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More on Wakefield's descent: money, money, money!

January 12, 2011 | By

Last week, I wrote about how the martyr of the modern antivax movement, Andrew Wakefield, is being openly accused of fraud by journalist Brian Deer and the British Medical Journal — with tons of evidence, I’ll add. Seeing as how Wakefield has been promoting the outright dangerous and potentially deadly antireality antivax idea for years, […]

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BREAKING: BMJ calls Andrew Wakefield a fraud

January 5, 2011 | By

This is HUGE: The BMJ, an online medical journal, has accused Andrew Wakefield — the hero of the modern antivaccination movement — of being "a fraud". The skeptic and medical community have been hammering Wakefield for years; his study linking vaccines and autism was shaky from the start, and he suffered a series of humiliating […]

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Wakefield's walk of shame

June 1, 2010 | By

If you’ve read this blog for more than 8 nanoseconds, you know I have no love for Andrew Wakefield. Founder of the modern antivax movement, disgraced researcher, discredited "doctor", and at least partly to blame for the rise in preventable illnesses, his impact has made the world a worse place. The Sceptic’s Book of Pooh-Pooh […]

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Andrew Wakefield, martyr

May 24, 2010 | By

[Note: I expect antivaxxers to flood the comments below with their typical spin and distortions. I urge everyone to read my comments policy. I also note that the article here is extensively linked to other sources backing up my claims about Wakefield and the antivax movement. The debunking of the vast majority of antivax claims […]

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A comic takedown of antivax icon Andrew Wakefield

May 19, 2010 | By

I’ve written about the misdeeds of Andrew Wakefield, the founder of the modern antivax movement, in the past — the links in this post will give you an idea of this guy. But I’m smart enough to know that I can write until I’m blue in the face about him, and the poison antivaxxers spread […]

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And now, the antivax failure is complete: The Lancet withdraws Wakefield's paper

February 2, 2010 | By

Oh, this is wonderful to hear: The Lancet — a leading UK professional medical research journal — is retracting the paper published by Andrew Wakefield back in 1998 that linked vaccines with autism. The paper has been found to be multiply and fatally flawed, with Wakefield and his work being thoroughly discredited. As the Lancet […]

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Vaccines: opinions are not facts

October 9, 2012 | By

There’s an old phrase among critical thinkers: you’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts*. The idea is that these are two different things: opinions are matters of taste or subjective conclusions, while facts stand outside that, independent of what you think or how you may be biased. You can have an […]

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American Airlines to air dangerous antivax propaganda

April 23, 2012 | By

[UPDATE: American Airlines has agreed not to run the interview! That includes both the audio and print versions.] [Note: This post contains numerous links to articles showing antivax claims are misleading at best, and pose a huge health risk. I strongly urge you to read those links before leaving a comment.] In May 2011, an […]

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Whooping cough outbreak in Boulder

April 9, 2012 | By

Medical officials are saying that there have been 37 cases of pertussis — whooping cough — reported in my hometown of Boulder so far this year. We’re not even 100 days into 2012 yet. [Note: Washington State is in the midst of an actual epidemic of pertussis.] How serious is this? 30 of those Boulder […]

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Pertussis can kill, and you can help stop it

June 16, 2011 | By

Pertussis, known commonly as whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease. It’s bad for anyone to get, but in infants it can result in death. We have a vaccine that inoculates people against the bacterium. Yet, because not enough people get this vaccine, we’re seeing pertussis (and measles) outbreaks in many, many places. And who […]

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