Because I live in Hollyweird, everything gets a facelift, a sequel, if you will. One of my online nemeses is Kate Tietje, a.k.a. Modern Alternative Mama. She made over her website, but the bullshit, dangerous medical advice, and unwillingness to admit how ugly the science is? That hasn’t changed.
Her site is an odd combination of every type of bad science. She claims to be passionate about science, but it’s the type of science one adopts by rejecting the scientific method employed by real scientific researchers and embracing the pseudoscience of the well known diploma mill Google University. Some of her favorite subjects are nutrition, allergies, being your own doctor, and of course, vaccines. She has a lot to say about vaccines. Mainly? Don’t get them.
In fact, you shouldn’t get anything from an injection. Not even a vitamin K shot to prevent bleeding disorders in newborns according to Kate.
She doesn’t like keeping anything in her medicine cabinet from a store, not even an Epipen or Benadryl, and has advised people to do the same, using clay to suck out poisons in the event of an allergic reaction. And one of my favorites from the same article? Don’t wear sun screen. Because of course.
Sometimes I think I’m being punked. Well, hope. Sadly, I’m sure this strange era of readily available misinformation on the internet has actually produced this woman.
Every once in a while, I like to do an internet drive-by on MAM’s facebook page to see the latest scientific atrocities and try not to get a concussion from *headdesking*. Today? Kate was asking for advice on how to manage an un-medicated case of pertussis.
Because of course they hadn’t vaccinated.
And of course they weren’t going to take antibiotics.
And of course I had something to say about that.
I think I was as nice as they deserved. I’ve had whooping cough. I was on two prescription anti-cough medications and I still dislocated a rib.
Doing this to a child is abuse. If you know better about vaccines? You should speak out. If you do this to a child? You’re a terrible person who truly needs to look at what’s gone wrong with your priorities and how you’ve gotten your information, because at this point you’re no longer the victim of misinformation. You’re the perpetrator, and Kate Tietje is is the accomplice.
It’s a story that doesn’t need another sequel.
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