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Trump is like meth

I’ve been pondering the fact that nearly half of the voters in this country seemed prepared to vote for Donald Trump, a man who will destroy our nation. I naively thought that when it became obvious that Trump is a delusional narcissist, pathological liar, business cheat, and authoritarian demagogue it would serve as a tipping […]

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If bacteria and viruses are predators and we are prey, what are vaccines?

Imagine an idyllic village nestled in a jungle clearing. The people are prospering because they have easy access to animals for meat, copious river fish, and abundant roots, nuts and tubers. There’s just one problem: the same land that feeds them so generously is filled with predators who attack them. Lions and tigers eat the […]

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Are anti-vaccine parents in the grip of mass hysteria?

Vaccination is one the greatest public health advances of all time. It has saved, and continues to save, literally millions of lives each year, yet many well meaning parents have become convinced that vaccines are harmful and there is no amount of scientific evidence that can convince them otherwise. As Rachel Burke reports in The […]

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Florida, please investigate homebirth midwife Charlie Rae Young of Barefoot Birth

Charlie Rae Young of Barefoot Birth has allegedly presided over a preventable homebirth disaster and preventable homebirth death in a little more than a year. You may remember Charlie Rae from this debacle, What kind of mother claims she “rocked” a birth that nearly killed her baby? …I totally rocked by HBAC with my cesarean […]

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Factocide: who’s responsible for the demise of facts?

The 20th Century was the century of genocide. The wholesale slaughter of ethnic groups and other populations was brought to a high art by the Turks who attempted to exterminate the Armenians, the Nazis who attempted to exterminate the Jews, and Stalin and Mao who attempted to exterminate substantial proportions of their own peoples. The […]

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The case against vaccines is clear, simple and wrong

It is a curious fact, seldom remarked upon, that all diseases purportedly caused by vaccination share certain common characteristics. Chief among these characteristics is that the cause of the disease purportedly caused by vaccuses is presently unknown. Anti-vaxxers never claim that a particular vaccine causes heart disease, gall bladder disease, bone abnormalities or any of the […]

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The naked misogyny of of pressuring women to breastfeed

Another day, another misogynistic effort to pressure women to breastfeed. Today it is The Guardian piece Low UK breastfeeding rates down to social pressures over routine and sleep. Speaking at the British Science Festival, Amy Brown of Swansea University said: “We are told by so-called experts that you should get your baby in a feeding […]

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Dunning Kruger nation and the disparagement of expertise

We live in Dunning Kruger nation. What do I mean? A variety of very loud “confident idiots” — anti-vaxxers, homebirth advocates, climate change deniers — actually think they know more than the experts in the respective fields. Where did they get that idea? I’ll let Dr. David Dunning explain it: In 1999, in the Journal […]

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C-sections increase the risk of obesity by 15%? Big deal: 15% is essentially nothing.

The mainstream media is buzzing with the news that C-sections purportedly increase the risk of obesity in offspring by 15%. Here’s the LA Times: Your very first moments of life can influence your risk of obesity for years, a new study shows. Babies delivered via cesarean section were 15% more likely to be obese as […]

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Here’s why no one has taken the anti-vax challenge

I threw down the anti-vax gauntlet yesterday and offered a relatively simple challenge to those who believe passionately that vaccines are dangerous, ineffective or both. It’s been seen by nearly 75,000 people so far and not a single one has taken it, let alone passed it. I’m not surprised since passing the challenge requires being […]

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