Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Alicia Silverstone is Clueless (Again)

The latest actress to speak out against childhood vaccines is Alicia Silverstone, best known for the 1995 hit movie, “Clueless”. The actress had a baby several years ago, and apparently she thinks that qualifies her to give advice to future mothers. In her new book entitled “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning”, the actress makes unsubstantiated claims about natural plant-based diets; claims tampons may cause infertility; and questions the safety of vaccines.

Regarding the schedule of childhood vaccines, she reports anecdotal concerns by other parents because she can’t find the scientific evidence to support her claim. She writes, “While there has not been a conclusive study of the negative effects of such a rigorous one-size-fits-all, shoot-‘em-up schedule, there is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phone calls from parents claiming their child was ‘never the same’ after receiving a vaccine. And I personally have friends whose babies were drastically affected in this way.”

She’s entitled to say whatever she wants, of course. The rest of us shouldn’t listen. Numerous scientific studies have failed to establish any link between vaccines and certain conditions such as autism, because there isn’t any link. Whether or not to vaccinate children shouldn’t still be an issue.

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