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Unvaccinated America: Worst horror movie ever?

May 11, 2012

Hi reader! Sorry for my absence but once again the end of the semester crept up and forced me to toil away at my paying job at all hours of the day and night.  And since I have yet to uncover the location of the Big Pharma Money Pot, toil away I must.  Nonetheless, I am back, and the subject of today’s post is a maybe somewhat-anticipated “documentary film”, entitled “Unvaccinated America”, which is apparently in pre-production.

Now reader, I know that like me, you were hoping that this film would be a hard-hitting, objective look at how a toxic brew of Facebook and mob hysteria with a dash of NVIC and skatole can create insanity in otherwise normal-appearing people.  But no. The stated objective of the movie is for the filmmakers, Helen and Orion Beaufort,  to “set off on a two month road trip across the states to meet families who, like us, have decided not to vaccinate”. Toward this end, the husband-and-wife moviemaking team is attempting to employ crowdsourcing to fund their journey. In other words, they are asking anti-vax dingbats to fund their summer vacation in which they hope to meet like-minded people.  One wonders why they simply do not sponsor one of those themed cruises, this one for anti-vaxxers only, and  preferably one-way to Palmyra Atoll.

Nonetheless, anti-vax families all over Facebook are scurrying to get a slot on the Beaufort’s vacation schedule as well as their 15 minutes of, umm, exposure. It was therefore a crushing blow to read that to date it appears that the Beauforts have raised less than $4000 from the anti-vax community. And thus far Randy Quaid has yet to sign on, so we may have to wait another year for National Lampoon’s* Public Health Nightmare Vacation.

The one thing I simply adore about this proposed film is how it differentiates itself from other nonsensical and craptastic anti-vax propaganda films, such as The Greater Good.  On the website for the movie, the filmmakers do not even attempt the charade of making a “balanced” film. Nay; instead they put all the cards on the table, making it clear that the film is to make vaccinhaters feel good about their ill-informed choice. They will discuss their superior knowledge of public health with people just like them, including such subject matter as how often anti-vaxxers get sick and how they deal with it when people around them get sick. To be honest, this sounds like the most boring vacation slideshow ever. Truly, I can only handle this type of conversation with actual relatives for about 5 minutes before I start looking for an unfenced precipice.

I do have some tips for strengthening the film, which will doubtless go unheeded. But I am nothing if not an optimist. Therefore, I would recommend that the Beauforts add the following tourist traps to their itinerary:

1. Philadelphia. Visit with scientists at the brilliant Vaccine Education Center at CHOP and learn about infectious disease from people whose knowledge of vaccines was not gleaned from Googling.

2. Boston. Visit the site of the last major smallpox epidemic in America, and the old stomping grounds of Immanuel Pfeiffer, the anti-vaxxer who believed that vaccines don’t work, waltzed into a smallpox ward and yes, you guessed it, got a vicious case of smallpox**.

3. Memphis. Visit the graves of those who died in the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1878, which ultimately killed 20,000 Americans throughout the southern United States. Yes, Yellow Fever could rather easily come back to the United States. Yes, it can kill you in high numbers. Yes, there is a vaccine for it. Yes, it works.

4. Atlanta. Visit the den of the Exemplary and Plenipotentiary Evil Science Overlords at the Centers for Disease Control (and Prevention!). Discover to your amazement that the folks who work there are intelligent human lifeforms, not brainwashed needle-frenzied robots intent on robbing your of your life, liberty, and pursuit of rubella.

5. Pittsburgh. Go to the University of Pittsburgh and celebrate 50+ years since the polio vaccine was developed by Dr. Salk. While visiting, make sure to tell the researchers there that polio “wasn’t really that bad”. It’s a real conversation-starter and would probably make for some excellent film content.

Thanks for stopping by, reader.

*Yep, still love this song. Holiday RoOoOoOoOoOoOoD…

**Not one of the vaccinated persons  who attended with him got the disease.

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40 Comments
  1. Autismum permalink

    I think choking to death on popcorn would be more fun than that movie.

  2. I keep thinking about the Indiana Jones movies with the map showing how Indy got to the treasures. Except with this movie it would have a skull and crossbones showing where he latest disease vector was.

  3. You forgot the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia! (It’s an awesome small museum AND the home of the History of Vaccines).

    Oh, California, where 10 babies died of a vaccine-preventable disease.

  4. Terri Lewis permalink

    More kids have died, this past year, from autism-related wandering and/or drowning than have died in California from so-called “vaccine-preventable” disease.

    • I don’t want to be rude, Terri, but there is a reason that deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases are lower than other causes. It is probably obvious to most readers, but perhaps you do not understand that that reason is VACCINATIONS.

