Anti-vaxer Stephanie Messenger is the author of this book.
According to the author’s page, “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” was written to:
Educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messages from vested interests to fear all diseases in order for someone to sell some potion or vaccine, when, in fact, history shows that in industrialized countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body. Having raised three children vaccine-free and childhood disease-free, I have experienced many times when my children’s vaccinated peers succumb to the childhood diseases they were vaccinated against.
The book is getting negative feedback and is currently only ranked 1.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
Several user reviewers on Amazon is heavily criticizing the book calling it “dangerous”, “nonsense”, “reckless and ignorant” and “harmful and deplorable”. Worse than that for consumers, it’s boring.
Check out this comprehensive review. A review of ‘Melanie’s Marvelous Measles’.
UPDATED (10-Jan-2013): Controversial anti-vaccination book removed from sale
The news sparked an enormous backlash from people, including the Australian Medical Association, who wanted the book pulled. There was strong criticism of the anti-vaccination message on social media, and on television and radio shows.
Bookworld CEO James Webber originally said it would allow controversial content unless it was actually illegal, but in the wake of a vehement response from customers the company has changed its mind.
A spokesman told news.com.au that they listened to their customers and delisted the book.