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Huge needle We've often wondered how Paul Offit, a vaccine/infectious disease expert, became the "go to" voice for the media, including Trine Tsouderos of the Chicago Tribune, on autism. You may recall that J.B. Handley called Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to schedule an appointment with Dr. Offit for a child with autism and was turned away because Dr. Offit doesn't see patients.  (See the Nowhere Man post below.)  Dr. Offit himself described his autism expertise on a book review blog:

“Regarding my characterization of children with autism: I think one of my limitations in writing this book is that I'm not a neurologist, psychologist, or developmentalist. I'm an infectious diseases specialist with an expertise in vaccines. So I don't come in contact with many children with autism. As a consequence, my characterization of children with autism in AUTISM'S FALSE PROPHETS came exclusively from what I read in newspapers, which no doubt slants descriptions to more extreme symptoms, or to descriptions from a handful of people, like Richard Grinker, Peter Hotez, Kathleen Seidel, and Camille Clark.” (HERE)

Here's JB's post from last year.Nowhere Offit Man Managing Editor's Note: This post includes a follow up to the lawsuit discussed in J.B. Handley's post titled, Columbia University Press and Dr. Paul Offit Sued for Autism's False Prophets. Pay special attention to the phone call J.B. made to schedule an appointment for a child with autism with Dr. Offit, author of a book about autism treatments. It seems Dr. Offit does not treat patients with autism. Odd, yes? Grab a cup of coffee and read on.  Don't get the photo? Click HERE. And, Ringo? Don't bother.

By J.B. Handley
 
Paul Offit wrote a book, Autism’s False Prophets, with the overt goal of repudiating the biomedical treatment movement for autism. Of course, the real goal of the book, and how it’s being used today, is to convince parents to keep on vaccinating.
 
As an inventor of the Rotateq (HERE) vaccine, a man who voted his own vaccine (HERE) onto the childhood schedule, and a multi-millionaire after his vaccine was sold to Merck, Offit has plenty of time on his hands to protect his legacy and the legacy of his peers.


 
The AAP has done a great job of getting Offit’s book out to their pediatric base, many of whom give the book to parents when they express concerns about vaccination. I have personal friends who have come home from their doctor with a copy of his book in hand.
 
The book is filled with factual errors and/or completely made-up information about a wide variety of our community’s most important players, including Dr. Andrew Wakefield, David Kirby, RFK JR., and Jenny McCarthy, to name just a few.
 
For a simple example of the book’s poorly-veiled intentions, consider the inside cover that includes a quote from a parent, Amy Pisani:
 
“Hearing all the rumors about vaccine side effects made me question the right thing to do. This book makes it clear that vaccines save lives, and they clearly do not cause autism.”
 
There are so many revealing things about this quote, which is literally the first thing you see on the cover’s inside flap. Firstly, Amy Pisani is the Executive Director of Every Child By Two, a vaccine advocacy organization funded by Wyeth, a vaccine maker. (HERE)  The book only describes her as “Amy Pisani, mother.” Not only is Ms. Pisani’s conflict hidden from the reader, but her actual quote is a complete fabrication. Ms. Pisani has been advocating vaccines for children for YEARS, everything in her quote is a lie -- she wasn’t questioning the right thing to do when Offit’s book came along. A liar with a conflict of interest -- how perfect! 

Biomedical doesn’t work?
 
In advocating for vaccines, Offit uses his book to take a sideswipe at an entire movement of scientists, doctors, and parents who are toiling away to recover children from autism. With roughly 1,000 worldwide doctors and more than 100,000 parents practicing biomedical treatments, it’s one hell of a sideswipe. Not only does he criticize the biomedical movement, he says it isn’t working to help kids:
 
“Instead of helping, these therapies can hurt those who are most vulnerable, and particularly in the case of autism, they undermine childhood vaccination programs that have saved millions of lives.”
 
I want to highlight this a little further, because it’s such an important point. Offit says, unequivocally, that our therapies do not help children with autism. Has your child improved through biomedical treatment? Offit says no way. Do you have a child who has recovered from autism? To Offit, it’s just coincidence. He lives in a world where recoveries from autism are of unknown origin and any adverse events created by vaccines are coincidence.
 
