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Why Anti-vax Doctors Are Ordering 23andMe Tests

Why Anti-vax Doctors Are Ordering 23andMe Tests

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  • Truly amazing how ingenious they can be at finding bogus ways to justify anti-vax, at least you have to give them that. Fascinating... I long to learn about the next move.

  • It is the incarnation of the scientific-like misinformation.. using some outdated studies and extrapolating from them, some firms get rich, some people make the buzz online and society suffers as a whole. I have to lean toward public safety rather than preserving freedom of speech in such cases!

  • Anti-vax “doctors” should lose their medical license.

  • People should absolutely have the right not to vaccinate their kids. And, if that make that choice, should be made to live isolated communities far from rational society. Upper Montana, the high Rockies, the Arizonan desert. Please don’t endanger my kids because you’re too stupid to protect yours.

  • Smh. Is this real life? #MTHFR too

    “Furthermore, the study only covered smallpox vaccines, which are no longer given to children, as the disease has been officially eradicated since 1980. It wouldn’t make sense to extrapolate to measles vaccines given today. And the “adverse events” were simply mild

    Smh. Is this real life? #MTHFR too

    “Furthermore, the study only covered smallpox vaccines, which are no longer given to children, as the disease has been officially eradicated since 1980. It wouldn’t make sense to extrapolate to measles vaccines given today. And the “adverse events” were simply mild fevers and rashes—nothing that would bolster the discredited link between vaccines and autism.

    That vaccine-autism link also infamously originated with a single journal article, now retracted. The anti-vaccine movement is decidedly outside of mainstream medicine, but it has always borrowed the language and trappings of mainstream science. By tapping into the wider interest in genetics, vaccine skeptics are attempting to tap into scientific legitimacy. The early hype about the power of genes and the early spate of now outdated research made genetics research all the more exploitable. Plenty of solid genetics research has been published since then, but the idea that genes are powerful has spawned a world of less rigorous ideas about DNA too...”

  • Love this new testing. Everyone is different. Everyone’s genes are different. Not enough tests are being done during vaccine protocols to determine if someone will react differently. We need more of this thinking and less thinking everyone needs a vaccine.

  • I’m dismayed that there are medical doctors who are vaccine skeptical. 23andMe was already trash science; glad anti-vaxxers found another way to exploit that dumpster industry.

  • The adverse reaction was a mild fever.

    The disease tested against was smallpox.

    These people are truly making a mountain out of a molehill.

    If you do not want to contribute to herd immunity, then you can’t be part of the herd.

  • I am amazed at the name of the gene and how appropriate it is to the discussion. Perhaps we should turn back the clock and enforce quarantines at sanitoriums the way it was done for tb', post yellow quarantine notices and wait for an active disease to mutate the way the Spanish influenza did and killed

    I am amazed at the name of the gene and how appropriate it is to the discussion. Perhaps we should turn back the clock and enforce quarantines at sanitoriums the way it was done for tb', post yellow quarantine notices and wait for an active disease to mutate the way the Spanish influenza did and killed millions. It is not just the measles that we are vaccinated.. What happens when the hearses go by with a pa calling " bring out your dead".

  • The eradication of many diseases like smallpox made people ignorant of the benefits of vaccination.

  • Genotyping vaccine reactions is the first step towards ensuring we don’t give vaccines to someone who will have an adverse reaction.

  • I now a have a small kid so for the first time in my life I got directly exposed to lots of opinions about vaccinations. Sometimes I felt that I was part of a minority (maybe I should hang out with better acquaintances) but I am happy about having done them all for him.

    However, it stilll makes me

    I now a have a small kid so for the first time in my life I got directly exposed to lots of opinions about vaccinations. Sometimes I felt that I was part of a minority (maybe I should hang out with better acquaintances) but I am happy about having done them all for him.

    However, it stilll makes me sad and speechless when I talk to one parent with an autistic child who starts asking questions about how/when my kid got vaccinated, I assume just to find something different in their story that could justify their conditions.