Episode 52 – We sell you on some medical conspiracies

In which our brave podcasting heroes talk about vaccination conspiracy theories… Well, the vaccine conspiracy theory. We also pour a little scorn on Bill Maher.

2 Replies to “Episode 52 – We sell you on some medical conspiracies”

  1. You guys missed the most important part about Wakefield: he falsified his data. It wasn’t just ‘oh the group sizes are smaller than they look’ and ‘he shouldn’t make such big claims’ as you mentioned in your podcast: he flat out altered the data to fit his made up hypothesis. This is why his paper was finally retracted. And he had pretty good commercial reason to do so, it appears that he made a good amount of money directly from this falsification. You can read more about it at the British Medical Journal doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7452

    As a scientist I find this a rather important distinction, because it wasn’t just a weak or bad hypothesis which could be followed up further – as sadly many research dollars have been spent assuming – the whole thing was a fantasy. And I find it a bit sad that the public discourse still somehow hasn’t caught up to what really went on (which isn’t your fault for falling for it too).

    Also we don’t need to call him Dr any more either, he was struck off. Ha!

    1. Thanks for that, Shelley. I did know that but forgot about it in the moment when talking about Wakefield. It sometimes gets a bit confusing to talk about Wakefield, given the scale of his offending and the vested interests. I’ll make sure we make a note of that in the next episode.

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