Dr. Mercola Guesses Wrong Again.

“Too many too soon” has been the mantra of the anti-vaccination proponent Dr. Joseph Mercola. Despite decades of research showing the safety of the Mumps, Measles, Rubella vaccine, he has consistently objected to the childhood vaccine schedule. Claiming(among other things) that we are giving the vaccines too close together in children too young. He is of course diligently ignoring the research behind the schedule, why they are given at that age, as well as the proven safety. Recently published research shows a new benefit in giving the MMR vaccine early rather than later.

A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that children who are vaccinated against measles between 12 and 15 months are less likely to suffer fever related seizures than those vaccinated between 16 and 23 months.

This study was a retrospective cohort study that looked at 840,348 children aged 12 to 23 months of age who had been vaccinated against measles from 2001 through 2011. Measles-containing vaccines were associated with a lower increased risk of seizures when administered at 12 to 15 months of age. Findings of this study that focused on safety, outcomes, and highlight the importance of timely immunization of children with the first dose of measles-containing vaccines.

What does this mean?

Febrile, or fever seizures are a relatively benign but extremely scary event that happens when children older than 6 months but younger than 3 years old have a fever. The primary mechanism for the seizure is not the fever but how rapidly the fever goes up. That makes it remarkably difficult to prevent even if you treat the fever with anti-pyretics (acetaminophen commonly). It seems to be genetically mediated and is not usually a sign of a lifelong seizure disorder. Usually the risk disappears after age three. It is not specific to any particular type of disease, just the fever itself.

It is one of the factors that anti-vax parents point to as “the reaction” that triggered my child’s autism. This is not true. Uncomplicated febrile seizures can happen from any infection and it has little to do with predicting future neurological issues of any kind.

This research demonstrates the opposite of the Too Soon Too Many argument. The younger a child is when they get their first MMR injection the less likely that they will have a febrile seizure.

If you follow the poorly pieced together chain of illogical suppositions by Dr. Mercola. Multiple vaccinations at a young age increase the likelihood that they will have a febrile seizure resulting in higher risk of developing autism. A patently false claim. Worse he claims a direct link. Even if that supposition were correct, this study shows giving a vaccine younger is better to prevent febrile seizure.

Dr. Mercola loves to encourage people to make educated decisions. I agree with that bit of advice. It is the only advice he offers that is truthful. Talk to your doctor don’t go to your computer. The internet is the “Bottom Trawling” method of self education. You catch all types of throw away information.

Delaying your children’s vaccinations is a dis-proven and dangerous practice. It delays the necessary protection that your child needs from dangerous infections. It also denies infant siblings protection from deadly pertussis infections. Delaying doesn’t have any effect on the development of autism. Finally even if all of that was wrong and Mercola’s advice was even close to true, delaying the vaccine raised the risk of febrile seizures instead of lowering it. Another unsubstantiated, unproven recommendation that is wrong and dangerous.

Just further proof that Anti-Vaccine proponents do not even offer a scintilla of knowledge about what is really going on in autism spectrum disorders.

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DisclaimerThis post is my personal opinion it does not reflect the opinion of; my practice, my partners, hospital affiliations, Brian Dunning or my academic affiliations. It is for informational/educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace personal medical evaluation and discussion with your healthcare provider.

About Stephen Propatier

Stephen Propatier is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner specializing in spine and sports medicine. He is a member of the Society for Science Based Medicine.
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19 Responses to Dr. Mercola Guesses Wrong Again.

  1. TruthTeller says:

    Please, please, please stop calling Mercola Doctor, it is Mr. since he lost his medical license. In addition, his name is Joseph like in Mengle, not John.

    • Stephen Propatier says:

      Absolutely correct about the name, I am not sure about your statement related to his license to practice. He still carries the degree therefore the title.

    • Please please please moderate and contemplate the “Truth you want to Tell”

      Dr. Joe Mercola is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (aka D.O.) and not a Doctor of Medicine ( aka M.D.), however he is a Doctor none the less. He is licensed in the State of Illinois as a physician and surgeon. And this license still holds (easily verified).

      Also it is important to note, that a license to practice medicine is granted independently by each state. Doctor degrees (D.O. or M.D.) are granted by a college or university with an accredited medical school. Therefore, in the case a Doctor should lose his licence, he loses his authorization to practice in that particular state; he will NOT lose his title or degree.

      An MBA that loses his right to run a business is still an MBA… same logic works in the Medical business.

