Don’t Give Your Mum Measles

UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) launched a program asking people to “Give Your Mum Measles This Mother’s Day.” As the press release explains: For less than the cost of a postage stamp, you can help save a life this mother’s day. Measles kills 450 people every day, yet can be easily prevented with a … Continue reading

Medicare and Vaccination

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has long operated using a number of “core measures” to determine the quality of care provided by hospitals. This year, CMS is launching a new program through which hospitals will be rewarded according to how well they score on these core measures. Beginning October 2012, one percent … Continue reading

Dr. Sears Weighs In On CA Vaccine Bill

It seems this year vaccine rights have been under attack from all sides. In Vermont, bill S199 aims to remove philosophical exemptions for vaccination altogether, a proposal that has brought concerned parents together to protest this threat to their right to decide what is in the best interests of their child. Meanwhile, Dr. Bob Sears, … Continue reading

New Report Finds 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Struggle With Mental Illness

A recent article at The Huffington Post had a startling headline: 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Had Mental Illness Last Year. A new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed the following: 20% (1 in 5) of adults 18 or older in the United States experienced mental illness over … Continue reading

Arguing for a Police State: Slate Suggests Google Censor Vaccine Safety Advocates

A recent article at Slate.com suggests that search engines such as Google have a responsibility to police online content, specifically that which questions, among other things, vaccine effectiveness. In the author’s opinion, websites that suggest that vaccines may be less than 100% safe should be marked with a banner or some such thing that advises … Continue reading

West Virginians Have No Right to Decide What Is Injected Into Their Children

Yesterday’s post highlighted the way in which our right to informed consent is under threat by the very people we depend upon to protect it. This video shows how in West Virginia, this right has already been taken away. Please watch it and share with your friends and family — it’s important that more people … Continue reading

Does the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics Comprehend the Ethics of Informed Consent?

The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, Virtual Mentor, has devoted its January 2012 issue to the question of vaccine ethics. Unsurprisingly, none of the articles deal with the very real problems that taint vaccine trials and present a false view of vaccine safety. Apparently, using reactive placebos that hide the true rate of serious … Continue reading

Does the HPV Vaccine Really Fight Cancer?

A new paper published in the Annals of Medicine argues that, as we have said for some time now, the HPV vaccine may not be as effective as health authorities claim. The paper begins by summarizing one of the key points in the vaccine safety debate: since vaccines are given to healthy people to guard … Continue reading

HPV vaccine: Miracle or menace?

New York Times Reviews Greater Good Documentary, But Did They See It?

This week, The Greater Good – a documentary about vaccine safety issues that we have blogged about here – is playing in New York City. (If you are in the area, we highly recommend you go see it – it does an excellent job of presenting both sides of the issue!) The New York Times … Continue reading