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All the pseudoscience all the time.

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Pseudoscience is easy to identify if you examine their claims

The blog focuses on identifying and countering pseudoscience by emphasizing the importance of evidence-based science. It critiques figures like Steve Kirsch and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for using pseudoscientific methods that lack repeatability, reliability, and credibility. The blog provides guidelines to distinguish pseudoscience from genuine science, centered on falsifiability and robust data scrutiny.

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HPV vaccine reduces the risks of cancer for men and women

A large cohort study showcased at the ASCO meeting demonstrates that the HPV vaccine significantly reduces cancer risks associated with human papillomavirus in both men and women. Vaccinated individuals exhibited lower incidences of various cancers, proving the vaccine’s effectiveness and safety, despite anti-vaccine claims. This finding reinforces the vaccine’s life-saving potential.

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Debunking RFK Jr and Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 10, COVID vaccine

Dr. Frank Han, in his series debunking “Vax-Unvax: Let the Science Speak,” addresses several misconceptions about the COVID vaccine by authors Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brian Hooker. He critiques their claims on topics like Bell’s Palsy, myocarditis, blood clots, shingles, tinnitus, and adverse pregnancy outcomes, emphasizing the misrepresentation of data and lack of context. Dr. Han advocates for scientific literacy to better understand vaccine safety.

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Measles is vaccine-preventable, yet it is coming back

Measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, is making a resurgence due to reduced vaccination levels influenced by myths and misinformation, including debunked claims linking the MMR vaccine to autism. This safe and effective vaccine prevents not only measles but also severe complications like pneumonia and encephalitis. Despite its rarity in recent decades due to widespread vaccination, current complacency among parents poses risks, underscoring the importance of maintaining high immunization rates to protect public health.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr had a brain-eating worm – that makes sense

Recent revelations about Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s health during a 2010 memory loss and mental fogginess diagnosis have surfaced, indicating a pork tapeworm larva as the potential cause, rather than a brain tumor. This unexpected diagnosis was based on scans that showed a likely dead parasite cyst, thought to be from ingesting undercooked pork. Despite his anti-vaccine stance possibly seeming less incongruent with his acknowledgment of climate change science, the irony deepens as Kennedy maintains he is healthier than his presidential contenders, despite having other health conditions like atrial fibrillation.

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Debunking RFK Jr and Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 9, hepatitis B vaccine

This article critiques chapter 9 of “Vax-Unvax” by discussing the hepatitis B vaccine, highlighting how authors Kennedy and Hooker use flawed studies to link the vaccine to various health issues falsely. Dr. Frank Han refutes these claims by presenting evidence of the vaccine’s safety and its necessity in preventing neonatal infections and complications like liver failure and cancer in adulthood. The chapter underscores the importance of scientific literacy and accurate information in combating pseudoscience in healthcare.

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RFK Jr running mate Nicole Shanahan — anti-vaccine tropes

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a law professor, critiques Nicole Shanahan’s misunderstanding of vaccine compensation systems and adverse event monitoring, following Shanahan’s inaccurate tweets. Shanahan, running mate of anti-vaccine presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., incorrectly identified VAERS as a compensatory body and propagated misconceptions about vaccine injuries and compensation responsibilities. Reiss clarifies the role of VAERS, explaining its function as a monitoring database not involved in compensation, and discusses the actual compensation systems (VICP and CICP), emphasizing their benefits over the tort system proposed by Shanahan. Reiss’s article aims to correct misinformation and advocate for accurate understanding of vaccine safety and compensation mechanisms.

Debunking RFK Jr and Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 8, DTaP vaccine

In part 8 of a series, Frank Han, M.D., debunks a chapter from “Vax-Unvax: Let the Science Speak,” criticizing its outdated references to the DTwP vaccine to discredit current pediatric vaccinations. Focusing on “nonspecific effects,” Han examines sources including Aaby and Stabell-Benn’s claims but finds them unsupported by robust evidence. He promotes continued vaccination, citing proven benefits like reduced mortality and morbidity.