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Misinformation, Stigma and WDDTY – How not to write about TB

How not to write about TB
For WDDTY, the issue is simple: their freedom to state their beliefs is being suppressed by a small group of skeptics just because we hate natural cures and love big pharma.

In this article @NurtureMyBaby explains, more eloquently than I could, why for her it is not about freedom to state an opinion, but about the pernicious effects of agenda-driven falsehoods and misrepresentations, the false hope of unwarranted extrapolation, and the ridiculous notion that adjunct to antibiotics means better than antibiotics, which don’t work anyway.

This is the third article to expose WDDTY’s worrying denialist approach to antibiotics, one of the most successful health interventions we have. Further research is underway to determine if the editors, by all accounts fervent homeopathy believers, are straying into the territory of germ theory denialism so common among that particular band of charlatans.

Now read on…

Continue reading Misinformation, Stigma and WDDTY – How not to write about TB

An interesting point to consider

According to WDDTY, modern medicine is dangerous, modern life toxic, and going back to “natural” methods will help you live longer.

There is of course no way of telling whether that would work, or of unpicking it from the generic effects of excess calorie consumption and sedentary lifestyles, but we can infer some things from a review of historical figures. Continue reading An interesting point to consider

The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook

What Doctors Don’t Tell You - The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook
Lynne McTaggart claims not to be anti-vaccination, although every story we can find on vaccines in WDDTY is overwhelmingly negative in tone, and many common anti-vax tropes are present.

The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook is written by Lynne McTaggart with input from regular contributor Clive Coudwell.

We’ve been sent the text of the WDDTY Vaccination Handbook. How well does this support the assertion that Lynne McTaggart’s WDDTY is not anti-vaccination?

Continue reading The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook

WDDTY on vaccines

Lynne McTaggart claims that she is not anti-vaccine

WDDTY is not-anti-vaccine?

Totally not anti-vaccination cover of WDDTY
Totally not anti-vaccination cover of WDDTY
WDDTY: not anti-vaccinatio, just totally indistinguishable form anti-vaccinationists.Precisely the kind of picture never used by anti-vaccinationists. Much.

Does this stack up?

Here’s a list of stories on wddty.com matching “vaccine”. The number is a round hundred, making it  likely that searches are limited to 100 results.

  • Stories supportive of vaccines: 0
  • Stories taking a “neither for nor against” stance (false neutrality): 0
  • Stories with an anti-vaccine stance: 100

