Age of Autism has confirmed the veracity of this text message from #CDCwhistleblower Dr. William Thompson to Dr. Andrew J. Wakefield.
AJW: "Is the press release real?"
AJW: Thank you. This was the right and honorable thing to do. Andy.
WT: I agree. I apologize again for the price you paid for my dishonesty.
AJW: I forgive you complete and without any bitterness.
WT: I know you mean it and am grateful to know you more personally.
Sept 1, 2014, Miami Healthy Living--Examiner: CDC denies autistic children a voice, parents demand they be heard
Sept 1, 2014, GreaterGoodMovie.org: CDC Whistleblower Update
Sept 1, 2014, The Olympian (WA): Letter: Vaccines are the best buy in America's public health
Aug 30, 2014, InfoWars.com: Mainstream Media Buries CDC Scientist's Confession About Vaccines & Autism
Aug 30, 2014, Newsday: Were you lied to about vaccines and autism
Aug 30, 2014, Tulsa World: Dear Pharmacist: Were you lied to about connection between vaccine, autism?
Aug 29, 2014, WHDT TV: Boyd Haley on the whistleblower
Aug 29, 2014, TIME: Journal Retracts Paper that Questioned CDC Autism Study
Aug 29. 2014, NaturalNews.com: Truth about CDC vaccine fraud revealed by Jon Rappoport
Aug 29, 2014, WDTV Bridgeport WV: Vaccines and Autism: a Link?
Aug 25, 2014, Examiner San Diego: Autism caused by MMR vaccine: CDC cover-up exposed by CDC whistleblower
Last week Elizabeth Cohen of CNN insulted and denigrated thousands of families who have children with vaccine induced injury, as part of an effort to tamp down the #CDCwhistleblower story. In response, parents have created short videos telling Ms. Cohen the raw truth. "Vaccines can and do cause autism." Below is an intro to the "Hear This Well: Breaking The Silence on Vaccine Violence" campaign. You can see the videos one by one by one by one. Please share this link - Hear This Well: Videos Breaking The Silence on Vaccine Violence. This link Wall of Vaccine Violence Videos takes you to the astounding grid of videos - a powerful reminder of the damage our children have suffered. Thank you.
Dr Brian Hooker claims that the CDC suppressed findings of a higher risk of autism in Afro-American boys receiving MMR at 24 and 36 months, a claim based on the concerns of Dr Bill Thompson, co-author breaking ranks with the authors of the 2004 CDC paper. In response to the controversy, and Hooker’s reworking of the CDC data(Hooker 2014), the CDC issued a statement (here) claiming it had only published data on race from a subsample of children with birth certificates because this provided richer data than the larger sample used. Hooker has countered saying the statement raises more questions than answers. The questions and answers the CDC raises and the claim of suppressed evidence can be seen more clearly if we revisit the 2004 paper (DeStefano 2004) and focus specifically on its research design, which will reveal a gaping omission where questions should have been asked but weren't. The question is what is the risk of autism faced by black children in the US who receive the MMR vaccine. We will see that it is inconceivable that the CDC researchers didn't use its total sample to ask this question. It would also be illogical if the relevant data required to answer this question weren't part of the CDC's design.
Normally one looks to research to identify answers. But more important in this case are the questions not asked and the CDC’s attempt to answer Hooker’s charge. But first we need to describe as simply as possible the design of the study, which we will do in three steps. Inevitably technical details and nuances will be overlooked to concentrate on the main issue of the missing question.
First, the design compared two groups: 1) case children with autism who received the MMR and 2) control children without autism who also received MMR. The two groups, all from Metropolitan Atlanta Georgia, were matched on demographic criteria such as age, gender and race. The study took the case group from autistic children who fitted its clinical criteria and the control group from children attending 'regular' (in the UK 'mainstream') schools. The objective of the research was to see if there was a higher likelihood or probability of autism occurring in the first group compared with the second at ages 18, 24 and 36 months. If the MMR had contributed to the case children becoming autistic, we would expect to find a higher proportion or percentage of children receiving MMR in the case group at 18, 24 or 36 months. This would show a higher relative risk for the first group. If there was no difference in the risk for the two groups, and MMR was not associated with the autism of the first group, the ratio of the first to the second group would be 1. A higher ratio than 1, if statistically significant, would indicate that the first group has a higher relative risk compared with the second of being affected by the MMR.
The two groups formed the total sample. Second, from the total sample the researchers produced a subsample of children for whom Georgia state birth certificates were available. This subsample was also broken into case and controls. This is because the certificates provided details on children and their mothers not available in the total sample and included data on race, maternal age, maternal education and birth weight. The subsample constitutes 56% of the total sample, ie just over half the total sample of children were drawn into the subsample because of birth certificate details available. The more detailed texture of the subsample has to be set against its reduced statistical power due to size. It is the way the CDC researchers use the subsample that lies at the core of Hooker’s concerns – an issue we will return to. So we now have a total and a subsample each divided into case and control groups, a total of four groups, with more detail in the subsample of case and control groups.
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I'm having a lot of trouble trying to write an article about MMR/Autism whistleblower, William Thompson.
On the one hand I don't want to waste this opportunity to show the scientific community that our concerns our real, and yet at the same time I don't want to let this guy off for concealing important evidence for more than a decade.
At the outset I have to say I'm really not a punishing kind of guy. In law school I worked for the US Attorney's office in San Francisco, assembling wiretap evidence in a large Oakland drug case. That meant I spent a lot of time listening to tapes of these guys talking.
And I found them not to be the threatening kind of all-powerful criminals you see in police thrillers, but discovered they were really leading pathetic, miserable lives. I also couldn't escape the realization that somebody like me, the top 10% of society, would be prosecuting the bottom 10% of society to make sure that the 80% in the middle remained relatively safe.
It's probably no surprise I ended up in teaching, trying to help students be interested in and excited by science, and also to be individuals who valued honesty. I wanted to help people be good, not punish them when they go bad. I've often thought that the best of science and the best of law share a common aim, as when a person stands to present testimony in a courtroom they swear an oath to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." The same expectation applies to scientists who work at government institutions when they publish scientific research in major journals.
It's with this in mind I have to detail some of my troubles with Dr. William Thompson.
From an e-mail Dr. Thompson allegedly wrote on October 18, 2002 to Melinda Wharton. "I am writing you once more regarding the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) request for a broad range of documents associated with MMR, thimerosal, and autism. I first spoke with you on September 3rd of 2002 regarding the sensitive results we have been struggling with in the MADDSP MMR/Autism study." I may not be a CDC scientist, but I've been both a lawyer and a science teacher and it seems to me that the phrase "sensitive results" is one probably never uttered by Galileo, Darwin, or Einstein.
When You Know You Are Being Lied To…My Initial Thoughts on the CDC Whistleblower News excerpted from Beth Clay's blog - read the full post here.
By Beth Clay August 27, 2014
While mainstream media have ignored the flurry the past two weeks after the Focus Autism Press Release, the Peer Reviewed Research paper by Brian Hooker, PhD, and the Autism Media Video, several online media outlets and social media have been a blaze with the news of a CDC employee reaching out to Dr. Hooker and coming clean about what I consider a well-orchestrated cover up of information about increased risks associated with vaccines. Specifically the timing of certain vaccines, the use of thimerosal in vaccines, and what is known about risks of brain injury from vaccines in general. Those who led this activity showed significant malfeasance and disregard for the health and well-being of children. They have violated the public trust and have dragged this entire controversy out for 15 years rather than address with integrity and openness the issue and move forward with solutions that improve the safety of vaccines and respect the individual person’s unique medical condition and rights to personal medical choice.
