Katie Couric: “Evidence Based Medicine, Who Cares. My Evidence is Jenny McCarthy.”

I am sure many of you have seen the stories, posts, article, etc. about Katie Couric’s abysmal understanding of HPV vaccination and her complete failure to address the evidence. I have linked to five articles on this topic. Please link to these or Tweet links to them so we can raise awareness for this reckless and selfish act on her part all in the name of improving her Q Score.

Her FB page has no place to leave a comment but it does have a place to ask Katie a question. I asked her if she knows what evidence based medicine is? You could do that too.

Respectful Insolence has the following post “Katie Couric on the HPV vaccine: Antivaccine or irresponsible journalist? You be the judge!” This is a long well referenced piece and the answer is clear even before you read word one. She is pandering to a fringe audience to raise her Q Score.

David Kroll contributor at Forbes “ Katie Couric and Cervical Cancer Prevention with the HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix” This is an excellent overview of the topic on HPV and cancer.

A two-dose regimen also has significant implications for preventing HPV-triggered cancers worldwide, especially in regions with poor access to sustained healthcare. Worldwide, 500,000 women are diagnosed each year with cervical cancer alone, and 250,000 will die of their disease.

Matthew Herper on the Forbes Staff “Four Ways Katie Couric Stacked the Deck Against Gardasil”. Great deconstruction of what Couric did and why it was so wrong.

But deaths – including deaths by seizures or unexplained causes – do occur for all sorts of reasons, without explanation, and just because a death happened 18 days after a vaccine was given, as in the example on Katie’s show, does not mean the vaccine caused it. So far, investigations trying to link Gardasil and Cervarix to serious side effects have come up empty.

Emily Willngham Contributor at Forbes “Katie Couric Promotes Anticancer Vaccine Alarmism“. This is a good analysis of Couric who has worked tirelessly to help prevent death from colon cancer. Willingham closes with the following:

Lives may well have been saved (colonoscopies) because of her name recognition and promotion. What will the balance become, I have to wonder, now that she has used her profile instead in ways that may very well influence parents to opt out of a life-saving anti-cancer vaccine for their children?

Alexandra Sifferlin writing on Time.com “Is Katie Couric The Next Jenny McCarthy?” The subhead on this sums it up well “A former Playboy Bunny spreading misinformation is bad enough”. We have just found a respected journalist or on air personality French kissing Jenny McCarthy…. ewwwww. gross on so many level. 

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