Dr. David Gorski, Pharma Troll, Comes Out From Under the Bridge

By James Grundvig, Investigative Reporter and Vaxxter contributor

Why would a well-paid cancer surgeon and researcher breach medical ethics and professional conduct on a weekly basis by skimming the internet to formulate social media attacks against scientific researchers, fellow physicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children?

Why go there?

And what is the Detroit metro area Dr. David Gorski’s connection to vaccines, anyway?

The last question, at least on the surface, is initially hard to decipher since all of his 36 co-authored papers listed on PubMed, dating back to 2003, show that not a single study involves vaccines or vaccination. Not one. Before answering these questions and rebutting Gorski’s recent smear of Dr. Sherri Tenpenny and this author, the background and profile on Dr. David Gorski is required.

Dr. Gorski as ‘Orac’

Gorski, you see, spends most of his evenings and weekends hiding behind the online persona of ‘Orac.’ That allows him to lob ad-hominem attacks on physicians, scientists, activists, and parents-turned-researchers who investigate vaccines and search for solutions to the health crisis occurring in their children.

The Orac website “respectful insolence” houses the main Molotov cocktails for his blog posts. Of note, there’s nothing respectful nor professional about the sophomoric site. For years, he hid behind the ‘Orac’ avatar since he didn’t want his cancer career to be impacted by his hate speech. As Orac, he hurled invectives at other professionals like an unhinged teenager.

But wait. There’s more.

Dr. Gorski also runs another, more moderate website that also attacks “anti-vaxxers,” called Science-Based Medicine. That site, in which he is the self-appointed managing editor, enables him to attack the anti-vax movement in a seemingly more lofty and professional manner.

By operating the two polar opposite personality websites, the medical professional know-it-all and the sinister, juvenile Orac, he can vacillate between bogus professionalism and feigned martyrdom while really being just a gutless, humorless pharma troll posting to entertain his “followers.”

By attacking any professional or parent who dares questions vaccine safety and efficacy, Gorski shows an apparently insatiable desire to expand his hate list. He wants to add more names of people he doesn’t agree with, more names to attack, and more names to sully. For what purpose? The Internet in the United States is a two-way street. He’s free to attack those he disagrees with or doesn’t like.

And they are free to slam him back.

Gorski/Orac is such an unusual two-way street, however, that at least one secret admirer of the Wayne State University cancer professor set up a website in his own name: DavidGorski.News. How many medical professionals have earned that bottom-feeder distinction? Nothing on the site is becoming of a medical researcher.

Orac takes the fight with his enemies a step further. Gorski lists all of the articles where his name and reputation were smoked and dragged through the mud by publishing three full pages on claims of slander, libel, and defamation against him but doesn’t give a second thought to the slander, libel, and defamation he inflicts on others. Pathetic.

But there are interesting questions. Why would a ‘prestigious’ physician publish such a blistering hit list against his own name and reputation, rather than taking direct action against his attackers? Why not hire a lawyer? Why not sue for character assassination? Why didn’t Gorski take his attackers to court, remove all of the derogatory information, and win for damages?

Could it be that the way current libel and slander law is written, it requires claims to document that personal earnings were damaged by the defamation? Or perhaps he realized that in an actual lawsuit, he would be aggressively deposed by the defendants? Being put under oath and having economic records exposed through deposition may be one of many reasons Gorski has taken no legal action.

If David Gorski, MD, Ph.D., was such a good cancer surgeon and scientific researcher, why does he waste his time defending Big Pharma’s vaccines?

Well, there could be two reasons.

  • One, Gorski could be doing it for money: Trolls can be paid by the vaccine manufacturers either directly, or indirectly through pharma-controlled grant money or a CDC-type foundation.
  • Second, Gorski simply doesn’t like human beings, especially those who think for themselves. Maybe he had a tough childhood and has no adult friends, which could explain why he devotes much of his free time to attacking people he’s never met.

