|Originally Posted by Jwebbal
Theory? From what I have read there have been verified studies showing this. Anecdotal evidence about your son isn't enough imo to suggest that no one get the vaccine. Pertussis is a very serious problem, I think it needs serious consideration, and vaccines CAN help prevent or lessen the infection.
Just a point here.
Jwebbal, epidemiological studies mean NOTHING when it comes to seriousness of disease. There is a fantastic study by James Cherry, who must have forgot himself when he said it, that pointed out that nearly all pertussis studies suffered from "observer" bias. If children were vaccinated, observers considered the whooping cough mild. If they weren't, it was considered more serious.
I've read just about everything I could get my hands on on Pertussis, and just usually chuckle now when I read epidemiological studies.
For instance, anything written by Offit I can guarantee the result before he applies for funding.
Coming back to seriousness of a disease.
No study can assess that on an individual basis. Oh, the doctors can say "Based on X study, your child has a chance of 1 per 300" but frankly, that's ridiculous.
Just as it would be ridiculous for a doctor to say to me that my chances of arthritis from a rubella shot were less than 14 per thousand. (figure out of a hat)
Well, actually, I happen to be in that 14 per thousand figure out of a hat.
For me I was "it". Why? Because of the way my immune system processed that vaccine, and no study could cover that.
The year that my children got whooping cough, they were numbers 70 and 71 in the practice, and of the children up to that time they were the only two unvaccinated children. Both of them got it the mildest in the practice/Why? Because I'm a knowledgeable parents, know how to manage and treat whooping cough and refused to use antibiotics, that's why.
And that's a confounding no epidemiological study can allow for. If all the parents of babies with whooping cough are morons, then the severity level will be huge. If all parents of babies with whooping cough were like me, then the severity level would be minimal.
No study can adjust for a baby's immunological status, or the brains or lack of, of the parents involved.
Therefore such studies are as invalid as is the use of anecdote.
A child is only going to be as well as the parents ability to think, and work out appropriate treatment.
And this factor is also a failing in Dr Sear's workshop. Because babies in a practice that doesn't understand how to treat whooping cough will have far more severe disease than babies in a heretical practice that does understand how to treat it. "Stupid" doctors are as much of a health hazard to babies as "stupid" parents.
Whooping cough need never be severe in babies, and if they are in the practice of Dr Sears, that may be a reflection of two things. One, his lack of understanding of the mechanics of the illness and the best way to treat it, and his inability to pass that on to his parents effectively, and the lack of understanding of his parents. Though I would have thought that the thinking ability of parents going to his practice would be at the higher end of the scale.
In my opinion, Dr Sears has done inadequate homework as of now. I don't agree with his schedule, and believe that it reflects his own insecurities, not the realities of the diseases as they could be dealt with from the basis of full knowledge.