Monday, June 21, 2010

Gorski under Attack

I received the following message from Liz Ditz. I read the AoA article this morning and thought there might be trouble when someone listed emails and addresses from Dr. Gorski's boss and board members. Please send a message of support to Dr. Gorski's Board of Directors to counteract the smear campaign from AoA.

From: Liz Ditz
To: Storkdok
Subject: Gorski under attack
Date: Mon, Jun 21, 2010 2:44 pm
I had an email conversation with Gorski this morning. This is not fun for him as the AoA minions have emailed the entire list below with criticism of Gorski and alleged COIs.

Gorski said it wouldn't hurt if people who support and admire his work would send emails of support. It's better if the email of support only references the SBM article.

This is the science-based medicine article

The age of autism article

http://www.ageofautism/ DOT com/2010/06/david-gorskis-

The contact info that age of autism commenter "make autism stop" published

http://www.ageofautism/ DOT com/2010/06/david-gorskis-financial-pharma-ties-what-he-didnt-tell-you.html?cid=6a00d8357f3f2969e2013484b00ab0970c#comment-6a00d8357f3f2969e2013484b00ab0970c

Wayne State University Board of Directors:
(313) 577-2034

Mailing Address:
656 West Kirby
Room 4231 FAB
Detroit, MI 48202

Board Members:

Tina Lynn Abbott
Richard Howard Bernstein
Eugene Driker
Diane Lynne Dunaskiss
Deborah I. Dingell
Paul E. Massaron
"Gary S. Pollard"
Annetta Thelma Miller and 313-577-2034

Wayne State Office of the Secretary:
Julie H. Miller, Secretary to the Board of Governors and Secretary of the University
Teresa M. Boczar, Executive Secretary and
Debra L. Harris, Lead Secretary

kim's comment (an AoA minion, edited email by me)

http://www.ageofautism/ DOT com/2010/06/david-gorskis-financial-pharma-ties-what-he-didnt-tell-you.html?cid=6a00d8357f3f2969e20133f188083f970b#comment-6a00d8357f3f2969e20133f188083f970b

Use sos's links to email the board of the school ASAP. from their website:
The Wayne State University Board of Governors and 2 of its standing committees will meet on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 in Rooms BC at McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 495 W. Ferry Mall, Detroit, Michigan 48202. The Standing Committees will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the Board meeting at 3:00 p.m.

Liz Ditz

check my personal blog:
check my blog on academic remediation:
editor, The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism


Here is my message to the Board of Directors:

Subject: Dr. David Gorski
Date: Mon, Jun 21, 2010 4:59 pm

To the Board of Directors at Wayne State University:

I wanted to write in support of Dr. Gorski and the research he is undertaking. In a recent blog he described the research he is doing with Riluzole and breast cancer. He described the history of Riluzole and it's use in ALS, how it was developed and then
Drs. Goydos and Chen discovered that it inhibited melanoma, continued research with melanoma and now have evidence of it's potential beneficial use for metastatic melanoma patients. He described how this medication could potentially be beneficial in the treatment of breast cancer.

Dr. Gorski has the ability to explain very difficult scientific and biologic concepts in ways that a layman (and even an OB/GYN!) can understand. He also is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in science and in turn, science-based medicine, and has been very educational, as well as entertaining, on his blog. I have been following Dr. Gorski's blogging for a few years now, and have appreciated his skepticism and ability to verbalize what is pseudoscience, or quackery, and how to recognize it and effectively counteract it. As the mother of a child with autism, I discovered a whole world of non-evidence based pseudoscientific practices that are being used on children with autism. As a physician, I have appreciated his clear analysis of the specifics of autism quackery.

I am saddened that today I have learned that there is an attempt by the adherents of autism quackery to smear Dr. Gorski with supposed "Conflict of Interest" with a pharmaceutical company. Unfortunately, these are the same people who have attempted to smear, and have actually threatened, Dr. Paul Offit and other physicians and scientists who support science-based medicine and speak out about vaccinations not causing autism.

Because of this, I wanted to let you know I lend my support to Dr. Gorski and his research, medical practice, and blogging endeavors, and am very thankful for his efforts to educate and promote science-based practices.

Thank you for your time.

Yours Sincerely,
Storkdok, M.D.


KWombles said...

Linked to your post over at Countering.

Will add the email addresses to the post as well.

kathleen said...

Well holy crap...Did you know that years ago, when I was an actor-I did an infomercial for phizer? Does that make me a pharma whore? Thanks for posting this-I hope the studying is going well..:)

wldflr said...

i just wrote a letter of support as well. i hate having to do this. these people need to stop bullying.

part of me is afraid that they will come after me professionally eventually, too. i don't blog but once in a while i comment, and i post articles on FB.

i love working with children with autism but i hate this kind of BS. it actually scares bright young therapists away from the field. PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO HELP.

storkdok said...


I am afraid, too, for my family, as well. I've heard so many stories first hand from individuals who have been targeted by these people. They are unethical, bordering on psychopathy. Kind of like the extremists in the anti-abortion movement, I wouldn't be surprised to hear one day that one of them killed someone over the whole vaccination scenario.

Which is why I am writing. Thank you for writing, it has got to stop.

Funny thing is, one ardent antivaxxer seemed shocked when I told her the reason I use a pseudonym is for this very reason. She seemed shocked when it affected someone she knew in real life. I know she reads AoA religously.

Club 166 said...

Just saw this whole bru-ha-ha. Send in the idiots.

There is definitely a reason I blog anonymously.

Will have to go and send letter of support now.



Squillo said...

I sent a letter of support as well. It's interesting that the anti-vaxers seem to think that the only possible reason anyone could want to speak out in favor of vaccination is monetary.

Even I have been accused of being a pharma shill. All I have to say is, if BigPharma has to reach as low as me and my piddly blog to shill for them, they're not nearly as devious as the anti-vaxxers give them credit for.

EdR77203 said...

I am in the agnostic camp. I do not know if there is a link between autism and vaccines. I am waiting for a study that compares the autism rate in the general population with the autism rate in the unvaccinated population. It is a logical step in determining if there is or is not a connection and it has never been done.

Suggesting that this fundamental research be done has resulted in:

1. It is too hard
2. It would be immoral (This one really surprised me)
3. Mockery
4. Belittlement
5. Curses (I am not sure what kind of whore I am)
6. It will never be funded (This one I believe, though I cannot figure why it should not be funded.)

Ad hominem attacks are shot at all sides. It may make one's argument sound better, but it does not advance the science.