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California To Require Waiver For Unvaccinated Students

Schneider also said that the bill is "against the Nuremberg Laws". < Facepalm >

October 1, 2012 at 8:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bilbray And Peters Battle Over Financial Disclosure, Taxes

Maybe Bilbray can ask the presidential candidate from his own party to release more tax returns if it's so important.

September 24, 2012 at 7:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

More Parents Not Vaccinating Kids

I am always amazed by the utterances from antivaxxers. Consider: "immunization is another part of fear-based medicine, its not natural". What is "fear-based medicine"? What alternative does the woman propose in its place? Sorry, I find it very difficult to understand how the anti-vaxxers come to their beliefs. Somehow they've decided that the medical establishment is lying to us and that they're smarter than than 100 years of established immunology results. They back up their beliefs with claims of "research," probably meaning some articles on the internet, participated in some anti-vaccination forums, maybe even read some of Andrew Wakefield's discredited writings. But in the course of their thinking, they've somehow had to ignore the complete or almost complete eradication through immunization of dozens of deadly diseases such as smallpox, TB, polio, and yes, whooping cough, that killed and crippled only a few generations ago. Personally, I think that what drives the anti-vaxxers is the contrarian impulse, that they resent being told what to do and they feel the need to challenge authority, even if it results in harm to themselves and others. What is dawning on the rest of us is that these people are not harmless cranks and their actions endanger the rest of the community.

August 24, 2010 at 9:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )