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Just when I thought Mamamia couldn’t get any lower….

Subtitle: The adversary ovis aries

 

A couple of days ago, I outlined my opinion that Mamamia had libelled a vaccine-choice advocate.

I also presented evidence to indicate that the advocate’s words were based entirely on good foundation.

In the article, Vaccine-choice advocate libelled by Mamamia? ,  I mentioned the fact that Mamamia censors pertinent information that is provided to them.

 

Has Mamamia taken a leaf out of GlaxoSmithKline’s honesty policy? (Is GlaxoSmithKline stuck in a pattern of dishonest behaviour?)  See reference here. One thing is a certainty – it has become apparent to many that the Mamamia site is little interested in promoting honest discourse.

 

It has been drawn to my attention by others that Mamamia is clearly interested in the publication of death threats and defamatory statements

 

Despite site warning, “If you’re offensive, you’ll be blacklisted and your comment will go to spam”, Mamamia has permitted a death threat against vaccine-choice advocate, Meryl Dorey, to be published. The poster, who comes across as being a particularly troubled individual, wrote:

 

 

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This clearly offensive comment is also deemed acceptable by Mamamia:

 

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In reference to the poster of the latter comment, would that old schoolyard chestnut “It takes one to know one” be relevant? Using my powers of deduction, I would hazard a guess and say that it very likely just may be.

 

Many people have alerted me to the fact that their perfectly reasonable comments have been censored by Mamamia

 

To those people who wish to have a comment approved by Mamamia, the way forward is clear. Dumb yourself right down and switch your mind right off. Chant to yourself  “Grey matter? What grey matter?” until it becomes a mantra, and until your critical-thinking skills go completely on vacation. Whatever you do, DO NOT tell the truth in your comments. Heaven forbid, do not attach links to scientific articles. Those will not go down well at all. You will have no hope there. Bleat a bit. No, O.K., bleat a lot. Become a prize bleater. Then, and only then, will you be able to compose a comment deemed worthy of acceptance by Mamamia staff.

 

I hope those tips will be helpful to folk. Best of luck. I realise it will be difficult for some of you to switch off your awakened mind. You can but try your best. Fingers crossed, eh. May the force be with you.

 

If you think I was in jest about it being necessary to bleat in order to have a comment approved at Mamamia, this very day on Channel 9, Mia Freedman herself was heard to utter the words “I’m such a sheep”.

Does Mia actually take an interest in the hate-inciting articles her staff write? Is she aware that death threats are being posted in the comments on such articles? If not, she should be. Is she aware that police have advised that such threats should be taken seriously? She should be. Is Mia ashamed of what her site has become? She most certainly should be.

I find it most unfortunate that people put blind faith in a site that promotes particular government-sponsored posts. Yes, the government. The government that once upon a time approved Pluserix for use. This same product, under the name Trivirix, had already been withdrawn from use elsewhere due to causing unacceptably high rates of meningitis. Fabulous.

 

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Vaccine-choice advocate libelled by Mamamia?

 

Many people have known for some time that some of the writers at the “fluff” site, Mamamia, are not exactly…..how should one put it….. suffice it to say that, to my mind, they are not exactly Einstein.

One might receive the distinct impression that the writers there are aged about 20, that they know very little of the world, and that they lack the basic understanding to realise that there’s a whole world out there beyond their own rectal passage. And beyond their own website. You know – a world in which some people actually choose to be educated on matters of importance.

 

I recently had the misfortune to encounter a Mamamia article in which vaccine-choice advocate, Meryl Dorey, was accused of lying. According to Mamamia article  Anti-vaxxers come up with their most abhorrent lie yet, Meryl Dorey had the audacity to speak at a recent expo and state that Shaken Baby Syndrome is not always as it seems. Tch tch tch. How dare anyone tell the truth. But it appears to me that Mamamia’s motto is “Never let the truth get in the way of a libellous, sloppily-researched Mamamia hit-piece”.

 

Apparently, referring to bleeding behind the eyes, Dorey stated that “There are so many things that can cause that symptom and in Australia there is a doctor by the name of Archie K who also put a lot of those symptoms they’re looking at with shaken baby down to lack of Vitamin C. He even believed that vaccinations caused a deficit of Vitamin C and [that] would cause the bruising and the broken bones that a lot of people were seeing in their babies, as well.”

