I was an anti-vax crackpot

Alternatively entitled: how a bout of the poops changed my entire belief system.

{This article is a helpful literal interpretation of the NY Post piece that ran yesterday. Read it with a grain of aluminum salt.}

Editor’s note: A new study from the AAP– an agency that has endorsed eradicating all religious and personal belief vaccine exemptions, and encourages pediatricians to kick unvaccinated patients out of their practices– reveals that pediatricians who have encountered at least one unvaccinated child in their careers has risen from 74.5% to 87% between 2006 and 2013. Why it took three years to publish a survey is not mentioned, nor is the reason why 13% of pediatricians have never in their entire careers met one single unvaccinated child in this epidemic of unvaccination. For once, better detection methods are not blamed for a rise. 


Mother Kristy O’Leary explains why she was staunchly anti-vax until she had a frightening wake-up call. In her own words:

My three-year old daughter screamed out in agonizing pain as her stomach cramped, dehydrated and pooping around the clock. Yes, that’s right. She had rotavirus, a kind of diarrhea that is potentially deadly in third world countries where Nestle has convinced new mothers that it is better to sacrifice all else in their lives in order to afford to buy Nestle’s baby formula and mix it with bacteria and virus-infected water than to feed their infants milk from their own breasts.

Granted, rotavirus isn’t a deadly disease in America where I live, but I’ve always had a flair for drama.

Despite the fact that the CDC estimates that by my daughter’s age, almost all children– vaccinated or not– have had rotavirus, having witnessed a bad case of the runs in my own child, I am now of the belief that this magical vaccine would have prevented my daughter’s infection entirely. And I know that the silly scientists at the CDC say that a rotavirus infection only lasts three to eight days, but my daughter had it for 21 straight days!  That’s how susceptible she was.

Anyway, the guilt was overwhelming, but I thanked my lucky stars that my daughter was not a medically fragile, starving African baby drinking fecal-matter infested water– exactly the kind of child that rotavirus can snatch from this world in a heartbeat.

Then came the kicker: my husband and I both got the horrible rota ourselves. Yes, I realize this is a statistical impossibility since we should both be immune from toddlerhood infection of the common strains, but that’s what happened. We had a bad case of the baby poops at 40 years old, and that’s what made me finally see the error of my anti-vax ways.

I’m smart, educated, and was raised in a crunchy family that questioned authority. It was only natural that my haughtiness led me to being anti-vaccine. Nothing says “admired pillar of the community” like announcing to the neighborhood that you don’t vaccinate for pertussis. I was truly superior to the vaccinators, as everyone knows all anti-vaxers are, and I was treated as such. Never once did I feel marginalized as taking the advice of a Playboy bunny.

I was a special anti-vaxer, because while I did not believe that vaccines were safe or effective, I truly believed in the theory of herd immunity, and laughed myself to sleep at night thinking of how everyone else in the world absorbed the risks of vaccinating, and my child was taking advantage of it.

Thankfully, in the end, our entire family pulled through this terrible case of the poops with cutting edge medical advice: rest and rehydration.

Then, after the non-deadly Disneyland measles epidemic that infected 0.0004% of the population of California, I started reading books by the rotavirus vaccine inventor Paul Offit and taking the advice of loony tunes Seth Mnookin.

Straightaway I took my daughter to her vaccine-friendly pediatrician and demanded that she be “caught up” on all vaccines on a schedule that was overly aggressive even for a pediatrician. Yes, it was really that easy. Just overnight my entire belief system went out the window once I had a bad case of the poops. I even tried to get a poop vaccine for myself, but it turns out they won’t administer it to anyone over the age of eight months. I wonder why that is?

I was shocked when I lost some of my anti-vax friends over my reckless actions with my child; it’s almost as if they think I went off the deep end or something. But, if my story of having to poop real bad changes the mind of even one anti-vaxer, it’s worth embarrassing myself with all of the inaccurate information I have shared here.


