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NYT's Gardiner Harris Wears White and Black Hats

White hat black hat Gardiner Harris writes about medical news for The New York Times. He has called out pharma on numerous occasions, most recently this weekend regarding the diabetes drug Avandia.  Lisa Goes, an AoA contributor, sent Mr. Harris an email regarding his treatment of The Lancet retraction. The response she received from him is below in red. Her email follows as well.

How is it that Mr. Harris can ride a white horse regarding pharmaceutical drug safety and yet don a black hat when it comes to vaccine safety? In fairness, Mr. Harris did report last year, NYT Reports CDC Failed to Properly Screen Vaccine Advisors for Conflicts of Interest.

Read his article, Research Ties Diabetes Drug to Heart Woes and pay attention to this paragraph, “Instead, G.S.K. executives attempted to intimidate independent physicians, focused on strategies to minimize or misrepresent findings that Avandia may increase cardiovascular risk, and sought ways to downplay findings that a competing drug might reduce cardiovascular risk,” concludes the report, which was overseen by Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, and Senator Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican."

Why should we believe vaccines, the new profit center for pharma, are exempt from strong arm tactics and outright fraud? Also from the article:

Hundreds of people taking Avandia, a controversial diabetes medicine, needlessly suffer heart attacks and heart failure each month, according to confidential government reports that recommend the drug be removed from the market.

The reports, obtained by The New York Times, say that if every diabetic now taking Avandia were instead given a similar pill named Actos, about 500 heart attacks and 300 cases of heart failure would be averted every month because Avandia can hurt the heart. Avandia, intended to treat Type 2 diabetes, is known as rosiglitazone and was linked to 304 deaths during the third quarter of 2009.

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "Harris, Gardiner" <
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To: "
ljgoes2006@yahoo.com" <ljgoes2006@yahoo.com>
Sent: Fri, February 19, 2010 8:00:42 AM
Subject: Re: READER MAIL: Gardiner Harris

Thanks for your note. I'm sorry for your children's difficulties, your anger and your willingness to believe wild conspiracy theories about the roots of autism.

----- Original Message -----
From: NYTimes.com <emailus@ms2.lga2.nytimes.com>
To: Harris, Gardiner
Sent: Thu Feb 18 22:09:35 2010
Subject: READER MAIL: Gardiner Harris

To: GARDINER HARRIS

You have received reader mail via nytimes.com.  To respond to this reader, simply 'reply' to this message.

READER'S NAME:
LJ Goes

READER'S MESSAGE:
Dear Mr. Harris, I was recently forwarded your New York Times article regarding the Lancet retraction, found here http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/03/health/research/03lancet.html. I am the busy mom of three small children with little free time to correct feeble reporting. Conversely, I'm certain given your impressive tenure in the journalism community you are not accustomed to admonitions from the public. I can assure you I do not routinely begin correspondence to someone I've never met with such direct aggression. It's just that given the needs of those around me I really don't have the time or patience for political correctness.

