Therese Kerr is mostly famous for being Miranda Kerr’s mother. Therese Kerr has been in the news again recently for her anti-vaccinationism; so I wanted to expand on that a little, as well as her anti-fluoridationism; and both will be included in a longer repository at the end of this post.
Kerr runs a Food Babe-esque campaign against chemicals, and she has been referred to as having “extensive knowledge” in this field, regardless of her dearth of qualifications to be rightly regarded as an expert in anything. On her website’s about page there is nothing included about Kerr’s qualifications, apart from this:
having had tumours in her spleen in 2001
Therese has created a world of wellness and within that world of wellness her overriding desire is to have people take a journey and discover for themselves how easy it is to have total vitality, inner peace, acceptance and happiness become their way of life.
Utter gobbledegook. Just like this quote which doesn’t even make any sense, unless one is standing knee-deep in a barrel of shit:
On March 15 2015 Kerr appeared at the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (New South Wales) official Annual Seminar Weekend. She really did. Less than one year ago. She gave a presentation to registered health practitioners, regardless of her lack of qualifications:
We’ve known about Kerr’s anti-vaccination and anti-fluoridation activism for some time. In June 2015 our friends at The Unwholesome covered Kerr’s anti-vaccination activities; whilst Clair Weaver from the Women’s Weekly found Kerr at a MINDD conference. MINDD is a non-evidence-based, biomedical autism-cure organisation which proposes that autism and conditions like ADHD can be treated with chelation therapy:
There are numerous ways to detoxify including diet, supplementation, exercise, epsom salt baths and chelation. Most practitioners believe the choice of method depends on the degree of toxicity.
Everyone may benefit because Biomedicine both treats and helps to prevent disease. Biomedical principles maintain that poor cell health is behind all disease and providing nutrients, detoxing and eliminating infections may get to the root cause of many conditions including but not exclusive to;
ADHD, Allergies, Anxiety, Asthma, Autism, Behaviour, Cancer, Celiac, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Eating Disorder, Eczema, Food Intolerances, Heart Disease, Infections, Learning Delay, Obesity, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Pyroluria, Schizophrenia, Sensory Integration, Speech-Language Delay.
Children especially may benefit from biomedicine because it helps to ensure that the body and brain have essential nutrients during critical developmental periods.
Seriously. And what are some of the sources responsible for this toxification of autistic kids? Vaccines of course; as well as a plethora of other discredited sources. And let’s not underplay the harm these people may present: chelation has killed.
I think we can get a good gauge on the type of person we’re really dealing with when they share this type of thing from a new conspiracy theory website/Facebook page called Truthkings:
And who is behind the mindblowingly deranged Truthkings? Sherri Tenpenny, of course:
Only this month Kerr featured in Mamamia and News Limited articles for her outrageously egregious posting – on February 2 2016, on her Facebook profile – of a conspiracy theory from Truthkings, that the current spike in cases of microcephaly is caused by maternal whooping cough boosters (they’re not):
Interestingly, the business and life-partner of chiropractor Tim Shakespeare thought Kerr’s post was on point:
But, that’s not the only demented misinformation Kerr has shared from Truthkings, of late. She shared this anti-Gardasil post, on January 29 2016:
And it recent days she has shared the story again:
Indeed it must come as a shock to Kerr’s son, Matty – who is in a very happy, long-term, same-sex relationship with his partner – that Kerr is sharing this story from a fundamentalist, anti-gay, anti-same sex marriage, anti-premarital sex (and there’s the anti-Gardasil angle), fringe group who attempt to cloak their bigotry with an official sounding title. I mean, look at this for a bunch of bigots:
ABSTRACT: Are children reared by two individuals of the same gender as well adjusted as children reared in families with a mother and a father? Until recently the unequivocal answer to this question was “no.” Within the last decade, however, professional health organizations,1 academics, social policymakers and the media have begun asserting that prohibitions on parenting by same-sex couples should be lifted. In making such far-reaching, generation-changing assertions, any responsible advocate would rely upon supporting evidence that is comprehensive and conclusive. Not only is this not the situation, but also there is sound evidence that children exposed to the homosexual lifestyle may be at increased risk for emotional, mental, and even physical harm.
But, then again, Matty also publicly shared this on his profile, only two months ago:
To give you an idea of the depth and breadth of Kerr’s anti-science fear-mongering, here is the repository of posts, as promised. Note that I have only been watching Kerr’s profile, and her Facebook page, very infrequently, and only over the last few months.
There can be no doubt that – given Kerr’s extensive reach via social media, and via her business interests and speaking events, and her family connections – asking whether or not Therese Kerr is indeed a menace to public health and safety, and to the health of children, is an appropriate question. The quicker the community turns its back on this type of dangerous misinformation, and those who promote it, the better off life will be for our kids.
So, tell your friends and family; tell everyone who might not be aware of the type of non-evidence-based, conspiratorial bait-and-switch being practiced by cashed-up wellness evangelicals what is really going on here: it is a paranoid distrust of evidence and science-based healthcare which can only end badly for a naive public. Worse, it is an attack on healthcare and science by those who do not understand it, and who profit from this attack. And it has already ended badly for other wellness warriors and their loved ones.
On February 10 2016 – from Kerr’s Facebook page – promoting Wakefield, along with Laura Shakespeare (again!):
On February 11 2016, from another conspiracy website:
This is from the website linked by Kerr. As if the Ribena-injecting spike-cannon wasn’t embarrassing enough; and as if the implication that because members of congress ignored a poll, that this is proof that they don’t immunise their kids wasn’t embarrassing enough; Kerr also thought this was passable:
From January 29 2016, lies about Gardasil:
From January 30 2016, lies about Gardasil:
From January 30 2016, the CDC whisteblower lie:
From February 2 2016, conspiracy theorist Marco Caceres on Zika:
From January 4 2016, the CDC whistleblower lie, and the embarrassingly repeatedly-debunked 9 questions:
From December 17 2o15, Seneff:
From December 20 2015, the already-overturned Italian court case:
From December 21 2015, the inept attempt at understanding French immunisation:
From January 3 3016, the CDC whistleblower lie:
From January 3 2016, Suzanne Humphries:
From January 3 2016, Natural News and the vaccines-cause-autism zombie:
And the comments under that post:
It’s Humphries all the way down, now. It would appear that Humphries made quite an impact on Kerr, enough to have reinvigorated her anti-vaccination extremism which was to garner her that renewed media attention, in February. From January 3 3016:
From February 9 2016:
February 2 2016:
February 2 2016:
January 4 2016:
December 18 2015:
If you lay down with dogs…
December 26 2015:
January 1 2016:
January 1 2016:
October 17 2015:
I’m not seeing a lot of peer reviewed sources from Kerr. I’m also not seeing much informed choice happening with any of her conspiracy-driven posts. How can anyone claim to be promoting informed choice when there isn’t any informing going on?
Thanks for reading.
Update July 11 2016
After Jane Hansen wrote about the anti-sunscreen, pro-melanoma advice being disseminated to followers by TV cook, Pete Evans, Therese Kerr jumped on board with her own deadly reckons, sourced (again) from Truthkings: