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Paul Offit’s Message: CDC, FDA, NIH, IOM, AAP, WHO and Merck Engaged in Pseudoscience

Finger-pointing2 By Jake Crosby

Did Age of Autism move the goalposts? Paul Offit says yes, but statements from the CDC, FDA, NIH, IOM, AAP, WHO and even Merck say otherwise.
In the PBS documentary Frontline, responding to concerns about vaccine-related factors in the etiology of autism other than just thimerosal or the MMR vaccine, millionaire vaccine industrialist Paul Offit said:

“So now this is classic for pseudoscience, is you just keep moving the goalpost. So now the goalpost is, no, we didn't mean actually MMR caused autism or thimerosal caused autism”

First of all, we continue to mean that the MMR and thimerosal clearly do cause autism as actual science shows - even if routinely denied by the tobacco science Offit regularly cites.

Secondly, his dismissal of any further criticisms of vaccines beyond these two factors as “pseudoscience” conflicts with the expressed concerns of many high-ranking members of public health and the pharmaceutical industry. They voiced opinions that other factors such as aluminum and receiving too many vaccines at once may cause autism and related disorders.

At the secret Simpsonwood meeting 10 years ago, Dr. Richard Johnston - a pediatric immunologist funded by SmithKline Beecham - said (on page 20):

“Aluminum and mercury are often simultaneously administered to infants, both at the same site and at different sites.

However, we learned that there is absolutely no data, including animal data, about the potential for synergy, additively or antagonism, all of which can occur in binary metal mixtures that relate and allow us to draw any conclusions from simultaneous exposure from these two salts in vaccines…”

Dr. Johnston would later serve as liaison to the IOM panel that cut federal funding to studies examining mercury as a possible cause of autism.

As a point of interest, Johnston also said he did not want his grandson to be given vaccines with thimerosal “until we know better what is going on.”

Dr. Bill Weil, a pediatrician representing the AAP, raised further concerns about aluminum  (page 24 of the Simpsonwood memo):

“The second point I could make is that in relationship to aluminum, being a nephrologist for a long time, the potential for aluminum and central nervous system toxicity was established by dialysis data. To think there isn’t some possible problem here is unreal.”

On page 77, when Dr. Bill Egan, the head of FDA’s division of vaccines and related products, asked CDC Epidemic Intelligence Surveillance Officer Tom Verstraeten:

“Could you do this calculation for aluminum?”

Dr. Verstraeten, who found that thimerosal was responsible for very high rates of neurological disorders including autism, responded:

“I did it for aluminum…Actually the results were almost identical to ethylmercury because the amount of aluminum goes along almost exactly with the mercury one.”

On that same page, Dr. Harry Guess of Merck said yet another problem with vaccines contributes to such neurological disorders:

"So this essentially is a 7% risk per antigen, an antigen is like in DPT you've got three antigens."

WHO vaccine advisor Dr. John Clements said on page 206:

“Aluminum is not perceived, I believe, by the public as a dangerous metal. Therefore, we are in a much more comfortable wicket in terms of defending its presence in vaccines.”

Note that he did not say it isn’t a dangerous metal, nor that its presence in vaccines is less dangerous than that of mercury.

Eight years later, former NIH director Dr. Bernadine Healy told Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News:

"There is a completely expressed concern that they don't want to pursue a hypothesis because that hypothesis could be damaging to the public health community at large by scaring people. First of all, I think the public’s smarter than that. The public values vaccines. But more importantly, I don’t think you should ever turn your back on any scientific hypothesis because you’re afraid of what it might show."

That same year, then CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding who now works for Merck, said to CNN medical reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta:

"If a child is immunized and has a fever or other complications from the vaccine, then if you're predisposed with a mitochondrial disorder, it could certainly set off damage. Some of the symptoms can be characteristics of autism."

These concerns about vaccines causing autism and similar conditions - which do not necessarily point to thimerosal or the MMR specifically as the prime culprits - are clearly serious concerns of leaders in the CDC, FDA, NIH, IOM, AAP, WHO and the vaccine industry. But to Paul Offit, “this is classic for pseudoscience.”

Autism science is a mere political game to the millionaire vaccine industrialist. The possibility of autism having multiple causes – if it further implicates vaccines – is “shifting goalposts” to Offit. Only that which supports his biased preconceptions gets the honorable title of “science.” Though Paul Offit does not begin to qualify as a scientist concerning the issue of vaccines causing autism, he is a dedicated lobbyist. He’s Nick Naylor from “Thank You For Smoking” with an MD.

