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Entries from May 2010

Listening to parents at AutismOne

May 29th, 2010 · 14 Comments · Serious overreach

Tweet The anti-vaccine movement frequently complains that the medical establishment doesn’t spend enough time listening to parents. Sometimes the news and entertainment media take the bait. “It is impossible to overlook the larger and direct dangers inherent in (Jenny McCarthy’s) position on vaccines,” wrote Karl Taro Greenfeld in Time Magazine last winter. “Yet it is […]

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Anti-vax rally fizzles

May 27th, 2010 · 20 Comments · Junk science

Tweet Andrew Wakefield is not going away, but if yesterday’s anti-vaccine rally in Chicago is any indication, his audience is growing smaller and smaller. About 100 anti-vaccine activists turned out to hear Wakers and nine other speakers on a sunny day in Grant Park. If you add event volunteers, vendors, press, speakers, skeptics, and curious […]

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Lauer asks Wakefield: “Is that it?”

May 24th, 2010 · 9 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet It’s been a very bad day for Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced UK gastroenterologist famous for birthing the latest wave of vaccine rejectionism. First, the General Medical Council stripped Wakefield of his license to practice medicine. Then, in an ill-advised effort to salvage his public image, Wakefield sat down for an interview with an irritable […]

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T-cell Party Patriots

May 8th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Miseducation, Serious overreach

Tweet Is the anti-vaccine movement looking to Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Nation for inspiration? It seems that way, given that Generation Rescue is calling its May 26 rally in Chicago’s Grant Park “An American Rally for Personal Rights”. In just two years, the movement has gone from Green Our Vaccines to “What Would Thomas Jefferson […]

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