Bachmann's Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric is Bad Science and Bad History
Hey, Michele Bachmann, you know who was really, really pro-vaccination? The Founding Fathers. Read all about it in my new article at The Nation.
George Washington argued for mandatory inoculation of citizens against smallpox and mandated the inoculation of the Continental Army, under the supervision of fellow signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush.
Thomas Jefferson was so enthusiastic about Jenner's smallpox vaccine that he invented an insulated vial to ship the serum and helped test the vaccine himself.
It wasn't just a coincidence that Washington, Jefferson, Rush, and other Framers were pro-vaccination (or inoculation). They were sons of the Enlightenment who believed in the power of science to better people's lives.
They rejected primitive superstitions about how God makes us sick because we sin, and trying to avoid getting sick through technology invites the wrath of God. That's what people used to believe about smallpox inoculation, and what Bachmann still believes when it comes to cancer caused by sex.
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Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
A new study shows choosing to be active is a lot of work for our brains. Here are some ways to make it easier.
There's no shortage of science suggesting that exercise is good for your mental as well as your physical health — and yet for many of us, incorporating exercise into our daily routines remains a struggle. A new study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, asks why. Shouldn't it be easier to take on a habit that is so good for us?
There is no doubt that the historical Jesus, the man who was executed by the Roman State in the first century CE, was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew.
I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired, blue-eyed, and very white.
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
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