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Dr. Offit Quotes: Top 10 List

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“If you want to know whether or not something is harmful in children, test it in children.” — Paul Offit, MD

My favorite late night television host of all time was David Letterman. He was on the air for 33 years, from 1982 to 2015.1 I thoroughly enjoyed his wacky, cutting edge, biting humor. He was definitely not palatable to everyone’s taste—certainly not like Johnny Carson. But you just had to love his Stupid Pet Tricks segment or crazy stunts like the time he had the U.S. women’s soccer team kick soccer balls off the roof above the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

Perhaps the segment I looked forward to the most was Dave’s nightly Top 10 List where he would read (or have a guest read) a list of 10 items on a particular theme, going from least ridiculous or outrageous to most ridiculous or outrageous. In all, Dave presented a total of 4,605 Top 10 Lists.2 

The other day, I was reading an article by pediatrician Paul Offit, MD, who is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia3 and a well-known spokesperson for the vaccine manufacturing industry. The article is titled “Fading Immunity to MMR Vaccine May Be Behind the Mumps Epidemic.”4 There was nothing particularly groundbreaking about Dr. Offit’s piece. The main point had to do with the apparent resurgence of mumps in the United States of late and how the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking into addressing the failure of the mumps vaccine by recommending a third dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine for children 11-13 years of age.

But there was a little dig tucked away in the middle of the article that did not escape me. Dr. Offit wrote that the reason for mumps outbreaks in the U.S. is because “some parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children.”4 

This is a common refrain by many pediatricians throughout the country when vaccines fail to prevent infectious diseases, and certainly by those who have a vested financial interest in the production and sale of vaccines. In an article I recently wrote about pediatrician Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development in Houston and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, I noted that Dr. Hotez employed the same blame game tactic:

Dr. Hotez cites a report by Daniel Salmon at the Johns Hopkins Institute of Vaccine Safety and Saad Omer at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health claiming that most of the measles cases in the United States in 2015 can be blamed on “intentionally unvaccinated” people.5 

So threatened is Dr. Hotez by parents and others who choose to defend their informed consent rights with regard to vaccination that he believes that “we need to take steps now to snuff it out”—referring to what he calls the “anti-vaccine” movement.5 I suspect Dr. Offit may well share this sentiment. Few people have been more aggressive and vocal than Dr. Offit in criticizing those who dare question the mainstream vaccine paradigm that assumes vaccines are safe and effective and opt to make their own informed decisions. In the process, Dr. Offit has a long list of beliefs that, at least to me, sound bizarre.

The following is my Top 10 List for statements made by Dr. Offit:

10. “They’re communities that have large populations of Caucasian, upper middle class residents who are college educated, often graduate school educated, and believe simply by Googling the term ‘vaccine’ on the Internet, they can know as much, if not more than anyone who’s giving them advice. …They have an amazing ability to ignore scientific consensus.”6 

9. “A choice not to vaccinate is a choice not to trust those who research, manufacture, license, recommend, promote, and administer vaccines—specifically the government, pharmaceutical companies, and doctors.”7 

8. “I think it is not important to have a debate about the science with someone who clearly doesn’t know the science. … I don’t think it is fair to have a debate with two sides when only one side is represented by the science.”8 

7. “Mercury certainly is a toxin, there’s no doubt about it. But as Paracelsus said in the 16th century, the dose makes the poison. That’s always true.”9 

6. “Aluminum is considered to be an essential metal with quantities fluctuating naturally during normal cellular activity. It is found in all tissues and is also believed to play an important role in the development of a healthy fetus.”10 

5. “I think the good news is the media, certainly the mainstream media, has gotten much more responsible about covering this subject (vaccines). It used to be that they would tell two sides of the story, when only one side was supported by the science… that’s not true anymore. Mainstream media is much better about this, even entertainment television…”11 

4. “I don’t think there’s an epidemic of autism. I think that if we went into a time machine, and went back 30 or 40 years, and use the same diagnostic criteria that we currently use to diagnose autism, and introduce it into the communities so that everybody is aware as they are now, and also make it very clear in that community now 30 years in the past that you will qualify for services if you have this diagnosis, I think you would find that the incidence of autism would be the same 30 years ago as it is now.”12 

3. “A more practical way to determine the diversity of the immune response would be to estimate the number of vaccines to which a child could respond at one time… each infant would have the theoretical capacity to respond to about 10,000 vaccines at any one time.”13 

2. “If you want to know whether or not something is harmful in children, test it in children.”12

And the number 1 statement by Dr. Offit (drum roll, please) is…

1. “I’m sorry. I have no financial conflicts of interest. This is my only real conflict is that I am a Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder, which gives me an inability to actually effectively assess that team.”14

For the record, Dr. Offit has earned millions of dollars in royalty income from the sale of the Rotateq vaccine which he co-developed with Merck & Co.15 16 17 I think that pretty much says it all. The rest of the List more than amply speaks for itself. (Side note: The choice between number 1 and number 2 for the top slot was very hard.)


