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  •  Reminds me of a "natural health" zealot I knew. (22+ / 0-)

    This one happened to breed cats and didn't vaccinate any of the pooties in her care - mothers, kittens or even anything she petted out, for "natural health" reasons.

    Calici virus (a virulent uri that is easily controllable with vaccination) wiped out her whole breeding program. The problem is, she had already petted out a bunch and in the sales contract, she insisted that the new owners must follow her "natural health" program or they would lose the cats.

    The "natural health" philosophy applies to people as well.

    Back in the bad old days, people who got a virus and survived were the strong. Everyone else died. That's "natural health". Trouble is, those infected can, at least in these days, spread the infection world wide before we even know it is happening.

    Now, when we get vaccinated, we get enough of a virus, in a weakened form, to provide protection against the disease. It's how smallpox and polio were reduced from rampant killers to a very rare (if ever) occurrence.

    People who are against vaccinations don't understand that a small dose of disease protects against much bigger problems. Again, where are the scientific types when we need them, especially against who think science is nothing but hoakum.

    I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

    by woolibaar on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 07:05:52 PM PDT

    •  Funny how people don't understand (15+ / 0-)

      what the history of 'natural health' involved. Like how many women died in pregnancy, labor and delivery.

      We also couldn't get past the big family traditions when vaccines started keeping most children alive to adulthood.

      Even when the vaccines don't prevent a disease completely, the case is very mild compared to one that involves a virulent strain or large innoculation  - the number of organisms transferred to the victim.

      The shingles vaccine is less effective the older you are when getting it. My mom was ~ 85 before a doctor finally ordered it. Just in time. The next winter she broke out with some lesions. We got her to the ED quickly and she was on antivirals well within the 72 hour window to start them. It was annoying and the isolated lesions were painful. Much easier to control and much shorter duration than a full blown outbreak.

      Especially compared to the cases we have both seen pre vaccine and antivirals as nurses.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 07:32:15 PM PDT

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