Via Salon. The stupidest thing I’ve heard this week!
Measles is responsible for thousands of tragic (and preventable) deaths each year. Which is perhaps why so many reviewers are panning a new (and apparently self-published) book by Stephanie Messenger, an Australian author and anti-vaccine activist. According to the author’s page, “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.
Amazon reviewers have not taken kindly to Messenger’s suggestion that measles can be an “adventure,” either. As one recently wrote:
Isn’t Melanie lucky that she didn’t get pneumonia from her measles like 1 in 15 children (7%) do? I had measles when I was a toddler in the 1950s before there was a measles vaccine available. I was in hospital in an oxygen tent for over a week with bilateral pneumonia when I had measles.
At what point as a society did we decide that many of the advances we achieved in the twentieth century were actually bullshit?
What other books can we can we expect from this woman?
“Max’s Magnificent Mumps”
“Sarah’s Stunning Scarlet Fever”
“Ted’s Triumphant Tuberculous”
“Charlie’s Chocolarific Chicken Pox”.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to get back to living in the 21st century before I get the rickets.