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Gorski Beer By Jake Crosby
 His motto is “A statement of fact cannot be insolent,” yet the title of his blog reads “Respectful Insolence.” In other words, even he admits there are no facts on his blog.

He has become the online spokesperson for the vaccine industry, a member of the highly trafficked, drug-industry-sponsored “Science”Blogs where he heavily promotes the tobacco science obscuring causes of autism. Posting under the science fiction name “Orac,” David Gorski has become the most outspoken, self-styled “skeptic” in defense of mercury that exceeds EPA limits in vaccines. Another example of a cause of autism he vehemently denies is the MMR - the triple, combined live-virus vaccine implicated in measles virus infection in the ileum, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, and cerebrospinal fluid of children who have autistic enterocolitis. 

 In case anybody’s wondering what David Gorski’s connection is to the autism debate, he has undisclosed financial ties to the vaccine industry. He has made no mention of these connections, despite stating in one of his many defenses of millionaire vaccine industrialist Paul Offit, “A general principle is that undisclosed potential conflicts of interest (COIs) are of far more concern and potentially far more damaging to the scientific process than disclosed COIs.” However, Gorski has steadfastly denied possessing any conflicts, having once told me online without my even accusing him, “You are wrong. I receive no money from pharmaceutical companies and haven’t for 14 years.”


Well, it so happens Sanofi-Aventis – the world’s largest vaccine maker - is involved in several partnerships under which the company may be required to pay a total of €31 million ($39 million USD) from 2008 to 2013. Gorski’s employer, Wayne State University, is one of the partners, and he is conducting a clinical trial of one of the company’s drugs. Therefore, like Offit (who concealed the millions he received in Merck royalty payments because Merck paid the royalties to a third party, not Offit directly) Gorski has a reasonable expectation to receive money from a vaccine maker, even if it is through a third party. A look at the summary description of the Gorski Lab reveals that his research focus is drug discovery and development. However, he is not developing a new drug, but rather, developing new uses for an existing one. Such a process is far more profitable to the drug manufacturer as it eliminates the costs of developing a new substance from scratch, thereby maximizing profits for the company.

The potentially profitable drug Gorski is in the process of conducting a clinical trial for is the ALS drug Riluzole, made by Sanofi-Aventis and marketed as Rilutek. Amplifying the conflict further is that the same drug is also being studied for the treatment of autism. At Autism One, the National Institute of Mental Health was handing out recruitment pamphlets for children ages 7-17 to take part as subjects in a clinical trial of Riluzole for its effectiveness in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, and repetitive and stereotypical behaviors in particular. Apparently, David Gorski has had his eye on that drug for a long time, but as a possible treatment for breast cancer. As suggested by a 2008-2009 webpage of a breast cancer website:

“Three years ago in another cancer (melanoma), Dr. Gorski's collaborators found that glutamate might have a role in promoting the transformation of the pigmented cells in the skin (melanocytes) into the deadly skin cancer melanoma. More importantly for therapy, it was found that this protein can be blocked with drugs, and, specifically, in melanoma cell lines and tumor models of melanoma using a drug originally designed to treat ALS and already FDA-approved for that indication (Riluzole) can inhibit the growth of melanoma.” HERE

Subtract three years from 2008-2009 and you get 2005-2006 – when David Gorski started blogging heavily about vaccines. Currently, the Barbara Anne Karmanos Cancer Institute of Wayne State University is sponsoring the trial for Riluzole, and Wayne State is the only university listed in the Yahoo! Finance stock summary of Sanofi-Aventis as being in a financial partnership with the company. Sanofi-Aventis owns Sanofi-Pasteur, the second largest manufacturer of vaccines in the world, including both thimerosal-preserved vaccines, and MMR vaccines. (Its first MMR vaccine, Immravax, was banned for causing viral meningitis in children.) David Gorski, while up front about the direct funding he received from drug companies 14 years ago for a patent as well as the funding he has received from the various institutions with which he has been affiliated, has not been up front about funding from drug companies received through his institution. According to the drug company’s website in 2008, “Sanofi-Aventis has entered into various other collaboration agreements with partners including Immunogen, Coley, Wayne State University, Innogenetics and Inserm, under which Sanofi-Aventis may be required to make total contingent payments of approximately €31 million over the next five years.” This is the same year it was announced that David Gorski would carry out a series of clinical trials for the company and its drug, Riluzole. HERE

 In fact, one of the two primary interests of the Gorski lab is this Sanofi-Aventis drug. In the Wayne state description, the lab’s two interests are described, “First, we are interested in the transcriptional regulation of vascular endothelial cell phenotype.” Worth noting is that a patent relating to this was issued listing David Gorski as an inventor. In his blog bio, Gorski admits receiving money for the patent in 1994 from a drug company, but that was only during the provisional filing before the patent was issued. Whatever the compensation was, its timing does not suggest any licensing of the intellectual property rights.

