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Polio vaxBelow is an article that ran in Vaccination News.  Thank you to VN for allowing us to excerpt it here.

By  F Edward Yazbak MD

It is safe to say that in the last few years, researchers who dared question a vaccination policy or only mention vaccination and autism in the same sentence were certain to get a public and unrelenting flagellation.

I was therefore overjoyed when the accomplishment of a distinguished researcher in that venue was recognized. It was certainly wonderful to hear that the Briloff Committee at Baruch College very recently awarded The Briloff Prize for 2012 to Dr. Gayle DeLong for her magnificent exposé titled “Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Safety Research”. In the citation, the Committee described Dr. DeLong’s publication as “an excellent exposition of ethical issues and biases in the examination of conflicts of interests related to vaccine safety research. The main thrust of this paper is the questioning of the ethics of industry sponsorship of vaccine use.”

 The abstract of Dr. DeLong’s article  on PubMed summarizes the extensive document quite clearly:

“Conflicts of interest (COIs) cloud vaccine safety research. Sponsors of research have competing interests that may impede the objective study of vaccine side effects. Vaccine manufacturers, health officials, and medical journals may have financial and bureaucratic reasons for not wanting to acknowledge the risks of vaccines. Conversely, some advocacy groups may have legislative and financial reasons to sponsor research that finds risks in vaccines. Using the vaccine-autism debate as an illustration, this article details the conflicts of interest each of these groups faces, outlines the current state of vaccine safety research, and suggests remedies to address COIs. Minimizing COIs in vaccine safety research could reduce research bias and restore greater trust in the vaccine program.”
Dr. DeLong’s previous publication (2011) titled “A positive association found between autism prevalence and childhood vaccination uptake across the U.S. population”  was, I thought, just as remarkable.  Its PubMed abstract was also an informative and clear summary of the author’s extensive research:


 “The reason for the rapid rise of autism in the United States that began in the 1990s is a mystery. Although individuals probably have a genetic predisposition to develop autism, researchers suspect that one or more environmental triggers are also needed. One of those triggers might be the battery of vaccinations that young children receive. Using regression analysis and controlling for family income and ethnicity, the relationship between the proportion of children who received the recommended vaccines by age 2 years and the prevalence of autism (AUT) or speech or language impairment (SLI) in each U.S. state from 2001 and 2007 was determined. A positive and statistically significant relationship was found: The higher the proportion of children receiving recommended vaccinations, the higher was the prevalence of AUT or SLI. A 1% increase in vaccination was associated with an additional 680 children having AUT or SLI. Neither parental behavior nor access to care affected the results, since vaccination proportions were not significantly related (statistically) to any other disability or to the number of pediatricians in a U.S. state. The results suggest that although mercury has been removed from many vaccines, other culprits may link vaccines to autism. Further study into the relationship between vaccines and autism is warranted.”

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“The devil made me do it”

Sure!

Except that the devil in this case is usually rectangular, flat and green and carries the portrait of a US President. The amount of money recently going from drug and vaccine companies mostly to helpful doctors but also to several research institutions can only be described as obscene.

A nice resource on the subject is well worth a visit. 

The just updated site opens with the following statement: “ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs database contains more than $2 billion in payments to doctors, other medical providers and health care institutions that have been disclosed by 15 pharmaceutical companies since 2009.” 

The sales of the fifteen disclosing companies reportedly represented 41% of the US Market in 2011.
On another screen,  one can easily search for the names of the lucky and fortunate recipients of Big Pharma’s largesse.

On a third screen,  the states are listed in alphabetical order together with the corresponding number of dollars spent as payments to physicians and institutions in 2011. The four states with the largest payments to physicians or grants to institutions were California: $241,788,042, Florida: $168,661,914, Texas: $161,199,659 and New York: $142,114,783.    Read the full article at Vaccination News.

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Paul S

Terrific expose’ summary of bilking, Conflict of Interest, self servingness, dishonesty, thievery, incompetence and Jiggling of the study for biased outcomes. Thorsen’s thievery distracts from the real tragedy, that if the CDC really wanted to find the cause(s) of Autism, these bastards in charge would fund studies performed by independent qualified scientific investigators without a preconceived outcome in mind from the ‘get go’. Thank you Dr Ed Yazbak for all your hard work and dedication!!!!
If these people In the Government agencies responsible for the health of the American citizens, do not stop addressing their corrupt agendas we will never find the cause of the Autism tragic epidemic and will never learn the action to take to not affect one more child and family.

