Note: A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation highlights some of the shortcomings of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) . AoA publishes David Foster’s submission to the pharma/government funded website Shot of Prevention in response to Dorit Reiss’s duplicitous review of the report.
By David Foster
Dorit Reiss has a history of glossing over vaccine safety issues so her approach taken here in commenting on a new GAO report [1,2] on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation program (NVICP) is not surprising. In the past she has used terms like "plaintiff-friendly", "reduced causation standards" and "relaxed evidence rules" to characterize this program.  I would argue that no one who is actually familiar with this program, or has personally talked with anyone who has had the misfortune to endure it, would consider Dorit Reiss a credible source after reading these comments.
I postulate here that Dorit's conclusions regarding the NVICP are pre-ordained. I do not believe for a second that she had any intention of actually investigating the NVICP or reporting fairly on the GAO report. Why do I say that? Consider the following. She is commenting on a GAO report, and she includes the link to the report's summary in her article, in which she claims:
"Basically, the court removed the requirement of general causation: petitioners no longer have to show that there is scientific evidence supporting a causal connection. If there is a theory that sounds probable to the Special Masters – lawyers, not scientists – and a temporal connection, a case may win even absent scientific support. [...] But it is a very real relaxation of the petitioners’ burden to prove their case, allowing them to win, on occasion, with just a theory supported by one expert." 
As is always the case with Dorit Reiss, it is not necessarily what she says that is most important, but what she leaves out. In this case, she neglects to mention the following (which comes from the SUMMARY PAGE OF THE REPORT SHE IS COMMENTING ON):
"Since fiscal year 1999, HHS has added six vaccines to the vaccine injury table, but it has not added covered injuries associated with these vaccines to the table. This means that while individuals may file VICP claims for these vaccines, each petitioner must demonstrate that the vaccine that was administered caused the alleged injury. HHS is considering adding covered injuries associated with these vaccines; but as of September 2014, it had not published any final rules to do so."
Did you catch that?
The NVICP has a list of "Table Injuries" which is essentially a list of injuries for which HHS will presume causation, for each vaccine recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP). Don't you think it would be important to mention that HHS has neglected (I use that word very much on purpose) to add any new injuries to the table for ALL vaccines added since 1999? For the record, that is 15 years ago and in that time SIX new vaccines, most in multiple doses, have been added to the schedule.
In our online conversation Dorit claims that for "regular" (off-table) injuries "the requirement of general causation is basically waived".  But this is not consistent with the following from the very GAO report she is supposedly commenting on: "Individuals seeking compensation may submit claims for injuries not listed on the table (called off-table injuries) but they need to demonstrate by the preponderance of the evidence that the vaccine caused the alleged injury."
Did you catch that?
Beginning in January, the long-awaited documentary film Trace Amounts by directors Eric Gladen and Shiloh Levine will screen in theaters across the country. It tells the true story of Eric’s experience with vaccine injury at age 29 that changed his life forever.
Through his harrowing tale of physical and mental anguish, and what it took to get well, he not only learned that what had happened to him didn’t have to happen, but that it had happened to children across the globe. He made it his life’s mission to make it right.
Upon recovery, he gave up his career as an engineer and dedicated his life to telling this story. Using his savings, he bought a tour bus, a camera, hired a film crew, and spent years touring the country interviewing experts and meticulously piecing together the details of what had happened and why.
The result is Trace Amounts, a movie that for those of us who have lived through this will take your breath away…in a good way. It will validate everything you experienced and then some, proving beyond any doubt, this happened: the very institutions that were supposed to look out for our children failed.
This. Is. Our. Story.
The story is told by a man who had nothing to gain by doing it. By a man who was just that, a man when he was vaccine injured, able to articulate exactly how it happened, how it felt, and what it took to get better. An adult who experienced precisely what so many of our kids have, but unlike them, has the voice to tell the world and who feels obligated to do so on their behalf.
It is hard to put into words the gratitude I personally feel towards Eric and his team for doing this. How do you thank someone for advocating on your child’s behalf in such a powerful and meaningful way?
Well, there’s one way. Help us.
We are looking to make this movie a movement. We have the resources. We have an incredible team in place. We have all of the pieces we need ready to go. Now, all we need is you.
