This morning (off and on throughout that physiology lecture I should’ve paid closer attention to…) I clicked and read two different articles about the vaccination/anti-vaccination debacle.
The first one, I agreed with. Here’s an excerpt:
Parents who oppose vaccines are not only misinformed, they’re spoiled, having grown up in a world that stands behind the berms built by the scientists and vaccine developers who came before them.
It was published on Time.com. It doesn’t present evidence for the efficacy of vaccines, but rather emphasizes the education of vaccine developers, highlights the reality of life before vaccines, and presents terrifying stats about the low levels of vaccination in New York.
By contrast, the second article focuses on the fear mongering that drives vaccination. I’m trying to be unbiased in my summary of this article but really, it made me really upset. Here’s an excerpt:
The reason we no longer have the frequency of some of the terrible diseases that happened in the last several centuries is due to improved living conditions, sanitation and nutrition. Once again this comes down to separating the propaganda by mainstream medicine from reality. Vaccines have never prevented and will never prevent disease…only act as a vehicle to propagate disease.
The article has some points and does a good job of linking to articles that support it’s point of view but what incites my ire is the sweeping generalizations made about vaccines. The variation in bacteria and viruses is enormous and even a basic understanding of this allows one to understand that consequently, not all vaccines are created equal.
It’s a misrepresentation of the science - talking about vaccines losing effectiveness, needing boosters, etc… There are some valid points made but no explanation of why or how these issues are being addressed.
I went on a brief rant to my friend at the end of class, ending with “It makes me upset and just want people to understand!" to which she replied, "I just can’t wait for you to be a doctor."
It was more than a sweet vote of confidence from her, it was a lightbulb moment for me. It made me pause and recognize that yesI get excited and passionate about healthcare and was another absolutely heartwarming affirmation that I’m pursuing something that is right for me.
I’m grappling with emotions today. The sun is shining, I have a homemade mocha and tons of homework to do, but I don’t feel like it. (because) I’m questioning a lot this afternoon. Like my decision to drink wine and visit instead of study last night. Like whether continuing to talk with this guy is a good idea, because what if I’m just banking on not getting into UofC instead of honestly assessing whether I want to see if ‘we’ could go anywhere. This is really worrying me. I don’t want to be irresponsible with him. But he has some responsibility to not get in over his head, n’est pas?
I miss my schwester.
I need to conquer senioritis and finish this last semester strong.
My thoughts aren’t even organized
*** three hours later ***
I went to volunteering, even though I truly didn’t want to. It was the best thing. I was focused on the kids, we played outside, I’m home and supper smells good. Tonight will be better. I have a Bible study Starbucks date with the only girl who can make it tonight and I’ll get through some of my translating for my presentation. AND I’ll get a good sleep tonight.
My first final is tomorrow morning.
I’ve been studying since nine this morning. That’s nine hours.
My back hurts.
The cardiovascular system is awesome and hard at the same time.
I wanna sleep or yell or run or cry.Or all of the above.
I’ll probably just call my mom on the walk home.
I have 4 more hours till I call ‘er quits and crawl into bed.
I can do this. I WILL do this.
Dresden, Germany (by StafbulCZ)
I miss European Christmastime. It was so fun and such a change and I had so little going on at this time last year.
When you think you still have 2 dense slides of biochem to go through before bed… and then you flip the page and remember your prof deleted those slides from the lecture.
I just hit a point where I hope you are my biggest regret.
Because that would mean next time I fall, it will be love that lasts.
is 6 supposed to be warm…? o_O
It’s above freezing! I’m going on Celsius of course… But yes haha It’s almost a 30 degree change in 3 days.
I liking the pictures on InstaGram that my friend in Tennessee is posting of fall leaves and cute fall outfits. And she keeps liking my pictures of the Christmas-y snow we’re getting in. A world of difference.
This morning it was about -30 with the wind chill.
Saturday it’s supposed to be 6. Above.
I keep seeing creepy staches on guys all over campus and my inner dialogue is going ‘guys, what’s up, you should sha- ahhh! Right… It’s Movember ‘
In French you don’t really say “drop”. You say “laisser tomber”, which means to let fall. I just find that so beautiful…
There’s is this one dental hygiene student in my physiology class and she drives me crazy.
Stop talking in class.
No, I don’t wish I was you. I don’t want to be in your program. Quit acting like I do.
Yes anatomy is hard. Shhhhhhhhhh.
PS. Your scrubs in class are silly.
I miss you more when Mike and Rachel are happy and together.