Love it or hate it, Wikipedia is a main go-to rough and ready source of information for millions of people. Although I’ve had my problems with Wikipedia and used to ask whether it could provide reliable information on medicine and, in particular, alternative medicine and vaccines, given that anyone can edit it, I now conclude that Wikipedia must be doing OK, at least in these areas. After all, some of the highest profile promoters of alternative and “integrative” medicine hate Wikipedia, to the point of attacking it and concocting conspiracy theories about it.
Acupuncturists have been trying to explain why no anatomic structure corresponds to meridians. Enter the primo vascular system, which circulates electricity in DNA. Or stem cells. Or something.
Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network was scheduled to host an antivaccine confab this Saturday. Then the press got wind of it. Let's just say that it's not happening any more—for now.
Good news in the case of Ezekiel Stephan! The Crown has decided to appeal the acquittal of David and Collet Stephan.
Antivaxers frequently object to the use of fetal cell lines to manufacture vaccines on "moral" grounds. Über-quack Joe Mercola lays down some astonishingly bad moral arguments based on pseudoscience.
The Italian antivaccine group Corvelva published a really bad "scientific report" claiming fetal DNA in vaccines is dangerous based on a dubious next generation sequencing analysis whose methods are not described. It's not. To believe its claims, you have to believe that DNA can do anything.
On September 19, in a retrial ordered by the Supreme Court of Canada, Alberta Justice Terry Clackson issued a ruling acquitting David and Collet Stephan of failing to provide the necessities of life to their son Ezekiel, whose bacterial meningitis they had chosen to treat with quackery instead of medicine, leading to his death in 2012. The news reports showed that this was a very bad decision, but you have to read Justice Clackson’s actual decision to see that it’s an even worse decision than the news reports indicate, full of bad medicine, bad science, and even a hint of …
Rev. Al Sharpton is hosting the Harlem Vaccine Forum. Unfortunately, his "forum" looks like an antivaccine quackfest.
Last week, there was a small chickenpox outbreak at a Marysville High School in my state. Unvaccinated students were sent home. Now antivaxers are protesting. Same as it ever was.
The NIH HEAL Initiative is designed to study "nonpharmacologic treatments for pain." What it will really study will include heaping helpings of "integrative medicine" pseudoscience.