Chuck Norris believes so many astonishingly stupid things that it certainly should come as no surprise that he’s apparently also an anti-vaxxer. In his latest Worldnetdaily column, he claims that vaccines are the cause of allergies and says some seriously dumb things along the way.
As I discussed last week, airborne allergies are just part of the rising epidemic in allergies in this country. Allergies triggered by food, as well as by the environment, have been sharply on the rise in recent years. Scientists call it the atopic march, the progression and intensification of allergic disease. In this forward advance, food allergies are of special note. They represent the most common cause of anaphylaxis (hypersensitivity to a foreign protein or a drug), says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children and adolescents are particularly susceptible to this potentially fatal form of severe allergic reaction.
Though immunologists claim that this form of allergic reaction is a result of an immune system abnormality, the doctor who first identified and named the condition came to a different conclusion. Dr. Charles Richet’s research at the turn of the 20th century concluded it was a side effect of vaccination – the introduction of substances directly into the blood, bypassing the modifying effects of the digestive system. Heather Fraser, alternative medicine expert and author of “The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic,” recounts how the rise of this form of disease management treatment took place during the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying massive influx of immigrants. It spawned a relatively new and emerging pharmaceutical industry. Soon, compulsory vaccination for military and civilian populations was supporting this industry’s growth. And a new phrase was formed: serum sickness. By 1906, this sickness was being characterized as the first man-made allergic reaction.
As I mentioned last week, our immune system has evolved to expect parasites and to produce friendly microbes (bacteria), or what are known as suppressor cells, to combat disease.
Uh, Chuck. No. The immune system does not produce “bacteria” to combat disease and suppressor cells are not bacteria, they are human cells that attack bacteria. You should probably stick to roundhouse kicks and selling exercise equipment.