Dr. Gordon's at it again
Dr. Gordon, the Huffington Post's resident anti-vaccination blogger, is once again dissing a vaccine study solely on the basis of its funding source. As usual, he hasn't looked at the study itself critically to tell us why it should be ignored on the basis of the study design and science. Instead, he just makes his usual dark insinuations that because the study was funded by a pharmaceutical company and because the author of a commentary on the study has served as a consultant to that company that the study is automatically bad. (He also attributes shingles to "when the chicken pox vaccine is reactivated in normal adults." Odd. His own link states that shingles is due to the reactivation of the chickenpox virus in adults who had chickenpox as children.) Fortunately, a doctor by the name of Dr. Slavin is there to "comment."
Quoth Dr. Slavin:
Before flaming the entire industry and well respected clinicians and researchers, I would suggest seriously reading both the study and editorial and determining for yourself if financial bias played any role in the results or editorial comments.