The lack of humanity, the lack of interest in recovering children, is this guy really a doctor? It would be like the Marlboro man shitting on a non-traditional treatment for lung cancer, because the treatment uses natural substances to pull tobacco tar out of people’s lungs. It’s horrible, repugnant, and so profoundly disrespectful of parents who ARE seeing recovery through biomedical treatment, I really don’t have the words to castigate Offit to the proper degree. In fact, it’s even worse than that. Offit and his comrades are actually rooting AGAINST recovery for our children, because if recovery from autism is actually possible through biomedical intervention, then autism is environmentally caused. And, if it’s environmentally caused, then the guy who will die known as “Mr. Vaccine” is in very deep kimchi, and his tombstone may actually end up reading, “Mr. Autism Epidemic Facilitator.”

Who wants that?
 
Making a sweeping statement -- that biomedical treatments don’t work – certainly means you better have done your homework. In fact, since the publication of his book, Offit is now routinely quoted in articles discussing alternative treatments for autism, and always as the naysayer. Given Offit’s developing “expertise”, I placed a phone call last week to his office in Philadelphia. While I knew the answer, it was still shocking to have the conversation, which went like this, with me (“JB”) talking to Offit’s assistant (“OA”):
 
JB: Hi, I have a child with autism, and I’d like to make an appointment to see Dr. Offit.
 
OA: He doesn’t see patients.
 
JB: My son, he has autism, he needs help. My understanding is Dr. Offit is an expert on autism, he wrote a book, I’d really like to see him.
 
OA: He doesn’t see patients in a clinical outpatient setting.
 
JB: Well, is there some other way for me to see him? Please, my son, he needs help, can’t Dr. Offit make an exception?
 
OA: He doesn’t see patients at all. I’m sorry.
 
Don’t believe me? Make your own call: 215-590-2549. Paul Offit, autism expert, doesn’t see any patients. Ever.
 
The 100,000 vaccine man
 
It was recently in Wired magazine, this quote from Paul Offit that a baby can handle 100,000 vaccines at one time:
 
Then, he came up with a rough estimate: a person [he said a baby] could handle 100,000 vaccines — or up to 10,000 vaccines at once. Currently the most vaccines children receive at any one time is five. He also published his findings in Pediatrics. Soon, the number was attached to Offit like a scarlet letter. “The 100,000 number makes me sound like a madman. Because that’s the image: 100,000 shots sticking out of you. It’s an awful image,” Offit says. “Many people — including people who are on my side — have criticized me for that. But I was naive. In that article, I was being asked the question and that is the answer to the question.”
 
Let me repeat: Offit says a baby can handle 100,000 vaccines simultaneously. As we all know, a vaccine is a pharmaceutical drug. Is there a doctor out there who would ever claim that a human being could simultaneously tolerate 100,000 aspirin or Tylenol or Ambien or Aleve or Viagra or Vioxx or any other drug manufactured anywhere on the planet? Of course not.
 
Not only is Offit’s comment insane, it’s also wildly dangerous and untrue. 100,000 vaccines given to a baby would cause immediate death, every single time. How profoundly disrespectful to the THOUSANDS of parents for whom ONE vaccine caused death for their child. ONE!!
 
Let’s look at the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program website for a moment, just to further highlight how crazy Offit’s comments really are (HERE). What does it tells us? It shows 11,970 claims of injury and 1,006 claims of death, in every case from ONE vaccine. Offit is saying a baby can handle 100,000 of something that has killed, at a bare minimum, more than 1,000 Americans (and note that for some reason this table doesn’t include Gardasil).
 
David Tayloe, the President of the AAP, recently posted this on a discussion board, “Just wanted to let members of this list know that the AAP is honoring
 Dr. Offit with it's President's award next week based on input from
 many of us in practice.”
 
The following email was sent to the AAP media relations department, I have yet to hear back:
 
“I have two questions for the AAP, would greatly appreciate a reply by end of day Thursday. 1. I heard a rumor that Paul Offit, M.D. recently received the President’s award from the AAP. Is this true? 2. Dr. Offit stated in Wired Magazine this month that a baby could safely receive 100,000 vaccines at one time. Does the AAP agree with Dr. Offit’s position, that 100,000 vaccines would be safely tolerated by a baby? Thank you for your prompt reply.”

Way to go, AAP.

Dr. Offit, here’s my simple offer for you, since I know you and Bonnie are reading this right now:

Get 100 Gardasil shots (just approved by the FDA for boys) in one arm and 100 H1N1 shots – the ones from a multi-dose vial, please (loaded with Hg) --  in the other. If you’re still alive three months later, I’ll contribute $100,000 to Alison Singer’s autism organization, perhaps to let her move out of her basement. 200 shots is plenty for me, I’ll give you a break on the other 99,800.

By the way, Dr. Offit, in your own book you state, “Although vaccinations have probably saved more lives than any other medical intervention, they have come with a price – occasionally causing severe, even fatal, side effects.” I’m sure you’ll be just fine. If one vaccine won’t hurt you, 200 will be a breeze.

