I always laugh when I see that the search phrase “Levi Quackenboss credentials” has brought someone right back to my blog. Is there any topic other than vaccines where readers hurl the accusation, “You are not a medical professional! You are not qualified to have an opinion!”
Are people losing sleep because I have an opinion about vaccines? If the answer were that I was a pediatrician, would the information I provide matter more– despite the fact that pediatricians receive no training in the inevitable injuries that happen from vaccination and they are not experts in the immune system by any stretch of the imagination? If I told you that pediatricians were the lowest-paid of all medical specialties, could you guess why that is?
If the answer were that I had a PhD in Immunology, would it matter? There are immunologists who would advise against following the CDC schedule– some would advise against vaccines at all– and they’re called quacks. What good does the degree do for credibility with naysayers?
When it comes to vaccines, we’re told that only a PhD of Immunology, or an MD (of any kind, even an eye doctor) or a nurse (especially when a nurse is doing the talking) are qualified speak to vaccine efficacy, vaccine safety, vaccine ingredient (non)toxicity, the need to protect the immunocompromised who allegedly can’t be vaccinated, and the existence of and reliance on vaccine-induced herd immunity, despite none of them having studied any of it.
Everyone else outside of these three groups is called “Not-a-doctor” and accused of getting a medical degree from Google University, where I got mine.
This is the consensus of who is entitled to have a thought about vaccines, despite the fact that the “vaccine education” of health workers who administer injections is nothing more than a short class in giving a shot. Or, in the case of Polio Ambassadors David Beckham, Pope Francis, Bill Gates and the Dalai Lama giving the squirt, it is perfectly acceptable to have literally zero medical education or training.
You can give an oral polio vaccine without being educated about the chances of causing paralysis in the child receiving it, but you are not qualified to have an opinion about vaccine-induced paralysis if it happens? Except college dropout Bill Gates, of course. His Google Degree spans all subjects and lets him have opinions on anything he wants, not that he’d talk about the hundreds of thousands he’s paralyzed.
Where do we draw the line here?
So… what do you think about the 2016 election? Wait, never mind. Keep it to yourself. You never ran for public office, so what do you know about government?
When was the last time you heard someone say, “I don’t need to follow politics, I just trust my elected officials.” No one, literally no one in America, trusts their city councilman, mayor, state senators, or US Congressmen to do what’s best for their well being, and we’ve all got opinions about it.
What did you think of that crazy Casey Anthony trial a few years ago? And do you have a law degree to back that up?
Hell, not only do we all have legal opinions, but the Supreme Court established in 1975 that we can act as our own lawyers if we can clear the gigantic hurdles of being old enough and speaking English. In fact, Tupc Shakur’s mother Afeni had very little formal education but was able to successfully defend herself when the Black Panthers were charged with 156 criminal counts. Good thing she didn’t get the memo of leaving the mental heavy lifting to the experts.
Moving on… wasn’t it tragic when Prince died? He was one of the greatest guitarists of all time, don’t you agree? Well, I hope you went to Julliard or you can just shut your mouth when you talk about music.
Spring is here! Are you planning to grow any food in your backyard? I don’t see a horticulture degree hanging in your office. Where do you get off changing your own oil when you’re not a mechanic?
We all have opinions about acting, cooking, photography, law, government, music, and writing but few of us actually have degrees in those fields, and anyone who does have one of those degrees is 1,000 times more specialized in their field than a pediatrician is in vaccines.
So yes, if you’re here looking for what credentials I have that entitle me to an opinion about vaccines, I’ve got them. We all do.
Well, OK, not everyone.
But I do.