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Sunday, December 11, 2016


In The Politics of Autism, I analyze the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism.

Bruce Y. Lee writes at Forbes:
Today Andrew Wakefield was a keynote speaker at the International Chiropractors Association's Annual Conference on Chiropractics and Pediatrics in Maui, Hawaii.
The Annual Conference on Chiropractics and Pediatrics now has something in common with the "Conspira-Sea Cruise", a week-long cruise hosted by the tour company Divine Travels to have conversations guessed it..."conspiracies". Both had invited Wakefield as a guest speaker.
[The] "anti-vaccine movement" seems to be an organized attempt to present information not supported by science and convince you to stop vaccinating yourself or your children. As she wrote in Time (actually in time for Time), Meghan Moran, PhD, an Associate Professor of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health led a study that analyzed 480 anti-vaccination websites and found many false claims and attempts to discredit the government and medical practitioners. In fact, some websites seem to be masquerading as legitimate vaccine authorities by using titles such as "national" and "information". Do these websites really represent honestly concerned citizens or actually organizations with hidden agendas?
How many chiropractors are behind these efforts? Well, some chiropractors may see potential financial gain if vaccination rates go down. Try doing a web search for "chiropractors" and "vaccination", "infectious disease", "influenza", "measles", and other vaccine-related topics and you'll some interesting claims about how chiropractic techniques can help prevent and treat infectious diseases.
Not coincidentally, a chiropractor introduced Wakefield to Trump.