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1.0 out of 5 stars Roald Dahl's daughter died from measles, 1 Jan 2013
This review is from: Melanie's Marvelous Measles (Paperback)
No doubt Stephanie Messenger thought it a great wheeze to mimic the title of Roald Dahl's book, George's Marvellous Medicine.

But perhaps the author of this ill-informed and potentially dangerous book should have read what Roald Dahl said about vaccinations:

"Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year. Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another. At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections. About 20 will die. LET THAT SINK IN. Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles. So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised? They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation. So what on earth are you worrying about? It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised. The ideal time to have it done is at 13 months, but it is never too late. All school-children who have not yet had a measles immunisation should beg their parents to arrange for them to have one as soon as possible. Incidentally, I dedicated two of my books to Olivia, the first was James and the Giant Peach'. That was when she was still alive. The second was 'The BFG', dedicated to her memory after she had died from measles. You will see her name at the beginning of each of these books. And I know how happy she would be if only she could know that her death had helped to save a good deal of illness and death among other children."

Yes, that's right, Stephanie: Roald Dahl's daughter DIED aged seven from the measles you believe is so harmless. Unfortunately, many, many other children have died as well.

It's you who needs to educate yourself properly and stop spreading dangerous nonsense and lies about diseases and vaccines.

Stephanie: please do everyone a favour and withdraw this book from sale before any parent even thinks about taking your advice - advice that they may later regret.
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2013 09:23:55 GMT
TPW says:
This is an excellent point. In addition by not vaccinating against measles you are reducing herd immunity and putting infants and those who cannot be immunized for medical reasons at risk.

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 10:18:21 GMT
Well put. Have you looked her up on google? She makes a living out of going on lecture tours in Australia, and pushing this book, amongst other mad ideas. She even links SIDS to vaccinations. I think there needs to be some legal way of stopping her, but it is out of our jurisdiction. If we could stop this book being sold in the UK it would help.

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 13:29:51 GMT
R. Fay says:
Just to support your point, the MMR programme started in Britain in 1988. This site - http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1195733835814 - has figures for Measles notifications and deaths in England and Wales, 1940-2008. The benefit - and need for - vaccination is obvious.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2013 22:20:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jan 2013 22:21:53 GMT
From Australia, you say...?

Perhaps if we wrote to her to promising to publish a book called "Barbara's Beneficial Bushfires", on the wonderful population-control effects of starting bushfires, she might start to feel how offensive this book is.

Too extreme? Of course, because it would be totally and utterly insensitive and offensive... just like this book.

Posted on 2 Feb 2013 19:36:03 GMT
Giftmacher says:
Excellent point, well made. Aping the title of a Dahl book is just insult to injury; ethically bankrupt on every level.

Posted on 10 Aug 2013 11:41:09 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2013 11:54:19 BDT
zeno says:
Mr. J. D. Wantling said:

"zeno "zeno", I totally disagree with your comment"

Please be specific: which bit do you totally disagree with?

"I suggest we start our research on the excellent whale.to website."

Oops. Scopie's Law.

Do you believe everything on whale.to?

Posted on 10 Aug 2013 15:22:08 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2013 15:35:15 BDT
zeno says:
Mr. J. D. Wantling said:

"Zeno, please do not condemn the excellent whale.to website"

I'm afraid whale.to condemns itself. But you didn't answer my question: do you believe everything on whale.to?

"this does not help in answering any of the issues that I raise."

They have been fully refuted elsewhere.

"Other folk go down this road and it really doesn't help. I say vaccines are poisons, and I hardly feel that this is open to question."

You need to read some reputable websites. How about the NHS Choices website?

"I also asked what are the mechanisms of measles. Please answer this question and then we can move on."

No. You said you 'totally disagree with your comment'. My comment was about Roald Dahl's letter about his daughter and the mangling of the title of his book by Messenger. Which part of that do you 'totally disagree' with?

Or perhaps you believe no child has ever died of measles?

Posted on 10 Aug 2013 15:42:35 BDT
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