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Big Picture Science: Antivaxxers (and updates)

May 15, 2012 | By

I do a roughly monthly segment with astronomer Seth Shostak on Big Picture Science, a radio show/podcast done by The SETI Institute. This month, Seth and I talked about the American Airlines dustup when they were planning to run an interview with reality-impaired antivaxxer Meryl Dorey. This story is a great victory for reality, and […]

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Followup: Antivaxxers, airlines, and ailments

May 1, 2012 | By

Reality recently scored a major win when American Airlines agreed not to run an interview with notorious antivaxxer Meryl Dorey. An American living in Australia, Dorey runs the Orwellian-named Australian Vaccine Network, where she dispenses horrifically bad and outright false information about vaccines. Read the link above to see details about her shenanigans. After AA […]

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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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Stop antivaxxers. Now.

December 29, 2011 | By

There are times when reality is so obvious, so clear, so rock-solid 100% amazingly in-your-face incontrovertible, that it is beyond belief that anyone could deny it. And yet, antivaccination groups exist. Let me be very, very clear: they are wrong. Vaccines save lives. Vaccines save millions of lives. And not just directly, like they did […]

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A pox on antivaxxers

November 5, 2011 | By

A couple of antivax stories hit the web in the past day or so, and both have me pretty angry, shaking my head about how people can manage to get things so wrong. First, the antivax organization that is (Orwellianly) called the National Vaccine Information Center has paid for ads to run on in-flight Delta […]

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How to be inoculated against antivax conventions

June 10, 2011 | By

There’s a grand irony about skepticism and alt-med groups that I suspect most people don’t know. Skeptics are commonly seen as curmudgeonly cynics, poopooing new ideas and excluding anyone not in their club. Alt-med people are seen as warm, open, willing to try new things, and welcoming anyone to their group. But that’s not the […]

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Antivaxxer Mark Geier has license revoked in Maryland

May 5, 2011 | By

I do so love to report these wins for reality, as rare as they are: the very vocal antivax advocate Mark Geier has had his medical license revoked in Maryland. Why? The Maryland State Board of Physicians reviewed nine cases of autistic children seen by Geier, of which he treated seven. Of those nine, the […]

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Help stop antivax ads in NYC

April 13, 2011 | By

I’ve just learned that antivax ads are now running on the Times Square Jumbotron in NYC (ironically, I was just there, right at that intersection, but I was in a cab and missed seeing the ad). These ads are sponsored by Joe Mercola and the National Vaccine Information Center. It’s been a while since I’ve […]

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While people sicken, CBS reporter spreads antivax propaganda

April 5, 2011 | By

Short and sweet: Why is it that when… a) 30 people in Virginia have been diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough) — enough to cause classes to be canceled at a local school — and b) 14 cases have popped up in Minnesota — cases which can apparently be traced almost directly to the dangerous antivax […]

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Indexed takes on antivaxxers

February 28, 2011 | By

Jessica Hagy has a terrific website called Indexed, where she uses simple, hand-drawn charts and Venn diagrams to make some pithy point in a funny way. She’s tackles all kinds of topics, and recently, to my heart’s delight, made a very simple point about vaccines: Yup. Hard to be any more succinct than that. [Speaking […]

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