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Correcting this week’s misinformation: week of May 25, 2023

Turbo cancer rumors

The Claim:

Twitter influencer noticed that someone else’s colleague noticed that younger women are being diagnosed with aggressive forms of breast cancer, or what they are terming turbo cancers. What do they claim is the cause? “The dysregulation of the immune responses and the suppression of the immune system by these genetic-based injections.”

The Facts:

While breast cancer is not as common in younger women as it is in older women, when it is diagnosed in younger women, it tends to be more aggressive and have worse outcomes. Neither the doctor nor the colleague making the claim of a rise in “turbo cancer” backs up their claims with any verifiable scientific evidence. Their anecdotal claims have no controls or evidence of causation.

While one of the leading causes of death in 2022 was cancer, one of the leading causes of death in 2020 was also cancer. 2020 was, of course, before the vaccine even came out. Same in 2019. And in 2018.

study, which claims that the spike protein from the virus (not the vaccine) impairs the DNA’s repair mechanism–which could cause cancer–contradicts previous studies and has been retracted.

First year outcomes

The Claim:

An anti-vaccine cardiologist has written an article arguing that health outcomes are better for unvaccinated children under 3.

The Facts:

The authors of this study, a biological engineer and a journalist who believes in alien visitations, also authored a now-retracted article claiming vaccines caused autism in African-American boys.

But back to the article in question. The methods are difficult to ascertain as it doesn’t disclose how the three (total) pediatric practices were chosen. A little over 2000 children were included in the study, and over 30% of them were completely unvaccinated. According to the CDC, approximately 1.3% of children born in 2015-2016 received no vaccines. We can assume the authors showed some selection bias in choosing the pediatric practices to study.

The authors of the study did not control for differences between the groups of unvaccinated and vaccinated children, as vaccination status might be associated with other factors that can impact health status. For example, vaccinated families may be more likely to seek out medical care when problems arise, not necessarily because they are more likely to develop problems in the first place.

Do we know if there are actual differences in the health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated children? Yes. Studies in Germany, the Philippines, and the United States show that the advantage of being vaccinated is not getting VPDs while no health advantages hold for remaining unvaccinated.

Normal adult sexuality and fertility

The Claim:

doctor of English literature is sharing concerns that lipid nanoparticles in some COVID vaccines will stop children from developing into “normal adult, sexual healthy people, capable of forming families and reproducing.”

The Facts:

Our author is getting caught up on the results of this study describing the potential effects of nanoparticles on the reproductive system. What she is missing is that nanoparticles (NPs) are just very small particles, and not all NPs share the same properties. If you read the study, NPs such as gold, silver, silica, titanium dioxide, cerium oxide, and zinc oxide NPs are considered in terms of the potential effects of the accumulation of these heavy metal and carbon-based NPs in cells.

Lipid NPs were not addressed. COVID vaccines containing lipid nanoparticles have not been shown to have any impact on fertility or sexual function.

The lipid NPs used to deliver mRNA for COVID vaccination are fat or fat-like substances that look, to the body, like a normal cell. Cells will take up the Lipid NP along with the mRNA, read the mRNA’s instructions, and degrade the nanoparticle as it would with normal fat. And then it is gone and not interfering with any baby-making plans.

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