A California pediatrician, who has made a name for himself as an anti-vaxxer idiot, is in hot water with the state medical board. He could end up losing his license after being accused of exempting a toddler from immunizations for bullsh*t reasons, which endangered both the child and the public.
The Medical Board of California is accusing Dr. Bob Sears of committing “gross negligence” and deviating from standard practice when he wrote a letter that excusing the child from receiving future vaccines in 2014.
According to legal documents that were released on Thursday, the medical board is not happy that Dr. Sears didn’t bother to get any information on the child’s medical history other than what the mother told him.
The LA Times reports:
The medical board’s accusation says that Sears began seeing the 2-year-old child, identified only by his initials, on April 3, 2014. The child’s mother described the child’s vaccination history and said he went “limp ‘like a ragdoll’ ” for 24 hours after his three-month vaccines, according to the accusation.
Ten days later, Sears excused the child from vaccines and wrote that the boy’s kidneys and intestines shut down after prior immunizations, according to the legal papers. The doctor also said that at three months, the child suffered an apparent encephalitis reaction that began 10 minutes after receiving the vaccine.
The letter was not stored in the boy’s medical file, for which the board accused Sears of failing to maintain adequate and accurate records.
The board said that Sears did not provide an “evidence-based recommendation” when he chose to exempt the toddler from immunizations without bothering to get any proof of these alleged adverse reactions. In the six-page accusation, the board said that because of this negligence, Sears put the child, his mother, and all “future contacts at risk for preventable and communicable disease.”
If he is found to have been negligent, Sears could face a number of consequences, including the loss of his medical license.
Sears gained notoriety in the anti-vaxxer community thanks to the book he authored, “The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child,” which has sold more than 250,000 copies. In his book, he offered alternatives to parents who have been sucked into the dangerous anti-vax movement by the same pseudo science Sears himself is peddling, including a delayed vaccine schedule.
The good doctor said in 2014 that delaying vaccines can “allow parents to get vaccinations in a way they’re more comfortable” with. Sears has been condemned by the medical community for misinforming parents and ignoring the dangers of the diseases vaccines prevent.
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