Kristy O’Leary

{For the satire-impaired, this article is a joke, written in response to an article that was not a joke. The link to the original piece is in blue, at the top.}










44 thoughts on “I was an anti-vax crackpot

      1. Pumped up,
        I suppose Autism for life wouldn’t be so bad as long as you are not one of the individuals with a severe form…which often also includes chronic bowel disorders…ie, diarrhea, loose stool, and stomach pain.


    1. I suppose this woman never heard of a Norovirus, commonly called Stomach Flu? The symptoms are exactly the same. A Rotovirus vaccination will NOT protect against this other virus. My 2 year old Grandson HAD his series of Rotovirus vaccination, but still caught that Stomach Flu, and brought it home to every adult around him; his parents, grandparents, aunt, and a babysitter. The only person to not catch it was his newborn brother who was held and nursed by his also sick mother. Did this woman’s child have a culture done to see which virus it was or did she just jump to conclusions?

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  1. You had me laughing! Thank you so much for your article. I was in the middle of reading that story but couldn’t get past her writing, I felt superior, we don’t do this because we feel superior we do this for the well being of our children!

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    1. EXACTLY! This is so fake, but they are guessing that the reason we question vaccines is because we have a sense of superiority and not brain damaged children (and that’s how they are trying to relate to us) – and that is exactly why this tactic will fail to persuade anyone…

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  2. YOU ROCK.

    Apparently, now unsafe food handling practices can be blamed on anti-vaxxers.

    Note that Vaccine Depravation Syndrome (VDS) can also result in skinned knees from tripping hazards, broken ladder falls, and choking on small items. VDS can also make these contagious. SO WATCH OUT!!

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  3. What’s selfish is a marketing line that uses guilt and shame to get people to purchase a deviously unhealthy product (can you say ‘insertional mutagenesis’, Kristy?), which is harming and killing others for billions in industry profits.

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  4. I wish you would summarize every crappy pro-vax propaganda piece to prevent those if us in the know from driving traffic to the drivel. Deal? You da boss!


  5. My first thought on seeing Omeara’s picture and taking a gander at her eyebrows was, can’t believe she is even trying to pass herself as “crunchy”. Wonder if Dr. profit suggested the brow shaping?

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    1. Of course she’s crunchy – didn’t you see her kids are barefoot lol! That’s how they are “proving” her crunchiness and ability to relate to those who question vaccines…


  6. Thank you for such a good laugh! You and Forest Maready just crack me up. Uncovering moronic thinking with great info and superior sense of humor!!


  7. Absolutely nobody would would call themselves “an anti-vax crackpot”. I still need to hear the first real story of someone who turned from anti-vaxxer to pro-vaxxer. I have read some made-up stories of course, brought to you by Merck, or GSK, or any other vaccine producing company. The stupidity of these stories is so obvious that nobody with more than five brain cells will take it seriously.

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  8. I would love to know how many deaths that this vaccine has caused. I know there is a different one given overseas I think in GB and Australia. Many children died from it. Keep the great articles coming!


  9. First of all, Kristi O’Leary apparently did not know that rotavirus vaccine is NOT recommended for children older than 8 months old See the package insert:(http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM137249.pdf)

    “The vaccination series consists of three ready-to-use liquid doses of RotaTeq administered orally starting at 6 to 12 weeks of age, with the subsequent doses administered at 4- to 10-week intervals. The third dose should not be given after 32 weeks of age.”
    “Safety and efficacy have not been established in infants less than 6 weeks of age or greater than 32 weeks of age.”

    If her girls are now “fully vaccinated,” that certainly implies that they received this vaccine.

    Secondly, is she aware that rotavirus is ONLY transmissible via the fecal-oral route, where fecal particles passing from one host are introduced into the oral cavity of another host?

    That’s right, infected poop needed to get into the mouth of anyone in her house who was infected, which begs the question, what kind of sanitation issues might there be in her house? After all, she says that she and her husband came down with rotavirus, too. Hmmmmm…..


