What Does Jenny McCarthy Say In Her Book “Louder Than Words”? (Re: Jenny McCarthy: The Gray Area On Vaccines)

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"The Playboy model and chat show host tries to whitewash her anti-vaccine stand. But there's no ducking the misinformed things she's said." - Jeffery Kluger, Time Magazine. Back in 2009, I got a second-hand copy of Jenny McCarthy's "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey In Healing Autism" and then (a few years later) a copy of her second book in a discard library bin, called "Mother Warriors". "Mother Warriors" has a number of different contributors, so it's less about what McCarthy writes … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Dr Ken Harvey On Complimentary Medicines – ABC’s The Checkout

Great show, excellent ideas and one well-needed commentary: Don't trust the claims made by many companies who sell complementary medicines, says Medicinal Drug Policy expert Dr Ken Harvey. … [Read more...]

AVN Renamed As Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network (Despite Skeptics’ Efforts)

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Well, it's official, according to the Australian Doctor Twitter news (I suggest not going to the AVN link they provide, but here's a summary): The Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) was ordered by Magistrate Hennessy of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal to change the name, and some skeptics tried registering business names in several permutations, in an effort to avoid them using the words "skeptic" or "sceptics" in the name. I've been following the actions of AVN off-and-on for quite … [Read more...]

Pro-Vaccine Fremantle Boards Vandalised (But The I Immunise Message Goes On)

A little while back, I conducted an interview for the Token Skeptic podcast - #175 – On I Immunise – Interview With Dr Katie Attwell. The I Immunise campaign is run by the Immunisation Alliance of WA, a not-for-profit health promotion charity. If you're not much of a podcast listener (not everyone is!), you can still read the transcript on the Skeptical Inquirer website: “I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie … [Read more...]

More Token Skeptic Podcast! #179: Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation

The interviews for this podcast were done on the VERY last day of the #ASC14 event that happened earlier this week, during the final few breaks that we had between the sessions. At one point you can hear the next session bell rings and Vanessa and I run off to go check out the next lecture. Episode One Hundred And Seventy Nine – On Adventures At The #ASC14 – Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation. I really enjoyed talking to them all and I hope you enjoy listening … [Read more...]

The (Former) Australian Vaccination Network Starts The New Year With A Duhhhhh…

Because they can't get a new name. I thought "Misinformation For All" wasn't taken. All of my other suggestions are unprintable. Use your imagination. Check out The Australian - "Anti-vaccine group struggling for new ID" by Rick Morton: THE Australian Vaccination Network, which promotes the "benefits" of measles and believes vaccines cause autism, has lost its first battle to find a new name. The failed attempt came just days before legislation in NSW that bans parents from … [Read more...]

Channel 7 Sunrise – Anti-Vaccination Messages For Breakfast This Morning

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As I recently Tweeted: With broadcast, @sunriseon7 sets back all efforts (e.g: Retreating to the church of anti-vaccination). I'm so very disappointed. It's what Dr Gorski calls "Manufactroversy" and he's written about another media example earlier this year on USA's NPR. What surprises me is that Sarah Murdoch, one of the co-hosts, is an ambassador for a health group and yet this was allowed to air. I was, however, very impressed with Professor McIntyre's efforts during the show - but, … [Read more...]

Will Australian TV Air Jenny McCarthy’s Views On The View? New Token Skeptic Podcast

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It just occurred to me this morning (as I was checking that the next two episodes of Token Skeptic were downloadable) that perhaps a campaign needs to be in the works to prevent having the anti-vaccination activist Jenny McCarthy feature on Australian television, via the US program "The View". From the Channel 9 Facebook page: "...The View will no longer be showing on Nine as the contract has expired and not been renewed." I guess we can be grateful for some small mercies. In the … [Read more...]

B.Y.T.H. Busters: The Secret Law of Attraction

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The End Of The Australian Vaccination Network? Greens Health Spokesperson Di Natale Speaks Out In Senate Today

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News item for today (apart from Red Panda successfully recaptured) - from News.com.au, Sue Dunleavy: The controversial anti-immunisation Australian Vaccine Network will be told to disband in a motion to be debated in the Senate today. Greens health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale who is proposing the motion says it is important the Parliament take the lead in expressing its disdain for the group's activities."I think it is important that we take them on, that the community recognise them … [Read more...]