I am not part of this conversation because I have a child that was vaccine injured and became autistic. I was the staff lead on the original House Oversight Committee’s investigation looking into concerns about vaccine injuries. The year was 1999. Two of our Subcommittees has been looking at different topics. Chairman Shays had taken on the reports of anthrax vaccine injures in the military and Chairman Mica had taken on a review of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and as part of that looked a bit into the Hepatitis B vaccine. I well remember meeting Mrs. Betty Fluke from Indiana who testified before the subcommittee about her experience both in the VICP and in getting access to the only treatments that might offer her relief. She had prior to the vaccine been a vibrant healthy woman – wife and mother- who when I met her wore leg braces and walked with crutches.
Vaccines can be gotten almost everywhere these days—in big box stores, at a chain pharmacy, on school campuses and in many doctor’s offices. Some work places even schedule special ‘clinics’ during the year, typically during the flu shot season, to administer vaccines. Just because vaccines are available doesn’t mean we all have to run out to get them.
Many people inadvertently think they need to get vaccines. The CDC continues to think and promote that and stated as such last week. That inaccuracy popped out at me in the response they gave about Dr. Thompson’s recent allegations.
In their statement regarding the data Drs. William Thomspon, Frank DeStafano, Tanya Karapurkar-Bhasin, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop, and Coleen Boyle used in a commonly cited CDC study, a study which is now being reported as fraudulent, the CDC said:
“The study looked at different age groups: children vaccinated by 18 months, 24 months, and 36 months. The findings revealed that vaccination between 24 and 36 months was slightly more common among children with autism, and that association was strongest among children 3-5 years of age. The authors reported this finding was most likely a result of immunization requirements for preschool special education program attendance in children with autism.”(emphasis mine)
What jumped out at me while reading their entire statement was not an admittance of fraud, because it seems that the CDC does not consider the altering of data as deceptive, what caught my eye was that particular paragraph where the CDC says that immunizations are required for school. A lot of places say that immunizations are required for school. Except, they’re not.
The state of Georgia, where we’ve been told this particular study’s data was collected, offered vaccine exemptions including during the time that this study was conducted. For the CDC to say that immunizations are requirements for school attendance, when in fact they are not, frightens me. No one, especially a parent, should be told one thing as fact and not be given all of the facts. To leave out selective information, especially information that impacts a child’s health is bad practice. Not only that, I think it’s unethical.
I am not a chi square guy. I'm an English major. I am in no position to evaluate the techniques used to calibrate the autism rate in black males, or anybody else, before or after the MMR shot.
But I can read. And when I read William Thompson's statement about the CDC's study on this topic, I was struck by the way it was constructed: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding what findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”
It takes a while to parse this paragraph, which sounds kind of bland and bureaucratic. The passive voice – decisions were made, reminiscent of the classic "mistakes were made" – doesn't help. And the data weren't merely collected before the decisions were made; the data were analyzed. One result really stood out, Thompson is telling us, and not in a way that suited their institutional purposes. They changed the protocol and the "statistically significant information" was no more. They wiped it out.
I bet there are reporters who read right over that. He's talking about scientific fraud on the most important health issue affecting America's children, at the agency charged with protecting them, not a gentleman's disagreement over decisions on how to apply chi square. The media coverage, such as it is, has wandered aimlessly along side issues, but the point here seems pretty basic: There was a protocol directing them how to do the study. William Thompson says he and his CDC colleagues didn’t follow it. And he thinks that's a big problem. Big.
So what was the protocol and how was it not followed? Brian Hooker, who re-analyzed the data, talked about it in a video interview with Gary Franchi:
"I have the CDC's original protocol. The CDC's final agreed-upon protocol came out for this particular study on September 5, 2001, and in that particular protocol they said they would consider race among the entire population. They called race a co-variant, and that’s just a term that’s used in statistics for a secondary variable, but they said that race would be used within the entire population.
"So what they’ve done is they’ve deviated from their own protocol, and, according to the whistleblower, the reason why they deviated from that agreed-upon protocol [by adding in a requirement for Georgia birth certificates] was they saw this astronomical risk in African-Americans, and when they saw that astronomical risk, they looked for any way they could bury that risk, and they reduced the sample size down to what’s called the birth certificate cohort, and that caused the association to no longer be statistically significant."
None of this, you’ll notice, has anything to do with Brian Hooker or Andy Wakefield or "anti-vaxxers" and their relentless and cunning war against humanity. Time Magazine’s question – “Did the CDC cover up the data, as Hooker claims?” – is ridiculous and shows just the kind of misreading of the story, and Thompson's own admissions, that I'm talking about. It should be, did the CDC cover up the data, as CDC Senior Scientist William Thompson, who co-authored the study, claims in a stunning break with his colleagues? In his taped comments, Thompson was much more passionate and personal, something the few news outlets who have covered it, like CNN, should have noted. Believe me, in other circumstances they wouldn't care less whether a public official who said something like this knew he was being taped.
But for now let's just take Thompson at his carefully calibrated word -- his own statement. That's quite enough.
The mainstream media has ignored the whistleblower story all week. These are the people who for years have steadfastly defended the CDC's claim of no link between vaccines and autism, so it's understandable that they're not about to change their message now. I'm sure they were waiting for some way to discredit Brian Hooker's study before they covered the story. Now they have it. The journal which had published the Hooker's findings has now removed it from their site. Viola, it's time for press to cover it now.
Dr. Frank DeStefano, lead author of the 2004 study, said he and his colleagues stand by their findings. DeStefano said all the study authors, including Thompson, agreed on the analysis and interpretation before the study was submitted for publication 10 years ago. However, he said he plans to review his notes and will decide whether to run another analysis on the data.
The CDC study authors found no link between the age children were given their first MMR vaccination and autism diagnoses. Nor did they find a statistically significant increased risk for a particular racial group.
A study published earlier this month on an alleged link between vaccines and autism has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation, according to Translational Neurodegeneration. In an online statement, the scientific journal said the paper had been removed "because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions."
By Anne Dachel
Members of the media don't seem to care that many in the autism community consider them to be mere stooges of health officials who themselves have a vast web of ties to the pharmaceutical industry. But there is now an incredible INDEPENDENT newsman out there. Gary Franchi, executive producer at WHDT TV was recently covered on Age of Autism because of his outstanding work reporting the revelation of a CDC whistleblower.
Here is his most recent interview: Dr. Andrew Wakefield breaks silence on CDC Whistleblower.
This is Dr. Wakefield at his best. In addition, Franchi coined a phrase that will resonate: "VACCINE VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN."
Wakefield explained the meaning of what the whistleblower has revealed and he made some riveting comments:
Wakefield: "How can that be put to the test in a scientific context? Because there are so many ingredients that are potentially toxic in vaccines, there are so many vaccines that are given so frequently to these children.
Wakefield: "The truth is we will never know how in one particular child, this constellation of exposures produced the end result."
We have excerpted this from Sharyl Attkisson's site - a daily must-read.
By Sharyl Attkisson
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to a charge from one of its own senior scientists that it omitted key data in a 2004 study that would have revealed a link between autism and a commonly-required childhood vaccine, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella).
The allegation was made by CDC epidemiologist William Thompson in a statement this week issued through his attorney. It states: “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.”
It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a sitting CDC senior scientist to blow the whistle on alleged scientific misconduct involving a study article that he co-authored. In this instance, the impact of the charge is magnified by more than a decade of allegations from autism advocates who say the federal government and pharmaceutical interests have worked to downplay or hide associations between vaccines and autism.
A spokesman for the journal Pediatrics today said the publication stands by the study despite the news. “There’s a standard process that journals follow when an article is questioned,” said the spokesman. “Those discussions took place between the editors of Pediatrics and the authors of this study, and the editors concluded the research was appropriately conducted.” Pediatrics is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which accepts vaccine industry funding.
Read the full article at Ms. Attkisson's site.
