Monday, January 7, 2013

Book tells kids measles isn't so bad.

Found this book for sale on Amazon today through a Salon article that tells kids that it's safer to get Measles than a vaccination:

 It's a children's book written by some anti-vaccination wackos from Australia.

Review from the Amazon page: (Bold to emphasize the crazy parts)
Melanie's Marvelous Measles was written to educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messages from vested interests to fear all diseases in order for someone to sell some potion or vaccine, when, in fact, history shows that in industrialized countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body. Having raised three children vaccine-free and childhood disease-free, I have experienced many times when my children's vaccinated peers succumb to the childhood diseases they were vaccinated against. Surprisingly, there were times when my unvaccinated children were blamed for their peers' sickness. Something which is just not possible when they didn't have the diseases at all. Stephanie Messenger lives in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and devotes her life to educating people about vaccine dangers and supporting families in their natural health choices. She has the support of many natural therapists and natural-minded doctors. 
Of course this is dripping with naturalistic fallacy. What exactly is a "natural-minded doctor" anyway?

Oh, and here is a picture of a child suffering from a perfectly "benign" case of  measles.

Side effects of measles include pneumonia, otitis media which can lead to deafness, corneal ulcerations which can lead to blindness, and even death in a small number of cases, and vaccines are one of the safest tools the medical profession has for preventing a host of illnesses.

This book is harmful and medically fraudulent and the authors should be ashamed of themselves.

On reviewer on Amazon also pointed out that it seems that the title appears to be a jab at George's Marvelous Medicine which was written by Roald Dahl whose daughter died of Measles when she was seven.  Which seems in rather poor taste.

P.S. It seems I have been running this blog for exactly 2 years now, Hurray.

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