It would be wonderful to think that this will be the silver bullet that finally puts the anti-vaccine movement in the ground, but of course we all know better. When you aren't basing your views on evidence in the first place, further evidence of any kind is meaningless.
Maybe holistic remedies work and maybe they don’t, but what they’re not is science and therefore they don’t by any stretch of the imagination belong in the same discussion as scientific medicine.
It's easy to point and laugh at people like Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari, idiots peddling C-list celebrity pseudoscience and mothers who believe that their ability to create life has naturally imbued them with inherent moral superiority and a mainline into some secret medical knowledge doctors just don't have. It would be easy to dismiss their arrogance and their ongoing insemination of the national conversation with ignorance -- if only it weren't for the fact that doing so has the potential to get people killed.
In order to stem the tide of anti-scientific gibberish polluting public discourse on matters of great importance, here's a very quick guide to vaccines and why you absolutely must get your child vaccinated
If you're anti-gluten in your own life because you have celiac it's one thing. If you're a pain-in-the-ass militant crusader against glutens because you believe that we were never meant to eat them and if you don't you'll feel all better and our bodies are temples and all that other horseshit, you sincerely need to knock it off.
This column isn't about how Jenny McCarthy shouldn't be given a nationwide platform on The View to almost assuredly bring her anti-vaccination crusade to its largest audience yet, how being complicit in such a move is irresponsible and dangerous. This column is about why Jenny McCarthy shouldn't be given a nationwide platform on The View to spout her anti-vaccination evangelism, why it's irresponsible and dangerous and why ABC should put people's lives over profits and immediately withdraw its unholy offer to McCarthy.