Welsh Measles Epidemic Was Faked…………Apparently

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah & James Gurney

As many of you know, when I make a video or write an article about pseudoscience opponents, I like the points I make to be articulate and eloquent. I do this because I realise that as soon as you step away from making valid points with well reasoned arguments and resort to petty name calling you run the risk of having people tune you out. Having said that, I would like to say that Heidi Stevenson is an uneducated moron who needs to keep her unscientific and idiotic theories to her stupid self.


Yesterday, a friend of mine (Tom) sent me a link to one of her blog posts, where she discussed the current measles epidemic in Wales. The website it was posted on looks like a reputable health site but is actually a pro-homeopathy, anti-GMO, anti-nuclear power, let's-all-eat-organic-food bullshit spewing website in disguise. On it, quite unbelievably, Heidi claims that the current epidemic is fake and nothing more than “fear mongering people into rushing out for the MMR vaccine.” She also insensitively insults the Welsh people who have now received the MMR jab, by respectively calling them sheeple. “Far too many sheeple have been stampeded to the clinics. Baaa!”

You might be wondering what kind of background Heidi has to give her the confidence to write such a bold blog post. Medical background? Journalistic background? Scientific background? Nope! Heidi is a homeopath and a member of the homeopathic world community. Homeopathy, for those who don’t know, is an alternative medicine based on the theory that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people. They then take this substance and repeatedly dilute it down, long past the point where it could contain even a single molecule of the original substance. It goes without saying that any one who believes this should not be giving out any medical advice or be respected.

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Heidi begins her blog post by talking about the death of Gareth Colfer-Williams, a young man from Swansea. She links to a BBC news article and says with confidence that Gareth did not die of measles, even though the article she linked to said that tests were inconclusive. The truth is that at this moment we do not know what killed Gareth, but what we do know is that he had measles. For this reason, an inquest into his death has now been opened, which plans to carry out further tests on his body to discover the cause of death. But even if we later find out that Gareth died of unrelated causes it does not mean that we should be less worried about the disease. Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and in some cases can have serious complications, including blindness and death. Measles is also extremely dangerous whilst pregnant as it can be passed on to your baby and can cause miscarriage or premature labour. You also cannot be given the MMR jab during pregnancy.

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Heidi then tells us that the 446 measles notifications reported between January 1st and March 31st of this year were “merely reports” and that only 26 cases were actually confirmed. She also believes (in her professional opinion as a homeopath) that the 83 people reported in on the BBC who needed hospital treatment in Wales for the illness must be fibbing. As proof, she gives links to two NHS monthly reports which she calls “Wales Official Reported Measles Cases” and “Wales Official Confirmed Measles Cases“. The actual titles of the reports are “All Wales surveillance of notifiable communicable diseases” and “All Wales surveillance of laboratory confirmed infections”.

Regarding the number of confirmed cases, she is kinda correct; there have only been 26 cases of measles in Wales which have been truly confirmed by laboratory analysis. However, the fact is that you don’t have to have a laboratory test to diagnose measles.  One of the main (and defining) symptoms of the illness is the appearance of a red-brown spotty rash. The rash usually starts behind the ears, then spreads around the head and neck before spreading to the legs and the rest of the body. If you visited your doctor with this rash and presented with other symptoms of the illness, your doctor would not have to wait for laboratory results to diagnose you with measles. I believe she knows this, which is why she changed the title of the report laboratory confirmed infections to confirmed measles cases.


If we look at the data itself we can see there is a sharp rise in laboratory confirmed infections, with 35 laboratory confirmed in the last six months, compared to the 3 confirmed cases six months previously. As for the 83 people who required hospital treatment, Heidi never gave any explanation for what is, in her mind, a grossly exaggerated number, nor does she give any evidence that contradicts this number. She simply says, “That, though, cannot be true”.


If we look at the data from the reported cases we can see how bad the situation in Wales is. Heidi, however, believes this is a result of paranoid doctors who aren’t “taking any chances with their licenses to practise” and are therefore “reporting anything that bears the slightest resemblance to measles”. She of course gives no examples of misdiagnosis and later goes on to say that the whole situation in Wales is a part of a plan to induce fear in the population to force them into getting vaccinated again without giving evidence.

The fact is that there is an outbreak of measles in the UK at the moment and  South Wales is not the only place affected. Here in my home town of Middlesbrough we are also in the middle of an epidemic (albeit not as severe), many children and young adults are suffering because of the mistakes of their parents. These parents listened to people like Heidi, who have no medical training or scientific background, but do have an Internet connection and a website, where they can post their paranoid, unethical and uneducated bullshit.

