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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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Don’t misinterpret FDA agreeing to dismiss lawsuit on ivermectin

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a UC Hastings Law Professor, critiques the FDA’s decision to settle a lawsuit demanding the removal of their anti-ivermectin statements. She argues the FDA should not have conceded to the misleading narrative that ivermectin is effective against COVID-19, emphasizing the importance of authority in issuing public health recommendations. The settlement has been misrepresented by anti-vaccine activists to challenge FDA’s credibility, despite their maintained stance that ivermectin is unsupported for treating COVID-19.

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January 6 rioter Simone Gold reprimanded by medical board

Simone Gold, a leader of America’s Frontline Doctors, pled guilty to charges from the January 6 insurrection and was sentenced to 60 days in prison plus supervised release. She’s facing legal challenges, including an accusation of unprofessional conduct by the Medical Board of California. Additionally, Gold is accused of misusing funds for personal gain and implicated in a lawsuit concerning a patient’s death involving hydroxychloroquine. She retains her medical licenses in California and Florida.


Lawsuit against California AB2098, which allows sanctions of doctors who pass false information

This article about a lawsuit against California’s new law, AB2098, was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA), who is a frequent contributor to this and many other blogs, providing in-depth, and intellectually stimulating, articles about vaccines, medical issues, social policy, and the law.

Professor Reiss writes extensively about vaccination’s social and legal policies in law journals. Additionally, Reiss is also a member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable diseases. She is also a member of the Vaccines Working Group on Ethics and Policy.

On September 30, 2022, California’s Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB2098, a bill that tells the medical board that misinformation and disinformation given to a patient as treatment or advice is “unprofessional conduct” worthy of sanction.

As a reminder, misinformation about COVID-19 is a real problem in the pandemic, leading to low vaccination rates that increased deaths and harm, and people using fake treatments against COVID-19.

On October 4, 2022, the first lawsuit against AB2098 was filed, brought in the name of two doctors with a history of COVID-19 misinformation – including promoting unsupported treatment like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine and deterring people from vaccinating. The doctors are represented by attorneys from the conservative organization Liberty Justice Center. 

Although there are some doubts and uncertainties, the law should probably survive judicial review – and these doctors are likely typical of the kind of misinformer that made the law needed, and several of the claims they make are demonstrably untrue, which works in support of the law. 

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Peer-reviewed journal publishes COVID-19 denier editorial filled with lies

A peer-reviewed neurosurgery journal published a COVID-19 denier editorial that peddled false statements about the COVID-19 pandemic without any scientific and unbiased evidence to support the claims.

I am not sure what possessed the journal to publish a COVID-19 denier article, maybe something to do with false balance or something else, but you know that this article, by appearing in a peer-reviewed journal, will be used by the anti-vaccine forces as a justification for the COVID-19 denier nonsense.

Let’s take a look at this article and refute the claim presented in the COVID-19 denier editorial. This should be easy.

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America’s Frontline Doctors’ telemedicine physician loses licenses

A physician who was prescribing ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine through America’s Frontline Doctors’ telemedicine website lost all of her medical licenses. The website no longer has a physician who can prescribe medications.

America’s Frontline Doctors is a group of people (many are not physicians) who have not, despite the name, served on the COVID-19 frontline, but who appear more as a political lobbying group,  and who have a history of claims without foundation.

Let’s take a look at what happened here just so you know how bad this organization is.

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