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Paul’s top 10 list

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

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. The mainstream media is much better about this, even entertainment television.”

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.”

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.”

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

1. “The other thing is not to let bad information unchallenged. If you see something in an article, write a letter or make a phone call, because it just sort of seeps into the public consciousness, and I think we just have to do everything we can to stop it… and don’t assume that other people are doing it, because they’re not.”

— Dr. Paul. A. Offit, professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Courtesy: The Outliers


3 thoughts on “Paul’s top 10 list

  1. Paul Offit is a dangerous man, not just to kids, but to science. He’s like the high officials of the Church who refused to look through Galileo’s telescope. With people like Offit in charge, science comes to a standstill.


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