Dear FDA: Vaccine Denier & Free Speech Opponent James Lyons-Weiler Is Not Qualified

For most of my adult life, I never gave vaccine safety a second thought. But then I started to discover the vile world of online conspiracy theorists who harass victim’s families from Sandy Hook & other horrible tragedies. This led me to an equally disgusting group of hate-filled monsters known as Holocaust deniers.

Naturally this led me to vaccine deniers. Or as most know them, anti-vaxxers. (Or as I also refer to them, “Vaccine risk unaware.”)

Much like conspiracy theorists and holocaust deniers, anti-vaxxers are a cultish fringe minority who deny facts in the face of overwhelming evidence. Also like those other delusional groups, they reject the label of “conspiracy theorist.” They view the term as negative. Some even view it as a “slur.”

Enter James Lyons-Weiler

James Weiler, is an anti-vax PHD with zero qualifications in immunology, neurology, infectious diseases, autism and virology.

Here’s what science blogger Orac wrote about him in a Februrary 2018 blog:

“Lyons-Weiler describes himself as having been an “evolutionary biologist.” That made me curious. So I wandered over to his LinkedIn page. There, I learned that he did apparently earn a PhD in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1997. He then did a postdoctoral fellowship in Computational Molecular Biology at Penn State University from 1997-2000. So far, so normal.

Then he did have a faculty position at the University of Massachusetts Lowell from 1999 to 2002. Oddly enough, this seems to overlap somewhat with his time as a fellow at Penn State. Be that as it may, he didn’t last long there, only three years. This suggests to me that something odd happened. Usually, new faculty in the biomedical sciences is given around five years to acquire funding, become independent, and earn tenure. On the other hand, he says that he established “a Center for Bioinformatics, taught undergraduate & graduate courses (biology, genetics, bioinformatics)” and helped “researchers w/microarray data and developed web applications for high-throughput data analysis.” This does not sound like a tenure-track position, as there is no mention of independent research or running a lab. Lyons-Weiler then moved on to the University of Pittsburgh, where he remained for twelve years and in 2007 became director of the Bioinformatics Analysis Core there until the core closed in 2014, according to him due to state budget cuts.

Lyons-Weiler touts his career as a scientist to make it seem as though his antivaccine claims are more valid, even though they were not. ”

As Skeptical Raptor points out in their recent blog on Weiler:

…nothing he has done is even peripherally related to vaccines.”

The blog goes on to discuss his qualifications as a “scientist”:

Using the term “scientist” to describe someone who hasn’t done real science, especially with respect to vaccines, seems strange. I want to see the first authorship on a body of papers where clinical trials, epidemiological studies, or basic scientific research are described and analyzed that focuses on vaccines. The anti-vaccine world might want to tout James Lyons-Weiler as a scientist, but he doesn’t do basic scientific research, so that is a title that is probably undeserved.

The vaccineswork blog is equally intrigued about Weiler’s mysterious past and has a theory:

“I have a pet theory that something happened at his last job and he had to leave in disgrace. Finding this niche, in the antivax world, is his last ditch attempt at making a living. “

To summarize James Lyons-Weiler has no qualifications in any field related to vaccines yet uses his PhD to make it seem like he does.

Of course, the “PHD” is right there on his Facebook “fan” page (ignore the old picture he uses from when Bush was in the White House):

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What’s even more strange about James Weiler is how many Facebook pages he actually has.

There’s his “fan” page.

His personal page.

His….other personal page.

His “charity” IPAK page.

And, of course, his fake name sock account page.

I’m not an expert in Facebook policy but this seems like a violation!

What’s also strange is how little interaction there is on his “fan” page. There are 6,547 people listed who “like” the page but only one comment on his last four posts…combined. And that one comment is by him! It’s basically a ghost town leading to the possibility that James purchased “likes” to make his influence seem stronger than it really is.

If he didn’t buy his likes his followers are simply not engaged. Either way, it shows he has basically no influence. Which, as you will soon see, is a very good thing!

IPAK – Follow the Money

IPAK  is the co-called “charity” research organization that Weiler set up. It stands for “Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge” the pretentious & ironic name Weiler gave to an organization designed to manufacture negative studies on vaccines.

IPAK, while appearing to be a legitimate un-biased research organization (they have a website and everything!) in reality is just a front to pass off anti-vaccine propaganda “research.”

You want proof? Ask James to produce the positive studies on vaccines that IPAK has released.

