“We don’t see significant pneumococcal disease in kids anymore,” says Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Brooklyn Hospital Center. He remembers when brain and bloodstream infections and deadly pneumonias used to be a regular occurrence, and now they don’t happen at all – all because of the Prevnar vaccine, which is given as one of the standard inoculations of childhood.
You wouldn’t know that, though, if you read this piece by Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic doctor who writes and sells supplements through his popular website, Mercola.com, which advertises itself as “The World’s #1 Natural Health Website.” His take on Prevnar? Headline: “Pneumonia vaccine shown to increase the infections it is supposed to prevent.” The piece, which was published in May and recently retweeted again by Mercola, has 2,400 Facebook shares and 55,000 page views. Mercola tells his readers that “Vaccines can actually compromise your immune function” and instructs them to focus on their gut flora – the bacteria that live in their intestines – and their vitamin D levels.
Imagine fighting a war the way Mercola is suggesting we fight our battle with bacteria. Would you really choose not to use a weapon that could kill most of the enemy just because it might leave a few especially hardy individuals behind?
As always, we urge you to read the original article linked. It’s got data. You can understand it. It’s not someone’s rant against the shills.
Several people have asked DN to respond to claims made on Mercola.com or Natural News. I don’t ever link to those sites. Consider those ENTIRE sites doubtful. They are misinformation; don’t buy a word from those sources.
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