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Hello Internet! My name is Myles Power and I am a chemist from the North East of England, who loves to make videos trying to counter pseudoscience and debunk quackery in all of its various forms! From the hype around GMOs through to Atrazine turning the freakin’ frogs gay, I’ll try to cut through the nonsense that’s out there!

15 Comments on Welsh Measles Epidemic Was Faked…………Apparently

  1. I am usually a very laid back kinda guy, but this woman has driven me mad the last few days. She has been choosing which comments to leave on the site and which to remove. I will take it as a complement that she has deleted nearly all my comments! The infuriating thing is that I have given decent, polite argument and she either calls me a shill (I’m a salaried hospital doctor who knows not a single drug rep) or refuses to display what I have to say.

    I am open minded and not naive to the misbehaviour that big pharma practises but she does her self no credit in her argument and behaves like nothing other than an uneducated fruitcake.

    Seeing a picture of her on this website has only angered me more (thanks a bunch!).


  2. This is completely wrong, there is a specific measles test, and every notified case has to have a swab test taken and sent to the labs. These swabs are given as home tests and are then sent away


    • Hello anonymous. What you have posted is incorrect. Doctors do not swab everyone diagnosed with measles. If I am wrong you will have no problem linking a reliable source will you.


      • Myles is right. It may differ between countries but this is not routine practise in the UK.

        Heidi is still misbehaving on her site. She seems to think Ireland and Wales are the same place because she is using statistics from Ireland (regarding GP numbers) to discredit the Wales measles issue. Oh dear.


      • Anonymous // May 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm //

        Yes they do, Any notifiable disease has to have a swab test, Usually it’s left to the patient or relatives to do the test and send them off, but every case is given a home test kit and you can ask any Gp this.


  3. I haven’t ever seen this woman before . Were all the people who caught measles non vaccinated or partly? Or is there no evidence of this? My sons too young at present for mmr but there are a number of conflict of interests on both sides of the vaccine argument :-)


  4. Atlast!!! Someone with a brain! I’ve seen what heidi wrote about my brother and despite the many emails I’ve sent her. She doesn’t want to reply. She is talking about MY brother and doesn’t have the moral decency to reply to my message. Maybe its because I asked to c her medical degree, maybe it because she is a weirdo who sits in her house all day making up conspiracy theorys coz shew has nothing better to do????? Yes I think that’s right. Get a real job tree hugger and stay out of my familys buisness!! Thanks fo outing her for the weirdo she is


    • What goes around comes around……..people like her don’t expect the actuall family of the person she’s ranting about to c it. I bet she been kidnapped by aliens too and think terrorism is ‘made up’ by governments


    • Dear Sophie,

      I was really sorry to hear about your brother and I can’t imagine what it must be like to have his death in the public eye. I finding it shocking but at the same time not surprising that Heidi did not reply to your emails. The woman is horrid.

      I wish you and you family all the best through this difficult time.



      • Thankyou. Atleast SOME people have morals! If she had confidence her her so called work, she wouldn’t feel the need to delete (or hide) the bad msgs n keep good ones. She is a very pathetic little woman and she should pray that my mum doesn’t c what she’s written! Gareth was our only brother and my mums only son and that stupid idiot thinks she can pull apart and take the piss out of my brothers death. She didn’t write ‘ I don’t think’ she categorrically stated that he ‘DID NOT die of measles as it WAS FAKED’. Due to the fact that she has no clue what she’s gfoing on about, I will speak to soliciter about her. She has no right to talk about things she has ni dea about. Also, she said that many times she has seen on news doctirs confirming it WASN’T measles. That’s never ever been said, I should lnow given the fact that since gareth died, I’ve recorded every single news programme since april 18th. She needs to get a life really. I was so happy to c this site yesterday. Now I know that no one listens to her bullsh1t. She doesn’t care about the fact that my mums lost her son, we lost our brother, he was a dad to a 3 year old and that’s been all over the media too but she has no respect. One, day she will get what she deserves. I wouldn’t want anyone to go thru what we have gone thru but what goes around comes around and she will get what she deserves. C how ‘fake’ she thinks it is if someone close to her dies from measles or a simmilar disease. Anyway, thanks for ur support and thanks for letting people know what a weirdo she is.


  5. Maybe heidi is confused between the words homeopath and SOCIOPATH. I think everyone agrees that the latter suits her bettewr


  6. Dr Brotto told the inquest Mr Colfer-Williams was positive for measles and died from giant cell pneumonia caused by the disease. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23135464


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