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Posted on February 15 at 9:21 p.m.

JohnTieber is correct when he suggests we should all get the MMR vaccination.

On Viral Immunity

Posted on February 15 at 6:14 p.m.

“I encourage Starshine to use her power of word to stick to what she is most talented at — rather than medical advice that is so full of tricksterism that it is truly scary.” Dale Figtree

Mr. Figtree need only to look into a mirror to see the trickster here. Starshine’s position is consistent with reality and sound medical advice, for example:

Key facts
• Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
• In 2013, there were 145 700 measles deaths globally – about 400 deaths every day or 16 deaths every hour.
• Measles vaccination resulted in a 75% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2013 worldwide.
• In 2013, about 84% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services – up from 73% in 2000.
• During 2000-2013, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 15.6 million deaths making measles vaccine one of the best buys in public health.

On Viral Immunity

Posted on February 15 at 5:46 p.m.

“In the churning over the refusal of some parents to immunize their children against certain diseases, a venerable Latin phrase may prove useful: Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. It means, “After this, therefore because of this.” In plainer language: Event B follows Event A, so B must be the direct result of A. It is a classic fallacy in logic. It is also a trap into which many Americans have fallen. That is the consensus among health professionals trying to contain recent spurts of infectious diseases that they had believed were forever in the country’s rearview mirror. They worry that too many people are not getting their children vaccinated, out of a conviction that inoculations are risky. Some parents feel certain that vaccines can lead to autism, if only because there have been instances when a child got a shot and then became autistic. Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. Making that connection between the two events, most health experts say, is as fallacious in the world of medicine as it is in the field of logic.”

On Herd Immunity or Insanity?

Posted on February 13 at 10:03 p.m.

Tabatha – I hope you are not terribly surprised by the revelation of our water supply being poisoned by reckless oil extraction. I think, as you made clear in several posts, that it was clear to any informed and objective observer that aggressive petrochemical extraction had this collateral result was a significant possibility with little contingency. Clearly the arguments against measure P were inspired by some combination of incompetence and greed. Sit back and wait for the lame bleats to the contrary.

On Santa Barbara Wells Part of Statewide Investigation

Posted on February 11 at 1:56 p.m.

"I dunno the difference." JJ

Gotta agree with you on this one Jarv

On Dildo Wielded During City Council Meeting

Posted on February 11 at 1:52 p.m.

The problem seems to be widespread

On Dildo Wielded During City Council Meeting

Posted on February 11 at 11:34 a.m.

“"…vaccines have nothing to do with autism..." is false” is false.

On Autism Enlightenment

Posted on February 11 at 11:22 a.m.

Same different topic, different loon:

On Immune to the Facts?

Posted on February 11 at 10:24 a.m.

Thanks for a constructive letter Starshine. Perhaps your reaching out to the anti-vaxxers will lead to some of them becoming responsible members of the community.

Besides excluding unvaccinated children (except those with valid medical exclusions) from public schools, perhaps the unvaccinated should be denied health insurance – or at least be required to pay a premium that covers the collateral damage (eg, surge in measles, whooping cough) caused by their negligence.

On Immune to the Facts?

Posted on February 11 at 9:52 a.m.

The letter makes a good point: without a doubt “children with autism are lovable.” One shouldn't be ashamed of a family member with autism. Or Downs syndrome, etc. Parents who shoulder the added responsibilities these out-of-ordinary conditions pose with pride and love deserve admiration and support.

Fortunately, vaccines have nothing to do with autism. Penn and Teller tell it best

On Autism Enlightenment

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