Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Dubiology: Steven Novella

by Gary Niederhoff on November 28, 2011


Part 4 of Skeptic Check: Dubiology, featuring Steven Novella, clinical neurologist and Director of General Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine; host of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast, on the efficacy of “pox parties” vs. vaccination.
(TRT 11:14)

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avatar Lynne Lehmer December 4, 2011 at 5:01 am

Today is December 4, 2011
I listened to this program on NPR this morning.
Steve Novella of Yale University said something in your program that is not true. He said that thimerosal (mercury) has been removed from vaccines in the United States.
This is not true.
I asked a pharmacist in an Aloha, Oregon (suburb of Portland) pharmacy about mercury in flu shots about two weeks ago (November, 2011). The pharmacist showed me the list of ingredients. Included was thimerosal. She said this is mercury.
Then a week ago or less I asked the pharmacist at Walgreen Pharmacy here in Goshen, Indiana (I live in Goshen, IN but was recently in Oregon for my work) about the mercury in flu shots. This pharmacist at Walgreen’s also told me that yes, there is mercury in their flu shots. I can’t remember if he also showed me the paper supplied with the flu shot as the pharmacist did in Oregon, but he did tell me there is mercury in the shots. He said it is there as a preservative.

The speaker, Steve Novella, does not have all his facts.

Please respond to me.
Thank you.
Lynne Lehmer, Goshen Indiana
BA degree Natural Science, Goshen College

avatar Dan B. Underhill December 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I was kind of amazed at the gentle treatment of the GMO apologist I heard on your show today. Letting this salesperson (please forgive what I really mean instead of salesperson) suggest that people oppose genetically modified food products because they were under the impression that vegetables don’t have DNA and that DNA was being added to their vegetables insults the intelligence of not only those people who have legitimate concerns about GMO products, but of any and all of us who are so foolish as to listen to your radio show. The GMO industry has consistently opposed any labeling of GMO products which undermines the ability of independent scientists or organizations to find out any verifiable truths about GMO products. Commerce wins, Science looses. If they are confident that they have such great products then why not insist that all such products proudly proclaim it. Their present policy only makes sense if they care only about short term profits and have no concern for science or public health. ALSO, GMO pollen has infected adjacent organic farms and the GMO companies have won lawsuits because the contaminated organic farms now have proprietary organic produce growing there. I am NOT against scientific breakthroughs. The unholy marriage of quick and dirty science with big corporate business is what I object to. I also object to how your radio show presented it.

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