Hey, you all remember a while back, there was that cheerleader that got the seasonal flu vaccine, and then all hell broke loose?
Minor problem: Steve Novella, while he is a great advocate for rational, science-based medicine, totally missed the mark with that interview with Inside Edition. It really highlights, for me, the differences in depth of knowledge between MDs and PhDs.
Because he doesnt really understood the virology/immunology behind the seasonal flu vaccine, he says this:
Inside Edition Guy: You might have noticed shes speaking in a foreign accent.
Novella: There is no way a flu shot could cause someones accent to change.
WRONG STEVE NOVELLA!
Desiree Jennings now talks in an Australian accent because the three influenza variants in the 2009-2010 seasonal flu vaccine WERE ALL AUSTRALIAN!
Logically, the viruses remembered their environment in Australia, and this memory was homeopathically enhanced by the toxins in vaccines, thus Desiree Jennings now talks in an Australian accent.
Steve really should leave these things to the experts.
** Shortly after I moved to OK, one of our research collaborators suddenly succumbed to previously undetected brain cancer. He was in a coma for months, but amazingly, he got better, and he is still a collaborator today. However this incident has left me with ongoing (irrational) anxiety about my boss dying suddenly (Im sure when I become a PI Im going to be worried about dying on my grad students/post docs). So when the first thing I read this morning is that the grad students of three professors (maybe two more, and then theres the shooter…) are dealing with this tragedy… Ive been pretty upset all day. Thanks to Skepchicks for cheering me up a bit.