Burzynski Clinic Threatens Blogger

November 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm (Legal Chill) (, , , , , )

Someone acting for the Burzynski Clinic, Burzynski Research Institute, and Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, has written to Le Canard Noir of the Quackometer blog to make threats of legal action regarding a critical article he posted. The correspondence is aggressive (“Be smart and considerate for your family and new child, and shut the article down”), accusing the blogger of “lying” and being part of “a fraud network”. Read the rest of this entry »

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PCC Upholds Daily Mail’s Right To Distort

November 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , )

Recently, I wrote about the zombie Daily Mail article on MMR. I made a complaint to the PCC about the article in question, and have now received notice of their decision. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Mail On HPV Vaccine

November 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , )

The Daily Mail have published an article about the HPV vaccine. You won’t be surprised to learn that the tone of the article is scaremongering – with the very real benefits of the vaccine downplayed and a focus on the hypothetical risks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wakefield and MMR: New Revelations

November 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

A guest blog post from a UK Doctor

New revelations and implications about Andrew Wakefield’s research work.

For anyone who doesn’t know about the ramifications of the Andrew Wakefield saga, here is a brief recap. In 1998 he published a paper in the Lancet journal along with 11 colleagues, detailing bowel changes found in a sequence of children supposedly consecutively referred to his department of Gastroenterology at the Royal Free Hospital in London. The suggestion was that these children’s parents had noticed behavioural or gastrointestinal abnormalities within a very short interval following MMR vaccination. The inference drawn was that MMR might damage the bowel, leading to neurological changes of autism. In a press conference called after the paper was published, Wakefield expressed no faith in the MMR vaccine, and called for single measles vaccines to be used as an alternative. Read the rest of this entry »

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Naturopathic Nonsense

November 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm (Naturopathy) (, , , , , , , , )

A Naturopathic Doctor makes some interesting claims on their website. Let’s take a look at some of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Brief Guide To Deflecting Criticism

November 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , , )

Anecdotally, I’ve found that people don’t, in general, like to be criticised. While some people will seek out criticism in order to identify errors in their work (that they can then attempt to correct), for others criticism is unwelcome and they prefer to deflect it rather than take note of it. Here are some of the ways in which they attempt this. Read the rest of this entry »

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