Also, according to the Gorski lab, “Our second area of interest is the role of metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) in breast cancer,” which relates directly to the therapy linking the use of Riluzole to breast cancer treatment. However, the description concludes, “In addition, we have noted that mGluR1 is expressed on vascular endothelial cells and have preliminary evidence that its inhibition is also antiangiogenic, thus linking our laboratory’s two interests and suggesting a broader application for metabotropic glutamate receptor targeting in cancer therapy.” In other words, David Gorski’s entire research focus, including a patent still listed in his name for which he admits receiving drug company money, ties into finding new uses for a drug made by Sanofi-Aventis, while the university housing his lab is in partnership with the company. HERE

In spite of this easily-accessible information about his drug industry ties, Gorski’s denial of being in the pocket of the drug industry stretches so far beyond what he is even regularly accused of, that he will from time to time actually post a handful of links to the few token, laughably transparent posts out of the thousands he’s written which are at all critical of the drug industry. None concerned ongoing, unresolved controversies such as those surrounding autism, and none are critical of Sanofi. To David Gorski, Sanofi-Aventis is apparently untouchable. When a fellow blogger wrote a post entitled “Placing a vaccine order with crooks and liars” - questioning the government’s reliance on Sanofi-Aventis developing a swine flu vaccine just after the company was forced to pay nearly $100 million in compensation for cheating Medicaid, David Gorski was not amused. “Jumpin' Jesus on a pogo stick. The antivaccine nuts will have a field day with this,” he yelped.

The blogger responded, “orac: Meaning we shouldn't call them on it?” David Gorski chastised even his fellow blogger: “I would have hoped that you would realize that that's not what I meant at all to the point where you wouldn't have even asked a question like that, but apparently I was wrong. I didn't realize your opinion of me was so low.” Apparently, the public image of Sanofi-Aventis is more important to Gorski than the fact that disabled people, including those with autism, were cheated out of millions of dollars.

His actual profession may have nothing to do with the disorder, but Sanofi-Aventis certainly plays a major role in the autism epidemic. So blogging like the kind Gorski has been engaged in would undoubtedly win him some major brownie points with the pharmaceutical company. This could be very beneficial to a researcher like him, given that he is conducting a clinical trial of Sanofi-Aventis’ drug while his employer is in a Sanofi-Aventis partnership that could be worth millions. Meanwhile, he is trashing alternative therapies for autism when the drug he is conducting a clinical trial on may become a treatment for autism. How none of this could be considered undisclosed COIs to David Gorski--while Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s connection to lawyers in relation to the retracted case report from the Lancet is a “fatal” COI--is absolutely bizarre. Gorski makes no mention of his current connections to the drug industry on his blog, including the possible application the drug he is focused on may have to autism. 

Yet a number of years back, David Gorski wrote on his blog as “Orac,” “Yes, in the case of a true ‘shill’ who does not reveal that he works for a pharmaceutical company and pretends to be ‘objective,’ it is quite appropriate to ‘out’ that person.” From reading this, one would think David Gorski would be happy to know that his undisclosed connections to Sanofi-Aventis – one of the largest vaccine makers in the world - have just been outed.

So I e-mailed him:

Dr. Gorski,

This is Jake Crosby. I am doing a piece about your acknowledgment that disclosure of conflicts of interest is important, yet your lab at Wayne State University stands to benefit from Sanofi Aventis money for the breast cancer research you are conducting on a drug the company manufactures and markets, Riluzole, which is also being studied for the treatment of autism. Why isn't any of this disclosed on your blogs? I await your reply.


