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Omniscient.   That’s the one! Most people who read this blog believe implicitly in one form of omnipotent and omniscient higher being or another. Whether the name is God, or Jahweh, or even Allah, the effect is the same, they believe that their destiny is to live their lives according to a set of ethics, or Commandments, or rules; and if they live those lives to the end of their allotted time, they will go to ‘Heaven’. But the main idea is that they all believe in an omnipotent, all-knowing God who already knows all the answers, but is reluctant to share the knowledge with his subordinate creations. 

So what did those people who were unfortunate enough to hear the interview on BBC Today with Professor David Salisbury, Immunisation director (Gauleiter) of the Department of Health think of the Word from on High? A very short while before, a father of two from Essex gave what I thought to be a perfectly logical reasoned argument against the whole MMR vaccine idea, basing his reasoning only partly on the alleged links with autistic behaviour, but also on the extremely valid arguments that it is a big thing for one vaccine alone to be shovelled into the body of an infant, but when three come along together, the bodies concerned sometimes react in a very negative fashion. These arguments were, as I said, reasoned, polite but solid, and based on his being a parent, and because he thought the MMR vaccine had been supported by Government because of cost factors!


The good Professor commenced by parroting statistics about the huge (comparative) rise in cases of measles this last year compared to ten years ago, and blaming it all on hysterical parents such as the gentleman from Essex. He further went on to describe the actions of the Essex-based parents, and all others who had the temerity to even doubt the Word from on high, as both irrational and ‘totally unneccessary’. He stated that parents should not only concern themselves with their children, but also should be aware of the ‘wider community’!


Now my own days of immunisation arranging are long gone, and my children are all adults themselves, with two fine grandsons for GranDad to spoil outrageously whenever possible. When my own were kids, my wife and I availed ourselves of the immunisation services available in South Africa, partly because the shots were both well-proven, well-researched and because they came one at a time! The Health Services were a little like me, both competent but conservative in thinking.  What arrangements for immunisation and vaccination have been made for my two grandsons are the business of my sons, but I hope that they have weighed up the benefits as opposed to the risks, and believe me there are risks, of having no less than three sets of weakened bacteria or viruses slotted into the veins of a tiny baby. Again they are the parents, and it is their choice, but I hope that their actions will be based on research and true statistics, not on the words of one who really does believe that he knows everything, that he cannot be wrong and there is no point arguing!


My own thoughts are echoed by my own favourite person in all of British History, who once wrote in letters to the Church of Scotland :-

I beseech you in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken


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9 thoughts on “now what was that word I was searching for?

  1. This is true.

    At the start of the first Gulf war UK/US soldiers were given a horrendous cocktail of immunisation drugs against poison gas and other toxic agents.
    The result was a violent reaction in some soldiers to this assault on their immune system.
    Many were invalided out with a host of mental & physical problems.
    Compensation claims are still going on, but army medical chiefs say its all nonsense…yeah, like hell it is….

  2. An adult can make whatever decision he chooses. The state intervenes by ensuring that children are treated according to the best available medical knowledge. If you’d rather carry on using leeches then go ahead.

  3. Shot yourself in the foot there, Jimmy.

    Both maggots AND leeches have been usefully employed in modern medicine for the past decade or more.
    The latter is called Hirudotherapy.

  4. At the start of the first Gulf war UK/US soldiers were given a horrendous cocktail of immunisation drugs against poison gas and other toxic agents.
    The result was a violent reaction in some soldiers to this assault on their immune system.

    And this has what to do with MMR – an injection that has been given to literally millions of children the world over? One of the largest epidemiological surveys every conducted involving hundreds of thousands of Danish children established its safety.

    The guy from Essex was not the sharpest tool in the box.

  5. Jaz – MMR is a cocktail jab, and it seems some children react to it in the same way some soldiers did.
    That’s my point.

  6. Well I am not sure that there is much of a comparison.
    MMR has been tested for literally years and has been given to millions of children.
    The injections given to 1 Armd Div was a unique cocktail not only of vaccines against biological weapons such as anthrax, but also of prophylactic chemicals against nerve agents. THis is absolutely nothing like MMR.
    Whether or not it was this, or something else, that caused the rather mixed set of unconnected symptoms that have been collected under the term "Gulf War Syndrome" is not known.

  7. Jaz –

    All of your argument together – so what?

    There’s no question that this man’s child is entitled to the multiple immunisations of MMR; he has been relieved of his taxes to pay for it.

    The father simply requires the immunisations to be done seperately and the state should comply. MMR is a hugely powerful treatment and all parents who require it done seperately must have their way – yes?

    Or are you someone who favours the forced extraction of children from their families ahead of them being subject to forced, state, chemical treatment?

  8. Mr Moore.
    If the chap from Essex wants to pay for his separate jabs then that if fine – at least he is getting his children done which is the important thing both for his children and for herd immunity.
    But the state provides MMR for free. If you don’t want it, then don’t expect the state to pay for something which is not as good and more expensive.
    My only point was that comparing MMR to "Gulf War syndrome" is a false comparison. There is no similarity between the two.
    I am not at all sure what your last paragraph means – sorry. I don’t think I do, but as I am not certain what it means, I can’t really say one way or the other.

  9. Or are you someone who favours the forced extraction of children from their families ahead of them being subject to forced, state, chemical treatment?

    Who said anything about conscription?

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