David Bardens (born 27 April 1984 in Homburg, Saarland) is a German physician whose case was reported internationally in Spring 2015, after the district court of Ravensburg had ruled that he should get the €100,000 prize money, the biologist Stefan Lanka had promised to anyone who could provide information about the size of measles virus. This award was however overturned by the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) Stuttgart in 2016 as Bardens submitted several publications instead of just one as requested by Lanka.
After his service as conscientious objector Bardens trained as a paramedic in Mainz. In 2014 he completed the study of medicine at the Saarland University in Homburg with a dissertation on laparoscopic hysterectomy: new findings on surgical techniques, influencing factors and postoperative course of pain. During his studies he worked as a teacher at a school of midwifery and as perfusionist at the German Foundation for Organ Transplantation. Bardens also founded a food company in 2011 in Bremen, to sell the anti-hangover lemonade freigeist. He worked after graduation for a short time as an assistant physician at the University‘s Women's Hospital in Homburg, before he moved to Sweden, where he is currently a general practitioner. Bardens is also the grandson of the former German Member of Parliament Dr. Hans Bardens.
The David Bardens vs. Stefan Lanka law suit
In November 2011 the anti-immunization activist Stefan Lanka guaranteed a prize of €100,000 for proof of the existence of the measles virus and the determination of its diameter. Lanka claims the measles are basically a skin irritation caused by a mixture of psychosomatic triggers and poisoning. Bardens contacted Lanka on January 30, 2012 for confirmation of the contest and eventually provided six publications as an answer to the questions.
Legal procedures began on September 29, 2013 when Lanka declared that he would not accept the papers as the desired proof. A first court session took place in April 2014 and ended with the court’s decision to halt procedures in order to support its judgement with the scientific expertise of Andreas Podbielsky, virologist at the University of Rostock. The case was continued in March 2015 and ended with the decision in support of Bardens’ claims.
The court’s ruling received global press attention in the light of the present heavy campaigning of anti-vaccination protesters on web forums and in books. Bardens told the press weeks after the court's ruling that he could no longer appear as a public speaker without the protection of bodyguards.
Lanka eventually challenged the judgement. The case was re-evaluated at the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) Stuttgart on 16 February 2016 where the original judgement was reversed. Although six scientific publications were submitted showing the existence of measles, they failed to meet the contest requirements as set by Lanka. Bardens commented on the case in an extensive interview on 5 May 2016 and announced his decision to appeal to Germany's Federal Court BGH. In December 2016 Bardens tried to get this ruling revised, but the court saw no reason for that.
Publications by Bardens
- Inhibition of hemoxygenase-1 improves survival after liver resection in jaundiced rats. Epub 2009.
- Bardens; et al. (Nov 2013). "Five minutes of extended assisted ventilation with an open umbilical trocar valve significantly reduces postoperative abdominal and shoulder pain in patients undergoing laparoscopic hysterectom". Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 171 (1): 122–7. doi:10.1016/j.ejogrb.2013.08.014. PMID 23998556.
- Bardens; et al. (Apr 2014). "The impact of the body mass index (BMI) on laparoscopic hysterectomy for benign disease". Arch Gynecol Obstet. 289 (4): 803–7. doi:10.1007/s00404-013-3050-2. PMID 24113992.
- Bardens; et al. (2012). "Comparison of Total and Supracervical Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Benign Disease in a Collective of 200 Patients". Journal of Gynecologic Surgery. 28 (5): 333–337. doi:10.1089/gyn.2012.0016.
- "OLG Stuttgart Urteil vom 16.2.2016, 12 U 63/15" [OLG Stuttgart judgment of the 16.2.2016, 12 U 63/15]. lrbw.juris.de. 16 February 2016.
- See "One could hand the virus to Lanka on a silver platter… an interview with David Bardens at positivists.org
- The original page is no longer online. Archive.org has this copy made on March 29, 2012. Available also as a pdf file.
- See also Lanka’s videos on YouTube with similar claims about HIV as not caused by viruses.
- See http://positivists.org/blog/archives/3881 for Lanka’s original challenge in German and English, the court’s ruling in a rough English translation and Podbielsi’s scientific expertise in German.
- "Die Geschichte ging um die Welt" – Der Homburger Arzt David Bardens muss nach dem kuriosen Masern-Prozess Leibwächter engagieren. Pfälzischer Merkur 9 April 2015.
- See "Stefan Lanka und wie er die Welt sieht – Nach seiner Niederlage im Masernprozess lädt Stefan Lanka zum Vortrag nach Langenargen. Seine Fangemeinde ist von seinen "Wahrheiten" überzeugt" Südkurier 16 March 2015.
- "Disappointing outcome of Bardens vs. Lanka: measles proven to exist, but anti-vaxxer Lanka keeps his money". January 23, 2017. Archived from the original on July 1, 2017.
- Posse: Gericht vertagt Verhandlung im Streit um Masernviren. Spiegel Online, 10 April 2014.
- Posse um Masernvirus: Impfgegner muss Arzt 100.000 Euro zahlen. Spiegel Online, 12 March 2015
- Germany court orders measles sceptic to pay 100,000 euros. BBC, 12 March 2015
- Measles sceptic ordered to pay doctor €100,000. The Guardian, 12 March 2015
- German Court Orders Vaccination Cynic to Pay for Virus Proof. The New York Times, 12 March 2015
- Sieg der Vernunft (Podcast). Interview on Hoaxilla.com, 23 March 2015
- One could hand the virus to Lanka on a silver platter… an interview with David Bardens" at http://positivists.org, 23 March 2015.
- Measles Virus tried at Court : David Bardens vs. Stefan Lanka | case documentation at http://positivists.org 15 May 2015.