Tuesday, July 27, 2010

In defence of vaccination and medical science

Polio was a feared and fairly common disease when I was a boy, but now vaccination has taken it off the agenda. Two vaccines have eradicated polio from most countries in the world, and reduced the worldwide incidence from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to 1,652 cases in 2007. See http://tinyurl.com/27hqcpphttp://tinyurl.com/26eg8hj and

As for HIV/AIDS and "big biz", there was a disinformation campaign by the former USSR, falsely blaming the USA government for creating and spreading the disease: see http://tinyurl.com/24l9mox

No researcher who has a genuine cure for serious diseases, such as cancer, will hide remarkable scientific results, because they stand to make millions if they publish their findings, and nothing to gain if they hide them. Sinister agenda? Sure, some exist. But let's discriminate between genuine ones and mere paranoid fantasies.

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