AskDrSears.com to feature “updated” vaccine info “within a couple of weeks.”

Earlier today, I got a reply to my earlier query about the fact that the vaccine forum, as well as all info about Bob Sears’s bestseller The Vaccine Book, had gone missing from the Sears family’s revamped website. The answer came from Matt Sears, one of “Dr. Bill” and Martha Sears’s eight children. (The three oldest boys, “Dr. Jim,” “Dr. Bob,” and “Dr. Pete,” are all doctors.) Here it is, reprinted in full:

Hi Seth,

The vaccine content currently in the process of being updated and added to the new website and should be live within a couple weeks.  The website thevaccinebook.com is down only because it hasn’t been updated to the new servers, no specific reason other than the designers not getting to that content yet.

Warm regards,
Matt Sears

Two quick points:

First, kudos to Matt for emailing me back — and I mean that in all sincerity. It’s a classy move. Anyone who has read anything I’ve written about Matt’s brother, either on this site or in my book, knows that I find Bob Sears’s actions in regards to vaccines to be profoundly disturbing. I also think it’s important for people who disagree with each other to keep open all available lines of communication.

Second, Matt’s explanation that the vaccine content is still in the process of being updated still strikes me as…odd, if nothing else. Compare the “Main Topics” listed on the old iteration of the Sears family site, as shown here:

With the list of “Categories” featured on the new site, as seen here:

It looks like the only thing that’s missing is vaccines. (I’m not counting L.E.A.N. Start and GoFish Omega 3 DHA as topics, because those are actually just products, and they’re all still available through the Dr. Sears Family Essentials e-commerce store.) The “Vaccines” forum on the old site appeared to be one of the most heavily trafficked areas…and as of last Friday, Bob Sears himself seemed unclear about why his advice about topics like the lack of danger measles presents to infants was no longer available.

So the question remains: Is the rest of the Sears family distancing themselves from Dr. Bob’s dangerous rhetoric? It looks like we’ll find out before the month is done.

Earlier posts on this topic:
* “Is ‘Dr. Bob’ Sears moving away from his profitable anti-vaccine pandering?” (June 3)
* “Does this mean no more ‘Dr. Bob’ Sears photo-ops with Andrew Wakefield?” (June 3)
* “After disappearing from his family’s site, Sears tells Facebook fans that measles outbreaks not ‘much risk’ for infants (June 6)

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7 Responses to AskDrSears.com to feature “updated” vaccine info “within a couple of weeks.”

  1. Twyla says:

    Umm, this is your fourth post on Dr. Sears and it’s starting to seem like you’re perseverating, though I do understand you wanted to report that you received a response. In a few weeks we’ll know what vaccine info will be on the updated site. We may never know what is going on behind the scenes.

    • Rene Najera says:

      Umm, this is your Nth comment on Seth’s blog, and it’s starting to seem like you’re persevering (not “perseverating”), though I do understand you wanted to comment on his post. In a few weeks you’ll get confirmation of that which you hold to be true, and everything will be right with your world. We may never know what’s going on inside that head of yours, though.

      • Twyla says:

        Yes, I am persevering, and sometimes perseverating too. By now you do know a bit about what’s going on in my head, as I spill my thoughts out in comments. I wish that everything would be right with my world in a few weeks, but I doubt it.

    • Mary says:

      Wow, you are so right. A blog post with an observation. A blog post with a subsequent observation. And a blog post with an update.

      That is just so contrary to all the rules of blogging. You are supposed to only write once on a topic, is that right? Can you please give me the other rules of blogging so I’ll know? And can you please provide me examples of your chastisements on Autism blogging sites so I’ll have multiple examples of your wisdom on this?

  2. Matt Carey says:

    I wonder why the Sears family hasn’t distanced themselves clearly from this damaging stance of “Dr. Bob”. This isn’t the time for pages to disappear or be modified. This is the time to clearly break from an embarrassing past for the Sears family.

  3. Twyla says:

    Looks like references to “The Vaccine Book” are already up again at the Sears site:
    http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/vaccines
    http://66.116.114.76/thevaccinebook/

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