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Dr. Gordon retracts libelous statements

April 24th, 2009 · 9 Comments · Kudos

Kudos to Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, for retracting all but one of the baseless charges he made in Monday’s Huffington Post column. We understand his need to save face with the base. But there’s still work to do if Gordon is serious about reforming extremist anti-vaccine rhetoric, and this is a nice start.

Gordon, who has advised Jenny McCarthy on matters medical and scientific, is well positioned to become a change agent in the autism wars.  As a physician he swore to “never do harm to anyone”,  and what better place to start than debunking some of the destructive myths at the heart of the anti-vaccine movement. A few that come to mind are:

There is no anti-freeze, ether, or aborted fetal tissue in vaccines, and formaldehyde is a natural by-product of single carbon metabolism. “Green vaccines” is a deceptive marketing pitch with no practical application in the physical world.

The evidence for an autism epidemic is paper thin, and most of today’s children with ASDs would have received a different diagnosis, or no label at all, prior to 1989.

The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks of serious adverse reactions, which are rare.

The scientific method is the best way that we have to separate nonsense from fact. And though imperfectly applied, it is far more reliable than talk show wisdom or diagnosis by celebrity.




9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jypsy // Apr 24, 2009 at 8:48 am

    “Kudos to Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, for retracting the baseless charges he made in Monday’s Huffington Post column. “

    So this:
    “And a serious ethical and legal breach.”

    isn’t baseless?

  • 2 autblog // Apr 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Thanks, jypsy, I should have looked more closely. I’ve edited the post to take the remaining libel into account.

  • 3 Crusty Dem // Apr 26, 2009 at 9:57 am

    As a neuroscientist and former autism researcher, I always wondered who the twit was who was filling McCarthy and Carrey’s heads with baseless nonsense. It’s good to put a name and a face to the lies and fear mongering coming out of their mouths.

    I should add that the vaccine-autism myth, based entirely on a single fraudulent (literally) and irreproducible epidemiological study, has had damage extending well beyond the field of vaccines. Neuroscientists have spent years and millions of precious research dollars attempting to create a mouse model of autism based on immune response/metal poisoning as would be expected if the disease were caused by vaccines. This wasted time and money is just another casualty of the vaccine-autism tricksters..

  • 4 Chris // Apr 27, 2009 at 8:25 am

    To make it even worse, the foolish man was up late at night (actually the wee hours of Monday morning) and posted the following on Orac’s blog:

    In it he claims an eight month old child lost language! How can a pediatrician not know the basics of child development?

  • 5 Liz Ditz // Apr 28, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Posted: Is there Something Amiss With Jay Gordon?

  • 6 Smarterthantheaveragebear // May 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Why don’t you people get a clue? Jenny McCarthy and countless other parents have had her same experience. We are not saying stop all shots altogether!!!!! Don’t you think when a certain number of people are complaining about serious and debilitating PERMANENT effects of receiving in excess of 33 shots that there just may be something to that? You bunch of fools! It’s all based on money and that is why we now have our kids receiving a completely excessive amount of innoculations and too many combined together in one shot! We are the only country to give this many shots! Gee, we didn’t used to need 5 boosters of every vaccine, but suddenly now we all need more and more and more. This is all based on the pharmaceutical companies profits absolutely! When they come out with the new one for the”swine flu” you all can be first in line and let me know how that comes out for you and your immune system. Me, I will wait to get a shot when its actually truly needed. Not just so people can line their pockets with all the extra added crap they’re marketing. If you haven’t looked at the ingredient list on what they’re injecting you with, then you have no business talking about our vaccination program. You are uninformed and obviously a blind believer in what people tell you. Good Luck with you health!

  • 7 Chris // May 22, 2009 at 8:30 am


    We are the only country to give this many shots!

    Do you have any real data to support your claims?

    Other countries (like Japan) have vaccines for TB and Japanese Encephalitis along with the DTaP and an MR (measles, rubella), though not for mumps (except that a study from Japan has pointed out that deafness for mumps is at about the one in a thousand range, something they could discover with mumps being endemic again).

    Also, you say:

    This is all based on the pharmaceutical companies profits absolutely!

    As noted above, Japan is now experiencing many more children going deaf. But that aside, do pharmaceuticals get more money from selling vaccines (and there are fewer and fewer manufacturers) or by providing medications and supplies for hospitals when for kids who end up in the hospital with pertussis, measles, and Hib?

    Here is a paper that might help you answer that question: Economic Evaluation of the 7-Vaccine Routine Childhood Immunization Schedule in the United States

  • 8 murmur55 // Oct 8, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Autism rates back MMR jab safety …rates in adults same as rates in kids: no #vaccine relationship #hcr

  • 9 Trisman // Dec 19, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I agree, it has nothing to due with being smart or stpuid and you are correct that no vaccine is 100%? effective. However, I do not know of any true medical doctors who have declined vaccines for their child; and I know a lot of doctors.The problem with letting others do what feels right for them is that it affects the most vulnerable infants in our population; and places all of society at risk of disease.

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