Anti-vax

15 Credibility Street #23: The sound and the fury

This episode, Sharon and Torkel discuss several recent news events and how they reflect on social views of science and credible sources. First, an eclipse recap: Nothing bad happened and we were not overwhelmed by alien or occult forces. The Hopkinsville aliens did not reappear. New Age spiritualism at a Mt. Shasta festival The media…

Explanatory labeling for homeopathic products in Canada

News snippet: Good news out of Canada. But will labeling help? Homeopathic products promoted to parents will need to be clear they are not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines, Health Canada says. The department announced Friday it is introducing label changes for certain homeopathic products. Health Canada said it will also no longer allow companies to make specific…

Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up (UPDATE on Bradstreet raid)

There is an update on why the federal government searched Bradstreet’s offices. See below. Originally published on June 24, 2015 Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet, who goes by Jeff Bradstreet, an autism researcher who ran a clinic that endorsed pseudoscientific cures on autism patients and others, has died by apparent suicide on June 19. For several days over the…

First American measles death in over a decade

Anti-vax sites say that death of measles is so rare, it’s barely worth talking about. Until a totally preventable death rolls around. And why ignore all the hospitalizations and complications from measles – also preventable with vaccinations. If less people get vaccinated, measles will spread and MORE deaths than one or two will occur. This…

Child died from complication from ear infection; parents face criminal charges

Profound ignorance kills children. An 18 month old child is dead because the parents did not get her medical attention, instead treating her with homeopathy and herbal meds. Ebed S. Delozier, 29, and Christine E. Delozier, 34, both of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children this week after an investigation showed…

Wakefield advocating against pro-vaccination bill in California

Medical community pariah antivaccination advocate Andrew Wakefield speaks at Life Chiropractic College West in California and continues his spreading of dangerous fear-mongering misinformation and ignorance. Anti-vaccine leader tells parents to fight immunization bill. Andrew Wakefield, the British scientist and former physician whose discredited research linking autism and immunizations helped launch a worldwide anti-vaccination movement, encouraged…

German court soundly smacks measles denier

This biologist held some very bizarre idea about measles, ignoring the fact that we know exactly what virus DOES cause measles and can readily identify it and create vaccines that guard against it. He didn’t agree measles exists and insists it CAN’T exist. What does loudmouthed ignorance cost you? Lots. Pay up. Measles doubter must…

Toronto Star in backpedaling mode after major screw up about Gardasil shot (UPDATE: Retraction)

UPDATE (24-Feb-2015) This story has been retracted by the Toronto Star. Good. A rare event: Toronto Star retracts fear-mongering vaccine story Fifteen days after publishing a widely-criticized article linking anecdotal health problems to the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the Toronto Star has issued a retraction. As Retraction Watch notes, a newspaper retraction is rare. But something…

Anonymous commenters undermining science have negative impact. We knew this.

This is further justification why we do not allow anti-science commenters on this site. It’s not a debate but the reader often does not know that. Healthcare websites are attempting to educate about health risks but a new study shows, surprisingly, that readers may be influenced more by online comments than by credible public service announcements.…

Tenpenny’s anti-vax Australia trip scuttled

In an update to this story earlier this month about an anti-vaccination informational tour, Anti-vaccination ​campaigner Sherri Tenpenny cancels Australian tour The Guardian. Eight venues had cancelled because of opposition, mainly by parents, to a message that did not support children’s health. However, the Tenpenny party said something much different and highly questionable. The controversial US anti-vaccination…

Vaccines required but some remain ignorantly defiant

A series of articles showed up online today highlighting mandated vaccinations. Some people, however, continue to hold misinformed views and are willing to sacrifice for it. Foster mom says she’s willing to lose infant over flu shot mandate In Washington state, foster families are under a new mandate that everyone in their house needs a…

Tenpenny’s anti-vaccination tour hits a snag in Australia (Update)

This isn’t censorship, it is a public health stance. There is no excuse for allowing peddling of ridiculous anti-science nonsense that endangers the lives of children. Pro-vaccine advocates wish to disallow Tenpenny to have a soapbox to spout anti-vax propaganda. Sherri Tenpenny: Sydney venue cancels seminar of US anti-vaccination campaigner. Pressure is mounting against a planned…

Homeopathy Plus unequivocally NOT a safer alternative to vaccination says court

Breaking News delivered from Guy Chapman today. Homeopathy Plus has received a major smackdown from the Australian courts. A complaint regarding their advertisement of homeopathy as a “safer” alternative to vaccination, specifically for pertussis has been deemed misleading and deceptive. Homeopathy Plus is the trading identity of Australian homeopath Fran Sheffield (who originated the petition to…

Anti-vaccination sentiment continues to kill workers in Pakistan

Religious extremist and deep distrust coupled by anti-science sentiment results in health care workers killed trying to save lives in Pakistan. Attackers kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan – CNN.com. Four members of a polio vaccination team were killed in an attack by militants in western Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Wednesday, police said. Attackers on…

Confirmed: Death of girl IS NOT vaccine-related

The medical examiner says that the HPV vaccine she was administered was safe and not the cause of her death that same day. Instead, it appears she suffered an overdose of antihistamines. Medical examiner: Girl’s death not caused by HPV vaccination A much-touted vaccine given to teens and preteens to prevent cancers caused by a…