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The Best Conspiracy Theories Never Die

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The best conspiracy theories never die. They evolve and adapt. They rebuff troublesome facts, plug their ears to common sense and embrace the outliers. There are no aliens at Area 51, Elvis has left the building, Obama was born in the USA – and Jenny McCarthy’s willfully ignorant anti-vaccine campaign has endangered lives. Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are Read More >

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Separating Science from Fiction

The Atlantic recently published a story on the dangers of anti-vaccine rhetoric, “Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy Public-Health Industrial Complex.” The article describes the hysteria around the alleged link between autism and vaccines, which has since been scientifically discredited. The public campaign created fear among parents, some of whom chose not to vaccinate their children. As the author states, “Anti-vaccinators risk not only the lives of their own children, but also those of others who are Read More >

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