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How can you tell it from make believe?

How can you tell it from make believe?

I once overheard a conversation between a couple of friends about how to know what medications to take.  They were musing about how in an ideal world there would be a council of elders who would be the custodians of that sort of knowledge and if you were sick you’d go to them and they’d tell you.  The assumption seemed to be that there was some innate wisdom required and somehow this council would know what to do – better...

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The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Saga. Part 3: Tenpenny Returns

The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Saga. Part 3: Tenpenny Returns

Dr. Tenpenny on Vaccines is back on Facebook.  If you don’t partake in Facebook I suppose you won’t be able to see what she’s up to, but she has websites as well.  Feel free to look her up on the innerwebs.  Tenpenny Integrated Medical Centers, the page for her business where she offers up all manner of unscientific therapies, has also returned.  They are both up and running, though feeling just a bit more sedate than...

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The tale of Craig Egan, the mythological scourge of the anti-vaccine crowd.

The tale of Craig Egan, the mythological scourge of the anti-vaccine crowd.

Image from http://www.cover4face.com/ Not long ago, say about 6 weeks, there was a Facebook page called Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children (PPUC). Its purpose was to celebrate having children who were unvaccinated so as to trade suggestions and advice about how to keep kids unvaccinated. That advice ranged from merely misinformed to utterly bizarre. It was a hotbed of conspiracy theory, new age, libertarian, pseudo-science, outright...

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Do you believe in contagion?

Do you believe in contagion?

  I was at a workshop this last weekend.  One of the attendees had a cold and announced that anyone who believed in contagion might want to avoid hugging her.  And I thought, what????  Is that a joke?  Can she be serious?  Who could not “believe in contagion”?  It’s not like it’s a concept that originated in the last couple of centuries with the advent of science.  It’s been around a long time. Doubting...

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The Immunization Initiative and the rest of it.

The Immunization Initiative and the rest of it.

I’ve been working on two causes at causes.com.  The first one was The Anti-Anti-Vaccine Campaign.  The intention was and is to encourage people to challenge anti-vaccine propaganda that shows up on their Facebook newsfeed.  It’s still alive but I haven’t worked out how to promote it very effectively.  The people at causes.com said it was too negative and appealed to too small a segment of the population for them to add it...

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And then there was Mercola…

And then there was Mercola…

Natural News isn’t the only website that attacks science and reason on a regular basis. They are legion.  I could provide long lists, but I won’t. The site that appears most often as “evidence” for questionable health claims is mercola.com.  Dr. Joseph Mercola is not as vile as Mike Adams of Natural News, but he’s very much an anti-science, anti-health and pro making-things-up-for-money kind of guy.  When I...

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