Last week, Dr. Mehmet Oz interviewed Dr. Paul Offit on his XM radio show. Offit is the most outspoken MD in the U.S. on alleged vaccine safety.
Dr. Oz was able to speak to Offit in his own language, and disarm him quite a bit I thought. He got a lot of good questions in, and Offit had his canned answers at the ready, but it didn't get heated, and both men seemed to respect each other.
Dr. Oz's wife Lisa is usually there for the show, and though she was not part of the interview, she made her opinions known during the "post-op," which they have after every show. These are the points she made:
-The idea of "trust me I'm a doctor" is the height of arrogance.
-There is no transparency in the vaccine industry, and Offit has a big financial interest in vaccines (he's made millions and millions off of them).
-The idea that parents who say their child had an adverse reaction to a vaccine in reality just didn't recognize their child was always autistic is INSULTING.
-Parents are smart enough to make informed decisions regarding which vaccines are appropriate for their children.
-The Oz children are all vaccinated (though according to her remarks on a previous show, it didn't happen according to the AMA schedule, and they don't get flu shots).
I really hesitated to write this, and I'm turning my comments off for this post. I don't want to start a heated political autism battle here. What I do want to say is this,
If you are a parent concerned about vaccines, do your homework. If you decide to vaccinate, do it on your terms. Don't be bullied by arrogant doctors. Do it if you are 100% committed. Do it on your schedule. If you have doubt, do more research until your doubt is settled. If you decide not to vaccinate now, you can always do it a little later. Understand what is in each vaccine. Look at the ingredients. Investigate the true need for booster shots, flu shots. Own your parental authority.
1 in 150 kids in the U.S. has autism today.
1 in 84 boys.
I think it's worth noting the wife of "America's doctor" has questions.