I've put this up in this website's event calendar but wanted to editorialize a little. I didn't change much of the copy that was provided to me. Both suggested promotional emails are alarmist and look like propaganda, and yet, I always feel like the truth is somewhere in the middle. You might agree or disagree. Either way is okay, as long as it's respectful.
Enough with the labels, already
I am NOT an anti-vaxxer. The term makes me cringe. The term “pro-vaxxer” also makes me cringe. They're awful labels, thrown around like knives to hurt, discredit and condescend. I hate that the world is divided into “pro-vaxx”and “anti-vaxx”. When you divide like that, you create disharmony and it's harder for people to open their minds in either direction. If anything, I consider myself a “conscious vaxxer”, which does put me at odds with some people close to me who are on one side or the other. I don't believe that all vaccinations are necessary as directed by medical experts. Take the flu shot, for example,
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
How well the flu vaccine works (or its ability to prevent flu illness) can range widely from season to season. The vaccine’s effectiveness also can vary depending on who is being vaccinated. At least two factors play an important role in determining the likelihood that flu vaccine will protect a person from flu illness: 1) characteristics of the person being vaccinated (such as their age and health), and 2) the similarity or “match” between the flu viruses the flu vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses spreading in the community. During years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to circulating viruses, it’s possible that no benefit from flu vaccination may be observed.
I know someone who claimed to have gotten sick from the flu shot and years later strongly denied it, because he tricked himself into thinking that it couldn't be true.
Furthermore, a study done three years ago reported that the flu vaccine had no impact on healthcare workers who care for people aged 60 or older living in long-term care institutions.
A 1978 survey of 30 states showed that more than half of all children who contracted measles had been fully vaccinated. Sweden abandoned its whooping cough vaccine after it examined 5,140 cases of whooping cough in 1978 and found that 84 percent had been vaccinated three times. A 1990 Journal of American Medicine Association article stated that “Although more than 95 percent of school-aged children in the US are vaccinated against measles, large measles outbreaks continue to occur in schools and most cases. . . occur among previously vaccinated children.” The medical literature is filled with example after example of the failure of vaccination to furnish protection against common childhood diseases.
They also say,
…publications and statistics from the past two hundred years reveals that infectious diseases declined 90 percent before mass vaccination was ever introduced.
Experts attribute the cessation of epidemic diseases not to mass vaccination, but to a major sanitation reform movement that swept Europe during the 1800s. These reforms included moving human waste out of streets via plumbing systems; regularly cleaning streets and stables of horse manure and human waste; improving roads so that meats, vegetables and raw milk could be distributed in cities while still fresh; and upgrading water distribution systems to prevent bacterial contamination.
However, that was written over 11 years ago. There are certain correlations that I can't deny. The correlation between fewer parents vaccinating their children and increased outbreak of certain diseases is compelling, but it's not complete. We're also living in a world that in many ways is more toxic & polluted than previous generations. The food we eat, the air we breathe, the way food is grown. Increased incidents of allergies, sensitivities, mental illness, physical illness. I've heard people claim that there's no such things as “toxins” or “detoxing”, but that's like Trump's statement that there's no such thing as global warming, and that it's a conspiracy theory.
We're living longer than before, but at what cost? Are we playing god? These are things that I don't think about often because doing so is a burden. I hope you know what I mean by that. It's not quite “blissful ignorance” but it's choosing to see the light instead of what could go wrong.
There are so many factors involved in wellness approaches and it's not up to me to say what's right and what's wrong. In the end, I hope, we do the research, taking account conflicting information rather than only seeking confirmation of what we think we know, and make what we feel are informed decisions for the best of us and our children.
I believe that the area of vaccination is a complicated issue that the public ISN'T hearing all of it.
That's why I think that films such as “Vaccines Revealed” are important and why I'm promoting it.
There is so much information online. So quality, some less so. Some researchers event compared the quality of pro- and anti-vaccination online information. They sampled 514 webpages in favor of vaccination, 471 against, and 108 neutral.
“Vaccines Revealed” is broadcasting their exclusive docu-series event for 9 days only. From Tuesday, January 10th through the 18th. And you can watch the whole thing for free.
Here's some other promotional copy I received:
This is powerful – – If you want the latest, real information you will not want to miss this.
It's time to expose the truth and take back our health care system.
With an award-winning film crew, we flew all over the world and got exclusive access to whistleblowers, former drug reps and university scientists.
As you probably know already…
The drug and vaccine industry is a multi-BILLION dollar enterprise… focused more on profits than human lives.
I was not ready to see things like…
Drug and vaccine companies blatantly falsifying documents…
Whistleblowers getting completely BURIED…
Our Government looking the other way…
And that's not even to mention the tragic human cost of families ruined by vaccine injuries, endless medical bills… ruined marriages… and a rapid rise in chronic disease (especially in children).
It took months and months of care, attention and energy to edit each part of this stunning series. And now it's finally ready for the world to see.
Featuring exclusive interviews with the world's most acclaimed experts in research, medicine, holistic care and natural health.
“Vaccines Revealed” tells the hidden story behind the vaccine industry.
It starts out alarmist to get your attention. “real information”. “expose the truth”. I have no doubt that some truths will be exposed and that some people – whether they watch or choose to judge without watching – will claim that it's all bullshit. I might or might not believe everything I hear, but look forward to seeing the evidence. I also have no doubt that the drug and vaccine industry is a multi-billion dollar enterprise and that there's more money in treating sick people than in keeping people healthy. Falsifying documents? I believe that, only because it's been proven in other cases.
Research suggests that most anti-vaccine sites use emotion-based persuasion, such as pictures and stories (source), but so much of science starts with a hypothesis based on anecdotal evidence, and I always say that I believe anecdotal evidence because people don’t exist in labs. I say that people should read all they can about controversial topics and analysis it critically.
I read and watch with interest, an open mind and a dose of skepticism. Whichever side you're on, or whether you fall in the middle, check it out.
When you register, you'll receive a 5 minute trailer. It might be all you want to watch, or you might want to watch further. Up to you.