"One fact suffices to blow this
foolish "review" out of the water - the claim that vitamin C "will
cure all infections"
[Pharma troll, defend vaccines at any cost.]
See Amazon Pharma trolls:
Stacy Mintzer Herlihy
and highly readable, January
This book documents the detours and roadblocks
thrown up against progress in autism research by a loud and politically
connected minority, who've decided despite massive evidence to the contrary,
that vaccines are the cause.
Offit puts this battle in perspective, providing hope that we can move
forward to further defining causes and cures for autism, without wasting
more time and resources on repetitive research demonstrating the safety and
success of our immunization programs.
83 of 98 people found the following review
welcome shot in the arm for immunization, December
Oftentimes you hear people talk about having
done "research" into a controversial health issue. What this commonly means
for Internet users is a brief Google search followed by perusal of a few
websites, which may or may not contain reliable information. Given the
wilderness of competing claims online about benefits and drawbacks of
vaccination, it is easy for parents to get confused about whether vaccines
are right for their children.
This book offers a path through that wilderness. The authors, Stacy Herlihy
and E. Allison Hagood have actually done research in the full meaning of the
word, making the benefits and issues surrounding immunization readily
understandable to non-medical readers with the bonus of a parent's
There is historical context, valuable in understanding the impact of
once-feared infectious diseases now conquered or greatly reduced by
vaccines. The book has an excellent section that explains vaccine
ingredients and debunks the scaremongering on this subject by antivaccine
activists. Other myths and false claims about vaccines are dispelled.
The result is a highly readable and easy-to-understand book, with all the
information parents will need to make sound and sensible choices for their
rights", unfortunately not pro-children's health, October
Setting the tone for this diatribe against
vaccination is a defense of Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced British
researcher whose sloppy and fraudulent study led to a backlash against the
MMR vaccine and resurgence of measles in Britain. It is telling that even
after the journal that published Wakefield's "research" retracted it (and
his fellow researchers on the study disavowed it), diehard antivaxers like
Habakus and Co. are still clinging to Wakefield and attempting to scare
parents away from one of the most effective public health measures ever
The authors, astoundingly enough, claim that "The book is not anti-vaccine".
Of course it is - why attempt to deny the obvious?
If you do read this book, please also take the time to check out forthright
and well-informed sources like Seth Mnookin's "The Panic Virus", Arthur
Allen's "Vaccine" and "Your Baby's Best Shot" (a new book with a valuable
parents' perspective). as well as the painstaking investigating reporting of
Brian Deer - then decide for yourself who is presenting the facts on this
important issue and has your children's best interests at heart.