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Liz
3rd generation Californian woman with wide-ranging interests.
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This conversation with Johan Bester, director of bioethics for UNLV’s School of Medicine, got me to thinking about me policing the terms I use. Is there a chance that those vehemently opposed to vaccinations will strengthen their resolve? I would... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at I Speak of Dreams
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My dad, Jack Ditz, died September 7, 1991, a scant 12 months after his melanoma diagnosis. I realized his death was inevitable one day in the spring, I don't remember the day. The way I'm feeling now is very like... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at I Speak of Dreams
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Seen this wandering through your social media channels? Here's what pediatrician Jane Macintyre has to say: If you see this graphic, there are at least three things you need to know: The CDC usually uses their logo, not clip art.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at I Speak of Dreams
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On Monday, May 18th, 2020 I saw an announcement from San Mateo County and Project Baseline (PB) that free COVID19 testing was opening up in my county. So of course, being a good citizen-scientist, I signed up. Plus, I wanted... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at I Speak of Dreams
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On April 14, 2020, Judy Mikovits and her co-author (or ghostwriter) Kent Heckenlively published a little-noticed book,Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science, which was sponsored by the gruesomely named "Children’s Health Defense" -- Robert F. Kennedy... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at I Speak of Dreams
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Important update 90 minutes after this first posted at : a strongly condemning press release from both the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM). This is a big deal; such professional guilds/bodies... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at I Speak of Dreams
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First, the Samoan Islands are an archipelago. Second, the Samoan Island archipelago include two different political entities, Samoa, a sovereign nation, with historical ties to New Zealand; and American Samoa, which is a US territory (but it controls its own... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at I Speak of Dreams
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This is mostly a guest post, as the majority of the research and writing was done by a medical student, V. Abey. I have added some historical material. On October 31, 2019, the anti-vaccine propagandist Del Bigtree invited Theresa Deisher... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at I Speak of Dreams
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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met October 23-24, 2019. On the agenda for the 24th was a debriefing on the measles outbreaks in many states, most notably New York State. I wasn't able to watch the October 24 broadcast,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at I Speak of Dreams
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Update September 24, 2019: NBC reporters Brandy Zadrozny and Aliza Nadi have published an article on Evee Clobes’s death, and Catie Clobes’s changing story, How anti-vaxxers target grieving moms and turn them into crusaders.. The article includes the medical examiner's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at I Speak of Dreams
Mark E. Green is a physician who has also been a politician in Tennessee since 2012. He served in the Tennessee State Legislature as a Senator since 2012. In November, 2018, he was elected to represent Tennessee's 7th Congressional District... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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First up, a reiteration from CDC to refrain from eating cookie dough. Personally, I prefer the dough -- especially chocolate chip cookie dough -- to baked cookies. Actually, we call the dough "sushi cookies". But seriously folks, don't eat raw... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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In late October and early November, images like these circulated: On October 24-25 2018, the US Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) held a regular meeting, which included several opportunities for public comment. Evidently, there was an organized effort... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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At sundown today, this observance begins. I saw this image and found it compelling for this year. The photograph was taken in Kiel, Germany the night of December 11, 1931, by Rachel Posner, whose husband, Rabbi Akiva Boruch Posner, was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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I recently ran across this claim in a mom's group: I decided to fact-check this claim. I went to Tide's ingredient page for Tide Pods, and the Vaccine Excipient and Media Summary. Here's the visual summary. (click to embiggen). Here... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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Source: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/In_Flanders_Fields_(1921)/illustrated In Flanders Field In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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You maybe have seen it on Facebook or on neighborhood discussion groups, or similar. The first part looks like this: I believe the list was compiled and shared by Marcella Piper-Terry (see footnote for Piper-Terry's claim to anti-vaccine fame) from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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Stolen from my friend Tricia Creason-Valencia's Facebook post, reposting from United Colors of Judaism. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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Ty Bollinger released an anti-vaccine video series, The Truth About Vaccines, (TTAV) in April of 2017. (Bollinger is best known for patient-killing cancer quackery). As a part of the "educational" outreach, Bollinger released a renumbered, pirated copy of Ginger Taylor's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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Have you seen this image going around? You need to know it is mistaken fearmongering, and the Vitamin K shot protects your baby from catastrophic bleeding. There is only, at most, 0.05 millionths of a gram of aluminum in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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Today in history: 2010: Andrew Wakefield struck off the UK's register of physicians. Sarah Boseley, The Guardian's health editor, wrote on May 24, 2010, "Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who triggered anxiety among parents over his suggestion of a link between... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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Bonus Point The following are NOT opinions, but actual verifiable facts. Research any of it if you have doubts or just want to expand your knowledge. Please research as much as you can, your child's life could depend on it,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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Point #18 The following are NOT opinions, but actual verifiable facts. Research any of it if you have doubts or just want to expand your knowledge. 18) giving Tylenol right before or after a vaccination increases the risk of adverse... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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Point #17 The following are NOT opinions, but actual verifiable facts. Research any of it if you have doubts or just want to expand your knowledge. 17) live virus vaccines shed the virus for up to 6 weeks after vaccination,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams
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Point #16 The following are NOT opinions, but actual verifiable facts. Research any of it if you have doubts or just want to expand your knowledge. 16) the anti-vaccine movement isn't new, and wasn't born from Jenny McCarthy. It began... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at I Speak of Dreams