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The Lowest of the Low: are anti-vaxxers the worst people on earth? Discuss.

Anti-vaxxers are a danger to their community. Some, of course, are brainwashed by the bigger people in the movement (those are the ones we are trying to help see the light). Some are those big fish (who, no discussion needed, are the worst people on earth). But some are just every day people who couldn't care… Continue reading The Lowest of the Low: are anti-vaxxers the worst people on earth? Discuss.

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Anti-vaxxers Woke AF… or not.

There are a few keys to a good conspiracy theory: Make sure that everyone knows that you are "woke". Display your vast amounts of secret knowledge for the masses to be jealous of. Make sure that your dozens of conspiracy theories contradict each other Anti-vaxers are masters of both. All photos credited to Things Anti-Vaxxers… Continue reading Anti-vaxxers Woke AF… or not.

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Liar liar pants on fire: why you can’t trust the anti-vax anecdote

In the anti-vax movement, anecdotes are everything. When there is no peer reviewed research to support the point, they tell you've they've seen it with their own eyes. Of course, anecdotes are not research, but at least with most groups, you can trust that those people really believe what they're saying. With anti-vaxxers? All bets are off. 

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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

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Refuting the anti-vax URL dump

Anti-vaxxers have long tried to come up with different ways to give their movement the veneer of science without actually having to do any science (because getting a BS, MS, and PhD/MD is difficult, but posting on Facebook is easy). One of the most common ways of doing this is dumping a list of studies… Continue reading Refuting the anti-vax URL dump

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What the heck is Thimerosal?

If you have read any vaccine/anti-vax comment thread you will inevitably see someone say, "But vaccines have mercury in them!" and then someone will respond, "Thimerosal is not mercury you dolt!"  The anti-vaxxer scratches their head in confusion, the pro-vaxxer feels like they've won the argument, and the sideline readers say, "What?" So the purpose of this… Continue reading What the heck is Thimerosal?