The summer is always a slow period for reviewing, but as far as I'm concerned this is much more important. I have always been a strong supporter of childhood vaccinations. They save millions of lives every year by providing both individual and herd immunity. However, there is a movement out there, led primarily by Hollywood celebrities, telling parents not to have their children vaccinated. This is all part of a growing movement away from science in this country, and frankly it's terrifying. If these people were to have their way many innocent children will die from preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough.
What really gets me is that people are falling for the garbage celebrities like Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey are spewing. For my money I'd rather listen to the opinion of the American Medical Association, and not some famous mouthpiece with a degree from Google University.
The worst offender in this movement against science isn't a former Playmate or a guy who talked with his butt in a movie. No, it's Dear Leader Oprah. She consistently shills new age whack job ideas on her show, and is never taken to task for it. That is until this week. Newsweek has published a fantastic article about Oprah's anti-science leanings. I won't attempt to describe it, just take a look for yourself.