The lies, the lawsuit, the settlement

In my opinion, there are more than a dozen members of our community who could sue Paul Offit for libel and win based on the lies and mischaracterizations of them in his book, Autism’s False Prophets. But, I’ll just tell you about me.

Frankly, I was shocked to see my name in Paul Offit’s book. Of all the people to pick a fight with, I wouldn’t recommend starting with me. Moreover, when I actually read the passage Offit wrote about me, I was absolutely stunned. From earlier this year:
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It was October 2005. Generation Rescue had only been up and running for about 5 months, and we had 125 brave souls who had put their names, locations, and emails on our website to serve as Rescue Angels to help other parents (today we have more than 800) on their journey through biomedical intervention.

On or around October 10th of that year, I heard from a Rescue Angel Mom who was extremely distraught. It turned out that someone, most likely a member of the "ND" community, had blended a post they had seen from her on a message board, her Rescue Angel information, and somehow figured out where she worked. This person had contacted the Rescue Angel's employer and told them something to the effect of, "Your employee is a volunteer of this organization, believes and says a lot of scary things about autism [like that it's triggered by vaccines and is treatable], and why is she allowed to say and do these things and work here?"

This Rescue Angel mom had just been through a meeting with her employer, which I believe was a public school, where she'd had to respond to this anonymous mudsling, and she was understandably very, very upset.

I, too, was irate. The thought that people were trying to impact the livelihoods of our Rescue Angels was incomprehensible, and I felt personally responsible for the plight of this Mom, having created the group that got her into this whole mess. Knowing that many of our enemies were avid readers of a public message board where we all congregated, I fired off a warning to the person responsible that read:

Dear N.D. folks monitoring this list:I have no respect for your "movement". You are now spending your time actively hassling our Rescue Angels. We are spending out time constructively engaging doctors to help our babies. If you don't like what we have to say, stop listening. We will bring the full resources of myself and Generation Rescue to stop this. We will sue you for libel and we will go after your homes and assets. My lawyers live to investigate and sue people like you. This will be your only warning. Sincerely, JB Handley

My message is still up there on the EOH message board, it's message #17717 and you can read it for yourself. Now, you may disagree with the message I wrote, you may disagree with its tone, and you may disagree with my reaction to the situation at hand. But, at least you know the circumstances that surrounded the decision I made, and that's what I really want you to know.

I really want you to know and understand what happened and why I wrote the note I wrote because once you do, you can see what a profoundly dishonest and manipulative liar Paul Offit really is.

You see, this post from EOH, or at least an excerpt from it, actually made it in to Paul Offit's book, that book that will remain nameless, but the one we all know the name of. Yup, a piece of my post from EOH, the one where I was trying to tell the person hassling one of our Rescue Angels at work to back the hell off, made Offit's book.

But, you wouldn't know that from what Offit wrote.

You see, Paul Offit has a passage using a portion of this post, but it's used for an entirely different reason. Rather than try to explain, I'm just going to share the passage from the book that will remain nameless, on page 145:

"SEIDEL WAS ALSO APPALLED BY THE GEIERS' AND JB HANDLEY'S constant promotion of chelation therapy as a cure for autism. In 2000, only a handful of children were chelated; by 2005, the number had purportedly climbed to more than 10,000 a year. On her Web site, Seidel pleaded with Handley to stop promoting a "therapy" that had never been shown to work and was potentially dangerous. Handley wrote back: "We are spending out time constructively engaging doctors to help our babies. If you don't like what we have to say, stop listening. We will bring the full resources of myself and Generation Rescue to stop this. We will sue you for libel and we will go after your homes and assets. My lawyers live to investigate and sue people like you. This will be your only warning."

Well, I'll be damned. A post I wrote on a public message board regarding someone hassling our Rescue Angels was now a response to Kathleen Seidel? A response that never actually took place in an exchange that Offit manufactured from thin air? I threatened to sue her for challenging me on the "promotion" of chelation therapy?

I'll be damned again.

So, there it is folks. Offit made up a conversation that never took place and blended something I wrote on a public message board for an entirely different reason to serve his own purpose.
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After a simple (and rebuffed) request asking him to change the above made-up passage, I filed a lawsuit (HERE) with the same request, hoping to get a better answer the second time around.
 
Medium_prezsheen There’s a great scene from an early 80s movie called the Dead Zone where Martin Sheen, playing an ambitious and morally compromised politician, is under sniper fire during a campaign rally. To protect himself, and while the network TV cameras are rolling, he grabs a small child and hides behind him. End of political career.
 
