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"There Is No Proof that Cigarettes Cause Cancer"

03/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Jay Gordon, MD Nationally renowned pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA Medical School

It took fifty years before the courts finally acknowledged that cigarette smoking causes cancer.

There were billions of dollars at stake.

The dozens of court decisions that there "was no proof" were supported by physicians, expert witnesses of all types and hundreds of millions of dollars spent on attorneys.

Experts and doctors alike stated over and over again that we need not continue studying this issue because there was just no proof.

Let me state very simply, vaccines can cause autism.

No real scientist would encourage us to stop studying this possibility.

The proof is not there yet. It will be found. Let's hope it doesn't take another fifty years and hundreds of court cases to convince the government and the public. Private industry is once again duping the FDA, doctors and the public. The conflicts of interest are obscene and illegal.

The diseases against which we vaccinate are still dangerous and still present in other countries and in America but simple risk/benefit analysis would show that the risks from the way vaccines are manufactured and administered far outweighs the risks of harm from these relatively rare illnesses.

If Dr Offit had been a witness back then, might he have suggested that people could smoke 10,000 cigarettes?

Children's lives are at risk and we can't allow this whitewash.

JNG MD