From Autism Action Network:
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Please ask Dr. Thompson to remove his name from tainted CDC MMR/Autism paper
Thompson's statement yesterday confirmed alteration of paper
William Thompson, Ph. D., a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a public statement yesterday via his attorney corroborating reports that Thompson and other senior CDC employees manipulated a 2004 study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Association of Pediatricians (AAP), of a possible association between the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism after discovering that African American males who received the MMR younger than 36 months had a 264% higher rate of autism that those who received the MMR after 36 months. The manipulation allegedly consisted of excluding African American males from the study using criteria that were not applied to any other group. Once these African American males were excluded from the study the autism rate in the overall group was reduced to a level that the paper authors presented as not worthy of concern.
The Autism Action Network will be calling on the public to take a number of actions to compel the vaccine industry and the Federal government to take appropriate action in the wake of these stunning revelations. Our first action will be to send a request to Dr. Thompson asking him to formally remove his name from the tainted paper published in Pediatrics.
Please click here at this Take Action link to send a message to Thompson thanking him for coming forward, and asking him to direct Pediatrics to remove his name form the 2004 CDC paper. Ee assure you that your emails will get through to Thompson and asking him to remove his name from the tainted Pediatrics paper.
Here is the key paragraph from Thompson’s statement:
“I regret my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data was collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”
Dr. Brian Hooker, Ph. D., a biochemist at Simpson University, recalculated the data in the original CDC study upon the advice of Thompson and confirmed the 264% increase. Hooker’s findings were published in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration on August 10. Translational Neurodegeneration removed Hooker’s paper from their website yesterday.
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From Autism Action Network:
We have sent more than 1000 messages to CDC scientist William Thompson in the last two days. We need to keep up the pressure. Please click on this Take Action link to send an email message asking Thompson to share his allegations of the CDC covering-up a study showing a clear connection between the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) shot and autism. Please alter the prewritten message to tell your family’s story. Thompson’s information could potentially save hundreds of thousands from a life of severe disability. But that will not happen unless vaccination policy is changed. And vaccination policy will not change unless Thompson comes forward publicly and present what he knows know to major media sources. No major media source has covered this story, and they won't until Thompson goes public with what he knows.
Thompson has shown great moral integrity and courage already. Let’s help positively encourage him to do what is absolutely necessary to stop the epidemic. Thompson must go public with his information vis major media outlets. Thompson’s email account is still functioning at the CDC as is his voice mail, but all messages will be routed to him via a pathway outside CDC control as well.
Quite a week, I think you’d have to agree. William Thompson, the whistleblower first heard on a taped phone call with Brian Hooker last week, has now come forward, confirming his role in covering up evidence that black males may be particularly vulnerable to autism from the on-time MMR shot. Rather than follow up on that clue from a susceptibility group – a clue that could unravel the CDC’s whole argument that vaccines never, ever cause autism – the CDC researchers buried it.
What’s more, he’s also on tape saying another study he was lead researcher on sends an ominous signal that the mercury-containing flu shot for pregnant woman can cause autism. The study found a higher risk of tics, and children with autism have four times the rate of tics as other children.
Meanwhile, Thompson says on the tape and doesn’t take back in his statement, “I can say confidently I do think thimerosal causes tics. So I don’t know why they still give it to pregnant women. Like, that’s the last person I would give mercury to. Thimerosal from vaccines causes tics. You start a campaign and make it your mantra.
“Do you think a pregnant mother would want to take a vaccine that they knew caused tics? Absolutely not. I would never give my wife a vaccine that I thought caused tics. I can say, tics are four times more prevalent in kids with autism. There is biological plausibility right now to say that thimerosal causes autism-like features.”
Interesting what a strong echo this is from the Simpsonwood transcript, June 7, 2000: "Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o'clock for an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by C-section. Our first male in the line of the next generation and I do not want that grandson to get a Thimerosal containing vaccine until we know better what is going on. It will probably take a long time. In the meantime, and I know there are probably implications for this internationally, but in the meanwhile I think I want that grandson to only be given Thimerosal-free vaccines." - Dr. Robert Johnson, Immunologist, University of Colorado, Simpsonwood, Ga.
So while the rest of us suckers shoot our kids and ourselves up with autism-causing vaccinations, the smart set – namely, epidemiologists and immunologists whom we pay to figure these things out – look at the data and say, no way you’re giving that to my wife and grandson!
Of course, tell that to your pediatrician and he’ll tell you there’s no evidence for that. There’s no evidence because the evidence has been suppressed, and now it’s being unsuppressed.
As of today, August 28, 2014, it’s quite clear that flu shots with mercury should be yanked off the market, and not just for pregnant women and infants (Thompson seemed not to know that they, too, get mercury-laced flu shots). Mercury-containing shots, including those promoted in third-world countries by hapless do-good-look-at-me-I’m-a-hero groups like the Gates Foundation, should be gathered up and disposed of by people in hazmat suits.
And the MMR should be moved to 36 months for any and all. Given that we now see it is capable of causing autism but don’t know exactly why (it’s probably viral interference at too young an age, but is the interference driven by the neurotoxic measles vaccine or the mutated and ineffective mumps portion, the subject of another whistleblower complaint?), it should be broken back into three parts and given with wide separation.
And the flawed and offensive Pediatrics article giving the MMR a clean bill of health at 12 months should be retracted.
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Earlier today the Natural News outlet released a letter from alleged CDC whistle-blower Bill Thompson to the Director of the CDC Julie Gerberding, MD dated February 2nd, 2004.
In the letter, Dr. Thompson refers to several news articles that appeared in the media during that time regarding CDC vaccine safety research and letters that Congressman Dave Weldon, M.D. sent to Dr. Gerberding regarding concerns related to the integrity of the scientists in the CDC’s National Immunization Program (NIP).
SafeMinds worked closely with Dr. Weldon for several years during his time in Congress. We shared with his staff FOIA documents SafeMinds received from the CDC and FDA regarding issues surrounding vaccine safety and the use of thimerosal in infant vaccines. These documents include emails from NIP employees, officials at CDC, officials from FDA, representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the vaccine industry, as well as the original transcripts of the Simpsonwood meeting.
Here is the letter referenced by Thompson where Congressman Weldon asks Dr. Gerberding about the upcoming publication of a CDC study regarding the use of thimerosal in infant vaccines and associations with adverse neurological disorders. Dr. Weldon’s concerns stemmed from earlier versions of the research obtained by SafeMinds which documented numerous statistically significant relations between exposure to thimerosal containing vaccines and ADD/ADHD, speech and language delays, tics, neurodevelopmental delays in general, misery disorder, sleep disorders, and autism.
According to these emails and documents, scientists were well aware of the harm that was occurring. An article appearing in the National Journal by Neil Munro titled, “Missing the Mercury Menace,” which Bill Thompson also references in his letter to Dr. Gerberding, outlines the manipulations made to the VSD thimerosal data in an effort to reduce the statistically significant adverse neurological outcomes. Read the full post at the Safeminds site here.
KHOU TV Great Day Houston: Karen Kain and A Unique Life Fully Lived
Aug 24, 2014, Karen Kain, a tireless advocate for the disabled and an activist about vaccine injury, appeared on the TV show, Great Day Houston.
Karen's book, "A Unique Life Fully Lived" is a tribute to her vaccine injured daughter, all the more poignant in light of the CDC's whistleblower.
Below is a snapshot of the statement issued by CDC Whistleblower William Thompson. Download and read the statement HERE.
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"This article has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation because the journal and publisher believe that its continued availability could cause public harm. Definitive editorial action will be taken once our investigation is complete."
An interruption yester-evening from a troll styling themselves Sam Spade set me ruminating: no doubt the thoughts are not very original but some of them may benefit from re-stating.
