Those of you who are regulars here know them well, but I want to make sure those of you are new know about Science Mom and Catherina.
Although it would seem that with the frequency with which their names appear on these posts that they work for this site, they actually have no official affiliation with myself or this site. Although much of their scientific information seems to be accurate, I do not trust their opinions, their conclusions, or their advice. So, follow their advice are you own, and your children's, risk.
Many of us don't appreciate the way they redicule and demean anyone who is anti-vaccine. Most of us who are pro-vaccine, such as myself, are happy to offer advice or opinions to those who are not pro-vaccine, but we manage to do so in a respectful way. Because SM and Catherina don't seem able to do this, I suggest you simply ignore their posts and pretend they aren't there.
If you don't agree with them, don't bother trying to tell them so, no matter how solid you think your science is. Their science is better, or so they would think. I wouldn't waste your time arguing with them anymore, unless you enjoy that sort of thing - then, by all means, go for it.
There are rumors that SM and Cath are "secret agents" for vaccine manufacturers, planted here to combat my "anti-vaccine" advice. Although I wouldn't put it past any company to do just that (makes perfect sense - have a couple of "scientific" parents work the blogs and posts instead of doctors or professionals - some parents would listen more to another parent), I have no evidence that such is the case. SM and Catherina claim they spend hours on this site each week for almost two years now out of the goodness of their hearts. I would love to believe that, but I would also expect such good-hearted people to come across good-heartedly in their posts toward people who question vaccines. That clearly is NOT the case, so that makes me question what type of people they really are.
Anyway, just wanted to post this warning to any newcomers. I'm just going to pretend they aren't there and answer everyone's questions as usual. I'm sure ignoring them isn't going to make them go away, but they are SO NOT WORTH MY TIME anymore.
Where to begin? This infantile screed put forth by Dr. Bob smacks of anti-vax rhetoric, replete with accusations of "secret agents for vaccine manufacturers". How does one recognise that our scientific information is accurate but doesn't agree with it? What does that say of his 'scientific information'? Right, it's sorely lacking in every facet of his information and vaccine recommendations. A comprehensive review of this in his Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child a can be found on Science-Based Medicine.
While we are certainly thankful that he made it perfectly clear that we are not affiliated with him or his site, we can't help but laugh at the ad hominem attacks and his call for ignoring us, particularly with the caveat that our science is better. There aren't numerous branches of science; there are numerous disciplines of course, but all reside under the rubric of science and follow the scientific method. There aren't equally valid opinions or points of view; the whole point of science is to test hypotheses in an objective and repeatable manner, to minimise bias and allow us to determine if what we observe is real or not. This really shouldn't be difficult to understand, yet self-proclaimed experts like Dr. Bob continue to insist that there is somehow 'other science'. Yes there is, it's called pseudo-science and is not accepted by the scientific and medical communities for a very good reason. This does not make him or others like him Brave Maverick Doctors or open-minded; quite the contrary in fact given the very limited scope of what their pseudo-science parameters are.
We have nothing personal against Dr. Bob; we don't know him personally and given his chosen profession, we would certainly think that he is probably a nice man. But that is irrelevant really, for we are more interested in the bad science he and others like him espouse and the blatant misinformation they disseminate that put children in danger.