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Vaccine sceptics want to be taken seriously, but they’re still wrong

Posted 01 August 2018

Ivo Vegter has taken on the anti-vaxxer lobby in the Daily Maverick. Considering that some CAM marketers take a stance that vaccines are unsafe and not required, we reproduce his article here.

Vaccine sceptics want to be taken seriously, but they’re still wrong

By Ivo Vegter

People who oppose mandatory vaccination programmes do so on many grounds, and those grounds have shifted over the years. Many of their positions have become more nuanced and, they think, better informed. Here’s why they’re still wrong. 

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ASA Ruling: Solal: “Vitamin D is as effective as a vaccine”

Solal placed an advert in newspapers claiming that “Vitamin D is as effective as a vaccine.” 
 It further lists the facts of Vitamin D as, inter alia,:
• “Vitamin D is extremely safe. There are virtually no negative side effects from people taking vitamin D supplements, even at seemingly high doses, such as 2000 IU per day (five times the current South African RDA).”

A consumer complained to the ASA, which found that the claims were not substantiated. However, the ruling is more fascinating for a number of reasons: Read on!

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