Looks like McTaggart is anti-vaccine after all…

  1. Arthritis: hb vaccine blamed Two health workers given the hepatitis B vaccine …  more » news)
  2. New vaccine for pneumonia backfires The pneumonia vaccine is not effective in preventing pneumonia or death, new trials reveal. …  more » news)
  3. Measles vaccine – Knee-jerk and jab-happy Over 30 years of use, the measles vaccine has never adequately protected children. In fact, it has only made measles a m…  more » cover story)
  4. Swords drawn over new vaccine The move in the US to a more benign version of the polio vaccination has met with some strong opposition, albeit from a…  more » news)
  5. Live vaccine precautions If you do decide to immunize your baby with the live polio vaccine after all, make sure: … …  more » cover story)
  6. Aids: possible vaccine link A strain of the polio vaccine could have been responsible for transferring the HIV virus to humans, according to a rece…  more » news)
  7. Hib vaccine linked to diabetes The Hib vaccine, the vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b meningitis, may be linked to juvenile diabetes, accor…  more » news)
  8. Chickenpox vaccine Q Could you tell me the side effects of the new chickenpox vaccine, which doctors are now recommending for babies? – EH,…  more » (Q & A)
  9. Dangers of the safe vaccine In America and elsewhere, governments are considering whether to replace the current polio vaccine, which is causing the…  more » cover story)
  10. The most dangerous vaccine The ordinary whole-cell pertussis vaccine is acknowledged to be the deadliest of all the vaccines. The US National Vacci…  more » cover story)
  11. Mmr vaccine should never have been licenced New evidence suggests that the MMR vaccine should never have been given a licence because there was never sufficient evi…  more » news)
  12. Meningitis after getting vaccine I have a friend whose daughter died of meningitis, so when the meningitis C vaccine came out, I wanted to have it for my…  more » Doctors training notes
  13. Dtp vaccine: too early Two studies on the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine found that introducing it too early or with other vaccines can…  more » news)
  14. Meningitis vaccine planned despite american failure The government is planning to introduce a routine vaccine against a common cause of meningitis by l992. … …  more » news)
  15. How many components make a good acellular vaccine? There is still some dispute over what elements ought to be included in an acellular vaccine, largely because scientists…  more » cover story)
  16. Flu vaccine may make asthma worse The flu vaccine can cause pulmonary complications and exacerbate asthma, according to new research. …  more » news)
  17. Meningitis c vaccine strikes again I started a music degree course at Birmingham Conservatoire as a mature student (I’m 24) in September 1999. A month lat…  more » Doctors training notes
  18. Vaccine update: japan bans mmr The mumps portion of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine could bring on mumps, which could be transmitted to other child…  more » news)
  19. Me could be a reaction to the polio vaccine Re your article on ME (vol 14 no 12), I contracted the illness after an afternoon spent with two children who had just h…  more » Letters
  20. Vaccine news: mmr and dtp Incidents of meningitis linked to the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine in Japan are far higher than first thought,…  more » news)
  21. How does this new vaccine differ from the old one? The old combined A and C meningitis vaccine was a “polysaccharide”, made of a bit of the coat that forms the bacterial w…  more » cover story)
  22. The other triple vaccine Last autumn, while we were all busy worrying about whether baby Leo got his MMR jab, the British government sneaked anot…  more » Viewpoint
  23. Hepatitis b vaccine debate heats up among us parents Parents and antivaccine groups in the US are making their objections to the routine universal hepatitis B vaccine for in…  more » news)
  24. Drug company provides funding for vaccine ad A national advertising campaign for a chicken pox vaccine in Israel has triggered a furore among health officials. …  more » news)
  25. Childhood Colitis linked to MMR vaccine Further to your article linking childhood colitis to MMR vaccine (vol 4 no 9), the homeopathic view would be to give MMR…  more » Family matters
  26. Meningitis c vaccine reactions common in practice FL’s sad case only reaffirms what I have been experiencing through my practice. The reactions to the vaccine seem to inc…  more » Family matters
  27. New TB vaccine doesn’t work The new TB (tuberculosis) vaccine doesn’t work. Vaccinated children are as likely to develop the disease as those who d…  more » e-news
  28. Hib vaccine may cause juvenile diabetes Children who receive multiple doses of the Haemophilus influenzae b (Hib) vaccine are at increased risk of developing ty…  more » news)
  29. Meningitis c vaccine every child a guinea pig The British government has rushed through a new vaccine for meningitis C and plans to offer it to every child and colleg…  more » cover story)
  30. Success of hib vaccine hyped by poor reporting of disease Consumers may have been misled about the effectiveness of routine immunisation with the Haemophilus influenzae type b (H…  more » news)
  31. Parents refuse Gardasil HPV vaccine for their teenage daughters Parents are turning their back on the new Gardasil HPV vaccine, and are refusing to allow their teenage daughters to hav…  more » e-news
  32. HPV: The higher profits vaccine The latest vaccine has big question marks over its safety, effectiveness—and necessity  more » cover story)
  33. Cancer linked to contaminated polio vaccine The sudden rise in the number of deaths from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may be linked to the polio vaccine given to children…  more » news)
  34. Booster vaccine: one jab too many? The US drugs regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has approved a new booster shot of the DPT (diphtheria,…  more » Family matters
