Thanks to Jeannette Bishop for this unofficial text of Posey remarks on U.S. House floor: TO BEGIN WITH, I AM ABSOLUTELY, RESOLUTEY PRO-VACCINE. Advancements in medical immunization have saved countless lives and greatly benefitted public health. That being said, it's troubling to me that in a recent Senate hearing on childhood vaccinations, it was never mentioned that our government has paid out over three billion dollars through a vaccine injury compensation program for children who have been injured by vaccinations. Regardless of the subject matter, parents making decisions about their children's health deserve to have the best information available to them. They should be able to count on federal agencies to tell them the truth.
For these reasons I bring the following matter to the House floor: In August 2014, Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worked with a whistleblower attorney to provide my office with documents related to a 2004 CDC study that examined the possibility of a relationship between mumps, measles, rubella vaccines and autism. In a statement released in August 2014, Dr. Thompson stated, "I regret that my co-authors and I omitted," OMITTED, "statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the Journal of Pediatrics." [end quote]
Mr. Speaker, I respectfully request the following excerpts from the statement written by Dr. Thompson be entered into the record. Now quoting Dr. Thompson: "My primary job duties while working in the immunization safety branch from 2000-06 were to lead or co-lead three major vaccine safety studies. The MADDSP MMR Autism Cases controlled study was being carried out in response to the Wakefield Lancet study that suggested an association between the MMR vaccine and an autism-like health outcome. There were several major concerns among scientists and consumers advocates outside the CDC in the fall of 2000 regarding the execution of the Verstraeten study.
"One of the important goals that was determined up front in the spring of '01 before any of these studies started was to have all three protocols vetted outside the CDC prior to start of the analyses so that consumer advocates could not claim that we were presenting analyses that suited our own goals and biases.
"We hypothesized that if we found statistically significant effects at either 18 or 36 month thresholds, we would conclude that vaccinating children early with MMR vaccine could lead to autism-like characteristics or features.
"We all met and finalized the study protocol and analysis plan. The goal was to not deviate from the analysis plan to avoid the debacle that occurred with the Verstraeten thimerosal study published in Pediatrics in '03. At the September 5th meeting we discussed in detail how to code race for both the sample and the birth certificate sample. At the bottom of Table 7, it also shows that for the non-birth-certificate sample, the adjusted race effect statistical significance was huge.
"All the authors and I met and decided sometime between August and September '02 not to report any race effects for the paper. Some time soon after the meeting we decided to exclude reporting any race effects, the co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard-copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.
"However, because I assumed it was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hard copies of all documents in my office, and I retained all associated computer files. I believe we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the Pediatrics paper." [end of quote of the doctor]
Mr. Speaker, I believe it's our duty to insure that the documents Dr. Thompson provided are not ignored. Therefore, I will provide them to members of Congress and the House committees upon request. Considering the nature of the whistleblower's documents, as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted. So I ask, Mr. Speaker, I beg, I implore my colleagues on the appropriations committees to please, please take such action. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.
Wise words from Cynthia Cournoyer: "
The people in the health industry actively, yes deliberately and actively, disregard any information coming at them. This is the only possible explanation for their wholehearted embrace of the vaccine philosophy that says, vaccines are safe and effective. We learn from those health care workers that left the industry because they felt they could no longer go against their conscience. The idea that vaccines are doing more harm than good is devastating to the status quo. Those who still administer vaccines? Too dangerous to read package inserts and then investigate. Too dangerous to be curious about anything vaccine related. Just ignore common sense and go along to get along. Put the blinders on... la la la la, hands over ears!"
Whatever else one may say about him, there's no denying that the leading GOP candidate for president says the insane CDC vaccination schedule causes autism. And he trusts parents over "fudged-up reports."
"There is a peril in faith in government orthodoxies." -- RFK Jr.
Nice to see a capital-D Democrat, California State Sen. Mike Gatto, call the new anti-choice vaccine law there "too broad to be constitutional" in USA Today op-ed. This is a nonpartisan issue.
Gov. Brown signs California bill sharply limiting vaccine exemptions for schoolchildren, MSNBC reports.
So sorry to hear Dr. Jeff Bradstreet has died. He was a doctor, friend, and mentor to so many. The loss of too many fighters too young is weighing on our community.
Eli Lilly is sponsoring CNN bio of Glen Campbell, who is bravely facing Alzheimer's. Lilly's chutzpah is breathtaking -- they unleashed thimerosal, which causes autism and (in the souped-up flu shot) no doubt Alzheimer's.
1938: the last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in their (and my) hometown, Chicago. Congrats! And the first year autism was observed, triggered by first use of ethyl mercury in vaccines and pesticides. Autism is recent.
Supreme Court set to decide on "major rule requiring coal- and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants hangs in the balance," USA Today reports.