Richard Deth – gambling man

27 Apr

Maybe you don’t know, or have forgotten who Richard Deth (pronounced to rhyme with ‘teeth’) is.

He is:

Richard Deth, Ph.D., is a neuropharmacologist, a professor of pharmacology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and is on the scientific advisory board of the National Autism Association. Deth has published scientific studies on the role of D4 dopamine receptors in psychiatric disorders, as well as the book, Molecular Origins of Human Attention: The Dopamine-Folate Connection. He has also become a prominent voice in the controversies in autism and vaccine controversy, due to his theory that certain children are more at risk than others because they lack the normal ability to excrete neurotoxic metals.

Deth became ‘hot property’ in the anti-vaccine autism groups after publishing a paper (with which there were numerous issues – see Bart Cubbins excellent video for details) that was funded by one of those anti-vaccine groups – Safe Minds. Interestingly, during an exchange with Kathleen documented at neurodiversity.com, it also came to light that Richard Deth was registered as a paid expert witness in the vaccine litigation omnibus proceedings. Professor Deth said:

“I thank you for alerting me to the fact that my name was included on that expert witness list. It was done so without my knowledge or permission. It might be related to a phone call from that law office that was logged to my office while I was away on vacation in February. I never returned the call.”

To which Kathleen replied replied:

“It was quite an oversight for the attorneys to fail to confirm your willingness to serve in that role prior to naming you as a plaintiffs’ expert in the Petitioners’ Initial Disclosure of Experts, and filing that document with the Court of Federal Claims. However, their certainty is understandable, given your indication during our brief telephone conversation that the lawyer with whom you discussed the matter was “Andy” Waters, lead attorney in the thimerosal cases.”

Deth didn’t comment any further. As many have discovered, if you want to go head to head with Kathleen you better make sure your i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed.

One of the statements Deth made during their exchange stood out to me at the time.

…I would like to make a virtual wager that within the next 18-24 months scientific evidence will make the thimerosal-autism link a near certainty. If you are willing, I’ll let you name the stakes.

Deth sent his email on March 22 2006. Luckily for him, Kathleen took pity on him and declined his rather gauche offer.

So what does this mean? What does it prove?

Why, nothing. Nothing at all. I just wanted LB/RB readers to be perfectly clear that a strong _belief_ in a scenario doesn’t make one right. In fact, when we look at all the recent evidence for the various beliefs of the various anti-vaccine/autism groups – from the prediction that the Omnibus Autism cases would be a walkover for them, to David Kirby’s certainty that thiomersal causation would be vindicated by CDDS data in 2005, then 2007, to this example of ego from Richard Deth what we see is a clear picture of a set of people who are consistently and unerringly wrong. This is because they simply cannot see the science right in front of them. Even such an august figure as Richard Deth, Ph. D.

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13 Responses to “Richard Deth – gambling man”

  1. Sullivan April 27, 2009 at 23:12 #

    I’m a bit confused as to why he was denying his involvement with the Autism Omnibus.

    He ended up in fact being an expert witness for the PSC

    http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/autism/8%2028%2007%20pt3.pdf

  2. Joseph April 27, 2009 at 23:44 #

    I’m a bit confused as to why he was denying his involvement with the Autism Omnibus.

    Are you sure you’re confused, Sullivan? Anti-vaxers are not known for the intellectual integrity.

    • Lowell July 11, 2012 at 17:45 #

      My guess is that the integrity of the statement above, quote. [This is because they simply cannot see the science right in front of them. Even such an august figure as Richard Deth, Ph. D.] unquote, lacks some major intellectual integrity. Why? Because there is no such science as to vaccine safety and effectiveness. Corrupt and predetermined outcome epidemiological studies, funded by the CDC, that is NOT science! Do you want me to show you the real and unbiased science, as to the harm of vaccines? Seems to me you are unaware of some information you obviously missed?

      Curr Med Chem. 2011;18(17):2630-7.
      Aluminum vaccine adjuvants: are they safe?
      Tomljenovic L, Shaw CA.

      Source:Neural Dynamics Research Group, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1L8, Canada.

      Abstract
      Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. There is also a concerning scarcity of data on toxicology and pharmacokinetics of these compounds. In spite of this, the notion that aluminum in vaccines is safe appears to be widely accepted. Experimental research, however, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences. In our opinion, the possibility that vaccine benefits may have been overrated and the risk of potential adverse effects underestimated, has not been rigorously evaluated in the medical and scientific community. We hope that the present paper will provide a framework for a much needed and long overdue assessment of this highly contentious medical issue.
      PMID: 21568886 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

      Abstract:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21568886

      Full study:

      http://vaccinexchange.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/tomljenovic_shaw-cmc-published2.pdf

      Lack Of Aluminum Adjuvant Safety Data

      http://www.vacfacts.info/aluminum-vaccine-adjuvant-fa/

      CDC REFUSES TO STUDY VACCINE INDUCED ENCEPHALOPATHY

      http://www.vacfacts.info/cdc-refuse-to-study-vaccine-in/

      Facts About Vaccine Aluminum Adjuvants, (and more studies)

      http://www.vacfacts.info/facts-about-vaccine-aluminum-a/

      Vaccine Contamination

      http://www.vacfacts.info/vaccine-contamination/

      Scientific proof that the known cancer causing SV40 virus, a previous contaminant in the polio vaccine, is obviously either contagious; or the virus is still in the vaccines.

      http://www.vacfacts.info/scientific-proof-that-sv40-i/

  3. McD November 12, 2011 at 09:58 #

    Yet another reason I think LBRB rules. Absolutely no respect for argument from authority. Whatsoever. Keep it up.

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