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Too many too soon?

Too many too soon: that’s Jenny McCarthy’s rallying cry.  The disingenuous activists of the antivaccine movement use this motto as a foot in the door, claiming that they are not truly “anti-vaccine”, just pro-“safe vaccines”.  This is despite the fact that vaccines have proved themselves to be one of the safest and most effective medical…

Vaccination’s night of the living dead

Some crazy, currently unbloggable crap is going down around Casa Pal this week, so I’m going to have to open up a bloggy doggy bag for you. I have a nice piece in the works for Sunday or Monday which is brand, spanking new. This was originally published on 5/6/2009. –PalMD Some bad ideas refuse…

Chopra, soul, and a big, insoluble mess

The recent arrests of the Hutaree cult here in Michigan are part of a tradition of militant separatism in this part of the country, beginning with the militia movements in the late 20th century and climaxing (hopefully) in the terrorist acts of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. This latest incident is interesting in that it…

Sanity vs Insanity: cage match at HuffPo

I love Icelandic names. Just reading them makes me think of Vikings and valkyries. One name that I can’t get out of my head right now is “Iris Erlingsdottir”. She’s an Icelandic journalist who put up a pro-vaccine piece on Huffington Post. Not only is the piece pro-vaccine, but it is quite critical of her…

It has been alleged by Great Minds such as Jenny McCarthy (D.Goog.) that the US recommends far more vaccinations than other countries.  Her precise statement was, “How come many other countries give their kids one-third as many shots as we do?” She put this into the context of wondering if our current vaccine schedule should be less…

As we mentioned earlier, Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the infectious disease promotion group NVIC, is suing a bunch of people for “defaming” her. Today she posted a piece at Age of Autism entitled, “2010 Needs A Fearless Conversation About Vaccination.” She is suing a nationally-known vaccine expert, the reporter who interviewed him, and the…

Vaccination: it’s a mitzvah

Being a physician and a father, I keep an eye out for news about childhood vaccinations. I’ve always been concerned about local statutes that allow kids to be admitted to school unvaccinated, especially when all that is required is an affirmation or a letter from a doctor or religious figure. This not only endangers these…

Damned lies and idiots

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is reportedly a doctor, although according to her website, she no longer practices medicine in any recognizable way. Perhaps that’s why she utters completely idiotic statements such as this one pointed out to me by Brother Orac: Study these numbers. We’ve had SARS, Bird flu and Swine flu. On average, approx. 190…

We already know about the Huffington Post’s war on science and its shameless publication of snake oil ads disguised as journalism. Now, Mark Hyman, an evangelist for the cult known as “functional medicine”, is giving even more bad flu advice (and shilling for his books). He begins his blathering, misleading sales pitch with this bit…

There are a couple of quotes circulating widely claiming that major players in flu vaccine development are “denouncing” the vaccine. From (shudder!) mercola.com: “Dr. Anthony Morris, a distinguished virologist and former Chief Vaccine Office at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), states that “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is…