Just when we thought worrying about diseases such as smallpox, measles and polio were behind us, measles has made a comeback in the USA. The primary reason is the superstition among some very concerned parents that vaccines cause autism.
The doctor most responsible for “documenting” the link between vaccines and autism is no longer a doctor and his study has been completely discredited.
Diseases for which there is no known conclusive cause such as autism and Alzheimer’s leave people desperately clinging to any explanation that can make them feel in control. “Professionals” who exploit this feeling of uncertainty and helplessness with bogus explanations are reprehensible.
With that said, there are those who simply will not accept the difference between correlation and causality. For those people, magicians (and debunkers) Penn and Teller assume the worst about the vaccine/autism connection and still make a strong (and graphic) argument for getting your kids vaccinated.
Warning: the following video may seem insensitive to sincere parents who only want the best for their children but sometimes it takes bluntness to get us out of our dream world.
What do you think? The bar is open.