I feel it is incumbent upon me to inform you that your assessment of the retraction and your explanation of the autism community's inability to accept it is weak and incomplete. I've convinced myself that this was not your intention so I am willing to sacrifice my children's nap time (aka my 45 minutes of free time) to school you in art of investigative journalism. Let me back up and start fresh by way of introduction (I like to know my students and vice versa). My name is LJ Goes and of the aforementioned offspring one is in particularly dire straights medically. He's been poisoned via environmental insults manifested because of a genetic predisposition (due to a family history of allergies, asthma, and auto-immune dysfunction) which causes severe gastrointestinal and mitochondrial distress that is exacerbated by his hyper-immune response (perpetual antibody production) to viral injectables. Your people call it autism. I call it what it is. Now lets get to work. After a brief synopsis of the Lancet retraction you address the stubbornness of Wakefield supporters by stating, "Despite a wealth of scientific studies that have failed to find any link between vaccines and autism, the parents fervently believe that their children's mental problems resulted from vaccinations." Mr. Harris, we do indeed believe a large part of our children's overall health (not mental) problems is the result of repeated environmental insults from the now 55 vaccines on the schedule. We have the science to back it up, too. Please see http://www.sarnet.org/ and http://www.generationrescue.org/ and http://www.whale.to/vaccine/sick_monkeys.html. This is the first part of your lesson. Do you see what I did there? I told you what we believe, then I showed you why and gave you the evidence that demonstrates a correlation. When did it become common practice for high profile journalists to throw around phrases like, "a wealth of scientific studies," without citing said studies? Is it that you can't find them? How about just one? And no, you may not refer me to the VSD studies that have been engineered to reflect the desired outcome of CBER, FDA and CDC officials. I mean real scientific studies. This is your homework for tonight. You then point out that, "Dr. Wakefield had subjected 11 children to invasive tests like lumbar punctures and colonoscopies that they did not need and for which he did not receive ethical approval." "Ethical approval?" During your last physical did the doctor excuse himself to text the AMA for approval to check your blood pressure? Did he present you with a signed permission slip allowing him to check your reflexes? I certainly hope so or he might find himself in a court of law. I can scarcely imagine the bureaucratic red tape and stacks of triplicate forms the GMC requires to ensure an "ethical" prostate exam. These children had colonoscopies. Gads. I wonder how that one time test compares to a young lifetime of chronic explosive diarrhea. Or PANDAS. Or seizure disorder. Or any other co-morbid condition that might accompany autism. Either way, my dad recently had this procedure performed so I will be sure to let him know he has been violated and should seek legal advice immediately. The second part of your assignment is to tell me (in writing) about the testimony from these unethically treated children's parents. Did they testify against Dr.Wakefield? What did they say, exactly? Get a quote if !
you can.
Remember, doing the work yourself is fun! You move on to spokesman for the CDC, Tom Skinner's quote, ''It builds on the overwhelming body of research by the world's leading scientists that concludes there is no link between M.M.R. vaccine and autism," and you explain that this information came from an email. Can you tell me Mr. Harris, is Mr. Skinner a doctor? A scientist? Or is he the guy who sends out the press releases and gets coffee for everyone? Who did he send this email to? What was the context of the email? Was it sent to you for the purpose of writing this article or did you get it as a third party? Sloppy, Mr. Harris. Very sloppy. Mr. Skinner seems to have mastered the art of speaking without meaning as he too references the same conclusive-beyond-all-shadow-of-a-doubt "body of research" that the autism community and the America public have yet to see. Which is odd, considering it was authored by "the world's leading scientists." Do you know any of these scientists by chance? It's a good rule of thumb to know the names of the people you are writing about. Maybe you could ask your brother Crane if he knows them, given his history with Jolla Pharamceuticals? I know it's sort of cheating to let your brother do the work for you, but since I've assigned so much homework I'm willing to throw you a bone. It just gets better when you explain, "With each new theory, parents� groups have called for research to explore possible links between vaccination and autism. Study after study has failed to show any link, and prominent scientific agencies have concluded that scarce research dollars should be spent investigating other possible causes of autism." Mr. Harris, I know it's embarrassing to hear this from a nobody like me, but--science is actually the process of discovery. Clearly in your many years as a journalist no one has pointed that out to you so for this infraction you will not be penalized. Going forward just keep in mind that real science asks all the questions. It doesn't originate with the int!
ent to d
ismiss, disprove, or disassociate, it simply observes and reports. Ergo our "theories" which evolve over time, may be better understood as the logical progression of knowledge that accompanies true scientific investigation. Coincidentally, criticizing us for "each new theory" is absurd. Do you discredit research physicians who are developing radical chemotherapy treatments to help patients with rare forms of cancer? I suppose not. They make drug$. No criticism or investigation necessary. In this age of point and click technology couldn't you at least link the conclusive evidence Mr. Skinner believes "study after study" demonstrates, to your article? Or maybe include a list of the "prominent scientific organizations" that affirm these vast amounts of proof for us? Since the CDC is the only organization you bother naming I assume you consider it among these hailed bastions of public health and safety. I visited the CDC website, found here, http://www.cdc.gov/ and was shocked to see they've not published a graph charting the drastic rise in autism rates since 2006. That's four years and many thousands of ASD cases ago. You might want to talk to your pal Tom about that. Let him know that even with the blindfold on the freight train heading toward him has the same obliterating effect upon impact. 3.2 million dollars per boxcar, and escalating. For this next and last transgression, Mr. Harris, you and your contemporaries should pay, as Amy Wallace, Paul Offit and Conde Naste may soon be forced to do for accusing Barbara Loe Fisher of lying, and as Paul Offit has already done for his inaccurate comments about JB Handley chronicled in his book, Autism's False Prophets, according to Ginger Taylor, author of the blog, Adventures in Autism. You must stop falsely referring to us as anti-vaccine. We are anti-toxin, anti-mercury (the second deadliest neurotoxin know to man), anti-formaldehyde, anti-aluminum hydroxide, anti-aluminum phosphate, anti-ammonium sulfate, anti-antifreeze, and anti-cellular matter from aborte!
d human
fetal tissue. We are anti-ALL preservatives that have been grandfathered into FDA approval without proper investigation that poison our children and are administered on an aggressive vaccine schedule that literally banks on latent symptomology. We are anti-immunization schedules that do not take our children's individual medical histories into consideration. We are anti-infectious diseases. We are against an autism pandemic. We know BOTH can be avoided with green vaccines. Do you understand, Mr. Harris? Do you get it? All the adjuvants (and many more) listed above are still in our children's vaccines. We have witnessed no decrease in childhood autism, despite the questionable removal of Thimerosol (which still exists in our children's flu shots), because the same cost-effective, inferior, autism promoting preservatives are still in them. Right now, at this very moment. We are experiencing skyrocketing reports of ASD diagnoses and we have ADDED more shots to the schedule! Add shots, get autism. Add more shots, get more autism. Golly it's just so complex. Sadly, lots of parents really do believe the science is beyond them. They leave the truthful reporting and scientific interpretation to you. You know you can skate by with generalizations and half truths because your readers won't know the difference. They trust you. I've never said this to anyone in my life, Mr. Harris. You should be ashamed. Your writing is less about information and more about deflection. Which, come to think of it, vaguely resembles propaganda. Right here on American soil, in one of our most respected daily journals, no less. What you have attempted to pass off as journalism is nothing more than regurgitated hand-outs from government agencies trying to stave off awareness of the biggest conspiracy in american history. Perhaps world history. Think about it. A little back story. In college I had a professor who talked to me in much the same manner that I have spoken to you today. I hated him. Years later I realized he made me think and !
rethink
my work obsessively. I was always asking questions and refining my papers until I was certain I'd done the best I possibly could. I hope you will allow my tutelage to improve the quality of your work. It's not personal, I just know you can do better. Your readership deserves it. I look forward to your enthusiastic response and improved future publications. Best, LJ Goes