      Further, vaccinations do not cause autism. Period. So I’m not sure why you feel compelled to bring that into the conversation.

  5. Terri Lewis permalink

    Vaccines cause brain encephalopathy in conjunction with immune damage in those who are susceptible. The number of such cases is significant. The brain encephalopathy and immune damage then lead to the symptoms of autism. It’s in the vaccine inserts (“brain encephalopathy” ) and it’s happening (under the current immunization program) to approximately 1.5% to 2% of those who followed (or now follow) the CDC’s current recommendations. Facts. Deal with them.

    • Ok Terri, thanks for stopping by. Unless you provide a scientific reference for any of your claims, this was your last post. Have a lovely weekend.

    • Chris permalink

      Ms. Lewis, you will be happy to learn that the concerns about encephalopathy have been formally investigated. There is no real connection, and diseases like measles, mumps, and Hib are more likely to cause neurological damage (like the seizures my son had a disease before there was a vaccine). See:

      Vaccine. 2012 Jan 5;30(2):247-53. Epub 2011 Nov 12
      Lack of association between childhood immunizations and encephalitis in California, 1998-2008.

      Pediatrics Vol. 126 No. 2 August 1, 2010 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-1496)
      Lack of Association Between Acellular Pertussis Vaccine and Seizures in Early Childhood

      Pediatrics. 2010 Jun;125(6):1134-41. Epub 2010 May 24.
      On-time vaccine receipt in the first year does not adversely affect neuropsychological outcomes.

      Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 May;29(5):397-400.
      Lack of association between measles-mumps-rubella vaccination and autism in children: a case-control study.

      Pediatrics, February 2009, Vol. 123(2):475-82
      Neuropsychological Performance 10 years after Immunization in Infancy with Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines

      Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2006 Sep;25(9):768-73.
      Encephalopathy after whole-cell pertussis or measles vaccination: lack of evidence for a causal association in a retrospective case-control study.

      J Infect Dis. 2005 Nov 15;192(10):1686-93. Epub 2005 Oct 12.
      Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis: more cases of this fatal disease are prevented by measles immunization than was previously recognized.

      Pediatrics. 2001 Dec;108(6):E112
      Childhood vaccinations, vaccination timing, and risk of type 1 diabetes mellitus.

  6. Autismum permalink

    Terri, just because VPDs and wandering can harm autistic people doesn’t mean one has to choose which to protect against, as you seem to imply. There are people, myself for one, working very hard to help raise awareness of autism-related wandering and help put in place measures to help reduce it starting by making businesses that may need to send operatives to the homes of autistic people aware of the possibility of wandering. As well as doing this I ensure that my autistic son is fully vaccinated. I’m covering both fronts as best I can and in both efforts I hope to protect other children, autistic or not, from the perils of wandering and suffering from VPDs.

  7. pegston permalink

    You are quite stupid… and your writing is very annoying and uninteresting, I could not finish it till the end… but you get what you deserve – having all your miraculous vaxes, I guess? ;) Good luck, honey!!!

    • Chris permalink

      Why do you think insults are a valid form of evidence and discussion? If you have verifiable evidence counter the suggestions of stops for the film please present them. Do tell us how Immanuel Pfeiffer did himself a favor by actually getting smallpox and possibly spreading to others. Explain how yellow fever did not have that much impact on history, especially in Cuba and Panama… if you don’t think Memphis, TN is that important. Come on, you can do it!

    • Yawn. Typical anti-vaxxer. You’re going to have to do better than that, pegston.

  8. pegston permalink

    skeweddistribution – I don’t need to do better, you are the typical brainwashed vaxxer, you’ve done it to yourself already ;) ;)

    • Pegston, I’m afraid that I do not find your comments interesting, informed, educational, or useful. If you have anything to say that doesn’t involve ad hominem attacks, then by all means, bring it. Otherwise you’re just wasting my bandwidth.

    • Shaliza permalink

      Well, if we’re the brainwashed vaxxers, then I think it’s safe to say that you’re the classic example of a brainwashed anti-vaxxer. It works both ways, you know. ;) At least we have REAL science and proper research to back up our claims, not to mention the hardcore facts about disease the the deaths that result. You just resort to worshipping at the altars of Mercola and Tenpenny and consider Googling “crap” to be research. I’ve yet to meet an intelligent anti-vaxxer and I doubt I ever will.

