Take the Reins Off Your Brains part 4: Evaluate the Experts

Meet Andrew Wakefield, the guy whose fake study on the measles vaccine — hugely flawed, results partially faked, and funded by lawyers who results they could sue on — made consumer confidence in vaccines plummet, and as a result, helped open up new vectors for illnesses that had been mostly eradicated. Always investigate your experts — find out their agendas, their qualifications, and the special interests hidden behind them. It’s always a good idea, but if you were a parent in the last 10 years, you could have been staking not just your own opinion but your child’s health on the basis of a fraudulent, groundless study.

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