[extropy-chat] Are vaccinations useless?

Russell Wallace russell.wallace at gmail.com
Mon Mar 13 22:24:36 UTC 2006

On 3/13/06, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> But if you include the huge scale of medical fraud, worthless
> treatments, unnecessary surgery, 'snake-oil' concoctions, useless
> supplements, etc. etc., then Robin may have a point that 'overall'
> there isn't much benefit.

Oh, sure; that isn't what he said, but if the claim were changed to "the
majority of the dollars spent on medicine don't do much good", then that
would be much more reasonable.

But I feel that including all this fraud is a mistake. There are many
> medical treatments and operations with obvious life-saving benefits.
> You just have to stay away from the hucksters and conmen (and Mexican
> cancer hospitals).
> Robin's claim is like saying you should not bother getting your car
> serviced or repaired because there are so many mechanics ripping
> people off, that 'overall' you might as well stay away from car
> workshops.

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