An Open Letter to the Medical Students Who Attended the NYU “Confronting Vaccine Resistance” Lecture
Dear Future Medical Practitioners:
It occurred to me that I should write this letter to you because you were the intended target of the “Confronting Vaccine Resistance” lecture at New York University on November 21, 2016.
It is remarkable that this lecture was necessary. Obviously, those who felt the need to talk to you about confronting those who question vaccines felt the need to get you in line because they have observed what many of us who question vaccines have:
The pharmaceutical industry, just like the other segments of corporate America, is losing the future. Increasingly, people across the country, particularly young people, are thinking for themselves and questioning the status quo.
Even with all of the power, money and influence Pharma exerts over the main stream media, people simply don’t believe the propaganda anymore and are asking tough questions. Trust in the main stream media is almost as low as the trust in government.
Buried in the post-mortem of the last election is the fact that young people recognize that those currently in power have messed up, placed profits before people, protected corporate interests over human interests and inflicted grave harm upon the future of the nation.
The fact that grave harm has also been inflicted on hundreds of thousands of children through mandatory vaccination is not beyond the observation of today’s young people. They have grown up with autism all around them. They will eventually ask why this happened. Particularly when they are asked to foot the bill to care for a generation lost to autism.
Lectures from Paul Offit, Dorit Reiss and Richard Pan won’t stop them from figuring out what caused the autism epidemic.
The unspoken truth about what has caused the autism epidemic is another example of what Sarah Kendzior described as “the invisible hand that feels like a death grip” in her June 2016 Foreign Policy commentary, Why Young Americans are Giving Up on Capitalism.
The cast of characters who appeared before you in “Confronting Vaccine Resistance” lecture are the standard bearers for the kind of capitalism that has sickened America to its’ core. Dr. Paul Offit, Dorit Reiss and California State Senator Dr. Richard Pan are spin-wizards for “Vaccinology” - the pharmaceutical industry sponsored belief system that develops vaccines and makes sure that they are imposed upon the public for maximum profit with zero liability, thanks to 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The act essentially blocks civil suits against vaccine manufacturers for vaccine injuries. Tax-payers now foot the bill, not the wealthy pharmaceutical industry.
From the reports of Dr. Suzanne Humphries, one of the few “vaccine questioners” allowed into the lecture, it is obvious that Vaccinology Incorporated intends to attack Dr. Bob Sears for daring to propose alternatives to the vaccine schedule and for accepting the simple truth that some children should be exempt from taking vaccines because of the risk for injury.
One of the best ways to insure compliance with Vaccinolgy is to make sure that those who question the belief system are labeled heretics and brought before the grand inquisitors to be publicly punished.
As he was at NYU, Dr. Paul Offit is often the lead in these pre-canned Vaccinology sponsored soirees. Offit spews misinformation about “anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists” on a regular basis. He believes that children can take thousands of vaccines at one time, has called for the jailing of journalists who write about vaccine safety and inappropriately and unfairly described the mental health status of CDC scientist Dr. William Thompson. Offit conveniently forgot to mention that Thompson has alleged massive research fraud at the CDC – the focus of the movie, Vaxxed - on the papers he and other CDC scientists published on vaccines and autism. Offit neglected to disclose that Thompson reported that CDC scientists dumped research that showed that vaccines cause autism into the garbage.
Offit capped off his visit to NYU with a tense encounter with the parent of a vaccine injured child in which he used the “F” word. “Get the flop out of here!” Offit said when asked about doing an interview with the Vaxxed crew. I suppose this was Offit’s way of confronting vaccine resistance members.
Also, not mentioned is that Offit has been cited by Congress for failing to disclose conflicts of interests when he sat on a federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP is a powerful body that recommends which vaccines are approved by the federal government.
What follows is an excerpt from Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Policy Making - Majority Staff Report, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives, June 15, 2000:
“b. Dr. Paul Offit (Exhibits 38-41)
Dr. Offit shares the patent on the Rotavirus vaccine in development by Merck and lists a $350,000 grant from Merck for Rotavirus vaccine development. Also, he lists that he is a consultant to Merck.
Dr. Offit began his tenure on ACIP in October of 1998. Out of four votes pertaining to the ACIP's rotavirus statement he voted "yes" three times, including, voting for the inclusion of the rotavirus vaccine in the VFC program.
Dr. Offit abstained from voting on the ACIP's rescission of the recommendation of the rotavirus vaccine for routine use. He stated at the meeting, "I'm not conflicted with Wyeth, but because I consult with Merck on the development of rotavirus vaccine, I would still prefer to abstain because it creates a perception of conflict."
Dr. Offit voted for his own vaccine to be used in the VFC, the Vaccines For Children Program.
What does this say about Offit’s ethics?
California State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, the newest star in the Vaccinology pantheon, ran away from a meeting in the California statehouse with Del Bigtree, the producer of Vaxxed, last May - I guess that Pan kept running all the way to Manhattan just to lecture you lucky NYU med students.
Pan sponsored, then rammed through legislation that took away the vaccine exemption rights of California citizens under the infamous SB-277. Pan has accepted significant funding – anywhere between $66,000 and $350,000 from pharmaceutical and medical interest, depending on how one chooses to tabulate the numbers provided by Map Light.
What was Senator Pan doing at NYU? Does his California district include Manhattan?
Dorit Reiss, another regular at Vaccinology gatherings, has clear ties to the pharmaceutical industry. This photograph says it all, doesn’t it?
Reiss actually believes that excessive corporate influence over federal regulators who are supposed to regulate industry and safe-guard the public, often referred to as Industry Capture, is a good thing. Reiss actually published a paper, The Benefits of Capture, on her curious theory.
In Reiss’ way of thinking, the pharmaceutical industry (for example) isn’t capturing federal regulators, it is simply collaborating with regulators to identify and resolve “issues” when they inconveniently pop up.
Is that what happened when issues with Vioxx popped up? Did the industry call the regulators and, in the spirit of collaboration, mention that their drug was killing people? Is that what happened with the illegal marketing of Paxil and Wellbutrin? Is that what happened when data was withheld on the health risks of Avandia?
Frankly, Reiss’ beliefs are far more dangerous and far more corrosive to the health of America’s children and the health of our democracy than people who ask questions about vaccine safety. Reiss seems to propose that government should allow industry to control it.
The medical practitioners of tomorrow will inherit the mess left by Offit, Pan and Reiss and all of the other shadowy people in the Vaccinology world whose identities will likely never be known.
All I can ask of you - as you walk into professional life with mountains of college loan debt - is that you remember your oaths to do no harm. Remember that Informed Consent is a guiding universal principle in medicine and that every life is sacred.
All I can ask of you is that you do your own research, ask tough questions and demand answers.
Think for yourselves.
If you do, you will be far better people – and far better medical practitioners - than the ones who lectured you at NYU.
Louis Conte is the father of triplet boys, two with autism. He is the author of a novel, The Autism War, co-author along with Tony Lyons of a non-fiction book, Vaccine Injuries. He was a co-author of Unanswered From the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury, available at: http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/pelr/vol28/iss2/6