Physicians Being Trained With User-Friendly Guide To Deal With Anti-Vaccine Parents

By: Dave Mihalovic

Parents who wish to opt-out from mandatory vaccination schedules at their doctor’s office will soon be labeled as anti-vaccine parents in need of further enlightenment. The Clinician’s Guide to the Anti-Vaccinationists’ Galaxy,  published in the journal Human Immunology attempts to address and convince anti-vaccine parents that their misconceptions about vaccinations are based on myths.

In the limited time of an office visit, how can a primary care physician possibly make their case to parents that their child should be vaccinated? Especially with all the informed and educated parents who don’t want their children injected with known neurotoxins, immunotoxins, carcinogens and infertility chemicals, what is a doctor to do?

Well, a Mayo Clinic vaccine advocate and pediatrician (of course) offers suggestions for refuting what he considers three of the most common myths about vaccines.

Their article, The Clinician’s Guide to the Anti-Vaccinationists’ Galaxy, is published online in the journal Human Immunology.

“Primary care physicians have less time than most to explain the scientific case for vaccination. This article gives them the background and tools to debunk some of the major myths,” says lead author Gregory Poland, M.D., Mayo Clinic vaccinologist.

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  1. Firstly I should state that I am not a Homoeopath. Secondly I would like to say that I am an alleid health practitioner that has studied a Bachelor of Applied Science at University of Western Sydney in Australia-for which I have attained a distinction degree and a dean’s medal. (not trying to talk myself up- just trying to give you my background..) I have studied Homoeopathy through the University as part of this degree and have some comments for you. (if ,indeed you are open to them- anonymous’ characters seem to be belitteling and offending anyone who does not write supporting comments for your cartoon piece .)I do not intend to offend you in any way, so please bear this in mind.1. There has actually been successful repeats of Jaques Benveniste’s research.Madeleine Ennis, professor of Immunopharmacology at Queen’s University in Belfast has encountered successful repeats (That prove homoeopathy to have the biological action that practitioners claim). She was asked to join a multi centre European study to look at the effects of highly dilute solutions (well into the Homoeopathic range) of histamine on human Basophils. Four independent research laboratories in France, Holland, Italy and Belgium were sent test tubes of either pure water or histamine at homoeopathic dilutions. They were not told which was which. The preparations were all prepared in three different laboratories that had nothing further to do with the trial. The entire experiment was also coordinated by an independent researcher who coded all the solutions and collated the data,In brief, full measures were taken to ensure that a robust non-bias experiment of high standard was carried out.ALL FOUR CENTRES FOUND THAT THE ULTRA DILUTE SOLUTIONS HAD BIOLOGIC EFFECTS THE SAME AS HISTAMINE ON BASOPHILS. The results were recorded to be statistically significant at three of the centres. Madeleine was a true sceptic of Homoeopathy prior to this research. (New Scientist, 2001 As if by magic.. 170.2292 May 26: p46.) (Australia Homoeopathic Association NSW Branch Newsletter, number 69, 2001 May/June/July)2. I have had many people directly tell me that homoeopathy has had a powerful and immediate effect on them. One case was of a nurse that was cured over-night of clinically diagnosed chronic fatigue by taking a Homoeopathic remedy. She was one of my lecturers at UWS and swears by Homoeopathy now. I am also in contact with Homoeopaths who have taught at a tertiary level and whom I see as very dedicated and diligent practitioners (practicing Homoeopathy for over 30 yrs) who are not anti-orthodox medicine at all and whom have seen with their own eyes the indisputable fast healing effects of Homoeopathic remedies and continue their work because of this evidence.3.If you study the work of Sammuel Hahnemann (The German physician who was the founder of Homoeopathy) you will find that the way he discovered the theories that make up the basis of Homoeopathy was through scientific methodology truly you should read up on it!…The paradigm does not rely on Faith as you state in your cartoon, but rather on results proven by science!! It is the mechanism of action that remains a mystery..4.It is known by Homoeopaths and skeptics alike that there is no scientifically plausible mechanism for Homoeopathy. Do we all really believe that the present knowledge base of science is static though? And that no new discoveries can test it?? Quantum Physics is breaking new fronters in science as we speak Furthermore the mechanisms of action of many commonly prescribed drugs are not understood, such as dexamphetamine in the treatment of ADHD. The failure to understand the mechanism of action of a therapeutic substance does not normally diminish the enthusiasm for its use. Why should this be the case for Homoeopathy?

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