And so to Mr Spade and his brief response to Kent Heckenlively’s ‘A Break in the Wall’:
Bullshit. You people will murder a lot of children with this false story.
Perhaps the first thing to point out is that our ranks are almost entirely comprised of citizens who uncomplainingly did what was supposed to be the right thing in vaccinating their children: their views were not formed by ideology but by experience. The experience comprises not only the awful reality of what happened to their children after vaccinating but the way institutions deal with the issue. To even raise the issue of vaccine damage is also to raise the hostility and anger in every quarter.
This anger – Mr Spade’s anger – is not based on reason or knowledge. There is nothing inherently implausible in a pharmaceutical product injected into an infant or toddler causing damage: we have just been educated not to think that. Actually, a lot of even official literature acknowledges the possibility of damage it is just supposed to be vanishingly rare – unfortunately, the only thing that is guaranteed to make it rare is not good science but the waves of officially inspired hatred that will be triggered against anyone daring to stand up and say "This went wrong". The point about Mr Spade is that his rage is not determined by science but by institutions: institutions which are not happy to have their errors reported back to them, not happy if they fear that they can be detected. They will never find anything that they don’t want to, as Ed Yazbak pointed out years ago. It is not a question of whether we like the diseases, it is question of whether the products are as safe and effective as they should be, whether there are far too many of them etc.
The very thing that determines that the vaccine program is unsafe as well as unjust is this whipped up anger: we are not allowed to discuss the science – scientists who speak out must be shunned and persecuted, citizens who speak out must be declared intellectually incompetent. This anger constitutes social control not reasoned debate.
By Anne Dachel
On Aug 20, 2014, just after the announcement of a whistleblower from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaking out about that agency's cover-up of an MMR study linking the vaccine to autism, Gary Franchi talked about it on his independent TV station, WHDT Miami/Boston. For those of us who routinely follow how the mainstream media covers the controversial link between vaccines and autism, this was riveting.
Franchi began his commentary saying, "There's a new whistleblower on the autism forefront and Dr. Brian Hooker from the Focus Autism Foundation says he has a source inside the CDC."
In his two and a half minute presentation Franchi described how Hooker had used the Freedom of Information Act to ask the CDC for information concerning a certain autism-vaccine study they'd conducted, and while doing this, an insider at the agency "reached out to him" about what he knew about the falsification of the results.
Franchi made stunning statements like these:
"The CDC is purposely hiding important information about autism, particularly how vaccines affect young black boys at a much higher rate than others. ...
"It appears the CDC was purposely blocking black kids from the study to boost their numbers....
We are simulposting this with Thinking Moms' Revolution and VaxTruth.
By Marcella Piper-Terry
If you haven’t heard by now about the biggest news to hit the autism community in a long time, here’s what’s been happening:
Dr. Hooker’s analysis of the data revealed a Relative Risk (RR) of 3.36 for African-American Males. The level of Relative Risk was statistically-significant at p=0.0019, which means the probability of Dr. Hooker’s findings being by chance was approximately 1 in 1,000.
In research, “p” means probability. When something is “statistically significant” it means a certain level of probability has been demonstrated when the data is analyzed. A p-value of .05 is necessary to consider whether the results are meaningful, or “statistically significant.” A probability of .05 means that you have achieved a 95% assurance that what you are seeing is real and not by chance. A 1 in 1,000 level translates to 999% assurance that what you’re seeing is real and not by chance.
Aug 25, WHDT TV: CDCWhistleblower New Details Emerge
Aug 25, 2014, KellyBroganMD.com: CDC: You're Fired. Autism Coverup Exposed.
Aug 25, 2014, NoMoreFakeNews.com: CDC whistleblower, watch out; here come the mothers « Jon Rappoport's Blog
Aug 25, 2014, LivingWhole.org: CDC Whistleblower Comes Out and They All Play Dead
I’m pleased as punch that a member of the CDC Matrix has stepped out and admitted what so many of us have known for years: the CDC cooked data to make the relationship between vaccines and autism go away.
For those of you disappointed that we aren’t yet hearing about this story in the mainstream media, I have some simple advice for Dr. Thompson and his lawyers, PR advisors, and whomever else is now providing him with counsel: speak up!
As much as Drs. Wakefield and Hooker are heroes of our community, and deservedly so, they’re also the farthest thing from objective as far as a mainstream journalist is concerned, and having their names all over this story does not help it take flight. This is a story about Dr. William Thompson and the CDC. Period.
By John Stone
Last week a Centers for Disease Control employee, William Thompson, came forward as whistleblower to admit that a 2004 study led by Frank DeStefano, of which Thompson himself was co-author was fraudulent, disguising the fact that incidence of autism was three and a half times higher in African Americans vaccinated with MMR before 36 months. In this light it is interesting that another co-author of the study, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, also liaised with Poul Thorsen over commissioning the equally fraudulent Madsen MMR/autism study. Thorsen who coordinated a series of studies between the CDC and Aarhus University/Staaten Serum Institut, Denmark was indicted in 2011 in the US on 13 counts of wire fraud involving the CDC and 9 of money laundering , but no attempt has been made to extradite him from Denmark.
None of the studies coordinated and co-authored by Thorsen have ever been retracted. At a congressional hearing in 2012 Coleen Boyle, another CDC employee and another co-author of the fraudulent DeStefano paper, failed to give straight answers when questioned by congressman Posey about Thorsen. Boyle could only recall two studies co-authored by Thorsen when in fact there were at least 21. On that occasion Congressman Posey memorably referred to Thorsen as “a humongous scum bag and one of the most wanted men on earth” .
If Cochrane 2005 smelt a rat with DeStefano 2004:
The conclusion, however, implied bias in the enrollment of cases which may not be representative of the rest of the autistic population of the city of Atlanta, USA where the study was set.
it actually stated there was a rat in the case of Madsen:
The follow up of diagnostic records ends one year (31 Dec 1999) after the last day of admission to the cohort. Because of the length of time from birth to diagnosis, it becomes increasingly unlikely that those born later in the cohort could have a diagnosis.
To put it more bluntly Madsen had included in the vaccinated group children who were too young to be vaccinated and children who were too young to have been diagnosed. The data was subject to review in two articles published Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, one by Goldman and Yazbak, the other by Stott, Blaxill and Wakefield with differing results but both detecting a hoard of missing autism cases among the vaccinated implicit in Cochrane (actually published afterwards). Notable was the suppressed 2002 letter to NEJM from Prof Suissa, an epidemiologist from McGill, published in the Stott article which recalculated the Madsen data to suggest that autism was 45% higher in the vaccinated group. Brian Hooker also contributed to the correspondence in the following issue.
We may never know exactly what was the surplus of autism cases in the vaccinated group, except that it was evidently going to be substantial.
By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand.
Aug 25, 2014, InfoWars.com: CDC Whistle Blower's 'Vaccines and Autism' Link may be Silenced Forever
Aug 25, 2014, CNN iReport: Fraud at the CDC uncovered, 340% increased risk of autism hidden from public
Aug 23, 2014, Health Impact News: Dr. Brian Hooker: Father of Vaccine-damaged Child and His Relentless Pursuit to Expose Fraud at the CDC
Aug 23, 2014, TruthBarrier.com: CNN Complicit in Media Coverup of CDC Whistleblower
Aug 23, 2014, NPR: For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police
Aug 23, 2014, ScienceNews.org: 'NOVA' takes science's side in vaccine debate
Aug 22, 2014, Examiner: Synapse study disproves link to vaccines
Aug 22, 2014, NaturalNews.com: CDC whistleblower confesses to publishing fraudulent data to obfuscate link between vaccines and autism
Aug 20, 2014, HealthImpactNews.com: Gardasil Vaccine: One More Girl Dead
Aug 18, 2014, Yahoo Finance: CDC Whistleblower Reveals Widespread Manipulation of Scientific Data
It seems that William W. Thompson has finally come over to the side of the angels.
