An antivaxer by the 'nym "Crush" at the antivaccine coffee klatch known as the Thinking Moms' Revolution thinks that she and all antivaxers have been horribly victimized by evil pro-vexers. She's a case of extreme Dunning-Kruger.
Last week, The Duluth Reader published an article by Gary G. Kohls, MD sliming Orac with easily refutable misinformation and misattribution. Today, Orac takes a closer look at the Reader and Dr. Kohls and finds a long history of antivaccine quackery. Why does the Duluth Reader give such a crank a regular platform for his dangerous misinformation?"
It's indisputable that vaccines protect against specific infectious diseases. What's less well known is how a vaccine like the measles vaccine protects against more than just measles.
Recently, Sen. Jim Abeler of Minnesota created the MN Autism Council, an advisory panel tasked with advising the legislature on autism policy. A closer look at the story reveals that Sen. Abeler is a chiropractor, two of the members are antivaxers, and one of them was a founding member tasked with forming the council. This is how antivaccine activism is disguised as autism advocacy.
Arizona state Senator Paul Boyer introduced a bill that would "make measles great again" under the guise of "informed consent." It is in reality "misinformed consent." Isn't it great to have antivaxers trying to inflict disease on children?
An antivaccine group in Washington is raising money for a dubious "vaxxed/unvaxxed" study for IPAK, James Lyons-Weiler, a bioinformatics scientist turned antivaxer, who plans on analyzing data from a large practice.
Dr. David Brownstein is a local "holistic medicine" doctor. Unhappy at a pro-vaccine New York Times editorial, he tried to refute it. It didn't go well—for Dr. Brownstein. His self-own was epic.
In response to a massive measles outbreak, the Israel Ministry of Health has decided to crack down on antivaccine doctors. It's about time, and I only wish we would do the same thing here in the US.
Dr. Andrew Zimmerman issued a press release claiming he had been misrepresented in a news report by antivaxer Sharyl Attkisson. He wasn't. Rather, he's been a useful idiot for the antivaccine movement.
New York State Senator José Peralta died after a brief illness in November, and antivaxers blamed the flu vaccine. Later, it was learned that Sen. Peralta died of sepsis, leading to claims that the flu vaccine predisposed him to sepsis. Now the autopsy report is out, and we know why Sen Peralta was prone to sepsis or a sepsis-like syndrome. Hint: It had nothing to do with the flu vaccine.