This month’s Pediatrics has an article by Dr. Paul Offit, vaccine expert and author of Autsim’s False Prophets, which reviews Dr. Bob Sears’ The Vaccine Book, and points out the book’s various flaws (though in a non-spoonfeedy way, which can be a problem for the non-scientifically minded; one has to actually look at the studies he references to be convinced of his point) in The Problem With Dr Bob’s Alternative Vaccine Schedule. He points out many flaws I’d only mentioned in passing and some I didn’t mention at all (or have, but in the context of other non-Dr. Bob posts). I find it odd the aluminum issue, which is a major one in Dr. Bob’s book, gets only a small paragraph in Offit’s review (one which I’ve gone into in greater depth here – 2 pt. series). Another issue I’d hoped he’d take on was Dr. Sears’ recommendation of various vitamins and supplements. Though some of them do have some small effect on the immune system (mostly observed via in vitro studies), there is really no proof your child will react better or have fewer side effects from vaccines if taken. In fact, for all we know, the opposite might be equally true – the potentiation of the immune system may increase the intensity of side effects. Dr. Sears directs (p. 190 in his book) parents who want to learn more on the subject to his website, which contains links where one can buy said supplements via the Dr. Sears family website. I’m no ethics expert, but that doesn’t seem awfully kosher to me.
Doc Sears has responded to Offit’s article on his website. While I tend to agree that Offit has protrayed Sears as somewhat more anti-vaccine that he actually is, this doesn’t negate his other, spot-on criticisms.
(Hat tip – Janna 🙂 ).
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