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1.0 out of 5 stars Roald Dahl's daughter died from measles, 1 Jan. 2013
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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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Posted on 11 Aug 2013, 21:47:04 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2013, 22:03:29 BST
Guy Chapman says:
You are right about the lack of rationality, but you attribute it incorrectly.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2013, 23:50:05 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2013, 23:54:26 BST
zeno says:
LOL!

Perhaps you could say whether you believe it is OK for people to make misleading claims in contravention of regulations, codes and laws? If so, why?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2013, 00:30:32 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2013, 00:32:48 BST
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Guy Chapman says:
Sandra: That statement is objectively false, but as a homeopathist I fully acknowledge that your appreciation of what is misleading is unlikely to be in line with reality.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2013, 00:51:27 BST
zeno says:
Sandra A Hermann-Courtney said:

"Alan, no one in this forum has made misleading claim in contravention of regulations, codes and laws!"

Eh? I never claimed anyone did! You're the one who brought it up, so can you answer my two questions?

"Call off your hounds"

I have no hounds to call off!

But please feel free to answer the questions that have been asked of you.

"it's almost midnight in the UK. That's my main beef with the Nightingale Collaboration"

Let's get this straight. Your main 'beef' is that I stay up late???

I've challenged you before on this - and you're certainly not my mommy - it really is none of your business what time I go to bed!

"or have I not made myself clear."

Correct, you have not made yourself clear at all: I am responding to public comments on a public website, yet you have never explained why you believe you should have control over what I do in my spare time or when I do it.

"Leave private citizens alone."

I am countering misleading information, regardless of who makes it and I am hounding no one.

If there is anyone left reading this, perhaps they'd like to peruse your website and decide for themselves who is doing the hounding?

"Why not write & publish your own book to counteract what you do not like?"

That's quite a good idea. However, I'm not sure I need to: there are already some very good books that show that homeopathy and other nonsense is just quackery. I can recommend the following:

Bad Science
Trick or Treatment?: Alternative Medicine on Trial
Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All
Killing Us Softly: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

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C. Jahnig says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2013, 07:53:26 BST
Guy Chapman says:
Sandra, you seem perfectly happy with "hounding" when the target is someone whose opinions you don't like (i.e. anyone who follows the scientific consensus) - it appears that what offends you is simply that others might get the last word.

You run an attack blog focusing on the individuals, pure ad hominem, and you seem to believe that any criticism of homeopathy is a direct criticism of you; this is of course a telling sign that homeopathy is a religion, much as its adherents might pretend otherwise.

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