The above picture was posted by Mike Adams, the so-called “Health Ranger,” on his blog. In it he writes, “This parody cartoon grew out of the idea that vaccines are ‘shots’ that are being increasingly forced upon children and teens.” Yes, I see what you did there. One can only wonder at the intelligence of his typical reader if such a “clever” play on words needs to be explained in the first sentence. Of course, one can only wonder at Mike’s own intelligence as he writes, “Most modern vaccinations are, of course, a form of chemical violence against children” (emphasis in original). That’s right, chemical violence! Continuing, “But far too many of today’s vaccines are chemical concoctions that are entirely unnatural to the human body. To force them into the bodies of innocent children is an act of medical violence.”
I never cease to be bothered by the use of words like “unnatural” in this context. I have no idea what it means. The vaccines are, of course, wholly natural. They are wholly inside nature, harvested and compounded by wholly natural means, and all of this is done by wholly natural beings. At no point is any part of this process or end result outside of nature. Nowhere along the line is it “unnatural.” No one is praying to some unholy denizens from the hoary netherrealms in an effort to cultivate, manufacture, or distribute vaccines. I mean, that would be unnatural. Someone might say that it is the manufacturing itself that makes it unnatural. While that would be weird, and I might not like it, at least in that case I would get what these people mean. But then I’m hit with “all natural” products that are absolutely processed and manufactured. “Natural” supplements that come in pill forms are processed and manufactured in exactly the same way that the supposed unnatural products are. And, obviously, they’re all chemicals, so it can’t be the fact that the products in question have a chemical nature that gives them the attribute of unnatural-ness. In the end, the word just seems to be completely empty and used for the express purpose of generating fear. That seems a pretty dishonest and rotten thing to do.
I guess I could pick on phrases like “chemical concoction” here too (wait, “chemical concoction”), but I’m hoping my readers are a little brighter than Adams’ and can pick up on the fact that the above criticism applies to this as well.
But wait, boys and girls, it gets even better. Adams also writes,
The doctor in this parody cartoon was intentionally created to depict a "crazed" mad doctor because nothing turns an ordinary doctor into a mad man faster than an argument about vaccines. While he may seem to be a reasonable person on all other subjects, once you challenge him on the dangers of over-vaccination of children, all reason gets thrown out the window and he morphs into a raging lunatic of unscientific emotion.
That’s right. It is not people such as Adams who resort to irrational arguments like absurd and disgusting ad hominems when discussing vaccines. Nope, it’s those “mad doctors.” When Adams depicts doctors who support vaccinations as gun-toting lunatics with maniacal grins shooting enormous syringes that look to be loaded with glowing re-animator fluid into a classroom of terrified children, he’s participating in a rational dialogue. Of course. And when he further writes, “The complete lack of scientific evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of vaccines makes no difference to [the doctor]. ‘Vaccines need no science,’ he’ll say, ‘Because everybody knows they work!’” he’s being completely honest and sincere. Oh, wait…
Sometimes you just have to sit back and scratch your head over this stuff. He’s explicitly attacking people I know. He’s explicitly saying that individuals who are working hard to keep people I love safe are “mad men.” Something needs to be said in response to this. Is it appropriate to call Adams crazy? It’s hard to say. He’s either crazy or a vicious and terrible liar. Regardless, he clearly cannot be trusted, and people need to speak out against such awful and unwarranted attacks. The only thing more disturbing than this cartoon are the comments Adams’ readers write in response. Have a look. Laugh or cry.