References:

1 Wikipedia. David Letterman. Wikipedia.org.
2 Ariens C. Are These David Letterman’s 10 Best Top 10 Lists?Adweek May 19, 2015.
3About Paul A. Offit, MD. Paul-Offit.com.
4 Offit PA. Fading Immunity to MMR Vaccine May Be Behind the Mumps Epidemic. Medscape Mar. 17, 2017.
5 Cáceres M. Dr. Peter Hotez: “Snuff Out” Anti-Vaccine Movement. The Vaccine Reaction Mar. 19, 2017.
6 Dachel A. Dr. Paul Offit Tells Jon Stewart That Caucasian Upper Upper Middle Class Educated are… Age of Autism June 2014.
7 Offit PA. Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All. Basic Books 2015.
8 Goodman A. Inside the Vaccine War: Measles Outbreak Rekindles Debate on Autism, Parental Choice & Public Health (video). Democracy Now Feb. 5. 2015.
9 Vaccines Are Not Safe. YouTube.com published Mar. 13, 2014.
10 Mercola J. The Case Against Aluminum in Vaccines. Mercola.com Mar. 31, 2015.
11 Adashi EY, Offit PA. Paul Offit on the Dangers of the Anti-Vaccine Movement. Medscape Apr. 27, 2011.
12 Milner RP. Vaccines, Are They Safe and Effective? The Greatest Medical Controversy of Our TimeGlobal Research News Jan. 3, 2016.
13 Humphries S. In Vaccines We Trust? Paul Offit threatens religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions. A response by Suzanne Humphries, MD. International Medical Council on Vaccination Aug. 26, 2012.
14 Crosby J. Paul Offit Lies About Jake Crosby; Tara Palmore Throws Him Out and NIH Covers it Up. Age of Autism December 2011.
15 Olmstead D, Blaxill M. Counting Offit’s Millions: More on How Merck’s Rotateq Vaccine Made Paul Offit Wealthy. Age of Autism December 2009.
16 Mercola J. Vaccine Doctor Given at Least $30 Million Dollars to Push Vaccines? Mercola.com June 25, 2009.
17 Attkisson S. How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders? CBS News July 25, 2008.

18 Responses to Dr. Offit Quotes: Top 10 List

  1. christine kincaid Reply

    April 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    ” … and also make it very clear in that community now 30 years in the past that you will qualify for services if you have this diagnosis …”

    Hmmm. I’d much rather my son not have THAT diagnosis & qualify:

    For a sports team. For a college scholarship. For a “chair” in band. For “Most Likely to Succeed”, for Student Government.

    For a sleepover party? For using the toilet all by himself? For … a life?

    Gee, Mr. Offit, too bad you really are NOT God; I’d ask you to trade me one of your kid’s “qualifying status” for MY kid’s qualifying status! I don’t want your kid, mind you; I just want for your kid to have my kid’s Autism diagnosis so that my kid can have your kid’s neurotypical diagnosis … m’kay?

    Have fun enjoying all those services!

  2. Barb Reply

    April 10, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I listened to Robert F Kennedy, Jr talk about mercury – the types ethyl and methyl. Methyl mercury is in the fish we are being told not to eat due to it’s lack of exiting the body in any timely mannner. Ethyl mercury is in the vaccines. Dr O seems to think because it doesn’t stay long in the bloodstream, that it’s safe. He seems to think it just leaves the body. In fact, it crosses the blood/brain barrier and goes to the brain. Anyone see a problem with this? He doesn’t. Shame on him and those who have given him the pedestal he has from which to speak.

  3. William Reply

    April 5, 2017 at 9:35 am

    The powers that be are always looking for more money to cure many illnesses like Alzheimers,MS,autism etc. But the cure is simple.Vaccines containing mercury aluminum etc.cross the blood brain barrier and accumulate in fatty tissue the brain has more fatty tissue than any part of the body.Most follow their doctors orders and get their flu shot every year.parent immunize their children because of the fear generated by the media and pharma.Every day there are morepharma ads on tv and magazines.These big corporations do not want to lose billions of dollars and you will never hear any negativity about big pharma only glowing praise.As Moffit gets paid to lie the media does too.Anyone with an IQ above a squirrel and 2 days of research can see the insanity of all vaccines and the massive harm inflicted on society by the unaware majority of people on planet earth.All for profit by corporations that dont care how many they kill or maim!

    • Barb Reply

      April 10, 2017 at 8:15 am

      William – wonderfully stated! Thanks!!!

  4. bob Reply

    April 2, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Wasn’t Offit the guy who came up with the now proven false theory of “cocooning” where everyone around a child should also be vaccinated to protect the child? I had a relative that would not allow me to be near their baby because I would not submit to a Tdap vaccine before visiting. Their pediatrician had convinced them to do this. I said, “what if I shook hands with person with pertussis prior to my visit and still had received the vaccination? Wouldn’t I still transfer the bacteria to the child despite my vaccination?” Vaccination hysteria creates a loss of critical thinking.
    Offit enjoys the lime-light and being the go-to expert that media contacts when they do vaccine stories. That is more important to him than the truth.