I’m not going to tell you that Paul Offit’s defense during my lawsuit and subsequent settlement negotiations reaches quite this same dramatic pitch, but it was the first thing I was reminded of when recently re-reading some letters from his lawyers.
 
Let’s get something straight: there is nothing about my victory in the lawsuit against Paul Offit that’s going to solve the autism epidemic or recover any of our kids. My victory is a small victory. But, you have to admit, it’s damn entertaining just the same.
 
Our settlement discussions, which went on for several months, were a hoot to witness. I knew from the beginning that I was right and that I could prove it. It took the other side several weeks of reviewing the supporting evidence my lawyers gave them to reach the same conclusion, at which point they knew they had a weak hand.
 
So, if you’re Paul Offit, what’s the best thing to do when you’ve been caught in a lie? You guessed it: blame someone else.
 
If you’ve seen Offit’s book, you know that he pays tribute to some of our most intractable critics for all their help in putting his manuscript together. Notable amongst them is Kathleen Seidel, the Church Lady who runs a website called Neurodiversity. I’ve really got nothing personal against Ms. Seidel and I’ve never met or talked to her. She’s always struck me as being rather brittle and shrill, but she’s certainly no Orac or any of the other particularly annoying characters residing in the dark world. And, she actually blogs under her own name.
 
Offit was clearly grateful for Ms. Seidel’s help in putting his book together. But, when he found himself in a wrangle over lies that he allowed to be printed, she was the first person he threw under the bus. Don’t take my word for it, check out this passage from a letter sent to my attorneys by Offit’s lawyers:
 
“Moreover, Dr. Offit has informed the Press [Columbia University Press] that the book had been sent for review to a long list of individuals, including Kathleen Seidel. Further, the Press had a high degree of confidence in Dr. Offit, a confidence enhanced by the initial review of Dr. Offit’s manuscript by an eminent scientist and former dean, and a review of his manuscript by Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., a leading autism expert at Yale University School of Medicine, Marie McCormick, Professor of Maternal and Child Health at Harvard School of Public Health, and Anne Gershon, MD, director of the division of Pediatric Disease at Columbia Presbyterian…
 
"Dr. Offit interviewed Ms. Seidel at some length. While Dr. Offit was writing the book, somebody sent him a copy of the Oct. 10, 2005 post from Handley directed ‘To the Nuero-Diverse Crowd Reading the List’ as a stand-alone document. At the time, he put it in his JB Handley file. When he went to write his book, he assumed that, given its salutation ‘To the Nuero-Diverse Crowd,’ the post was directed principally at Kathleen Seidel in response to her writings on Handley, Generation Rescue, and the Rescue Angels. Seidel created the neurodiversity website and she is strongly associated with that term. To Paul’s knowledge, no one else used that unusual term prior to Seidel…
 
"After Dr. Offit completed a draft of the manuscript, he sent it to Kathleen Seidel for her review. Although she made several other suggested changes regarding other portions of the manuscript she did not indicate that there were any errors regarding the language at issue or make any suggested changes to correct the language.”
 
Milli vanilli As Milli Vanilli once said, “Blame it on the rain!” Just don’t blame me.

Our case wasn’t a slam-dunk. We’d proven Offit had lied, that was easy. The higher hurdle was to prove Offit’s passage actually damaged me in any material way – that’s what you need to prove to win a false light claim. Was I worse off for it? Could I show that he had damaged my ability to hold down a job or anything else? My lawyers gave me 51/49 odds of winning in court. There was damage, but the other side would spend all their time challenging that position So, because I’d rather spend my time with my kids, I decided to settle, which Offit’s side (including Columbia University Press) was very eager to do.

The final terms of our settlement, reported here by AoA for the first time anywhere, include the following:

-     Offit will correct the passage in his book
 
-     Offit and Columbia University Press will each contribute $5,000 to one of Jenny McCarthy’s favorite autism charities at UCLA.
 
-     Offit will send me a personal letter expressing his regret for the lie he told. The letter isn’t everything I wanted, but, hey, I’ll take it. It reads:

“On page 145 of my book, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and The Search for a Cure, I may have conveyed the impression that J.B. Handley directed an internet posting, which was addressed to “Neurodiverse folks” on a public message board, as a response to Kathleen Seidel, and as a continuation of a prior exchange of posts between Mr. Handley and Ms. Seidel. After publication, Mr. Handley brought additional information to my attention confirming that, in fact, the post quoted in the book related to a different topic, and was intended to address individuals he believed may have been harassing members of Generation Rescue. I have agreed to make revisions to the text of the book in subsequent printings to address this issue. I regret any mistaken impression the original language may have created.”

