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How dangerous are vaccines?

Anti-vaxxers talk about the dangers of the vaccine schedule all of the time. They talk about how anyone who vaccinates should understand the risks. Unfortunately, most of them don't know the actual risks. Below, I have calculated the adverse events from the entire vaccine schedule. Feel free to fact check this is you'd like, with… Continue reading How dangerous are vaccines?

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Parents of autistic children have questions, science has answers

I am breaking form somewhat with this blog entry. It is not refuting anything said by anti-vaxxers. Instead, it is a response to genuine questions of a parent trying to come to grips with an autism diagnosis. The reason I am taking time to post this here is that there is so much misinformation out… Continue reading Parents of autistic children have questions, science has answers

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Republished: The Worst of the Autism Biomed Movement

Due to the importance of the issue, I am republishing an excerpt from Debunking Denialism, an excellent blog that I recommend everyone follow. Please find the entire blog article here. Many anti-vaxxers believe that autism is caused by vaccines, rather than being a differential neurological development pathway that can be detected prenatally.  They reject the… Continue reading Republished: The Worst of the Autism Biomed Movement

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The Autism Epidemic: Facts and Fictions

As an active debunker of pseudoscience everywhere, I hear the term “autism epidemic” a few times a day. In most vaccine discussions, it is just common knowledge that autism is going up. The slope of that graph is huge, and it is intimidating. It is only logical parents would try and figure out what exactly… Continue reading The Autism Epidemic: Facts and Fictions

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Andrew Wakefield: the biggest fraud in the anti-vax movement

Anyone who wants to be active in discussing vaccines needs to know who Mr. Andrew Wakefield is. The former doctor used to be a researcher in the U.K. and is responsible for the infamous 1998 Lancet paper that launched modern anti-vax attitudes. Anti-vaccine views aren't new, but Mr. Wakefield definitely brought them back. After Mr. Wakefield's… Continue reading Andrew Wakefield: the biggest fraud in the anti-vax movement