For the past couple of months headlines decrying the measles outbreak of 1,000 cases in Britain have been plastered across the globe: from Britain to the US, to Viet Nam, Australia, and the Middle East. It has been so widely covered it surely must make one stop and consider whether this is not … [Read more...]
MMR and Autism: Does the media tell the whole story?
Recently we have discussed the manner in which the mainstream media spins facts, research, dates, omits information, etc. to influence public perception. In this post, we share the experience of a mother whose perspective you are not likely to see on the nightly news. Isabella Thomas, the mother of … [Read more...]
Spinning the Chicken Pox Vaccine
Does the timing of media releases ever seem coordinated to you? Case in point: March 20, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data showing the autism epidemic has reached terrifying levels, affecting 1 in 50 children and 1 in 31 boys between, age 6 and 18.1 Then on … [Read more...]
What’s on my radar? – Autism Awareness Month
Each month I write about books, DVD’s, organizations, trends, and events that are “on my radar” as they are important, timely and educational – which means they will empower you to think for yourselves, enable you to challenge the received wisdom, and give you ideas of how you might get involved to … [Read more...]
Doctors and Fraud – Are doctors less human than you?
Our culture confers a very high status and respect on all doctors and scientists as though they are somehow better or more ethical than the average person. Our culture also tends to assume that doctors are all knowing and always know more than those who aren't doctors. A case in point. I attended a … [Read more...]
Patient Safety Awareness Week – Would this Happen to a Child Without Autism?
As we read this horrifically tragic story, we must ask ourselves, would this happen to a child without an autism diagnosis, would this happen to a child that was blind or deaf? Why is it that the parents of those with the ASD diagnosis are not to be believed when they tell medical professionals that … [Read more...]
Vaccine Registries – What’s All the Fuss About?
In January, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare introduced two new bills to the Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee that would make it impossible to remove a child's name and date of birth from the "voluntary" vaccine registry and extend the vaccine registry to all Idahoans with the … [Read more...]
What to consider before getting a Pertussis shot
There has been much talk lately about pertussis (whopping cough) outbreaks given the tens of thousands of cases in recent years. Although we are told vaccines don't cause any of the neurological complications many parents report after vaccines and that the pertussis outbreaks are due low rates of … [Read more...]
Vaccine Exemptions and Vaccine Registries – Is there a connection?
In recent years, vaccine exemption laws have been under attack in a variety of states while vaccine registries have been on the rise. Vaccine exemptions have been restricted in California, Washington, and Vermont and attempts to restrict them have been seen in other states like Colorado, Texas, … [Read more...]
HPV Vaccines and Evidence Based Medicine
Since FDA's 2006 'fast-track' approval of Merck's Gardasil vaccine, the public has been inundated with messages about the dangers of cervical cancer as well as the alleged best prevention tool, HPV vaccination, either Gardasil or its competitor, GlaxoSmithKline's Cervarix. Young girls are implored … [Read more...]
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