  10. I do not buy that. First of all. When someone choose to opt out vaccines is either because after researching one side weighed more than the other. Or because they had a vaccine reaction/injury/horrible side effect. I can’t believe that when taking this GIANT decision like “becoming an antivaxxer” , the possibility of contracting such disease and which treatment did not came into question. I think it does or it should came into consideration too. It is not like you decide to “go crackpot” until s.h.i.t happens. I do know some parents who claim to be “antivaxxer” but have no idea what to do in case of their children contracting such and such “vaccine preventable disease” I think this is unreasonable. You HAVE TO KNOW what to do in case of …. I can NEVER regret my decision of stopping the vaccines altogether. And I certainly won’t freak out if s.h.i.t happens.

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    1. Unfortunately, there are those who just like to follow a crowd, and never actually DO the research. I can honestly say, that at first, I never considered what might happen if my child got a vaccine-preventable disease…until he got rubella from a recently vaccinated buddy at a gymnastics class. He did fine, and according to all the older (born in the 50’s and 60’s) people who saw him (though I didn’t take him to the doctor) we thought he just had a mild case of measles. Blood tests a year later for an unrelated issue showed high antibodies for Rubella and not measles. In that span of time, I had begun researching, in depth, the likelihood that a healthy child in a first world setting would have complications or die from a vaccine-preventable disease. I was was less than panicked. I later found out that my family carries a MTHFR disorder that can decrease our body’s efficiency for eliminating toxins (kind of gives credence to my nagging intuition that, regardless of how much pro-vax info I read, I could not get myself to feel right when my firstborn got 3 vaccines spread out over 2 well-baby visits). So between the two, I have decided that it would be less dangerous for my kids to contract most of these previously common, and mild, childhood diseases than for them to get the vaccines, and repeated necessary boosters, to only have a fraction of the immunity that naturally contracting the disease (while uncomfortable for a week or so) provides. Since then, both kids have contracted and survived chickenpox. Yes there was discomfort and some itching, but there are no emotional wounds, they were nowhere close to dying (both never slowed down, had normal appetites, and aside from the pocks, you would have had no clue they were sick by their demeanor. I’m sorry that she allowed herself to be duped into believing something that she obviously didn’t understand…but that doesn’t mean that there are no grounds for the movement to push for safer vaccines and freedom to make our own healthcare decisions

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  11. FROM: Marco Cáceres di Iorio

    Yeah, you know that ridiculous article “I was an anti-vax crackpot — until this happened” by Jane Ridley in the New York Post that reads like an advertorial… you know, paid content, native advertising—where a paid advertisement for a company or industry is cleverly camouflaged to look and sound like an authentic feature or news article? Yeah, advertorial. Remember, the New York Post is owned by News Corp., which is led by the Murdoch family. Rupert Murdoch is the Founder and Executive Co-Chairman of News Corp. His son Lachlan is also Executive Co-Chairman, and his other son Robert James is CEO. So, this is a family business. Rupert bought the New York Post in 1976, so the newspaper is manifestly Murdochian. The Murdoch family has long maintained huge financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry, particularly Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). In 2009, Robert James joined GSK as a Non-Executive Director, and he sat on the company’s “ethics committee.” GSK is the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine which Dr. Andrew Wakefield called into question over safety concerns. Ya see now?

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  12. My best advice for parents trying to decide how YOU want to go about vaccinating, it’s never mandatory, don’t let anyone bully you!!! It’s your choice, no one else’s. Do your research on the ingredients, read the vaccine inserts, read varse reports of injuries, research each and every disease and the cure. Rarely ever getting chicken pox kills someone, but the vaccine nearly killed my son. Write down your list of your research for the pros / cons and go with your motherly intuition

    ** Here’s our vaccine journey **

    I use to vaccinate on a very delayed schedule, never more then one injection in a visit. My son got his first varicella vaccine at 5 years old.

    Within a few minutes of leaving the Dr office, Colt through up, passed out, choked on his puke and stopped breathing. My husband ran him from the parking lot into ER lifeless! My son was in full blown antiflantic shock, was put on a ventilator, was having seizures, flat lining, being shocked back to life, which shoved the breathing tube to far and collapsed a lung.

