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Dear PBS there are no “sides” to the science of vaccines

With smoking making a comeback, FRONTLINE investigates the latest chapter in the war over tobacco products   The Tobacco War pbs.org/frontline/smoking-war Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015, at 10 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listing) Twitter: @frontlinepbs #TobaccoWar In 2010, FRONTLINE reported on the warnings of doctors and public health experts that growing skepticism about the … Continue reading

WHO and UNICEF aren’t trying to clandestinely sterilize African women with tetanus vaccines

The fact that I have to write this post is sad enough, but the fact that I am writing it because ongoing recycling of erroneous claims of secret sterilization campaigns in Africa come from a physician is even worse. This tetanus vaccine causes sterilization and miscarriages falsehood was in the news last year and was/is curiously … Continue reading

Autopsy of Toronto Star HPV article and the real dark side of Gardasil they missed

Today the publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, wrote that the article “A wonder drug’s dark side” will be removed from the online site. This is 15 days after it was originally published. It obviously still lives on in print and in screen shots, but now at least no anti-vaccine groups will be … Continue reading

What if the HPV vaccine only lasts for 10 years?

Once of the concerns tossed around by critics of the HPV vaccine is the fear that it might only delay HPV infections. This was brought up by Dr. Harper on the infamous Katie Couric HPV episode, it’s also not an infrequent comment left on my blog, and of course it’s bandied about by a variety … Continue reading

Dear Toronto Star, your Gardasil article isn’t about transparency

The title of the Toronto Star’s misleading front page article about vaccine safety has been changed. No longer is it “A Wonder drug’s dark side,” now it reads “Families seek more transparency on HPV vaccine.” They just don’t get it, do they? Here we have a vaccine that can protect from the virus that causes cervical cancer. … Continue reading

7 questions the Toronto Star must answer about their Gardasil story

Mr. Cruickshank, Mr. Cooke, and Ms. English, I have many concerns about your article HPV Vaccine Gardasil has a dark side and request a response to these seven issues: 1. Mr. Cruickshank stated on CBC Radio As it Happens that “doctors” brought “virtually all of the anecdotes” of claimed vaccine injury to the Toronto Star. … Continue reading

Explaining Gardasil girls and HPV vaccine safety to the Toronto Star and Heather Mallick

The Gardasil girls are a group of young women who claim injury as a direct result of receiving the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. They have received press on Katie Couric’s now defunct show and most recently in The Toronto Star (read my rebuttal to the Star piece here). No one is doubting that these girls have … Continue reading

Toronto Star claims HPV vaccine unsafe. Science says the Toronto Star is wrong.

When I was 22 weeks pregnant with triplets I had a craving for a Jamba Juice. So I had one. Three days later I ruptured my membranes and my son Aidan was born and died. During the hospitalization that followed I had a craving for another Jamba Juice and my then husband stalled and delayed … Continue reading

Effect of a science fair project on MMR vaccine beliefs in Marin County

Background: Marin County, California has one of the highest rates of vaccine refusal in the country. The reasons for this are not socioeconomic, but rather appear to be based on fixed, false beliefs that the MMR vaccine causes autism, contains “toxins,” has mercury, or is associated with outcomes other than measles immunity. Exhaustive educational attempts … Continue reading

Reading Roald Dahl out loud should be required to decline MMR vax

The impact of not vaccinating children based on “personal beliefs” (i.e. science denialism) has come home to roost. The measles outbreak is growing exponentially due to the large numbers of unvaccinated people coupled with the extreme contagious nature of the disease. It can live on surfaces for 2 hours and a lot of people can … Continue reading

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