I don't know if this is the right thread to respond to this question or not- you might try to search some of the other threads on Mothering to find out if others are talking about the AAP. However, I will share what I found in a quick 8 minute trip over to their website.
Advertisements for the following:
- Merck vaccinations
- Sanofi Paseur Vaccines
- Norditroprin (growth hormone)
- Pfizer (also drugs/vaccines)
- McNeil (hospital equipment I think)
- Unilever (this is interesting as Unilever products are very high on the toxicity scale according to Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database)
- American Dietetics Association (also interesting as a major proponent of licenses, etc and prohibiting naturopathic docs from advising patients on diet)
Also, the "latest news" section is 6 different stories all drug-related; either pro-vaccine or stories related to recalls or safety of drugs. I'm not one to say that the AAP is a boogey-man at all- but I like to read between the lines and take any information I find with a grain of salt. You are correct to start asking questions- one of my professors in college always said, "Follow the money!" If there is a money trail from any so-called authority for information, especially to do with your health, I get really suspicious. At my military health clinic I started asking about alternative vaccine schedules (my son is currently not vaxed at all.) The answer I got was a bit shocking, but is related to the CDC and AAP and drug-company relations: I can't do an alternative schedule because they do not know what vaccine they will be getting from x, y or z company. It is "whatever company sends us the most." So if drug company A sends 100 doses of the first shot of the Y vaccine, then the clinic is hooked into purchasing the second and third shots of the same brand- with colorful posters to hang all over the office with the AAP, CDC and drug names all over them. I don't throw all the information they provide out the window, because some of it is good and relevant. But I have serious ethical questions too.
Just to play devil's advocate, the Mothering website has had ads for Bounty Paper Towels, Coca-Cola's Family Game Night, Tostino's Pizza Rolls, Pop Tarts, Fanta Soda, etc.
I'm no huge fan of the AAP, and take what they say with a grain of salt, but just out of curiosity, who should fund research? The government can little afford to fund all research, and when they do they are accused of having an agenda. I work at a university and the scientists I know are desperate to have their research funded. There are few people out there stepping up to do it, so if Merck offers a grant, most scientists I know will jump at the opportunity. And I know for a fact that they are not given the money on the condition that their findings reflect a certain bias.