There were 189 reported cases of measles in the United States in 2015. This was considered a major epidemic and a huge news story, and it was used to justify renewed efforts by state legislatures throughout the country (you remember, the “home of the brave, land of the free”?) to try and pass laws to do away with the informed consent rights of Americans and force or coerce them to vaccinate themselves and their children with just about every vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Now, keep in mind that we’re talking about measles—a childhood disease that is considered relatively harmless in the U.S. (Remember, the Brady Bunch kids got ’em?) Note that we’re also talking about 189 cases in a nation of nearly 320 million. Of that total, 74.2 million are children (under 18). Now, consider that 1 in 45 of those children is now being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That’s 1.65 million American children with ASD.
It has been estimated that, by 2032, the number of children in the US diagnosed with ASD will reach 1 in 2. Think hard about that one, and ask yourself, “Measles, really?”
Now, let’s take the birth defect known as microcephaly (you know, babies born with shrunken heads). There were slightly more than 400 confirmed cases of microcephaly in Brazil last year… that we know of thus far. No, it was not the 5,000-plus you read about constantly in the media. Those were “suspected” cases, and a large number of those have already been shown to have been misdiagnosed, and that they were in fact simply normal babies with small heads. (Surprise!)
Okay, so slightly more than 400 cases of microcephaly in a country of just over 200 million people. Now, keep in mind that microcephaly is caused by several factors, including exposure during pregnancy to pesticides and other neurotoxic agricultural and industrial chemicals, drug and alcohol use, and severe malnutrition (among other things). Now, remember Brazil is a Third World country. All of these factors I’ve mentioned (and more) are present in that country in spades.
So it’s a good bet that, of those 400-plus cases of microcephaly, many of them were caused by some mix of these factors that we know for sure caused the microcephaly cases in Brazil. Let’s say a quarter were caused by pesticides, a quarter by drug and alcohol, and a quarter by malnutrition. That would leave about 100 or so cases that are up for grabs. So, now let’s assume, for the sake of this exercise, that the Zika virus can cause microcephaly. (Bear in mind, this is still a theory, despite the CDC’s shady confirmation.)
So, we have about 100 cases of microcephaly caused by Zika? In a country of more than 200 million? And, now let me get this straight, WE the people of the United States (where we had barely even heard of Zika prior to this year) are being asked to spend $1.9 billion of our tax money on Zika research? For a highly questionable epidemic allegedly caused by Zika… in Brazil?
We, a country with a national debt that is fast approaching $20 trillion? We, a country with an autism epidemic of thermonuclear war proportions? It’s madness, I tell you. Madness.