Jake Crosby is a college student with Asperger Syndrome at Brandeis University who is double majoring in History and Health: Science, Society and Policy, and is a contributing editor to Age of Autism.


kathy blanco

I don't think for one minute we ever felt any of the ingredients in vaccines could be greened, we just used that, so that the popular term would resonate with the environment we are now in. That said, I have never felt any ingredient in vaccine was "good for ya" or "necessary"...in fact, they are only necessary so that you won't be killed by contaminations in vaccines. And to prompt and immune response, and I should say a WILD immune response, unpredictable in a predisposed TH1 and TH2 skewed child or oxidative stressed one. So, how can ANY MOTHER know that will happen in a child, it's all one giant mass rat experiment.


Yup, even pharmaceutical companies admit that their vaccines cause autism:


Janet Sheehan

My son's aluminum was also completely "off the charts", we found this was chelated with Malic Acid, a very inexpensive supplement (SHHH! don't tell anyone else or this will be taken away from us, too!)
Autism Grandma- excellent post, I was wondering which company had to stop selling transdermal creams? makes me want to stock up if this is the direction we are headed...


Speaking of moving goalposts the goalpost for good manufacturing used to be that you have complete control of your process so that in the end your product is exactly what you say it is. So, even if you added a known heavy metal neurotoxin, as long as you did it in a well documented and controlled way that was pretty much fine with the FDA.

But now it turns out that having unintended live virus in your drug product is fine.

That's not just moving the goalposts, that's changing the whole damn field.


Jake Crosby said:

"He’s Nick Naylor from “Thank You For Smoking” with an MD. "

That was a GREAT movie! I imagined all those nicotine patches were syringes sticking out of the "newborns can handle 100,000 vaccines in the same day" clown, Offit!

I wonder how he's going to spin the fact that viral contaminants were found in his "safe" vaccine RotaTeq?

Yep! The "goalposts" have been moved alright, by Offit himself.

Thanks for presenting the side the mainstream media forgot

Jake, Outstanding!

Such a clear synopsis of the facts and questions spoken by decision makers. Press releases from the media should only be so truthful or at least present both sides.

I will refer to this piece often.

Thank you with all my heart. Keep on!


I use to think it was just the mercury and then oh gee I studied the rest of the ingredients. Couldn't believe all ALL THE TOXINS> they are right it is the entire idea of everyone is the same..and will react the same. or was this for the greater good?????.....


sure, Henderson, the adoption offer is still good. I just bought 2 chaisse lounge chairs for the back yard and I have this amazing 10 foot diameter pool I'll be setting up soon. Tempting, eh? Too bad the weather is so crappy (Calgary). Great job on the article, Jake. Look out world when Jake graduates!

Autism Grandma

Now if Jake was the Director of the CDC a lot of things would change in a big fat hurry, but unfortunately they will always make certain that Jake or anyone else like him will never even get a job there as a janitor. (He might sneak his articles into the desks of CDC officials)

Regarding the Aluminum issue, over 30 years ago I learned about it's neurotoxicity and connection to Alzheimers, so I got rid of commercial deodorant, quit drinking out of aluminum cans, and threw away my aluminum pots and pans. When my grandson's heavy metals test demonstrated aluminum off the charts, I was horrified, but we started him on Methyl B12 cream right away to restore his B12 detox path way and reverse his myelin sheath damage, and wow it did exactly that. Then we added the Glutathione cream with further amazing progress. In fact these creams worked so amazingly well, that the FDA recently issued the company with a cease and desist order to stop selling these and the rest of their entire line of transdermal creams. Thank you FDA for ridding America of these dangerous nutritional products, while preserving all of these wonderful patented drugs that kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Yes FDA, you are the "watchdog" for Americans (the watchdog that bites us in the ass).

Now they removed the Mercury supposedly, or at least most of it (because you know it's really just not dangerous), and the Aluminum is just as "not dangerous" so they tell us.

And that rumor that mercury and aluminum disintegrate the myelin sheath right off the nerves, well that couldn't have anything to do with the fact that my grandson could no longer walk or talk right after his last batch of nine doses of vaccines.

And of course the MMR does not produce intestinal damage, and anyway we all know that intestinal damage does not produce autism anyway because there is really no "gut brain connection". Well just because my grandson developed massive diarrhea that was so acidic it ate his skin away, stayed up all night with intestinal cramping and non stop screaming, and then turned into a zombie with no recognition of us anymore, that does not mean that there is any connection between all of this and the MMR. There really is "no gut brain connection", that would ever influence his behaviors...and just because he started hitting, biting and kicking us instead of giving us hugs and kisses right after the vaccines, and then banging his head and flapping his arms, well that doesn't prove anything. Even though all of this occurred immediately after the vaccines, we all do know of course that this is simply a "coincidence", and it is also simply a "coincidence" that hundreds of thousands of other families have witnessed the EXACT SAME THING. Yes it is just millions of coincidences and we are all just "looking for something to blame for our children's autism", now aren't we???!!

