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Christopher Columbus 's The American Indians

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Christopher Columbus’s brother took a census of the American Indians in 1496 and had a total of 1.1 million, but by 1555, they ceased to exist (Loewen, 57). James W. Loewen describes in his book, Lies My Teacher Told Me, Christopher Columbus coming to the Americans and the death toll placed on American Indians, partly due to new diseases, such as measles. After measles helped kill the entire Indian population, measles began appearing in Northern America in the early 1600’s. Centuries went by until, as the Center for Disease Control or CDC states, the year 1912 when the United States recognized measles as a national disease. They explained it as a highly contagious virus. This illness is spread by coughing and sneezing and the virus can…show more content…
The new trend of parents not having their children vaccinated for measles is causing harm to the child and contributing to future outbreaks of the disease.
Today, parents are not vaccinating their children for a number of reasons, whether it is religious beliefs, it is not natural, and some parents are even trying to link vaccinations to the rise in autism. This however has been proven false and stated in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The increase in vaccinations and the increase in children with autism happened at the same time, which leads some parents to believe that is why their child was diagnosed with autism, but this is correlation not causation. There is no real scientific test to diagnose autism and it is based off of the child’s social and communication skills and their behavior. A retrospective study was done from 1980 to 1994 where scientist recorded the amount of children receiving the measles vaccination and the amount of children diagnosed with autism. Over this time span, there was only a 10% increase in the amount of children receiving the MMR vaccine and 572% increase in children with autism. If the MMR vaccine was the cause of autism, then they should have increased at the same rate and therefore concluding that autism is caused by other unknown factors.
First, the new trend of parents now having
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