For those of you who might have been off fishing the past few days, or like me, spent part of the week in the hospital with a gall bladder attack, I'll briefly recap what may be one of the most consequential stories ever to come out of the autism epidemic.
On Monday, August 18, a video was released by Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Dr. Brian Hooker which claimed that a major researcher for the CDC admitted that he and others had concealed evidence that moving up the date for the MMR vaccine had increased the rate of autism for African-American males by 340%. Later in the week it was revealed that the researcher was Dr. William W. Thompson, who had in fact been one of the authors of a 2004 paper by the CDC claiming there was no link between the timing of the MMR shot and the development of autism. On Friday it was reported that Dr. Thompson had been escorted off the grounds of the CDC by security personnel.
For those of us who have been in the fight a long time this news produces mixed emotions in us. I reall the optimism with which I reported on the Omnibus Autism proceedings, reporting on the Hannah Poling case which many of us thought would finally break the whole damned thing wide open, or the revelation that the Vaccine Injury program had actually given awards to at least 83 children who suffered vaccine injuries which included autism.
On the one hand I want to take this guy who has concealed this information for so many years, throw him up against a wall, and go to town on him.
On the other hand I sense a real opportunity to advance our cause among a scientific community which has been largely indifferent to us, as well as frequently hostile.
As a leader in any movement it's important to understand your adversaries, their strengths, as well as their weaknesses. What moves them, what leaves the indifferent, and what is likely to break them.
I want to share an example from a less fraught topic. Recently I attended a surprise 50th birthday party for a friend of mine, an economics professor at Stanford University in California. One of my friends' recent academic accolades was being one of only ten economists invited to the Nobel Prize symposium (held every ten years) to present on his work. The expectation is that these ten economists will probably win the Nobel Prize somewhere in the next ten years. Pretty cool that this is happening to my high school buddy.
Thank you to our friends at The Canary Party for allowing us to share this post from their website. This story is shocking on so many levels. And makes Ferguson, MO look like Mayberry by comparison. How many African American males' lives have been irrevocably altered by autism, becuase the CDC hid the data? Avonte Oquendo instantly springs into my mind. And a tall, handsome classmate of one of my daughters. And my friend Jane's beautiful son. Boys of color. Whose families might have been able to stave OFF autism - even their pediatricians might have thought twice about the timing of vaccines had they been privvy to data that was instead - sent to the "privvy." Thank you to Rob Schneider, a celeb who has questioned even the medications Robin Williams was on at the time of his suicide - asking tough questions and putting his career on the line - for the truth. Sure wish we could "copy" him.
Written by The Canary Party
Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:59
In light of the revelation that Dr. William Thompson, senior scientiest at CDC, has admitted guilt in hiding data that found that black males are 340% more likely to have an autism diagnosis when given the MMR before age 3, Rob Schneider has written to the office of the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, to assure himself that Brown is aware of the fraud, and to demand answers and actions to protect California children.
From: Rob Schneider
Date: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Subject: CDC Autism Whistleblower Admits Vaccine Study Fraud - CNN iReport
To: Lark Park, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Governor's office < Lark.Park@gov.ca.gov>
Dear Ms. Park,
This is Rob Schneider. I want to first thank you for calling me several years ago when Governor Brown signed into law AB2109, the requirement for all parents of school children to have to "be counseled" to get a Doctor's note in order to obtain a vaccine exemption to attend public school in California.
As you may or may or not know this has caused hardships all over the state as Doctors have refused to meet with parents who want the exemption form signed and families who have been threatened with or have been kicked out of medical practices for not going along with the exact Vaccine schedule, currently 49 shots of over 16 different Vaccines before the age of Six Years old. This in spite of a family's objections whose child may have had another sibling that had a bad reaction to a particular Vaccine.
This policy of one size fits all Vaccine schedule for every child is as absurd as giving the same eye prescription glasses to every child. The fact is EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT and there is currently NO SYSTEM or thought to which child could be more susceptible to adverse reactions including permanent injury and death from any Vaccine or Vaccine ingredients.
Since I have opposed this undemocratic and onerous legislation (and Law) from its inception, I have kept up on how it has affected families in California. Now there is more reason than ever to be concerned, even outraged, by the CDC and by AB 2109.
Vaccines cause autism. Or, is it vaccines result in autism?
You say tomato. I say to-mah-to.
Cause it. Result in it. Vaccines did it. You know it. I know it. And now, come to find out, our government apparently knew it too.
For years now more than enough people have suggested that vaccines cause autism. Several have tried to prove it. Try as they might, those who should have acknowledged it have turned a blind eye. Not only did they do that, but they adamantly defended themselves with skewed statistics. News of these skewed statistics came from someone working at the CDC. The CDC’s slogan is Saving Lives. Protecting People. After last week’s news I can’t help but ask whose lives were they trying to save? Their own? Whose lives were they protecting? Themselves?
Relying on paperwork instead of listening to those who’ve been negatively affected by vaccines has kept officials’ heads in the clouds. Having their heads in the clouds gives them a free pass. It looks like that free pass was used by several people. According to the whistleblower, they didn’t factually report their findings. They didn’t accurately inform the public. They didn’t reveal dangers associated with vaccines. They didn’t publicly state the truth. That vaccines come with risks. That they’re loaded with side effects. That they don’t offer lifelong immunity. And that they cause autism.
Mind you that none of this information is new; it’s just kept so hush hush that unless you or a loved one has experienced a vaccine injury, it goes under the radar. Only when vaccine injury hits close to home is one forced to go back, read the fine print and put two and two together. Unfortunately, at that point, they’re left to fend for themselves. When vaccines cause autism, a vaccine injured is left high and dry. That’s because the vaccines industry is protected by the government, the same government that evidently knew that vaccines cause autism. Rather than looking out for and protecting the ones they’re meant to serve, the vaccine industry and those who oversee it have chosen to protect each other.
As the MMR whistleblower issue blows up, here's one thing that’s worth remembering: The specific manipulation of data being alleged is that the CDC covered up a risk for autism in black males who got the MMR shot earlier than 36 months. That is appalling, and raises terrible echoes of the nation’s public health officials and their odious Tuskegee study of untreated black males with syphilis.
But more broadly, according to the medical, scientific, and journalistic consensus of our day, there should be no good evidence of any kind, whatsoever, linking any vaccine to autism in any child, ever. Ever! (“One Thing We Know About Autism: Vaccines Aren’t to Blame” – National Geographic. “Once again, the research is definitive: vaccines don't cause autism, and the potential costs of vaccines' mild side-effects are clearly smaller than those of the lethal diseases that can spread if we don't vaccinate all children.” – Vox.com)
Since “we know” that vaccines don’t cause autism, they certainly don’t cause it in black males. They certainly don’t cause it when the MMR is given to black males. They certainly don’t cause it when the MMR is given to black males in Atlanta. They certainly don’t cause it when the MMR is given to black males in Atlanta before a certain age – or, for that matter, given on the day of birth to blue-eyed females in Dubuque born on the first or third Thursdays of months ending in "y."
They don't cause autism! Got it? If they did, even in such a circumscribed cohort as black males in Atlanta vaccinated with MMR before 36 months -- that would start a cascade of challenges to orthodoxy that simply can’t – and, if the authority figures have their way, simply won’t – be tolerated. This is what the The Times and The Networks and the Agencies are going to be working overtime to shore up.
