Refuted Blogs

A Response to WHAT I’D TELL YOU OVER COFFEE IF YOU ASKED WHY WE DIDN’T VACCINATE

I found this lovely post on a friend's post regarding Baby Aryn , a 7 week old fighting for their life against a vaccine-preventable illness, HiB. This baby could die because she wasn't old enough to be vaccinated yet, and someone else made the choice to expose her to deadly diseases. So here we go... I… Continue reading A Response to WHAT I’D TELL YOU OVER COFFEE IF YOU ASKED WHY WE DIDN’T VACCINATE

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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

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Refuted Blogs, Refuted Studies

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

Vaccine Ingredients

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?