Does it sometimes seem like anti-vaccine folks are speaking a foreign language?
It definitely seems like they misunderstand and misuse a lot of scientific terms, like evidence, research, and toxin, doesn’t it?
The first step to understanding someone who is truly anti-vaccine and unnecessarily puts their kids at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases, might be to understand how they misunderstand most things about vaccines…
For example, many of them believe that anecdotes and case studies are strong evidence and on par with the preponderance of evidence that has shown that vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary.
What other terms do they get wrong?
|When you say…||Anti-Vaccine folks think…|
|research||I googled it and found something on an anti-vaccine website that confirms what I already thought|
|peer review||I had my anti-vaccine friends, some of whom are actually in charge of the journal, take a look at it|
|personal stories||can only be anecdotal vaccine injury scare stories, but never about regretting a skipped vaccine or personal stories about vaccine-preventable diseases|
|consensus||my anti-vaccine friends on Facebook|
|shills||anyone who supports vaccines|
|pediatrician||a vaccine pusher|
|learn the risk||learn the exaggerated risks of vaccines that I’m going to scare you about|
|expert||anyone who agrees with me|
|unavoidably unsafe||vaccines can’t ever be safe to anyone in any circumstance ever|
|toxin||anything and everything that sounds sciency|
|chemical||anything that isn’t natural, not understanding that everything is a chemical|
|scientist||anyone who took a science class in high school or college|
|doctor||typically a chiropractor|
|medicine||non-evidence based therapies that don’t involve Big Pharma, aren’t covered by insurance, and are likely very expensive|
|risk||can only come from a vaccine, never from skipping or delaying a vaccine or from a vaccine-preventable disease|
|shedding||what happens when someone gets a vaccine|
|vaccine injury||anything and everything bad that happens to you in the days, weeks, months, and years after you get vaccinated or in the days, weeks, months, and years before you were born because of the vaccines your parents or grandparents received|
|religious vaccine exemption||I just don’t want to vaccinate and protect my kids, so will lie and say it is about religion|
|vaccine preventable disease||since many anti-vaccine folks don’t really think that vaccines work, they might act more confused if you use this term|
|informed consent||when I tell you all of the bad stuff about vaccines, most of which isn’t true, and leave out any talk of benefits|
|leaky gut||explains every major problem kids have after getting vaccinated|
|MAPS doctors||the new DAN doctors|
|VAERS||a list of vaccine-injuries|
|herd immunity||doesn’t exist, but can only happen from natural immunity|
|hiding in the herd||what used to protect unvaccinated kids, until more and more folks started listening to us to our anti-vaccine propaganda|
|package inserts||can be used to scare parents about SIDS and autism|
|do your research||go to an anti-vaccine forum or website|
|cherry picking||what does picking cherries have to do with vaccines???|
|natural immunity||easy life-long immunity without any consequences|
|vaccine choice||I want to do it my way, no matter how many choices I have|
|germ theory||germs don’t cause disease and if they did, vaccines didn’t stop them, it was better nutrition and sanitation|
|homeopathy||vaccines don’t work, weekly chiropractic adjustments can keep you healthy, and natural immunity is best, but buy some homeopathic vaccines anyway|
|essential oils||definitely not being sold as part of a multi-level marketing scheme|
|monkey pox||just smallpox renamed|
|Guillain-Barré Syndrome||just polio renamed|
|roseola||just measles renamed|
|SIDS||a vaccine injury|
|vitamin K||a vaccine to be avoided|
|cognitive dissonance||how we sleep at night after skipping or delaying vaccines and leave our kids unnecessarily unprotected from life-threatening diseases|
|Andrew Wakefield||“…Nelson Mandela and Jesus Christ rolled up into one.”|
It’s why many people have a hard time talking to friends and family members who are anti-vaccine. And even visits to the pediatrician to talk about vaccines don’t always go so well.
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5 thoughts on “How Do Anti-Vaccine Folks Think?”
Hey can you give me a link for a vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study, can you show me the study of 69 vaccines that say vaccines don’t cause autoimmune diseases, or brain inflammation, also can you tell me why you can’t sue the pharmaceutical industry if you are injured by a vaccine? Well this is why people don’t want to vaccinate because you have a malicious condescending tone when we ask simple questions such as these. When you can’t tell us then we do the research ourselves. We find out you have no clue about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. And you are flat out lying. This is why people are losing faith and doctors and choosing not to vaccinate. As a doctor you’re a disgrace.
How about this one? https://vaxopedia.org/2016/09/14/vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated-studies/
Well that proved nothing.
I just stumbled on this looking for Covid-19 vaccine information. I am not what one would call an “anti-vaxxer” and even I can see through this poorly veiled attempt at dis-informing the unwitting reader.
Interlinking to other articles that you wrote, that link to other articles that you wrote, as some kind of weak excuse for a source to your information just shows that you have nothing of true scientific merit to back your poorly crafted rhetoric.
You should truly be embarrassed to call yourself a doctor for pumping out harmful disinformation to the public like this.
The word is out ever since the damning video leaked from the 12/3/2019 Global Vaccine Safety Summit with top health officials admitting to the damage and deaths associated with vaccines as they collaborated together in coming up with rhetoric such as yours and other methods for keeping the truth about these dangers under wraps. With that said, you are the one who is coming off like the crackpot AND LIAR by helping your check signers perpetuate their cacophony of disinformation.
Im laughing my pants off.. Whete did t his come from!!?? I dont think like that AT ALL… What is this; the ‘Let us make things up about conscious not vaxxers so everybody will hate them’- club!? Get a life.. please!!
Agreed. This guy is a clown.