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Anti-vaccine fraud gets four papers retracted – who is surprised?

Earlier in May 2018, I wrote an article about an anti-vaccine paper published by someone named Lars Andersson, who turned out to be essentially a scam artist. This lying anti-vaccine fraud published a scientifically-challenged online article in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.

The article itself was really bad. As Vince Iannelli, MD, at Vaxopedia put it:

…the author came to bogus conclusions, as although there has been an increase in rates of cervical cancer in some of the smaller counties in Sweden, it is thought to be due to differences in regional cancer prevention. To put it more simply, if it was due to getting vaccinated, then since immunization rates aren’t that different in those counties (just like immunization rates vs autism rates in the United States), then why didn’t rates of cervical cancer go up everywhere?

That alone should have gotten the article to be immediately retracted, but the story about the anti-vaccine fraud author gets worse. He used a fake name, fake credentials, and fake institutional association – that’s like three out of three fakes for an anti-vaccine fraud.

Andersson claimed that he was in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Swedish Karolinska Institute, one of the most prestigious medical universities in the world. An author with that type of background would be impressive, and the research would have been taken somewhat seriously. But what we found out is that Andersson was a con artist – he used a fake name, he did not work at the Karolinska Institute, and he didn’t have any credentials that he claimed.

Laughably, and probably, ironically, Andersson whined that “he used a pseudonym because he believed the use of his real name would have invited personal repercussions from those opposed to any questioning of vaccines.” First, what a coward. Second, the anti-vaccine religion takes great pleasure in attacking scientists and vaccine advocates by sending lying emails and phone calls to employers, families, and friends trying to discredit them publicly. These ad hominem personal attacks usually contain strong elements of racist hate speech, because the anti-vaccine mob lacks any evidence in support of their pseudoscience.

Did I mention that Andersson is a coward? Along with being an imposter?

But my loyal readers are here for the retractions, and that’s what I’ll give you today.Read More »Anti-vaccine fraud gets four papers retracted – who is surprised?