From: Mark Probert on
On Dec 30, 9:51 pm, Jan Drew <jdrew63...(a)> wrote:
> On Dec 28, 8:23 pm, Mark Probert <mark.prob...(a)> wrote:
> > On Dec 28, 7:42 pm, "john" <nos...(a)> wrote:
> > >
> > Blaxill was caught making a mistake and a blogger sent him a
> > correction by email. He refuses to publicly acknowledge his error and
> > post a correction.
> >
> Paul Offit.
> Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital
> of
> Philadelphia, who was a committee member until last month. At the
> same
> time, he shared a patent for another rotavirus vaccine. Merck has
> funded Offit's research for 13 years.
> Merck bought and delivers copies of Offit's book, "What Every Parent
> Should Know About Vaccines," to American doctors. The book has a list
> price of $14.95.

How much does Dr Offit get per copy? Does JP Handley know? No, he does

> "I am a co-holder of a patent for a (rotavirus) vaccine. If this
> vaccine were to become a routinely recommended vaccine, I would make
> money off of that," Offit said.

Where did he say this? JP Handley does not know, otherwise he would
cite it. Offit probably never said it.

> Republican staff on the House Government Reform Committee looked into
> the CDC panel that recommended the vaccination. Their August 2001
> report found that "four out of eight CDC advisory committee members
> who voted to approve guidelines for the rotavirus vaccine in June
> 1998
> had financial ties to pharmaceutical companies that were developing
> different versions of the vaccine."

Did Offit vote on this? Even Handley does not have the balls to say he
did. He is using rhetoric to imply it, but cannot prove it.

> And now the GOOD news!!
> The CDC said that in October 2002 it adopted new guidelines for
> participating on that advisory committee that in the future will
> preclude people with conflicts like Offit's from sitting on the
> committee.

Offit never voted on anything where he had a financial interest. JB
Handley knows this, as he has been repeatedly told it, and he still

> There are few parents of young children today who remember the
> disastrous
> introduction of the first Rotavirus vaccine in June, 1998 and its
> withdrawal
> from the market due to adverse events only 13 months later. Of course,
> the
> parents of children who experienced severe bowel intussusception, like
> the
> child described in UPI's investigative piece quoted above,  remember
> it all
> too well.

Dr Offit was not involved in that. Period.

> The Rotashield introduction and withdrawal was such a fiasco it
> triggered a
> Congressional investigation, and a blistering report from the
> Committee on
> Government Reform which was released on August 21, 2000 and titled,
> Conflicts in Vaccine Policy (HERE).
> And who would you guess was at the center of the Congressional
> report's
> criticism? You guessed it: Dr. Paul Offit.

That is a lie.

> Continue reading "Dr. Paul Offit: Fox in a Henhouse, the ACIP Years
> (1998-2003)"
> Tayloe, Offit, Minshew, Katz, Snyderman, et. al.: Feeding a Hungry
> Lie

Anyone who Handley does not like. Snyderman is Nancy Snyderman, the
physician who reports on medical matters for the Today show, while
maintaining a private practice.

> There is a very, very hungry lie, and the lie needs more food. Dr.
> Paul
> Offit is this lie's public chef, but it also gets fed by the Centers
> for
> Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, and many other
> parties who
> have a vested interest in protecting our current vaccine program. The
> problem with a lie as big as this one is that it never knows when it
> has had
> enough to eat, and it always needs more food.
> It's a simple lie, really. And, it's being told with more and more
> frequency
> lately, which is really no surprise. Lies like this tend to get fatter
> and
> fatter and hungrier and hungrier before they explode, and many, many
> people
> need this lie to be true.

Yes, there is a lie, and it is propagated by Handley and Jan Drew.
treet Journal.
> UPI discovered that Merck also had bought and distributed copies of a
> book written by Dr Offit titled, "What Every Parent Should Know About
> Vaccines," to physicians with a Dear Doctor l

> "The authors designed the book," Merck's letter told doctors, "to
> answer questions parents have about vaccines and to dispel
> misinformation about vaccines that sometimes appears in the public
> media."
> The book had a list price of $14.95, and Dr Offit told UPI that he did
> not know how many copies Merck had purchased.

Correct. The fact is, it is an excellent book, well documented and an
easy read for parents.

> The letter was signed by Senators, Joe Lieberman (D-Conn) and Debbie
> Stabenow (D-Mich), and members of the House Representatives including,
> Dr Dave Weldon, (R-Fla) Chris Smith, (R-NJ), Carolyn Maloney, (D-NY),
> Dan Burton, (R-Ind), Joseph Crowley, (D-NY), and Maurice Hinchey, (D-
> NY).

WOW. What a colection of nuts. Especially Burton and Maloney.

> This spring, a full-page ad appeared in USA Today, the most widely-
> circulated newspaper in the US, and accused the CDC of "causing an
> epidemic of autism" by recommending that kids receive a series of
> vaccinations that contained thimerosal at least as late as 2001.

Handley, using his millions, bought the ad. Somehow, he forgot to
mention that.

> The ad quoted one of the most recent and famous advocates to join the
> cause, environmental lawyer, Robert F Kennedy Jr, as saying: "It's
> time for the CDC to come clean ...

Kennedy is a jerk, was rejected for EPA chief, and knows even less
science than Jan.