Libelous Statements In "Autism's False Prophets..."
I have agreed to make revisions to the text of the book (Autism's false Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure) in subsequent printings to address this issue. I regret any mistaken impression the original language may have created. - Paul Offit in his Federal Mandated apology letter (Offit, P., 2009).
Unsubstantiated and/or False Statements
An OC Register article dated Aug. 4, 2008 entitled “Dr. Paul Offit Responds” contained several disparaging statements that Dr. Offit of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia made about CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and her report. Upon further review, it appears that a number of Dr. Offit’s statements, as quoted in the OC Register article, were unsubstantiated and/or false. Attkisson had previously reported on the vaccine industry ties of Dr. Offit and others in a CBS Evening News report “How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders?” July 25, 2008.
Wants To End Vaccine Waivers
Vaccination choice is a fundamental human right. It is scientific fact that vaccines cause injury and death to vulnerable people. U.S. Law considers vaccines "unavoidably unsafe" and vaccine manufacturers unlike almost all other products are free from liability from their "unavoidably unsafe" products. The lack of free choice on whether or not to use an "unavoidably unsafe" product especially when all liability has been removed from the manufacturer by the government violates our human rights. We the people must push for a philosophical exemption choice in every state in the nation. Vaccination is a medical intervention and it is not ethical to compel individuals to accept medical procedures that could cause injury and death without free and informed consent.
Majority Staff Report, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives
June 15, 2000
"Members of the advisory committees are required to disclose any financial conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from participating in decisions in which they have an interest. The Committee’s investigation has determined that conflict of interest rules employed by the FDA and the CDC have been weak, enforcement has been lax, and committee members with substantial ties to pharmaceutical companies have been given waivers to participate in committee proceedings."
"It has become clear over the course of this investigation that the VRBPAC and the ACIP are dominated by individuals (PAUL OFFIT) with close working relationships with the vaccine producers. This was never the intent of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires that a diversity of views be represented on advisory committees”
- For almost all special government employees, CDC did not ensure that financial disclosure forms were complete in 2007
- CDC did not identify or resolve potential conflicts of interest for 64 percent of special Government employees in 2007
- CDC did not ensure that 41 percent of special Government employees received required ethics training in 2007.
- Fifteen percent of special Government employees did not comply with ethics requirements during committee meeting in 2007.
Voices For Vaccines Science Adviser
Advises Against Taking Vitamins
The New York Times published an opinion piece by Dr. Paul Offit on June 8th, 2013 titled Don’t Take Your Vitamins.1 The article calls into question the benefit of vitamin supplementation. The opinion posits that most people get the nutrition they need from food and should not take supplemental antioxidant vitamins. Dr. Offit also suggests that vitamins could be harmful if taken in supplemental form.
Offit’s argument that eating a healthy diet supplants the need for dietary supplementation contradicts a large body of published scientific literature. It is very difficult to obtain optimal nutrition from diet alone.
For example, in 2005, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a report analyzing the adequacy of nutrient intake from food alone in the United States.4 The percentages of Americans with inadequate nutrient intakes from food are shocking and highlight the need to supplement to ensure optimal nutrition:
- 93% of Americans have an inadequate intake of vitamin E.
- 56% of Americans have an inadequate intake of magnesium.
- 44% of Americans have an inadequate intake of vitamin A.
- 31% of Americans have an inadequate intake of vitamin C.
- 14% of Americans have an inadequate intake of vitamin B6.
- 12% of Americans have an inadequate intake of zinc.
- 8% of Americans have an inadequate intake of folate.
- (LifeExtension, 2014)
Paul Offit's exaggerations in USA Today
Parents Don't Own Their Children.....
I follow this science not only because I am a concerned mother, but also as a concerned citizen and health care practitioner/researcher. The cronyism runs deep surrounding this issue, and I suggest everyone to look at the raw data, and see exactly who is promoting what and what ties do they have to the very industry they are supporting.
Levison, D. (2009). CDC’s ethics program for special government employees on federal advisory committees. HHS. Retrieved from http://www.scribd.com/doc/113828481/Inspector-General-Levinson-CDC-Ethics
LifeExtension. (2014). Response to New York Times opinion piece “Don’t Take Your Vitamins”. LifeExtension. Retrieved from http://www.lef.org/featured-articles/Response-New-York-Times-Dont-Take-Your-Vitamins.htm
Offit, P. (2009). Handley v. Columbia University Press and Paul A. Offit. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Retrieved from http://www.rescuepost.com/files/offit-letter1.pdf
Offit, P. (2010). How the anti-vaccine movement threatens America’s children. American Academy of Pediatrics. Retrieved from http://www.aap.org/pressroom/Offitfinalantivaccine.pdf
Orange County Register. (2011). Corrections for April 18. Orange county Register. Retrieved from http://www.ocregister.com/articles/correction-296910-dated-entitled.html
Voices for Vaccines. (n.d.). Spark Logix Studios. Retrieved from http://www.voicesforvaccines.org/about/