Tagged: anti-vaccine

The Anti-Vax Group Formerly Known as AVN - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 11, 2014

Those in the loop may already know that the long awaited name change for the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), the anti-vaccine mouth piece of Meryl Dorey, ordered in late 2012 has recently occurred. The new moniker for the group is Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network, I assume the hyphenation is present so that the group might reasonably continue [&hellip … Read More

Are too many vaccines too soon harmful? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 29, 2013

Parents want the best for their children. One concern raised by those holding off giving their children vaccines[1] are if too many vaccines too soon might be bad for their child, in particular if several vaccines given together might increase the risk of their child suffering neurological damage.[2] A recent study addresses specifically this question. Read More

Vaccination – why learn the hard way? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 19, 2013

People concerned about those who have fallen hard for anti-vaccine myths often ruminate that perhaps the only way they’ll learn is by people they care about falling seriously ill from vaccine-preventable illnesses. The community-wide first-hand memory of epidemics of vaccine-preventable illnesses is now largely gone. But people could learn from the mistakes of a few, such … Read More

Structured Procrastination, 17-Jan-2013 (Science should end, etc.) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 18, 2013

(A handful of stories for readers to try.) Science should end. In a follow-on from #overlyhonestmethods (overly honest methods), there is Scientists conclude: ‘No further research is needed’. Teaser: ‘A new paper published in Science has concluded that no further research is needed. The announcement, made in the discussion section of the paper, comes as shock … Read More

Immunisation Awareness Society followers – what the new page rules show - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 14, 2013

On the rare occasions that I have written about vaccine ‘concern’ groups, my interests have been with the accuracy of their claims and how readers who are uncertain about the science can recognise inaccurate claims. A related element is if the source is trustworthy. Sometimes this is easier to deal with as you don’t … Read More

Whole genome sequencing for serious vaccine complaints? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 30, 2012

While I work on longer pieces, a stray thought: how far away are we from genome screening for (court) inquiries about ‘vaccine damage’ so that those with genetic causes might be resolved promptly? A number of countries maintain databases of reports of possible adverse reactions to medications. For possible vaccine reactions, in New Zealand we have … Read More

A vaccine discussion forum - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 17, 2012

Introducing the New Zealand Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) forum. Some time ago while mulling over what science writing (blogging) groups might offer parents with questions about vaccinations, Thoughts on, and for, those trying to choose to vaccinate or not, I came to thinking[1] that in the absence of discussion forums set up by those with … Read More

Bad science: baking soda, fungi, cancer, nuclear fallout, rosacea - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 02, 2012

Partly because it’s the weekend, partly because the NZ Skeptics conference is on, I wander through some examples where critical reasoning was absent.[1] According this blurb for the second edition of the Sodium Bicarbonate e-book, baking soda is the cure-all. Titled Sodium Bicarbonate - Rich Man's Poor Man's Cancer Treatment, by Mark Sircus, merely … Read More

IAS talks about vaccination - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 24, 2012

[Update: those looking for a breakdown of the IAS article, it’s in the Appendix.] The suggestions they make are appalling. I was tempted to add to the title ’, does this really help anyone?’ Seriously: is encouraging people to be defensive in a tit-for-tat fashion using potted answers really helpful? … Read More

Trust science, not scientists - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 03, 2011

Trust science, not scientists says the title of an article written by virologist Professor Vincent Racanielo. It’s a great line. Vincent Racanielo was writing in the context of the continued saga over proposals of a link between the mouse XMRV virus (xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). My interest … Read More