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Offit baby By Kim Stagliano

Below is a "best of Age of Autism" post called, Voting Himself Rich about Paul Offit, who has made a career out of  becoming the national spokesman for vaccines. Dr. Offit is the face of a new autism organization that has openly declared that while they do not know what causes autism, they know it's not vaccines. He doesn't treat children with autism in his practice, but he wrote a book telling parents what treatments do not work for autism. APP and Dr. Offit refer to "Many Studies" as proof that vaccines do not cause autism. You can read about the studies for yourself at the site "Fourteen Studies."

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) took home a fortune of at least $29 million as part of a $182 million sale by CHOP of its worldwide royalty interest in the Merck Rotateq vaccine to Royalty Pharma in April of last year, according to an investigation by Age of Autism. Based on an analysis of current CHOP administrative policies, the amount of income distributed to Offit could be as high as $46 million.

There is nothing improper about receiving compensation for a patented innovation; but the extraordinary valuation placed on CHOP’s patents raises concerns over Offit’s use of his former position on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to help create the market for rotavirus vaccine -- to effectively vote himself rich. Read the full post HERE.

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism and mother of three girls with autism.



An expose on Paul Offit.


God, that picture is SO SCARY!! It looks like he's the devil and he's gonna eat that baby. I hope I don't have nightmares now.


Offit accuses Dr Wakefield of egomania, and Deer calls him a con man. Both of them perfectly described themselves! "what a man saith of thee concerneth him more than thee".


I had someone on FB offer to "Solve the Kim Stagliano problem with the business end of a baseball bat." I read Kristina Chew joking about Dan Olmsted getting , "Shot" - laughing over the play on words. Ha ha!!!


ct teacher

If I hear one more time about the deaths threats he has endured, I'm going to puke.

Nancy Schwalen

My daughter now 32 had the MMR injection at 18 months old and not less than 2 days after she was totally unable to speak, walk, eyes rolled and totally a zoombie. I have tried on her behalf to have the CDC involved many years ago, but the doctors after several hospital visits diagnosed it to be Kinsbourne Syndrome. During the late 70's no one really sued or just accepted what was explained to the parent. I know that Jill did have a serious reaction to the MMR injection.


I wish Matt had explained WHY people have called Offitt "baby killer" - I don't condone saying that but if it's going to be brought up then it should have been explained why - that his first rotavirus vaccine CAUSED DEATHS and had to be pulled from the market. But Offitt was undeterred and created a new one.

Teresa Conrick

Dr. Offit looked very uncomfortable doing this interview. That doesn't mean that he has a conscience all of a sudden but maybe a worry? Not that he will feel bad getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar -- no, not a remorse worry, but more of a worry that the cookie jar will be moved away from his grasp.

One would think that 29 million cookies would keep one content for years, decades-- but when one is insatiably hungry and lives on the quest of power and money, one has to keep going.

Paul Offit is the one-liner of autism bullshit. "A plane ride away", "desperate parents" "less antigens today" blah=blah. But, we are on to him and that is the worry. Not of his safety as that seems to be pretty melodramatic but more of the safety of his role- a steady income- a steady line of bullshit passed around. He sees himself as savior but so do many true narcissists and sociopaths.

I think Matt was on to him and maybe that is what I saw -- the worry that Offit can't bullshit anymore. Like a Gloria Swanson, he is looking pathetic and a bit crazed. He wasn't ready for that close up.


What has my curiosity piqued these days is the connection with VP7, rotavirus infection, celiac disease increasing as rapidly as autism, diabetes type 1, autoimmune thyroid issues, rheumatoid arthritis, molecular mimicry, and the particular epitopes "Dr" Offit chose to create Rotateq. I have run across an article where Offit poo-poohs the idea that there is any sort of immune/allergic connection that recent molecular mimicry research has brought to light.

I have a suspicion, "Dr" Offit didn't sell off his interest in Rotateq merely to make money - that it was sold pending the revelation that there is an underlying connection in the creation of a multitude of autoimmune conditions his DNA tinkering has caused. He is fond on stating there is less "antigen" in vaccines today. An interpretation is that the viral DNA has been stripped to key amino acid sequences that elicit an immune response - completely unaware such condensing of recognizable sequences increases the likelihood of a molecular mimicry response...and having exposed infants to those sequences who might never have developed naturally exposed rotavirus, has actually created a firestorm of autoimmune short, contributed directly to metabolic and gastro disorder in many more people than natural exposure would have caused.

It would certainly explain his vehemence against any talented and persistant researcher or specialist - such as Dr Wakefield and Dr Krigsman - as it would take someone of their talents to find and expose his hand in creating persistant illness. Only someone with such talent and persistence would be a threat to "Dr" Offit's career - all others would simply take him at his word.