    • John says:

      The main problem in the war against unvaccinated vs vaccinated has been the belief in non factual data. We have big money pharmacy and governments playing this game and they will stop at nothing to make a buck, even if it costs people’s lives. What we need to understand is our bodies were created to consume natually forming vitamins and minerals in vegetables, herbs, and meats. Instead people choose preservatives, conventional foods (not vine ripened), genetically modified organisms, processed, commercially grown, and everything fried with a coke. Add all those nasty chemicals people put on the biggest organ on there bodies (skin) and we have a human host for every disease and virus known to man. Our bodies have a immune system that needs you to take care out it. All these vaccine pumping companies thrive on sticking you with laboratory evolving viruses to keep you coming back. Wake up people and remember greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. Without faith it is impossible to please God. For those who believe in God start living like he exists. Your time is running out. Salvation, healing, and even protection agaist viruses come through Christ Jesus. Be still and know that he is present.

      • Uhhh NO
        Most vaccines do not make money for the”giant corporations.” Most are government supplemented because they are not profitable. Additionally many vaccines give lifetime or decades of prevention. Not a great money making model.
        You are chemicals everything is chemicals not sure what “Add all those nasty chemicals people put on the biggest organ on there bodies (skin)” means.
        Also not sure what a laboratory evolving virus is, all living things evolve.
        Just FYI the flagellants are a good historical example of people who assumed devout worshiping of Jesus would protect them from illness. They contributed majorly to the spread of the plague, got the disease at the same rates as others. Plus blamed people’s illness on their own failings, in some cases tortured others and themselves to repent to Jesus for sins. At first supported by the church later condemned as heretical.
        Not a model to duplicate for public health.
        Additionally science is not a belief system it is a method to determine the truth. Non factual data is not data. It is supposition.

      • sandra says:

        100% right. God didn’t invent vaccines for out bodies to be healthy, God created food, only many people forgot or don’t even know the recipe to a healthy lifestyle anymore.

        • .. and he created ebola, because they are so darn cute those little things… thi hi hi..

          • candy douglas says:

            thanks for clearing up the fake news..i like mercola’s newsletters…..ive been a teacher and medical student for 40 years…I will not !!! advocate vaccines to parents in my school or to my patients….ill advocate a healthy lifestyle instead…Africa has its issues…India has its crisis….USA has its issues of cancer and obesity…lets focus on not eating high fructose corn syrup, dairy, GMO and processed foods in USA…. and MOST all the ills will disappear…

          • Noah Dillon says:

            Diet has no effect on viruses. I’m sure that since you’ve been studying this stuff for 40 years you understand how viruses work.

    • candy douglas says:

      you are totally fake news…totally innaccurate

  2. Justin Nnoix says:

    Dr. Mercola loves to encourage people to make educated decisions the problem is that mercola and other anti science idiots like to think that their specific brand of education is the only valid form.

  3. Stephen Propatier says:

    @ truth teller. Upon further review he does in fact have an active license to practice medicine in the state of Illinois. I understand your sentiment however.

  4. It continues to amaze me how often those who tell people to “Do your own research” have not done any themselves.

  5. lilady says:

    Dr. Mercola hasn’t seen/treated a private patient in years. He earns his considerable income by selling supplements, mega-vitamins, cooking utensils, personal care products, food products and such dubious and dangerous products such as $ 5,000 tanning beds. He’s a snake oil salesman who happens to be a licensed physician.

    He interviews alternative practitioners who sell quack cancer cures and everyone from every anti-vaccine, anti-science organization. He’s especially chummy (and generous) with Barbara Loe Fisher, the founder of the curiously named National Vaccine Information Center, having funded a PSA video aboard Delta Airlines, to discourage vaccinations:


    I’ve often thought that expectant parents should be given a packet of information during an OB visit, that contains the current VISs (Vaccine Information Statements) for all the vaccines on the CDC Recommended Childhood Vaccine Schedule, to provide them with reliable information about childhood vaccines and the serious, sometimes deadly, diseases they prevent; easily accomplished when OB and pediatric care are provided at public health clinics and HMOs.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Amen. I wish there were an effective way to shut him up. I wonder how many children are sick or DEAD because people listen to his anti-vaccine crap. Btw, here is a funny video where two gentlemen softly persuade people to get their children vaccinated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdZTZQvuCo

  7. outonalimb says:

    amen. I wish there were some way to shut him up before he convinces too many people to not get vaccinated, thereby causing sick and DEAD children.. By the way, I love this pro-vaccination video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdZTZQvuCo

  8. WakeUp says:

    You evil IDIOTS, will all be punished. Keep.poising your children. Remember Hitler forced vaccines also..wake the effects up

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