      BTW, Skewed, this is another terrific article which made for an interesting read. I especially like your suggestions for the places to visit in the making of this so called documentary film. Thanks for a good ol’ chuckle at the end of a long day! :D

  9. pegston permalink

    No worries, I did not think you will find my comments interesting ;) There is plethora of literature out there on vaccines and a person with brain would have seen through the propaganda. Do you really believe that the big pharmaceutical corporations have your health in their best interest? Their CEOs say it in our faces and you people still don’t see it:
    The head of the drug company Merck made some candid comments about his sorrow that his company’s market was limited to sick people only. He even suggested that he would like Merck to be more like the maker of Wrigley’s chewing gum and added that it had long been his dream to make healthy people buy their drugs too… to “sell to everyone.”
    This is my last post, I do not think you are open for the truth or new ideas. Wishing you health!

    • INteresting. You are “wishing me health” now? Earlier, you were hoping that I “get what I deserve” from being vaccinated. I can’t help you if you think the entire scientific and medical establishment is brainwashed. However, you should know that in addition to having access to all of the information that you have, we also have access to (and have read, and in some cases, conducted) the scientific research in this area. You don’t have any special information that only pegston can read. You don’t have any secret knowledge. You don’t know more than your pediatrician. You think you do, but you don’t. Google Dunning-Kruger and diagnose yourself.

    • Chris permalink

      How come you did not answer my questions? Why do you think calling someone stupid is a valid form of discussion, and a substitute for evidence?

      You said: “This is my last post, I do not think you are open for the truth or new ideas.”

      What new ideas? What truth? All I see are insults and unsupported assertions, but no real evidence. You made a claim about Merck, but failed to provided the source of that claim.

      If you wish to be taken seriously in the future, you will actually provide verifiable documentation for your claims. If you think the MMR vaccine is dangerous, then post the title, journals and dates of the PubMed indexed papers that compare its risk to actually getting measles, mumps and rubella.

    • Shaliza permalink

      Yeah Pegston, I wonder why you haven’t taken the time to answer Chris’ questions? We’re all ears to hear what amazing knowledge you have to share with us, since you’re the self-proclaimed expert on why vaccines are so freakin’ BAD.

      Oh and while you’re at it, I have a few more questions for you…

      Anti-vaxxers seem to have an unhealthy fear of the so called “extra” ingredients in vaccines that seemingly have devastating effects on the nervous system and cause autism. Aluminum and mercury seem to be heading the ever-growing list of heavy metal toxicities that they fear. I’m curious, but do you irrationally fear deodorants too? I don’t know if you’re aware, but to the best of my knowledge the active ingredient in all the name brand deodorants/antiperspirants is aluminum salts. We apply these products at least once a day, and I’m thinking even more than that, if you’re likely to be someone who sweats a lot. What about all the aluminum that is therefore being absorbed through your skin, and on a daily basis? Yet I don’t see anyone dying of deodorant use, developing frequent health complications, or even complaining about the toxins in them, since the alternative is wreaking of body odor which is *so* unattractive. I can perhaps see a person passing out from being around someone with terrible body odor, but certainly not from the deodorant use itself, but please, *do* correct me if I’m wrong. So I’m curious, but are you attacking the deodorant/antiperspirant manufacturers too? After all, aluminum is the reason that vaccines cause autism, right? So… why are we allowed personal hygiene products that contain them and which are absorbed by our bodies, DAILY?! Wouldn’t the pregnant moms using these products automatically put their unborn children at risk for autism, but doing so??? I have yet to have a good answer to this supplied by any anti-vaxxer, since I often get blank looks when I bring this up to the nutjobs that walk into my office proclaiming that vaccines are the work of the devil.

      Another thing, but since all the crazy anti-vaxxers for the most part love to bring up the mercury in vaccines, I’m wondering whether you all avoid consuming sea food too? It’s a well known fact that most, if not all sea food is largely contaminated with mercury, and canned tuna in particular is *swimming* in it. Pun totally intended, btw… ;) So… again, I ask you, are you complaining about mercury ingestion from sea food? If not, why is it being made into such a BIG deal when it comes to vaccines, never mind the fact that it is removed from pretty much all vaccines, except for a few of the flu shots? The mercury you get in your system from any vaccine is at one, particular moment in time. If I was worried about mercury poisening, I would be a lot more concerned about the foods that we consume every day, and things like tuna salad which is a favorite food for many children, including my own patients. So… why is food contaminated with mercury acceptable, but vaccines get a bad rap over and over again for containing mercury? I will never understand this type of logic, or lack thereof, so please, feel free to enlighten me.

      Also, since vaccines are the reason that autism rates are on the rise, why is it that I see many UNVACCINATED autistic patients in my office on a regular basis? Is it the pollution in the air? The food that is enhanced to be bigger and better with hormones and antibiotics? Please do tell, as I’m sure you have top secret, fascinating data that only you anti-vaxxers seem to be privy to.