Paul offit baby Paul Offit: Vaccine inventor. Vaccine profiteer. ACIP member who voted himself rich. A man reprimanded by Congress for doing so. Winner of the AAP President’s award. Avowed liar from his book, Autism’s False Prophet’s. The 100,000 vaccine man. The autism expert who won’t see patients. The man who has never seen a child recover from autism, and thinks vaccines are medicine’s greatest invention. Paul Offit, that’s one hell of a legacy.

On the one hand, I hope Offit takes me up on my offer, and gets those 200 vaccines. On the other hand, I hope he doesn’t. We’re always one gullible journalist away from another Gucci-loafer in the mouth moment -- he’s far more valuable to all of us alive.

The donations have been made, the book correction is under way, and you can read the letter, HERE. Offit loses, we all win.

J.B. Handley is Co-Founder of Generation Rescue.

Comments

Susan Goewey

Please, Please go to library check out the book Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives by Michael Specter and then go to Amazon.com and write a scathing review. Specter lauds Offit and slams any parent who thinks vaccines are unsafe. Makes me sick. I want to just cut and paste your entire post as a rebuttal. What is scary about the book is it gets positive reviews/blurbs on the back by Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell AND "How Doctors Think" author Jerome Koopman ... two authors of fabulous books. Dangerous stuff if these opinion leaders are buying the "denalist" B.S. and think Offit is a Prophet. Thanks for all the info. My pediatrician who knows I'm extremely wary of vaccines actually wrote the title of his book on her rx pad for me to read! I said, "I know all about Offit's views and I totally disagree." Again, thank you. Had no idea he doesn't even SEE patients! what a fraud. Pls keep up the good work.

Mike Robinson

100,000 Vaccine man. Offit seems to care only about his bank balance. I believe he should have had to agree to be present at the burial of every child that dies not just from one of his own concoctions of torture for our kids but, as well every time we lose one of our kids to accident injury, Better yet, let him go spend the night in a time out cell after being restrained and going with no food or bathroom for half the day like many children end up being treated in public schools. ALL because of vaccination injury. It's time for the 'protection' of the corp. world to throw in the towel and quit fighting whats been first a link and then a casual connection through research....and to what most informed parents KNOW why our kids are Autistic. To not even try a 'cure' makes no sense. To call it a 'new generation of N.D.' is Garbage and exposed as such already. If my non verbal Autistic son could even understand what it means to actually be able to talk, he would answer 'YES' to a question of ' would you rather have gone the last 17 years with no ability to communicate except through augmentative devices ? ' . But, according to Offit it's merely a coincidence that after 5 vaccinations at once he went from a normal developing child to one that regressed into a world of Autism A.K.A. Vaccine injury/poisoning allowed by our government and others that know way better and have for a long time. Shame Shame Shame Offit and Co. Good Job Generation Rescue!

Autism Grandma

This picture of Dr. All Profitt just makes my skin crawl. Obviously this is a public relations photo with him holding the baby to give the impression that he "cares about babies" and that is why he "protects them with vaccines." In reality he cares about money and that is why he protects his vaccine profits.

When I look at this picture, the movie "The Picture of Dorian Gray" comes to mind, the 1945 classic about a man who "sells his soul to the Devil". (Oscar Wilde published the book by this name in 1891)

Dorian Gray gains the benefits of eternal youth while his portrait gradually takes on his aging. He chooses his own Vanity over the welfare of all others and has no guilty conscience and no sense of remorse when he is responsible for the demise and tragedies of others. He portrays himself as a man of good moral standards and he prides himself on his "public image of propriety" while he leads a double life, continually projecting his image as a benevolent person, while secretly engaging in devious deceptions.

His portrait takes on the expression of his evil crimes until finally it becomes a grotesque horrific distortion. In the end the evil man he really was is ultimately exposed.

I clicked on this photo to inspect the larger version and to verify if I really did see what I thought I saw in my impressions; The Darkness of this image is really there and I was even more taken aback by the larger image. His eyes are overcast in dark shadow with a cold deliberate stare; his expression is without emotion. It is the beginning of the Picture of Dorian Gray.

sarahsam

"JB - If no one has mentioned it yet you are our HERO!

JB-just so you know-it's the same for us. Your a hero in this home. Our story you know-total regression between 18-22 months for our son. Loss of all language and TOTAL REGRESSION-you know what I mean. I would have gladly traded my soul for his-that's how it felt-like his soul was being stolen right in front of us. Then I found generation rescues site, started aggressive biomedical interventions and now our son will start regular kindergarten class in the fall albeit with an aid- it is quite simply a miracle.

