Published on January 19th, 2016 | by jen9150
Yes I Am Anti-Vaccine
What does it mean to be anti-vaccine? Does it mean you are an extremist? Are some things really black and white, or are there always fifty shades of grey? For myself, after dozens of books and countless hours of research into the matter, I have come to the conclusion that vaccines are not medically necessary and that their potential risk outweighs their potential benefit.
After being presented with the true history of infectious disease, reams of anecdotal evidence, testimonies and data; the obfuscation and outright fraud by both vaccine manufacturers and the CDC vaccine division; and the fact that the immune system, as intricate, powerful and complex as it is, is still not fully understood by the scientific and medical establishment, I feel secure in my position. And I am in good company. There are millions of us out there. And many are established doctors, PhDs, scientists, lawyers, medical professionals and authors. And more are added to our ranks every day.
If you had come to the sincere conclusion that circumcision is not medically necessary and carries a real risk of injury to a child, would it be fair to accuse you of dogmatic, black-and-white thinking? Please consider. The same people that are accusing others of being “extreme” on vaccines happen to have strong opinions and convictions on a wide and varied range of topics. Yet for some reason, they have decided that vaccines are too much of a taboo topic to allow for strong positions. Ambivalence is the only politically correct, the only socially acceptable, stance to take.
I can respect the person who wants to play both sides, but I cannot respect the approach. If one sincerely believes that some vaccines are beneficial, and has the logical evidence to back it up, then sure. But if one instead is wallowing in the soothingly warm middle ground just because they want to play it safe, then don’t accuse those of us who aren’t afraid to state our opinions of being “extreme” or confrontational just because we are not afraid. I am open to discussion and debate, I don’t hide from it or get angry when someone politely asks an honest question.
I have absolutely no qualms about saying I’m anti-vaccine because there is evidence to support my statements. I am not saying I am always right or not open to new information; that’s the whole point of engaging with people who have different perspectives. I also have no issues with people who think vaccines are great, or who secretly think vaccines are not so great but are afraid to say so publicly, or are totally undecided. Just like Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, it is okay to have differences of opinion, perspective and ideology within a broader movement. We can still fight for the same causes. We can still support each other, and even have a drink together. Intellectual debate is not the same thing as bullying, or aggression, or malice. In fact, it’s done in a spirit of honesty and camaraderie. There is no need to feel attacked or defensive if someone doesn’t share your opinions or even publicly challenges them. Explain yourself, or don’t, but don’t accuse them of dogmatism.
This movement towards medical freedom brings together people from all walks of life, as it should. Hopefully, we will all learn from each other as we continue on our shared journey towards freedom, because freedom—intellectual, religious, medical and pure, individualistic freedom–is what it is really all about.
The push to uncover the widespread fraud and corruption at the CDC also brings together people who question vaccines and those who do not. Together, we must continue to pressure Congress to subpoena the #CDCWhistleblower as we continue to fight unethical vaccine mandate legislation in our home states.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
This week we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and in that spirit I will continue to stand up and speak my truth, even if I am the only voice in the room. He said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Even if your voice shakes, even if your friends turn away or your family disowns you, even if the whole world thinks you are a crazy, tinfoil-hat-wearing weirdo, never let them silence you. Speak up, stand up, show up. This is war, and we need you.