      Finally, if you would be so kind as to point me in the direction of the elusive Big Pharma Money Pot that you anti-vaxxers bring up again and again, I would be much obliged. My Pediatric colleagues and I are often accused of the big paybacks we receive for encouraging vaccination in our patients. Sadly, I’ve yet to see any of these monetary benfits, because if this were the case I would not be still toiling away at paying off my ginormous student loans. Again, is its location known to all the anti-vaxxers and no one else? That seems to be all the anti-vaxxers’ claim to fame when they decide to denigrate and criticize the physicians who dedicate their lives to keeping their patients healthy. The truth is, it is vaccine fearing patients like you who make us rich, when your unvaccinated and unmedicated child ends up in the ICU with what could have been an *avoidable* problem. Think about that before you accuse us of chasing the Big Pharma Money Pot when we resort to preventative medicine.

      Having said all that, I look forward to your replies to our questions. No doubt you have fascinating data and new information to share, so we’re all ears! ;)

      • Glorious post Shaliza. Simply glorious. I bet you feel better now, no?

        • Shaliza permalink

          LOL! Thanks, Skewed. I guess I do feel a little better after that rant. :)

          I did forget to mention the mercury fillings in our teeth which remain with us for years on end, and perhaps even a lifetime. In anti-vaxxer land, I guess that means we should boycott dentists and stop practicing any form of dental hygiene because, you know, all those chemicals are bad, bad, BAD!!!

          Oh and while these anti-vaxxer idiots are deathly afraid of heavy metal toxicity from vaccines, they have no problems injecting open wounds with silver compounds. I had one “au naturale” mom call just the other day asking what my thoughts were on “colloidal silver” for wound infections. I told her I don’t recommend it, and that I should take a look at the wound to rule out a staph. infection. She hung up on me at that point. I guess she’ll be calling Mercola and Tenpenny in the future for ringing endorsement of such products since she sure as heck won’t be getting it from me!

          Things are just so crazy when it comes to these nutjobs. I wonder… will the lunacy and idiocy ever cease? :(

        • Chris permalink

          I did forget to mention the mercury fillings in our teeth which remain with us for years on end, and perhaps even a lifetime

          Actually one of the big names in anti-vaccine circles, Boyd Haley, started out during the “mercury in teeth” scares. He had a company that sold some kind of testing kits to see if someone got mercury poisoning from their fillings:

          http://web.archive.org/web/20050209091251/http://www.altcorp.com/DentalInformation/index.html

          That was at a time when folks scared about their fillings were not just having them filled with ceramics, but getting their teeth removed!

        • Why does the thought of removing teeth make me physically ill? Is this some kind of Freudian thing?

        • Chris permalink

          Because it does make persons physically ill. There are all sorts of structural problems with removing teeth, not to mention its invites serious bacterial infections.

        • Shaliza permalink

          Thank you Chris, for sharing the link on Boyd Haley. I was not familiar with his work, but always appreciate the chance to learn about yet another nutty player in the anti-vaxxer saga. ;)

          It’s pathetic really that people were resorting to having teeth extracted because of the mass hysteria created by Haley. Like Skewed, the very thought makes me shudder because I remember dealing with immense pain and facial swelling for like a month after having my own impacted wisdom teeth extracted. I would NEVER willingly resort to that again, unless it was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that having mercury fillings meant you needed to to have those teeth pulled to ensure your well-being. Somehow, I doubt we will see that statistically significant data in anytime soon.

          And while ceramic fillings are generally thought to be better (per my own dentist), I still see tons of kids coming in with multiple mercury fillings. Then again, most of these are welfare patients and these fillings are the only type covered by their insurance. I’m not aware of any major complications from these though, since the alternative is living with a mouth full of rotten teeth which is far more dangerous and unhealthy.

          On a seperate note, I really wish they would give us a course in Medical School on the whole anti-vaxxer movement. I read up on Mercola and Tenpenny after witnessing their antics in Skewed’s articles, and my head was literally spinning for days after. :( It’s just disgraceful that these two consider themselves doctors, and are DOs to boot. I feel like I’ve only gotten to the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the numerous players in this anti-vaxxer soap opera, and I appreciate your efforts at educating your readers. I always knew the anti-vaxxer fanatics were looney, but learning exactly how much, and the media circus that fuels their antics is, well, shocking. :(

  10. Jill Rubolino permalink

    I rarely read this type of garbage because it’s really just wasted time in my otherwise productive day. Many of my friends do watch the “hater” blogs, write comments, and have the endless back and forth arguments. I happened upon your blog after seeing a post for this short film on Facebook. I have not seen any other information about this film other than the 3 minute clip…..I thought…..interesting. I see this blog entry is from last year, sorry I missed it.
    I felt compelled to answer some of your more pressing questions.

