There is nothing Paul and Nancy love more than publicity, drama and self pity.
Whenever I see the Pittsburgh Post Gazette byline I know my day will only get better! After a very serious week and we could all use a few laughs. And who provides us with better material than PA’s own: Paul Offit and Nancy Minshew!
Mark Roth did a very balanced piece, interviewing both the articulate and well informed Cindy Waeltermann, Mom of two boys with autism as well as wealthy vaccine profiteer Dr. Paul Offit and Dr. Nancy ( all autism vaccine research is ‘crappola’) Minshew. While Cindy came across to the reader as intelligent, compassionate and reasonable (‘I am NOT anti-vaccine’), Paul and Nancy held a shockingly angry pity fest.
Even when Offit’s side wins, he is still angry, lashing out at grass roots autism organizations, founded by families to help to help children suffering with autism. How dare they! “It would be nice if autism orgs (AS, NAA) actually advocated for children with autism!” he fumes. “Instead they are anti-vaccine organizations (because demanding safety studies = heresy!)…and it is high time that these orgs stopped deluding people…”
Wow, is this guy angry, what a freak! Does it infuriate him that AS provides cash grants to communities in need? Or is Offit angry that AS has undertaken a huge campaign to provide insurance re-imbursement for autistic kids? How awful! Maybe Offit is also infuriated by NAA’ s modest research budget investigating how to help sick autistic children as well as their grants to struggling families is need. That is, obviously, really wrong!
Now I can see why Paul Offit is so mad. Instead of plowing every dollar into endless and extremely expensive gene studies, AS and NAA dare to advocate for families as well as assisting them with money! These sick organizations must be stopped!
Never one to miss out on an opportunity to chime in with Dr. Offit, Dr. Minshew hones right in on his action. Interestingly Minshew did not label this vaccine court ruling “crappola”, as she has so eloquently described the widespread public concern about vaccine safety. Naturally Minshew expresses no sympathy or concern for the long suffering Cedillo family or their daughter Michelle, who is so severely physiologically affected. Instead, Minshew focused on the suffering of scientists. Will their agony never end? Minshew re-iterates for the millionth time “I hope this begins an end to the death threats and character assassination against scientists!” Here we go again, Minshew and Offit are the REAL victims of the autism epidemic not kids like Michelle Cedillo.
Again with the death threats! That is truly a subject these two drama queens never tire of discussing, they discuss it in every interview. Paul and Nancy- newsflash- none of this is about you. No parent I know would dream of threatening you. We only want objective and authoritative vaccine research done, that’s it.
What “character assassination” could Minshew be talking about? Minshew is a high powered autism researcher who runs an Autism Center of “Excellence.” Dr. Minshew is regularly lauded by gene researchers wherever she goes! She is beloved by Paul Offit, pharmaceutical companies and vaccine makers everywhere! I am shocked she even notices how much the autism community dislikes her.
My favorite quote is “I hope this begins an end to the death threats… against scientists and physicians who have tried to convey The Science to the public!” Oh, The Science, meaning the science she likes. What about The Science behind the Hannah Polings decision? What about exploring The Science behind the 700% increase in autism over the past decade? What about The Science regarding the dozens toxic adjuvants in infant vaccines? How about researching The Science behind post vaccination regression? Or how about science not paid for by vaccine makers or the CDC? Why do these two work overtime trying to stop that Science? Among the many things that seem to scare Paul and Nancy is objective vaccine research. Apparently a terrifying prospect that must be stopped!
Thank you to ALL the autism organizations who have made a historic show of unity and support for real science. Objective and authoritative vaccine research will happen, like it or not Pal and Nancy.
Katie Wright has two young boys. Her oldest son, Christian, is severely affected by autism. He developed normally; smiling, talking, walking; only to lose every skill and every word by the age of 2 and a half. Upon the advice of medical professionals Katie and her husband were advised to pursue only high quality behavioral therapy, speech and OT for Christian. It had no meaningful impact on Christian until his parents sought help from DAN! doctors who treated the underlying causes of Christian's descent into autism. Christian has improved but still has far to go. He has Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the measles virus in his gut and an immune system akin to a late stage AIDS patient. Christian does not have a psychiatric disorder. Before autism, Katie Wright was the Clinical Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Stamford Connecticut. Katie is proud to serve on the Boards of NAA and SafeMinds.