 

According to Mamamia, what Dorey said “is completely unfounded, untrue” and, apparently, “her arguments are based on bogus science”. Really?

 

Let’s look at Dr Archivides (Archie) Kalokerinos for a moment

 

The Sydney Morning Herald ran a piece on this well-respected physician in 2012, under the heading Doctor prevented infant mortality. The article goes on to describe Dr Kalokerinos’ work in addressing “ the impossibly high infant mortality rate he encountered in regional NSW.”

 

“In one Aboriginal community every second Aboriginal infant was dying. Kalokerinos adopted a radical ”counter intuitive” therapy – boosting the immune system – and brought the infant mortality rate there down to zero. He embraced preventative medicine, particularly in the beneficial use of vitamin C. Some of Kalokerinos’s theories were controversial, but he had some powerful support. The dual Nobel-prize winner Linus Pauling, in the foreword to Kalokerinos’s book Every Second Child, endorsed his views. In 1975, film director Phillip Noyce produced a documentary on him and Aboriginal healthcare entitled, God Only knows Why, But it Works. It was claimed that a ”Schindler’s List” could be drawn up, of children he had saved and their offspring.”

 

Furthermore, we see that Dr Kalokerinos “was surprised to discover that some of the children had symptoms of scurvy. After trying to treat them with antibiotics and vitamin C, he found that the effects of vitamin C therapy were dramatic. He reported on this, encountering scepticism from some within his profession. He believed there was a link between vitamin C deficiency and sudden infant death syndrome. He also found that some children had a disease that affected their taste buds so that food tasted foul, and they were being tube-fed. He realised they were suffering a zinc deficiency and came up with a treatment that is now routine.”

 

Now let us look at Linus Pauling, who endorsed Dr Archie Kalokerinos’ views

 

In this Linus Pauling biography , we read that “In addition to the general recognition as one of the two greatest scientists of the 20th century, he was usually acknowledged by his colleagues as the most influential chemist since Lavoisier, the 18th-century founder of the modern science of chemistry. His introductory textbook General Chemistry, revised three times since its first printing in 1947 and translated into 13 languages, has been used by generations of undergraduates. After Pauling entered the field of chemistry as a professional in the mid-1920s, his work, grounded in physics, has affected the work of every chemist. He is also often considered the founding father of molecular biology, which has transformed the biological sciences and medicine and provided the base for biotechnology.”

 

Hmmmm……let me see……..whose opinions and research do I put more stock in? That of Dr Archie Kalokerinos and Nobel Chemistry Prize winner, Linus Pauling? Or that of, in my opinion, a blinkered little writer at Mamamia whose sole goal appears to be the further dumbing-down of the masses?

 

So when Dr Archie Kalokerinos writes here about the subjects of Shaken Baby Syndrome, SIDS, vaccination, and vitamin C, we should all dismiss his 50 years of work? In favour of nothing more than the parochial views of a writer at Mamamia who, as far as I’m concerned, doesn’t know which end is up?

 

Sorry, Mamamia. Some of us are too intelligent to switch off our minds and join your flock of gullible fluff-worshippers.

 

Without any difficulty whatsoever, I was able to find this on Pubmed. Why, look at that – Shaken Baby Syndrome is not always as it appears to be.

[Metabolic disease or shaken baby syndrome?].

Abstract We describe two children with subdural haematoma and glutaricacidaemia type 1, who were diagnosed late because of initial suspicion of shaken baby syndrome.

And again “Intraretinal hemorrhages and chronic subdural effusions: glutaric aciduria type 1 can be mistaken for shaken baby syndrome.”

 

How difficult would it have been for Mamamia to do even the slightest amount of investigation before posting an article which, to my eyes, clearly libels someone?

 

By all means, if the article author wants to pretend to themselves that Shaken Baby Syndrome is always as it appears to be, they should go ahead and believe that. But to publish an article and not acknowledge facts that are provided to them and, in fact, to censor such evidence? As far as I’m concerned, that is wrong, unprincipled and ignorant. In fact, I think it’s just plain dumb, dumb, dumb.

 

Just keep on churning out that fluff, Mamamia. The calibre of ovis aries people you aim your writing at are clearly very, very happy with fluff.

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