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Derek Bartholomaus
 Interviews: Daniel Loxton & Derek Bartholomaus
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Though the celebrated and the famous have long used the glare of the spotlight to highlight personal causes, rarely has fame been used to such staggering effect as by Jenny McCarthy. Since 2007, this former Playboy model now turned autism activist has advocated for parents to stop vaccinating their children against deadly diseases. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Derek Bartholomaus, creator of “The Jenny McCarthy Body Count” website. This chilling and controversial site utilizes data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to keep a running tally of illnesses and deaths from vaccine preventable diseases — a sobering reminder of the human cost of anti-vaccination rhetoric. On a lighter note, Derek & Swoopy also talk with Jr. Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton about the launch of the “Skeptics Mix Tape” project. This eclectic collection of songs of science and skepticism are available as free MP3s from
Show Notes

Date -June 16th, 2009 read by Derek.

Did you attend Skeptics in the Pub this weekend?
Find your own local Drinking Skeptics here. Also on Twitter. 
The Skeptics Mix tape project is available NOW on 
Daniel Loxton has been working on this one for awhile.
As always, Skeptical rock star George Hrab was the first one to offer help. 
Other artists include Jonathan Coulton, Artichoke, and Coco Love Alcorn.

Music – Coco Love Alcorn – “Thinking Cap” 

The song "Cosmic Carl" by Dr. SETI is a great tribute to Carl Sagan. 
The current issue of Jr. Skeptic magazine features Scooby Doo!
Everything I learned about skepticism I learned from Scooby Doo. (or Velma)

Music – George Hrab – "Skeptic" 

Jenny McCarthy has been spouting anti-vaccination rhetoric since 2007.
She also claimed that her son was a crystal child. 
Morbidity and Mortality reports from the CDC show that vaccine preventable diseases are on the rise.
Derek Bartholomaus was inspired to create The Jenny McCarthy Body Count website.
There is even a Jenny McCarthy Body Count Widget.
Derek has worked on a number of TV shows – this one you really should watch. 
Dr. Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog also highlights the exploits of Jenny.
Other great sites that cover anti-vaxxers include The Science Based Medicine Blog. 
Derek is also a member of the Independent Investigations Group of Los Angeles. 
One of Derek's long running investigations involves the case of Billy Meier.
There are many many misconceptions about autism and spectrum disorder. 
New studies are being undertaken to learn more about autism genetics.
Scientists have discovered a variant of a gene called CACNA1G that may increase children's risk of developing autism, particularly boys.
Jenny McCarthy now also blogs for, and may get her own show. 
Advocates of the Quiverful movement have litters of children and also do not vaccinate. 
Some parents have started home schooling to avoid vaccinating. 
Some kids go to school unvaccinated – at least 8000 in Georgia this year. 
Jenny McCarthy is now heralding her child Evan as recovering from Autism.
It's more likely recovered Autistic children were misdiagnosed. 
Amanda Peet is an advocate for childhood vaccination. 
Derek will be working on the post production for the new season of Criss Angel Mindfreak
You can contact Derek through this address, or follow him on Twitter. 
He also has his own IMDB page. 
The Amazing Meeting 7 is held July 9-12, 2009 at the South Point Hotel and Casino.
You can access The Skeptic's Mixtape Project Here!
George Hrab's podcast is not to be missed – get it here!

Outro Music – Tales from the Birdbath – “The Scientist” 

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