This Anti-vaxxer children’s book is getting destroyed in Amazon troll campaign

Feb 10, 2015

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By Joanna Rothkopf

In 2012, a proactive Australian anti-vaxxer named Stephanie Messenger self-published a children’s book called “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles.” With the book, Messenger endeavored to “educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully.” The book’s illustrated cover features a girl frolicking in a meadow with her stomach exposed, revealing a number of measles pocks all over her body. The whole thing is truly grotesque — so much so, that Amazon has put a disclaimer on the book’s description, noting that it is “provided by the publisher/author of this title and presents the subjective opinions of the publisher/author, which may not be substantiated.”

The book is made all the more relevant, now that a massive measles outbreak (due to the steadily growing vaccine “trutherism” movement) has infected more than 100 people in 15 states, including five babies at a Chicago daycare center.

So, the Internet is doing what the Internet does best: trolling the hell out of Messenger’s deeply flawed book through Amazon comments. Here are some of the best:

“Don’t overlook the lesser known Dr. Seuss books in this series – ‘Horton hears an air raid siren’, ‘Oh the places you’ll itch’, ‘How the Grinch caught Chlamydia’, ‘And to Think That I Contracted It on Mulberry Street’, ‘Skull Fracture Mayzie’, ‘Hop on your remaining foot’, ‘The 500 days in ICU of Bartholomew Cubbins’, and ‘If I Ran the Mortuary.’” –Nathaniel E. Parkinson II

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31 comments on “This Anti-vaxxer children’s book is getting destroyed in Amazon troll campaign

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    Miserablegit says:

    The book should coming with the following message – this book is a dangerous pack of lies, believe only the authors name she really is a messenger of doom. If ever a book needs a public health warning this is it.

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    Nunbeliever says:

    Although this woman named Stephanie Messenger could cause tremendous harm by publishing this bizarre book, I sort of have a hard time being angry with her after did some research on her. As often with regard to antivaxxers there is some kind of tragedy in the background. I guess, that is the irony and tragedy of this movement. Most of them probably really think they are doing the right thing, which is why they are motivated to spend so much time and resources on spreading their dangerous nonsense. I found out that Stephanie Messenger’s child actually died at a young age from an unknown condition. I guess, that is what made her bat shit crazy. What a tragedy that this woman never received enough help to actually recover, but instead was allowed to create her own paranoid delusions about vaccines. In a sense, her background makes her even more dangerous. She is very vocal about the fact that her young child died and that it, according to her, was due to vaccines. What parent would not be moved by such a story and therein lies the danger.

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  • I admire your charity Nunbeliever, but all of us are to a certain extent damaged goods; victims of the: “Thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.”.

    Nonetheless, we are all still obliged to think before we utter, and in the same way that you researched the author, she should have done her home work.

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  • I offer this to put into the discussion the extent to which attitudes have changed.

    I had measles as a child, and chicken pox (varicella.) I missed mumps. But at the period, the ’50’s, chicken pox parties were common. The kids would be brought together so they could all catch the disease and get it over and done with.

    I remember a week of misery, and an “ocean of calomine lotion,” but no lasting ill effect, fortunately. There a variety of possible of possible “down the road” consequences, including encephalitis and shingles.

    this does not mean, for a moment that I side with the “antivaxxers.” Measles can certainly be dangerous, Mumps after puberty can commonly cause sterility in men, and Rubella is obviously highly dangerous.

    I suspect that some of the “antivaxxers” are listening to their grandmothers, who tell them about the “good old days.” Proving once again that the wisdom of the ancients is not really all that wise.

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  • If she turned to alcohol I wouldn’t want her to drive. I have compassion till they get behind the wheel. At that point the grownups in society need to stop the harmful action. If there was a book Edith’s Easy Ebola being distributed around Africa promoting getting Ebola and the benefits of surviving naturally the state would have moved in.

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  • Bill Maher’s show last week had a conversation of about 5 minutes of breathtaking ignorance about vaccination from him and most of his guests. Not quite an anti-vaccer but pretty bad none the less. Don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of his but on this issue I wanted to tear my hair out.

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  • Her sister has said that she was informed at the time that her daughters death was caused by Alexanders syndrome an untreatable genetic disorder totally unrelated to vaccination and yet has persisted with her own narrative – writing crap like this.

    “Measles also makes you strong and is great to get, but when junk food
    guzzling vaccinated Jared gets the measles, it’ll hopefully teach him
    to eat well. ”

    Roald Dahl gives another side of the story – far more eloquently.

    Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years
    old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to
    her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then
    one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting
    on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured
    pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I
    noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and
    she couldn’t do anything. “Are you feeling all right?” I asked her. “I
    feel all sleepy, ” she said. In an hour, she was unconscious. In
    twelve hours she was dead. The measles had turned into a terrible
    thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors
    could do to save her. That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even
    now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly
    reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the
    doctors could do to help her. On the other hand, there is today
    something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy
    does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child
    is immunised against measles.

    1 in a thousand measles infections result in permanent disability (blindness, deafness etc) 1 in 10 000 die.
    Its not just their own children they put at risk – herd immunity breaking down means epidemics cover the 15% of the population that do not benefit from vaccination. The death toll and permanent harm resulting from the anti-vax movement is not trivial.

