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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete nonsense preying on the fears of parents, 6 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) (Paperback)
This book has recently been comprehensively debunked by an article in the American scientific journal 'Pediatrics', it's full of factual mistakes and the usual 'Big pharmaceutical companies are making lots of money, therefore everything your doctor says is suspect' drivel.

For instance, he states: "A new medication goes through many
years of trials in a select group of people to make sure it
is safe. . . . Vaccines, on the other hand, don't receive the
same type of in-depth short-term testing or long-term
safety research.". This is simply not true, vaccines generally are tested on larger numbers of people for longer periods of time.

He also mistakenly gives the numbers of reports to VAERS (equivalent to the UK's 'Yellow Card' system of reporting side-effects) as CASES of serious side-effects from vaccines. They are not, they are simply people saying "My child had the vaccine, then later had one or more symptoms", these reports may or may not be reports of side-effects of the vaccine, or just the normal background number of kids getting ill.

Let's be clear, vaccination has saved countless lives, these kind of books are not scientifically researched, they're opinions, and their purpose is to sell more books. They're calling on parents to take risks with their children's lives. Thanks to the MMR hoax, there have already been unnecessary suffering, disability and deaths.

Of course, the kind of parent who buys and believes these books aren't going to take proper scientific research like that done about the faults in this book seriously, because they generally form an opinion early on and don't let anything as trivial as evidence and hard fact interfere with it.
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Showing 1-6 of 6 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 8 Jan 2009 11:40:40 GMT
John Kendall says:
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Posted on 11 Jan 2009 22:01:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jan 2009 22:04:27 GMT
minty says:
(groan) just an example of a hysterical pro-vaccination person. unfortunately this lack of open debate and discussion without people screaming "lets be clear" etc. just puts off parents who have justificable questions and concerns. why does this drive these types of people so mad i will never understand.

p.s. the sort of parent who buys this book is EXACTLY the sort of parent who is interested in proper scientific research (and different opinions obviously though hopefully less bigoted than this reviewer). They are usually well-read and measured in their thinking about things and don't take government propaganda "we are all going to die and now!!!!" at face value.

p.s. 2 for your information - fact: vaccines are not tested to the same extent as other drugs.

Posted on 13 Jan 2009 13:17:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2009 13:18:22 GMT
Norbury says:
Those doubting the truth of this review might like to read the Paediatrics article (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/123/1/e164) which is far more scathing of the basic and unforgivable errors in this book. Books like this do not promote knowledge, just play to fears.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2009 21:06:04 GMT
Chris Smith says:
Not all at hysterical actually, nor am I screaming. itAnd just because you put 'FACT' in front of a statement, doesn't make it true. But that's the issue really, what you believe vs what is proven.

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 07:44:33 GMT
ZaBibu says:
I am a parent that has read Dr. Sears vaccine book from cover to cover. I have also read the article in Pediatrics that "debunks" it, and was interested to see that one of the authors, Dr Offit, is the coinventor of and co-patent holder for the RotaTeq vaccine. Perhaps that escaped your notice. The peer comments following the critique are most enlightening and many are in support of Dr. Sears. As parents we try to read up as much as possible to understand the pros and cons of vaccines. In fact we are hungry for hard facts and evidence. Dr. Sears alternative vaccine schedule may go against the grain but it has persuaded me to vaccinate my child at a rate at which I feel comfortable.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2012 20:18:30 GMT
'playing to fears' is what vaccination is all about - according to the marketing blurb from big pharma, your child is 'at risk' if you don't shoot him/her up with mercury, aluminium, formaldehyde & human faeces.
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