  5. jay Reply

    April 2, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Aluminum is present in the human body and in the form it is introduced is not harmful as I understand it. BUT, aluminum as an adjuvant, as it is introduced in a concentrated form, is harmful. It is in every vaccine, so add it up Offit! No, not every child is affected in the same way but neural and cellular damage is occurring.

    Everyone should read Dr. Suzanne Humphries book “Dissolving illusions – Disease, Vaccines and the Forgotten history” to understand just how deeply flawed the paradigm of vaccination is.
    Thanks Marco for a great read!

  6. brad Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Most vaccines are 0.5cc. Just multiply that times 10,000. (One shot is 0.7cc, a few less used are 0.3cc – avg 0.5cc) and he’s okay with taking in over 350 cubic inches of intramuscular injected poisonous chemicals, toxic metals, genetic opportunities for mutagenesis….Oh – and pathogens, because NOTHING increases health like shoving diseases into one’s body…

  7. Chris Smith Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Dr. Offit is speaking Wednesday at Chestnut Hill College. I expect his arguments will remind us of how the tobacco industry denied the cancer connection for decades. If he is brave enough to take questions I hope to understand why he thinks there is no connection between non-IgE mediated food sensitivities and autism or ADHD despite overwhelming anecdotal evidence it can be a factor in some cases (like the 2 I am familiar with). Just because GFCF does not fix everyone surely does not prove allergy or sensitivity can not be a factor in some. If properly tested as I saw, using a food diary and then safe but strict elimination diet of frequently consumed food, sometimes great things can happen.

  8. Dorothy McFarlin Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    “If you want to know whether or not something is harmful in children, test it in children.”

    Obviously this man has no love for children. I would say children, to him, are equivalent to annoying weeds. He should inject himself daily with aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, monkey kidney and fetal tissue. Further more, if most of the population vaccinate their children, the reason for mumps or any other vaccine controlled illness outbreak in the U.S. can’t be because “some parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children.” If vaccines are effective, only the unvaccinated would be effected, and those parents would not be upset if their children were to get the illness. And unless their children had some serious side effects because of the illness, they would not take them to the doctor. Like me, they are most likely mistrusting if the medical profession. Offit is a horror story, and he is lying for profit. The medical profession uses scare tactics to make people agree to take the poison made by the pharmaceutical companies.

  9. An upper middle clas white parent with a doctorate Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    It’s amazing how us highly educated, successful parents seem to be idiots to this man. I want to know if he really is a complete moron or if he’s more corrupt than we know him to be. Either way he has blood on his hands.

  10. DianeDi Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Oh Dr. O ….. there is a very special place waiting just for you…. in hell – where we all hope you slowly rot away while being poked and cattle prodded by those who’s lives you destroyed.

  11. PJ Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Here are two more of my favorites from Offit, which he feels the need to recite at EVERY opportunity:

    “Vaccines are a victim of their own success”

    (Yes, this shill goes so far as to somehow make VACCINES the victim!)

    and:

    “Science has spoken!”

    (This is actually true, but the honest science isn’t speaking with Offit…)

  12. Jane Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    You neglect to mention Offit no longer receives any royalties as he sold the patent for rotateq. He recused himself from voting on the addition of this vaccine to the schedule.

  13. Alice C Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    That one on autism and the time machine… my god, the man is mad, it’s a simple as that. What a piece of work.

  14. CD Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Ignoramus is right! Test it on the children? It’s laughable, insane, and a tragedy all at once. What’s even worse are the mini-ignoramus’s that listen to that bs and believe it.

  15. Bill Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    6. “Aluminum is considered to be an essential metal with quantities fluctuating naturally during normal cellular activity. It is found in all tissues and is also believed to play an important role in the development of a healthy fetus.”10 <—*REALLY*….????….WTF?…..
    An actual M.D.Doctor claims that *aluminum* is an "essential metal"? How can that not be the MOST insane, and provably WRONG thing Offit has ever said?….

  16. Robin Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I’m so appalled at “Dr.” Offit’s comments. Sounds like an ignoramous to me. He is the one who should be doing his homework and educate himself on the dangers of the highly toxic and lethal to the human body, Mercury and aluminum…among other toxins added to vaccines. He should be stipped of his medical credentials, as he is obviously a quack and just a money-making puppet of the pharmaceutical companies. He should be hung for his lies and treason to the American public. Deplorable!

  17. Num Guy Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 11:25 am

    All these lies continue because vaccine makers have been protected by our corrupt congress since 1986. If we can get this law repealed, the truth will come out!!

    Please sign this petition so we can have the truth come out.

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/repeal-immunity-for-drug

    Please learn more about this insidious law. Please share with everyone you know.

    Thank you.

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