As Orac put it :
"There is a course in medicine, specifically alternative medicine, being taught by a homeopath, and, worse than that, it’s featuring Joe Mercola interviewing Andrew Wakefield as a legitimate source of information on vaccines.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t object in concept to a course that looks at the antivaccine movement and its arguments, but such a course must be rooted in science and show why antivaccine misinformation is not supported by science. Instead, we get this:
Required Readings/ Viewings for this week:
VIDEO: Interview with Andrew Wakefield: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...interview.aspx
VIDEO: Shedding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKSeiAs_A4w[/url] (new addition to syllabus)
VIDEO: Vaccine’s Safety A Crime Against Humanity, [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N3oHLe80O4
Dissolving Illusions, Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History, pp vii-xvi, 445-479
Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality; The Medical Assault on the American Brain, Harris Coulter – Ch. 7 (Medical Hubris and Its Consequences), Ch 3 (The Post-Encephalitic Syndrome)
96 Research Papers Autism/ Vaccination. http://www.scribd.com/doc/220807175/...ne-Autism-Link
This Physician’s Assessment of Flu Vaccines in Pregnancy http://www.safeminds.org/blog/2014/0...nes-pregnancy/
Safeminds? Collective Evolution? Joe Mercola? Andrew Wakefield? These are not reliable sources on vaccines. They represent the underbelly of the antivaccine movement. Hell, why not include the antivaccine crank blog Age of Autism as a legitimate source while you’re at it? Notice also how there isn’t the “other side” of this “controversy” offered, as in information on vaccines from the CDC, vaccine scientists, and legitimate sources. It’s all one-sided—the antivaccine side."
Also, looks like she's gone.
"A University of Toronto lecturer accused of basing her course on non-scientific and discredited “anti-vaxxer” pseudoscience is no longer teaching.
Beth Landau-Halpern, a homeopath, came under fire last year when the source materials for her course on alternative medicine at U of T Scarborough were made public. They included YouTube links and other non-academic sources.
A spokesperson for the university confirmed on Monday that Landau-Halpern’s course will not be offered this summer or next year, and she is no longer on staff.
The most recent controversy concerning Landau-Halpern began shortly after the investigation.
In late March, about 30 scientists and U of T faculty members wrote a joint letter to university president Meric Gertler, complaining that Landau-Halpern was using quantum physics to “inaccurately explain the alleged effects of alternative healthcare” and thus “undermining the scientific endeavor.”
Landau-Halpern’s course outline said students would learn how quantum mechanics “offers clear explanations as to why homeopathic remedies with seemingly no chemical trace of the original substance are able to resolve chronic diseases.”
That’s not quantum mechanics, it’s “quantum mysticism,” the scientists wrote." http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/141...ing-at-u-of-t/
Thank goodness for that.