YAHOO: Best-selling novelist’s anti-vax post goes viral: ‘I do not consent’ by Erin Elizabeth for Health Nut News
A best-selling novelist has stoked a passionate discussion around the topic of vaccinesafety with a Facebook post that has gone viral.
“Until you can prove vaccines do not cause DNA mutations, I do not consent,” wrote Jamie McGuire, author of 20 books in the New Adult genre (for ages 18-30), including Walking Disaster — which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists — as well as the apocalyptic thriller Red Hill. Her March 8 post, which has 2.6K shares, 8.3K reactions and more than 19K comments, continued, “Until you can prove vaccines do not carry cancer causing retroviruses, I do not consent. Until you can prove vaccines do not impair fertility, I do not consent.”
The mother-of-three’s post goes on to question the safety of injecting “8 different live viruses at one time” and of injecting aluminum into day-old babies; she also questions whether any “of the 16 vaccines and their components” cause autism (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims there is no such link), whether or not vaccines “contribute to SIDS,” and more.
McGuire, of Tulska, Okla., and who has 89.9k (now up to 91k) Instagram followers, ends her post by noting, “Where there is risk, there must be choice.”
In Oklahoma, parents can choose to claim vaccine exemptions in three possible categories — medical, religious or personal — and the state has seen a rise in exemptions in recent years. Only 17 other states accept personal exemptions, and all but three (California, Mississippi and West Virginia, which offer only medical exemptions) allow religious exemptions.
McGuire, whose children are 6, 14 and 19 years old, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that while her two oldest are vaccinated with the exception of the HPV shots, she stopped vaccinating her son after his first MMR dose “because it caused an adverse reaction.” And, she says, “As parents I believe we should maintain that right.”