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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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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.

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In part 8 of a series, Frank Han, M.D., debunks a chapter from “Vax-Unvax: Let the Science Speak,” criticizing its outdated references to the DTwP vaccine to discredit current pediatric vaccinations.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.

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Debunking RFK Jr’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 6, Gulf War Syndrome and vaccines

This article, part 6 of a series, “Vax-Unvax: Let the Science Speak,” addresses alleged connections between Gulf War Syndrome and vaccines. Authored by Frank Han, M.D., it critiques Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brian Hooker’s misinterpretations and misrepresentations of scientific data. Han clarifies that various studies invalidate the simplistic linkage to vaccines, emphasizing that other factors like pyridostigmine and pesticides are implicated in Gulf War Syndrome. Dr. Han advocates for rigorous scientific literacy and corrects inaccurate narratives featured in the book.

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Debunking RFK Jr and Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 5, HPV vax

In this article, Dr. Frank Han critically reviews the misrepresentations in Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brian Hooker’s book regarding the HPV vaccine. The book claims the vaccine’s approval was rushed and ineffective against various health issues, contradicting established scientific evidence. Dr. Han, utilizing his expertise, refutes these allegations one by one, emphasizing the vaccine’s proven effectiveness in preventing HPV-related cancers. The book frequently misinterprets data, misunderstands medical procedures, and ignores significant clinical evidence, showcasing a lack of credible scientific understanding by its authors.

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Debunking RFK Jr and Brian Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 4

In the final part of a series, Dr. Frank Han debunks myths from “Vax-Unvax: Let the Science Speak,” addressing false links between vaccines and diseases like IBD, autism, and intussusception. He exposes the authors’ cherry-picking and incorrect conclusions, while highlighting science’s commitment to truth, citing extensive studies showing no evidence supporting these claimed associations.

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Debunking RFK Jr and Brian Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 3

Part 3 of Frank Han’s series critiques “Vax-Unvax” focusing on Thimerosal, a vaccine preservative. Debunking claims of its adverse effects, Han explains its historical use, the lack of evidence linking it to autism, and its subsequent removal from vaccines except for the multi-dose flu vaccine, which has a preservative-free option. Han emphasizes the scientific illiteracy of the authors and the increasing autism diagnoses following Thimerosal’s removal.

Debunking RFK Jr and Brian Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 2

Dr. Frank Han critiques part 2 of “Vax-Unvax,” highlighting flawed studies and statistical errors in the book’s arguments against vaccination. He emphasizes the inadequacy of research methods used in the cited studies and the misrepresentation of facts by anti-vaccination advocates. The article underlines the importance of adhering to scientific standards and the benefits of vaccinations as evidenced by established medical research.

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Debunking of RFK Jr and Brian Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 1

In part 1 of his series, pediatric cardiologist Frank Han refutes allegations from the anti-vax book “Vax-Unvax.” Han criticizes the book for fearmongering and recycling discredited arguments without genuine interest in vaccine safety. He reveals that numerous studies already demonstrate vaccine safety and efficacy, contrary to the book’s claims. He also dissects the book’s misuse of statistical fallacies and highlights the danger of decreased vaccination rates through outbreaks of preventable diseases. Moreover, Han emphasizes that vaccines have been rigorously tested and proven not to cause autism or other conditions as claimed by anti-vax proponents.

Vaxxed review – Del Bigtree fraudumentary dropped from Vimeo

I was given the opportunity recently to watch  MrAndy Wakefield’s fraudulent and self-serving anti-vaccination documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Controversy, produced by the non-vaccine scientist, Del Bigtree. After getting physically ill and angry, I thought it was my duty to do my own Vaxxed review, something more in-depth than the general criticisms I’ve done with this piece of junk in the past.

I don’t have it in me to write about everything wrong with this “documentary” – to be honest, I heard not one single bit of science-based fact presented with respect to the MMR vaccines and autism spectrum disorder. The fraudumentary mostly presented lies, misinformation, anecdotes, and, notably, no real science. Worse yet, it tried to make Wakefield into a hero – maybe even a deity of some sort.

So, let’s be clear – this movie is about Wakefield. Not children. Not identifying real causes for autism. Not anything important.

There are a lot of excellent reviews of this “documentary,” including a recent one by David Gorski (you know, my doppelgänger according to certain crackpots on the internet) in Science-Based Medicine, “Read More »Vaxxed review – Del Bigtree fraudumentary dropped from Vimeo