If there's one great truth of political debate, it's this: when noise trumps knowledge, someone's going to get hurt. That's been proven anew with Wednesday's report that vaccination rates for children with health insurance have been falling — due mostly to fears about the widely disproven link between vaccines and autism. If there was a glimmer of good — and surprising — news in the report it's that vaccination rates for kids on Medicaid are on the rise.
I've read the more education one has, the more likely to embrace alternative medicine, too. I'd like to see this broken down by which academic majors these “educated” people studied. Yes, I do believe we'd find a difference between science majors and the humanities graduates. But, that's only my theory.I am a humanities graduate (English, journalism), but I found some very vocal academics upset that anyone questions climate science often had crystals and dreamcatchers over their desks. Apparently, one gets to select which sciences are trustworthy and which are not. I'd rather assume most scientists are honest seekers of knowledge. The earth is warming and vaccines are generally as safe as possible. I wonder what happens when parents start to sue doctors who did exactly what the parents wanted and skipped vaccines?