Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit
Posted on Friday, October 17 @ 16:16:06 EDT by
Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Medicine, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure is a well-referenced, historical work that explains the dangerous and unnecessary controversies that have put the lives of autistic children at risk. Offit sets up his book by explaining how he has become a major player in the field of immunology. He then explores the process by which the autism/vaccine controversy has been given so much attention. He describes how parents and physicians worked together to create treatments that when put under scientific scrutiny, have no real efficacy.
Offit sets the tone of the book by showing how secretin therapy and facilitated communication were exposed as scams. He then debunks Dr. Wakefield’s study of the MMR vaccine and employs the scientific method to show how thimerosal and other mercury-based theories have no relevance.
Read on for more about the book and a video with author Dr. Paul Offit!
At the end of the book, Offit includes an epilogue focusing on Jenny McCarthy’s impact on the community through her books and television appearances. He is clear to point out that her “Mommy Instinct” does not make her an immunologist, psychologist, pediatrician or scientist. For those who believe that following the scientific method is the only way to come to an understanding about autism than Offit presents an important work that should be praised for exposing those who mislead the public and the opportunism of the lawyers, journalists, celebrities, and politicians who support them. Offit scientifically dismisses the sub-group of parents, journalists, researchers and activists that believe they know what is causing autism and how to cure it.
Paul A. Offit, M.D. is the chief of Infectious Diseases and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Offit has received the Jonas Salk Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Gold Medal from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Stanley A. Plotkin Award in Vaccinology from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He will donate all royalties from sales of this book to autism research.
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Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by truth440 Monday, March 02 @ 16:44:36 EST (User Info | Send a Message)
Good links on treatement of Autism. Dr Buttar information.
Good video on the politics of medicine.
Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by Reflection Saturday, October 18 @ 00:23:43 EDT (User Info | Send a Message | Journal)
MANY KUDOS to Paul!!!! I've been fearing the worst for those poor autistics who are being "experimented on", and have been for the last many years. I expect trauma, and that they'll need years of therapy to reverse and unravel all the damage that's being done to them currently. IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEBODY RAISES THIS ISSUE. THANK YOU, PAUL!!! And thanks for this review, Dana!
-I'm a nice and happy aspie who lives with another nice and happy aspie, my fiance. Together we are normal and happy.
Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by sartresue Friday, October 17 @ 17:48:07 EDT (User Info | Send a Message)
Offit the Prophet topic
At last! A work to Off-end the Mommy McCarthy instink.
A must read, and I am going to demand that my library get a copy. Pronto.
Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by CRD Tuesday, June 09 @ 11:54:32 EDT (User Info | Send a Message | Journal)
Thankyou for posting this view. Vaccines have saved the lifes of countless children and also improved our puplic health. The sound clam reson has been over come by the hype and hestary caused by one small poorly done study.
Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by dalurker Friday, October 24 @ 12:30:03 EDT (User Info | Send a Message)
Offit has no credibility. He is funded by the pharmaceutical industry, who want only their medications to be used for autism.
Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by demeus Sunday, October 26 @ 20:48:37 EDT (User Info | Send a Message)
My library just got this book in and this month and read it.
I thought it was good. The only thing to be added is that he should have gone into detail about the abusive subpoena given to Kathleen Slidel in the same way he broach the subject for the Dow Corning Breast implant case. This would have given the reader some idea where these lawsuits are heading.
Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by bbqplatypus Saturday, November 01 @ 14:59:44 EDT (User Info | Send a Message)
There's been an increase in distrust of doctors and science in general over the course of the last decade. I think it's shameful that this is happening.
No doubt the people who believe in the anti-inoculation claptrap will simply dismiss this as being paid for by the EEEEEE-vil pharmaceutical companies (even though he's not making any money off this book). I don't think that any book, no matter how well-argued or independent its content, could convince them that there ISN'T a conspiracy by the drug companies to cause autism, and that's just sad.
I can't say I'm surprised, though. This is the era of illogic, of "thinking with your gut," of avoiding ANYTHING that could cause cognitive dissonance. People go out of their way to avoid news that doesn't fit with their pre-established viewpoint. That's why I don't think this book is going to cause this manufactured controversy to go away.
Finally some help to put a stop to this nonsense notion that vaccines have anything to do with causing autism. Please please please get this guy on national TV we need someone to speak up who can really get people to listen and this guy is the man for the job.
Somebody in Philly is right on the ball... thank you Dr. Offit! You've just published what I've been trying to say in this forum for two years. Now the public can hear the undistorted, SCIENTIFIC truth. I remove my hat and salute you, comrade.
Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by jsmama Monday, November 24 @ 13:15:26 EST (User Info | Send a Message)
Dr. Offit states that the “notion that vaccines might cause autism” is nothing more than a “great story.” I found myself believing him, and trusting him, just because he is a doctor. Then when I did research on Dr. Offit, I found that not only does he share ownership in the patent for the Rotavirus vaccine, developed by Merck, he is also on Merck’s payroll. Who cares if he isn't making money on this book? He is well paid by a pharmaceutical and this book just serves the effort to cover their own asses.
This sounds like an excellent book, I'll be keeping an eye open for it.
And to the naysayers, I'd like to see some proof of your allegations rather than just hearsay. I don't think I'm asking too much.
Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by ExtremeEmpath Sunday, October 19 @ 11:22:16 EDT (User Info | Send a Message | Journal)
Excellent! Thanks for posting this.
Re: Review and Video: Autism's False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit (Score: 1) by fnkill Monday, May 31 @ 07:26:42 EDT (User Info | Send a Message)
There is no such thing as the scientific method. The concept contradicts science's basic premise.
I did not get my Autism from a vaccine, BUT I was almost killed as a child by the pertussis vaccine. Regardless of how Autism happens, vaccines are not safe.