The other function IPAK serves is giving Weiler an outlet to accept monetary donations. I don’t question that some of the money goes to fund his anti-vaccine studies. However it appears a good amount of the money also funds…James himself. In fact, my investigation has led me to believe that James may have been living off donations funded by his followers for some time. If true, it’s unclear that his followers realize they are donating to pay his Netflix bill.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s James himself in a recent Facebook post after explaining how he needs to fix his brakes on his car and pay his taxes:

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“One thing and only one thing can keep me going past June.” And that one thing is people donating money, of course. So I guess if you care about the brakes on James car and him paying his taxes, then you should donate to him!

To be fair, I’m not claiming that using donations to pay for his own lifestyle and bills is illegal or even immoral. That would be for the reader to decide.

“I’m not anti-vax.”

So how does James spend most of his time these days in between begging for money to fund studies that will “prove” vaccines are bad? Well, he also writes blogs that are negative about vaccines, tweets that are negative about vaccines and Facebook posts that are negative about vaccines.

I can’t confirm or deny he has an Instagram and/or Pinterest but if he does I imagine he uses them to post negative things about vaccines.

In between his anti-vax postings he finds time (and money) to travel the country to defend anti-vax parents in court cases or appear with notable anti-vax figures at various anti-vax events.

He also likes posts that are…not exactly pro-vaccine.


James Weiler No Safe Vaccine

I don’t know about you but if someone likes a post that claims no vaccine can ever be safe, I’m going to assume that person is not pro-vaccine.

He was recently caught on video saying vaccines are “nasty filthy vials of toxic sludge.”

Of course James likes to attack doctors that provide vaccines.  He also likes to promote the false claim that vaccines cause autism. Sometimes he does both in the same post!

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I’m sure James has some outlier to “prove” doctors claim to not “have enough time” to inform patients of the real risks of vaccines. I’m sure James has some outlier to “prove” the VIS is handed out after vaccination. Clinging to “stories” and outliers doesn’t dismiss the fact that statements like this are actually defamation attacks on good doctors and do not represent the overall truth.

He also openly promotes paranoid and delusional conspiracy theories related to the government and vaccines.

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Say what, now?

In perhaps one of his most heinous & disgusting postings he encouraged his followers to write fake attack reviews on Amazon (an online troll tactic known as brigading) for a children’s Jewish Hanukah book simply because it included vaccinations in the story.

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Thankfully James & his cohorts failed miserably in their efforts as pro-science forces overwhelmingly outnumbered the anti-science reviews!

And there was this beautiful tidbit from a recent Romper article about the online attack & aftermath:

Screen Shot 2018-04-10 at 3.04.35 PMDespite all of this undeniable evidence of someone who is a rabid anti-vaxxer, Weiler claims he’s not anti-vax. In fact, he claims he’s 100% pro-vaccine! From Weiler’s own blog:

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So in addition to being a self-proclaimed expert on vaccine science James is also a comedian.

I recently had an online discussion with James on his blog (before he blocked me) where he claimed he can’t be considered anti-vax because he’s “pro-artificial immunization.”

Let’s unpack that claim for a second.

So James is against and advocates against every vaccine currently on the schedule but he’s not “anti-vax” because he’s not against the theoretical concept of vaccines?

That’s like saying you can’t be called racist if you believe in the concept of races…but have serious issues with blacks, Jews and Mexicans.

Sorry James but being anti-vaccine isn’t about whether or not you are against the concept of vaccines. It’s whether you are for or against vaccines…that actually exist & are recommended to protect children from infectious disease!

James claims that talking about vaccine risk does not make him anti-vax. True! But when it’s ALL you talk about and when you misrepresent that risk and misrepresent the science by promoting anti-vax propaganda….that’s what makes you anti-vax!

He goes as far as to block anyone who calls him anti-vax, or as he dubs them “vaccine risk denialists.”

Screen Shot 2018-02-23 at 10.20.05 AMOf course this is less about him being offended with the term and more about him creating a protective echo chamber of followers. Followers who will only like/share and respond positively to anything he posts without ever questioning him. Followers who will make it appear like he is smarter than he truly is.

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This is the world James Lyons-Weiler wants to create for himself. A world free of opposition. A world where he appears to be all-knowing and everything he writes appears to be truthful. It’s scary and somewhat dystopian.

Much like his charlatan peer, J.B. Handley, James openly believes in censorship and is against free speech when it comes to his agenda & his propaganda. An ironic belief considering he claims to be an advocate for “medical freedom.” I guess in his world some freedoms are more important than others?

His defense for his censorship…the cliched and debunked “trolls” response. Yes, much like many other anti-vax charlatans who don’t like others to see real science, James claims he is justified in censoring other viewpoints because those who oppose him are simply “trolls.” It’s of course a laughable and desperate defense that nobody outside his echo chamber accepts or takes seriously.

