• "Fear-Based Medical Misinformation" Causes Vaccine and Statin "Hesitancy" or is Public Waking Up to the Truth? Dr. Brownstein Reponds to AMA

    An article in the June, 2019 edition of JAMA Cardiology was titled, “Fear-Based Medical Misinformation and Disease Prevention: From Vaccines to Statins." In this article, the author states “fake medical news” as the reason that patients are exhibiting hesitancy about utilizing statins and vaccines. The author blames vaccine refusers for fueling outbreaks of measles. However, mandating that every child receive the MMR does not guarantee a measles-free population. China continues to have measles outbreaks even though Chinese children are the most vaccinated in the world—over 99% of Chinese children are fully vaccinated for measles. Furthermore, there has been a rash of mumps outbreaks across the US since 2006–all in fully vaccinated populations. In fact, from 2016-2017, there have been over 9,200 cases of mumps in the US, mostly from fully vaccinated people. The author blames fake news because patients are concerned about statin safety. A large percentage of patients stop statin drugs due to side effects. I find it doubtful that fake news is responsible for a large percentage of patients to suffer adverse effects from statin therapy. I have been a clinician for over 25 years and regularly heard patients complaining about statin adverse effects.

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  • "Fear-Based Medical Misinformation" Causes Vaccine and Statin "Hesitancy" or is Public Waking Up to the Truth? Dr. Brownstein Reponds to AMA

    "US children receive the largest number of vaccines in the world. Chinese, through mandatory vaccination policies, are the highest percentage vaccinated."

    Brownstein clarified that on his blog.

    This rebuttal is all well and good but from what I can see the article on the AMA has no comment board so the only people who will read it (rebuttal) are the ones who make the effort to either go to Brownsteins blog or go to a blog such as Health Impact. Without the ability to comment directly to the the fear based misinformation by Ann Marie Navar, MD,PhD on the jurnal's website he's basically preaching to the choir.

  • "Fear-Based Medical Misinformation" Causes Vaccine and Statin "Hesitancy" or is Public Waking Up to the Truth? Dr. Brownstein Reponds to AMA

    "Chinese children are the most vaccinated in the world—" "US children are the most vaccinated in the world."

    OK, guys, come on......so which country has the most vaccinated children? China or the USA? LOL



    Just because the majority of physicians believe something does not make it true.

    So true. Medical Physicians are so ignorant it is downright scary. I am extremely wary of allopathic doctors and try to steer clear of them. But, when I can’t I definitely am watching my back at all times.


    Thank you for a great article.

  • "Fear-Based Medical Misinformation" Causes Vaccine and Statin "Hesitancy" or is Public Waking Up to the Truth? Dr. Brownstein Reponds to AMA

    "Chinese children are the most vaccinated in the world—" "US children are the most vaccinated in the world."

    OK, so which country has the most vaccinated children? China ir the USA?



    Just because the majority of physicians believe something does not make it true.

    So true. Medical Physicians are so ignorant it is downright scary. I am extremely wary of allopathic doctors and try to steer clear of them. But, when I can’t, I definitely am watching my back at all times.