Jake Crosby
Age of Autism
Contributing Editor with Autism

Dr. Gorski Responds

David Gorski, a.k.a. “Orac,” of “Science”Blogs/-BasedMedicine replied the next morning with a short, excuse-filled response:

“A more comprehensive answer will be forthcoming when I have more time, probably by tomorrow. (I have to go to work now, and because we have house guests, I will be busy when I get back.) In the meantime, suffice it to say that I receive no money from Sanofi-Aventis, nor am I likely to. 


He did not address my question at all; perhaps he was too busy cooking breakfast for his house guests. I never said he received any money from Sanofi-Aventis, only that his lab stood to benefit from such money since the company is in a partnership with his lab’s university, Wayne State, which is sponsoring Gorski’s clinical trial of Riluzole.

Two days later came his “more comprehensive answer.” If Dr. Jekyll wrote his previous email, Mr. Hyde wrote:

“My answer is here:

Since you were obviously preparing to do to me what you've done in the past with, for example, Adam Bly, Gardiner Harris, and Chris Mooney, I decided that the best defense is a good offense and that a public preemptive response was demanded.

When you write your piece, link to it if you dare. If there's one thing about AoA that I find despicable and cowardly, it's that they refuse to link to me when they slime me. J.B. is particularly guilty of this. I link to AoA because I'm not afraid of my readers going to the primary source. Are you?


I’ll let the editors at Age of Autism decide whether they want to include the link or not. Age of Autism is comprised of original material that Gorski is heavily dependent on for his fits; he’s a scavenger. Plus, all our readers are perfectly capable of accessing his tantrums anyway.

Moving on to his post, it is essentially a huge rant divided up into five sections, the first of which can be summed up by this sentence: “It’s far easier for [quacks and pseudoscientists] just to put their fingers in their ears and scream ‘Conflict of interest! Conflict of interest!’ and then use that to dismiss completely their opponent’s argument.”

In fact, that’s basically the whole point of the first three sections. I have never advocated this in any of my articles, and I invite him to point out a specific example of where I have either in his case or in another example of my posts. He even lied that I accused Seed Media founder Adam Bly of being influenced by Sanofi-Aventis while he was studying at the Canadian National Research Council – I never alleged any such thing.

I do agree with him, however, that this is the proper way to take into account conflicts of interest: “…if a study is funded by big pharma, he decreases the strength of the evidence in his mind by a set amount.” That said, I do believe that conflicts of interest whenever present should be brought up, like that of Gardiner Harris, who violated the ethical guidelines of The New York Times by failing to disclose that his brother sells lab equipment to pharmaceutical companies. David Gorski does not seem to think so, despite agreeing with me that pharmaceutical funding does decrease the strength of evidence. My question for him: Which is it?

In the fourth section, Gorski congratulates himself for the research that is related to his Sanofi-Aventis connections. He brags, “If it passes clinical trials, it may well be a very useful drug for potentiating the effects of other cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiation.” Beyond Gorski’s blogging about autism and his undisclosed COI, as J.B. Handley put it, “I could care less about Mr. Gorski or his career.” 

 Moving on to the final section, he sums up his basis for denying he has a conflict of interest:
“First, I would have to be receiving money from Sanofi-Aventis. I am not.”

I never said he was, only that Sanofi-Aventis is in a partnership with his university, which in turn is sponsoring his clinical trial of Sanofi’s drug, Riluzole.

“Second, I would have to have the reasonable expectation to receive money from Sanofi-Aventis. I do not.”

Though he may not expect to receive money from Sanofi-Aventis directly, he can expect to receive money that Sanofi has paid to his employer, Wayne State.

 “I’m not even angling for money from Sanofi-Aventis to run my lab.”

He doesn’t have to; his university does the angling for him.

“Third, I would have to know that Riluzole is being tested as a treatment for autistic children.”

It does not matter if he did not know Riluzole was being studied to treat autism, he would still have a COI.

“In any case, even if I had known [of Riluzole as a possible treatment for ASD], it still wouldn’t have been a COI. I’m not a neurologist, and I don’t treat ASD or OCD. I’m never going to be doing research with Riluzole in children with ASD, OCD, or both.” Even though he does not treat autism, and even though he is not a neurologist, he still has a conflict of interest because of his Sanofi ties and the fact that he blogs about autism causes and treatments all the time.