Taximom

In case anyone wants to read Dr. Gayle DeLong's article "Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Safety Research," it is here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22375842

Sandy Gottstein

If I remember correctly, it was thought by some of us at the time that the reason they phased in the acellular vaccine was to avoid having it be obvious that the old vaccine was problematic.

Adam M

RE: Carter's Daddy

Exactly. Does anyone here really think it was a coincidence that they started relentlessly pushing the flu shot and started recommending more aluminum containing shots at precisely time when the full dose thimerosal vaccines were supposedly phased out? The Simpsonwood transcript is the defining document on this grand deception. Back to my first point if all the bias were taken out and an honest investigation were carried out with all the books opened and total transparency, what would be revealed would show the public how badly we've been deceived (and not just about thimerosal but vaccines in general ) and why the authorities could never be trusted again and not just about vaccines. Their whole system would be over with. And that would bring them to the question of justice and retribution.

jen

Carter's daddy, you're right. Esp, in the US where hep b at birth is the norm and so many people use Peds (more flu shots in infancy and pre-natally) they will say it's something happening "in utero"/ genetic etc. We really need to be able to compare incidence in US to Canada. Canada shouldn't be spouting off CDC stats.

Sandy Gottstein

Another reason why this travesty continues? The Perfect Business Plan http://bit.ly/eFKHa4

Carter's Daddy

These conflicts of interest(and I mean more generally than in this article, like the revolving doors of appointments between CDC and pharma, FDA and big food, Donald Rumsfeld getting hired out of the white house to helm Searle then hand picking his buddies for an FDA panel to get Aspartame approved, for example(btw Searle is now owned by Monsanto)) have been well known for decades. Most people turn a blind eye to it, and certainly the people that are supposed to enforce it don't, because of those very conflicts, but a slightly sharp critical eye notices. Yes, these conflicts are blatant, and nothing gets done about it. The reason for that is obvious but that it's a marker for just how corrupt and beyond repair the whole system really is, is seriously distressing for me. Hypocracy! If I were to do a Homeopathy trial, I know pharma would be making sure their lap dogs in government will watch me closely to find the slightest hint of impropriety so they can refute it, debunk me, have Brian Deer file a complaint and then report on it and generally deter me. So I would have to be very careful and scrupulous, dotting every i and crossing every t just so, but they would spend millions combing over it and they will find something they can comment on to start chipping at my armour, all the while making sure Murdoch spreads it all over the globe.
Adam I like your comment on in utero vacciation. Children getting thimerosol and other poisons from vaccines in utero gives more excuse for the establishment's lemmings to say they were "born with it"(just like the developmental pediatrician that gives you the initial official ASD diagnosis on your child), and therefor it was not environmental or acquired. This kind of illogical thinking is quietly allowed by those controlling the media.

Benedetta

As Adam said - or so we were told, then we find out that there is trace amounts -- just a trace.

Yes, it was not much more than a trace to begin with.

JerseyGuy

In addition to their payments to doctors, Big Pharma pays its top executives an average of $46 million a year, according to today's Wall Street Journal (p. B2). So someone who reaches the top ranks of management at age 45 and retires at 70 would earn more than $1 billion in salary alone.

Adam M

Minimizing COIs in vaccine safety research could reduce research bias and restore greater trust in the vaccine program.”

IF YOU TOOK ALL THE BIAS OUT THERE WOULD BE NO TRUST IN THE PROGRAM. THE TRUST THAT EXISTS NOW IS BASED ON THE PUBLIC'S IGNORANCE OF THE FACTS AND BELIEF IN MYTHS ABOUT VACCINES.

The results suggest that although mercury has been removed from many vaccines, other culprits may link vaccines to autism.

ALTHOUGH TRUE THAT IT HAS BEEN REDUCED IN HEP B, HIB & DTAP (OR SO WERE TOLD) THE FLU SHOT PUT A STAGGERING AMOUNT BACK IN AND MOVED UP THE FIRST EXPOSURE TO IN UTERO. THE REST OF THE POISON COCKTAIL ISN'T DOING ANY GOOD EITHER BUT DON'T TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE MERCURY.

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