Tag: #autism

The Best Argument Against the “Vax Shill” Argument

Another week, another online and anonymous accusation that I am a “vax shill.” The term means that I am somehow getting money or some other form of material benefit from defending vaccine science. Some weird dude from Pennsylvania would like to take credit for creating that label, but these accusations have been around since the days of Edward Jenner. (Though not…

The Rorschach Test of anti-vaccine beliefs

You have probably heard by now about a documentary spliced together by known anti-vaccine fraud Andrew Wakefield. I write that it was “spliced together” because so much of it is non-linear. There’s no introduction, thesis statement, and supporting facts. It’s all a hodge podge of talking heads, testimonials, spliced sampling of a recorded conversation of a CDC scientist who never…

Autism awareness? No. Action!

The professor of the health communications class where I am a teaching assistant is very adamant about “awareness” campaigns. He says that, sure, people can be aware of something, but we in public health are not here to make them aware. We’re here to make them act on whatever the media, the government, their friends, or others have made them…

Talking Tuesday: The Sense and Nonsense of Autism Treatments

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My wife and I went to talk at the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association a couple of weeks ago. Our talk was about the things that work in autism treatment, and the quackery things that don’t. Mrs. N took care of talking about autism in general and the medications that are prescribed at times to treat some of the manifestations of autism. Then I stepped up and talked about the lack of association between vaccines and autism, and all the crazy, scary “treatments” that people peddle as “cures” for autism.

The talk is about 50 minutes long, with a lot of questions during the talks and at the end. We got a lot of really good feedback from the 30 or so people who were there.

I’d like to thank the awesome women from The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism and others with whom I consulted on the presentation.

If you’re interested in the slides, you can download them by clicking here (PDF).

You can download the MP3 version of the talk by clicking here.

More bad epidemiology from Dr. Brian S. Hooker and friends

Remember Dr. Brian S. Hooker? The PhD who published a seriously flawed — and now retracted — study in which he said that the MMR vaccine caused autism in African American male boys? Yeah, that one. Well, it appears that he has been busy trying to form a case for the legal action he has pending in the vaccine court.…