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We invite you to read this document from Vaccine Choice Canada. As I approach my oldest daughter's 20th birthday, I think back to the dearth of safety information I had access to while pregnant. I researched cribs, car seats, teething toys, foods - you name it. It never occurred to me to research vaccine safety. After all, what doctor would give my baby something unsafe? Today's parents have the luxury and the curse of access to info I never did. They have to make choices, fight battles, wrestle with their ingrained beliefs and forge a path for their newborns. Ignorance might be bliss - but a lifetime of vaccine injury is anything but. I learned the hard way. Looking back, I know that Kim Stagliano circa 1994 would never have really listened to anyone who told me that vaccines could cause severe, life changing injury. We face that same push-back today. It's unthinkable. Impossible. Vaccines don't cause autism. Except when they do. Kim
The introduction from this handbook reads as follows (read the full document here):
Congratulations on the creation of new life! This is an exciting and wonderful time. We wish you well on your journey of parenthood.
We trust you have come to this information because of your desire to know more and to make the best possible choice for the health of your new born child. We commend you on your commitment to making an informed decision and on your willingness to fully embrace the responsibility of parenthood.
We believe the decision of whether to vaccinate your new born child is one of the most difficult decisions you will be asked to make as a parent. We wish this decision wasn’t so difficult. Unfortunately it is. The politicized nature of the vaccine debate and the lack of balanced reporting in the media make it difficult for parents to have access to sufficient information to make an informed choice.
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By Kim Stagliano
New outlets reported last week that the flu shot is a poor match for the current viruses. Fox News pointed out the some experts are questioning the CDC's forecasting:
CDC sent an advisory to doctors noting that one component of this year's flu vaccine was only partially protective against the predominant flu virus, known as influenza A (H3N2), which has mutated since the current flu shots were made....
"No one really knows what is going on here with the flu strains and the match using the current methods," said Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert from the University of Minnesota.
In a 2011 paper, Osterholm found flu shots only protected about 59 percent of the population. "For all we know, this vaccine may work as well as it does every other year."
Dr. Richard Zimmerman of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, however, said that, while not perfect, the methods offer "a reasonable proxy" for what will happen.
Can you imagine any other product failing to perform so badly and yet being pushed, in some cases virtually forced, on Americans like the flu vaccine? If this were a car, heck, a a child's toy... it would be banned for abject failure.
The war on flu is akin to the American war on drugs. We know it's not working, we know it's creating problems, we know the return on investment in terms of actual health is dismal but we keep hammering away with "Just Say No." Someone has a good return on investment though - that's American healthcare.
Elena Conis, Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014, $27.50, 353 pp.)
On November 8 the on-line magazine Salon published an excerpt from this book, under the heading “Jenny McCarthy’s new war on science: Vaccines, autism and the media’s shame”. The headline, however, bore no resemblance to the actual book, leading one to suspect the editors of Salon had not read it to the end. When they do, they may realize, to their dismay, that in promoting this book, they scored an own goal. For if their objective is to persuade readers to stop asking questions about vaccines, Vaccine Nation will have (happily) the opposite effect.
Elena Conis is a young historian of science at Emory University. Her Vaccine Nation is a remarkably insightful first book, which is already causing a splash. Another excerpt has been published in the Atlantic. In the book review section of Nature magazine, Vaccine Nation was rated one of “the week's best science picks”, and the Times Higher Education Supplement called it “a fine social history of an ongoing story”. Prof. Conis clearly isn’t an “anti-vaxxer”, but she has produced a strikingly honest, fair-minded, and informed chronicle of the vaccine controversy in the United States. She illuminates issues that others have obfuscated, and she opens up discussions that some have tried to shut down. She understands that vaccine policy is determined not solely by objective science, but also by politics, profits, prejudices, and bureaucratic imperatives. She neither endorses nor condemns vaccine resistance: her aim is to understand the larger causes behind this growing movement. But anyone who reads this book with an unprejudiced mind is likely to conclude that the skeptics had good reason to be skeptical.
