Edited by Emaye - 10/31/12 at 5:45am
You know, there are some African mothers on this forum who think the winnings and plights of their continent should count for something. This bit of nugget from your post is insulting!
Also, I posted here to avoid people like you.
I happened on the course while looking for a poetry course on-line. I thought it would be interesting for some here. So I posted it. End of story. If you are not interested in taking the course, by all means don't. But don't barge in here and try to lecture. We have the same research tools as you do, you know?
Emaye - thanks for sharing the link. I've done some of the course before, and I posted summaries of it on the "Research Forum" on this thread: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1356554/summaries-of-vaccine-course
I did find it interested to watch the videos, and in my opinion it was interesting, and Paul Offit came across as a very genuine person spending his time on making this free course available to concerned parents and others. It's an interesting summary of the history of vaccinations, and a chance to hear Paul Offit's views on alternate and delayed schedules. I'm considering signing up again to catch the last few videos I missed due to getting too busy!
I personally think that the groups which present vaccine risks as significant are unfair in their vilification of Paul Offit. Sure he's made some money off of rotavirus vaccine, but that vaccine has also saved lots of lives. And he's dedicated his life to the study of vaccines, so dismissing his opinons on the safety and efficacy of them pro forma (ie. without challenging the science, just saying that because he says it they must be wrong) seems unreasonable to me.
here is more insight into dr offit
Millionaire vaccine inventor and mandatory vaccine advocate Paul Offit recently released a short VIDEO for doctors on medscape. Here is a transcript of the speech.This statement that outlines Offit's personal belief system could be a prelude to the legal removal of all philosophical and religious vaccine exemptions in the United States of America. This is something that Offit has been working toward for years, and the likely end-purpose of his series of books.
Paul Offit believes that exempting your child from vaccination is morally reprehensible. He considers himself an authority on autism, all infectious diseases, morality, history, every religious system, and infant immunology. You may also recognize Dr Offit as the one who says that all vaccines are perfectly safe and infants can tolerate theoretically 10,000 of them at once:
And more insight into Paul Offit here too:
And more insight into Paul Offit here too:
Prosciencemum, I take my hat off to you. Boy, you have the energy! I wonder how many mothering members are like me -- I feel this board is just not worth it and this was my first time ever posting. Thank you for trying to hold down the fort :)
It is perfectly legitimate to offer background details on someone giving a course.
I am not overly concern that Offitt made money off vaccines (that is how it works, and he is hardly the only one to profit from vaccines). I do think the level of nepotism and conflict of interest in his vaccine dealings is too much. I am concerned with his stance on exemptions - he believes only medical ones should exist. I consider this anti informed consent. Offitt is a hard core pro-vaxxer - he is not someone I would turn to for balanced information in making a decision.
Kathy, you make very good points. This is the Selective and Delayed forum, so presumably the posters coming here don't just blindly accept the one-size fits all vaccination program that Paul Offit advocates not to mention his radical stance on mandatory vaccination. Paul Offit is an extremist to say the least and people should be aware of this before enrolling for his vaccine course.
Actually my daughter had what was most likely rotavirus (in 2007 in the US). We ended up in ER with her needing IV fluids. Not fun - not life threatening because we got her in on time, but something I would have wished to avoid if at all possible.
Wouldn't that be considered following the recommended schedule, because they selected not to delay anything at all, but follow general vaccine recommendations.