I refuse to write about the recent op-ed from the Playboy model-cum television host and parenting expert who learned everything she needs to know at Google University and one suspects Hugh Heffner's famed grotto. Girlfriend knows how to get media attention even if it means re-branding herself as a vaccine advocate, a defender of public health who had absolutely nothing to do whatsoever what in the world are you talking about? with the return of measles, an illness that as recently as 1989 to 1991 sickened thousands while killing 123 kids in the US.
I also refuse to write about the Santa Monica-based celebrity pediatrician who supports vaccines in general (i.e. in theory if not practice) but doesn't recommend the MMR and sent a letter to his families that they needn't vaccinate against measles or worry about the current outbreak in California.
Instead thanks to my new and improved mature perspective, I will focus on the positive. Here's something you can do to prevent the spread of pseudoscience or botched media coverage of science. Check out A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science, a piece of visual journalism sure to delight the evidence-seekers in the crowd. Thanks to Compound Interest for sharing this aesthetically-pleasing checklist that should appear in fine print below any health article or claim. Now if only there was a guide for spotting the flawed claims that comes out of the mouths of celebrity pediatricians, I could rest more easily and maybe run a marathon for charity or build a school in Africa.
Oh and here's something you can do to help children stay healthy who don't have a celebrity pediatrician or really any pediatrician or access to vaccines - sign up at Shot At Life, the UN Foundations grass-roots campaign to raise awareness, funding and access to vaccines in the developing world. Join the Global Moms Relay.