James writes a “study” & proceeds to censor

Which brings us to a paper that James got published recently in a journal. And by “got published” I mean he paid $1,800 to get it published. Money he received as “donations” from the same followers he was keeping locked in his echo chamber (now are you starting to understand why he does what he does?)

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The now published paper can be read here. A complete debunking of it can be read here.

As Skeptical Raptor writes:

“This paper does not present original scientific research. It is not a primary pre-clinical or clinical study that accumulates data from experiments that might lead one to accepting or refuting a hypothesis, like “is the amount of aluminum in vaccines toxic?” The paper is not a meta- or systematic review, which collect and critically analyze multiple research studies or papers. The paper is more like an op-ed that provides us with an “opinion” about whether aluminum concentrations in vaccines may or may not be an issue.”

So basically James wrote an opinion piece. And *spoiler alert* his opinion is that vaccines with aluminum are bad!

It’s no surprise that the paper has many obvious flaws and James cherry-picks the data it uses. One commentator on the blog above summed it up perfectly:

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As that blog does a great job of showing the many faults of the paper I won’t waste more time on that here. Instead I’ll speak to James qualifications and his claims about being unbiased. After the paper was published James wrote a blog addressed to the FDA where he had the audacity to claim his research has “low bias.” I kid you not.

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I commented on his blog questioning his assertion that he has low bias.

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The latter comment is even noted in his study:

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So how did James respond to my comment? I think we can all take an educated guess as to what I saw when I refreshed!

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After a few back and forth’s with James in private comments I refreshed and saw this:

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So once again James decided to censor truth and free speech discussion.

*Update* In an ironic twist it appears the FDA blog James wrote on Medium has been removed!

James has republished the blog on Linkedin and added this note:

Screen Shot 2018-04-11 at 12.34.36 PMI guess James doesn’t get the irony of him complaining about an article being censored…an article where he censored the comments!

From his Facebook fake name account:

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Pot meet kettle, James. Also complaining about “#firstamendment?” Maybe take a look at your actions regarding free speech first.

From his other Facebook account:

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Triggered much James?

In conclusion, James Lyons-Weiler is against all vaccines currently on the CDC schedule. He spends his time on multiple social media accounts (including at least one with a fake name) advocating against vaccines and promoting negative opinions of vaccines.

He travels the country defending anti-vax parents in legal matters and speaking out against vaccines.

He raises money for an anti-vax charity he created to fund anti-vax research and is likely using at least a portion of the money to cover his own living expenses.

He has a mysterious professional past in between his legitimate scientific work and his new pseudoscience advocacy against vaccines.

He deletes, blocks and censors the majority of those who question him or refer to him as who he is.

Who is James Lyons-Weiler?

An anti-vaxxer.

27 thoughts on “Dear FDA: Vaccine Denier & Free Speech Opponent James Lyons-Weiler Is Not Qualified

    1. Your analysis is based of supposition andcspeculation for the most part and it is obvious your job is to destroy the credibility of James Lyons-Weiler even if you have to grab at straws!


      1. His credibility had already been destroyed so that would be a pointless job. This blog is based on indisputable facts mostly the own words of James “Lyin'” Weiler himself so I’m not sure how you think you can debate them. Thanks for the visit!


  1. Hey, RT – Thanks for all the free press.

    You will enjoy my rebuttal.

    (1) Um, fundraising for IPAK to fund the research activity MEANS paying those who do research. Do you think research is free? I mean, March of Dimes pays their people. As does Salvation Army. In fact, ALL cancer research foundations pay their staff. What do you think fundraising is for?
    (2) I blocked you because you were getting boring, and redundant.
    (3) I block all who use the term “anti-vax” because I am not “anti-vax”, and I find the term to be a slur. And it gets boring and redundant. The term is “Vaccine Risk Aware”.
    (4) I left the University of Pittsburgh due to lay-offs, not in disgrace. Skeptical Raptor, and you, are playing with fire to malign a person’s good character, which is, of course, why you hide like cowards behind anonymous identities. I stayed in Pittsburgh and turned down a very good job offer elsewhere to finishing rearing my two sons. Who, btw, are both vaccinated.
    (5) I’m 100% sure the FDA will completely ignore anonymous bloggists. You could be a Russian hack for all we know. A Russian clown. Yes, that is what I think you are.
    (6) I MADE the video in which I refer to current vaccines as “filthy, nasty vials of toxic sludge” – and I was correct to say so, and use the caveat “current” – no one “CAUGHT” me on video, you dolt.
    (7) Your personal attacks endear me to the vaccine risk aware crowd. Donations to IPAK are up! Thank you! For the interested, visit
    (8) Also, please see – it’s an Original Research Article, not an opinion, and presents … Original Research. The Open Access option was offered for a fee AFTER peer review. Unlike your blog, which is… nothing, really.
    (9) Your ilk blocked me first. Pot, meet kettle, indeed: The biased Dr. Peter Hotez blocked me on his PloS One blog well before you began trolling me across social media:
    (10) You are a laughable oaf. Thanks again for all the attention. I mean, my own supporters don’t spread my message as well as you do!
    (11) FDA has taken down their webpage describing the utterly flawed Mitkus et al. “study”. It was just math.