  35. Vaccine Damage: Parents receive $2bn compensation pay-outs Vaccine manufacturers have paid out nearly $2bn in damages to parents in America whose children were harmed by one of th…  more » e-news
  36. Parents refusing the ‘unsafe’ HPV vaccine for their daughters Parents are holding back, and are not allowing their daughters to have the controversial HPV vaccine, new research has d…  more » e-news
  37. Medics refuse to take new swine flu vaccine More than half of doctors and a third of nurses in the UK say they would not take the new swine flu vaccine when it beco…  more » e-news
  38. Polio vaccine may cause rise in cancer risk A new report by the Institute of Medicine’s Immunisation Safety Review Committee has reviewed studies into the carcinoge…  more » news)
  39. Children’s flu vaccine weakens immune system Children with a weakened immune system are supposed to have a flu vaccine every year – but the jab could be making them…  more » e-news
  40. HPV Vaccine: Gardasil may be a killer The HPV vaccine – which is being given to girls aged between 11 and 12 to prevent cervical cancer in later life – may be…  more » e-news
  41. Mmr vaccine : cold alert If you’re going to give your child with measles, mumps, rubella jab, don’t do it when he or she has a cold. …  more » news)
  42. People snubbing untested swine flu vaccine The swine flu (H1N1) vaccine isn’t proving to be the money-spinner that the drugs industry expected. More than half the…  more » e-news
  43. HPV: Teenage vaccine is causing death and injury Gardasil, the vaccine designed to protect against the cervical cancer-causing HPV virus, is responsible for the deaths o…  more » e-news
  44. Major swine flu vaccine causes sleeping disorder A major health alert has been issued on the world’s major swine flu vaccine – although it has already been given to 31 m…  more » e-news
  45. Polio vaccine suspected as cause of fatal mutant form of encephalitis The polio vaccine isn’t protecting children – and, worse, it appears to be causing a new and sometimes fatal form of the…  more » e-news
  46. Untested swine flu vaccine offloaded on elderly and sick The untested swine flu vaccine is being included in the annual flu jab being given to the elderly this winter. Although…  more » e-news
  47. MMR: Vaccine can cause blood disorder There’s more bad news for advocates of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine with the discovery this week that it can…  more » e-news
  48. Hepatitis vaccine causes mutants of the disease A worldwide vaccination programme against hepatitis B (HBV) may be strengthening the virus rather than wiping it out. ….  more » news)
  49. Meningitis: Vaccine causes severe neurological disorder Medicine is all about risks and benefits, and this comes into stark focus with the news that the vaccine designed to pro…  more » e-news
  50. Parents want HPV vaccine banned after it wrecked health of their daughters A group of American mothers wants the HPV vaccine Gardasil banned after it ruined the health of their teenage daughters….  more » e-news
  51. Swine flu vaccine causes sleeping disorder, regulators fear The swine flu vaccine – rushed out to combat a pandemic that wasn’t – causes narcolepsy, the sleeping disorder, drug age…  more » e-news
  52. New Childhood Vaccine: It may cause convulsions – and even kill – but it still gets approved Our children will soon have to receive yet another vaccine on top of the cocktail they already get – and it’s one that m…  more » e-news
  53. The mmr vaccine and autism After their initial study, the Royal Free team went on to find similar gut abnormalities in a group of children with aut…  more » cover story)
  54. MMR vaccine isn’t safe after all, UK government forced to concede After years of reassuring parents about the safety of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, the UK government has f…  more » e-news
  55. MMR: Major mumps outbreak proves the vaccine doesn’t work At a time when health officials are quietly admitting that there could be a link between the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella)…  more » e-news
  56. Vaccine update: hiv, polio, flu Three vaccines against HIV infection are to be tested on children in the US. Ninety healthy HIV infected children aged…  more » news)
  57. Loss of speech after hib vaccine In 1992, immediately following a then new vaccination against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) infection, my two year…  more » Doctors training notes
  58. The live vaccine’s victims Bernard Reis, an English professor at Vassar College and former graduate of Cornell University and Harvard, described as…  more » cover story)
  59. Hep b vaccine: Hope, too, for the midwife who doesn’t want to take the Hep B jab. One health visitor says she’s avoided having the vacc…  more » e-news
  60. Vaccine trials in children deemed unethical Three trials of vaccines conducted in Ireland between 1962 and 1973 have been condemned as unethical by the Irish Minist…  more » news)
  61. The origin of the hepatitis b vaccine What no one is talking about is how the old vaccine got made. No vaccine production is very pretty (whooping-cough uses…  more » cover story)
  62. Dpt vaccine: lawsuit victory British parents suspecting that their children have been damaged from the whooping-cough vaccine can take heart from a r…  more » news)
  63. Mass vaccine blunders This is not the first time the government has rushed through a vaccination programme in response to a threatened epidemi…  more » cover story)
  64. Polio among vaccinated Analysis of one of the largest outbreaks of polio since the advent of the vaccine shows that it occurred in an area with…  more » news)
  65. Hib vaccine: poor showing A major study examining two versions of the new haemophilus influenzae b (Hib) vaccine, introduced this month in Britai…  more » news)
  66. Vaccine linked to ms – New study confirms worst suspicions over the hepatitis b jab After years of speculation, it’s finally been confirmed that the hepatitis B vaccine causes multiple sclerosis (MS). Re…  more » Family matters
  67. Mmr vaccine and autism: the case against The British government and the Public Health Laboratory Service (as well as governments around the world) have rushed ou…  more » cover story)
