Published on October 13th, 2015 | by jen9150
The Science Is Not Settled.
I hate to break it to you, but your biology teacher was wrong. Yours, like mine, probably taught you that viruses are not living things, because up until a few days ago, that’s what everyone thought. News flash, they are. And they are incredibly important to our genetic code, overall health and microbiome—another term that didn’t cross a biology teacher’s lips just half a decade ago.
Whoops! My biology teacher’s teacher was completely wrong about an entire field: genetics. Turns out that your genes are not your destiny. There’s a whole new field called epigenetics that is both inspiring and frightening at the same time; everything you do, and your parents, and their parents did, eat, drink, think, are exposed to, etc., can affect your genetic expression: how intelligent and tall you are, how long you end up living, and whether or not you get cancer. Guess all those textbooks will have to be rewritten.
The latest news about viruses being alive is so brand new that if you do a Google search you’ll mostly see the opposite. Google’s algorithms will probably update with the correct information a lot faster than those college textbooks will.
Ask your doctor or science-literate colleagues if they have even heard the news yet. Chances are, they haven’t. In fact, your doctor’s head may just be full of information that’s about 17 years old. Yep, turns out that mommy blogger with a penchant for “the Google doctor” may just have one-upped the white-coats after all.
If anyone tries to tell you the “science is settled” on any topic, including vaccines and autism, or just vaccines in general, you should probably tell him what an anti-science backwards-looking fool he is. He’s the type that would have called Galileo a heretic, sentenced Socrates to death, and called Dr. Semmelweis a crazy quack.
Haven’t heard of Semmelweis? Way back in the 1800s he dared to make the crazy, inconceivable suggestion that maybe the high rate of infant and maternal mortality they were experiencing in European hospitals might be due to doctors operating on sick people and cadavers and then delivering babies without washing their hands first. What an absolute whack job, right? Well, that’s what they thought. According to Wikipedia, “Despite various publications of results where hand washing reduced mortality to below 1%, Semmelweis’s observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community. Some doctors were offended at the suggestion that they should wash their hands and Semmelweis could offer no acceptable scientific explanation for his findings.”
Semmelweis was subsequently mocked by his colleagues, dismissed from his post, driven insane, committed to a mental asylum, and killed by the guards there. After he was dismissed from his post, the mortality rate in the hospital jumped six-fold, “but the physicians of Budapest said nothing; there were no inquiries and no protests. Almost no one — either in Vienna or in Budapest — seems to have been willing to acknowledge Semmelweis’s life and work.”
Sound familiar? You should be a little suspicious of the railroading of Dr. Andrew Wakefield. He is a man of courage, honor and intelligence, and like many of the persecuted medical practitioners of the past century, he will be vindicated in time.
Be suspicious, too, of the mantra that vaccines are “safe and effective.” Seemingly every day the scientific community learns another mind-blowing thing about our amazing immune system. Let me state that again. Every day, they are still learning about major new aspects of the human immune system. And all these new fields that we are just beginning to scratch the surface of–epigenetics, the microbiome, virology–they are all impacted by vaccines. Mark my words, vaccinology will one day be seen as the backwards and barbaric practice that it is.
Semmelweis was later vindicated by Louis Pasteur’s discovery of microbes and the advancement of the germ theory. Now, discoveries of the importance of these “little beasties” to virtually every aspect of human health is giving credence to the terrain theory as first put forth by Professor Pierre Jacques Antoine Bechamp, that basically maintains that instead of declaring war on bacteria and viruses, we should create a clean and healthy environment where we can live symbiotically. Because, well, we basically lost the war.
I admire those brave men and women who have the courage to pursue, uncover and disseminate the truth even when they stand alone. Those who mock them are guilty of what is now termed “the Semmelweis reflex,” a knee-jerk rejection of cutting edge knowledge because it contradicts the dominant thinking of the time. When it comes to vaccines, health, and science in general, make sure you are a Semmelweis. And take what doctors, biology teachers, scientists, Surgeon Generals and news anchors try to beat into your skull with a heaping spoonful of salt.