Apparently vaccinations cause mental retardation. What? You didn’t hear?
Just for the record, here are some real things that can cause mental retardation (Source: World Health Organization)
Chromosomal disorders: Downs syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Prader Wili syndrome, Klinefelters syndrome
Single gene disorders: Inborn errors of metabolism, such as galactosemia, phenylketonuria, mucopolysaccaridoses
Hypothyroidism, Tay- Sachs disease, Neuro-cutaneous syndromes such as tuberous sclerosis, and neurofibromatosis.
Brain malformations such as genetic microcephaly, hydrocephalus and myelo-meningocele.
Other dysmorphic syndromes, such as Laurence Moon Biedl syndrome
Other conditions of genetic origin: Rubistein Tabi syndrome De Lange syndrome
Adverse material / environmental influences: Deficiencies, such as iodine deficiency and folic acid deficiency
Severe malnutrition in pregnancy
Using substances such as alcohol (maternal alcohol syndrome), nicotine, and cocaine during early pregnancy
Exposure to other harmful chemicals such as pollutants, heavy metals, abortifacients, and harmful medications such as thalidomide, phenytoin and warfarin sodium in early pregnancy.
Maternal infections such as rubella, syphillis, toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus and HIV others such as excessive exposure to radiation, and Rh incompatibility.
Complications of pregnancy, Diseases in mother such as heart and kidney disease and diabetes and Placental dysfunction.
Severe prematurity, very low birth weight, birth asphyxia, Difficult and/or complicated delivery, Birth trauma
Septicemia, severe jaundice, hypoglycemia
Brain infections such as tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis, and bacterial meningitis
Chronic lead exposure
Severe and prolonged malnutrition
Now, if you do a little research before you decide to shoot your kid up with a new vaccine, you might find yourself here – where you can read all about the testing and side effects for Gardasil (made by Merck, who Bachmann is saying paid into Perry’s political campaign – A WHOLE OTHER ARGUMENT for a later date). Nowhere does mental retardation fall into the side effect categories. Now, they do say that fainting can occur. If you faint, you could whack your noggin and according to the World Health Organization, head injury can cause mental retardation.
So, a possible side effect is fainting – which could lead to mental retardation – but only if you knock the hell outta yer head. Hm. Yeah, I guess we can take that leap, can’t we? I mean, Michele Bachmann feels super-free to do so. I mean, with her VAST medical knowledge from the BA she received at Winona State University (uh, where?) – or it might have been from the law degree she got at Oral Roberts University. Maybe it was the advanced Master of Laws degree at William & Mary where she really spread her wings in the medical field? It’s really hard to pinpoint, I know.
I mean, really people. Is there anyone with any semblance of intelligence who is taking this woman for real? The gross irresponsibility of this retardation statement is astounding. This, my friends, is how urban legends, gossip and misinformation spreads like wildfire. Some woman at her Florida debate told her about her daughter suddenly being mentally retarded? From a vaccine that thousands of young women have been receiving now for several years? A vaccine that has proved to prevent certain types of cervical cancer? CANCER, Michele. CANCER! REALLY??? Can we please do a little research before we go spouting off about the crazy women who show up at your debate?
And these “innocent” little girls? Yeah, guess what Michele? They are having sex. They are giving blow jobs. They are dry humping in the backseat of their parent’s cars. I’ll bet $800 billion dollars that even YOUR 16 year-old daughter has done more than she’s told you (if she’s said anything). And guess what? You don’t even actually have to have sex to catch HPV, you know why? Because men carry it on their balls. You could just lay naked on top of someone and catch it if your little bits and pieces go touchy-touchy. And condoms don’t always help either, that is unless you know of a condom that fits over the ball sack. Now that I’d like to see.
HPV can lay dormant for years. My last OB/GYN told me she had to tell a 72 year old woman she had it. The woman had all of 2 sexual partners (slut!), both of whom were her husbands (she was widowed, twice). The woman had children and regular pelvic check-ups her whole life (clearly, at 72!). Happily, the woman’s strain did not progress after a cervical scrape. The facts are that approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. Another 6 million people become newly infected each year. HPV is so common that at least 50% of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives (Source: The Center for Disease Control). I personally might go so far as to call that pandemic.
Receiving a vaccine doesn’t mean that a 12 year old girl recipient is going to go out and start screwing irresponsibly. Who in their right minds would even consider that? There’s this thing called education. It’s called parenting. It’s called opening your mouth and sharing facts about a potentially life-saving drug with pre-teen girls and boys. It’s explaining the risks we are all responsible for these days. It may require some reading. It may require some time spent in an actual conversation with your kids, your partner and yes, your spouse. *gasp*
As a non-HPV side bar? It really bums me out that the Republican party can’t produce better female candidates than Palin (what happened to all the “Just you wait for 2012!” rhetoric of 2008?) and Bachmann. It’s a sad reflection of their party and of women in general.
I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Michele Bachmann? Please stop talking.
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