I don't review books that often. The reason is simple. My posts for this blog sometimes take as much as a several hours to write (particularly my more "epic" ones that surpass 5,000 words), and I usually don't have the time to add several more hours to the task by reading an entire book. Also, by the time I've read a book I might want to review, weeks—or even months—have often passed, and a review is no longer of much interest to our readers anyway. Today, I'm making an exception for a book hot off the presses. The main reason is curiosity, because the book is about a topic that I've blogged about many times here, and I really wanted to find out more about what was going on. I didn't expect to find out what really happened, because I knew from the beginning that the book, Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Research Fraud at the CDC by an antivaccine lawyer named Kevin Barry, would be highly biased. However, as I found out a few weeks ago, the book promised four complete … [Read more...] about Kevin Barry, you magnificent bastard, I read your antivaccine book!
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Ben Swann, anchor of the evening news for the local Atlanta CBS affiliate and the face of his Truth In Media series of videos, thinks himself an investigative journalist and a truth teller, but much of what I see him reporting more closely resembles reporting as though done by a cross between Ted Baxter, Ron Burgundy, and Alex Jones. For one thing, Mr. Swann sure does love him some conspiracies, and he sure is susceptible to antivaccine nonsense, no matter how nonsensical. I first saw him in action nearly three months ago, when he credulously regurgitated the antivaccine talking points on display in the antivaccine protest in Atlanta in which Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Barbara Loe Fisher, and whole gaggle of the usual antivaccine suspects converged on Atlanta and the CDC with Scientology-allied Nation of Islam minister Tony Muhammed to protest...well, what the protest was about wasn't exactly clear. Ostensibly, it was about the so-called "CDC whistleblower," a CDC scientist named William … [Read more...] about Ben Swann’s long-awaited report on the “CDC whistleblower” goes over like a lead balloon of antivaccine misinformation
Christmas is over, and we're in that weird time between Christmas and New Years Day, when, usually at least, I have to work but so many people are out and so few patients seem to want to come in that it hardly seems worth the effort. So it is with the blog, too. The week between Christmas and New Years tends to be the lowest traffic period of the year. Although that's been true this year as well, I've noticed more commenting activity than I usually see. So, I figured, what the heck? There are odds and ends worth writing about, although I don't plan on doing an epic posts before next Monday. Who knows? Maybe I'll finally figure out how to do brevity right. Try not to laugh too hard. In any case, right before Christmas, a reader sent me a link to yet another brain dead listicle that's longer than most listicles in which an antivaccine maven tries to warn a hypothetical "normal, socially accepted person" about to become an antivaccinationist like him what to look out for. (Why is it that … [Read more...] about 15 antivaccine tropes for Christmas
To say Colorado state Rep. Lois Landgraf loves pot is like setting up a punch line. The Republican from Fountain, however, thinks sick kids are no laughing matter.“I’ve always been against marijuana, but this isn’t that,” she said over the phone one evening about a pot-related bill she fought for last legislative session. She was ahead of her time.On June 25, the Food and Drug Administration approved the cannabidiol (CBD) product Epidiolex, the first federally sanctioned marijuana-derived medicine.The government says chemicals from sativa cannabis provide an effective, safe treatment for seizures in children associated with two severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. In FDA trials, children saw reductions in seizures as high as 50 percent on the pot-derived drug.Last session, Landgraf navigated House Bill 1187 into state law. The legislation held that when the FDA approved it, then marijuana-based products would be deemed medicine … [Read more...] about Pot foe says kids provided a reason to pass CBD bill
Published 5:15 pm, Monday, June 25, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Families find hope for rare genetic brain disorder 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - For most parents, their child’s first steps or first words are incredible moments in their lives and a reason to celebrate. Well before their child is born they look forward to these milestones. Parents Mike and Lori Cecere looked forward to watching their son Weston crawl. Most babies learn between 6 and 10 months old; however, as the weeks passed and Weston still had not hit this milestone, the Ceceres grew increasingly worried. Eventually, they went to a specialist. Weston was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome when he was 15 months old. A rare genetic brain disorder, Angelman syndrome affects between 1 in 12,000 to 20,000 people, and is characterized by delayed development, cognitive disability, severe speech and sleep impairments, and problems with movement and … [Read more...] about Families find hope for rare genetic brain disorder