Aside from the obvious things like war, climate change and industrial farming, one of the dumbest things humans have done is the anti-vax movement.
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Instead of continuing the treatment that has eradicated some of the world’s deadliest diseases, parents are willingly preventing their children from getting vaccinated because of a few fake news stories and tin foil hat conspiracies plaguing certain pages on social media. It’s insane.
However, one smart medical student decided to use the gullible nature of those in the movement to their advantage by inventing a conspiracy of their own. Here’s her account of how she took matters into her own hands when dealing with a mum/”conspiracy theory magnet” at the surgery:
She casually mentioned everything from 9/11 to chemtrails. Of course, she loved the idea of the vaccine conspiracy as well, opting to not protect her one year old to stick it to Big Pharma.
Sounds about right. The student in question was responsible for interviewing this woman in preparation for the doctor.
We go back into the exam room and we cover all of the important bits of a well-child encounter. Growth charts, behavioural milestones, nutrition, sleep…
And then we get to vaccines. She lists approximately 15 reasons why vaccines are more dangerous than the disease they protect against (lol) in addition to the various evils of the pharmaceutical industry.
It’s at this point she had a lightbulb moment, and decided to interject with the following question: “Have you considered the possibility that anti-vaccine propaganda could be an attempt by the Russians or the Chinese to weaken the health of the United States population?”
In a moment of catastrophic cognitive dissonance, I swear I heard a strange popping noise as her brain misfired. It actually broke her.
To this day I’m not sure the medical ethics of the situation are totally palatable, but goddamn the result was amazing!
Sure enough, her anti-anti-vax conspiracy theory worked and the woman agreed to a modified vaccine schedule for her kid. Thus proving that you can feed any of these people a load of old bullshit and they’ll believe it, no evidence required.
To read about the anti-vax poster child who ended up catching chicken pox, click HERE.