Seth Mnookin on The Panic Virus

Friday, July 05, 2013


There is a scientific consensus that the oft-claimed link between vaccines and Autism simply doesn't exist. And yet, after a decade of no convincing evidence of a link many in the public are still scared and vaccination rates are down. In an interview that originally aired in 2011, Bob speaks to Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, about why it’s so hard to dislodge misinformation and fear.


Seth Mnookin

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@JaneD from Tuscon

As someone on the ASD spectrum I get very annoyed with vaccine-autism trolls. They are actually worsening the health of people on the spectrum; many of us have immune system issues, both over and underactive, and are more susceptible to contagious diseases or auto-immune trouble from hyper-reaction. Their drive to decrease the level of immunity in the public means we get more illness.

The doctor/pharma accusation is worn out. Medicines are one of the tools of modern medicine, so every MD has some connection to it. It's a tool they use, whether or not they have a warm regard for the tool company. It's getting close to accusing taxi drivers of being shills for GM.

You also left out a little detail: Preventable childhood diseases such as measles and rubella can cause brain damage, so there is reason to believe they could cause autism. By discouraging people from getting the MMR as soon as possible the vaccine scare crowd is almost certainly creating extra cases of autism somewhere.

Jul. 07 2013 06:07 PM

Could You Please Clarify Your Comment Because I Am Uncertain If You Agree With Mr MNookin's View Or Not. Also, Who Would You Recommend As A BetteR Expert?

Jul. 07 2013 01:35 PM
Jane Doherty from Tucson, AZ

I usually respect your choice of experts but I think you made a mistake with Seth Mnookin. His past is very shady and there were better choices for you to make to uphold his view. Many of us with autistic grandchildren believe he works too closely with the pharmaceutical world.

Jul. 07 2013 12:08 PM

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