Thank you and God Bless you and your family.

michael framson

JB: Paul Offit's own words will come back to haunt him, unmercifully. It is his arrogance (profound ignorance, backed up by overconfidence) which lays the foundation for his downfall.

He will have done to himself, and will take all his fellow travelers with him. I'm sure his close friends and attorneys are telling him to "shut the duck-up".

JessicaF

@ false profits -

Paul Profit knows he has blood on his hands - and doesn't give a shit.

He is more than willing to "sacrifice the few" to "save the many." I can't tell you how many times I have heard some version of that. It's sick, just sick. A "few" kids dying from his vaccine is just a sad fact of life, and necessary to save the _________(insert massively blown out of proportion number here).

Problem is - the few are now becoming not so few. 1 in 66 boys on the spectrum in my state is not just a few.

false profits

The number of infant deaths associated with Offit's Rotateq vaccine just jumped to 155 on VAERS. And Offit says a baby can handle 100,000 of these? The man has so much blood on his hands. Now I understand why he doesn't see patients. Defending himself is a full-time job.

A sample VAERS entry for Rotateq:

After administering vaccines child became very fussy and over tired, would not wake to eat and passed away a little over a day later. Autopsy could not say that vaccines did not play role in death.

More here:
http://tinyurl.com/3xstxj

AnaB

You just know the AAP is not informing the pediatricians to whom they sent hundreds of copies of Offit's book that he had to settle due to misinformation in the book. I informed my Pediatrician when he brought the book up. He had no idea the book was full of untruths. Well, he's been told now.

kerbob1

If intussusception is a regular anticipated malady one would think it would appear might in VAERS somewhere at least as an accidental.

In the pre-rotavirus vaccine history of VAERS this simply isn't so. Using the catch all margin of vaccination date of 1-1-1901 to 12-31-1997 there are a total of 4 cases of intussusception recorded in VAERS.

That's it.

From the introduction of the Rotashield vaccine in the third quarter of 1998 until the third quarter of 1999 VAERS recorded 126 cases of intussusception including 11 deaths. All reports save three associated the intussusception with Rotashield administration.

That's an emerging number in one year's time.

These statistics led to the first vaccine being pulled off the market.

From 2000 through 2005 there are zero cases of intussusception recorded in VAERS. Intussusception just goes away.

In 2006, Rotateq vaccine hit the market and from the second quarter of that year through December 2008 441 cases of intussusception emerge, including 104 deaths.

VAERS is Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, but all indications of intussusception vanish from this database with the absence of rota virus vaccination and pop right back up as soon as a second vaccine hits the market.

Stan

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In addition, there is evidence (at least one study I have seen on this with Prof. Haley involved) that some children seem to have a genetic polymorphism to be low in glutathione to start with. So these children should also be spared vaccines with either thimerosal or aluminum or both in them. Conclusion: the genetic factors, that some children are born with, involve the interaction of those factors with environmental factors. Not in a stand-alone way, ie, they're not going to be 'born' with autism.

Yes, there is such a thing as the X-factor child. But by and large, we're talking about children with a genetic predisposition to be damaged by an environmental assault. And the major one of those is clearly vaccines, by their interactive aspects.

And will the medical profession spare these children, with their overriding desire for herd immunity? We already have the answer to that. Your child is expendable to these true believers, parent. You need to stand up for him or her. The allopathic, medical-pharmaceutical-government complex won't. It's in their genes, as it were.

P.S. This matter of some children being born with a genetic predisposition to be damaged by vaccines is discussed tellingly in the book by Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D titled 'Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality', where he deals with the subject in relation to children ending up with diagnoses of ADD & ADHD. But he also covers the subject of the rise of autism as well. For the same reason: vaccines, not studied sufficiently for their long-term side effects.

His book was published in 1990. How long must we wait...

...maybe not much longer, with the honorable likes of Dr. Sears, and the DAN protocol doctors. A credit to their profession.

As for others...

Stan

AnaB says, regarding regressive autism:

"They were not born Autistic; but some kids with general Autism were."

This attitude needs some clarifying. Yes, some children have been brain-damaged prenatally, by the likes of mercury poisoning (including from shots given the mother). And there can be a mitochondrial disorder (although some of that can come from environmental factors; thus, which came first...). But the genetic factor can be due to a genetic predisposition to be damaged by the likes of vaccines; not that it alone would result in autism.