What ultimately matters is that David Gorski is conducting a clinical trial of a Sanofi-Aventis drug (undisclosed to his readers), sponsored by his Sanofi-Aventis-partnered university (also undisclosed to his readers), and he constantly writes blog posts that are favorable to Sanofi-Aventis. To show just how important Sanofi is to Gorski, he even said in the comments section that if the drug fails his clinical trial for breast cancer, it would be a “major setback” for his research. Yet, instead of conceding that he is conflicted in this way, he attempts to talk his way out of the points I raised in the 84-word e-mail I sent to him with a 4,562-word smokescreen, followed by another 20,915 words from his loyal commenters.

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



I don't know.
Now that I hear the way Julie explained it...I just might!


Yes Craig, it is necessary. By any means necessary.
The cancer scam and the autism scam. The more I read the more I see the similarities. If there is a silver lining to my son's illness it is that both he and I are DONE with mainstream medicine.

They come up with a drug, then try to find a disease for it? Hello? And they call homeopathy witchcraft?


Who has the purer motive?"~Kathy Blanco
Yes, Kathy that is the question that ALL of America and other countries need to ask. Who has the PURER MOTIVE?
What do I really have to gain by stating that my son is vaccine injured? He may get some compensation from the government for when they completely obliterated his brain. But WHAT do I have to gain? It's not going to change the fact that my child still struggles everyday. It's not going to change the fact that he still bleeds from eczema everyday. It's not going to change the fact that he may never talk. It's not going to change the fact that he CAN NOT eat gluten, milk (casein), or eggs for the rest of his life. It's not going to change the fact that he flaps his arms and slaps himself in the head when he's upset, excited, in pain. It's not going to change the fact that I may never be able to recover him from this MEDICAL injury. It's not going to change the fact that I have PICTURES of my son when he was normal, when he could hold a spoon to feed himself, when he could hold a pencil in a three point grasp. When he had words and lost them over time. It's not going to change the fact that our Peds doc took my son's life into his own hands and gave him 11 vaccines at one time to "see what would happen". If parents DO NOT think their child is getting up to 11 at one time they are sadly mistaken because when this doctor did his little study on my son and my son had a reaction HE KICKED US OUT OF HIS PRACTICE so my child's injury DID NOT reflect badly on his uninformed consent study. So his results went into the mainstream of the vaccine schedule. So nice to know my child was involved in HOW many a child can tolerate...without being counted as a casualty.
Now, who has what to gain? I have no motive other than my son getting the justice he deserves because I WAS a good mommy, I vaccinated him like I was told. I believed everything they told me. I don't own shares or stocks in the pharma industry, vaccines, drugs, or medical equipment. I don't hold a patent to a vaccine. I don't work for a major university getting funding from a vaccine maker.
My child and I have nothing to gain but perhaps truth and that's all I want. The rest I'll deal with because that's the kind of mom I am. I will move a mountain to get what my son needs and that is no joke. I will speak to everyone I know so that they too may understand that I DON'T wear the foil hat I've been accused of wearing, that I don't drink the Kool-Aide I've been accused of mixing up.
Mom is just ONE of the many titles I wear, I'm not an idiot and I know how to read and deduce/comprehend what I read.
I'm sick to death of the people like Gorski. I always wonder what a doctor that works with breast cancer had to do with I know.
No I won't be one of the people calling his place of employment to "try" and get him fired. It's not worth it to me. That would be stooping to "their" level and I have been honest from day one about MY intentions in all of this. Apparently some have not been so honest.

Evelyn Pringle

Great investigative work Jake. The days when academics could claim they received no pharma funding just because it was funneled through an account at university are gone. Grassley's investigation blew the cover off that money laundering operation.

Craig Willoughby

Come on, guys. I despise Dorkski as much as the rest of you, but is it necessary to post information about his place of employment? I know he's a megalomoniacal douche-bag, but calling his place of work to try to get him fired is petty, people. That's bringing yourselves down to his level.


Awesome expose, Jake! You're getting a much deserved good reputation for your impressive investigative reporting! Orac even says so.

Keep rooting them out of their holes and making them accountable!


Citations needed:

[1] The post refers 3 times to "the Gorski Lab" but I can find no such institution at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, where David Gorski works.

