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Offit and His Critics: Part 1

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NOTE: We're bringing you this series, re-crafted for 2017,  by Richard P. Milner of Public Affairs Media during Autism Action Month. Dr. Paul Offit has led the charge against any and all in our community, doctors, scientists, parents, educators, film makers, who question vaccine safety.


RM offitPaul Offit
has for many years been the go-to-guy whenever the mainstream media looks for a sound bite on vaccination.  By presenting him with no counter, they give the impression that he has no critics beyond a few “hysterical parents.”  However, in our research and investigation we found that he has many.

We interviewed Paul at his Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia office.  Then transcribed the interview, and sent it out to a few of his critics, whose credentials and comments on his statements follow below.

We also made a video, “Haley vs Offit: A Virtual Debate About Vaccines, The Greatest Medical Controversy Of Our Time,” viewable at 

At the site, we have studies supporting Haley, and a list of over 180 more studies showing the extreme dangers of Mercury, especially when combined with Aluminum, as in shots, and other heavy metals, such as Lead or Cadmium from the general environment.

We could find no credible studies in support of Offit.

We also have available “Haley vs Offit” subtitled in Spanish at YouTube.

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Dr. Paul Offit, MD, is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, a chair funded by Merck & Co. He is also the Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease and Director of the Vaccine Information Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Offit is a successful vaccine technician and an accomplished vaccine promoter.  His vaccine for diarrhea, RotaTeq is manufactured and distributed by Merck & Co., and its affiliates worldwide. 

He is co-author of the fifth edition of the medical textbook, Vaccines, together with over 130 scientific and general audience articles on vaccine issues. He appears frequently as a guest commentator on national radio, cable and broadcast television, while his writings are found in major US newspapers and magazines. 

He is author or co-author of several books, including Breaking the Antibiotic Habit, Vaccines: What You Should Know, The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to Today’s Growing Vaccine Crisis, Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases, and Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, The Search for a Cure, and most recently, Deadly Choices: How the Anti-vaccination Movement threatens Us All.

Dr. Offit is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and a former member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the CDC, which evaluates vaccines for CDC recommendation. These recommendations routinely become mandates approved by all US states and territories. Offit advocates for the complete elimination of all vaccine exemptions throughout the world.

He claims to have no conflict of interest regarding his patronage by Merck, his profits from one of their best-selling vaccines, and his services in clearing the way for its CDC recommendation during his membership on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. 

RM Boyd Haley

Dr. Boyd Haley, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

In the past 23 years Dr. Haley has emphasized studies on the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease. His research in the biochemical aberrancies in Alzheimer’s disease also led to his identifying mercury toxicity as a major exacerbating factor, perhaps even a causal factor for this disease. He was one of the first to propose that the organic-mercury preservative, Thimerosal, in vaccines was the most likely toxic agent involved in Gulf War Syndrome and autism-related disorders.

RM Sherri TDr. Sherri J. Tenpenny, DO, is an osteopathic medical doctor from Cleveland, Ohio. Her board certification is in Emergency Medicine and Osteopathic Manual Medicine. At her integrative medical clinic she focuses on Allergy elimination, including treatment of children with asthma and allergies, as well as women’s health, using bio-identical hormones and breast thermography. Her clinic has restored the health of patients who have come from 38 states and 8 countries.

Dr. Tenpenny has been a guest on National TV talk shows and syndicated radio programs. She is a regular speaker at national and international seminars on topics ranging from iodine and breast health to vaccines and vaccination injury. She has also written two books, FOWL: Bird flu – it’s not what you think (what you need to know about flu shots) and Saying No to Vaccines: A Resource Guide for All Ages.


RM David ADavid M. Ayoub, M.D, received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, Illinois.  He did his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Springfield, Illinois. He is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology.


He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor
in the Department of Radiology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
in Springfield, Illinois.  He is also director of Prairie Collaborative, Ltd, an Illinois not-for-profit organization in Springfield, Illinois, compiling and assessing peer-reviewed medical literature relating to autism.