Anyone checked to see if "Dr" Offit invested his windfall in companies that produce drugs to "treat" these autoimmune conditions, in gluten & allergen free food companies or tucked it away in a Swiss account in prep for a hasty get-away?

I quote from the CDC listing on Vaccine reactions, taken from the VIS on Rotavirus vaccine:
"If rare reactions occur with any new product, they may not be identified until thousands, or millions, of people have used it. Like all vaccines, rotavirus vaccine will continue to be monitored for unusual or severe problems."

More reading:
T-cell epitopes in type 1 diabetes autoantigen tyrosine phosphatase IA-2: potential for mimicry with rotavirus and other environmental agents.

Rotavirus Infection Frequency and Risk of Celiac Disease Autoimmunity in Early Childhood: A Longitudinal Study

In Celiac Disease, a Subset of Autoantibodies against Transglutaminase Binds Toll-Like Receptor 4 and Induces Activation of Monocytes

It would seem that many more researchers are eager to join Dr Wakefield as 'villians" in "Dr" Offit's eyes as they disprove "Dr" Offit's assertions that vaccines - even live ones that mimic mild natural exposures - have nothing to do with inciting a pathogenic response.

It would seem that a vaccinated vs unvaccinated study needs to encompass the wholesale triggering of molecular mimicry, not just the development of autism specifically.

Kathy Blanco

Big Pharma” have cleverly convinced millions of naïve people that certain prescription drugs will solve all your problems. They have been able to do this and make billions because they have been able to financially influence the FDA, lobby groups, doctors and governments with sponsorships, speaking gigs, donations and committee memberships.

That said, the very people that develop vaccines are like the songwriters to the artists...the songwriters oft make more than the artists never knows the ACTUAL amount OFFIT, I man PROFIT made off of the backs of non science, archaic thinking, and lets just say it, mindblowing numbnuts who can't think about immune neural systems and the developing babies brain which REQUIRES no interruptions in timing and pruning....

SIGH.,..I wish I can go back to school and nail these people, but I have two autistic adults at home, a lifetime of service and care...and I could use millions to raise them...

Paul Shapiro

Here is a copy of a note I sent to paul offit in 2005
with links to the full article that ticked me off at that time

Regarding your article:
Why Are Pharmaceutical Companies Gradually Abandoning Vaccines? y Paul Offit

Link To Full Text of Article:

or (must register with MedScape)

Wher the article was printed:
Health Affairs. 2005; Sept 24 (3): 622-630. ©2005 Project HOPE

Hey Paul,
The vaccine Companies are leaving because guys like you haven’t seen a vaccine that they didn’t love and push. You are deaf to the suspicions of parents who watched there children fade from the real world. You continue disregard their observations and beliefs as to what happened to their children. Vaccinated and gone forever within a month or two. Damaged for life.
Instead of pushing the government approval and oversight agencies to do more to insure a vaccine will “do no harm” before being brought to market and putting in place a long term reporting and tracking system of adverse affects, and pushing these vaccine companies to use ingredients in their products that will not damage children, you are willing to accept what ever they chose to do. You are the poster boy for the Government Incompetent agencies and the ‘lackey’ of the manufacturers. Every time a TV station or radio program needs a need a shill to defend the status quo they can depend on you.
I do not know what drives you, whether it’s ego, money or the feeling of self importance. You sure aren’t a favorite of mine and many like me. If fact after hearing your congressional testimony, listening to you on radio and TV and reading your writing I really do not like you.
Yes, let these companies go out of business. They are run by bottom driven hucksters. The empty space will quickly be filled by new companies. But nothing will change unless attitude of those in the government oversight agencies is changed and you and people like you are ignored.
That’s the way I see it!
Paul Shapiro


In the photo, the baby's head appears to be pressing against a hard shirt button. People who possess the quality of empathy know they should position the baby's face against the pectoral area as long as there are no pocket buttons there.


I would bet cash money that story of someone threatening his kids never happened.


I am going to send him my daughter's VICP file when I get it. Government conceded in June of this year...not for autism, but encephalitis. I will send her file to everyone on that show tonight. It is all about the money for them - and at least my daughter will be getting a payout from them....but what about everyone else!!!! Sickening.

Benedetta Stilwell

So somebody threatened him and he was surprised? He along with a lot of others in his line of bussiness really don't have a clue how hurt we are over our children! I don't understand how they don't know how my chest aches at times for my family and those that tell their sad stories here on Age of Autims. But that is the difference between me and a self absorbed socialpath.


Hey-- Dateline didn't elaborate, but at least they mentioned the $$$. Maybe next time. It's a start.

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