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Kickbacks from Big-Pharma impair cognitive function

[ This man (Rahul K. Parikh) is impaired in his thinking, obviously as a result of repeated mercury exposure…and hefty kickbacks from Big Pharma… ]

Walnut Creek, California (CNN) — Evidence disputing any link between autism and vaccines has been gathering for a decade. The anti-vaccine movement’s lynchpin, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has been shown to be nothing more than a grifter in a lab coat, with the prestigious British Medical Journal calling his work “an elaborate fraud.”

Two new books, “Deadly Choices” by Paul Offit and “The Panic Virus” by Seth Mnookin, detail the sordid story of the anti-vaccine movement.

Given that, it’s hard for me to believe that some parents still refuse to vaccinate their children. But they do, frightened by the rants and raves of anti-vaccine fundamentalists such as Jenny McCarthy, who can effortlessly get on “Oprah” or any other TV talk show to advance what is nothing short of a myth.

It’s that fiction and the fear it incites that has challenged and frustrated pediatricians like me for 10 years. I don’t foresee any quick shift in the trend among affluent, highly educated older parents against childhood vaccines. As Offit often points out, it’s much harder to unscare people once they’ve been scared. McCarthy has it easy. We doctors have to do the hard part.

Refusing to vaccinate a child is dangerous not just for that child but for entire communities. It’s precisely this point a colleague of mine was considering when he had the idea that parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids should pay substantially higher health insurance premiums.

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