Aluminum Toxicity Medical Research and Studies:

Read full article here: http://www.hbci.com/~wenonah/hydro/al.htm

"Over 7,000 reference articles on aluminum toxicity existed in various data bases as of 1936. Today there are more than a million [reference articles]all recognizing the toxicity."

Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal?
By Robert W. Sears M.D.


New Warning About Everyday Poison Linked to Alzheimer's, ADHD, and Autism

Dr. Mercola

Read article and watch VIDEO here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/20/david-ayoub-interview-february-2010.aspx


I would suppose the MMR is "Thimerosal free" as the 25 micrograms of mercury would kill the live viruses...

Thank goodness the baby can still get a 50x dose of mercury in a few flu shots given at the same time.

One would think Dr. Offit might have "some concern" that his MMR viruses were being killed off by the other 7 or 8 shots...


Jake Crosby for president is all I can say! Outstanding Jake!! Thank you.


I don't know who you all are related to... am I the only related to a number of "Amanda Peets?"

"jen"... is your family still willing to adopt our family?

Excellent article Jake.


To dtaggart:
- Thimerosal from vaccines kills nerves and brain cells, and damages immune function.
- The MMR vaccine damages immune function also, and that strain of measles virus has been found in painful sores that cover a child's gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum.

Separate, but equally destructive. You won't find that on CDC & FDA websites. Keep reading.


Thank you, Jake, for combing through this transcript for the above points. I've never been able to get through the entire document, and I didn't remember that aluminum was also considered along with thimerosal. This type of discussion, which led to no reform to protect those in the path of a overly aggressive vaccine program nor any effort to recover those already harmed, is very obscene to me. I remembered that at some point the panel held a vote on what level they of concern the members had about thimerosal in the schedule (or something to that effect) and, I believe, only one vote was moderately concerned, and that member was cowed into lowering his vote.


"One day these children who have been damaged by vaccines will recover and be responsible for running our country.

Nice thought, but my son whom is greatly recovered, I don't see ever recovering enough to lead our country."

True also for my son. But his sisters, cousins, large extended family, respite workers, teachers, therapists, all of their classmates, our neighbors, and his sister's friends know it was from vaccines. One severely autistic child with an educated, vocal parent can beget hundreds of informed, not-so-easily-fooled children and adults in his/her lifetime. Probably none of them will ever be president, but most will grow up to be parents, some teachers, some scientists, OTs, lawyers, writers, journalists and doctors. I have to believe that the Age of Ignorance is coming to a swift end....at least, in the realm of autism and vaccines.

Keep writing, Jake, and keep speaking loudly, all of us.


I don't see anything in the original post that declares the MMR contained thimerisol, only that both are believed to be contributing factors.

Since thimerisol is toxic, and the MMR is a LIVE virus vaccine, the thimerisol would kill the virus.

Extremely disturbed

Thanks Jake.

All that information you put together is so unsettling.

Paul Offit is pure evil. Saying we are shifting the goalposts makes it sound like this is some game or competition of some sort. It's deadly serious and couldn't be more so. We parents aren't playing around here. What is happening to our children?

I wonder why Paul Offit hates babies so much?

I wonder why he likes seeing them poisoned and harmed?

He is diabolical and sadistic.

Cathy R.

I think I'm in love with Jake Crosby. Great job, Jake. Amazing.
I love how you point out how they all discuss that aluminum is as toxic as the E-mercury, but that the public PERCEIVES it as LESS dangerous. "oh aluminum - I wrap my chicken in that..."


we know the MMR never contained thimerosal. its two separate contributors.


here is the link - see table below. MMR never contained thimerosal.



there's never been thimerosal in MMR! what is wrong with these people..


“Aluminum is not perceived, I believe, by the public as a dangerous metal. Therefore, we are in a much more comfortable wicket in terms of defending its presence in vaccines.”

Someone please tell me that this guy was asleep when the rest of the experts were discussing aluminum toxicity.

kathleen heltley

One day these children who have been damaged by vaccines will recover and be responsible for running our country.

Nice thought, but my son whom is greatly recovered, I don't see ever recovering enough to lead our country.


Very good point Mr Goodchild. Let's not forget the siblings and friends and relatives of these children who will also fight to do the right thing.

Sargent L. Goodchild, Jr

Excellent article Jake. You exemplify what Jim Cole, founder of Maxam Nutraceutics, was saying in my office the other day. "One day these children who have been damaged by vaccines will recover and be responsible for running our country. Having lived through the damage caused by vaccines and toxins they will enact legislation that will save our environment and our future generations." Thank you for your contributions.

In health,
Sargent L. Goodchild, Jr.
Exec. Director
Active Healing, Inc.

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