By Kim Stagliano
The Wall Street Journal (HERE) health blog writes about Sharyl Attkisson's piece on CBS last week, again pointing a finger of criticism at the AAP, Every Child by Two and Dr. Paul Offit, infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadephia, who is taking aim at autism, autism treatments and, in our opinion, children with autism, at every opportunity.
Please go to the WSJ blog to add your comments. Most people do not know the truth about these conflicts of interest.
This negative publicity, on the heels of his Amanda Peet disaster, doesn't bode well for the book he has coming out titled, "Autism's False Prophets." More on that later this Fall. Here's the CBS piece about the conflicts of interest of Dr. Offit, The American Academy of Pediatrics and the vaccine promotion organization called "Every Child by Two.":
Why a pediatric specialist would go out of his way to stand in the way of scientific research with the goal of protecting children is perplexing, to say the least. Why a doctor at a top American childrens hospital would accuse a court of "turning it's back on science" when a severely injured girl's future is at stake is troubling. He seems to want to make certain that there is no proveable cause or effective treatment for this life altering disorder called autism.
....Offit, chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, declined to be interviewed by CBS for the piece. But the story pointed out that Offit’s $1.5 million chair is funded by Merck and that he shares a patent with the company for a vaccine against rotavirus, a cause of childhood diarrhea.
All three subjects of the CBS report told the network they are “upfront about the money they receive and that the funding doesn’t sway their opinions.”
Vaccine makers have been worried by the federal vaccine court’s decision in March to compensate Hannah Poling, a child who developed autism, though the court did not specifically link autism to the medicines. At the time, Offit wrote an op-ed in the New York Times saying that the vaccine court had been turning its back on scientific evidence.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.