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Every Child by Two

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on February 23, 2009

I would like to plug the Every Child By Two website as an excellent source to get information about childhood vaccines and vaccine safety. Given the great misinoformation being given out by the likes of Jenny McCarthy about vaccines and their mythical connection to autism, a site like this becomes extremely important in educating parents and making the case for vaccine importance and safety. Please pay special attention to the Studies page which has a wealth of relevant studies that back up these claims.

Amanda Peet vs. Jenny McCarthy Poll

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on October 1, 2008

Go vote for our friend, Amanda now. That is a commandment!

Amanda Peet is My Hero(1)

Posted in Science Based Medicine by Skepdude on August 14, 2008

“The graveyards are full of (unvaccinated) men.” Charles de Gaulle, modified by the author.

We live longer than anytime in history. Our long lives are due in large part to good nutrition, sanitation, and vaccines.

There have been numerous posts here and elsewhere about the vaccine deniers, primarily focused around the modern myth that vaccines cause autism.

That is not the topic of this post. Instead, I am going to take a brief tour of the childhood vaccines and review the morbidity and mortality caused by vaccine preventable diseases and the efficacy of the vaccines in preventing these diseases. With the brouhaha surrounding vaccines it is beneficial to step back and contemplate the death and misery that the vaccine preventable disease have caused and continue to cause.

Read the rest of this entry at the Science Based Medicine blog.

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Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on August 6, 2008

“It seems that the media is often giving celebrities and actors more authority on this issue than they are giving the experts,” Peet said. “I know it’s a paradox, but that’s part of why I wanted to become a spokesperson, to say to people, ‘Please don’t listen to me. Don’t listen to actors. Go to the experts.'”

Amanda Peet on Good Morning America.

Antivaxxers and the media

Posted in Bad Astronomy by Skepdude on August 6, 2008

I have said this before, and I will say it again many times in the future: antivaxxers are potentially the Number One health hazard in America.

These are people who (very incorrectly) think that vaccines are linked to autism. It has been shown, conclusively, that no such link exists. Every time an antivaxxer is shown this data, they move the goalposts, claiming it’s some other vaccine feature causing autism, or cite outdated and flawed studies. The problem (for them) is, you can show that the number of autism cases diagnosed is totally unrelated to vaccines. They deny this, they spin, they distract, but in the end this simple fact proves them wrong.

We need vaccines. We have stopped smallpox cold with vaccines. Rubella, measles, and pertussis can be stopped. Where antivaxxers have sown distrust in vaccines, these diseases have been making a comeback, and kids have died.

Read the rest of this entry at the “Bad Astronomy” blog.

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on July 24, 2008

In this era of cynicism, it’s hard to believe that any corporation, medical or otherwise, has our best interests at heart. But it’s irresponsible to suggest that virtually the entire medical community, and the CDC, and the American Academy of Pediatrics are behind a massive cover-up about vaccine safety. Fourteen studies have been conducted (both here in the US and abroad), and these tests are reproducible; no matter where they are administered, or who is funding them, the conclusion is the same: there is no association between autism and vaccines. How many more studies do we need to conduct on vaccines, before we start re-channeling our efforts and money towards research on autism?

Amanda Peet standing up for her, correct, statements on vaccinations.

Amanda Peet Autism Video

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on July 23, 2008

Not all celebrities are crazy. Amanda Peet is my new favorite female Hollywood star.

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on July 22, 2008

Frankly, I feel that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are parasites.

Actress Amanda Peet.