EDIT: BREAKING NEWS! It appears StopAVN have done something fantastic and unexpected at Woodford Folk Festival! Please scroll down to the next bolded “EDIT:” and ensure even if you don’t read most of this, you at least read that!!! :D
Who are the Australian Vaccination Network?
The Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), despite all claims to the contrary, are an anti-vaccination group. They are headed up by Meryl Dorey and claim they’re not, they claim they just support informed choice and provide a counter to the governments provides. However, the information the AVN provide is wrong on almost all counts which means it’s not really an informed choice they’re providing but a misinformed one, and if the governments provides is pro-vaccine, then any stance counter to that surely must be anti?
Their preferred sources of information are not scientific studies, but rather conspiracy theorist sites such as whale.to (a site that collects any and all articles and claims no matter how crazy and unsubstantiated they are), conspiracy theorists such as David Icke (who promotes world leaders and the royal family being lizard people), and people with revoked medical licenses such as the disgraced Andrew Wakefield.
They’ve had their charity license revoked. In the last two years, only two issues of their 6/year magazine “Living Wisdom” has been released (and despite being so far behind in issues owed, they’re still actively pushing subscriptions). They regularly cry oppression, censorship and demand free speech, despite blocking/banning anyone who dares counter their supposed-not president Meryl Dorey with information that is nothing more than factual. They have also been caught filing numerous false DMCA requests to hide public and factual information they don’t like. The Australian Vaccination Network about as hypocritical as one can get. Read more…
After my post last week about #Ten23 many of you may be asking why people fall for homeopathy. Well, one reason is because many people don’t completely understand what homeopathy is, they think it is something that it’s not. There is another reason, lined out quite well in the little video below which was made by Kylie Sturgess of Podblack.com and Token Skeptic. Take a look, and don’t forget to subscribe to her podcast.
Don’t forget about 10:23 this weekend. Sydney is on Sunday the 6th at 9:30am in the Royal Botanic Gardens, we’re meeting at the Opera House entrance. For other locations in Australia check out the Kylie’s website here and for international visit the official site here.
The weekend of February 5th and 6th will showcase the second year of the #Ten23 campaign across the world. It is a campaign with similar goals to World Homeopathy Awareness Week. WHAW seeks to educate the public about what homeopathy is and how it works, and tell people it does work. 10:23 seeks to educate the public about what homeopathy actually is, how it actually works, and its actual efficacy.
The events in Australia are being centrally co-ordinated by Kylie Sturgess at the website for her podcast, The Token Skeptic, with (currently) more cities in Australia being involved than any other country. For more information on what’s happening near you, just keep an eye on that page for updates.
Those overseas, there’s no better site than the official 10:23 website.
I should have spoken up earlier. It’s currently 6pm in Western Australia, Meryl Dorey is setting up for her talk at the State Library of WA. As a believer in science and reality based medicine, I am disappointed this is going ahead. I am also glad.
When Meryl first announced her talk in Perth at the Uniting Church in The City, many people from the StopAVN group contacted them to let them know the reality behind the Australian Vaccination Network, what they really stood for and would really be talking about. UCiTC were shocked, and decided in the end to cancel the booking.
The Australian Vaccination Network then looked around and lined up a new venue, the State Library of Western Australia. They told Meryl they often have controversial groups talk, so would not cancel. True to their word, once contacted by StopAVN members they responded in a similar way and allowed the talk to continue. Read more…
Australia’s Anti Vaccination group, the Australian Vaccination Network are doing a seminar tomorrow in Perth. They like to claim they give parents both sides of the vaccination “debate” to “let them decide”, a statement I covered in yesterday’s post. However, I am yet to see them give any positive information on vaccines. As a matter of fact, the only information I have seen from them on vaccines has been completely wrong. This is quite disturbing for a group who claims to be the “vaccination watchdog”, and run by someone who claims to be “the leading expert in Australia on vaccines”.
Also as I said yesterday, you cannot give information and misinformation on equal platters and ask people to decide for themselves. That’s just unproductive and dangerous as it gives people the false impression that the misinformation is justified and supported. So, to counter the misinformation and blatant lies by the AVN in tomorrow’s seminar, a website has been launched specifically to correct the AVN’s incorrect claims. Read more…
Just got home from the Mind Body Wallet Spirit Festival in Sydney. This is a bi-annular (twice a year) festival that happens in most major cities across Australia promoting woo of all kinds. It’s the biggest woo-fest in Australia.
Met up with some friends out the front (Richard shown here doing what he does best, nomming the sign that was made to get our group’s attention), and in we went. Unlike my recent visit to Newton’s Pharmacy (a “pharmacy” that deals 100% in homeopathy and other woo, no legitimate medicine to be found), my nasal senses weren’t violently assaulted upon entering which was good. I didn’t last as long as the people I went with, and it wasn’t from the woo. More on that later.
There were numerous stalls I wanted to look at to see what the woo was they were offering as a quick glance didn’t make it overly clear, however more often than not if I wanted a closer look there was already a large group of non-moving people in front of the stall not allowing me to get close enough without actively engaging a stall holder. I’m not exactly good at confrontations and taking people on, so this is something I don’t quite feel comfortable doing as yet. Read more…
This week just gone has been World Homeopathy Awareness Week. I would not be surprised if you didn’t. For an event that is supposed to promote Homeopathy, they are sure doing their best to keep it quiet.
A week ago I decided to try to help them out a little. I jumped on their facebook page and started posting useful information in regards to homeopathy. Websites that have been used in the last year already to promote homeopathy and its efficacy, such as 1023.org.uk and What’s The Harm’s pages on Homeopathy. Surprisingly, I was booted from their fan page and have been rejoining twice at day at the very least ever since. Read more…