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February 1st, 2011, 08:06 AM
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He was great! In case you missed it : Paul Offit - The Colbert Report - 1/31/11 - Video Clip | Comedy Central
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February 1st, 2011, 12:13 PM
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My friend in Canada said she couldn't watch the video. So here are some excerpts for you Canadians


Colbert: Why should I vaccinate my kids... they seem perfectly healthy right now .... I feel like a chump because I had my kids immunized against rubella, guess what, they never got rubella, it was a waste of money.
Offit: That's the thing about vaccines, when they work, absolutely nothing happens. But that's a good thing, right?
C: I don't know, you see, because I am entirely motivated by fear .... and, if I don't see something around me to fear, I think, a little outbreak, not a bad idea.

C: Shouldn't we just put sick people together, and build up natural immunities, they way the cavemen did?
O: And that's what we used to do, and every year what would happen, is you'd have thousands of children dying .... fortunately we don't have to do that anymore.
C: You see now this isn't fair, because you're playing the children dying card.

C: What about vaccines give your kid autism? That's out there.
O: That question has been asked, and fortunately answered, you have now many many studies showing that vaccines clearly don't cause autism ....
C: How do you know that that's not the case, I mean, there was this guy in England who said that's the case.
O: If you wanted to know whether or not a vaccine caused autism, you look at hundreds of thousands of children who did or didn't get that vaccine...
C: That's what this guy did...
O: No, he didn't do that at all, he just looked at 8 children in a case series .... it was never a study to begin with. Studies have shown that vaccines don't cause autism - that was never a study.

C: You get a 2 year old here .... you're talking about a kid who can't handle an unpeeled grape.... and you're giving them 14, 20 innoculations, how can they handle that, you're like carpet-bombing them.
O: That immunlogical challenge is a drop in the ocean of what kids encounter and manage every day! .... You have trillions of bacteria living on the surface of your body .... You're constantly making an immune response.
C: I choose to think that that is not the case, 'cause I couldn't go on living.
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February 1st, 2011, 05:45 PM
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I'm not much of an Offit fan, but he definitely held his own!
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February 1st, 2011, 09:47 PM
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I am always amazed by the Colbert Report guests - I would be either laughing too hard to do the interview, or telling him to shut up and let me talk
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