Why would Dr. Gorski of Wayne State University and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center risk his professional reputation and that of the university and cancer research institute he works for with his nasty form of activism? It’s not like he runs his own practice and can afford to be reckless. Could his dumb risks drag Wayne State University and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, which is owned by McLaren Health Care, into the toxic swamp online media with him?

Wayne State University’s message from Chairman Donald W. Weaver reads, in part:

The Department has a long and rich history of clinical excellence, educational innovation, and novel research The Department faculty is a mix of senior surgeons, accomplished, experienced surgeons and young, well-trained surgical specialists eager to contribute their skills to teaching the craft of surgery.”

In the case of Dr. David ‘Orac’ Gorski, there appears to be little “clinical excellence” or “educational innovation” or “novel research” on display, by the doctor who spends his time producing personal attacks, making a bad name for himself and the institutions that give him a paycheck.

Despite disclosing conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry on his quasi-serious website, Gorski apparently feels like he’s keeping some sort of   “dark secret” that defines who he really is. It won’t be long until the whole world sees what he thinks is hidden away in a tightly sealed padlocked box.

Gorski’s Measles Argument Falls Flat

In one of Gorski’s arguments, he gaslights an old tactic of falsely labeling people without supporting an argument or dissecting what they wrote. He bypasses the links that Tenpenny provided to the timeline of events in Samoa. He ignored, but doesn’t refute, the links used to the WHO, CDC, and environmental researchers in my article on the overhyped measles outbreaks in the Congo and Samoa.

The following poison paragraph, Gorski truly shows his pharma troll bias, incompetence, and denialism on the subject of the media’s inflated 5,000 measles deaths being solely on the infection:

“That’s nice. There are authors who fervently believe that the world is flat, that the Holocaust is a hoax, that evolution doesn’t happen, and that ghosts exist. That doesn’t mean Mr. Grundig’s opinion that thousands of cases of reaction to acetaminophen are being misdiagnosed as measles should be taken any more seriously than that of a flat earther on the shape of the planet. Hilarious in his scientific ignorance, Grundig even tries to weaponize the recent finding.”

In response to Gorski’s false claims (bold above), scientists from The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge published a 2017 study on acetaminophen.

The author of the book, “The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism,” James Lyons-Weiler, Ph.D. emailed me with the line based on Gorski’s drivel:

“[Apparently] Denialists (aka Gorski) need to be spoon-fed literature on the risks of acetaminophen following MMR.”

So, let’s make David Gorski, the coward who hides behind the Orac avatar, an open invitation to debate Dr. Sherri Tenpenny in Detroit, Michigan, his home turf, with author with investigative journalist James Grundvig moderating the debate. Other well-known pharma trolls, Drs. Paul Offit and Peter Hotez, won’t debate the science on how unsafe and defective vaccines are. Recall they have turned down numerous requests and challenges. Years on, both Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Lyons-Weiler, PhD, are still waiting with open invitations to debate the pro-vaccine trolls on the science.

We are quite sure that Gorski, Hotez and Offit will all wait until “hell freezes over” before stepping into the ring with the likes of RFK Jr., James Lyons-Weiler, Sherri Tenpenny or similar colleagues.

The fun thing about calling out the trolls is that it gets the creative juices flowing. I’m working on a new book, a sequel to my book Master Manipulator. The new book is Master Manipulators: The Rise of the Pharma Cartel and Its Trolls. The title speaks for itself.

Gorski has now carved out an entire chapter all for himself. The investigation into a cancer “doctor” who elevates his self-serving status by targeting self-described enemies has just begun.


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James Grundvig has written and published as a freelance journalist and columnist, covering subjects from autism, its cause and treatments, clean technology, green energy, and the BP Oil Spill, to business and Wall Street, and completed investigative reports on a wide range of topics since 2005. He is the founder of the cloud-based software startup in 2011 to integrate supply chain logistics in the Construction IT space. He has 25 years of consulting engineering and construction management experience on projects of scale and complexity in the New York City area. He is the author of Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement and the Government Betrayal at the CDC.

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