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Comments

Jake Crosby

I think I know why Harris is critical of Avandia, but not MMR or thimerosal. His brother's company, Illumina Inc., is in a dispute over property rights violations with a subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline. That could be why Harris is reporting Avandia differently from the way he is reporting the autism controversy.

The former only implicates GlaxoSmithKline, while the latter implicates the drug industry in general. His brother's firm may be in dispute with GSK, but their principle customers still include pharmaceutical companies.

nhokkanen

If Gardiner Harris's panties were on fire and an autism parent handed him an extinguisher, he wouldn't use it.

Randy

Wakefield showed a "callous disregard" for children at his child's birthday party for having blood taken from them and paying them about $10 each. A simple blood draw - with parental consent - and the kids got a couple $.

Meanwhile, last August, as part of H1N1 experimental trials, amid the possibility that "in rare circumstances there can be severe allergic reactions", and where "each volunteer [was] informed about these possibilities" and that "it's up to the parents to make that choice.", each participant was "rewarded with a $40 gift card for his trouble."

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/20/h1n1.flu.kids.trial/index.html

Wakefield - the bastard - only paying them $10 - off with his head...

Tony Bateson

I don't know how much money VAERS has paid out to date I understood it was over one and half billion dollars several years ago. How much has to be paid out before Gardiner Harris accepts that vaccinations cause damage?

Tony Bateson, Oxford, UK.

campbell


you could also get free copy of diabetic cookbook and a free glucose meter at http://bit.ly/cW4UmC

JessicaF

LOL.

Count me in as a "wild conspiracy theorist." What a dipshit.

Hey Johnsmith, which part of it was "incoherent"? I'll be happy to explain it to you in words you can understand.

Jake Crosby

Gardiner Harris should not be allowed to write as a journalist, EVER.

Cynthia Cournoyer

Robin, I agree not to expect much from the media.

Thanks to LJ Goes, she has educated US. That is our only hope, to educate each other. Trying to change the main stream is like asking Burger King to suddenly sell hot dogs. They will do what they do, they are what they are.