Take the fact that at least some of the genes associated with (higher potential to result in) autism code for glutamate. (See msgtruthdotcom.) Thus, glutamate is particularly dangerous to these kids. They can be exposed to it in their diets (thus the value of the GF/CF diet for kids on the spectrum: both wheat and dairy are high in glutamate). But glutamate is also in live-virus vaccines (it acts as a stabilizer). And there this excitotoxin is also present in an inflammatory situation to start with (the body's immune system reacting to the vaccine, including all of its ingredients). So children with these genes are particularly susceptible to damage by glutamate, and should be spared those vaccines with this substance in them.

Glutamate also has the unfortunate characteristic of lowering glutathione levels. So the MMR, eg, given at the same time as other vaccines with either thimerosal or aluminum or both in them, will tend to cause their difficulty in being eliminated - and ESPECIALLY in children with the glutamate-coded genes, who will experience the double whammy of both the adverse effects of glutamate in its own right, and through its effect on glutathione levels.
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Heather White

Great Article! Way to go on the outcome.

cmo

Can all owners of the first Offit book take it back and demand a corrected copy ??

What the heck is sales on it anyways ???

.....or is it just being provided for next to nothing to the AAP ?

kathy blanco

Today, expert opinions are not educated "know what I am talking about" opinions, they are opinions because they are paid to believe in a certain frame of reference, and or, they are opiniated because of their background which is often not on target with state of the art science, and, opinions are swayed by pride, predjudice, and money. Think inside the box, never out. Many doctors by the time they get out of medical school have been swamped by pharmaceutical allopathy is the only way opinionsm, or what they call scientific method. (some studies of late have nothing of that). Some are saving their necks and jobs which are often on the line, if they speak against, or whistleblow against products and procedures. You tell me where Dr Offit fits into? If this man never touched, felt, saw biochemistry labs, pathologies, or slides of kids with autism, how is he to form an expert opinion on what causes autism, and just because of a TITLE, has become the american spokeperson on autism? All he knows is it's genetic, not infectious (which is a laugh, because he is in IDSA), and it nothing to do with inflammation, mast cell inflammation, allergies, toxicity, birth procedure problems, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiency, autoimmunity, bacterial, viral, fungal, retroviral, food intolerances, metabolic, etc. If you can't talk the talk, Dr Offit, maybe you need to attend Autism One, DAN conferences, and the like and get your education up to par, like us parents do. Apparently, we actually know more than you...what does that speak of your expert opinion? Just because we don't have a degree, doesn't mean we can't grasp the concepts? Apparently, grasping for you is mostly in your fistful of rototeq pig virus filled dollars. If dollar signs are all you see, I suggest you go either get your head examined, or your eyes. Because apparently, you think autism is not on the rise, and it's all in peoples heads with made up stories and heresay.

bensmyson

http://i46.tinypic.com/24lt1y1.jpg

At a Mexico City Rotavirus and Rotavirus vaccine symposium in July 2004 sponsored by the CDC, Offitt had not yet received the FDA blessing on his RotaTeq vaccine. He said that it is "difficult to impossible to predict whether or not future vaccines will cause intussusception" Intussusception means that one part of the intestine has folded into itself, like a telescope. This can happen anywhere along the intestinal tract. It usually happens between the lower part of the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine. The part of the intestine that folds inward may lose some or all of its blood supply. This section of the intestine becomes swollen and painful. If intussusception is not treated, the intestine may become blocked.

Intussusception usually happens in young children.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms usually begin suddenly.

* Act fussy.
* Vomit often. You may see green fluid in the vomit.
* Have severe belly pain and cramping that last from 1 to 5 minutes. Afterward, your child may seem normal, but another period of pain may start 5 to 30 minutes later.
* Have diarrhea or stools that contain blood or mucus.
* Have a swollen, painful belly. Your child may have a sausage-shaped lump in the upper right side of the belly.

Intussusception is most commonly encountered in children and has been reported to be the second most common abdominal emergency in this population, behind appendicitis. It accounts for 15% of all cases of bowel obstruction in children. After two years of age, the incidence of intussusception declines. Only 30% of all cases of intussusception occur in children older than two years of age. Also, boys are three times more likely than girls to develop intussusception.

Offitt is also quoted as saying that "natural infection does not cause intussusception.