For those who say there is no scientific debate about vaccination, Prof. Conis shows that there has always been a debate. She scotches the myth, repeatedly reinforced in newspaper stories, that nobody thought to question vaccines before Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy. Vaccine skepticism was rampant in both America and Britain a century ago, faded out (but never entirely disappeared) in the 1950s and 1960s, and then came surging back owing to a number of converging factors. After Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) raised public concerns about environmental toxins, first in pesticides and then in a host of consumer products, questions were inevitably asked about toxins in vaccines. Starting with the volume Our Bodies Ourselves (1971), feminists charged that the male medical establishment didn’t listen to female patients and were not honest about the risks associated with many drugs and contraceptives. Not all “Warrior Moms” were radical feminists, but they viewed vaccines and vaccine manufacturers with the same kind of fierce distrust. The “natural childrearing” movement took off with the launch of Mothering magazine (1976), where vaccination was sharply debated in letters to the editor. The wisdom of mass inoculation was seriously challenged in widely-read books by philosopher Ivan Illich (Medical Nemesis, 1976) and physician Robert Mendelsohn (Confessions of a Medical Heretic, 1979). Then there was 1976 swine flu immunization fiasco and, in the 1980s, shocking revelations about tragic reactions to the DPT shot. One FDA bureaucrat frankly dismissed the idea of informed consent to the DPT: “If we told parents there was a risk of brain damage, there’s no question what their response would be.” (121) All that set in motion a broad grassroots movement for what Conis calls “the democratization of vaccine knowledge.” (126) And it all happened long before Dr. Wakefield and Ms. McCarthy got involved.
Surely you're familiar with Nancy Grace, the attorney from Headline News who helps provide publicity and one would hope justice for the underdog. Imagine our surprise (and hers) when Rebecca Estepp educated her on vaccination injury liability and the lack thereof. Another informative national TV appearance that moved the ball down the field by Rebecca. Let's continue to educate Ms. Grace on the inequities of vaccine law. She could become a strong ally.
Nancy Grace Learns Nancy Grace Learns On Air that Families Cannot Sue for Vaccine Injury
In most cases, families who have a member suffer from a vaccine injury do not learn that their right to civil action against those who made and delivered the vaccine have been removed until after they become victims of vaccine injury.
It is facinating to see a nationally known journalist/lawyer, who focuses of victims rights, learn that fact on air in the middle of an interview from one of the people she is interviewing. In this case it was Nancy Grace who was taken aback to learn from Health Choice Communications Director Rebecca Estepp, that once a family has a vaccine injured child, their only recourse is to file a claim with Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) . These VICP claims are unsuccessful four out of five times. Which leaves parents learning the hard way that they are "on their own" when it comes to caring for vaccine injured children.
We hope you will join us in encouraging Nancy Grace to explore the corruption in the vaccine program that has been caused by the liability protection given to vaccine interests, and that has caused untold tens of thousands of children to become victims of vaccine injury, and left their families with little or no recourse for their care. https://twitter.com/NancyGraceHLN
We invite you to share this letter with your pediatrian, who is probably unaware of the OGI complaint regarding the CDC vaccine whistleblower. Thank you to Autism Media Channel for sharing.
On October 14, 2014, a complaint was filed with the Office of Research Integrity and the relevant authority at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As a result of this Complaint, there may be serious legal consequences going
forward as pertaining to clients in your practice or place of business.
This notice calls for your immediate attention to scientific misconduct at theNational Immunization Program of the CDC. Full details of this misconduct,
confirmed in a public statement by CDC Senior Scientist and co-author of the
science in question, Dr. William Thompson, can be found at http://media.wix.com/ugd/b3aa2b_da6435ff9a2144d6aa3358fec58550af.pdf.
The purpose of this notice is to inform you of the above misconduct and to
make you aware that CDC scientists identified and concealed statisticallysignificant data that showed causal associations between MMR vaccinationtiming and autism risk in specific subgroups of children.
By Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde
National Law Review published an article on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) on 10/13/14. The author, Jenna Greene, did a thorough job of interviewing people who have worked in the program and reported on concerns that many people concerned about vaccine injury have been pointing out for years.
We recommend that people read the full article here:
The article noted how contentious the program has become. Many of the comments in the article are remarkable. Here is a sampling:
"I'm so disappointed in it," said Michael Hugo, senior litigation counsel to Khorrami Boucher's Boston office…it makes me sick to try to do these cases because I've seen how bad it has become."
It wasn't supposed to be difficult. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was originally created as a bail-out for pharmaceutical companies, which during the 1980s were being hammered in court by juries sympathetic to brain-damaged children, even if the vaccine makers had properly produced the product. By the end of 1984, only one company was still making the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine and shortages loomed.
"It was supposed to be a friendly, fast alternative program that didn't require the protections plaintiffs would have in civil litigation," such as discovery or trial by jury, Gentry said. "It's the complete opposite."
