26 January 2010

Wow, this guy is an IDIOT!

This guy: Health Ranger

Found on the Atheist Experience, this guy was pissed he didn't win some Health Shorty Award or some shit (some Twitter award) and so, wrote an article claiming to tell people what skeptics "really believe."

I read the article in the form of someone debunking said article. Pure idiocy. This guy just makes shit up! It's long, but worth it. Please read!

Here's my favourite bit! Completely ignorant!! (Blue is "The Health Ranger," red is the smart person's response.)

• Skeptics believe that the human body has no ability to defend itself against invading microorganism and that the only things that can save people from viral infections are vaccines.

This is absolutely hilarious, because it really goes to show just how little the Health Ranger knows about basic, grade-school science. The reason vaccines work is because of the immune system. When the immune system is exposed to new pathogens, it develops weapons to fight them, so it's already prepared the next time there's an encounter. What vaccines do is make the initial encounter harmless. Instead of encountering the pathogen in the wild and hoping your body survives long enough to develop the virus-specific weaponry, you encounter the virus--or parts of the virus--in a controlled situation. Your body is made aware of the threat and prepares accordingly, so that when you do encounter the wild pathogen, you're already ready.

It's the difference between trying to fashion wooden stakes and crosses in the middle of a full-on surprise vampire invasion, and finding a weakened vampire crawling into town so you can stockpile stakes and garlic before the dangerous ones show up. I know which situation I'd rather be in: forewarned is forearmed.
It's just unreal.

The End.

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