The CDC’s William Thompson, whistleblower to Brian Hooker on the MMR study and lead author on another on mercury in vaccines, has probably ruined more than a few of his colleagues’ August vacations at Hilton Head. One can’t help think of goofy cartoon characters running around a leaking dike and plugging every hole that starts spurting. They are down now to using their toes. (Check out this staggeringly off-message comment from Dorit Reiss on CNN: "Even if his [Brian Hooker's] claims about the study were correct, which is doubtful, it would show that for most of the population, MMR does not cause autism." I imagine a Merck guy yelling in her ear, "Dammit, Dorit, don't ever say it's OK if the MMR just makes a few thousand black boys autistic! Do you really want this job? ")
More broadly, these “leaks” in the bulwark of conventional wisdom have been coming for a long time, and not just from people on the inside with information to share.
I’m talking about leaks like all the parents of children on the other side of the elevated-risk stats – MMR shots at 12 months, illness, regression, autism.
Leaks like parents who saw it with other vaccines, at other times -- parents who were willing to share what happened to try to keep it from happening again.
Leaks like the original Verstraeten study at the CDC that found a high risk of autism for infants who got the most ethyl mercury by the first month of life, as opposed to the least.
Leaks like the CDC coverup of the soaring autism rate in Brick Township, N.J.
Leaks like all the evidence from low-and-no-vaccine populations with low-to-no autism. Leaks like the unwillingness of the public health authorities to even study the issue.
Leaks like the Hannah Poling case, which the government conceded was triggered by autism, but buried by obfuscation. Leaks like the Unanswered Questions study showing autism all over the place in unacknowledged vaccine “court” rulings.
Leaks like the SafeMinds parents identifying autism as a “novel form of mercury poisoning” more than a decade ago.
Leaks like the Merck scientists who came forward to say the company faked data to make its mumps vaccine look effective.
Leaks like the connection between the first cases of autism reported in the medical literature, in 1943, and the families’ exposure to the new ethyl mercury vaccines and fungicides.
Here's the latest autism study just out on major news sites. It involves overproduction of synapses in the brain.
Okay, What's a synapse and how does a kid with autism get too many of them? How does this explain an epidemic of ASD among our children? How does it explain sudden regressive autism in toddlers accompanied by bowel disease?
This kind of research announcement is routine in the scientific world because it fosters a number of things officials want us to believe:
Autism is a mysterious disorder that scientists are diligently trying to figure out.
No one is alarmed about autism, just curious.
There is no urgency.
Notice the finding only "provides clues" and "the research may shed light on the roots of autism."
My favorite headline was Newsday's: Autism may be brain disorder. Seriously?
Editor's Note -- From our friends at Autism Media Channel. CDC whistleblower is being identified as William Thompson, an author of the paper on timing of MMR vaccination and risk of autism. -- Dan Olmsted.
CDC's "SNOWDEN" IDENTITY REVEALED
SENIOR GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST BREAKS 13 YEARS OF SILENCE ON CDC’S VACCINE-AUTISM FRAUD
AFRICAN AMERICAN BOYS WILLFULLY EXPOSED TO HIGH RISK OF AUTISM FROM MMR VACCINE
Watch The Video: 5:00 mark.
By Anne Dachel
Internationally governments and doctors have looked on as autism consumed a generation of children. No one in authority has ever expressed alarm. There's never been a demand for answers. Officials readily admit that there's nothing they know for sure about autism and nothing they can really do about it. Meanwhile, a generation of disabled children is entering adulthood with nowhere to go.
This adult woman with autism is 43. Her circumstances are dire. This may be happening in Canada, but it'll be the same here. All those who've assured us for years that an epidemic of developmentally disabled children is normal and acceptable need to tell us what we're going to do.
Aug 12, 2014, Ottowa Citizen.
Jennifer is 43. Her mother, Cecile, was her main caregiver until she died in April, struck by an aneurysm at age 79, and dying on Easter Sunday. Her father, Arnold, is 90, a retired school caretaker, but so gnarled with arthritis and heart disease, he can barely get from his bed to his recliner.
"I feel helpless," he said.
This has left the bulk of the care to Caroline, 60, her sister, who lives in the white house with the big wood stove, about five kilometres from Eganville, on 140 acres of hay and tough sledding....
A report by a study group last fall said there are 12,000 people with developmental disabilities waiting for supportive housing.
The consequences for families can be crushing, the report said. Chiefly, there is burnout. The report called for enough funding so that any parent over 80 could be assured of placement of their disabled adult child within six to 12 months.
A committee of MPPs also called for an end to service wait-lists, which can stretch years, and pointed to housing as an urgent need....
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.
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Aug 20, 2014, King5 TV Seattle: Seattle Children's changes lives of young adults with autism
Aug 20, 2014, Discover Magazine: Robert Kennedy Jr. and Mark Hyman to Appear on Dr. Oz Show - Collide-a-Scape
New York News Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak, appeared on MyFoxNY yesterday:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - At least a dozen scathing reviews were printed about Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s new book on a preservative used in vaccines before it was released. It's not fair, says Kennedy Jr., and he explained why during Good Day New York. 'Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak-The Evidence Supporting The Immediate Removal of Mercury- A Known Neurotoxin – From Vaccines' is a culmination of three years of research about a preservative known to injure and kill people.
"They attacked me for what they believed was going to be in the book which was a discussion about autism and that is not in the book," said Kennedy Jr. The prominent environmental attorney takes a closer look at the mercury based preservative that was order removed by the Federal Drug Administration in 1998 from all topical medicines due to its toxicity. "The CDC at the same time was recommending higher and higher doses in vaccines and we started to see a giant rise in neurological disorders in our children," said Kennedy Jr.
Despite its removal from pediatric vaccines, Thimerosal levels remain virtually unchanged.
"For the first time in history, fetuses are being exposed to Thimerosal—if a pregnant woman takes a flu shot— that's about 800 times the amount of mercury the CDC recommends," said Kennedy Jr.
Read more and comment at MyFoxNY.
Note: Timothy Ryan is an adult with autism who uses Rapid Prompt to write and communicate. This is one of his journal entries and we thank him for sharing. He has a wry sense of humor (note the ending) and keen insight. Not being able to communicate typically does NOT mean having nothing to say. We are always happy to bring you posts not just about - but BY - people with autism. Thank you, Tim.
By Timothy Ryan
The Disney Park was hot, steamy, muggy, and smelly. My family and I were waiting for the Splash Mountain ride. I felt sick. My body was on fire from the inside out. My head was going to explode. I couldn’t talk and describe the agony. That was only the beginning of my ordeal. The airplane would prove to be my greatest challenge thus far. Little did I know everything would go askew.
The airplane was cramped, dirty, noisy, and uncomfortable. Cigarette smoke lingered in the cabin. I became sick, nauseous, and disoriented. Passengers were staring at me with ugly faces. It felt like I was on display at the museum. Dad was aware of my discomfort due to relentless pummeling from my fists. Mom was mortified by my seemingly irrational behavior. My brother Mark slinked down in his seat not saying a word. The flight attendant roamed up and down the aisles glaring in my direction, her arms on her hips with eyes bugging out.
I felt as if my body was breaking down like an old used car. It hurt to breathe, think, talk, and be around people. People make it impossible for me to interact. They speak too rapidly and don’t wait for me to respond. If only they would notice how I am trying to fit in and be more typical. It would help if people made an effort to get to know me. I am suffering from an illness that robs me from establishing relationships. I can feel rejection. It hurts to see others move forward while I remain trapped in my inner world. It is not my choice to be disabled and dependent upon people.
I was misunderstood in the airport and on the airplane. No one felt compassion for me and my disability. I started to assault random passengers as they sat buckled in for the flight many of which had food that was poison for me. The odors wafted up to my brain causing rage that manifested as hitting heads like a bowling ball knocking down pins. I had no resistance to my impulses. They came mean and ferociously like a pack of wild dogs on a hunt for prey. I must follow through with violence or I will die from anxiety. That makes me a psychological cripple that prevents my development as a functioning member of society.
