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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
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A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them.

The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry.

Now! Let's have a heated debate!

2013 update. Since I wrote this blog entry, this cartoon strip as well as many others on such subjects as homeopathy, chiropratic, evolution, and the supposed NASA Moon hoax landings, have been published in a book: Science Tales in the UK (Myriad Edtions) and How To Fake A Moon Landing in the US and Canada (Abrams). Here's the link to my main blog.

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I am Darryl Cunningham and this is my main blog.

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Wow, I am really shocked by all of this burning at the stake of non-vaccinating or delayed vaccinating parents by educated people! Those who are still holding on to that "vaccines = autism" in the non-vaccinating camp are the same as the FLDS are to the Mormon church... outliers who claim to be part of the "church" but are really doing their own thing.
The reason to delay MMR at the very least until 2yrs old is because the blood brain barrier in children is not fully formed until 2 yrs old. MMR is recommended at 12 mths (as my pediatrician just informed me at my daughter's 1yr appt this week). The blood brain barrier is exactly what the name implies, the ability for blood pathogens to enter brain matter via the circulatory system without a filter prior to the age of two. So, autism aside, all the items in the vaccines (the live viruses, the solution in which they are kept [and no, I am not talking about mercury, the educated among us know that isn't the issue that it used to be] are traveling into your child's brain... I don't know about you all but knowing that the biggest period of brain growth is from 0-3yrs old and from that point on your brain "prunes" synaptic connections based on use until you die, I don't feel like throwing in some random junk that my children don't need into their brains. 2yrs and a day... fine, shoot 'em up... but the reason why "all vaccines" are recommended in these massive quantities by 18mths is not because children NEED them by then, it's because that is the age up to which federal funding for vaccines for children is paid for. Had the funding specified 15mth or 24mths the APA (American Pediatric Assoc) and the CDC would recommend 15mths or 24mths for them all. These ages and combos are not based on scientific research as to BEST practices they are based on "what is the schedule that is least likely to produce harmful interactions within the federally funded window." I'm sorry but I don't appreciate the federal government or my insurance company telling me when I should shoot chemicals into my child's developing brain based on a law passed by Congress... sorry, no can do. So, what do I do? All the "kill you before age 1" diseases I vaccinate for... easy peasy... but one live and one inert vaccine per visit. Do you know there are SIXTEEN separate vaccines recommended for the 3mth and 6mth visits? Seriously people? And people act like their children running fevers, being cranky, sick out of sorts for a few days after vaccines is unavoidable... uh, no, not at all... Get a vaccine now (or two), come back in 4 wks, get another one or two... yes, it requires more visits but heck, if you didn't want to put a little extra effort into parenting why did you embark on this journey in the first place? Convenience and parenting are a tad oxymoronic in the same sentence together.

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