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Wednesday, May 11, 2011



Hey that's Sullivan's buddy Mike Wazowski! Hmm, is JB Handley now using this website to attack Paul Offit and Matt Carey at the same time? He said he wasn't going to attack Matt, but that's JB for you.

Maureen Chuck

What does he mean by "voted himself rich". I'm in Australia, so I may be missing parts of the story


It means "abstained from voting whenever the vote concerned anything he had a financial stake in" in JB's quaint dialect.


Especially when it takes very little effort to find the truth. That Dr. Offit was not on the ACIP when RotaTeq was voted in can be verified just by looking at the records. A quick search on the CDC website for ACIP documents finds a 2005 draft version of ACIP minutes where Dr. Offit is a presenter, and not a committee member. RotaTeq was approved in 2006, Dr. Offit was no longer an ACIP member.

Actually the ACIP minutes where RotaTeq were voted in are also online, the Feb. 2006 ACIP meeting. The rotavirus discussion starts on page 34, with a vote several pages later, I cannot find Offit’s name.

Liz Ditz

Maureen, thanks for the comment:
The "big lie" is that Paul Offit was an active, voting member of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) when his vaccine was approved in 2006.

The facts

1. Paul Offit MD served on the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) from 1998 to 2003. During his tenure, ACIP approved a previous rotavirus vaccine, Rotashield, for which he voted.
2. After-market safety surveillance of Rotashield found that it had a side-effect so rare that could not have been reliably detected in pre-market trials, and ACIP voted to suspend distribution of Rotashield
3. Dr. Offit recused himself from that vote.
4. Dr. Offit finished his service at ACIP in 2003.
4. Dr. Offit was no longer serving at ACIP when RotaTeq was approved in 2006

As Chris wrote

A quick search on the CDC website for ACIP documents finds a 2005 draft version of ACIP minutes where Dr. Offit is a presenter, and not a committee member. RotaTeq was approved in 2006, Dr. Offit was no longer an ACIP member.

Liz Ditz

Anne, thanks for the heads-up that "P. Wazowski" might be a fictitious name (obviously, I'm not that up on the cast of Monsters Inc., other than Sullivan).

Hmmn, J.B. Handley has previously sneered at those who post using pseudonyms. Is this his own back-handed work, or is there indeed an autism parent


Nice work, Liz. Mine's up at Countering.


Perhaps someone should inform Pixar that Mr. Handley is using their trademarked and copyrighted characters to spread lies about a notable medical researcher.

Todd W.

And my post is up at Harpocrates Speaks.

Todd W.

Looks like the Vaccine Times has also written about it. The Epi Times also has a short piece.

Matt Carey

This is all rather sad, really. I hate to have been proven right on this.

For whatever it's worth, I'm at IMFAR this week. Not really keeping up on these events. Gotta say, neither is anyone else at IMFAR. I just reposted a piece I put up last month (when the abstracts were mistakenly made public pre embargo). It's about a vaccine oriented study. Kev noted another one in a blog post. But there isn't any real discussion of vaccines here.

It's nice to walk up to researchers and have them say, "I read your blog", though.

I had a great time on Wednesday with an amazing group of people. Stephen Shore, John Robinson, Alex Plank, Steve Silberman, Shannon Rosa. Also, Alex's team covering the event, AJ and Noah (sorry I don't have their last names). It gives me great hope. We agree more than we disagree. And when we disagree, we stay respectful.

Whoever owns the site, they should consider the tag line and where they put it on the page. Apparently, M. Wakawoski thinks that Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted are either (a) not telling the truth or (b) not journalists or (c) both. Just my read ;)

For whatever it is worth, on April 29th, I sent an email to Mr. Handley:

Mr. Handley,

A few people have forwarded your piece to me today. I appreciate what you have said and I have offered a public apology on LeftBrainRightBrain for questioning your integrity in honoring your commitments.

As far as the domain, you can transfer that directly to the Offits. I believe you have his contact information. If not, it can be found on his website:

Matt Carey

He replied that he "would take care of it".

I frankly don't care what doublespeak he has to explain why he didn't (or how in his mind he did).

JB Handley

Sent to Todd W's blog:


Dr. Offit is lying, as usual. On may 3rd, Dr. Offit received an email from offering the transfer of the site to him. After 72 hours, Dr. Offit had not claimed it and the site was available to anyone to register. The email where the transfer was sent was provided to me by Matt Carey, who directed me here to find it:

I even sent Mr. Carey a note on May 6th advising him of that and offering to interview him for AoA, in the spirit of closing the gap between us, to which he has never responded, here's the contents of that email:

Just an fyi that was unlocked and an email sent to Dr. Offit making it available to him was sent Tuesday afternoon this week. Case closed. The offer stands for an interview to be posted at AoA, thanks, JB

Someone is lying to you, JB Handley


Perhaps you'd be willing to re-email Dr. Offit with details, and really hand it over.


What happened to "in the world I live in, a deal's a deal" JB?

"I will make sure that the website is given to you and your husband for good."

> Someone is lying to you

But who?

>, JB Handley

Oh. Him.


I wonder what Mr. Handley would do with an employee who handled a transfer as haphazardly as this? I doubt that he'd be as magnanimous with them as he's being with himself.



Translation of J.B. Handley's statement:

I, J. B. Handley, promised to put U. S. bearer bonds directly into the hands of Bonnie Offit and her husband.

Here's what I actually did:

1. I put the bearer bonds in an open, unsecured location.
2. I did not communicate directly with Dr. Offit on my letterhead, in a conversation, or any other way in which Dr. Offit and I would have a two-way conversation.
3. I instructed a third, corporate party to leave a note in Paul Offit's business inbox as to the location of the bonds. The note was NOT on my personal letterhead, but on the generic letterhead of the third party. It's kind of like getting a personal message on a coupon from McDonald's.
4. I told other people about the location of the bonds, and indicated if Offit hadn't retrieved the bonds after 72 hours, anybody else was free to pick them up.

See? I fulfilled my promise. It's not my fault that Dr. Offit didn't read the message printed on the McDonald's coupon from the third, corporate party. He should have known it was from me. He should have known to get right to the unsecured location.

Richids A. Coulter

edited to remove personal information that "Richids A. Coulter -- a fake name, not even a pseudonym -- had no business posting. Mr. Coulter also supplied a bogus email address.

Shame on you, Mr. Coulter, for lying about the date the website was registered to Dr. B. Offit, and shame on you for futher propagating private information

Registered to Bonnie Offit on May 4th, 2011


Bonnie Offit
[redacted address, phone, email]

Who is lying, that's the real question.

Mr. Coulter, somebody at Age of Autism -- somebody named Steve who posted a comment that's been removed, but I have a screenshot-- lied to you about the registration date.


Perhaps it would help if you did not edit the information. From my whois search I get:
ICANN Registrar:

And from another whois site:
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Name Server: DNS073.B.REGISTER.COM
Name Server: DNS211.A.REGISTER.COM
Name Server: DNS233.C.REGISTER.COM
Name Server: DNS249.D.REGISTER.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 15-may-2011
Creation Date: 14-apr-2006
Expiration Date: 14-apr-2012

>>> Last update of whois database: Mon, 16 May 2011 11:55:34 UTC <<<

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