Recently, anti-vaccine advocates have been pointing out that there have been over 20,000 deaths from the COVID-19 vaccine that have been reported to the VAERS database. If you're not familiar with VAERS, you can find a wealth of information in my previous post. In short, VAERS is a passive reporting database that serves merely as … Continue reading Have the COVID-19 vaccines caused over 20,000 deaths?
I came across an article from 2011 by Natural News' Mike Adams (a.k.a. "The Health Ranger"), entitled "Radiation exposure chart admits cancer radiotherapy delivers fatal dose to patients." The article is rife with false claims and factual errors, which I will attempt to address here. Why am I writing a rebuttal to a 7-year-old article? … Continue reading Natural News’ Mike Adams Doesn’t Understand Radiation Therapy Treatments for Cancer
When sharing an article on social media that is critical of a particular "alternative" treatment, I often get responses from friends and family that appeal to anecdotes in order to argue that the treatment is effective. These may include stories they have heard from others or a story of their own personal experience with the treatment. For … Continue reading Dismissing Anecdotes – Are Scientists Jerks?
One basic principle of toxicology is that the dose makes the poison. This means that a substance has observable adverse effects in the body only once a certain dose is achieved. This not only applies to substances that are widely considered "harmful", but also to substances that are generally considered "safe." For example, water is … Continue reading Mercury in Vaccines: Are We Really STILL Talking About This?
The web site "The Thinking Mom's Revolution" (TMR) has partnered with a company known as AMD (A Major Difference). AMD is the seller of an ionic foot bath called the Ion Cleanse® and according to the company's marketing, this foot bath has the ability to improve the symptoms and/or behavior of children with autism. The basic … Continue reading Ionic Foot Baths – Monetizing the Scientifically Illiterate
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious respiratory disease characterized by uncontrollable, violent coughing which can make it difficult to breathe. The name "whooping cough" comes from the many deep breaths that are needed in order to regain the air that was missed after a fit of coughing. The disease can be fatal and infants less than … Continue reading “Whoop” There It Is – An Overview of Pertussis Vaccines
The evidence is overwhelming: vaccines are not associated with autism.
Next time somebody says that vaccines cause autism, or that the link has not been studied extensively, hit them with this list of 99 scientific papers (including studies and reviews) showing no link between vaccines, vaccine ingredients and autism. Compiled by Nathan Boonstra, Allison Hagood, Luci Baldwin and myself.
- Albizzati, A., Moré, L., Di Candia, D., Saccani, M., Lenti, C. Normal concentrations of heavy metals in autistic spectrum disorders. Minerva Pediatrica. 2012.Feb;64(1):27-31 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22350041
- Abu Kuwaik, G., Roberts, W., Zwaigenbaum, L., Bryson, S., Smith, IM., Szatmari, P., Modi, BM., Tanel, N., Brian, J. Immunization uptake in younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism. 2014 Feb;18(2):148-55. doi: 10.1177/1362361312459111. Epub 2012 Oct 8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23045216
- Afzal, MA., Ozoemena, LC., O’Hare, A., Kidger, KA., Bentley, ML., Minor, PD.Absence of detectable measles virus genome sequence in blood of autistic children who have had their MMR vaccination during the routine childhood immunization schedule of UK. Journal…
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I spend more time than I care to admit having online debates with people. Recently, I was having a discussion with a mother about the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). She was of the opinion that vaccines cause a wide range of things such as autism and death. She argued that all of the … Continue reading Causality & The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
Recently, I was perusing some anti-vaccination pages on Facebook. I came across the page of Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, quite popular in the anti-vaccine movement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a specialization in osteopathic medicine. Tenpenny posted a link to an article by Sayer Ji of greenmedinfo. The headline proclaims "Study Calls Into Question … Continue reading Experience with Dr. Sherri Tenpenny on Facebook
If you're familiar with the information provided by anti-vaccine websites, then you have probably encountered some anecdotal (word of mouth) accounts of children getting injured by vaccines. The story usually goes something like this: a child receives one or more vaccines and then within a short time frame after vaccination, the child experiences an adverse event. Examples of some … Continue reading Anecdotes of “Vaccine-Injured Children” – What Can They Really Tell Us?