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February 8th, 2009

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03:02 am - Dangerous Medical Lies
I've read about the dangerous idiocy of Andrew Wakefield and his insane rantings about vaccines causing autism, but I hadn't known his "study" consisted of only 12 children, and he lied extensively about most of his alleged data. Sadly, lies sometimes prove to be popular, Wakefield's lies started in 1998:
Last week official figures showed that 1,348 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales were reported last year, compared with 56 in 1998. Two children have died of the disease.
I've read that the popularity of this idiocy is waning in the UK, and with luck rates of vaccination will rise, and Wakefield will be tried for fraud or some similar crime, or if that's impossible sued into abject poverty.
Current Mood: angryangry

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Date:February 8th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Good. Now if only people on this side of the pond would wise up.

This is even worse than the woo-tards who run around insisting that diseases are the result of a negative attitude or bad character. (You read my LJ, so you know I can be quite negative :D) My immune system and general health? Excellent! Other people I know who are more virtuous than me? Their health is not so good in many cases.

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Date:February 8th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
in view of lawsuits against the Navy for use of sonar affecting the hearing and navigation of whales and other sea living mammals, I have always wondered about the effects of sonargrams of developing human babies.

See, my own crackpot theory!
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Date:February 8th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
If there was a "fraud contributing to the death of a minor" charge, that might be appropriate, but really, I can't think of a punishment that's severe enough for that man. I really can't fathom what he was thinking, other than that he's some sort of sociopath.
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Date:February 8th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
His motives are actually remarkably clear. He was paid lots of money by a pair of British lawyers who figured they could make lots of money on anti-vaccine lawsuits if they had evidence they were dangerous. I think the lawyers might also have been "alternative medicine" nutbars, but greed seems to have been the primary motivation all around.
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Date:February 10th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
it's sad how gullible people are

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