Medical advances?

Much of medicine has improved greatly in the past 20 or so years. Technologies in pain management, laser surgery, etc. have reduced the down time and pain involved in many things dramatically over what it used to be.

So when then, can anybody tell me, is a shot of novacaine and a pair of pliers still the Modus Operandi for the extraction of a tooth?

Wouldn’t you think by now they would have something that would enable the tooth to be loosened and removed with a minimal amount of pain? Or at least reduce the amount of pain you feel hours later when the novacaine wears off.

But that is just me whining about having to have a tooth removed. What I really can’t fathom today, is when reading about vaccine specifically designed to prevent (cervical) cancer, that there can actually be a controversy about it. I guess I will just never understand what goes on in the minds of these people. While I have no problem with the promotion of abstinence, to decide that this is a “viable alternative” to a vaccine, is not only mis-guided, it is downright irresponsible.

Let us be completely honest here for a momment. Focus on the Family (oh and just so I do not appear to be picking on one group, Family Research Council also fits into this class of irresponsible organizations) opposes making it mandatory, saying the decision to vaccinate should rest with a child’s parents or guardians. First of all, since when has Focus on the Family ever let anything resst with the decision of the parents or guardians? Second, the reason for making vaccines mandatory is becuase it is acknowledged by experts that if we left innoculation up to the choice of parents, far too few children would actually be vaccinated.

It is a matter of health. Let the message be, vaccination PLUS abstinence, not absinence and hope for the best. There is no reason to leave the risks of Cervical cancer to pliers and novacaine, when it can be eliminated. Take the medical advances we have made.


  1. I agree. We have come a long way in medical advancements and technology. That matter of health not only affects the child but the general population as well.

  2. Would they say the same thing if it were a vaccine preventing AIDS? True, AIDS is not solely transmitted sexually, but still…

  3. ::sigh:: This one hits really close to home right now. If only it had been a few years sooner.

  4. I have mixed feelings about mandatory vaccines, for example I did NOT want my children vaccinated against chicken pox, because I felt it was wiser to let them get it, and get over it like we did. I fear that the vaccine will wear off later, and they will get it as teens or adults, when it is much more dangerous. A recent article indicated I may be right, because even children in grade school who are vaccinated are still getting pox at a high rate. So, considering this is a fairly new vaccination, I think it should be left up to the patient, or the guardian of the patient. (Remember, my husband has been injected with all sorts of vaccinations, some of which have made him ineligible to donate organs, courtsey of the the Army, so forced vaccination is a big deal to us) Still, I agree that people who are opposed to anything other than abstinence to prevent STDs are naive, and irresponsible. We are facing STD epidemics here and across the world, and we want to ignore it by telling kids to wait until marriage. That’s OBVIOUSLY not working out too well, so it’s time for a new approach… education is key.

  5. While I will not disagree with your view on Chickenpox, that is predominantly because it is such a benign (in children) disease. The Chickenpox vaccine is also only 90% effective, which as you point out has not completely abated the disease.

    Cervical Cancer though is a wholly different story. As the results of contracting it are far more dire.

    The problem with relying on abstinenece as a solution, is even if a woman decides to abstain until marriage, she would have to find a mate that has also abstained else risk getting the disease from her husband. Education IS the key, the problem is the education that these groups wish to provide is incomplete and flawed.

  6. Well, as for the CP vaccine, now they are thinking it may be less than 90% effect, and a booster is required. Still, you’re right, it is much more benign disease.
    As for cervical cancer, this also brings up the problem of cheating spouses, who can bring home diseases to you. Either way, as a parent *I* would choose to have my teen vaccinated, as well as getting vaccinated myself, because cervical cancer is not something to fool around with, I’m just not sure I am comfortable FORCING parents to get the vaccine for their child. That goes with ALL vaccines, in my opinion. It should be at the parents’ discretion.

  7. I totally agree that vaccinations should be required for ALL girls. This is not about parents’ rights, it’s about every girl’s right to health. Denial of female adolescent sexuality is no excuse. I wrote an article about it at and

    We must protect our girls because their partners, even marital partners, will not. Lots of husbands cheat, even within the bounds of marriage and if our girls are not vaccinated they are at risk for cervical cancer as a result of a partner’s indiscretions.


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