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  • alf1200 Feb 11, 2015 at 1:00 am

    I am thinking along with skipping vaccines, the children should have access to ak-47’s

    Sorry to disappoint, but the American gun lobby beat you to that one!
    *.**A three-year-old American boy has shot his mother and father with the same bullet after pulling a gun from her handbag, police say.

    The incident took place in a motel room on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque in the state of New Mexico.

    The toddler was apparently reaching for an iPod.

    The bullet passed through his father’s buttock and hit his mother, who is eight months pregnant, in the arm. Both parents are said to be recovering**.*
    .Toddler accidentally shoots mother in Idaho Wal-Mart.

    *US authorities say a two-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother inside a Wal-Mart store in Hayden, Idaho.**

    **Kootenai County sheriff’s spokesman Stu Miller said the child reached into Veronica J Rutledge’s purse, and her concealed gun fired.*

    Officials have said Ms Rutledge had a concealed weapons permit.

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  • mr_DNA Feb 11, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Her sister has said that she was informed at the time that her daughters death was caused by Alexanders syndrome an untreatable genetic disorder totally unrelated to vaccination and yet has persisted with her own narrative – writing crap like this.

    A genetic disorder would would be a defect in the family ancestral line.
    Denial and scapegoating, is a well known psychological defence against accepting responsibility.

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  • ‘A massive measles outbreak’ of ‘more than 100 people in 15 states’?

    Sorry, but as the rational ones in this debate, don’t we have a duty to avoid sensationalism?

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  • You wrote my thoughts. Get out of my head 🙂
    I do wonder whether, in solitary moments as she stirs her tea or changes a pillowcase, she says quietly to herself “I know measles is bad and this is a massive blag”. Just can’t believe that she believes it. Truly mind-boggling.

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  • you’d have a hard time being angry with every criminal, murderer, psychopath, paedophile, bully, tyrant and religious extremist if you had access to the story behind their condition.

    She had access to the uncomfortable truths and chose to stick to the comfortable fantasy

    there are two types of adult. responsible who must take responsibility and not-responsible who must be kept under constant watch for their own and others’ protection

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  • Chicken Pox is not as “harmless” as many people think. My mom did just about everything she could to ensure we got Chicken Pox when we were little. I was sent to “help” take care of friends who were sick and so on. I was barely affected. In fact, we didn’t even know I’d gotten it until I got Shingles at 18. My brother, on the other hand, got very sick. The lesions were not only all over his skin, he had several internal lesions, including some on his brain. It took him a long time to recover, and there were a few times we were worried he might not make it, or that he might have some permanent damage. Fortunately he came through all right.

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  • Maher is famously anti-vaccination. He has used Real Time as a soapbox for many attacks on vaccines. A few years back he went on Larry King and claimed that the flu vaccine causes dementia. Nothing further, no refutation or challenge from King. Maher is an atheist, which is great. But he isn’t intelligent, given his many statements on vaccination.

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  • You can’t even believe the authors name, as it is a “trading name” she uses for her business interests according to an article I read recently.

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  • Though her own sister has claimed that the tragedy was not as claimed by Messenger (yes there was a tragic situation, just not the way Messenger claims, so says her sister)

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  • Yes out of about 320 BILLION people.. what are the odds? Does heard immunity necessarily mean 100% or are these rates good enough? Though we may like to force vaccines in order to eradicate a disease, is this type of genetic engineering our rightful claim on all others? Regardless, vaccines are doing a pretty good job, despite the ‘massive’ outbreak IMO.

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  • Brook Feb 13, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Yes out of about 320 BILLION people.. what are the odds? Does heard immunity necessarily mean 100% or are these rates good enough? Though we may like to force vaccines in order to eradicate a disease, is this type of genetic engineering our rightful claim on all others?

    I think this answers your question!

    .WHO celebrates India’s triumph over polio.

    Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization, joined India’s government and other distinguished guests on Tuesday to celebrate a polio-free India.

    During an event held in New Delhi, India, Chan said that many critics thought the day would never come that India could be declared polio free. Despite a huge population, dense pockets of poverty, high birth rate, widespread diarrhea, poor sanitation, resistance to vaccination and difficult terrain, the determination of India won out against the deadly, crippling disease.

    “After three years, we can say with certainty that the soil of this vast and densely populated country is now free of a virus that killed and crippled children for centuries,” Chan said.

    Chan recalled how in the 1970s, India was home to as many as 200,000 polio cases annually. India worked with international partners like the WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to build a world-class surveillance system, motivate and supervise millions of vaccinators and independently monitor progress of the campaign.

    “India has shown the world that there is no such thing as impossible,” Chan said. “This is likely the greatest lesson, and the greatest inspiration for the rest of the world. India’s leadership in polio eradication is widely appreciated and warmly welcomed, especially among the 194 Member States of WHO. The country has shared its experiences, best practices, lessons learned, and expert staff with the remaining endemic countries.”

    The dithering backward countries, need to learn from India about eradicating dangerous diseases!

