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University of Toronto doubles down, restates anti vaccine syllabus not unbalanced

This week I posted concerns regarding the University of Toronto‘s response to complaints from scientists and faculty regarding the course Alternative Health at the Scarborough Campus. To summarize, the course was taught by a homeopath and the associated required reading/videos for the class on vaccines was comprised entirely of anti-vaccine propaganda. The syllabus also advised students the course would … Continue reading

How one person’s death made me so outspoken about vaccines

Immunology and infectious diseases were taught in the fourth quarter of my first year of medial school. Until then, like most people, I had never really given vaccines much thought. I received the smallpox vaccine at birth and bear the scar, as many of us do. I remember getting some kind of vaccine before a trip … Continue reading

Andrew Wakefield is apparently a legimate source of vaccine info at University of Toronto

Earlier this year two groups of academics (scientists and faculty members) at the University of Toronto wrote letters of concern to the President of the University regarding the course Alternative Health: Practice and Theory HLTD04H3-S, Special Topics in Health taught by Beth Landau-Halpern, a homeopath. One group wrote about their concerns that the course presented … Continue reading

Jim Carrey if you are so concerned about toxins I suggest you champion food safety or diarrhea

Dear Mr. Carrey, I read your recent twirade about California’s new law removing personal exemptions for vaccines for school children. I would like to address your misperceptions about toxins as incorrect information leads to false conclusions. Vaccines do not contain toxins. You mention your need to have “toxins” removed in several tweets so I can only … Continue reading

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

Are Canadian universities fertile ground for anti vaccine pseudoscience?

There seems to be an alarming trend in anti-vaccine information at some Canadian Universities. Here are the three that recently caught my eye: University of British Columbia A known anti-vaccine group, the Dwoskin Family Foundation, funds “research” at the University of British Columbia. I say they are anti-vaccine because they compare vaccination to the Holocaust. The Dean … 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

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

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