Why write something when someone has said it better?
The ratio of reading to writing should be 100 to 1 or something like that.
Samuel Johnson ( b. 1709, editor of the first English Dictionary) was renowned for his sharp tongue.
When asked about a new rising writer he said “I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.”
This essay from the Skeptic Robert Carroll, who comments on the vaccine debate, Dr. Jay Gordon and the AVM crusade.
Jenny McCarthy claims that she cured her son’s vaccine caused autism with mother wit?
Please, what an ego. Either misdiagnosis or a therapeutic fantasy.
But it was natural and using the word natural is magical.
The other magical word that poisons the vaccine discussion is mercury, which has developed an iconic reputation for toxicity, in spite of the fact that it is not toxic in the amounts that were in the vaccines, or the tooth amalgams, or, for that matter, in the fish we eat. Do a JunkScience.com search on mercury and see how the rare terrible poisonings in Mimimata, Japan and Basra, Iraq created a misunderstanding and fear that is not justified. Mercury and the heavy metals can be very toxic in big exposures with certain chemical molecular states, but those poisonings were unique catastrophes.
The Skeptic said one thing I disagree with when he claims that vaccines are unnatural. Vaccines are very natural, they take advantage of a natural process called immunity. Small pox vaccine, for example, was based on the study and use of a natural phenomena, the observation that milk maids seemed to be naturally resistant to small pox. The conclusion was a cross immunity from exposure to cow pox.
We can thank Edward Jenner for making cowpox vaccine for small pox, a live vaccine indeed, with what you might say is a pretty good reaction. I take care of military people who receive small pox vaccine which causes a local reaction of varying intensity and even a generalized rash sometimes called vaccinia, that is not a disease, just a rash from dissimination of the vaccine and a non clinical infection. That’s why live vaccines must be restricted for some vulnerable populations, but vaccines are still the way to go to prevent certain serious illnesses that maim or kill.
Millions have been saved from disfiguring severe illness or death from small pox. Small pox is now only considered in the context of weaponry for bioterrorism. The last community acquired small pox case was in Africa more than 20 years ago as I recall.