You may remember a couple of months ago, I took Dr. Bob Sears to task. Dr. Bob, as you may recall, wrote a book that has become the bane of pediatricians everywhere, namely The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child. In this book, Dr. Bob, while oh-so-piously proclaiming that he is "not anti-vaccine," lays down in his discussion of childhood vaccines a credulous treatment of many anti-vaccine canards in a sort of "I don't believe vaccines cause autism, but..." sort of fashion. When last we saw him on this blog, Dr. Sears had decided to let his anti-vaccine freak flag high and utterly destroy any vestige of medical or scientific credibility that he had by actually writing a post for that bastion of anti-vaccine propaganda, that fully owned subsidiary of Generation Rescue, namely Age of Autism.Comprehensive it is. I spent a good portion of this evening reading it, and I would now like to paste copies of it inside every copy of Dr. Bob's noxious little book. Since that's impossible, I figured I'd put this up as a public service announcement for those of you who have young children or have them on the way.
Pediatrician and skeptic Dr. John Snyder has actually read Dr. Sears' book. In response, he's written the most comprehensive takedown of The Vaccine Book that I've ever seen. Read it; learn from it; love it; send it to your pediatrician; send it to any parents who think that Dr. Sears has a clue what he's talking about.
There's a lot of woo out there, folks. And most of it likes to pretend it's got science backing it. Read your Respectful Insolence and your Science-Based Medicine, though, and you shouldn't come down with a terminal case of woo.