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Nelly Z. November 15, 2013 at 10:28 am
(Posted at source website as well): I would advise readers to take drehren’s post with a giantRead More grain of salt; this kind of misinformation can lead people to make uninformed and potentially dangerous decisions about their healthcare. Every single source provided above is highly questionable: Some link to websites with strong anti-vaccination biases (these sites provide pseudoscientific “evidence” relating not only to HPV vaccines, but to the repeatedly disproven claims linking vaccinations and autism). Others link to websites with obvious political agendas; the article about Japan, for instance—itself from a site devoted to far right-wing political stances—supports its facts only with links to another right-wing political website. One link is to a letter the alleged victim wrote that has absolutely no corroborating evidence. Finally, FeelGuide, the source for the lengthy quote re: Dr. Diane Harper, says this in its own “About Us” section: “FEELguide.com contains published articles, speculation, assumptions, opinions as well as factual information. Information on this site may or may not be true and is not meant to be taken as fact. FEELguide.com makes no warranty as to the validity of any claims.” None of the cases noted in drehren’s post provides any evidence that the illnesses reported are related to the HPV vaccine at all. By comparison, here are some links to peer-reviewed, randomized controlled studies that strongly link HPV to various cancers (yes, there are nearly 20,000 peer-reviewed studies in this area): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=HPV+cancer. Here is a link that provides an overview to the junk science behind the anti-vaccination movement (scroll to the bottom for a lengthy list of resources on pseudoscience): http://www.skepdic.com/antivaccination.html. And here is a post that provides more resources regarding the scaremongering around HPV vaccinations (scroll down to the “Vaccine misinformation online” section if you’re pressed for time): http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/dr-google-and-mr-hyde/ I submit these resources for consideration. For further reading on how to approach information critically, the Skeptic’s Dictionary provides a handy and, I’d say, fun primer on developing your critical-thinking skills so that you don’t have to take anything I or anyone else says at face value: http://skepdic.com/ticriticalthinking.html
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