[2] You state "This is the same year [2008] it was announced that David Gorski would carry out a series of clinical trials for the company and its drug, Riluzole. HERE" but the linked document mentions neither David Gorski nor Riluzole.


I'm sorry, I can't get past the picture. When he said, "I have to go to work now, and because *we* have house guests..." is the *we* he is talking about he and his mom?

Orac? Forgive me but isnt that a vacuum cleaner name? If so it's fitting. He sucks.

Not an MD

Very disturbing reading. Check out this link to the drug study:

Can you believe that only six children were recruited for Phase 1 of the trial for Riluzole? They call that science? The nerve of these charlatans!

Alison MacNeil

I picture these losers like Dorkski up in the middle of the night in a dark room in front of the glare of the computer screen, a Mountain dew in one hand, their fingers red from the empty bag of Doritos lying at their feet, next to an empty pizza box. Wearing an adult diaper, not for reasons like some of our older children might need to, but because they don't want to miss a split second of feverishly typing away, agreeing with each other, seeking validation from the more popular Dorks.
When I went to high school, our dorks grew up to become our sweet husbands. For my son, I always thought -well, if we really work hard he might just be one of those 'geeky' smart sweethearts I was too blind to notice until I grew up enough. These guys are dangerous. They are ugly, shameless and without remorse.

Cindy Griffin

Thank you Jake! As owner of one of the alternative practices from Autism One's recent conference who was panned by corporate name (in any other world, that would be tantamount to slander), by Mr. Gorski in his blog, I'm finding this very helpful in my own defense. Amazing how one man's conflict of interest is another man's pure-as-the-driven-snow lack of knowledge of an off label usage. Right. I believe him. But then, I'm a "magician" not a clinician, per his blog.

Thanks for a well written expository piece.

Cindy Griffin
Homeopathy Center of Houston


To make the slimy Mr. Gorski feel better....
and not to be despicable and cowardly,

I would like to provide a link to Mr. Gorski...


Oh, yes, Ginger, we are:
Anyone that argues with you has thier hands in the somebody pockets.

Because ordinary people that go along with thier lives, will look up, blink a couple of times, say they are sorry. As they say they are sorry there is relief in their eyes that it did not happen to them.

Except for a few that have majored in science, nursing and what such; Those are just brain washed like they do in these cults. Now they might argue with you - honest debate and you can get them to change thier minds unless the retreat to the stats. Well it is too bad you are that one in a million, or 100 million - a gazillion.

Good job Jake, I was shocked, shocked, amazed. So that is what is all about with the ORACS. I really would hate to think I sold my soul like that.

Ginger Taylor

Well don't I feel the fool for attempting to engage this guy in earnest debate on vaccine issues for like five years.

I chastise myself for being too cynical, and then it turns out I am too naive.

Hilary Butler

Gorski's being no more dishonest than Obama and BP are about the extent of the oil spill and it's future ramifications.

It wouldn't do for BP to admit that they are totally out of their depth in figuring out how to fix the oil well "leak", which is now a "gush" which might become a "tsunami".

In exactly the same way, it wouldn't do for Gorski and his supporters to admit that what's happening with vaccines, be far worse than they can countenance.

I believe BP, Obama and Gorski, with equal lack of fervour.


Bravo, Jake! As an aside, Wayne State is also the recipient of numerous NIH/HHS grants, including over $66 million (and that's an old number) as part of the National Cancer Institute's SEER program (surveillance, epidemiology and end results). That would be the same NCI which licenses patents/collects royalties from the HPV vaccines.


I believe what Kathy says has alot of truth in it. (healthcare industry isn't wanting to really help people). MS is a perfect example lately. My friend just got back from the U.S. and had 3 MRV's and a doppler done and she has just heard back that in fact she has a "high grade stenosis" in her right jugular vein. She is in a wheelchair now. The MS society in Canada will have nothing to do with helping this. It's "unproven." Sound familiar? One doctor in Barrie is using money from his own pocket to study it and do the liberation procedure (angioplasty). I'm sure he will be "wakefielded" in no time. My friend may have to get the surgery but say that it has nothing to do with her MS (sell her soul at little) OR go all the way to India and get it done there. So unfair it's infuriating.


