Some U.S. schools frequented by wealthy parents have immunization rates as low as those found in South Sudan. As a result, diseases that were once virtually eradicated in the West, like whooping cough (pertussis), are sweeping the area. More than 8,000 cases of the disease have been reported this year alone, causing the death of three infants. The reason why? Bad science. The Hollywood Reporter has the story:
Critics, like free-range social activist Robert Kennedy Jr., persist in claiming, against broad scientific consensus, that the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, which was removed from children’s shots except for some flu vaccines years ago, is a threat. The movement grew in 2007, when Jenny McCarthy began her own highly vocal crusade linking autism to vaccinations. In light of broad censure, McCarthy has backed away from this position. (She declined to comment.)Despite the debunking, public concerns remain strong. According to more than a dozen area pediatricians and infectious disease specialists THR spoke to, most vaccine-wary parents have abandoned autism concerns for a diffuse constellation of unproven anxieties, from allergies and asthma to eczema and seizures. “If I talk to most of my patients, who are very savvy by the way, they will say they know someone directly or indirectly who felt that their child has not been the same since the vaccine,” says Dr. Lauren Feder, whose pediatrics practice, popular with those leery of immunizations, is based just south of L.A.’s Miracle Mile.
There is a kind of “Boko Haram”, western-knowledge-is-forbidden aspect to a lot of fashionable thought these days. The goal almost seems to be to keep our kids away from the accursed knowledge of Dead White European Men that will warp their innocent young characters. The evil medical accomplishments of the horrible so-called scientists rank, of course, highly in the catalog of Western horrors. And because of these experiments in de-Westernization, kids are suffering, even dying.