Dr. Mercola on vaccines – a lesson in inflamatory Internet BS?

A complex issue such as how, when and whether to vaccinate our children needs more misinformation (on both sides) like it needs a hole in the head. Yesterday, my husband made a great catch on one of Mercola’s articles titled: Warning to Parents: This Vaccine Highly Linked to Sudden Infant Death

In this article posted by “Dr. Mercola” it states, “Hepatitis B vaccine has been shown in many peer-reviewed research papers to be associated with numerous infant deaths in the U.S. and Europe, multiple sclerosis and numerous chronic autoimmune disorders.”

Wow! I have been researching vaccines for the last while and hadn’t run across this shocking information. Scrolling down, he cites several articles and I excitedly click away.

Unfortunately, and perhaps disingenuously, the citations have nothing to do with infant death or MS or autoimmune disorders. One is blog article (never trust a blog 😉 ), another a journal article about parents refusing vaccines, and the last, a news article about the previously mentioned journal article.

Now I don’t know if Mercola’s statement is true or not (or if the sources were lost by mistake – I wrote them asking for clarification), but I believe the article is irresponsible at best. As of writing, the article had been passed on through Facebook over 16,000 times!

I am no vaccine advocate. In fact, I just delayed two of my son’s vaccines due to concerns with overloading him with toxic levels of aluminum that were not properly addressed by the public health agency administering the vaccines. If Hep B was a scheduled vaccine for infants in Canada, I would have turned it down as my son is low risk (no one in the family with Hep B) until he was older at an age where potential drug use or sexual activity could put him at risk.

This isn’t the first time Mercola has irritated my sciency senses. An co-advocate of increased vitamin D intake, I followed Mercola’s email newsletter for many months before I wrote a letter explaining my distaste at the constant alarmist tone and frequent misinformation.

Mercola: be warned. This little doula looks forward to keeping watch on your website.

I will update the post with their response and the journal articles or government data that they based their article on, if and when I receive it.

UPDATE

Here is the initial response from the website. I wrote back after reviewing the original article mentioned in the blog post. It was indeed an interesting study on MS and the Hep B vaccine showing a significant correlative link. It stated there are numerous studies that show no link between the MS and the Hep B vaccine and at least two other studies that indicate a link. This study is not about infant death or numerous chronic autoimmune disorders. I have written them back asking for additional clarification and recommending they cite original sources and not blog posts.  

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Dear Theresa,

Thank you for writing to Mercola.com.

Thank you for contacting Mercola.com. We appreciate your inquiry!

We would like you to know that the references provided in the article are correct. The statement “Hepatitis B vaccine has been shown in many peer-reviewed research papers to be associated with numerous infant deaths in the U.S. and Europe, multiple sclerosis and numerous chronic autoimmune disorders.” is from the reference Child Health Safety April 25, 2011 provided in the article.

We appreciate you taking the time to write us and we hope the above information has been helpful. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope you have a happy and healthy day!

Thank you again for writing to Mercola.com and we wish you nothing but the best to both you and your health!

If your question has still not been answered or have further questions, please click this link http://shop.mercola.com/customerservice.aspx?cid=615087 and enter your email address and comments in the Remarks field.

Inquiry History:    

5/31/2011 5:17:32 PM:  You said:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/19/us-government-concedes-hep-b-vaccine-causes-systemic-lupus-erythematosus.aspx The references to this article are inadequate. Please provide the original references that state “Hepatitis B vaccine has been shown in many peer-reviewed research papers to be associated with numerous infant deaths in the U.S. and Europe, multiple sclerosis and numerous chronic autoimmune disorders.” Thank you, Theresa Gerritsen

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5 Responses to “Dr. Mercola on vaccines – a lesson in inflamatory Internet BS?”
    • Theresa Gerritsen says:

      You can also click on the link above in bold italics. Apologies – the text for links on the website is subtle.

  1. Morgan says:

    He irritates me too! I look forward to reading more on your blog 🙂

    • Theresa Gerritsen says:

      Thanks Morgan. I added their response, which bugged me even more. I plan to choose an article of his to critique every Tuesday.

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