Let me give you a choice, imagine you are pregnant and you need some advice about what is happening to your body, which of the following people would you feel most confidence in.
- The milkman
- A midwife
- A motor mercanic
- A gynaecologist
- A rock star
- An embryology academic
- A history academic
Well I think that the even numbered choices are typically better ones than the odd ones, but it is impossible to be totally sure as an embryologist who is also trained as a gynaecologist might one day desire a more simple life and become a milkman. But I am sure that most of my readers will understand that some professions require a person to prove that they have special skills or knowlege before they are allowed to practise the profession. On the otherhand the “professions” of rock star, blogger (opps thats me), holywood actor and comedian do not have entrance exams or other quaility control systems which keep the poorly trained out. The reason why you might like the work of an actor / comedain is that they make you feel more happy, you might like a rock star becuase you like the sound whatever noise (opps I mean music) they make and you might like me as you might think I have some wise words to impart to you (well I like to think that you think that way).
Now it has come to my attention that Jim Carrey has become upset about a law in California regarding vaccination, he has been reported to have made the bold claim on Twitter that childhood vaccination is linked to something I have never heard of before called “corporate fascism”. Now I can not say that I know the difference between a “corporate fascist” and a normal fascist but I feel a bit uneasy about fascism in general. One way to sum up fascism is the idea of “I am OK, but sod you !”, fascism at its core has the idea that you should look after yourself and seek the best for yourself regardless of the effect that it has on others. It reminds me of the ancient jewish texts about the city of Sodom where the major sin was not sexual, instead it was a form of facist like behaviour. It was a place of great injustice where sicko stuff like the procrustean bed was used to murder people and even greater outrages such as smearing people with honey and then leavign them out for the bees occured. One of the key features of the sins of the people who lived in that city was their ethical downfall and hatred of the stranger / needy. Now I think we can agree that fascism can lead some rather nasty things.
The reason Jim thinks that the vaccines are part of some fascist plot appears to relate to the tiny trace of mercury in them, he rails against the use of thimerosol. Now I have to tell you that the toxicity of mercury depends greatly on its chemical form, some forms of mercury are as downright evil and nasty as any chemical could ever be. Trust me chemicals have no emotions or morals, a molecule of sarin is not motivated by misanthropy it merely seeks to damage acetylcholinesterase which is what it is what it does in most higher life forms.
I also note that he commented on mercury in fish and the mercury in the thimerosol, he reasons that if we restrict or discourage the consumption of fish which are contaminated with mercury then it must be bad to be exposed to a small amount of thimerosol. I have to ask if anyone has thought of the comment made by Paracelsus, the most famous thing which he ever said was “Dosis facit venenum” or in english “The dose maketh the poison“. This is a comment about the fact that many things are not toxic below a particular dose, I think that Jim should consider the amount of mercury in a vaccination dose and compare it with the amount of mercury in a fish meal. Unless he can show that the dose of mercury in a vaccination is larger or similar to the amount of mercury in a fish meal which is considered unsuitable for humans as a result of the mercury content then I respectfully suggest that he keeps his mouth shut on this issue.
I will not waste much ink on thiomersal and autism, it has been shown that no relationship exists between the two. So lets not waste time with the silly idea that the mercury in vaccinations gives children autism.
I would also suggest that my readers trust a normal licensed medical doctor with a MD or a normal state approved nurse when they want advice regarding the medical care (and vaccination) of their children. I think that a typical medical doctor can give better advice than the likes of Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy or Andrew Wakefield. Regarding the evil fascist plot, I have to say that I see no evidence for such a dire thing occuring. If any of my readers have concrete evidence then please bring it to my attention in a comment on this blog. A small word of warning, if anyone posts bad evidence then I will feel free to deconstruct it and expose it for all to see on this blog, so comment with care.