Sometimes Facebook’s suggestions of things to read lead to some seriously funny material. After clicking on a link about vaccines, Facebook recommended I read an article about health outcomes in unvaccinated children. Reading this rubbish made me as annoyed as a certain box of blinking lights, but it again affords me the opportunity to describe how people can confuse, bamboozle, and twist logic using bad statistics.
First of all, Health Impact News has all the markings of a crank site. For instance, its banner claims it is a site for ‘News that impacts your health that other media sources may censor.’ This in itself ought to be a red flag, just like Kevin Trudeau’s Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About.
But enough about that. Let’s see how this article and the study they refer to abuses statistics.