"National Center for Health Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, Atlanta) recorded a total of 323 intussusception-associated deaths in
all ages during the period 1979–1997. This represents an overall rate of 4.4 deaths
per 1 000 000 live births. The mortality rate was higher in males than in females and
was also higher among Black infants than among White patients." http://www.who.int/vaccines-documents/DocsPDF02/www640.pdf

page 72

So the infectious disease expert and rotavirus vaccine developer, Paul Offitt says intussusception is not caused by natural infection. Prior to the FDA signing off on his rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq he was unsure of vaccine safety when he said:

"I am going out on a limb and predict that neither (RotaTeq and Rotarix) will cause intussusception. "

and he was really unsure of vaccine safety when he came out against the smallpox vaccine.

In 2002 in an interview with 60 minutes regarding the government's want to give smallpox vaccines to tens of thousands of American he said "the risks of harm for people getting the vaccine outweighed the risk of getting smallpox" He was so sure that there was such a high risk of injury that he was the ONLY member of the CDC's advisory panel to vote against the program.

Stick him.

KKauffman

JB - If no one has mentioned it yet you are our HERO! My husband and I were just talking about the Offit vaccine challenge and now it has been made public! I can't tell you how pleased we are that he has been caught in one of his many lies! My son is recovering and will be mainstreamed in a regular kindergarden class next year - two year ago he had NO WORDS! Put that in your pipe and smoke it Offit! And just wait Paul... many of us are hip deep in recovery and have no time- when our children are recovered our voices will be even louder! PS - I'm going to call his office for an appointment for my son too! :)

Anne McElroy Dachel


Paul Offit is no match for JB Handley! Way to go JB!!!....

(And who in their right mind would ever pose for a photo like that???)

I loved reading this:

OA: He doesn't see patients.

OA: He doesn't see patients in a clinical outpatient setting.

OA: He doesn't see patients at all. I'm sorry.

No patients? Not just kids with autism, but NO PATIENTS?
It brings up the question: WHAT DOES OFFIT ACTUALLY DO ALL DAY? (The fact that he doesn't see patients---explains how come he can be available for every reporter who wants to slam the autism community.) So what exactly is his expertise in autism?

Anne Dachel
Media

Kerbob1

[Yawn] So where's Thorsen?

It sure looks like Lancet is sending distress signals. Wakefield supporters should offer the staff their personal protection if they will come clean about what happened.

For sure, the GMC needs to know this below:

Lancet: Sharp drop in maternal deaths worldwide

By MARIA CHENG (AP) – 22 hours ago

LONDON — The number of women dying in childbirth worldwide has dropped dramatically, a British medical journal reports, adding that it was pressured to delay its findings until after U.N. meetings this week on public health funding.

A new, separate report by a group headed by the United Nations reached a very different conclusion on maternal mortality, saying the figure remains as high as 500,000 deaths a year.

The disagreement reveals the politics behind public health, where progress made in tackling a health problem can jeopardize funding. Public health officials are gearing up to ask for billions of dollars at U.N. meetings.

Benedetta

How did Dr. Wakefield say it?
I do not remember exactly, but I liked it.

The jest of it was:

If autism is such a mystery, then how can there be experts for this condition?

That is about it don't you think.

AnaB

I wish our community would quit using the broad term Autism in reference to our children. The children of people who read Age of Autism, generally speaking, have children with REGRESSIVE AUTISM - they developed normally and regressed into autism. They were not born Autistic; but some kids with general Autism were.

I have had discussions with a great many neurodiverity folks. Not one of them have children with REGRESSIVE AUTISM. When we just use the general term Autism, as in vaccines cause autism, it implies things about all Autism that may not be true in some cases. So, I think it is very important to make the point that our kids have Regressive Autism. And yes, it is a tragedy to have a happy, healthy, typically developing baby regress to the point where he is incapable of interacting with others, or being held...a baby who can't be held!...who has 8 bouts of explosive diarrhea a day, seizures. Yes, that is a tragedy and always will be. Our children do not just have Autism, they have Regressive Autism. Unless your kid has that too you have no business judging how any of us feel about that. Your kid does not have the same condition as ours, period.

Maurine Meleck

JB, Congratulations on your win, our win. I loved reading your comments and the outcome of your lawsuit. Your sarcastic humor doesn't hurt either and provides some good laughter in the midst of a terrible autism crisis.
Thanks for sharing, Maurine

mercury dad

Thanks so much for posting this, JB. I too have been a subject of the neurodiverse's wrath and it has been heartbreaking to my family. In addition, I've tried to contact Offit regarding his lies regarding autism, just to be told that the vax doc is inaccessible to the public. When I did finally contact Offit, rather than answering my questions, he lied (again), stating that he had not received large amounts in compensation for his vaccine "research".

The fact is, Offit will lie over and over again, simply for his own gain! Any apology that he offered JB was simply to get the legal system off of his back. Thanks for exposing this master of lies, JB!

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