RM Suzanne HDr. Suzanne Humphries, MD, is a conventionally educated medical doctor board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, who was a participant in the conventional hospital system from 1989 until 2011.  After leaving the hospital in good standing of her own volition in 2011, she has been furthering her research, lecturing in various parts of the world, writing books, and conducting her own private practice in Maine and Virginia.

She is the author of two books on vaccination: Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, And The Forgotten History, co-authored with Roman Bystrianyk, and Rising From The Dead.

RM Brian HBrian S. Hooker, PhD
, PE, is an Associate Professor of Biology at Simpson University in Redding, California, where he specializes in chemistry and biology coursework. Additionally, Hooker is the Senior Process Consultant at ARES Corporation, working closely on process design for the environment restoration industry. His design efforts focus on industrial biotechnology and chemical engineering principles.

Brian dedicated over 15 years as a bioengineer and the team leader for the High Throughput Biology Team and Operations Manager of the DOE Genomics: Genomes to Life (GTL) Center for Molecular and Cellular Systems at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Dr. Hooker managed applied plant and fungal molecular biology research projects at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where systems biology researchers are focused on understanding gene and protein networks involved in individual cell signaling, communication between cells in communities, and cellular metabolic pathways.

In 1985, Dr. Hooker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. He earned his Masters of Science degree in 1988 and his doctorate in 1990, both in biochemical engineering, from Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington.

Dr. Hooker has many accomplishments to his credit including: co-inventor for five patents, recipient of the Battelle Entrepreneurial Award in 2001, and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Recognition Award in 1999, for his work on “Reactive Transport in 3-Dimensions.” The breadth of Hooker’s 60 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals.  He has a teenage son with autism.

RM Russell BDr. Russell Blaylock, MD, is a board certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. He attended the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. For the past 25 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from both practices to devote full time to nutritional studies and research.

Dr. Blaylock has written four books: Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (how they are related to diseases of the nervous system), Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders. He has written major sections of three medical textbooks and has published over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.


MILNER:  For example, if you saw a child with a concussion or you saw a child with some kind of brain injury, you wouldn’t treat that, would you?

OFFIT:  No, it’s—in other words, what I am director of treatment of infectious diseases here at Children’s Hospital Philadelphia and so what we do at—in the Infectious Disease division is we see children who are inpatients, who have severe or chronic or persistent or unknown infectious diseases, or we see children as outpatients who generally are referred by pediatricians in the community with an infectious disease that they’re having difficulty handling.

HALEY:  Dr. Offit has no training in toxicology or neurology, yet he feels it is okay for him to dismiss the potential toxicity of injecting thimerosal into infants on the day of birth, within the first 6 months of life.  This is quite arrogant.


OFFIT:  Vaccines are the best of two worlds.  What they do is they induce roughly the same immune response that are induced by natural infection without having to pay the price of natural infection.

HUMPHRIES:  I don’t believe the literature or the immunology supports this idea of “roughly” the same immune response. How could it? Any immunologist will tell you that the immune system is not a” rough” one. It involves finely orchestrated highly specific responses, so that the right target is hit at the right time, especially after being immunized naturally so that the future response is accurate, rapid and does not cause autoimmunity.

Now as for as his comment about vaccines doing the same thing as natural disease--that is easily refuted. For instance with the whooping cough bacteria you get a very different stimulation, intramuscular vs. inhaled which is exactly why an inhaled vaccine has been invented. 

With the currently used injection, you get a very limited array of specific responses to the toxins in the bacteria compared to the natural infection. Adenylate Cyclase Toxin is not in the vaccine, so you are totally inept to respond to that after injection because the fact of original antigenic sin or otherwise known as linked epitope suppression.  The immunity is faulty as a result of original antigenic sin:

from Cherry 2010:

  RM Cherry


HUMPHRIES:  And the same applies to influenza vaccines and possibly others as well.  But whooping cough is a great example of how what he says here is simply rubbish. 

Yes, you pay a price for natural infection, but you get a great reward for it. And if you don’t get the natural infection you get vaccines cradle to grave. Many parents are opting for the infection because they know it is easily manageable with high doses of vitamin C and because they know antibiotics do not treat it and that the vaccine is not protective guarantee and carries risk.



