There’s a trending story that’s making the internet rounds today. It’s a 12-year-old kid living in Mexico, Marco Arturo, who made a “science video” mocking people who question vaccines.
It’s, as usual, devoid of facts and amounts to little more than uninformed bullying. Naturally, it’s being heralded by the kind of brain-dead pro- vaccine nut jobs that the internet regularly produces. The kind of people who don’t understand the importance of actually examining new scientific information critically and having an honest conversation. The kind of people who just like to repeat the same tired old lines and shout how they are so much smarter than everyone else.
I kind of imagine them as “cavemen” of sorts — pounding on their keyboards, drooling, and thinking that they have won, while all of the actual intelligent people are smirking and shaking their heads at how painfully, obviously ignorant they are.
Yeah, these “pro-vax” bullies make me angry.
Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism? How Clever…
With today’s youth bullying problem, it’s kind of amazing that people are so excited about a 12-year-old publicly bullying people. But, it’s completely acceptable to bully people who question vaccines, because there actually is no legitimate pro- vaccine argument anymore, so bullying is all they have left.
Still, it’s beyond sad to see a kid do it. And be lauded for it. I really hope someone in his life clues him in to both the proper way to treat people with different opinions, and the scientific facts surrounding vaccines, before he is an adult. I really hope so.
(Although really at fault are all of the adults pretending this video is amazing. They really ought to know better. They clearly don’t. I honestly feel sad for the pro-vax movement at this point, if this is what they consider “amazing science.” Really, this is the best they have to offer?)
Anyway, let’s take a look at the “information” in this little video.
The kid basically claims he has a folder of evidence that vaccines cause autism…and when he opens it, it’s just a bunch of blank pages. He pretends to be confused for several seconds, then starts yelling at the camera that there is “no evidence that vaccines cause autism whatsoever.”
He goes on to recite the same, exact, tired lines. “It’s everyone’s child. It’s everyone’s child you’re putting in danger because you read some forwarded email.” (Herd immunity lies.)
He ends with ” Vaccinate your children. As you can see, none of the sheets of paper in here had anything written on them. Oh, except for this one.” It says “MIC” and he drops it.
Oh, how sad.
Analysis of the Video
I really hoped that there would be something significant to this video. Something that I haven’t heard a thousand times before. Something of substance, some actual science.
I was sadly disappointed.
Let’s start with the empty folder. Just because you don’t choose to read the actual science out there, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It absolutely does. Such as…
- Aluminum adjuvants in vaccines likely causally linked to autism
- Injected aluminum causes central nervous system toxicity
- Mercury, lead, and aluminum levels linked to autism
- Positive association between vaccines and autism
- Mercury and aluminum together are neurotoxic
- Mercury exposure can cause autism
- Mercury is has a causal link with the development of ASDs
- Mercury causes ASDs (even more evidence)
- Original research “proving” no link between mercury and ASD was in error; a strong link exists
- Susceptibility to mercury toxicity linked to ASDs
- Inflammatory bowel disease linked to ASDs (which is what Wakefield’s original research showed, too…it’s been replicated!!)
- IBD and autism linked (again, replicated)
Anyway. You get the point. There is clear evidence. And these are just the studies I was able to pull up in about 15 minutes’ time. Imagine if I spent hours? It would be more than that kid spent — and far more than “reading a forwarded email.” (Sounds more like his ‘research’ honestly.)
So, look. It’s perfectly legitimate to actually question vaccines these days. The evidence that they’re not as safe or effective (I didn’t even touch on the ‘effective’ part in this post, but there are lots of studies) is mounting.
What’s not legitimate is continuing to shout the same ol’ propaganda and hope no one actually thinks for themselves. That’s so 1998. You know — before this kid was even born.
How do you feel about this video and issue?
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