    It was touch and go for a few hours, we were life flighted to a close by children’s ICU.

    After 48 hours on breathing machine, and more medicine I’ve had in my life, my baby boy starting breathing his own breaths while still on machine. He faught a horrible battle all due from having a vaccine reaction. I will never take chance any of any vaccine on my children again!!

    Once he left the hospital in April we had some asthma issues, which have now cleared up. All his brain scans came back fine, luckily he was only a few minutes not breathing. I couldn’t imagine if we were far from an emergency room, our dr office is located inside the same building. We faught to get him medically exempt from all vaccines, and still fighting to medically exempt my daughter.

    He carries an eppie pin and still fighting to see a allergy specialist along with genetic testing. We believe it to be a gelatin issue, which he never displayed before vaccine reaction. Now he can’t eat marshmallows, some cereals ext without his throat itching. We haven’t needed to use eppie pin yet.

    He’s now in kindergarten and doing great with academic but struggling socially.

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  13. very unclever bit of astroturf. who in their right minds is going to belief this story. it just screams ”i need help with my mortgage” if the people are even real.


  14. Thank you. I lost my daughter two weeks after her gardasil and menactra vaccines. She had no health issues prior. I rushed her in to get her vaccines because of a seminar I went to for work. F*&$ the pharmaceutical companies. I feel safer getting my info from playboy bunnies.

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  15. Awww, y’all are just so kind. I know this is just way too incredible to believe, but yes, I am a real person who, at one time not so long ago, was anti-vax. And I really did decide to do further research on the safety of vaccines after my family experienced a vaccine preventable illness. Crazy, right? I KNOW! Now, just hear me out…after I made the decision to vaccinate my children, I wrote about it! Seems impossible, but it actually happened! And then, after sharing it with a pro-vaccine website, I got a phone call! A journalist wanted to interview me and share my story on the New York Post! Of all the gol-danged things! And the journalist added some drama and an attention-grabbing title to get people to read the thing! It’s the New York Post after all! And by golly, some people in the anti-vax camp just could believe their eyes! Wha? This just doesn’t happen! She can’t possibly exist!

    I am easy enough to find, people.



    1. I don’t read that blog, Kristen, so maybe you can tell us what was the added drama that you’re claiming weren’t your words? Your superiority complex? Your belief in herd immunity despite outbreaks in highly vaccinated populations? The safety of bombarding your children with all vaccines possible to get them caught up to an arbitrary standard? Or your misunderstanding that the baby poop disease could possibly last three weeks?

      Here’s the thing: people who don’t vaccinate because they don’t believe that the risks of vaccines outweigh the risks of disease do not have a contingent plan to vaccinate “in the event of a big outbreak,” and they certainly don’t switch camps overnight because of poop.

      You were never in this camp for the right reasons, you never educated yourself like you claim, and you didn’t belong here in the first place. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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  16. That’s what the handy-dandy link is for. In it, you will read that my family was ill for about a week. Yes, that’s right – the Post either made an honest mistake or engaged in some creative hyperbole. And anyway, you jest. You have read it.

    Ah, I see. In order to be legitimately anti-vaxx, you must be so “for the right reasons.” So it’s not enough that I put my children at risk by not vaccinating them, I should have done so with the correct ideology, approved by the church of Holy Anti-Vaccine Correctness. I assume you believe you run that operation? Are you familiar with the concept of logical fallacy? Cause honey, you’re drowning in it.


    1. it should be done with understanding of basic concept. it’s not about following a fashion. anybody who does that is obvs stupid and and only has themselves to blame.
      you seem to also have serious reading comp problems. that makes sense.


  17. It’s a slow news day because this woman is all over the internet and she was on Good Morning America. Most of the sites that are running her myth have no comment sections and the ones that do are removing post that contradict what’s she is saying about having all her children caught up to date on vaccines. However many yahoo comment boards are running this on their boards and it’s good if people would go and post comments opposing the hundreds of vaccine trolls that have landed there.

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