Aug 19, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune: New Utah charter school for kids with autism opens doors
Aug 19, 2014, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune: Autism: Then and now
Aug 18, 2014, Medscape.com: Protect the Next Generation: Recommend the HPV Vaccine
This is the first in a series of articles in which parents describe how their children developed autism. Today, a talk with Kathryn Wolcott. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me at Olmsted.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan: I have not done this series before, this conversation, so I appreciate your being the first one and talking to me. I wondered if you might just go over a little bit about your situation, where you live, what you do, what your family's like and maybe we can talk about what happened with your daughter, Norah.
My husband and I live in Jackson, Michigan, which is just south of the capital of Lansing. We both went to Michigan State University. We grew up together and got married after college. I actually went to school for communication, and then my master's degree is in health communication and I studied epidemiology and public health. After my daughter was born I did my master’s thesis on the CDC's vaccine schedule and how Jenny McCarthy was ruining public health as we know it and how vaccines absolutely do not cause autism.
Dan: You can't be serious.
Kathryn: I'm very serious, which is why this is such an interestingly ironic situation. Of course I got all my information from the CDC itself. I was gung-ho about making sure everyone in my family got their flu shot and my daughter was vaccinated on schedule every single month and there was no delaying or anything.
We found out we were expecting after we'd been married for about two and a half years, and I heard someone talking about the vaccine-autism connection and of course I just totally blew it off, "Of course it doesn't cause autism, it's just better diagnosing and that will never happen, because I'm having a girl and girls don't get autism as much as boys do." I got the flu shot while pregnant, everything.
She was born 39 weeks. I was a planned induction, which was another big regret. She was developing fine really. I nursed her ... We had a little bit of struggles with breastfeeding at the beginning. She got Vitamin K at birth, and then two weeks in, the hep B, and she got sick, and I mean like fever.
Then we started noticing some GI issues and she was having horrible constipation and screaming and gas, which is unusual on a breastfed baby. I cut dairy and that seemed to help a little bit until we got to the two month shot and she got sick again with the high-pitched screams, the fever, all of it. Of course I pushed Tylenol like you wouldn't believe.
She got her four-month shots, same thing -- fever, screaming, but she seemed to be fine. Then between the four-month and the six-month shots, her head circumference went from the 25th percentile, which is where she was because she is little, to the 90th. That should have been a red flag for me, but retrospectively I know now.
Dan: Was that noticeable to you or is that something that the doctor noticed when he measured or what?
Listen to audio from the whistleblower HERE. Below is an unofficial transcript from the audio.
"Oh my God. I cannot believe we did what we did, but we did."
Dr. Andrew Wakefield: "This is a real story of a real fraud. ...Deliberate. High-level deception of the American people with disastrous consequences for its children's health. ...
(Dr. Wakefield then described the inhumane treatment of black American man during the Tuskegee syphilis experiment that was conducted from 1932 to 1972.)
"Thirty years later the CDC was to do something arguably far worse. Over a decade ago, Dr. Scott Montgomery and I put forward a hypothesis for MMR vaccine and autism: the age you receive the vaccine influences the risk. ...We shared this hypothesis with vaccine officials, members of the Centers for Disease Control, at meetings in Washington, D.C. and Cold Spring Harbor. A group of senior vaccine safety people at the CDC studied it. It panned out. We were right--at least partly.
"By Nov 9, 2001, nearly thirteen years ago, senior CDC scientists knew that the younger age exposure to MMR was associated with an increased risk of autism. In 2004 they published, but they hid the results. ...
This week, a number of stories simultaneously acknowledged that yes, our children are more disabled than ever, autism is only one part of the issue, but it's probably just better awareness and nothing to worry about.
Here's how the mainstream media reported on a 10 year study of 200,000 children that doesn't explain why any of this is happening. The findings showed a 21 percent increase in developmental disabilities, without mentioning that in the past decade, autism has increased 78 percent.
It's another increase that no one can explain rationally. I think it's clear that the purpose of this study was to acknowledge the overall increase in disabilities while attributing it all to better recognition. This is just a sampling of the news out there. We are now so indoctrinated to accept problems in our children's ability to speak, to learn and to behave, that no one even thinks to ask where they're all coming from and what it all means. And if the world's top health officials don't see a problem, everything must be all right.
Listen to audio from the whistleblower HERE.
WATCHUNG, NJ--(Marketwired - August 18, 2014) - A top research scientist working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) played a key role in helping Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover data manipulation by the CDC that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys. The whistleblower came to the attention of Hooker, a PhD in biochemical engineering, after he had made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for original data on the DeStefano et al MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism study.
Dr. Hooker's study, published August 8 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Translational Neurodegeneration, shows that African-American boys receiving their first MMR vaccine before 36 months of age are 3.4 times more likely to develop autism vs. after 36 months.
According to Dr. Hooker, the CDC whistleblower informant -- who wishes to remain anonymous -- guided him to evidence that a statistically significant relationship between the age the MMR vaccine was first given and autism incidence in African-American boys was hidden by CDC researchers. After data were gathered on 2,583 children living in Atlanta, Georgia who were born between 1986 and 1993, CDC researchers excluded children that did not have a valid State of Georgia birth certificate -- reducing the sample size being studied by 41%. Hooker explains that by introducing this arbitrary criteria into the analysis, the cohort size was sharply reduced, eliminating the statistical power of the findings and negating the strong MMR-autism link in African American boys.
Dr. Hooker has worked closely with the CDC whistleblower, and he viewed highly sensitive documents related to the study via Congressional request from U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The CDC documents from Congress and discussions that Hooker had with the whistleblower reveal widespread manipulation of scientific data and top-down pressure on CDC scientists to support fraudulent application of government policies on vaccine safety. Based on raw data used in the 2004 DeStefano et al study obtained under FOIA, Dr. Hooker found that the link between MMR vaccination and autism in African-American boys was obscured by the introduction of irrelevant and unnecessary birth certificate criteria -- ostensibly to reduce the size of the study.
Aug 18, 2014, MDLinx.com: No rise in autism in 20 years
Aug 17, 2014, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch: Disabilities in [U.S.] kids rise; not physical problems
Aug 17, 2014, Augusta Chronicle: Know shot options
Aug 16, 2014, Sonoma County Press (CA) Democrat: For mentally ill students, school can add stressors
Aug 16, 2014, San Francisco Chronicle: Unscrambling autism laws
Aug 13, 2014, NY Post: Flu Shot Is Most Dangerous Vaccine in US: Report
Note: Sharyl continues to speak out as a journalist should - and we are grateful. Please bookmark her site - SharylAttkisson.com . We have covered the strange case of fugitive from justice Dr. Poul Thorsen (Principal Investigator on the Danish Autism Studies, indicted on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury) at AofA:
Autism Researcher Poul Thorsen Indicted
Round 2: CDCs Poul Thorsen Lying in Plain Sight
First Fraud: Dr. Poul Thorsen and the original “Danish Study”
Poul Thorsen Called Industry “Scumbag” Scientist and Mercury Shill
WANTED BY THE FEDS: Poul Thorsen, Who Helped Pull Off CDC Vaccine Autism Heist
From Ms. Attkisson:
A former Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researcher, best known for his frequently-cited studies dispelling a link between vaccines and autism, is still considered on the lam after allegedly using CDC grants of tax dollars to buy a house and cars for himself.
Poul Thorsen, listed as a most-wanted fugitive by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, was discredited in April 2011 when he was indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Some have argued that his alleged fraudulent behavior calls into question the validity of his studies. There is no indication the studies have been retracted to date.
According to the HHS Inspector General,
“From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
CDC employed Thorsen as a visiting scientist from Denmark prior to awarding grants to Denmark to fund “research involving the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines” and other disabilities. Thorsen is accused of diverting over $1 million of CDC grant money, public funds, for his personal use...
