There still will be arguments

A few months ago, Donald Trump was on the Hannity Show and the subject of vaccinations came up and Mr. Trump said that although he would prefer the vaccinations be given at an older age, he seemed to indicate that there might yet be a connection to autism. Hannity looked shocked and asked Mr. Trump if he had not been following the proven medical reports and studies that did not show a link between the MMR Vaccine and autism. Mr. Trump said he knew two children who had gotten the injections and developed autism. For a gentleman of such amazing financial smarts, it was shocking to see him resort to anecdotal conclusions meaning because he knew two cases that matched up to his assumption, it must be true. This latest study should put to rest the worries of parents that there is a link between vaccines and autism . . . but it probably won’t as so many will stand by their anecdotal conclusions regardless of medical facts and years of medical studies.

A sad note to the article was the mention of all the money that went to again prove the lack of a link, money that could have gone to more serious problems with children.

Anecdotal evidence – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia// // //

The expression anecdotal evidence refers to evidence from anecdotes. In cases where small numbers of anecdotes are presented, there is a larger chance that they may be unreliable due to cherry-picked or otherwise non-representative samples of typical cases.[1][2] Anecdotal evidence is considered dubious support of a generalized claim; it is, however, within the scope of scientific method for claims regarding particular instances. Anecdotal evidence is no more than a type description (i.e., short narrative), and is often confused in discussions with its weight, or other considerations, as to the purpose(s) for which it is used. This is true regardless of the veracity of individual claims.[3][4][5]

The term is often used in contrast to scientific evidence, such as evidence-based medicine, which are types of formal accounts. Some anecdotal evidence does not qualify as scientific evidence because its nature prevents it from being investigated using the scientific method. Misuse of anecdotal evidence is an informal fallacy and is sometimes referred to as the “person who” fallacy (“I know a person who…”; “I know of a case where…” etc. Compare with hasty generalization). Anecdotal evidence is not necessarily representative of a “typical” experience; in fact, human cognitive biases such as confirmation bias mean that exceptional or confirmatory anecdotes are much more likely to be remembered. Accurate determination of whether an anecdote is “typical” requires statistical evidence

2 thoughts on “There still will be arguments

  1. Yes there will be arguments. Best thing to do, in my opinion, is to keep the kids out of public schools where they are not wanted, anyway. Home schooling will need to be the choice of parents who wish to not vaccinate.

    On the ‘Anecdotal evidence” front, I have a personal “anecdote” to share:

    In June 2013 my cousin’s eldest son, Russell, passed away at age 39 from complications of an as-yet undiagnosed and unknown neuromuscular disease that caused him to be wheelchair-bound and unable to even feed himself the last two years of his life.

    “Rusty” joined the U.S. Army in 1992 and was sent to Ft. Benning, Georgia for basic. He and others were designated to rotate to Iraq, and because of the fear at that time of the nerve agents and bioweapons Saddam’s regime was supposed to have, they all got inoculated with untested vaccines. Within a year Rusty began having problems with vertigo that Army medics said was an inner ear infection. Soon he began having headaches, dizziness, muscle aches and shaking. The Army continued to say it was a result of the medication for the inner ear infection, so the experimentation continued as he was deployed for the next year to Alaska on a medical transfer.

    His hitch ended in 1995 with a medical discharge. He sought help at the VA, and, as many have heard of the way the VA operates, he received no help, no diagnosis, and no hope for returning to civilian life. He remained ill and unemployable due to his condition until his death 18 years later. He had what seemed to be Multiple Sclerosis / Myasthenia Gravis / Parkinson’s Disease.

    Only my Vietnam-veteran cousin’s constant hounding of the VA Hospital in Long Beach finally got him admitted there in late 2011. No investigation or treatment for the condition, only “rehabilitative care” and physical therapy. When he died, his previous 195-pound, 6-foot frame had diminished to 99 pounds and 5 feet, 7 inches of withered tissue.

    All of us believe that the condition he suffered was the result of the “anti-biological agent” shots he received prior to going to the sandbox. Others have had the same or similar reactions, and, like Agent Orange in the late 60’s and 70’s, no one will admit or investigate the effects of toxic chemistry introduced into the human body. No one in our family or my cousin’s in-laws has ever had any neuromuscular diseases or skeletal issues. So – what caused his condition and eventual death?


    1. What makes me wonder is that if children can’t bring peanut products to school lest they cause a problem for other children, wouldn’t vaccines be in the same issue?

      Sorry about Russell. The military seems all to anxious to try untried medications on their troops, it seems. And, we all know how it goes for Vets trying to get proper medical care these days.


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