In 1998, Andrew Wakefield fooled the world into believing that the MMR Vaccine causes autism. Almost two decades later and his scam is still endangering lives around the world while simultaneously igniting arguments across facebook with that one girl from who posts way to many articles about home birth.
On this week’s show infectious diseases doctor and host of the Quackcast Mark Crislip MD examines the scam and the motives of the man responsible for one of the most dangerous medical frauds in recent memory.
And in, a special bonus, Nicholas talks about his experiences speaking recently at Disrupted, Festival of Ideas alongside whimsical cartoonist and anti-vaxxer Michael Leunig.
In his podcast Scamapalooza Nicholas attempts to separate facts from fraud as he explores the worlds of deception, illusion and swindles with the rogues gallery of writers, magicians, comedians and confidence artists that are his guests.
Nicholas J. Johnson is a Melbourne magician, author, entertainer and collector of scams.