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Anti-vaccine book targets children
Doctors are condemning a book promoting the potentially disease Measles as "marvelous".
The anti-vaccination book "Melanie's Marvelous Measles" claims the virus is a good thing and the author says she's trying to give people more information about vaccination and disease.
AMA president Steve Hambleton has condemned the book but agrees people need more information about the disease.
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Stephanie Messenger, an anti-vaccine activist and the author says on her Amazon 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.
Amazon reviewers have not taken kindly to Messenger’s suggestion that measles can be an “adventure,” either. As one recently wrote:
Isn’t Melanie lucky that she didn’t get pneumonia from her measles like 1 in 15 children (7%) do? I had measles when I was a toddler in the 1950s before there was a measles vaccine available. I was in hospital in an oxygen tent for over a week with bilateral pneumonia when I had measles.