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Marianne Williamson’s Vaccine ‘Adviser’ Is an Anti-Vaxx Lawyer

Dec 11, 2019

By Kelly Weill

Long known for her science-defying stances on health issues, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson says she has advisers guiding her vaccine policy. On Tuesday, she named one: Jim Turner, a longtime lawyer for the anti-vaccine movement.

He says he has no official ties with the campaign.

Williamson, a self-help guru running for the Democratic nomination, objects to the label “anti-vaxx” (she prefers the term “safe-vaxx,” which is a popular euphemism in anti-vaxx circles), but she has hewed close to anti-vaccine talking points. On Tuesday, she told NBC that lawyer Jim Turner was advising her on vaccine policy. Turner, who has filed multiple lawsuits against vaccine programs, has spent decades advocating against immunizations while using similar “pro-safety” language as Williamson.

“There’s a man named Jim Turner, Dr. Jim Turner in Washington, D.C., who I talk to quite a bit,” Williamson told NBC when asked who was advising her vaccine policy. She did not offer any other names.

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3 comments on “Marianne Williamson’s Vaccine ‘Adviser’ Is an Anti-Vaxx Lawyer

  • objects to the label “anti-vaxx”

    Would you prefer “Pro-plague”?

    If anyone these days is anti-vax, they only need to be shown Samoa. If that doesn’t change their mind, they are a stupid human and there is no helping them.

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  • If this woman became president she could possibly be the most lethal peacetime President ever.
    Measles deaths per annum before vaccine 2.6million, last year 140,000.
    But the ancillary harms of a measles infection are legion…
    “Not only did measles cases plummet once vaccine use became widespread, but cases of other diseases dropped as well—pneumococcus, diarrhea, and more. In resource-poor regions, the decline was as dramatic as 50 percent; in impoverished regions, it dropped by as much as 90 percent.
    “We actually saw the whole overall baseline for childhood mortality drop precipitously,” says Harvard’s Michael Mina, an author on a 2015 study analyzing this declineand lead author of the new study in Science. In essence, the measles vaccine seems to not only protect populations against measles, it may be keeping a slew of other infections at bay, and one way it could be doing this is through prevention of immune amnesia.”

  • I was watching a you-tube short documentary on flat earthers the other day, and was struck with the parallels:  long established proven-beyond-doubt science is trumped by the “evidence” of their own eyes and their own shoddy analytical thinking;  and any tricky-to-explain hard evidence is hand-waved away under the umbrella of “conspiracy”.


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