The other night on his show, Jimmy Kimmel doubled down on his defense of vaccination.
His approach? He quoted bloggers and tweeters who attacked him.
He read a line from my piece about him:
“Kimmel (and TV news anchors) personally know as much about vaccine science as an ant knows about spaceship navigation.”
So here’s more.
Kimmel knows as much about vaccine science as George W Bush knows about Einstein on a slow Thursday.
Kimmel plays the “what could be more obvious” card: a private citizen is an idiot when it comes to medical matters, but we have these people. They’re called DOCTORS. They know. Because they went to MEDICAL SCHOOL.
Thanks for clearing that up, Jimmy. It’s so simple.
Of course we have this: the US medical system kills 225,000 people every year. That’s 2.25 million killings per decade. (Dr. Barbara Starfield, JAMA, July 26, 2000, “Is US health really the best in the world?”)
You mean THOSE doctors, Jimmy?
Jimmy knows as much about doctors as an ant knows about hosting a late-night talk show.
Jimmy looks at a building with a sign that says MEDICAL SCHOOL and thinks, “Good. Knowledge inside that building. Knowledge good. Me like.”
Jimmy’s mind apparently has a section labeled: WOW. DOCTORS. BOW DOWN AND PRAY. OFFER GIFTS.
Jimmy isn’t a PR man for the medical industry, but he plays one on television.
His studio audience appears to love the act. However, the producers pump pharmaceutical-grade amphetamines into the room during broadcasts, don’t they?
“The combined death rate from scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles among children up to fifteen shows that nearly 90 percent of the total decline in mortality between 1860 and 1965 had occurred before the introduction of antibiotics and widespread immunization. In part, this recession may be attributed to improved housing and to a decrease in the virulence of micro-organisms, but by far the most important factor was a higher host-resistance due to better nutrition.” Ivan Illich, Medical Nemesis, Bantam Books, 1977
“… Based on the only U.S. findings on adverse DPT [diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccine] reactions, an FDA-financed study at the University of California, Los Angeles, one out of every 350 children will have a convulsion; one in 180 children will experience high-pitched screaming; and one in 66 will have a fever of 105 degrees or more.” Jennifer Hyman, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, special supplement on DPT, dated April, 1987.
“Assistant Secretary of Health Edward Brandt, Jr., MD, testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, rounded… figures off to 9,000 cases of convulsions, 9,000 cases of collapse, and 17,000 cases of high-pitched screaming for a total of 35,000 acute neurological reactions occurring within forty-eight hours of a DPT shot among America’s children every year.” DPT: A Shot in the Dark, by Harris L. Coulter and Barbara Loe Fischer, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1986.
These three items are just a few of many they don’t discuss in the sacred temple of medical school.