What happened to Tenpenny’s Facebook page?
If you see any lost lambs staggering around Facebook today, despairingly bleating out “Tenpenny”, you may be able to help them. These anti-vaxxers will undoubtedly be searching for Sherri Tenpenny’s currently-defunct Facebook page, and agonizing about where it went. More on their tentative conclusions below, but first, a little background on this saga. As you may be aware, Sherri Tenpenny is a licensed D.O. based in Cleveland, Ohio. Those who do not live in the U.S. may be unaware that in the States, a D.O. is a fully credentialed medical professional, equivalent to an M.D, and that the vast majority of D.O.s are eminently sensible and are excellent healthcare practitioners. However, of late Tenpenny has been posting things on her Facebook page that in my opinion appear to be increasingly odd; including (but not limited to) the following:
1. Allowing a bomb threat against a vaccine provider and other violent anti-vax links to stand on her page.
2. Calling physicians and public health practitioners “The enemy within our borders“.
3. Attempting to link vaccination to the tragic Newtown shootings.
4. Allegedly harassing Craig Egan, another Facebook poster who likes to call her out on her nonsense.
This last item may be at the center of the mysterious disappearance of Tenpenny’s Facebook pages in the afternoon hours of Friday, January 4th. Egan has publicly stated that he has filed a formal complaint with the State Medical Board of Ohio regarding Tenpenny’s activities in posting personal information about him on Facebook, as was discussed here earlier. It is also possible that the Board has received other complaints about Tenpenny’s apparent violation of the following statute (4731.22(B)(5), Ohio Revised Code):
“Making a false, fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading statement in the solicitation of or advertising for patients; in relation to the practice of medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, podiatric medicine and surgery, or a limited branch of medicine; or in securing or attempting to secure any certificate to practice or certificate of registration issued by the board.
As used in this division, “false, fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading statement” means a statement that includes a misrepresentation of fact, is likely to mislead or deceive because of a failure to disclose material facts, is intended or is likely to create false or unjustified expectations of favorable results, or includes representations or implications that in reasonable probability will cause an ordinarily prudent person to misunderstand or be deceived.”
Such a complaint, if it were made, would probably be based on misleading information about vaccinations that is repeatedly posted on Tenpenny’s Facebook pages, which she also apparently uses to advertise her practice. I know what you are thinking, reader, and one could certainly argue about whether Tenpenny’s acolytes are “ordinarily prudent”. But let’s not get sidetracked. Egan’s complaint and this code may be in part why Tenpenny’s Facebook pages (Tenpenny on Vaccines and Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center) have disappeared, and her Twitter account has been locked. Of course, this is pure speculation. It is entirely likely that these sites are in the process of being scrubbed of any alleged evidence of Tenpenny’s alleged antics and will soon reappear. If that is the case, it will be very interesting and instructive to see the new shape of the pages and which information has been omitted.
It must be noted that the hypothesis that Tenpenny simply wanted a weekend off from cyberspace cannot be rejected, but perhaps other theories can. These latter suppositions are represented by the conspiratorial spin regarding the disappearance of Tenpenny’s pages that is nothing short of hilarious. At babycenter.com, current theories include:
1. That Tenpenny’s Facebook page was hacked…by supervillian Craig Egan.
2. That Craig Egan is paid by Big Pharma to attack anti-vaxxers’ websites.
Further, a poster at babycenter.com wrote, and I paraphrase, that someone with “great power” is behind the disappearance of Tenpenny’s pages. Some commenters there seem to be convinced that this person is Bill Gates. So, allegedly, in anti-vaxxer world, Bill Gates and a Big Pharma cabal have hired Craig Egan to take down anti-vax Facebook pages, one by one, and this is the only way the disappearance of Tenpenny’s various media outlets can be explained.
If that last sentence seems reasonable to you, reader, I shall weep. But anyway, that’s the update for now. Thanks for stopping by.