Advancing Voluntary, Informed Consent to Medical Intervention
Jacob Puliyel, MD, MRCP
Jacob Puliyel, MD, MRCP, M Phil, heads pediatrics at St. Stephens Hospital Delhi, India and member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) of the Government of India. Dr. Puliyel received his medical degree from the University of Jabalpur, his postgraduate certificate in Pediatrics from the Royal Colleges of Physicians in the UK. Dr. Puliyel received the Sir James Flett Gold Medal of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics for outstanding research in drug abuse among adolescents; and was the Invited Guest Lecturer at the St. Georges Medical School where he delivered a lecture on “Evidence-Based Medicine & Health Economics.” Dr. Puliyel served on the Doctoral Committee of the National Institute of Immunology
Dr. Puliyel leads a group of concerned pediatricians and health care activists, including Public Health teachers and officials who challenge ill-conceived national vaccine policies promoted by the powerful vaccine industry and its dependent stakeholders in government, academia, and so-called nonprofits. The principal promoters in poor underdeveloped countries are: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, its off-shoot, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the World Health Organization – all of who have deep financial ties to vaccine manufacturers. GAVI offers “subsidies” to entice governments in underdeveloped countries to include vaccines of questionable health benefit. Once these vaccines are added to the country’s national immunization program, GAVI withdraws the “subsidies” putting the entire cost burden on poor countries. This “bait and switch” marketing strategy has been developed by vaccine stakeholders masquerading as “Advocates.”
Dr. Puliyel is an ardent seeker for the truth in medicine and the medical literature. He is in the forefront challenging the powerful vaccine lobby with evidence negating their false claims about benefits of vaccines, whose value for Asian populations he questions. “For a vaccine to be introduced into the national immunization programme, it must reduce disease burden sufficiently to justify its costs. Unfortunately Hib (influenza) does not fit that bill…”
Dr. Puliyel challenges those who tout “evidence-based medicine” but fail to incorporate empirical evidence, clinical experience, and patient values with the best available research information. He has challenged the integrity of reviews that are shown to be seriously tainted by financial conflicts of interests. He has criticized the Cochrane Collaboration for their faulty conclusion that infants treated with surfactant benefited. “How many parents would consider survival for 30 days a crucial end point if their baby did not survive to go home? It seems that evidence based medicine reports are not averse to a bit of spin.”
Dr. Puliyel has published more than 90 peer-reviewed major medical journals including: British Medical Journal, Lancet, American Journal of Perinatology, Pharmacoeconomics, Paediatrics, and Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Research.
Correlation between Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis Rates with Pulse Polio Frequency in India, International Journal of Environmental Research in Public Health 2018