The difference between facts and ‘web facts’

I have seen the light. Thank you Thank you.

Following a 20-minute check of the internet last week, I learned the truth about vaccines. If only I had scanned the web three years ago, before our daughter got her shots.

Like millions of other parents, my wife and I bought into the narrative that vaccines protect children from diseases like polio, smallpox and measles. We assumed Dr. Jonas Salk and his polio vaccine saved millions from a life inside an iron lung. We thought the smallpox vaccine prevented tens of millions of deaths. We even assumed whooping cough was something to worry about.

What were we thinking?

Thankfully, popular anti-vaccination websites and blogs steered me toward the truth about polio and vaccines.

It turns out the introduction and adoption of agricultural pesticides was the real cause of the polio epidemic of the 1940s and 1950s, which killed or paralyzed more than half a million people annually.

As U.S. production of DDT and other pesticides rose in the 1940s, the number of childhood cases of polio in America also increased.

When DDT production declined starting in 1954, the scourge of polio dropped at precisely the same rate.

The correlation is eerie.

Unfortunately, the majority of Canadians still adhere to the narrative that viruses cause polio and other deadly diseases.

But it’s not parents’ fault.

Powerful and dark forces prop up the vaccination industry.

As noted on anti-vaccination websites, pharmaceutical companies, the medical establishment and the government continue to exploit the fable that vaccines have saved millions of lives. Apparently, card-carrying members of the conspiracy meet every year on the Summer Solstice, at Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis, to strategize with a few influential (bribable) members of the media on how to perpetuate the vaccination mythology.

While I intensely regret the decision to immunize our daughter, I take comfort that I live in Manitoba.

Last month, the Manitoba government introduced legislation banning pesticides on lawns, playgrounds, playing fields and other public spaces.

Provincial officials must have scanned the internet for 20 minutes and learned that spraying a dandelion with a federally approved pesticide causes autism, ADHD and cancer in children.

They too have seen the light.

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