It was obvious that in Starshine’s February 12 column, her insight and exploration into measles vaccinations was lacking the research that would have connected her to the real issues here — which are twofold. First, as a nutritional health practitioner, I see ultimately that this is more about pharmaceutical companies pushing a vaccine that will yield a huge profit. Second, there is a need for big business to influence legislation that would force people to have to vaccinate no matter what.
A simple question: how many of us got the measles and mumps growing up? I did, my sisters did. These are childhood infectious illnesses that actually can challenge the immune system in ways to make it stronger. They aren’t the bad guys. But now, there is big money to be made — and, sadly, the more vaccines we give people, the less immune opportunities children have to get the developmental challenges that these common childhood illnesses provide.
Vaccines have always had problems; with something like polio, it was clearly worth any side effects since we were dealing with a deadly and paralyzing germ. But measles, it is a whole other class!
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.