Meryl Dorey wins the Bent Spoon

Meryl Dorey has released a statement in her latest AVN newsletter to try and play down winning the Bent Spoon Award.

AVN President wins Award.

Sunday, November 29th, 2009 — For Immediate Release:

Meryl Dorey, President of the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), Australia’s vaccine safety watchdog, is very proud to have won the Australian Skeptics’ bent spoon award for 2009. She joins such prestigious former winners as Dr Kerryn Phelps (2008), former head of the Australian Medical Association, every pharmacist in Australia (2006) who won because they chose to offer their customers the option to purchase vitamins, minerals and other nutritional supplements in store, journalist, Mike Willesee (1999) and vaccine safety researcher, Dr Viera Scheibner (1997).

Ms Dorey took the prize despite some formidable competition from the likes of News Limited, Senator Stephen Fielding, philosophy and bioethics writer Peter Singer and the University of QLD, all of whom were also nominated.

“I am very grateful for the recognition of an organisation such as the Skeptics.” says Ms Dorey. “It will inspire me to try even harder to continue promoting the message of free, informed and scientifically-​​based health choice.”

For those who have never heard of it, the Australian Skeptics is an organisation whose religious belief is that anything Western medicine approves of is always right and anyone who questions the safety or efficacy of drugs, vaccines, or surgery is always wrong. They hide behind terms such as pseudo-​​science despite being offered copious quantities of peer-​​reviewed research to show that not every medical procedure is safe — not every drug or vaccine is effective. Much like the medieval church, their main tactics are to ridicule and try to silence anyone who speaks out against their blind beliefs.

“I could almost wish that an honourary membership to the Skeptics came along with the award. But then again, I don’t feel that I have the necessary unquestioning, single-​​minded zealotry such membership requires.” Ms Dorey concluded.