I opened up my email inbox and saw the near-dairly Dr Mercola newsletter full of woo (I really wanted to be snarky here, but I held back, just want credit for that). Once I looked through today's choices of craziness to read, I had a general feel for what I wanted to write today. So, I headed on over to Age Of Autism to see what crazy they were up to. And there it was: a choice between Heckenlively (aww, he'll think I'm picking on him) and an article showing that AoA and Mercola have hooked up to sell products (Too far? They're going to have a contest to give away one of his products. Oooh, I hope it's one of them tanning beds!). Wow, you know, sometimes blogposts fall right into your lap. And when two bastions of anti-vaccination and woo outwardly connect, thereby reaffirming their own positions, well, that's gravy.
Starting with AoA: they're running a link to an interview between Sharyl Atkisson and Mercola on how the H1N1 is all a government hype. Yup, doesn't sound like conspiracy theorists at all. AoA is also promising a future contest with a Mercola goody. They end with noting that Mercola is "the founder of the world’s most visited natural health web site"
Well, at least they aren't arguing his world-reknown or the other empty and absurd labels he likes to pin on the doctors he interviews like Blaylock and Kent "infectious-disease-expert-my-ass" Holderf. We already knew, unfortunately, that there were a lot of people who were into the woo. It doesn't mean he's right. Or someone to be respected.
In fact, I think he's the opposite, especiallly with this latest bit of nonsense: "If you are a pregnant mother, please do not take the H1N1 swine flu vaccine." This is in a piece filled with horror stories of mothers miscarrying some time after the H1N1 vaccine.
I grant you that recommendation is awful and will likely result in some women listening to him and getting H1N1. It's a crapshoot I wouldn't be willing to take with my life nor the life of my unborn baby. If he thinks the vaccine is causing miscarriages (and there is no evidence that it is), then what does the fool think H1N1 would do?). This "idea," though, is worse: "You also need to understand that no reproduction studies have been done to determine how these flu vaccines (whether for seasonal- or the H1N1 vaccine) affect future fertility, and whether or how they affect a developing fetus."
Okay, so he's scared pregnant "natural" women into thinking that if they get the H1N1 vaccine, they will miscarry and be infertile, on top of that. Great.
He ends it with this piece of conspiracy theory: " I urge you to continue educating yourself about vaccines before yet another generation is lost to medical arrogance and greed."
The AoA piece, to back up for a moment, is on the interview with the reporter Sharyl Atkisson, who finds a conspiracy wherever she looks. I cannot believe CBS airs her work. This latest bit of crazy will come as no surprise, I am sure, to those who have run across Atkisson before. And we have. So, she thinks H1N1 isn't that bad and the government is lying. She thinks Wakefield is dreamy. She seems to be consistently anti-vaccine: she also has a report on gardasil. Interesting that a Washington reporter whose official job description is "investigative correspondent focusing on government spending and taxpayer issues" spends so much time on vaccines, basically coming out against them.
This isn't new for her either. Orac covers her anti-vaccine tendencies and her relationship with AoA back in August 2008. He brought it up a year earlier, as well, in June 2007. In July 2008, Liz offered criticism of Atkisson's journalism.
How many times does Atkisson come up on AoA? 19 times. AoA loves her.
Changing topics, I have to leave this post with this rich offering from Mercola: "IQ Isn't Everything: Why a High IQ Doesn't Mean You're Smart."
Mercola wants you to eat the right foods to boost your IQ and avoid the wrong ones so you can be "mot" (as my Rosie pronounced it for the longest time) and not do foolish things. My recommendation, so much easier: avoid woo.