Mother relied on report written by doctor involved in high-profile vaccine refusal case in Michigan.
A B.C. judge has ordered the vaccination of two children over the objections of their mother, who questioned the safety of immunization.
The case went to provincial court in Salmon Arm, in B.C.’s southern interior, because of the father’s concerns about recent measles outbreaks and a warning that education officials might not allow his two sons to attend school during an outbreak unless they were immunized.
The mother attempted to introduce a report into evidence written by a U.S. doctor who testified in the high-profile case of a Michigan mother who fought for years to keep from vaccinating her young daughter.
But Judge Stella Frame questioned Dr. Toni Lynn Bark’s qualifications to speak about immunology, virology or epidemiology as well as her claims to be an expert in “vaccine adversomics.”
“It is difficult to know whether or not this is junk science or a recognized emerging field,” Frame wrote in her eight-page decision.
“Presented as it is in her report, her theory or opinion sounds like a conspiracy theory.”
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