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Michele Bachmann: Vaccines cause mental retardation

Move over Jenny McCarthy.

You’ve probably heard about the HPV vaccine debate by now. Governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry has been taking heat for his executive order that young women be offered Gardasil to inoculate against the virus linked to cervical cancer.

This isn’t the place to debate the wisdom of “being forced to [...]

More Trouble for Wakefield

We have been following the rise and fall of Andrew Wakefield – the UK doctor who first started the vaccines-cause-autism scare with his 1998 Lancet paper about the MMR vaccine. Wakefield’s conversion from dubious researcher to notorious crank is pretty much complete, but the medical community is still shaking him off, like a lingering bad [...]

An Epidemic of Fear

Wired Magazine has written an excellent piece summarizing the current vaccine controversy. They take the exactly correct editorial stance – unreasonable fear surrounding vaccines, stoked by an ideological anti-vaccine movement, is hurting vaccine compliance, reducing herd immunity, and putting us all at risk.

We criticize bad science reporting often, so we also make a point [...]

Skeptics vs Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy has been spending her time and energy over the last couple of years trying to harm the health of Americans, or anyone who will listen to her. She is on a misguided crusade against vaccines, fueled by her arrogant ignorance. She believes that her son is a special “indigo child”, the next step [...]

Fight Fire with Fire

We live in an age where actors can become president and wrestlers can become governor. Where a trend can be set overnight if the right person starts it. The right person is usually someone a lot of people know, most often a celebrity of some sort. So, sadly, it comes as no surprise to me [...]