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My scientific background and credentials are linked to in the “About me” page. I am currently employed by the University of Kansas as an assistant professor. All opinions and content on this blog are mine, not my employer’s.

Currently, comments are lightly moderated. I do have a few stipulations:

1.  Racism, misognyny, homophobia, transphobia, and personal threats will result in instant banning, no exceptions. If you wish clarification on any of these points, ask me.

2. I request that your comment add something beyond name-calling; if that’s all you’re here to do, you will be warned a few times, then banned.

3. If you cite a study, please link to it. Please only cite things that you’ve actually read (beyond the abstract).

As you can see from the comments section of several posts here, I don’t prevent people from expressing disagreement, either with myself or with other commenters. If you don’t see your comment immediately, it does not mean I’ve suppressed it (unless it violates the guidelines above). Your comment may be in my spam queue (particularly if you try to post multiple links). I try to go through spam comments every few days, so please don’t repeatedly post the same comment. My activity within the comments section is highly variable depending on my workload, so please don’t be offended if I don’t respond personally to your comments. I typically will write comments a day or two following a new post, but after that I prefer to let you have your own say, and talk to each other without my interference or response. I do read every comment that gets posted, and I greatly appreciate everyone’s participation.

These policies are subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact me using the email link above

27 thoughts on “Site policies

  1. Victoria Huffman April 8, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    Please tell me why they put mercury in vaccines?

  2. Anonymous April 8, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    My grandfather lost his entire family in the Flu epidemic in the early 1900’s. He had one son who survived, but later died in his sleep. He then went on to marry my grandmother….I know you were wondering how I got here. My point is that during my lifetime, we finally have an answer for so many disease that caused so much death and destruction on a world wide basis. People died in the millions from many of these diseases. I remember that Polio was still a big problem when I was young ( I am 55 now) as was the mumps, measles etc. I am immune suppressed now due to my RA diagnosis and having to take a chemo drug weekly for the rest of my life and it appalls me that anyone thinks they have the right to risk my life because they don’t want to listen to the facts. You really only need to look at history to see how devastating allowing any of these disease to come back would be. Please don’t put off immunizations, you are risking more than you know.

  3. Paul Fuku April 10, 2014 / 5:13 am

    Hi, first of all, I would like to say I definitely approve of most vaccines. They have brought down many vicious diseases and they definitely deserve to be used. I think contesting this is just based on non scientific facts & discourse mixed with fear.

    That being said, I’d like to point out that there are many modern vaccines that have very limited efficiency or higher side effects, and have been hugely marketed by big pharmaceutical companies. One example would be the (seasonal and non-seasonal) influenza vaccines, or the HPV vaccines.

    Finally another thing I believe could be reduced is the number of injections, which are in the US higher than anywhere else in the world. This is nothing more but fearmonging in the other way, pushing to “more is better”.

  4. Anonymous April 10, 2014 / 7:14 am

    I vaccinated my children and certainly acknowledge that the development of vaccines has given society a tremendous boost in its fight against disease. However, I have concerns about the sheer number of inoculations that we are giving our children at such an early age and (as a health professional) I am not nearly as confident as the author of ‘Dear parents, you are being lied to’ that we are definitely not doing harm. We do not know the cause of autism; in fact, there’s a lot we don’t know about developing bodies and minds. I vaccinated my children because the best available evidence indicated that I should. However, I didn’t take folate during my pregnancy because no-one knew AT THAT TIME about the relationship between folate and neural tube defects. My mother suffered badly from morning sickness; I guess I’m lucky she didn’t take thalidomide. Who knows what we will discover in the future, but I would suggest that even a paediatrician can be wrong, and arrogance is not the sign of a good doctor.

  5. Fuab April 10, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    People trust doctors to treat many things but not others. What’s wrong with that? No one is perfect so that doctor is wrong to say a parent shouldn’t trust them to care for a sick child if the parent chooses not to vaccinate. I trust my child’s pediatrician to make recommendations but in the end I make the decision, every time we go in they want to hand me a prescription for antibiotic, each time we cure sickness with honey and cinnamon and vitamin c. It’s beat strep throat, common cold and sinus infections , that doctor is rude and arrogant

  6. Jennifer Raff April 11, 2014 / 9:50 am

    Hey y’all, this isn’t really the best place for your comments on this subject. Why don’t you post them to one of the vaccine threads? Thanks!

