Anti-Vaccine Authors To Promote Their Wares At University Of Minnesota

November 16, 2014 at 2:42 am (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , )

Anti-vaccine authors have successfully hired a room at the University of Minnesota. This isn’t an especially impressive or interesting development – I just couldn’t think how else to start this post. The book symposium will take place next January.

Speakers include David LewisJudy MikovitsMark BlaxillDan Olmsted, and the novelist-policeman Louis Conte. Oh, and some lawyers.

The symposium is being sponsored by Skyhorse Publishing, experienced in publishing “books on sports, flyfishing, nature and history” (an obvious choice for anyone who has written a scholarly tome on medical matters – as I’m sure Andrew Wakefield would tell you). The other sponsors are The Holland Center (a treatment centre which offers biomedical interventions such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, nutrition consulting and allergy testing), CADE (a local non-profit organisation), The Canary Party, Age of Autism and Health Choice (you may notice some overlap between the last three groups and the list of authors).

The minimum ticket price appears to be $25 but this does include one of the ten books being promoted (for $99 dollars you get a ticket and enough books to remedy up to ten wonky tables).


  1. alcaponejunior said,

    Obviously the uni either

    1. rents their space according to who can pay for it, or
    2. they don’t vet their clients very well

    But then my friggin’ uni has a giant contract with aramark*, one of the scummiest corporations on the planet. So maybe there’s a third choice, they just don’t really care, even if they’re well aware.

    *who allows only pepsi products to be sold on campus. you know, pepsi, the ones who sell bottled water and claim it’s “the greenest water on the planet.” Green of course meaning cash in their pockets. Meanwhile, pepsi’s products have always sucked, and they continue to suck today. It’s a desperate day that I’ll drink anything made by pepsi.

  2. jdc325 said,

    I was assuming 1. I suppose they could just be really, really keen on free speech.

  3. Chris Preston said,

    I am guessing they have no idea who Skyhorse Publishing is and think they are a reputable publishing firm.

  4. Mikeh said,

    Prob safe to assume they disguised the extent of their lunacy when booking the event. Whenever I book a conference, I and the programme are probably given a very quick onceover by an inexpert eye to make sure I don’t mention Hitler in a positive light, and that’s about it. A conference discussing ‘vaccines in the word today’ or suchlike would be sufficient to pass the scrutiny of any events co-ordinator.
    So yeah, my guess is they didn’t know. Hopefully they do now, be interesting to see any response.

  5. dingo199dingo199 said,

    I am constantly mystified by the degree of “crank magnetism” that these sort of conferences throw up. Any decent medical conference could fill its programme several times over looking at a specific area (eg immunological response to vaccines; epidemiology of VPD outbreaks etc), but these sort of jolly antivax get togethers seem to rely on any bizarre antivax contruct to pad out their day.

  6. Chris Preston said,

    Andrew Wakefield also recently appeared with a bunch of other cranks, namely chiropractors, at Chirofest

    and again with some other chiropractors and more cranks at Freedon for Family Wellness Summit

    Anything to pay the bills I suppose.

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