Monday, November 3, 2014

#1198: Sherri Tenpenny


Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopath who doesn’t appear to practice medicine in any recognizable way anymore, is an abysmally crazy promoter of woo, antivaxx views and conspiracy theories. Her website presents her as “one of the country’s most knowledgeable and outspoken physicians regarding the impact of vaccines on health,” but Tenpenny has no relevant educational background or expertise (e.g. on infectious disease or immunology), and has published no research on any related topic. There is a good and compact portrait of her and her expertise here.

She runs the Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, and is the author of Saying No to Vaccines, where she argues against vaccines by relying on, well, conspiracy theories, gut feelings and pseudoscience – it earned Tenpenny her own whale.to page and landed her an interview on Alex Jones’s PrisonPlanet (where she presented her conspiracy theories about the swine flu). She is also on the board of the crank antivaxx organization Medical Voices Vaccine Information Center, which does its best to challenge whale.to for trustworthiness on things medical (and publishes her stuff), prominent member of the Canary party, and on the advisory board for the Holistic Moms Network, which is possibly the place you should get your medical advice. She is, of course, also a mainstay at the annual quackfest conference Autism One.

Tenpenny is even a a germ theory denialist; according to Tenpenny disease seems to be due to toxins that damage the body, and the germs subsequently take advantage of the toxin-damaged tissues – she has even been caught quoting the well-debunked lie that Pasteur recanted his germ theory on his death bed, no less.

Tenpenny’s lack of understanding of how evidence in science works (e.g. that looking at all the evidence trumps judiciously selecting whatever superficially seems to support your belief) or the distinction between correlation and causation is brilliantly displayed in her post “Vaccines and the Blue Foot Syndrome”, discussed (in context) here, which seems to suggest that the anecdotes gathered by antivaxxers for causal claims refuted by controlled studies, shows that it is scientists who don’t understand evidence.

Crankmaster Christiane Northrup has been caught quoting Sherri Tenpenny in her rants against vaccines, calling Tenpenny “the foremost medical expert in vaccine safety”. Mike Adams is a fan as well, calling Tenpenny “a brilliant, science-minded researcher with a lot to teach the world about vaccines and immunology.”

Diagnosis: Extreme crackpot, and it is pretty scary to see how she is repeatedly treated as if she were some kind of expert in the fields, and as if her rants contained any reality-reflecting insights. Very, very dangerous. 

11 comments:

  1. And a very well deserved recognition in this prestigious publication. Congratulations on receiving this award, "Doctor." You will go down in the annals of infamy.

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  2. Now maybe the blog followers, that think that blogs qualify as a great source will see Tenpenny for the quack she is.

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  3. Dr. Tenpenny has more knowledge of vaccines than most peopled do. The reason is that her son was damaged from vaccines. She pushes hard for safety and research and points out the flaws in the FDA and CDC and conflicts of interest. She wants safer vaccines. The vax makers have ZERO liability, so they can rush testing and offer a unsafe product with no risk. That is the main issue. If YOU think vaccines are safe, then god help you.

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    1. She has knowledge of vaccines because her son was "supposedly" damaged by them? Those are her credentials? In that case I have unbeatable knowledge of the motor vehicle industry because I was once knocked off my bicycle by a vehicle. Get real.

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    2. No better researcher out there than a mama bear whose cub was injured by something. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. VACCINES DO INJORE AND NOT ALL VACCINES ARE BAD BUT MANY HAVE ADJUVANTS THAT COULD BE REPLACED WITH SAFER ONES THAT DO NOT DAMAGE DNA AND KILL

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    3. I thought your first sentence was sarcasm, but then you went all crazy in caps lock lol

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    4. "mama bear" researchers followed up by an ALL CAPS rant that includes "INJORE"?

      Tenpenny admits she doesn't know how to do research. Sorry.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pByYy2uhIIU

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    5. Emily Hart, you don't know about Sterling Hill. She knows what she's talking about. It is clear that you don't.

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  4. Allopaths are the real quacks. The so called "health care providers" only deliver "synthetic health." Nobody is healthy under their care. Allopaths' patients live doped up in an unreal state of health. What a damnation allopaths brought to the health care system when they took control of it.

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  5. Vioxx killed 100s thousands worldwide and 60,000 in the US alone, yet the drug company defended it and kept it on the market when the evidence was clear. The drug industry has been fined BILLIONS for fraud, yet you take their word on vaccines. There are tons of studies by scientists, virologists, immuolgists, PhDs that say vaccines are not safe but it's standard practice to attack the messenger and not make the vaccines safer.

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    1. I'd explain to you that this is a red herring at best, but I know that even if you knew what a red herring was (which is highly doubtful) you would ignore the fact that you made one and start off on come unfalsifiable conspiracy theory.

      "There are tons of studies by scientists, virologists, immuolgists, PhDs that say vaccines are not safe...."

      No, there is Ginger Taylor's debunked list, in which the very first study listed does not support her claim.

      I can promise you that your life will get better when you stop adhering to derp.

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