  7. Rick Paulin. April 13, 2014 / 10:55 am

    I have just finished reading your articles in the SMH on vaccines. As a scientist working in Biotech and knowledgeable about vaccines, it is about as comprehensive a demolition job on the anti-vaccination lobby as you can get.
    I might want to add that vaccines are the most cost-effective way to control disease. Vaccination helps prevent financial strain on our health system and ultimately reduces upward pressure on our taxes.

  8. Lyn Christian May 21, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Your Site Policies resonate with me as much as the Rule of Gym Jones do.

  9. GM Samaras June 1, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    Sadly, for the children of these parents – whether the parents believe in evolution or not – they are still subject to those real laws of nature. So, when the patents are insufficiently “fit” to discriminate nonsense, their offspring inevitably will have a lower probability of survival. While this is terribly sad for the individual children and very frustrating for caring clinicians, it may actually have long term value … Like they say out west, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

  10. Rene' June 1, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    Have you ever sat at the bedside of a small child with whooping cough gasping to breath? Children still DIE from whooping cough. Are you willing to risk your son becoming sterile after a bout with mumps? Have you talked to a polio victim? Would they have risked taking a polio vaccine to prevent this disease? My great uncle died an agonizing death at the age of 12 because of tetanus from a rusty file. Would his mother have risked a DPT vaccine if it had been available in 1905?
    Have those who are against giving vaccines ever seen people suffering those diseases? And I mean suffering. If vaccines become available in impoverished countries, do the mothers there hesitate to take advantage of medicine that may enable their child to live past his first birthday? They know what childhood diseases can do to a child. Children in this country experience good health in large part because diseases feared in years past have been greatly reduced or eradicated by vaccines.

  11. Anonymous June 2, 2014 / 9:34 am

    I think it is a matter of education understanding why there are ingredients like farmeldihyde and mercury in the ingredients. Why is that exactly?

  12. Becky June 2, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    I’m curious if you’ve researched the Gardasil vaccine with regard to its safety? There’s a lot of scary information out there. Would love to hear your thoughts.

  13. Maureen McDonnell, BS,RN July 27, 2014 / 11:34 am

    As a pediatric nurse for 35 years and as the former national coordinator of the Autism Research Institute conferences I can tell you there is much more to this discussion than this biased article which contains limited facts. For starters, study all of the science not just those studies that are in alignment with your limited point of view. Secondly if you spoke to thousands of parents (as I have) of children who developed autism after recieving multiple vaccines your perspective would change. Of course we want to protect our children from diseases and it is idiotic to assume any of us on the side of vaccine safety wouldnt want that! Do your homewok parents and medical professionals and stop buying into this fear mongering propaganda!!!

    • Chris July 27, 2014 / 11:52 am

      “Secondly if you spoke to thousands of parents (as I have) of children who developed autism after recieving multiple vaccines your perspective would change.”

      Where did you publish that study? Because that is an extraordinary statistic. Just share the PMID.

  14. Helene Regelein January 12, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    my grandson did not get any of his immunities because he had severe allergies and they would of been dangerous to give them when he was little. The doctor recommended that we wait till he was about five years old. This made us sad and worried but for his safety we waited. Well we found out at the age of two that he was autistic. That proved that all they were saying about these shots giving a child autism was not true. Thank god he did not get any of the diseases and did get his shots before he started school and did well with all the immune shots. So I just want people to throw out their fears and make sure they give thei children their immunation shots. Thank you

  15. rustygarnersmith January 22, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Hey Jennifer, I agree with your site policies completely. It never ocured to me to set up a page like this. Your blog is interesting. Thanks for letting me visit.

  16. Hawk March 15, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    I’m curious to know how much money these University Scientists and other Professionals from the Med. field have been paid by the Pharma Corporations for their findings?

    • Jennifer Raff March 15, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      I haven’t received any money from any Pharma corporation.

  17. Jeffrey Thomas April 19, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I am totally against vaccinations in 2016. What happened in early 1900’s is irrelevant. Big Pharm is a rotten organization now and I do not thrust them. They had a law passed a while back that made them immune to law suits. So, if your child dies or has severe side effects, they are not liable. You cannot sue them. They made 46 billion, in 2015. Clean water and better nutrition has reduced diseases and therefore vaccines are not really needed for every child and please never inject your tiny 6 pound new born. Its absolutely barbaric to inject a newborn with all those chemicals. Check out a great page:…and get some true FACTS and then stop and think. Big Pharm owns our government and they pay politicians to push their drugs on the citizens. Its scary.

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