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    1. Hi James! Wow, you’re having quite a night, aren’t ya? I haven’t seen an all-out temper tantrum like this since my kid was 2 years old and wanted ice cream before bed!

      Your laughable rebuttal conveniently and ironically cherry-picks the items you want to rebut and ignores the majority of the expose. I think we all know why.

      As you know those of us in the vaccine risk aware community, of which I am a proud member, are offended by your vaccine denialism and vaccine risk unaware verbiage that you use to control your followers & keep your dying agenda alive. Exposing your true thoughts about vaccines in one handy blog I think will be useful in the future to counter your misinformation about your stance.

      The fact that you lost your sht and went 3rd-grade level “thanks for posting now I’m going to use this for donations” on me only proves my point. Everything to you is a game. It’s about winning. About defeating the other person. That is immature and low-level thinking. It may work on your brainwashed followers but it doesn’t work in the real world.

      The real world isn’t Twitter, btw. Or Facebook. Or your blog.

      I do appreciate you attempting to get traffic to my blog. Unfortunately even though you posted your “rebuttal” and attacks on me all over your social media the increase in my blog traffic from your followers was minimal to none. As shown in the above blog, you may have some numbers who “like” your page but they are either fake or not engaged when you post.

      Meanwhile my last video is approaching 750,000 views and went viral. Enjoy it if you haven’t seen it already!

      Again, while I appreciate your rebuttal the fact that you ignored almost all the verified and factual points in my expose is telling. For instance, why do you have so many Facebook accounts including a fake name/sock account?

      Thanks for reading!


      P.S. For a second did you think I wouldn’t post your response? 🙂 As you know, I’ll never block, censor or delete any comment anywhere as policy. My only exceptions are abusive/threatening language (which is reported) and spamming.

      I support free speech and scientific debate always!


  2. Wow, the level of vitriol and hyperbole is stunning. Real science? Please! (One would think you know this, but here goes: The scientific method isn’t about looking for proof of your pet theory, it’s about testing it, trying to disprove it. You do the exact opposite, and unload all that hatred on someone for what? Questioning safety? Caring about kids more than about being superior? Shameful. Your arrogance and narrow mindedness is everything wrong with medicine. You and Skeptical Raptor deserve each other. But our kids deserve better. Time to shine the bright light of scrutiny on pHARMa’s liability free vaccine business, and the harder you try to suppress it, the brighter the light will be.

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    1. Wow. A lot to unpack here my friend.

      1) “Vitriol” and “hyperbole?” The majority of this blog uses James’ own words & postings to expose his true thoughts on vaccines and how he operates as an anti-vax charlatan. Can you dispute any of the facts outlined in the blog or are you just here to troll?

      2) This isn’t a blog about the “scientific method” so that straw man won’t work here. There are plenty great scientists and doctors who can (and have) exposed James bad science reasoning, his constant cherry-picking of studies and his exaggerated confirmation bias. I’m not here to do that. I’m here to expose his agenda & how he is hypocritical when it comes to censorship.

      Do you not find it hypocritical for someone to complain about his blog being censored…when that person was actively censoring comments on that same blog?

      3) I don’t have “hatred.” Ironic you should mention that though because the autistic friends of mine feel the hatred is coming from the anti-vax side and charlatans like James who consider them “damaged.” (Spoiler alert: they’re not.)

      4) You call me “arrogant” and “narrow minded” and say “kids deserve better.” Do those ad hominem attacks really help your cause?

      “Pharma’s liability free vaccine business?” Say what? As you know the VICP does not shield manufacturers from all liability as they are still subject to manufacturing and labeling defect claims in the civil court. 

      And of course they can sue after vaccine court if they want to.

      “The special master’s decision may be appealed and petitioners who reject the decision of the court (or withdraw their petitions within certain timelines) may file a claim in civil court against the vaccine company and/or the health care provider who administered the vaccine.”

      The reason so few have chosen this option is because civil trials are MORE expensive, take MORE time and are HARDER to win. 

