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Wednesday House Call July 19, 2017: Believe the antivaccine propaganda and children will reap what you sow

Wednesday House Call  July 19, 2017 Dr Barry Dworkin joins Rob Snow to discuss the latest health stories of the week. Today:Methadone treatment centres and the deficiency in mental health services coordination. You calls about wild parsnip exposure, treating plantar warts, approaches to mitigating agoraphobia and anxiety, tooth pain, and my comments on mandatory childhood […]

Measles now endemic in Europe: The predictable outcome of ignorance, fake data, and anti-science

Health Headlines Commentary for July 13, 2017

Source: Measles ‘tragedy’ kills 35 across Europe Correction: I commented that Andrew Wakefield published his discredited and retracted Lancet study in 2008. It was 1998. The point I was making was10 years after the MMR-Autism hoax/scare, the chickens were coming home to roost in terms of the […]

Reaping the rewards of fake science anti-vaxxers; Measles outbreaks in Europe and Mumps in Canada

Health Headlines Commentary for April 11, 2017

Source: Mumps outbreak could climb as high as 600 cases before waning Measles in Europe: Romania and Italy hit hardest  

Trump’s actions legitimize anti-vaccination conspiracies by hiring conspiracy advocate to investigate vaccines

Health Headlines Commentary for January 11, 2017

Source: Trump asks skeptic to probe vaccine safety, alarming doctors  

US Pediatricians can dismiss from practice children whose parents refuse to approve vaccination. What does this accomplish?

Health Headlines Commentary for August 31, 2016

Source: As More Parents Refuse Vaccines, More Doctors Dismiss Them — With AAP’s Blessing  

Forcing anti-vaxxer parents to take an immunization course will lead to the Backfire Effect

Health Headlines Commentary for May 13, 2016

Source: Ontario parents who object to vaccines could be forced to take a class in science of immunization Backfire Effect: The Misconception: When your beliefs are challenged with facts, you alter your opinions and incorporate the new information into your thinking. The Truth: When your deepest convictions are […]

Disinformation and mistrust leading to pockets of vaccine hesitancy

Health Headlines Commentary for December 18, 2015

Source: Vaccine ‘hesitancy’ persists among Canadian parents of young children, Ottawa survey suggests  

Sunday House Call, #539, July 12, 2015: The University of Quackademia

Sunday House Call, #539,  July 12, 2015: The University of Quackademia Topics today include:The University of Toronto Scarborough enters the quackademia arena, an antivaxer argues for autrism link with vaccines and ignores evidence, a classic illustration of confirmation bias, backfire effect, cherry-picking of studies, and causation fallacy, the causes of coronary artery disease and the […]

Childhood measles coming back to North America

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for September 13, 2013


U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years

MMR/autism paper fully retracted by the Lancet

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for February 3, 2010


This is a story that we have covered extensively over the years on Sunday House Call. An excellent synopsis can be heard in our interview with Guardian columnist Dr. Ben Goldacre here.

I hold the some of the media just as responsible as Dr. Wakefield for this fiasco by sensationalizing news, promoting fear, and misrepresenting risk to peddle their stories. They are thus complicit in this MMR hoax. To see them react with such gusto against Wakefield and his research now that this paper has been completely retracted from publication epitomizes hypocrisy. They have learned nothing from their shameless behaviour and poor science reporting.


Lancet retracts study linking vaccine to autism


The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 2 February 2010

Retraction—Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children

Following the judgment of the UK General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise Panel on Jan 28, 2010, it has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al1 are incorrect, contrary to the findings of an earlier investigation.2 In particular, the claims in the original paper that children were “consecutively referred” and that investigations were “approved” by the local ethics committee have been proven to be false. Therefore we fully retract this paper from the published record.


1 Wakefield AJ, Murch SH, Anthony A, et al. Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 1998; 351: 637-641. Summary | Full Text | PDF(758KB) | CrossRef | PubMed
2 Hodgson H. A statement by The Royal Free and University College Medical School and The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. Lancet 2004; 363: 824. Full Text | PDF(37KB) | CrossRef | PubMed
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