Most the blogs that rant about us and the autism vaccine topic are wholly dependent on our content. Heck there's even a bizarro world version of AofA and one by some forlorn guy who doesn't get his comments run here any longer. He started his own echo chamber for the comments we brush into the dust bin. It's both amusing and boring at the same time. One day, I'll run a post that just says, "Ix forpnerp autism sengflopnick vaccines," to see what rants they can derive from it. ;)


Another genetically-linked CDC anti-litigation bloc thug bites the dust.

Get you, Jake!

JB Handley


Gorski's response to your simple email says it all. If there wasn't a problem, he wouldn't have spent his time writing a dissertation about it. Nice work.



Well, Jake...

I'd call your piece an "adverse event that might make people not want the Sanofi product". Perhaps Wayne State U should suggest he teach the ethics courses? Either that or treat himself to a nice colonic in Iceland.

WELL DONE! and keep it going! You are incredible, Jake.

kathy blanco

We parents are suppose to sit back and take this, aren't we?...because we don't know the inner workings and deals at universities (how they exist by pharma), and all the lovely coercsion and tactics to silence innocent children. God, I would hate to be this guy when the final judgement is proclaimed. Of course, he fears no God, because he thinks he is one himself. I'd like to see him try....and, when my son is fully cleansed of this earth, and has his wits about him, I would love for my son to be his judge and jury. And let's get this straight...all of our health care industry has no interest in curing diseases, they want long term sick customers. All these diseases may never be eliminated by mankind when this type of lying and deceit takes place. What do we have for conflict of interest? A damaged child? Who has the purer motive?

John Stone

Well done, Jake - superb investigation. John


Careful, you guys. Academic institutions are complicit with individuals like Gorski in securing funds to meet their needs. It's possible to (inadvertently)further elevate his visibility, as the university "resists" his detractors' observations, and join in his voracious pursuit of approval from the so-called "science gods."


Wayne State University Board of Directors:
(313) 577-2034

Mailing Address:
656 West Kirby
Room 4231 FAB
Detroit, MI 48202

Board Members:

Tina Lynn Abbott
Richard Howard Bernstein
Eugene Driker
Diane Lynne Dunaskiss
Deborah I. Dingell
Paul E. Massaron
"Gary S. Pollard"
Annetta Thelma Miller and 313-577-2034

Wayne State Office of the Secretary:
Julie H. Miller, Secretary to the Board of Governors and Secretary of the University
Teresa M. Boczar, Executive Secretary and
Debra L. Harris, Lead Secretary


Riluzole doesn't work for ALS. I guess they'll just keep trying until they find something it works for.

Sort of like folk medicine.


good digging, Jake. I always wondered about his ties to pharma. I think most of his fans are in the same position (lab workers). They sure don't like it when you mention Gardasil (an obvious fail vaccine) and anything to do with the new, non-drug MS surgery. They are bastards. Is that a picture of him? I thought he was some old guy. But now that I think of it, a young guy with no children (nor conscience) makes more sense.


Use sos's links to email the board of the school ASAP. from their website:
The Wayne State University Board of Governors and 2 of its standing committees will meet on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 in Rooms BC at McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 495 W. Ferry Mall, Detroit, Michigan 48202. The Standing Committees will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the Board meeting at 3:00 p.m.

Wade Rankin

For years, I have said that, for all his many faults (arrogance being first and foremost), I did not believe Gorski deserved the title "shill." I now stand corrected. Well done Jake!


This is the Wayne State Board of Governors, names and contact info.

ORAC: Campy SciFi computer from BBC Telly

Orac was the name of a computer on an old BBC sci fi show called Blake's 7. So clever!


David Henry Gorski
Wayne State University
Associate Professor,
School of Medicine
Karmanos Cancer Institute
4100 John R St., Rm. 840.1

Mailcode HW08AO
Detroit, 48201


Mike Sullivan

bravo, Jake. thanks a million for your brilliant forensic report, addressing one of the most shameless perpetrators behind the smoke and mirrors campaign obscuring the criminality at the rotten core of the vast vaccine injury tragedy.