      Why do you want to force families who have real severe reactions to vaccine to have to pay for their legal fees, hire expert witnesses and force them to beat high-paid pharma lawyers by proving the Daubert Standard to support their claim, which is almost impossible?

      Our kids deserve better than your attacks and ignorance about vaccine science, the vaccine court system and about which side truly is the most hateful.

      Time to shine the light on all the anti-vax industry profiteers and charlatans who exploit families for their agenda & for their profits. You can be on the right side of history that stands up for autistics and children…or you can decide to go against both.

      Your call.



      1. Inflammation is a hallmark of autism.

        You are callous to the human condition for the vaccine injured. ‘they can sue’…. they shouldn’t have to have a vaccine injury or a loved one w/vaccine injury in the first place. It can take 8 years to get a RULING. Don’t be ridiculous. Why should those who are injured “for the greater good” then have to fight for compensation against an antagonistic system, when they were promised the system would be on the side of the parents of vaccine injure children?

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      2. James, Cynthia’s article has already been debunked and you are aware. thus posting it is more evidence of your dishonesty and inability to understand the difference between correlation and causation.

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      1. James, you have some audacity to to accuse me of being “callous to the human condition” when you voluntarily sold your soul to write an article for INFOWARS, one of the most hateful and inhumane groups in the free world. Infowars, as you know, is the home of Alex Jones who is currently being sued by parents from Sandy Hook for his disgusting attacks on the memory of their children who were murdered by claiming Sandy Hook was a hoax and their children never died. How anyone could support such a vicious site and monster of a human being is something I will never understand. It is shameful.

        The fact that you advocate for parents of a rare serious reaction to a vaccine to have to do what those in Canada are forced to do, go to civil court which takes LONGER, is more costly and is almost impossible to win, shows you don’t truly care about the families to begin with. Either that or you don’t understand the court system. If you truly think the civil court system is easier, less costly and takes less time than the vaccine court system you need to immediately talk to a real lawyer (as I have) who will straighten out your ignorance on this subject.

        Your “outrage” on this subject is disingenuous. You claim to advocate for children yet support InfoWars.

        No. That doesn’t work.


      1. Apparently someone who advocates against all vaccines on a daily basis and who recommends mothers not protect their children from infectious diseases with vaccines….is not anti-vaccine?


  3. Thank you ! I will be making a donation to IPAK for future scientific studies. Thank God someone is doing them! In the mean time I would like to remind you that you owe UNICEF a donation of 1000.00 in my name for the time I wiped the floor with your nonsense! Put up or shut up!


    1. I assume you see the irony in the fact that you once claimed the IOM study wasn’t an actual study but you’re now claiming James Weiler’s paper is a study?

      The fact is the Weiler paper is not a clinical research study AT ALL! “This paper does not present original scientific research. It is not a primary pre-clinical or clinical study that accumulates data from experiments that might lead one to accepting or refuting a hypothesis…The paper is not a meta- or systematic review, which collect and critically analyze multiple research studies or papers. The paper is more like an op-ed that provides us with an “opinion” about whether aluminum concentrations in vaccines may or may not be an issue.” (

      So you accused the review by the IOM as not being a study yet you’re now claiming this is, when it’s much less of one? This is a glorified OPINION PIECE ONLY. The IOM study was at least a review!

      I’m sorry about this hard lesson. But look on then bright side. It was a free lesson! Unlike what you will learn when you donate to James to help pay for his car to be fixed. No, that will NOT be a free lesson. 🙂

      Good luck with those future “scientific studies.” I’m sure they will be as respected and prestigious as the IOM’s study!

      You can send that check to UNICEF now.


      1. She was trying to convince me that the IOM report studying the childhood vaccination schedule wasn’t actually a study of the vaccination schedule because it wasn’t a clinical study….yet now is claiming this “study” by James Weiler is. The hypocrisy! It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so sad.


  4. LOL! You actually are twisting your facts as usual! …and you did promise to make that donation to UNICEF! You were wrong and you promised and you lied again! You were actually very happy and excited to make that donation because you thought I would be upset and yet I wasn’t upset at all. You do have a real problem promising to make donations and never following through! Kind of a sickly narcissist! No worries though, I’m sure they are coming out with a vaccine for it! In the meantime, UNICEF is waiting for your generous contribution !


    1. I think you’re mistaken (as usual.) I did make a donation to Unicef as I do multiple times a year (you should try it sometimes!)

      My point was you lost the wager as I proved that the childhood vaccination schedule had been studied.

      And if you claim that study doesn’t count because it wasn’t a “clinical study” then that means James Weiler’s study also doesn’t count.

      You can’t have it both ways.



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