  68. Pertussis jab ‘not working’ The pertussis (whooping-cough) vaccine in the DPT shot is failing to … more » news)
  69. Meningitis vaccine fails A Finnish hospital has come up with a new approach to the prevention of acute otitis media in children between one and t…  more » news)
  70. Polio:not gone, not forgotten In spite of the widely circulated myth that vaccinations have wiped out polio, recent evidence suggests that a new strai…  more » news)
  71. Autism tied to dpt vaccine A link between autism and the DPT (diptheria, pertussis, tetanus) has been suggested by an American doctor who tried to…  more » news)
  72. Smallpox vaccine: shots for all The smallpox vaccine is back in the news this week, with plans to inoculate all careworkers in case of a bioterrorist at…  more » e-news
  73. The flu vaccine: a shot in the dark With the colder weather coming in, some of our readers are wondering if it’s time to have that flu vaccine. It’s somethi…  more » e-news
  74. Case study:Multi Allergy Vaccine I have been in poor health since 1971, and virtually bed ridden since 1981. Finally in 1985, when I saw Dr Jean Monro, i…  more » Doctors training notes
  75. Meningitis B vaccine rejected as number 27 for UK children A vaccine for meningitis B is not going to be added to the 26 vaccinations that a UK child will receive within the first…  more » e-news
  76. Vaccine damage: suit successful A man severely brain-damaged after being given whooping-cough vaccine as a baby has been awarded £2.75m by an Irish cour…  more » news)
  77. Pertussis jab: no protection The whole-cell DPT (diptheria-tetanus-pertussis) vaccine is not very effective, protecting less than half the children v…  more » news)
  78. Hepatitis b vaccine Q I want to train as a midwife, but don’t want to take the required hepatitis B vaccination. Is there any way out of thi…  more » Q & A
  79. Cellist damaged by vaccine:try cranial osteopathy Re FL in your case study on meningitis C damage (WDDTY, vol 11 no 6): …  more » Family matters
  80. Vaccine causes severe nerve damage The vaccine designed to protect teenagers against meningitis can cause Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe inflamma…  more » news)
  81. Drug company pays up for vaccine side effects A French appeals court has ordered drug giant Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) to pay US$6686 and $10,697, respectively, as compen…  more » news)
  82. Old vaccine proves a dud Acellular pertussis (whooping-cough) vaccines have been developed because they are supposed to be safer and more efficie…  more » Updates
  83. Dpt vaccine: new brain damage Yet another side effect has been linked to the diptheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) vaccine for children. Researchers are…  more » news)
  84. Hiv and hepatitis vaccine Q:I learned through your articles that I, along with possibly many thousand other health workers across the country, had…  more » Q & A
  85. Vaccine update: hib, hep, mmr The Hepatitis B vaccine has been linked with the kidney disease glomerulonephritis. The Lancet (23 January 1993) reports…  more » news)
  86. Malaria vaccine not as effective as the press claims The media has been quick to celebrate GlaxoSmithKline’s new vaccine, heralded as the great hope against malaria. GSK an…  more » e-news
  87. Rubella vaccine in MMR doesn’t protect up to 4 per cent of children The rubella (German measles) component of the MMR vaccine isn’t effective in a sizeable minority of children, leading re…  more » e-news
  88. Killed polio jabs: new delays America’s top health officials have delayed the introduction of the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) even though the…  more » news)
  89. Whooping cough vaccine: the new ‘improved’ booster – Is the new booster really safer? Public health officials claim that there are fewer serious neurological side-effects with the new vaccine, but few studi…  more » cover story)
  90. Autism: the part that the mmr vaccine may play A new study has thrown more light on the controversy surrounding the MMR vaccine and whether it causes autism. In a stud…  more » e-news
  91. Dtp jab causes polio in thousands of children An immunisation programme in India that included the DTP jab and three oral doses of the poliomyelitis vaccine has left…  more » news)
  92. A vaccine against cervical cancer: you’ve read the headlines, but don’ Your daily newspaper may well have reported on the latest medical breakthrough – a vaccine that fights a virus that can…  more » e-news
  93. Squeezing a balloon Many in the scientific community wonder whether this vaccine will increase other forms of meningitis. A a great deal of…  more » cover story)
  94. ‘Safe’ HPV vaccine kills up to 1,700 young girls Nearly 1,700 young girls in the US have died or suffered permanent disability after being given the HPV vaccine, new off…  more » e-news
  95. Vaccine compensation board refuses to pay out to damaged children Just days after the UK’s Department of Health announced it may start vaccinating newborns, it’s been revealed that child…  more » e-news
  96. Us vaccine drive hits dead-end US President Bill Clinton’s Vaccine for Children (VFC) initiative, which aims to have vaccinated 90 per cent of America’…  more » news)
  97. Increase in unreported whooping cough The pertussis (whooping-cough) vaccine may not prevent transmission of the disease and infants aged 0-2 months are most…  more » news)
  98. Jabs behind polio outbreak Although medicine has always pointed to polio as proof that vaccination works, worrying new findings from Romania indica…  more » news)
  99. Mmr: the vaccine that just won’t go away Despite the best efforts of the UK’s Department of Health to allay fears about the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine,…  more » e-news
  100. Tuberculosis jab: better for leprosy The BCG vaccine for tuberculosis (TB) isn’t working. The disease is rampant in tropical countries where vaccination prog…  more » news)

PLEASE NOTE: The post categories contain only the issues with a cover teaser or lead article about vaccines. Not one has been positive, or even balanced.