Greg Beattie made headlines in 1996 when he took his local government body to the Human Rights Commission for banning his un-vaccinated children from child care. This story was documented in his first book, “Vaccination -- A Parent's Dilemma”, published in English, Swedish and Korean. This month saw the release of his second book on immunisation, in which he examines our most cherished belief in vaccines, and paints a picture of abject failure.
"The most robust evidence we have suggests we could abandon vaccines tomorrow and be no worse off," said Beattie. It is a statement likely to ruffle feathers in public health circles.
If you believe vaccines have saved more lives and prevented more suffering than any other medical intervention in our recent history -- that if we stopped using them tomorrow, deaths would soar -- this book is essential reading. It will challenge those beliefs, and possibly change your view of vaccines completely.
Armed with comprehensive official data and other compelling evidence, Beattie examines these beliefs and concludes that we have indeed been fooling ourselves for a long time.
Blow by blow, the book de-constructs the "foundation"
With this book, the vaccine industry indeed has a case to answer, as health officials attempt to step up vaccination rates, urging parents to ignore warnings from vocal groups regarding potential harm.
Written for everyone, the author strips away technical jargon, and presents a refreshing perspective to the vaccination conundrum. "Fooling Ourselves" is a handbook for anyone wanting to engage in meaningful discussion on vaccines.
"FOOLING OURSELVES: on the fundamental value of vaccines" is available from http://vaccinationdilemma.com