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on 29 April 2013
I discovered this horrific little book in a physiotherapy waiting room and just had to read it.
The price is just £4.99, but it may end up costing the life of a loved one, so please avoid following the central message, which is that vaccination does not work and should be avoided.
The book is full of half explained and poorly constructed ideas with allusions to 'evidence', but with nothing real to back it up. It's written in a simplistic style that is easily accessible for the easily taken in.
The author is a self-confessed homeopath, yet asks us to trust his ability to interpret evidence of treatment efficacy. You'll of course recall that homeopathy is no longer available on the NHS due to the fact the there is no reliable evidence that it offers any demonstrable benefits to patients.
Various quacks have 'challenged' the value and safety of vaccines, namely Andrew Wakefield (disgraced medic who has been struck off the GMC register), only to be found wanting. However, people are keen to believe in conspiracies (a flaw Trevor Gunn likes to exploit with his books) and are often taken in. This isn't so bad when they are being sold worthless remedies for feeling generally ill-at-ease (i.e. homeopathy), but becomes highly dangerous when applied to anxious parents trying to make important decisions about vaccinating their children.
The current measles epidemic in the UK is a good example of the problem with this type of book and the author should be ashamed of himself for peddling such piffle.
Please, for the sake of your loved ones, do not buy this book. Instead, go to reputable sources for your health information.
Since writing this review, I've done a little searching for information about the author and found this interesting newspaper article about his imprisonment for fraud. Search for Trevor Gunn and The Argus - dated 1st March 2012.