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Basically, this vaccine course is propaganda to sell vaccines. The propaganda is disguised as a "course," and is "taught" by Paul Offit--someone who profited (we're talking million$) from inventing and patenting a vaccine that has been shown to be contaminated with pig viruses. As a member of ACIP, he voted to discontinue a rival vaccine because of such contamination, but insists that his is safe, in spite of the same contamination. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't think someone with such a major conflict of interest should be teaching such a course.

This course polarizes and demeans those who question the safety of vaccines, and the real rate of severe reactions to vaccines is completely glossed over. In fact, severe reactions (like seizures, autoimmune disorders, and brain damage) to vaccines are not even discussed.

Nowhere does this course mention that parents are on their own if the vaccines cause severe harm to their children, and that vaccine manufacturers are completely shielded from liability.

Follow the profits.

Would you trust a course on the benefits of tobacco if it were funded by the tobacco industry, using studies directed by, funded by, and interpreted by that same industry, and taught by a cigarette inventor?

Edited per Mosaic's request
Edited by Taximom5 - 10/26/12 at 5:54pm
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edited to remove sarcasm.


Edited by emma1325 - 10/26/12 at 6:30am
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Taximom and emma, your posts are out of line. Edit them or I will delete them for you. From the S&D Vax guidelines:
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This forum is not a place to argue against selective or delayed vaccination or debate vaccination in general. Such discussions are already hosted in the main Vaccinations forum and posts in that vein are most welcome and appropriate there. Our purpose for this forum is to provide information that is helpful for parents who have made the decision to vaccinate and are not seeking discussion against their decision but rather support and information to help them proceed in the best manner. Please respect this and post at all times with this in mind. Should you have any questions about the appropriateness of your post for this forum feel free to PM the forum moderator.
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Also note the fear-mongering concerning diseases. His vaccine for rotavirus is for a disease spread by feces-contaminated water--hardly an epidemic in developed countries, but the marketing efforts for his vaccine gives statistics from places like Africa, implying that those statistics are relevant in the US, and that US babies need it.
 

 

You know, there are some African mothers on this forum who think the winnings and plights of their continent should count for something.  This bit of nugget from your post is insulting!

 

Also, I posted here to avoid people like you.  

 

I happened on the course while looking for a poetry course on-line.  I thought it would be interesting for some here.  So I posted it.  End of story.  If you are not interested in taking the course, by all means don't.  But don't barge in here and try to lecture.  We have the same research tools as you do, you know?

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Emaye - thanks for sharing the link. I've done some of the course before, and I posted summaries of it on the "Research Forum" on this thread: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1356554/summaries-of-vaccine-course

 

I did find it interested to watch the videos, and in my opinion it was interesting, and Paul Offit came across as a very genuine person spending his time on making this free course available to concerned parents and others. It's an interesting summary of the history of vaccinations, and a chance to hear Paul Offit's views on alternate and delayed schedules. I'm considering signing up again to catch the last few videos I missed due to getting too busy! 

 

I personally think that the groups which present vaccine risks as significant are unfair in their vilification of Paul Offit. Sure he's made some money off of rotavirus vaccine, but that vaccine has also saved lots of lives. And he's dedicated his life to the study of vaccines, so dismissing his opinons on the safety and efficacy of them pro forma (ie. without challenging the science, just saying that because he says it they must be wrong) seems unreasonable to me. 

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here is more insight into dr offit

 

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/paul-offit-threatens-all-vaccine-exemptions-md-responds1?utm_source=www.GreenMedInfo.com&utm_campaign=5181e635c5-Greenmedinfo&utm_medium=email

 

 

 

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Millionaire vaccine inventor and mandatory vaccine advocate Paul Offit recently released a short VIDEO for doctors on medscape. Here is a transcript of the speech.This statement that outlines Offit's personal belief system could be a prelude to the legal removal of all philosophical and religious vaccine exemptions in the United States of America. This is something that Offit has been working toward for years, and the likely end-purpose of his series of books.

