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An Open Letter To My Pediatrician

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Oh, Mr. Peditrician you have done it this time!

The first time we met you told me that giving my children whole milk was like feeding them three sticks of butter before dinner. I let it slide. Sure it was a ridiculously stupid thing to say, and I did share it on Reddit, but I decided to see you again today.

In case, you’re wondering three sticks of butter have 2,430 calories and 274.95 grams of fat. The 8oz cup of milk I give my children has 146 calories and 7.93 grams of fat. So you may want to consider taking a class in basic nutrition or at least math.

Today oh boy, today was fun. Today you told me that my son needed to get the HPV vaccine. You didn’t mention that it’s my choice or that it’s not mandatory. Nope, you just said it was one of four shots he needed today. Thankfully I’m not as stupid as you think I am. I told you that the HPV was a no-go for us. You then said that I was the first parent to say that in five years.

Wanna know what’s funny? They just started giving boys the HPV shot in 09 (even though you said it’s been ten years). Which means that parents only asked the first year you gave it to boys. Also, these vaccines are only nine years old, which still makes them new! We have no clue what is going to happen to the children that got these vaccines nine years ago. We have no clue what the long-term effects will be. SO NO THANK YOU!

BUT BUT BUT

You didn’t stop there! No, you tried to manipulate me by making me feel stupid.

You then went on to say these things:

  • HPV causes cancer of the esophagus – LIE
  • Cancer of the liver and esophagus are on the rise (as seen on the Today show (I really thought you were joking when you said that))
  • In 10-20 years, no one will have cancer of the esophagus except people who “forgot” to vaccinate  – LIE
  • Oh and that we all including me have HPV and am passing it to my kids when they drink after me – LIE

You also told me when I asked why they would not have it now but somehow magically have it at age 11-12 that it just appears at that age. They apparently go from being immune to quick onset HPV carriers after hitting 11.

GIVE ME A BREAK!

Take a look at these American Cancer Society facts and let me know what you think about them!

What are the key statistics about cancer of the esophagus?

 

Overall, the rates of esophageal cancer in the United States have been fairly stable for many years. It was once much more common in African Americans than in whites. But it is now about equally as common, as rates have fallen in African Americans and gone up slightly in whites over the past few decades. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of cancer of the esophagus among African Americans, while adenocarcinoma is more common in whites.

Esophageal cancer makes up about 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States, but it is much more common in some other parts of the world, such as Iran, northern China, India, and southern Africa. The main type of esophageal cancer in these areas is squamous cell carcinoma.
Last Medical Review: 03/20/2014
Last Revised: 03/02/2015

 

AND THIS

What are the risk factors for cancer of the esophagus?

 

But having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease. Many people with risk factors never develop esophagus cancer, while others with this disease may have few or no known risk factors.

Age

Gender

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Barrett’s esophagus

Tobacco and alcohol

Obesity

Diet

Achalasia

Tylosis

Plummer-Vinson syndrome

Injury to the esophagus

History of certain other cancers

Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection:

Signs of HPV infection have been found in up to one-third of esophagus cancers from patients in parts of Asia and South Africa. But signs of HPV infection have not been found in esophagus cancers from patients in the other areas, including the US.

Last Medical Review: 03/20/2014
Last Revised: 03/02/2015

So you’re telling me that my son will get esophagus cancer if I don’t get this vaccine yet signs of HPV haven’t even been found in cases here in the USA. Unless something crazy has happened since March of this year.

I do not trust you at all anymore. Obviously we won’t be seeing you again but I seriously hope your scare tactics aren’t working on anyone else because your job is to serve our children with honesty and integrity. You should be providing facts, not Today show quotes. We are not stupid, Mr. Doctor so you may want to come up with better reasons to give my child a vaccine!

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