There are two antivaccine posts circulating. Each is filled with errors, misstatements, and outright falsehoods.
One was posted April 7, 2014 at the Giannelloni Family Blog, under the title of "Dear Parents, You Are Being Lied To". Another was posted at the LivingWhole blog, under the title "Dear Parents, Are You Being Lied To?".
These two anti-vaccine propaganda posts appeared in response to a post published by Jennifer Raff (PhD in anthropology and genetics) on March 25, 2014 at her blog Violent Metaphors on vaccine misinformation, called Dear Parents: You are being Lied To. (There was a follow-up thread.) Raff's original post was republished at Huffington Post on April 8, 2014. In her post, Raff lists each of the common anti-vaccine lies, and why they are false.
Why are they lying to you? Some are doing it for profit, trying to sell their alternative remedies by making you afraid of science-based medicine. I’m sure that many others within the anti-vaccine movement have genuinely good intentions, and do honestly believe that vaccines are harmful. But as a certain astrophysicist recently said “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it”. In the case of vaccine truthers, this is not a good thing. Good intentions will not prevent microbes from infecting and harming people, and the message that vaccines are dangerous is having dire consequences. There are outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses now throughout the United States because of unvaccinated children.
On April 11, 2014, the blogger Avicenna Last (a medical student in "The Land of A Million Gods") published a detailed rebuttal to the LivingWhole post. Avicenna went through each of Megan's claims and thoroughly demolished each of them.
Anti-Vax aren’t educated. There is no competition here really, they have absolutely no understanding of physiology of human beings or microbiology and in this article alone I have shown the flaws in Megan’s argument. If one comes to a different conclusion we question their science. In order for Anti-Vax hypothesis to work the human body and pathogens and reality would have to function in an entirely different way.
I would strongly urge you to read Avicenna's whole post, and make note of the evidence presented to buttress each point.
Now, who wrote the anti-vaccine screeds? What are their qualifications?
The Gianelloni Family blog was a guest post by one Robyn Charron; the biographical blurb on the post says that Robyn has:
.... a Bachelor of Science in Biology and years of experience as a lab tech. Robyn has written pieces that have been published by Scary Mommy, Mass Appeal, The Girl Who for Babble, Bonbon Break, Just Eat Real Food, and MSN.
Robyn also published a guest post at The Thinking Mom's Revolution, where her biographical blurb reads:
Prior to attending law school, Robyn earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and worked for two years in laboratories researching genetic disease. When her first child suffered an injury from vaccines at two months old, her conventional parenting went out the window, and she ushered in a world of organic food, supplements, and non-toxic living. She currently lives in Denver where she advocates for allergy awareness and parents’ rights to make medical decisions for their children without government intervention.
Ms Charron also posts on Facebook as "Probono Eyecandy"
Lately, Ms. Charron has been testifying against Colorado's proposed House Bill 1288, which would make it more difficult for parents to exempt their children from vaccines required for school entry as a spokeswoman as "Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice", which appears to be a wing of the anti-vaccine organization National Vaccine Information Center.
The LivingWhole blog appears to be written by someone named Megan, who claims the following areas of expertise for herself and her family:
I have a degree in Political Science and am an Attorney, Doctor of Naturopathy, Certified Natural Health Educator, Registered Power Yoga Instructor, writer, and stay-at-home mama. My better-half holds a biology degree, chemistry minor, is a Family Practice Physician, and is a Captain in the United States Air Force. Together we have four kids under three; and yes, we plan to have more.
Update: via a friend, the "Megan" above is one Megan Heimer, who formerly blogged at "Megan's Mind"
Yes, parents, you are being lied to. But I have a pretty good idea who is spreading falsehoods, and who is speaking the truth.