Originally Posted by Lovemy3girls
"Those websites I visited yesterday were just plain frightening." I'm not trying to scare anybody, I'm just trying to raise awareness about vaccine contamination. I'm sorry if the truth is frightening to some people, it sure can be when you're new to the vaccine issue. But isn't it better to know the truth than be ignorant of it?
Just looked back to see what website it was.. and I have to say, it's frightening to me too.
How many hundreds of thousands died in South Africa because AIDS denialists caught the ear of Thabo Mbeki?
Polio should be gone by now - it has been eliminated from most countries, and we were very close to having eradicated it from the entire world. How many suffered and even died because of setbacks in vaccinating the populations of certain areas due to ugly rumors that the vaccine was being used to cause infertility or, as mentioned on that site, caused AIDS.
So yes, a lot of that site is frightening, but none of it is the truth.
I'm curious - why do you think that particular site is worthy of trust and a reliable source to send people to for information?
Originally Posted by SilverMoon010
Out of curiousity, what ideals are you referring to that are held (stereotypically of course) by nonvaccinators that you don't want to be associated with?
I honestly could care less what others think of nonvaxers. I don't go onto mainstream sites so I really don't know what they are calling nonvaxers. They can call me a crackpot, crazy loon, stupid, whatever. I don't care because I know the truth and the truth is that I am an informed individual who has a college degree and who has educated myself on the issue at hand. Why give anyone the power to judge you like that and make you dislike parts of your decision/status of being a nonvaxer?
I'm not who you were asking. And I don't think non-vaxers do typically hold these beliefs/ideals..
But for me, it was absolutely horrifying how often people claimed to be well educated about vaccines would pop out a link to a certain site with the name of a marine mammal in the URL as evidence to back up what they are saying. This forum even used to list the vaccine section as a resource for information in a stickied post, though I think someone must have finally pointed out just how horrid a site it was as I'm pretty sure links to it are no longer allowed.
I'm assuming most people who linked to it just liked what the page said and it sounded well reasoned and cited scientific sounding research, so they bookmarked it and pulled it out without ever really digging deeper or even looking around the site to see just what sort of place it was, and so never found all the rabid anti-semitism and other racist bits, or the cospiracy theories about how the Government was behind everything from the Columbine shootings to 9-11 to using vaccines to implant mind control devices and putting radio transmitters in dental fillings. Not to mention crackpot ideas about alien lizards posing as humans and taking over the world...
But some people obviously do believe that sort of stuff. And when it's some faceless person posting on the internet, or even someone from real life who you don't know very well, you have to wonder, are they just ignorant of what sort of site it is? Or maybe, for some reason, linking to the vaccine parts because they like them and for some reason trust the website to prevent factual information without twisting it in regards to vaccines and disregarding the rest? Or are they one of those people who actually agrees with the rest of the site too?
I'm sure most people fall into the first two categories, and members of the third are a rarity. But still, when someone links to that site (or others, that while not quite so crazy, are insanely unreliable) colors my opinion on just how educated they are and their research abilities.