The Vaccine Debate: Unpacking the Fear, Pseudoscience, and Manipulation Behind It

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It’s been a hot topic for decades: the potential link between vaccines and autism. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Joe Scarborough added fuel to the fire in a 2005 MSNBC interview, discussing the presence of Thimerosal in vaccines and its possible connection to the rise in autism cases. Kennedy argued that the increase in vaccinations in 1989 and the use of Thimerosal in them could be linked to the spike in autism cases around the same time. Scarborough agreed, noting the weak studies used to defend Thimerosal.

Fast forward to 2021, and Scarborough is now on the opposite side of the fence, expressing support for vaccine mandates and calling anti-vaxxers “freaks.” The CDC website states there is no evidence of harm caused by low doses of Thimerosal in vaccines, but a study showed it is linked to immune system dysfunction. So who’s right? It’s difficult to say, as the debate has been clouded by fear, pseudoscience, and the power of manipulation.

People with power and bad intentions have been manipulating citizens with fear and pseudoscience to gain control. This has been seen in the vaccine debate and other issues such as climate change and the pandemic. The truth is often buried under a sea of misinformation, making it hard for people to make informed decisions.

In this article, we explore the vaccine debate and the power of manipulation behind it. We delve into the history of Thimerosal in vaccines, the studies conducted, and experts’ opinions. We also discuss how fear and pseudoscience have been used to sway public opinion and what can be done to combat this.

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