The difference is, Avandia is not recommended for 100% of the population. Bad drugs that come and go do not have the one thing that vaccines have. That is a HUGE cultural bias. Gardiner Harris's article (and all others too) was simply an exercise in repeating the vaccines-are-good mantra.

LJ Goes

Johnsmith,

I agree. It pained me to write this letter. My usual communication style is one assumed mutual respect. I felt it was suitable to speak to Mr. Harris in the same manner that he addresses our community, on the off chance that he might understand our situation and the painstaking level of scientific investigation our side has contributed to ending the autism epidemic.

As this communication was not in anyway addressed to you personally I will ask that you please refrain from criticism as I am certain you, like Mr. Harris, did not actually read the letter.

This is a safe haven for those of us who are living autism, with children who have the measles virus in their gut. The NYT will gladly receive and publish your commentary.

While I respect your opinion and your right to share it, there is no place for it here.

Best Regard and Deepest Respect,

LJ Goes

Johnsmith

What do you expect when you send a rambling, incoherent and patronizing e-mail to someone?

Benedetta

There are many people out there that are attached to some pharmy and thus lie and cover up. There are plenty of people in this country that are doing so, and when we all finally figure it out these same crimnals will hide behide "they did not know"

And that is the problem there are people out there that do not know.

Why:

Because of education that begins as a young age.

When we take our first science class usually in the seventh grade - what are we taught.

Vaccine is just a weakened germ put in our body to help prepare our body for the day that it meets up with the sure enough, natural, strong germ that will make us sick if we are lucky but will probably kills us.

This is taught all through high school, and then when we go to college it is taught in biology, science, psy, nursing, history, comes up even in math classes believe it or not.

My daughter has a 200 dollar nursing book up stairs that makes my blood boil. I have written all four authors.

Education is the key (heard that cliche before) any time you hear a cliche is because it is very sound, true, built on a rock.

Libby

I'm just curious, does Gardiner's family have financial ties to Actos rather than Avandia? Is that how he choses which pharmaceuticals to stand behind or attack?

As for his email, well.... I'll bite my tongue.

Wade Rankin

Gardiner's response sets a new standard for arrogance.

Teresa Conrick

Thanks, LJ for trying to educate Gardiner Harris using those 45 minutes, 45 precious minutes when you have young children, especially affected with autism.

It shows us, once again, how grandiose, narcissistic and very unconcerned he is. His schizoid articles on pharmaceutical misconduct seem to follow a pattern. If it comes in a needle it is good and no real science, sick children, or dirty hands will convince him.

It must be hard to investigate when you don't want to see or report on the truth and you are morally bankrupt and have not a shred of integrity. Blood is thicker than water or professionalism if your brother rubs elbows with Merck, Glaxo, J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, and the FDA.
Oh my...don't they make vaccines, Mr. Harris?

Robin Nemeth

Lisa,

This is excellent. It's a crying shame that there isn't anything resembling real journalism in the main stream media any longer.

I've updated my vaccine flier. Added a blurb about Andrew Wakefield, since the main stream is determined to show only the one side of this issue. (Even google hits are currently weighted heavily toward 'wild conspiracy theory' when you do a search on Wakefield.) I haven't really followed the Wakefield saga all that closely, but it's pretty obvious that the powers that be are desperate to pretend there is no other side to this issue. Just as with the thimerosal issue.

So, it's time once again to do an end run around the main stream media. So get out there people with your flyers and your tee shirts and your word-of-mouth. Oh and AOA I think it's about time I was able to get an AOA bumper stick for my car. Tee shirts are swell but in these cold Cleveland winters, my tee shirt gets covered up by my coat, while my bumper stickers are still on display for all to see. Click on my name at the end of this post and you can see my flyer. I don't know how it prints up on other peoples printers, but use it if you like. I like to highlight with a yellow marker the part about how THERES STILL MERCURY IN FLU SHOTS! People might care, if they think it could possibly still affect them or theirs personally...

Don't expect anything from the press or the news media. I've learned to only expect one thing from them, and people don't like it when I use those kind of words.

A Friend


Gardiner Harris might as well have written this in his email to you:

"I did not read your email. I do not care what you have to say. Leave me alone, you stupid moron."

That was basically the gist of his email. Of course by putting the blame on you for 'your willingness to believe wild conspiracy theories about the roots of autism'... I suppose it makes himself feel better in some way. To me, it just proves (once again) that he is a pompous jerk. Thanks for the reminder...

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