    I’m curious, but do you irrationally fear deodorants too? I don’t know if you’re aware, but to the best of my knowledge the active ingredient in all the name brand deodorants/antiperspirants is aluminum salts.

    It’s not a fear or irrational, but yes. We are aware that deodorants contain aluminum because we can read the labels.

    Yet I don’t see anyone dying of deodorant use, developing frequent health complications, or even complaining about the toxins in them, since the alternative is wreaking of body odor which is *so* unattractive. I can perhaps see a person passing out from being around someone with terrible body odor, but certainly not from the deodorant use itself, but please, *do* correct me if I’m wrong.

    Super funny and witty.

    After all, aluminum is the reason that vaccines cause autism, right?

    No…..it’s not the only reason, it’s a contributor.

    Wouldn’t the pregnant moms using these products automatically put their unborn children at risk for autism, but doing so???

    Yes…..just the same as ingesting any toxin would.

    I often get blank looks when I bring this up to the nutjobs that walk into my office proclaiming that vaccines are the work of the devil.

    I do not have a blank look on my face and no….vaccines were not developed by the devil, they were developed by scientists.

    Another thing, but since all the crazy anti-vaxxers for the most part love to bring up the mercury in vaccines, I’m wondering whether you all avoid consuming sea food too?

    Yes.

    So… again, I ask you, are you complaining about mercury ingestion from sea food?

    Yes.

    If I was worried about mercury poisening, I would be a lot more concerned about the foods that we consume every day, and things like tuna salad which is a favorite food for many children, including my own patients. So… why is food contaminated with mercury acceptable, but vaccines get a bad rap over and over again for containing mercury? I will never understand this type of logic, or lack thereof, so please, feel free to enlighten me.

    This is more of a comment than an answer to a question. I am glad to see you are concerned about appropriate nutrition for children and that children should avoid food containing toxins. What concerns me about this question is your use of the word “patients” which indicates that you are a practitioner of some sort and your misspelling of “poisoning”.

    Also, since vaccines are the reason that autism rates are on the rise, why is it that I see many UNVACCINATED autistic patients in my office on a regular basis? Is it the pollution in the air? The food that is enhanced to be bigger and better with hormones and antibiotics?

    Yes.

    My Pediatric colleagues and I are often accused of the big paybacks we receive for encouraging vaccination in our patients. Sadly, I’ve yet to see any of these monetary benfits, because if this were the case I would not be still toiling away at paying off my ginormous student loans

    Sorry. Everyone who goes to college has to pay off their loans. (benefits)

    That seems to be all the anti-vaxxers’ claim to fame when they decide to denigrate and criticize the physicians who dedicate their lives to keeping their patients healthy. The truth is, it is vaccine fearing patients like you who make us rich, when your unvaccinated and unmedicated child ends up in the ICU with what could have been an *avoidable* problem.

    I think the second half of your statement answers the first half.

    Having said all that, I look forward to your replies to our questions. No doubt you have fascinating data and new information to share, so we’re all ears!

    I’m concerned about your excessive use of emoticons when trying to present what you perceive as a more educated and therefore superior opinion.

    I did forget to mention the mercury fillings in our teeth which remain with us for years on end, and perhaps even a lifetime. In anti-vaxxer land, I guess that means we should boycott dentists and stop practicing any form of dental hygiene because, you know, all those chemicals are bad, bad, BAD!!!

    No…..we just brush our teeth more.

    On a seperate note, I really wish they would give us a course in Medical School on the whole anti-vaxxer movement.

    So do I. (separate)

    I read up on Mercola and Tenpenny after witnessing their antics in Skewed’s articles, and my head was literally spinning for days after. It’s just disgraceful that these two consider themselves doctors, and are DOs to boot.

    Are you inferring that doctors who are “DOs” are different? Less?

    I feel like I’ve only gotten to the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the numerous players in this anti-vaxxer soap opera, and I appreciate your efforts at educating your readers. I always knew the anti-vaxxer fanatics were looney, but learning exactly how much, and the media circus that fuels their antics is, well, shocking.

    I am slightly offended at the very questionable use of the phrase “educating your readers” but more so at the use of phrases in your responses which seem to indicate that you are a practicing pediatrician.

    Jill Rubolino RN
    Player in the “anti-vaxxer soap opera”
    

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