    Charities are contributing millions, while the nutty, brainless, and corrupt, liars, are being obstructive as usual!

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    steveb0503 says:

    I am reminded of a passage from Christopher Hitchens’ book “God is Not Great” and comes from a chapter titled (rather appropriately, I think): “A Note on Health, to Which Religion Can Be Hazardous”.

    It goes a little something like this:

    “In the fall of 2001 I was in Calcutta with the magnificent photographer Sebastiaio Salgado, a Brazilian genius whose studies with the camera have made vivid the lives of migrants, war victims, and those workers who toil to extract primary products from mines and quarries and forests. On this occasion, he was acting as an envoy of UNICEF and promoting his cause as a crusader—in the positive sense of that term—against the scourge of polio. Thanks to the work of inspired and enlightened scientists like Jonas Salk, it is now possible to immunize children against this ghastly malady for a negligible cost: the few cents or pennies that it takes to administer two drops of oral vaccine to the mouth of an infant. Advances in medicine had managed to put the fear of smallpox behind us, and it was confidently expected that another year would do the same for polio. Humanity itself had seemingly united on this proposition. In several countries, including El Salvador, warring combatants had proclaimed cease-fires in order to allow the inoculation teams to move freely. Extremely poor and backward countries had mustered the resources to get the good news to every village: no more children need be killed, or made useless and miserable, by this hideous disease. Back home in Washington, where that year many people were still fearfully staying indoors after the trauma of 9/11, my youngest daughter was going dauntlessly door to door on Halloween, piping “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” and healing or saving, with every fistful of small change, children she would never meet. One had that rare sense of participating in an entirely positive enterprise.
    The people of Bengal, and particularly the women, were enthusiastic and inventive. I remember one committee meeting, where staunch Calcutta hostesses planned without embarrassment to team up with the city’s prostitutes to spread the word into the farthest corners of society. Bring your children, no questions asked, and let them swallow the two drops of fluid. Someone knew of an elephant a few miles out of town that might be hired to lead a publicity parade. Everything was going well: in one of the poorest cities and states of the world there was to be a new start. And then we began to hear of a rumor. In some outlying places, Muslim die-hards were spreading the story that the droplets were a plot. If you took this sinister Western medicine, you would be stricken by impotence and diarrhea (a forbidding and depressing combination).
    This was a problem, because the drops have to be administered twice—the second time as a booster and confirmation of immunity— and because it takes only a few uninoculated people to allow the disease to survive and revive, and to spread back through contact and the water supply. As with smallpox, eradication must be utter and complete. I wondered as I left Calcutta if West Bengal would manage to meet the deadline and declare itself polio-free by the end of the next year. That would leave only pockets of Afghanistan and one or two other inaccessible regions, already devastated by religious fervor, before we could say that another ancient tyranny of illness had been decisively overthrown.
    In 2005 I learned of one outcome. In northern Nigeria—a country that had previously checked in as provisionally polio-free—a group of Islamic religious figures issued a ruling, or fatwa, that declared the polio vaccine to be a conspiracy by the United States (and, amazingly, the United Nations) against the Muslim faith. The drops were designed, said these mullahs, to sterilize the true believers. Their intention and effect was genocidal. Nobody was to swallow them, or administer them to infants. Within months, polio was back, and not just in northern Nigeria. Nigerian travelers and pilgrims had already taken it as far as Mecca, and spread it back to several other polio-free countries, including three African ones and also faraway Yemen. The entire boulder would have to be rolled back right up to the top of the mountain.”

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  • Alan4discussion Feb 13, 2015 at 4:19 am

    The dithering backward countries, need to learn from India about eradicating dangerous diseases!

    Charities are contributing millions, while the nutty, brainless, and corrupt, liars, are being obstructive as usual!

    To add to this earlier comment.
    .Synthetic vaccine sought to finally eradicate polio.

    .An international team of scientists is to try to develop a wholly artificial vaccine to combat polio.

    The disease is very close to being eradicated, with only a few hundred cases now reported worldwide each year.

    The hope is that the new approach can address some shortcomings in an existing vaccine, and so help eliminate polio altogether.

    The World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are providing a $674,000 (£438,000) grant.

    The project was announced at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California.

    The battle against polio is tantalisingly close to being won.

    Where once there were hundreds of thousands of cases worldwide, just 350 were reported last year, and most of those were in Pakistan.

    Meanwhile, the “know-it-better-by-faith-thinking”, religinuts, are making their usual level of contribution to the effort to rid humanity of this pestilence!

    Hard-line clerics in Pakistan’s most conservative regions have long opposed polio vaccination campaigns, arguing that they are a conspiracy to leave Muslims infertile.

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  • Apparently it takes tragedies to shake up intelligent responses!

    *Germany measles: Toddler death fuels compulsory vaccination debate.

    .An 18-month-old boy has died of measles in an outbreak of the disease that has seen authorities in Berlin register more than 500 cases since October.

    The boy died in hospital and it was not clear how he contracted the disease, Berlin’s health senator Mario Czaja said on Monday.

    .The outbreak has sparked a debate over whether vaccinations against the disease should be made compulsory.

    US authorities are also reporting more than 120 new cases in California.

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