Aug 4, 2014 The Daily Beast: Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines
Gupta has faced criticism, most notably over his backing of Gardasil, a vaccine for HPV. Critics questioned his backing of the drug, as it was made by Merck, then a sponsor of a show he presented called Accent Health.
"One part of the criticism was people saying vaccines caused autism," Gupta says. "I looked at the scientific evidence as anyone should and concluded they didn't. Would I get my children vaccinated? I did."
So Dr. Gupta doesn't see a link between vaccines and autism. If he really believes that then he better do back and retract what he said to Dr. Jon Poling in 2008 about the compensation his daughter received from medical experts at HHS for vaccine-induced autism.
When Gupta interviewed Poling, he didn't disagree that Hannah Poling's autism was the result of the nine vaccines she received in a single doctor's visit (two of which contained the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal).
Dr. Gupta: "Her case of autism diagnosis was conceded by the federal government as having been contributed to by vaccines. That was a pretty startling thing, I think, for a lot of people to hear. We talked to a lot of experts about this. They said, 'Vaccines in no way cause autism.' You're a neurologist, you're also the father of Hannah, what do you say?"
Dr. Poling: "You bring up a really important point, the government, actually the Department of Health and Human Services, conceded that my daughter's medical problems, which are autism, encephalopathy, seizures, were brought on by vaccination."
Gupta: "That's startling. I think, for a lot of people to hear that, because we've been taught for so long--you're a doctor, I'm a doctor, we go to medical school, we hear that ...there's so many good things about vaccines... But in your daughter's cause, that turned out to be a problem."
Poling: "I wouldn't have believed it until it happened to me. To be honest with you, as a doctor, until it happened to me, until I saw the regression, until lI saw a normal 18 month old toddler descend into autism, I wouldn't have believed it was possible."
Gupta questioned Poling and asked if Hannah's case was merely a rare exception.
Poling disputed the accuracy of calling his daughter's case "rare." He said that she had a preexisting condition. He called for an individualized, safe vaccine schedule for each child.
That was back in 2008. Back then, Gupta didn't say Dr. Poling was wrong and the HHS shouldn't have conceded her case. He wasn't followed by Dr. Paul Offit disputing the claim of vaccine-induced autism. Poling was allowed to explain how vaccines caused Hannah's autism and Gupta accepted it.
NOW, six years later, he's convinced that vaccines don't cause autism. (And I'm sure if he only looked at the pharma-funded studies out there, his conscience is clear--vaccines don't cause autism.)
I think Gupta needs to do another interview with Jon Poling and explain to him how Hannah's autism really WASN'T the result of nine vaccines she received in a single doctor's visit. Medical experts at HHS were wrong.
Sanjay Gupta is in my upcoming book because of his interview of Jon Poling....and for the way he interviewed Dr. Wakefield, which was entirely different.
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