Natural medicine guru releases anti-vaccine rap video
The colorful and sometimes off-color effort, called "Vaccine Zombie," comes as flu season arrives and government agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge flu shots.
The rap contains these lyrics. Look out, Eminem:
"Standin' in line for the vaccine shot.
Hope I get mine cause believe it or not.
I think I might die lest I take what they got.
My brain's too fried so I give it no thought, no thought.
Cause the FDA said it's safe for me.
The drug companies claim that it's made for me."
The chorus is:
"Forgot how to think for myself.
I don't understand a thing about health.
I do the same as everyone else.
I'm a vaccine zombie, zombie."
No word yet as to whether this rap causes rockin' pneumonia or the boogie-woogie flu.
Adams, editor of NaturalNews.com, executive editor of the Consumer Wellness Center, writer, educator and self-proclaimed health ranger, has used music videos before to promote his causes.
Adams turned to a better diet and other lifestyle changes to treat the Type 2 diabetes he developed at age 30. He dropped 50 pounds and started urging lifestyle and natural alternatives to drugs.
Holly Pinnella, a spokeswoman for NaturalNews.com, said that Adams' message isn't that Americans should get no shots, but that they should think through whether to get vaccinations and not necessarily believe the dire warnings of pharmaceutical companies and the government.
"It's about educating people so they can make intelligent choices," she said. "His argument is that the pharmaceutical companies who put out information are in it for the money. A lot of it is for profit."
She said consumers should get all information possible and make their own decisions rather than get vaccinations because pharmaceutical industry or the government agencies they support "make you afraid."
Asked about the video, government officials replied by suggesting that a lot more sources recommend people take vaccinations than not.
"U.S. licensed vaccines are proven safe and effective and have been shown over many years to save lives," said Shelly L. Burgess, an FDA spokeswoman.
Tom Skinner, a CDC spokesman, said there is extensive information showing the vaccines are safe and effective. "I would encourage anyone who has questions about vaccines to go to a reputable website like the CDC's or to discuss whatever concerns they have with their doctor or their child's doctor," he said. "The evidence is overwhelming on how effective the vaccines are and how they save lives. We at CDC promote vaccination."