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Posted on February 25 at 10:46 a.m.

Rest in peace Ben Woolf. You were a good man and will be missed.

On Ben Woolf, SBCC Graduate and <em>American Horror Story</em> Actor, Dies at 34

Posted on February 17 at 9:28 p.m.

JT - Thanks for the continued entertainment. (Free advice: Try to be less predictable.) And don't forget to get vaccinated! your community thanks you if you do!
PS. Your anti-vaxx references have been debunked, see above. No harm, no foul. I think you meant well.

On Viral Immunity

Posted on February 16 at 9:27 p.m.

""The result of the vast majority of people being vaccinated over the last few decades has been strikingly positive to public health…"

Above is false."

Actually it's true. deja vu all over again.

As a community , we're lucky the anti-vaxers are on the fringe.

http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance...

The downside is that the ignorant activism of the anti-vaxers is inspiring what should be needless laws. What's next, a movement against washing ones hands after using the toilet?

On Viral Immunity

Posted on February 16 at 9:18 p.m.

"I'm finding this incessant attempt to denigrate a particular website increasingly tiresome." JT

If you're tired, and I can see why you would be, then I suggest you have a time-out and take a nap. Perhaps your mind will clear and you'll be able to offer something that isn't repetitive and banal.

On Herd Immunity or Insanity?

Posted on February 16 at 6:55 p.m.

Spacey the fools are those that don't get vaccinated for no good reason - a good reason being certain medical conditions. There are risks with all medical procedures and what happened to your acquaintance is sad. Fortunately that type of tragedy is rare. The result of the vast majority of people being vaccinated over the last few decades has been strikingly positive to public health, and there is no credible evidence to the contrary.

The bottom line is, vaccines have had a net benefit to society by drastically reducing common debilitating and often fatal diseases. We should all get vaccinated according to our doctor’s advice.

On Viral Immunity

Posted on February 16 at 6:21 p.m.

Naturalnews may be an entertaining and provocative site but it is not what it claims to be:

“Natural News is a science-based natural health advocacy organization led by activist-turned-scientist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/About.html...

Science in the ideal is a pursuit of objective ‘truth.’ Humans are never perfect so their work needs checking – called peer review in science circles. Naturalnews is sole source – there is no peer review – it’s just one guy’s blog. So when commenters react to the observation that "Naturalnews is riddled with nonsense…" with statements like…

“I'm confident that participants here with even a rudimentary understanding of online media can easily grasp how silly are these attack-the-source-site or attack-the-author type of ad hominems”

…they reveal that they don’t understand how science actually works (and have a weak grasp of logical fallacies).

Here’s another view of naturalnews, well referenced if not peer reviewed:
“NaturalNews.com (formerly Newstarget) is an anti-science conspiracy website founded by Mike Adams (self-labeled "The Health Ranger") which promotes numerous alternative medicines and assorted woo.”

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/NaturalNews

Snopes usually has a balanced approach and here’s part of what they say about oft spewed basis for ‘the flu plot:’

“First, the flu shot is not nearly as profitable to pharmaceutical companies as many imagine, generating less than one percent of global pharmaceutical company revenues. By contrast, a flu epidemic would likely generate a far larger profit for those companies…”

http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease...

It comes down to confidence: If you or a loved one were seriously ill, would you seek medical help from naturalnews? Or from the commenters here? For your sake, I hope you'd choose to see your doctor.

On Herd Immunity or Insanity?

Posted on February 15 at 10:02 p.m.

14no - no ad hom or strawman. I commented on your comment not you. The fallacy at play here is 'post hoc, ergo propter hoc.' I don't yet see how medalerts argues against vaccination... Naturalnews is riddled with nonsense. Since you are bucking the overwhelming weight of medical advice to participate in vaccination programs, the burden is actually on you to show in a meaningful way how the bulk of the medical community are wrong.

On Herd Immunity or Insanity?

Posted on February 15 at 9:28 p.m.

14no you cite 'naturalnews' and expect your comment to be taken seriously? With that level of veracity one could prove the Earth is flat and only a few thousand years old. Please explain clearly how vaccination programs have failed to yield a net benefit to society starting at least one hundred years ago.

On Herd Immunity or Insanity?

Posted on February 15 at 9:21 p.m.

JohnTieber is correct when he suggests we should all get the MMR vaccination.

On Viral Immunity

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