Dr Richard Halvorsen, Babyjabs, and Single Vaccines: Misleading Advertising, Exaggeration, Harm & Offence

August 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Richard Halvorsen) (, , , , , , )

Dr Richard Halvorsen is the founder of Babyjabs, a clinic that offers single vaccines and baseless scaremongering about the MMR vaccine. I took a look at some of the claims on the Babyjabs website and submitted a complaint to the ASA. 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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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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Protect Yourself And Others: Get Vaccinated

October 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , , )

Here is a Youtube video telling the story of one infant who contracted pertussis: Carter’s Story.

Here is what happened when there was an ill-founded scare surrounding the pertussis vaccine in this country: Read the rest of this entry »

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Doctors And Vaccination

April 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Dangerously Wrong) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Dr Sarah Myhill’s website has a page on MMR vaccination that contains several untrue statements. I shall highlight some of the most obviously incorrect assertions and comment on each of them in this blogpost. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Truth About Vaccines: Alternative Schedule

January 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Richard Halvorsen) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Having blogged about the introduction to Richard Halvorsen‘s book The Truth About Vaccines, and the early chapters on Vaccines and Autism and Mercury in Vaccines, I will now jump to the end of the book for my next post on Halvorsen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Measles, Mumps, and the Media

April 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Bad Science, Media) (, , , , , , )

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Mumps features in several news reports of the last few days. Measles has had a couple of mentions too. Read the rest of this entry »

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BBC Don’t Link To JABS in MMR Story

August 7, 2008 at 11:42 am (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , , , )

A BBC Report on the MMR vaccine has no link to JABS and no quote from any JABS spokesperson. Good. The piece also accurately reports that the study which raised the possibility that MMR could be linked to autism has since been dismissed and points out that measles can be fatal – i.e., failing to immunise leaves children at actual risk of serious illness as opposed to the hypothetical risk proposed by Andrew Wakefield’s research that turned out not to be a risk at all (partly because Wakefield’s results were false positives, as shown by Chadwick, known by Wakefield and ignored by the media).

An epidemic of measles – which can be fatal – could potentially affect up to 100,000 young people in England alone. The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Experts say it is perfectly safe, but vaccination rates dipped following controversy about its safety. A study which raised the possibility that MMR was linked to autism has since been dismissed by the vast majority of research, but levels of public confidence in the jab have still not fully recovered.

Why is this such an important story? Two reasons, really. As reported on the BBC’s website, in 2006 and 2007 there were 1,726 confirmed cases in England and Wales (more than the previous 10 years put together – from 1996 to 2005 there was a total of 1,621 confirmed cases), and the Department of Health says around 10% of measles cases require hospital admission and one in 5,000 are fatal. As the BBC point out: An epidemic of measles – which can be fatal – could potentially affect up to 100,000 young people in England alone. I reckon that could mean around 10,000 hospitalisations and 20 deaths going by the DoH figures. This shit is important – which is why the media really should be ashamed of themselves for perpetuating this ridiculous hoax, why Wakefield should think long and hard about his part in all this, and why the public should stop and think before reacting to health news stories. Nothing is 100% guaranteed safe for all people in any situation, but providing your children with the MMR jab was always safer than denying it to them. Ben Goldacre and the others who tried to explain the safety of MMR and the flaws in Wakefield’s study were always right on MMR and JABS, Wakefield, the panicking public and the stupid, irresponsible lifestyle journalists were always wrong. Wonder if any of them will admit to being wrong? Don’t hold your breath.

The report has a comments form at the end, so anyone who wishes to make their views known can do so – whether they are from JABS, from another organisation or an individual. So the BBC have not linked to or quoted one particular group of parents (JABS), but are inviting comment from any parent. I think this is a reasonable way to provide balance – rather than censoring JABS, the BBC have actually opened an avenue whereby a larger section of the public can have their say and this section of the public can include JABS members. This is possibly the fairest outcome the BBC could have managed and I think strikes a better balance between responsibility and free speech than was managed in the past.

H/T Gimpy and Superburger for posting the BBC story.

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MMR Scare – Will We Learn From It?

July 25, 2008 at 8:57 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Bad Science, Big Pharma, government, Media) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Measles is endemic, Wakefield is up before the GMC and the media are walking away nonchalantly, pretending they were never involved. Read the rest of this entry »

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