Excerpt taken from with permission. Read the whole article here. Thud said my thoughts better than I could. So dig it and get where I am coming from.

Obama recently said something about autism and vaccinations:

We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it’s connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it. [ Washington Post ]

According to the Obama campaign, “this person” refers to someone in the crowd who asked a question about autism, not Obama himself. But regardless, we’ve had to endure another round of “people who doubt vaccines are irresponsible superstitious nutjobs” posts from people who ought to know better.

I say they ought to know better because they are liberal bloggers who have often written about the gross failures of this administration, particularly in health care and regulatory roles. Let’s go over the narrative again:


  1. The FDA is underfunded, understaffed, mismanaged, and rushed.
  2. The CDC is underfunded and rushed
  3. The Bush administration often pressures government researchers to give the answers it wants
  4. The Bush administration often suppresses research it deems damaging to its own interests and those of corporate friends.
  5. Health care is primarily run for profit in this country.
  6. Medical pregnancy care is rife with dangerous advice, contradictory advice, and procedures done for legal cover and physician convenience, not the best interests of the patient.
  7. We’ve found lead and date-rape drugs in children’s toys, thanks to failing regulatory infrastructure.
  8. There’s recently been a number of high profile, safe drugs pulled from the market which were approved, again, thanks to failing regulatory infrastructure and government pressure.

4 Responses to “Vaccinations”

  • Regardless of position, aren’t you still stuck with the issue that your kid can’t go to public schools without an up-to-date vaccination record?

  • Any parent can write a religious exemption note for their child.

  • I don’t think it has to be a religious exemption — I think you can even file personal or philisophical exemptions. I’m partially speaking out of my ass here, but I thought I read that somewhere.

    So does this mean that you are not getting Lily vaccinated?

  • It depends on the state. In MD, they allow a religious exemption, but not a personal/philosophical one. That said, you do not have to qualify your religious beliefs.

    So far, Lily has not had any vaccinations. We’ve felt this was a responsible choice given that she’s breastfed and not in daycare (i.e. her immune system is bolstered by my antibodies and she’s not exposed to the germs of many other kids). We’ll continue to re-evaluate this decision in the context of her health and our lifestyle as she gets older. And, by the way, our pediatrician has been very supportive of our decisions. She’s wonderful.

    Our main concern with the vaccinations is not mercury, since it has largely been removed from childhood vaccines (except flu), but rather aluminum. There’s an excellent article here ( that discusses the lack of research that’s been done on aluminum as an additive to childhood vaccines.

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