This Is What Happens When We Listen To Idiots

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I have said this before but it bears repeating again now that the above image is easier to understand.   Andrew Wakefield, who was one man who started the anti-vaccine movement, is a criminal and should be prosecuted as such.  His research was debunked but for the people who followed this pied piper, it is didn’t matter.  Even worse, Jenny McCarthy still has the stage and a public forum.  God forgive if polio ever gets out again.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “This Is What Happens When We Listen To Idiots

  1. Richard moriarty
    January 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

    It was Andrew Wakefield – not Peter

    • Doug Farrago
      January 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

      TY

  2. Jim Pivarnik
    January 29, 2014 at 8:19 am

    As Research Integrity Officer of my University, I often cite this case as what can happen when someone fabricates or falsifies results. It is not a trivial issue, people’s lives are at stake. What a shame

  3. Pat
    January 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Bravo Doug. Ditto Lance.

  4. Sir-Lance-a-Lot
    January 24, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Prosecuted? He should be inoculated with polio.

    And don’t forget that he also lost his medical license due to his intentional fraud.

    But, to put it into perspective, there have neen anti-vaccine nutjobs since the days of Jenner (including the days after Jenner, when vaccines had been well proven).

    The pediatricians in our system have decided to fire all unvaccinated children, and it looks like FP, not wanting to have an avalanche of sick, unvaccinated kids in their waiting rooms, will follow. The ethics make for an interesting debate, but as far as I’m concerned, if you want to reject medicine that had been well-proved by the 19th century, then it’s okay for Medicine to reject you. Go take colloidal silver when you’ve got an infection and have Mom sew your cuts up with thread. Oh, and either stay on your own property, including no school (which a lot of these wackos do anyway), or wear some sort of a conspicuous mark when travelling in public, so people can avoid you.

    Back at work, all of this always leads to the “Depo at puberty, and you should need a license to get the antidote” discussion, which leads to the “Mandatory Depo at the welfare office” discussion, which then heads right downhill unless there are patients waiting to be seen. You want a rousing pro-eugenics conversation? — Put a bunch of doctors in a room alone and let ‘er rip.

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