Read the full post and comment at Ms. Attkisson's site - HERE.
Despite the official denials and all the studies, moms who witnessed the damage done to their children are speaking out. Doctors have been trained to call this a coincidence and close their eyes to a generation of children now crippled by autism, learning disabilities, diabetes, seizures, arthritis, life-threatening allergies, bowel disease and asthma, but parents are scared. They simply don't believe officials who care more about their financial ties to industry than what's happening to our kids.
Where is the alarm? Where is the demand for answers? When is someone going to care about all the sick children? Anne Dachel
The Greater Good has some exciting news - we are launching a series of videos on the vaccine debate that are sure to open hearts and provoke thought. The first is about autism and we think you will find it very compelling. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks and months!
Well, the coming weeks and months have arrived! Below is the second video - scroll down to view the first.
So let's talk a little about what the government is saying and doing about autism. In March of 2014 CDC reported new "official" autism rates stating that 1 in 68 US kids has autism, with 1 in 42 boys. But a CDC telephone survey of 100,000 US parents just last year found that 1 in 50 US kids and 1 in 32 boys suffers from autism. Why the difference? The telephone survey was conducted in 2013 looking at 6-17 year olds in 2011-2012 whereas the "official" data are from 2010 but ONLY looking at 8 year-olds.
When my thirteen-year old daughter was six, she was at the magical age of "Mommy, when I grow up I'm going to be a ballerina, veterinarian, singer and baseball player. Oh, yes, I want to be a Mommy too. What do you want to be?" Gosh, if I had energy to be all of that I'd join Fiona in her fun. Most days I just want to take a nap, not do anymore work!
Fiona is heading into her teenage years. Pretend play has been replaced with reading novels, playing video games and hanging out with friends. Even though Fiona has outgrown most of the toys, her younger siblings are still knee-deep in pretend play. We both watch the younger siblings scatter her hand-me-down toys around the house taking turns making up the next imaginary adventure. During the school year, with a heavier workload than the littles have, Fiona will sometimes complain about how they get too loud and take over not just the playroom but the living and dining rooms as well. I remind Fiona that it wasn't so long ago that she too played as heartily as they do. She'll get a gleam in her eye and say, "Oh, yeah. I remember." We both laugh while also shaking our heads. When homework isn't as tough and when deadlines for projects aren't looming overhead, I encourage Fiona to take a break and jump in and play. She doesn't miss a beat and enjoys feeling like a little kid again.
It's fun to pretend and imagine ourselves elsewhere. On days when things get really tough, like during one of Ronan's meltdowns after he’s lashed out and pulled her hair, I know that sometimes Fiona longs to be somewhere else. She’d rather be with her typical friends in their quieter homes. Those friends have never been asked to take over seizure watch while their mom runs to the bathroom. They don't have to help change their 11-year-old brother's stinky diaper. They don't have to sit in waiting rooms for 30-60 minute stretches feeling as if time is standing still. While she's reading news stories about autism and asking questions about mito disease, some of her friends are posting pictures to Instagram and sends texts about a favorite pop star or television show. Fiona’s in a different place, worried about different things. Her experiences are very different than those of her peers, but I’m positive those experience will take her farther in life with good purpose.
I can see why Fiona wants to hang out elsewhere--on the very tough days, I sometimes want to run away too. We don't always have the luxury of getting her to social events with classmates but recognize how important it is to get some sort of respite from being the big sister. Just as I need some down time, so does she. To say thanks and to give her some time away, Fiona will get to do something fun out in town on the weekend with just Daddy. She'll get to stay up later to watch a medical documentary or a film about World War II. Other nights she and I will have chips and salsa while we look at her old baby pictures. Those nights bring the most giggles as we look back in time. That’s when life wasn’t as busy, when it wasn’t as stressful and her head was filled with playful dreams she couldn’t wait to fulfill.
Some of you AofA readers may remember my essay Evidence of Things Hoped For, Things Not Seen, a few months ago about the biggest game changer we’ve had with autism, the RPM method of communication. It’s been huge to finally know what our son is thinking and to be able to help him move toward the life he’s dreamed of, one involving a rich and age appropriate education.
One really interesting thing in all of this is to hear James’ thoughts on autism. I am a mom who from the moment I read Boyd Haley’s testimony to congress about mercury toxicity and thimerosal was 100% on board. James regressed three years before I got the “memo” but it ALL made perfect sense. The incredibly depressing and damning comparison that the original Safemind parents made of the symptoms of autism and the symptoms of mercury poisoning explained it all. James got mercury poisoned from my dental amalgams and from his introductory Hep B shot that contained what was to be the first of many doses of thimerosal.
I have spent the last 12 years ranting about the causes of autism. And trust me James has heard most of the rants so one would assume he agrees with me. He’s been to rallies on the National mall with us, he’s heard me practice my public comments for an IACC meeting, he has even heard Dan Olmstead talk about it at our dinner table! But he is not a total believer. Today his home school teacher asked him to write a “Last Lecture”. I guess these are like Ted Talks, kind of a big message for the world. He said he wanted his last lecture to be about “my life with autism”.
I am going to share his last lecture here but I want to point out a couple of things.
First of all you’ll see that he says “he changed when he was a child”. He doesn’t remember much about his early childhood but I think the reference to “hugs and cereal” is from hearing us describe him before his regression. We often say “he was so affectionate with his siblings, climbing into their laps to eat from their cereal bowls”.
Another point he makes is that he must have been “vulnerable” for vaccines to have caused an issue. Well I agree. And guess where the main vulnerability came from?
IV antibiotics during labor and delivery with zero, nada, no mention by any medical person about taking probiotics for him or me to replace the incredibly vital gut flora that got killed with the antibiotics. (See Teresa Conrick on the Microbiome).
So here are James’ thoughts today about autism. I expect them to change as he matures and as he learns more about himself and the world. I am incredibly grateful
for his courage and his positive attitude. These children were injured by no fault of their own but somehow the ones who are getting the chance to communicate are showing not a lot of bitterness and a whole a lot of bravery. I find it remarkable and inspiring.
Aug 14, 2014, CBS 2 Cedar Rapids, IA: Johnson Co. Seeing Rise in Vaccine Exemption
Aug 13, 2014, Forbes: Anti-Vaxx And Ebola Superstition Endanger Public
By Anne Dachel
Sharyl Attkisson is amazing. The Emmy-winning investigative journalist who left CBS News after 20 years has been very outspoken about malfeasance in the media. Attkisson has appeared on several network news shows, including CNN and Fox. She was on ABC's This Week on Aug 10, where, in a 46 second segment, she said some pretty incredible things that ABC should take to heart.
Attkisson speculated on how the Nixon controversy would have been handled in a world filled with today's television and social media obsessions.
SHARYL ATTKISSON: I think that we've gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists. And I like to think as what would happen today during a Nixon type scandal, Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to congress, his aides would refuse to testify to congress or would take the fifth or would lie to congress with fair amount of impunity. Woodward and Bernstein will be controversialized on social media by special and political interests.
MARTHA RADDATZ: Well, this is all very depressing--
ATTKISSON: -- Facebook accounts. And then at the end, Nixon would go on a popular late night comedy show during which time he would humorously refer to his attackers as people that were political witch hunters who believe in Area 51 type conspiracies.
RADDATZ: Well, I am going to just hope that people like you will keep pounding investigative journalists and get something done.
Hello, ABC? Were you guys listening? As a network, ABC has overwhelmingly failed to do more than be a mouthpiece for those defending the vaccine makers. They've also failed to honestly report on what autism is doing to our children.
ABC has blamed bad genes...
2009 Autism's Possible Genetic Link "A major part of the answer is genetics." Dr.Geraldine Dawson in interviewed.