As stated by the illustrious Thurman Fleet: "Vanity clearly indicates that its predominant motive is to conquer everyone and everything. When this tendency begins to dominate our lives, it becomes extremely dangerous. We engage in useless and needless effort centered about the mere pretense of things, ignoring their true nature and value. Our chief concern, then, is the opinions and impressions of others regarding ourselves. We lose an understanding of human relationship, ignore responsibilities in life, and violate the laws that control personal freedom. As a consequence, our outlook on life becomes narrowed and selfish, and we fail in our mission to become a contributing factor to society.."
Orac is a spiritual and intellectual adolescent. What a waste.

just commenting

Gorski can squeal his protests all he wants, but it still won't change the fact that if he does something -- anything -- to make Sanofi mad, all hell can break loose at the university, and Gorski will be out on his ear faster than you can say "autism."

It's like this: Every large institution of higher ed in this country is clamoring at the bit to be the ones that have research dollars flowing in.

Got a pharma grant & assignment? Alumni dollars will follow. So will government grants. Then the buildings & the labs & ultimately the best & brightest students, who want to study in those pharma- and alumni-funded labs and buildings, will pound on the doors, wanting in. And that's what keeps the circle going.

What happens if that research doesn't result in something saleable quickly, or if it turns out there might be just a dab of something wrong with the final product, like a little adverse event that might make people not want the product?

Well, guess what -- if you are a prof or scientist working in one of these pharma-funded institutions and you dare to squeak out even a tiny protest, or point out just one little detail that needs a little work before the product goes to market, and you make just an itty bitty ripple of conflict, you're outa there. Period.

And then what happens is you become a pariah to every other institution that wants/needs to do research to keep going. Don't believe it? You need look no further than Dr. Diane Harper, the HPV vaccine researcher who dared to have a conscience, and called the early release of the vaccine & mandating of it for young girls "a big public health experiment."

Like Gorski & Offit, she wasn't getting direct money from pharma at Dartmouth for her research, either. But, by golly, she sure didn't hold her positions long, or her job, once she spoke out.

Gorski is nothing but a prostitute for the drug industry. It's his job and his career -- and the personal prestige he gets by holding onto both -- that he's worried about, and that's it.

Teresa Conrick

Excellent job, Jake! It is no surprise that Gorski is motivated by COI money or prestige as his comments and blog are direct evidence of his "full of himself" attitude.

He is on an inevitable road and his own behaviors will influence that outcome.

Thanks for investigating this. He is no friend to real science. Only pseudo-science that lines his pocket.


Who is this guy's dept. chair at Wayne State? I wonder if he reads his blog, or better yet, will read THIS. I would think that Wayne State would not appreciate the lines he steps over on a regular basis and would shut him down.


Wonderful article, Jake. Thank you. I have a brother who I believed was injured by the MMR jab. The COIs within FDA, CBER, CDC, and WHO, are the reasons behind the promulgation and perpetuation of vaccine madness.

I'm sure that you've heard about the BMJ article titled "WHO and the pandemic flu "conspiracies" by Deborah Cohen and Philip Carter. Published 3 June 2010, doi:10.1136/bmj.c2912
BMJ 2010;340:c2912

The "pandemic" flu hysteria of 2010 is already well underway. History is repeating itself. We need only look to our friends in Australia, whose flu season precedes ours, to see what's in store for us this year.

Mandated pandemic flu inoculations are the greatest immediate threat to global health. It will require a concerted effort to stop it.

See an article titled "VRM: Australian Vaccine Scandal" by Joel Lord on April 24, 2010.


Reading his blog comments...I'm in hysterics over here. Most of them are all 'suggestions' on how to write his articles better...LMAO! Focusing not on the articles contents but just his writing skills. What a joke.

I am in shock at how blind followers of these types of blogs, like Sciencebasedmedicine, really are. It seems they lack no critical thinking skills what so ever. Scary. Don't want to name-names but there is one particular commenter that seems like a blog-groupie and can not think for him/her self.


Excellent piece. It's so nice to know that my child's suffering is a cash cow for so many people. Sickening.

Martin Walker

Dear Jake,

Brilliant! Such slippery bastards aren't they? I for one am very grateful for you moving this debate forward, like you I feel that this issue of conflict of interest (COI) is one at the very heart of the matter.

I like very much the gentle way that you reflect on these things, you are not sarcastic and you do not distort the importance of the facts that you raise.

I'll feel a whole lot better when all the hidden information about these people is out in the public domain. Keep up the good work.

Best Wishes,
Martin Walker

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