How Come the “Settled Science” People Keep Moving the Goalposts?

How Come the “Settled Science” People Keep Moving the Goalposts?

How often have you read or heard, “Vaccine science is settled”? The mantra is repeated so often by physicians, public health officials, the media and legislators that it’s hard to argue with it. But the reality is that science is never settled, because it’s a process, not an endpoint. It’s an evolutionary endeavor, and so […]

Viruses May Be Harmful, Helpful, or Passengers

Viruses May Be Harmful, Helpful, or Passengers

One of the best estimates we have for the average total number of cells in the human body is 37.2 trillion. It sounds like a lot, until you consider that the average number of microbes in an adult human is estimated at 20 times the number of cells in the body. That would equal approximately 744 trillion microorganisms. In other words, we humans are vastly more microbial than cellular in nature. Each of us is, essentially, one giant germ.

The Economic Impact of Not Vaccinating? Who the Heck Knows.

The Economic Impact of Not Vaccinating? Who the Heck Knows.

Every year since 2009, Bill and Melinda Gates have written what has come to be known as their “Annual Letter,” which offers insights on how well the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is progressing to meet its goals. This year’s Gates Annual Letter was released on Feb. 14, 2017, and…

Bernice Eddy Warned of Defective Salk Polio Vaccine

Bernice Eddy Warned of Defective Salk Polio Vaccine

During the Republican primary presidential debate on September 16, 2015, CNN moderator Jake Tapper noted a U.S. Treasury Department announcement that a woman would appear on the $10 bill. He posed the following question to the 11 candidates on stage, “What woman would you like to see on the $10 bill?” In response, the candidates mentioned eight women, including civil…

WHO Wants to Market Vaccines Like Burgers and Soda

WHO Wants to Market Vaccines Like Burgers and Soda

On August 18, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a press release from Geneva, Switzerland titled “Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes.” The focus of the release was to highlight views expressed by public health officials in special edition of the journal Vaccine, which was “guest-edited” and published by the WHO.

Viruses, Always the Easy Scapegoat

Viruses, Always the Easy Scapegoat

One of the problems with the current and evolving discussion within within the global health community and the media about the Zika virus (… Have you seen all those cockeyed, sensationalistic headlines?) is the assumption that the virus is dangerous and we should all be worried about its spread. This is similar to what has occurred with the poliovirus. The fact is that…

America’s ‘Good Medicine’ Mindset

America’s ‘Good Medicine’ Mindset

The idea that you can give someone a disease, or something worse than that disease, by giving them a medicine designed to cure that disease or prevent the patient from contracting it and spreading it to others is so counter-intuitive, so unethical, so downright insane that it is unthinkable, unconscionable, unbelievable. After all, isn’t the first principle of medicine to “first, do no harm”? And yet… I think one of the greatest songs of all time is the one by…

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