Dr. Paul A. Offit, MD, recently published his latest book, “Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine“. By mistake, I ordered two books from Amazon and got them yesterday. Instead of returning one book, or giving it away, I decided to put it up for auction on my personal Facebook page. Myself and a friend are matching the winning bid and donating all that to the Autism Science Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding scientific studies of autism.
Not ten minutes after I posted the auction there and in a couple of other pages I participate in, a person showed up with the following rant:
“Every time I see this a$$holes (Paul Offit’s) picture, I get the OVERWHELMING urge to punch out my computer screen and pour BLEACH into my eyes!
Uh, yeah, like I’d give credibility to ANYTHING that idiot has to say. After his claim that infants can tolerate up to 100,000 vaccines at one time, he lost ALL credibility where I’m concerned. If he’s THAT ignorant about something as simple as vaccines, why should I trust him on more complex issues like nutrition, supplements, herbal medicine, etc.?
However, this is NOT surprising of the TOTALLY CORRUPT & AMORAL Paul Offit! This guy will refute anything that does not make him money. watch for him lobbying to ban supplements next.
Good grief — are he and his vaccine empire so damned threatened or something? wtf. what an ASSHOLE. This is no different than the majority of the population believing all the fake science proving vaccine safety and efficay. They’re so blind with fear they cannot put 2 and 2 together. A Dr who created and profits from vaccines swears of their safety and dogs anything else that goes against his income…I mean, his creation. DUH?!?! Wonder how much big pharma paid him to write this book.
I’m still hoping for the day he gets the 100,000 vaccines all at once!! Paul Proffit is an A hole with way too much power!
Anyone with a brain in their head should do their research first –whether its alternate medicine or conventional medicine.
Personally I don’t have much faith in conventional medicine at all which has basically ruined my life, while it is ALTERNATIVE medicine, which is slowly but surely REPAIRING & RESTORING IT!
However just like there are CONVENTIONAL DOCTORS (most of them, now, sadly) who are just in it for the money and profit from the Big Pharma industry, (like PAUL OFFIT!) I’m sure there are alternative medicine practitioners out there who are also only interested in making money and NOT the best interests of the patient. Whether it be conventional or alternate medicine THE PATIENT SHOULD COME FIRST. NOT THE MONEY…
In any case, I am SO SICK (no pun intended!) of seeing this CORRUPT & AMORAL WORM Paul Pr’Offit on TV, on the Internet and everywhere else I turn! I wish the “mainstream” media would STOP going to him as some kind of trustworthy resource & “expert” which is the LAST thing that he is!! GRRR!!!! >:(“
I don’t have the time or patience to deal with this person’s hatred, so I banned her from ever commenting on my page again, and I deleted her comment. (Of course, I kept screen shots of her rant.)
In case you’re wondering, her accusations have all been debunked. The “100,000 vaccines at once” deal is a misrepresentation of Dr. Offit’s fact-based assertion that newborns are bombarded by viruses, bacteria, and fungi the minute they are born. That is, they are exposed to far many more antigens than they will ever get in vaccines. So the “too many too soon” anti-vaccine gambit doesn’t hold water. Also, any money from that vaccine he developed is going to good use, not to his own bank account.
But this person’s rabid criticism was not the only one, or the last one, that Dr. Offit’s work will receive. If you go to the Amazon page for his book and read the comments, you’ll see such things like this:
“I pay no attention to people that claim that the ‘other side’ has no benefit especially when you consider the ‘other side’ has been keeping humans alive for centuries. I use alternative natural remedies all the time but am not at all opposed to seeking western medicine when needed. It is the people that rely completely on western medicine that are so sick these days. Balance is a good thing but Offit is too arrogant and blinded to see that.”
“Paul Offit is an interesting person. I have researched him quite thoroughly to determine bias. He makes MILLIONS from big pharma. Obviously big pharma is against complementary therapies. Ergo, a book written by the shill, erm I mean Offit (AKA as huge chin man in some medical circles) which attacks many therapies. In fact this is the problem with this book. It attacks as usal, ad nauseum with no real analytical nor statistical merit. For example, he gives an example of an acupuncture needle piercing a lung I believe. Do you know the chances of your dying after being admitted to hospital from an infection? Well let’s just say statistically this is a far greater likelihood. Should we thus avoid hospitals? By Offit’s reasoning, we should not go near a surgery because surgeries (including such relatively benign surgery such as a knee surgery) not only kill, but cause life long disability. Offit’s points are as usual, so over the top that it is impossible to take him seriously. Avoid this book as you would the plague, unless like me you would like a laugh at this man’s expense.
I would also like to clarify that yes, there is some pretty shady stuff out there which takes advantage of people in need. It is not as though I believe everything can be solved through vitamins or faith healing. But it goes both ways…for example, my friend’s mother underwent chemo for breast cancer and was told she had a great chance of survival after chemo. Well the chemo killed her. So to say this is not happening in the established medical world is hypocrisy. Mr. Offit is clearly a man who admits in the beginning of the book that he had a clubfoot. IMO this coupled with his rather not very appealing physical aspects etc. made him into a man who suffers a neurosis related to control and being right. Of course this is why he feels obligated to “help” the world instead of being honest and saying that we all have our ways toward life. He is one of those people who attempts to control and amass more money as well as get a reaction from people. This is to help his rather sad ego. In any case, there may be some merit in this book but it is too one sided for me.”
“This is what happens when you have pharmaceutical industry backed, vaccine pushing Doc. More people die from conventional medicine vs alternative therapies”
In fact, if you go through other books published by Dr. Offit, you find the same amount of hatred, libel, and childish vitriol. (“Huge chin man”? Really?) According to them, Dr. Offit either is making a ton of money, or has power/control issues, or he’s just plain evil. Never do you find actual evidence that he is an evil person out to make a buck off his dispensed knowledge.
But this is par for the course for anti-science people. They have a hard time attacking what is fully backed-up by evidence, so they go to the next (lower) level, the personal attacks. After all, maybe someone won’t buy the book (whose proceeds go to good work) if they are told that Dr. Paul Offit is mean, or, in the case of the one reviewer, has a “huge chin.” Because there is a sucker born every minute, and that sucker will believe in conspiracies. The rest of us will have to rely on evidence.
René F. Najera, DrPH
I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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