. They have not been known to cause sterility and even death. But you know what also is a serious health problem? 

Measles. Do you know kids die from it in India? It's the second biggest killer of children after diarrhoea. Mumps? It's one of the leading causes of sterility and deafness (oh yes! They don't tell you that eh?). Rotavirus? It is officially the biggest killer of children worldwide causing untold deaths particularly in conjunction with HIV. 
Rotavirus is not so bad right?
This is the butcher of children and it can be cured by  a week of IV,
or prevented by vaccination. 
I would put up a picture of orchitis but imagine your testicles dying.
Oh also there is a good chance you will go deaf in the ear next to that salivary gland.
I sound over-dramatic but that's what orchitis leads to. 

The conclusion doesn't make sense because these morons didn't read their own quote. Reproductive services include education, contraception and availability of abortion so that women can control numbers of children. That is how we plan to control the population. 

If we wanted these people dead we wouldn't give them vaccines or our healthcare. The problem is we have given them healthcare without the education that they need not have as many kids as before because a lot more survive growing up. 

The anti-vaccine stance has a real toll. Polio still exists because of anti-vaccine stances and lest we forget, Polio freaking sucks. You may not die but you may never walk again. 

This is a common site in a lot of the world. We have to deal with this.
Each of the cases is an iron lung to breath for a polio patient.
This was our grandparent's reality.
This fights the above two outcomes. 

It cannot get any simpler than this. People's lives are improved by vaccination. We have forgotten these diseases so we don't fear them. The names of these diseases no longer strikes fear into us because they have become legends. We fear them as much as dragons forgetting that they are very real and very deadly threats that can come back because the anti-vaccine movement is spreading across the world. 

Nigeria's outbreak of Polio is linked to anti-vaccine stances. Resurgence in India and Pakistan are from this source. A new generation of sufferers exist solely because someone believed in the same things as the anti-vaccine movement. 

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