Target: Dr. James L. Madara, CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Medical Association
Goal: Stop doctor from refusing to vaccinate children due to debunked Autism myths.
Cool Springs Family Medicine in Franklin, Tennessee promotes itself as a facility specializing in “integrative” treatment methods. Operated by Dr. Daniel Kalb, Cool Springs Family Medicine has been around since 2006 and has never had an incident of malpractice, any disciplinary incidents, and no one has ever been fired from the facility. Basically, it’s a highly credible doctor’s office, at least until they decided to stop giving out vaccines to patients.
Citing the thoroughly and regularly debunked claim that vaccines are linked to autism, Dr. Kalb and others at his practice have taken a firm stance against vaccinating children. Their decision will put tens of thousands of children in at least the greater Nashville area at risk for diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tuberculosis, and diptheria, just to name a few.
The practice’s blog lays out the justification for the new anti-vaccine policy, stating “because [vaccines] cause Autism.” The post is presumed to have been written by Dr. Kalb himself and he bases his claim on “15 years’ experience in taking care of ASD kids, that’s a lot of vaccine injury stories from moms.” He then states, “Don’t tell me that they are making it up or they are just reaching for an explanation, or that it was a coincidence or that they are just too stressed, or that they are uninformed. All of those arguments are stupid.” The post also cites the infamous 1998 Lancet study by Andrew Wakefield that has been retracted by the journal. Kalb claims Wakefield’s study was “properly defended and vindicated 4 years ago,” even though it has not been.
Dr. Daniel Kalb and Cool Springs Family Medicine have adopted a dangerous, discredited medical policy that has the potential to put tens of thousands of children at risk. There is no link between vaccines and autism and for a doctor to not only believe there is but also treat patients based on that falsehood is a violation of medical ethics and the Hippocratic Oath. Sign the petition to urge the American Medical Association to strip Dr. Kalb of his medical license.
Dear Dr. Madara,
Dr. Daniel Kalb has adopted a dangerous anti-vaccine policy at his practice, Cool Springs Family Medicine in Franklin, Tennessee. He’s using “vaccine injury stories” from mothers and the discredited 1998 Wakefield study to justify his decision to abandon childhood vaccinations, a decision which threatens the well-being and the lives of tens of thousands of children and immunocompromised people in the greater Nashville area alone, not to mention any others with whom these unvaccinated children may come into contact. Unvaccinated kids can undermine the entire immunization process and are likely contributors to the advent of resistant strains of bacterium and viruses that cause measles, mumps, tuberculosis, and diptheria, just to name a few, which in turn pose a serious threat even to vaccinated people.
It is with this in mind that we urge you to take steps to strip Dr. Daniel Kalb of his medical license for violating medical ethics. The American Medical Association’s own Code of Ethics states, “It is unethical to engage in or to aid and abet in treatment which has no scientific basis and is dangerous, is calculated to deceive the patient by giving false hope, or which may cause the patient to delay in seeking proper care.” While this policy is normally aimed solely at naturopaths and other practitioners of quackery, M.D.’s should be held to the same ethical standard and an M.D. who buys into the mythological link between vaccines and autism rates is no different than a reiki practitioner or someone who performs psychic surgeries.
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