Friday, July 30, 2010

#46: Harold Buttram

Advisor for the Medical Voices Vaccine Information Center, the kind of center you really should run away from as fast as you can if you have a medical condition (the center also promotes our previous loon, Rashid Buttar). Buttram is a notoriously vile anti-vaccine crank, conspiracy theorist and promoter of dubious practices and alternative medicine. A sympathetic presentation is here. He is also a member of the infamous Association of American Physicians and Scientists, which publishes Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (discussed here)
and uses Andy Schlafly as legal representative.

Dr. Buttram is perhaps most infamous for claiming that the shaken baby syndrome is really due to vaccine injury rather than physical trauma and has published articles in his Association’s journal and elsewhere defending that claim. As a consequence he was personally responsible for almost getting baby murderer Alan Yurko off the hook (another witness for the defense was Mohammed Al-Bayati). As if the facts don’t prove his lunacy, Dr. Buttram also has his own page on Whale.to. That should settle it.

Diagnosis: Unintentionally evil loon of the kind that is all too common. Needs to be stopped, but even if he is there’s ten more to take his place.

(btw, a good post on denialism in general can be found here)

7 comments:

  1. Hmm ... wonder if Arthur Butz is coming up next?

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  2. I don't know about your vaccine story.
    I just want to say he was the best medical doctor I have ever had. He cure me of a chronic sinus problem that I had suffered from from 20 years. And helped me with many other health problems after that. It's too bad that he has retired. I hope this kind of web site didn't have anything to do with it. Probably he's just getting old and ready to do some other things. He's such and intelligent and caring person.

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  3. I don't doubt that he is a caring and intelligent and nice person. I trust you on that. But that only makes it even more sad that he has endorsed the kind of false and dangerous stuff he has (demonstrably) endorsed. Yes, it is sad, but he needs to be exposed nonetheless

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  4. I just searched for Yurko and he's out. Don't know if Buttram had anything to do with it.

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  5. Oh boy; here's Buttram launching some real lunacy, founded upon the most ridiculous crackpottery. This guy is truly insane.

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  6. yeh, pretty handy tool this is, calling everyone "looney". Vaccines are harmful, even dangerous, they cause autism and many other ilnesses, they have really dreadful side effects, and if you muppet are going to vaccinate your own child, then, congratulations, you've made it to the 80th level muppet

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