Paul Offit believes that exempting your child from vaccination is morally reprehensible. He considers himself an authority on autism, all infectious diseases, morality, history, every religious system, and infant immunology. You may also recognize Dr Offit as the one who says that all vaccines are perfectly safe and infants can tolerate theoretically 10,000 of them at once:

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And more insight into Paul Offit here too: 

 

http://informedparentsofvaccinatedchildren.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/dr-paul-offit/

 

 

 

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Dr Paul Offit gets death threats, hate mail, and gets harrassed at conferences by those opposed to vaccination. They are not satisfied with writing about how they hate him. They show up at his talks and yell at him and interrupt him, to the point where he has to hire security and is so frustrated by them he yells at them. I would tell them to “f* off” if they were making my life a living hell, too.  Dr Offit has saved millions of lives with his vaccine and people still feel the need to belittle, harrass, and hate him. Why? Because they disagree with him. They think he is evil because he made some money off the vaccine. [Admin note: Edited for Profanity]
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And more insight into Paul Offit here too: 

 

http://informedparentsofvaccinatedchildren.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/dr-paul-offit/

 

 

 

Prosciencemum, I take my hat off to you.  Boy, you have the energy!  I wonder how many mothering members are like me -- I feel this board is just not worth it and this was my first time ever posting.  Thank you for trying to hold down the fort :) 

 

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Emaye - thanks. It's probably not good for me, and I have my moments of giving up.

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And more insight into Paul Offit here too: 

http://informedparentsofvaccinatedchildren.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/dr-paul-offit/



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Dr Paul Offit gets death threats, hate mail, and gets harrassed at conferences by those opposed to vaccination. They are not satisfied with writing about how they hate him. They show up at his talks and yell at him and interrupt him, to the point where he has to hire security and is so frustrated by them he yells at them. I would tell them to “f* off” if they were making my life a living hell, too. Dr Offit has saved millions of lives with his vaccine and people still feel the need to belittle, harrass, and hate him. Why? Because they disagree with him. They think he is evil because he made some money off the vaccine.


Prosciencemum, I take my hat off to you, too.

To post a quote that offers nothing but geralized ad hominem attacks on all who criticize Paul Offit, and to call such attacks "insight on Paul Offit?"

That's truly amazing.
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It is perfectly legitimate to offer background details on someone giving a course.

 

I am not overly concern that Offitt made money off vaccines (that is how it works, and he is hardly the only one to profit from vaccines).  I do think the level of nepotism and conflict of interest in his vaccine dealings is too much.  I am concerned with his stance on exemptions - he believes only medical ones should exist. I consider this anti informed consent. Offitt is a hard core pro-vaxxer - he is not someone I would turn to for balanced information in making a decision.  

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Kathy, you make very good points. This is the Selective and Delayed forum, so presumably the posters coming here don't just blindly accept the one-size fits all vaccination program that Paul Offit advocates not to mention his radical stance on mandatory vaccination. Paul Offit is an extremist to say the least and people should be aware of this before enrolling for his vaccine course.

 

#CaveatEmptor

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Kathy, you make very good points. This is the Selective and Delayed forum, so presumably the posters coming here don't just blindly accept the one-size fits all vaccination program that Paul Offit advocates not to mention his radical stance on mandatory vaccination. Paul Offit is an extremist to say the least and people should be aware of this before enrolling for his vaccine course.

#CaveatEmptor

Seems to me that a thread recommending a "course" that recommends following the recommended vaccination schedule without exemption does not belong in the Selective and Delayed Forum at all.
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Seems to me that a thread recommending a "course" that recommends following the recommended vaccination schedule without exemption does not belong in the Selective and Delayed Forum at all.

But "selective and delayed "can legitimately include selecting everything and choosing no delays.

And the course is not only about the schedule, but also about the history and science behind vaccinations, media portrayal of vaccinations and more.
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This goes way back, but before the rotavirus vaccine virtually every child in the us had rotavirus at some point or another. I'll have to look up the actual stat, but it was the overwhelming majority by like age five, I think. It may not e as deadly as places with less supportive care, but it absolutely was a concern in the us.
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I took this course last time it was offered. It doesn't demean anyone. It focuses mostly on the history and science of vaccines. It is informative and fairly neutral, actually.

A lot of the information given above about Paul offit is incorrect. I don't have time to go into detail, but hopefully anyone reading will fact check it themselves.
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This goes way back, but before the rotavirus vaccine virtually every child in the us had rotavirus at some point or another. I'll have to look up the actual stat, but it was the overwhelming majority by like age five, I think. It may not e as deadly as places with less supportive care, but it absolutely was a concern in the us.

 

Actually my daughter had what was most likely rotavirus (in 2007 in the US). We ended up in ER with her needing IV fluids. Not fun - not life threatening because we got her in on time, but something I would have wished to avoid if at all possible. 

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Wouldn't that  be considered following the recommended schedule,  because they selected not to delay anything at all, but follow general vaccine recommendations.  

Originally Posted by prosciencemum View Post


But "selective and delayed "can legitimately include selecting everything and choosing no delays.
And the course is not only about the schedule, but also about the history and science behind vaccinations, media portrayal of vaccinations and more.

Edited by emmy526 - 10/31/12 at 5:34am
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I think you should go back and read the forum description mosaic posted earlier.
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