OFFIT: Vaccines are the best of two worlds. What they do is they induce roughly the same immune response that are induced by natural infection without having to pay the price of natural infection.

Natural infection doesn't cause anaphylaxis.


The Of-fits of the world live in the Mercky shadows who are just rolled out when as the article says -for a sound- bite on vaccines.Similar to your terrorists who attack innocent children and anyone else who are caught in the firestorm -big of them?.Pharma`s chosen Muppet for announcements` with as much intellectual aplomb and ability and originality as Laura the new Muppet on sesame street.

Pharma (AND MUPPET PAUL) for Prison


Morag MacDonald Lyons

A paul-itical disaster-off the richter scale, aye. right off it. That one, WILL NOT, be getting left alone with substantial access to the hin ends of our young ewes. Definately not safe to be let loose on ewes at all !With or without Inoculatations fo caustic carbuncles ? Make sure they get "THE MESSAGE " Loud and Clear . Their Inoculation risk assessments are totally [FUCT]- failed under continuous testing , Therfore their Vacca-A-Nation Profits are well and truly [FUCT-UP] -failed under continuous testing ,under pressure !
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3) Offit is a pediatrician. He is not a toxicologist or an immunologist. And even if he was, he is a known liar. One doesn't need any degree to catch his lies.

Jeannette Bishop

Also, the impact of the dtap vaccine might be pretty important to get into terminology a layperson can understand (maybe researchers are still working out the full ramification of things, but)...if I understand correctly this and some other explanations by Dr. Humphries, the dtap injection programs (my word I think), essentially for life, the immune system to overlook/miss the stealth factor induced by (at least) one toxin of the pertussis virus, as well as other related viruses that release the same toxin. It sounds like this might be the reason a dtap vaccinated individual can be contagious for weeks often without symptoms and not just with the pertussis virus either, and then experiencing or processing this or related "natural" infections after vaccination does not undo this "programming" set up by the vaccine If I'm getting all this correctly (highly unlikely), the vaccine does the exact opposite of contributing to "herd immunity" IMO, rather undermines it, and seemingly quite effectively.

Jeannette Bishop

@John Stone, thank you!

John Stone


GSK or Merck? It was both. The FDA suspended the license of the GSK one for a couple months but when the Merck one, developed by Offit, also turned out to be contaminated they swiftly declared that both vaccines were safe, irrespective - after an emergency meeting.


In my opinion Paul Offit would have no forum at all if it weren't for the corruption of the political system and the influence of the pharmaceutical lobby. And the pharmaceutical lobby would not be so powerful if not for the 1986 Vaccine Injury Compensation Act, that exempted doctors, and manufactures from liability. This legal exemption status was the cause of the epidemic of autism because without fear of lawsuits there was no incentive to make safe vaccines or a safe vaccine schedule.. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has pointed out numerous times that following the passage of this bill the number of vaccine skyrocketed. That's when Paul Offit's highly toxic vaccine got put on the list of required vaccines. Now we seem to be stuck like glue into a completely absurd vaccine schedule that never seems to change. I have no hope that anything will change until this law is overturned or we have a complete change in the vaccine schedule. Babies are not suppose to be put into highly inflammatory states because it disrupts the growth of neurons (Blaylock). So, why are we doing this every two months from the day of birth? For what??? Even the vaccines are becoming worthless against the diseases because of overuse. This is complete insanity and Paul Offit should take all those vaccines he says are so safe and the vaccines should not come from some special batch but from the regular ones given to kids on a daily basis, the vaccines made in China without quality control.

Jeannette Bishop

Thank you for this series! I've decided I can't make sense of Dr. Offit (not in any way I would want to dwell on), but people at the very least really do need to understand how little he actually does make sense...

Disturbing discussion about the potential "contribution to humanity" we may be receiving from the use of the "rotavirus" vaccine:

(Did Merck & ?Glaxo? was it? ever even try to clean up their RVs? Do we ever get to know?)


Yeah, none of these people "refuting" Offit have any expertise in infectious disease or immunology. And calling Offit a "vaccine technician", really? He's saved a lot more lives than any of the other people on this list.

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