Natural News claims it follows evidence like Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson at The Amazing Meeting 6, 2008. Wikipedia Commons license.
Neil deGrasse Tyson at The Amazing Meeting 6, 2008. Wikipedia Commons license.

The lunatic Mike Adams, self-styled Health Ranger, pusher of pseudoscience, and publisher of the ignorant self-congratulatory, pseudoscientific website, Natural News, has issued an insane “challenge” to Neil DeGrasse Tyson, eminent astrophysicist, real scientist, and inheritor of Carl Sagan’s common-man touch about the wonders of science.

What is this challenge? Well, Adams claims that since Tyson, who stated, in the new series Cosmos, that “follow the evidence wherever it leads, and question everything,” then because Adams only follows the evidence in his “cutting-edge science” publication, Natural News, then Tyson ought to accept all of the evidence uncovered about vaccines.

OK, before you read the next sentence, please put down your coffee or other liquid refreshment, take a deep breath, exhale. Then Adams demanded that “Neil DeGrasse Tyson, will you publicly denounce the use of mercury in medicine and join the growing call for mercury-free medicine?”

What mercury used in medicine? Oh yeah, that old thiomersal in vaccines trope. The thiomersal which is an organo-mercury molecule that is quickly cleared from the body by the incredibly efficient kidneys. Or the thiomersal that was removed from vaccines despite no evidence that it did anything to anyone getting an immunization. 

Even though Tyson is an astrophysicist, he really does follow the evidence. And believe it or not, Neil DeGrasse Tyson has said something about vaccines. He accepts that they work.

Getting over the laughable claim that Mike Adams thinks he follows any evidence, unless by evidence we mean pseudoscience that supports his ignorant beliefs about medicine, his challenge to Tyson is just plain ridiculous. Tyson, like any good scientists, accepts vaccines as safe and effective.

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    • beckskie

      Who is the AIDS denier? Mike Adams?

      • Skeptical Raptor

        That would be correct.

        • beckskie

          can you explain? maybe just elaborate a little more on the subject?

          • Skeptical Raptor

            Which subject? Assuming you’re asking about AID deniers, basically there is a crowd, usually populated by the same people who deny vaccines and other evidence based medicine, think that AIDS is not caused by HIV. They think that AIDS is something other than an infectious disease.

            The evidence, on the other hand, of the fact that AIDS is caused by HIV is huge. Geez,it’s been so well studied for 3 decades, and we have mountains of evidence.

            People who think that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS generally die faster, because they turn to “natural” solutions to treat the AIDS symptoms rather than treat the underlying infection. To survive AIDS, you have to suppress the HIV replication and infection, and unfortunately that’s an expensive and harsh cocktail of drugs.

            Mike Adams is an AIDS denier. It’s hard to overlook that.