"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." - Friedrick Nietzsche

Atheist, scientist, secular Buddhist, rat lover, etc.

Originally from Iowa,I am a biology graduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

All of the anti-vaxer moronory can just disappear off of my dashboard now.

Nothing annoys me more than when people who don’t understand the first thing about a) how the human body works b) how viruses/bacteria work c) basic, basic immunology d) chemistry/biochemistry, try to argue about something that is related to any of the aforementioned items. Knowing this shit is what pays my bills and keeps me fed, do not try to argue your pseudo-science garbage in my presence.

Annoyed microbiologist out.

PS. You do realized that everything is composed of chemicals, right? The food we eat, the fucking air we breath? Yeah.

PPS Nothing against christiantheatheist, everything against his idiot greyfaces.

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Something I just heard on Cognitive Dissonance

christiantheatheist:

In Australia, you lose your tax benefits if you don’t vaccinate your children. Why is this not everywhere!?

Good. I bet Australia has a much lower incidence of Pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, and a whole host of other vaccination-preventable illnesses.  People who “disagree” with vaccinations generally have absolutely no knowledge about how the human immune system works.  Jenny McCartney said “blah, blah, blah” doesn’t count.

Anti-vaxers have infected Canada

This was the second hit when I googled “vaccinations Canada”. http://vran.org/ It is the same made-up garbage that US-based anti-vaxers like Jenny McCarney’s Autism One spew.  The whole “omgeeee vaccines cause autism because that one fabricated study by that now-disbarred doctor said so” routine.  Lolz this one actually claims that vaccines cause juvenile diabetes and peanut allergies. You know, because its totally not genetically based or anything. Gag.

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christiantheatheist:

Vaccination Nation

Vaccines have been a topic of debate for quite some time. Many parents opt out of vaccinating their children because of scientific rumors, some feel that ancient diseases no longer need vaccinations because of their rarity. Other parents vaccinate their children willingly and unvaccinated playmates cause parents to fear for their child’s health. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has sparked controversy after a physician published a paper linking it to autism. This has been widely discredited both by government researchers and private researchers, but the publicity and effect carries on.
As seen in the infographic, some parents are not following CDC suggested vaccine schedules. Parents are skipping doses, delaying vaccines, waiting between consecutive vaccinations and refusing the vaccinations all together. This has an effect on the unvaccinated children as well as their vaccinated playmates. 68% of those diagnosed with measles from 2004-2008 refused vaccinations.
Parental reasons for straying from CDC recommended vaccinations vary, including more control over their child’s health, avoiding unnecessary vaccines, safety and side effects. While parents do have ultimate control over their child’s health, everyone should make educated decisions about health and wellness. While following a recommended schedule blindly may not be the best route, doing research and having a plan are important to consider when the consequences can affect both your child health and the health of others. For all of you parents, do you vaccinate? Why or why not?


Dear mom, thanks for getting me my recommended vaccinations on time. Thanks to you (and the medical professional who administered the vaccines), I haven’t been infected with the measles, rubella, or HPV. Not being sick or potentially dying from a preventable illness has worked out quite well for me.

christiantheatheist:

Vaccination Nation

Vaccines have been a topic of debate for quite some time. Many parents opt out of vaccinating their children because of scientific rumors, some feel that ancient diseases no longer need vaccinations because of their rarity. Other parents vaccinate their children willingly and unvaccinated playmates cause parents to fear for their child’s health. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has sparked controversy after a physician published a paper linking it to autism. This has been widely discredited both by government researchers and private researchers, but the publicity and effect carries on.

As seen in the infographic, some parents are not following CDC suggested vaccine schedules. Parents are skipping doses, delaying vaccines, waiting between consecutive vaccinations and refusing the vaccinations all together. This has an effect on the unvaccinated children as well as their vaccinated playmates. 68% of those diagnosed with measles from 2004-2008 refused vaccinations.

Parental reasons for straying from CDC recommended vaccinations vary, including more control over their child’s health, avoiding unnecessary vaccines, safety and side effects. While parents do have ultimate control over their child’s health, everyone should make educated decisions about health and wellness. While following a recommended schedule blindly may not be the best route, doing research and having a plan are important to consider when the consequences can affect both your child health and the health of others. For all of you parents, do you vaccinate? Why or why not?

Dear mom, thanks for getting me my recommended vaccinations on time. Thanks to you (and the medical professional who administered the vaccines), I haven’t been infected with the measles, rubella, or HPV. Not being sick or potentially dying from a preventable illness has worked out quite well for me.