Stop the Australian Vaccination Network

Random Reader: What?... What ? Stop the Australian Vaccination Network?


Have you gone mad Sean? Why on earth would you want to stop an organisation that promotes Vaccination?

Sean: It doesn't

Reader: Ke ?

Sean: It's against Vaccination. It's Pro homeopathy/reflexology/fuckwitology

Reader: But the title?

Sean: Yeah I know. That frankly is where the deception starts.

Please sign the petition at Stop The Australian Vaccination Network

From the Petiton site:
The Australian Vaccination Network propagates misinformation, telling parents they should not vaccinate their children against such killer diseases as measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and polio. They lie to their members and the general public and after the death of a 4 week old child from whooping cough their members sent a barrage of hate mail to the child's grieving parents.

The dangerous rhetoric and lies of the AVN must be stopped. They must not have a voice in Australia any longer.

They claim that:
- Vaccines contain mercury
- A child's risk of injury from certain vaccines is 100 times grater than the risk of injury from the disease
- Vaccines are a major cause of suffering and death
- Certain vaccines cause autism
- It is better for a child to contract diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella rather than be vaccinated against them.
- Children can be vaccinated using homeopathy.
One would think that this organisation presents as great a risk to the Australian population as say Bikie Gangs, yet they are allowed to misrepresent medical treatment and profit from selling of homeopathic potions.

The AVN would like us to think that life is pretty black and white - the little guy versus big pharma. Life is just not that simple. Companies whether they hock medicine or homeopathic potions are precisely that, companies, out to make money. Sure big companies like Bayer have behaved unconscionably in the past and will do in the future no doubt. It does not then follow that Homeopathic companies will be better.

Indeed, at least we know that medicines contain active ingrediates and not just water.

Cross posted on Sean the Blogonaut

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Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 11, 2009 at 7:19am
That's OK. They can't hurt me. I've had all my shots! ;-)
Comment by Sean the Blogonaut on May 11, 2009 at 7:16am
Kristy, careful the anti-vaxxers might snap you up as an annecdotal case :)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 11, 2009 at 7:05am
It's not too late, Angie. See a doctor.
Comment by Angie Jackson on May 11, 2009 at 7:03am
I have a horrible sinking sensation I know some of these people. My grandmother led a faith-healing cult that had offices in Melbourne and Perth. She taught them all to fear medicine and spread lies like this. (I myself was never vaccinated.)
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 11, 2009 at 6:03am
I had to laugh recently when my doctor decided that rather than give me drugs for a minor ailment, I should take a herbal remedy. Evening Primrose Oil was 'prescribed' and he printed off a leaflet for me to read when I got home. So, dutifully, I went to the pharmacy and bought my bottle of EPO then went home and started reading the material he'd given me. It said that EPO had been tested for its efficacy in treating what I had and had been proven to have absolutely no effect whatsoever! If he was planning for a placebo effect, I reckoned he shouldn't have given me the brochure telling me it was snakeoil! Anyway, I had the stuff, so I thought, "Bugger, I'll take it. Can't do me any harm." And whaddya know, the problem stopped. Coincidence? Placebo? Stopped of its own accord? Dunno. But I did give the doctor a hard time on my next visit and told him he'd be bloody useless conducting 'double blind' trials if he gave everyone on placebos a note telling them they were taking sugar tablets!
Comment by Sean the Blogonaut on May 11, 2009 at 5:52am
Yep that's pretty much it Kristy. It gets limped in with Herbal medicine some of which has some effect. The difference being that Herbal remedies often at able to be taken in controlled doses so you get children dying from laxative herbs like senna pod.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on May 11, 2009 at 5:40am
Just noticed this news report about a couple of homeopaths in Australia are being tried for manslaughter over the death of their baby daughter. Instead of seeking medical treatment for her, they treated her homeopathically - and she died.

I heard a radio interview recently in which an expert in homeopathy and a journalist investigated homeopathy and all the scientific tests that had been undertaken to assess it and determined that there was no evidence whatsoever that homeopathy had any effect on any condition beyond a placebo effect.

They said that far from being neglected by science, hundreds of tests had been undertaken over some 60 or so years and not one was able to provide any evidence that homeopathy had any real effect on any conditions whatsoever.
Comment by Justin Pearson Smith on May 11, 2009 at 4:10am
Signed it. I'd never even heard of this organisaion. Hopefully they wont be around much longer.
Comment by Sean the Blogonaut on May 11, 2009 at 12:22am
Daniel i think all Homeopathic treatments work extremely well for dehydration
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 10, 2009 at 11:32pm
Where do they give degrees in fuckwitology? What initials are used after a fickwitologist's name? FW maybe?

Now that I think of it, I think that some of the last US president's advisors were fuckwitologists. Or maybe just fuckwits.

Not being Austrailan myself, I don't think that my signing the petition would do anything, but I'm glad that you are making people aware.

I forget -isn't there a homeopathic remedy for dehydration that works really well? :-)

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