Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Monday, November 01, 2004

Anti - vaccination group promoting children's playgroup.

From Kevin Paine:
Reproduced here by permission


This is a letter that I sent to a radio station after they promoted a children's playgroup under the name of an anti-vax group.


I was surprised to hear a Community Service Announcement this morning on your radio station promoting the organisation known as the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN). The fact that you promoted this organisation indicates that you may not be fully aware of the activities.

Firstly, the name they use is exceptionally misleading. They could be more accurately described as the Australian Anti-Vaccination Network. A look at their web-site should more than clarify this for you.

Despite millions being wasted on research showing that there is no link between vaccines and autism, (1,2,5,6) world anti-vaccination groups, including the AVN, promote this non-existent risk as a tactic to scare parents into leaving their children unvaccinated. Anti-vaccinationists also claim vaccines cause cancer (3,4,5), ADHD (5), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (6), Shaken Baby Syndrome (6) and numerous other illnesses.

Many deadly childhood diseases of the past are starting to make a comeback, as was seen in the recent Pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak in Adelaide (7). This can be directly attributed to a falling vaccination rate, which in turn can be traced to the activities of organisations such as the AVN.

The activities of the anti-vaccinationists sunk to a new low, when they aligned themselves with a convicted child killer in the US (8,9,13). The AVN and other anti-vaccination groups must be stopped. Promoting any of their activities is a dis-service to the community.

I have provided refernces to source material to support every claim in this letter, such as copies of letters, criminal records of Alan Yurko, published studies etc if you wish to check any of the information provided.

I suspect you have promoted this organisation based on false or incomplete information supplied by them. I simply request that you cease doing so, and alert other media outlets so they avoid making the same error.

Thank you for your time and assistance in keeping this insidious organisation away from vulnerable parents and safeguarding the health of our children.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Paine (former victim of health fraud)
Member Australian Council Against Health Fraud


The station manager responded saying that they will re-considering the announcement.

One small step for fighting SCAM, one giant leap forward in the protection of our children's health.

or use
(9) - Listed under "International Support Growing"
(10) - 23rd name left column Meryl Dorey - President AVN
(11) - Search for Alan Yurko
page_with_contents.htm - Journal Articles, Vol 20, No 2 Shaken baby Syndrome on shaky ground OR
or use