Turns Out The Guy Who Wrote Shrek And Aladdin Is A Huge Anti-Vaxxer

Maybe Shrek is so protective of his swamp because he hasn't been vaccinated?

Bad news, friends. The writer of Shrek, Aladdin, and the infinite number of Pirates of the Caribbean movies is an anti-vaxxer. Not only is he an anti-vaxxer, but he thinks that the label ‘anti-vaxxer’ is akin to the n-word.

It all started when TV writer Julie Benson posted a tweet encouraging people to contribute to vaccination efforts. An understandable request, given that things like a measles outbreak at Disneyland have happened in Benson’s home of California.

Terry Rossio didn’t think it was reasonable, however. The writer behind Shrek responded with this:

“My heart goes out to all the parents of vaccine damaged children, who have to not only endure the sadness of their loss, but also the vitriol of ill-informed and insensitive people (such as those here). Anti-Vax is equivalent to calling someone a n***** and makes as little sense.”

People were quick to point out that the comparison was offensive and illogical, considering anti-vaxxers have never been enslaved, degraded and discriminated against the way black people have been.

Rossio’s issue with people like Benson seems to be their promotion of “intentionally hurtful ideas, ill-founded medical advice, stereotypical labelling, and insensitivity to injured children and parents”.

“Do you realise that you are using the equivalent of the ‘n-word’ in promoting memes that tag people as ‘anti-vax’? Do you realise that the same collectivist stereotyping lies behind belittling any groups with a label? Do you have no feelings for vaccine damaged kids and parents?”

While vaccine injuries are a thing, much like adverse reactions to anaesthesia or everyday medicines are a thing, the ‘vaccine injuries’ Rossio is talking about are presumably things like autism.

The idea of a link between vaccines and autism has been debunked dozens of times since it was first floated by disgraced former doctor Andrew Wakefield in 1998, but the notion persists in certain circles. Rossio isn’t even the only person in Hollywood with these views – Jenny McCarthy is famous for her belief in a link between vaccines and autism.

Fortunately, the screenwriter behind Shrek and Aladdin isn’t particularly influential, but I’m sure some anti-vaxxers will feel validated that a D-list celebrity has taken up their cause.

Rossio has recently been hired to write the Jonny Quest film for Warner Brothers, which is set to be directed by Lego Batman director Chris McKay. Weirdly, the character of Jonny Quest is the son of a scientist; I wonder what Jonny or his dad think about someone who denies basic scientific facts?

We know that Shrek is pro-vaccine, though, so there’s that.

Australian Researchers Are Trialling A World-First Medication To Help Battle Ice Addition, And It's N-Ice

Clinical services in Wollongong, Geelong and Melbourne are trialling the medication, N-Acetyl Cysteine, or NAC, in a study they're calling N-ICE. (Really!)

Australian researchers in three cities are investigating whether N-Acetyl Cysteine, known as NAC for short, can reduce cravings for ice and help people fighting addiction.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin said that previous studies had shown NAC could reduce cravings for methamphetamine use and other substances like cocaine, cannabis and tobacco.

NAC is described by researchers as part of a “new generation of medications” being trialled to combat addictions. It targets glutamate changes in the brain that are thought to underpin drug craving and addiction.

“NAC helps to reduce cravings by restoring the balance of chemicals in the brain that are involved in craving and drug seeking, making it easier for people to manage their desire for the drug,” Professor McKetin said in a statement.

In addition to reducing cravings, researchers hope that NAC will reduce the paranoia and mood changes associated with ice addiction; these changes are symptoms related to the toxic effects of ice on the brain, and NAC has been found in previous trials to help protect the brain from these effects.

The trial is called the N-ICE Trial, and it’s being funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Curtin University is leading the trial in collaboration with Deakin University, Monash University, the University of Wollongong, the University of Newcastle, La Trobe University and the Burnet Institute.

Those interested in participating in the trial can visit the NDRI website for more information.

There's A New STI Out There That Has The Potential To Become A Superbug

What a time to be alive!

There’s yet another STI out there that could quickly morph into a superbug if it isn’t treated properly, the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV has warned in a set of guidelines regarding the management of the bacteria, Mycoplasma genitalium.


The infection can cause inflammation of the urethra in men, which leads to symptoms such as a burning pain while urinating or discharge from the penis. Often, men can carry the bacteria without showing symptoms.

In women, the bacteria can cause inflammation of the cervix as well as symptoms like bleeding after sex and painful urination. Most alarmingly, if left untreated, the bacteria can travel through the cervix and lead to a condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which affects the reproductive organs, can cause pain in the lower abdomen, and in some cases, lead to infertility. According to the Australian STI Management Guidelines, the bacteria has also been associated with preterm delivery and miscarriages.

According to the guidelines, Mycoplasm genitalium affects up to 2% of the population in the UK, making it more common than gonorrhoea, and experts are concerned that its increasing resistance to antibiotics could create a superbug.

Symptoms often mimic those of chlamydia, which leads to misdiagnosis and people taking the wrong antibiotics, which in turn promotes antibiotic resistance.

In an interview with CNN, Dr Mark Lawton, a consultant in sexual health and HIV and the clinical lead at the Liverpool Center for Sexual Health,  said:

“We are already seeing resistance to Mycoplasma genitalium because we are using antibiotics that treat chlamydia very well but [don’t] treat mycoplasma very well.”

Unfortunately, there isn’t much that you, as a layperson, can do about this impending superbug. Doctors need simple and inexpensive testing to be made available for the bacteria so they can easily identify it and prescribe antibiotics accordingly.

Just be clear with your doctor about your symptoms, keep your sexual partners informed, and practice safe sex.

Which you’re doing anyway, right? Right?

Everybody grab a rubber!


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