Once again, HRSA’s David Bowman comments about autism cases:
The fight these days isn't about autism, at least not much. In 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld two decisions by special masters rejecting a causal connection between vaccines and autism. Since then, 4,926 of 5,637 autism cases have been dismissed by the vaccine court, according David Bowman, a spokesman for the Health Resources and Services Administration. The court "has not compensated any cases based upon autism alone in the absence of sudden serious brain illness after vaccination," he wrote in an email.
Oh dear. Did Dr. Nancy "exempt" herself from the rules to which she demands everyone else adhere? Vaccine industry watchdog, NBC News' Dr. Nancy Snyderman appears to have been caught not taking her responsibility to "the herd" seriously. You know Dr. Nancy - the woman who, during the H1N1 scare admonished viewers, "There's no conspiracy, listen to your government, just get the damn vaccine!" Yes, the woman who tells us all that risk benefit analysis is secondary to protecting your neighbor, so called herd immunity, was spotted in Princeton, New Jersey according to several eye witneses (see below.)
Ah, the price of fame, fortune and pharma, nowhere to run or hide.
She seemed to disregard her voluntary 21 day isolation following her proximity to Ebola during a trip to Liberia on the NBC "If it bleeds it leads" disease tour. I think the mention of the "black Mercedes" by Planet Princeton (below) was a nice touch. Perhaps she thought that her car was considered isolation - tell that to the guys at the car wash....
Dr. Snyderman has been issued a full quarantine in response to her lackadaisical approach to Ebola.
Planet Princeton reported:
Several Planet Princeton readers have reported seeing NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman in public over the past day.
Snyderman allegedly was seen sitting in her car outside of the Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro this afternoon. A reader reported that a man who was with her got out of the car and went inside the restaurant to pick up a take-out order. Another man was in the back seat of her black Mercedes. Snyderman had sunglasses on and had her hair pulled back, the reader said.
An American freelance cameraman working with Snyderman in Liberia last week tested positive for Ebola. Snyderman, a resident of Princeton, was flown back to the United States with a crew member on a private charter flight this weekend. Snyderman and her crew were going to be placed under voluntary quarantine for 21 days as a precaution, NBC News President Deborah Turness announced in a written statement on Oct. 3 (see the letter below). NBC said the group would be closely monitored and was showing no symptoms or warning signs of Ebola.
Hard to believe it's October 1st. Autumn in America means a strong push for back to school vaccinations, flu shots, pneumonia shots, boosters and disease scares (willkommen, Ebola and Enterovirus.) And like the leaves from the trees, some people who receive a vaccination will FALL.
We have a reporting system in America calles VAERS. It is a resource to report and document an injury. If you have an injury story to share - we are Tweeting using several hashtags today. Join us, speak up, speak out, because you know the media will remain silent as is their prime directive. We will not.
I met a Mom last night whose 18 year old son was neurotypical until a strep infection followed by a vaccine at age 11. Doctors at Yale acknowledged his vaccine injury. He launched into severe mental illness and is now institutionalized. He received compensation for his vaccine injury from the Federal Government. KS
Thank you to longtime reader Josh Mazer for this letter to the editor at The Capital Gazette. Please share from the Gazette website and comment there.
The Sunday Capital article (Sept. 14) "Nearly 1,000 students lack proof of vaccinations" contains misleading and inaccurate statements. Please allow me to correct the record. Vaccines are not "required" to attend school, nor are they safe and "effective."
Title 10 of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene allows opt outs of vaccination for medical contraindications, religious exemptions and proof of immunity by positive blood test. This was not mentioned in the article.
The article says, "vaccinations are the best way to prevent disease." Not always. Attenuated pertussis vaccine can spread the disease via vaccine-mediated facilitation. Unvaccinated children are less likely to develop B. parapertussis infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report over 95 percent of recent U.S. pertussis cases occurred in populations that are fully (four or more DTaP shots) vaccinated; the same is true of measles outbreaks.
This month U.S. District Judge Darnell C. Jones II ruled that two whistleblower lawsuits filed by former Merck virologists will proceed. The judge heard evidence that Merck systematically lies and falsifies research to grossly overstate the effectiveness of mumps vaccine.
“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 which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”
William W. Thompson, CDC Scientist
The revelations of CDC scientist William Thompson are stunning. Thompson has admitted that he and the other co-authors of a 2004 study removed data that showed a 340% increase in African-American children who received the MMR vaccine. This conduct violated the study’s original design and was clearly done to bury the link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
If the staff at the CDC’s Division of Vaccine Safety altered data in this study to conceal connections between autism and vaccine injury, one must question the integrity of all the research that the CDC has produced and sponsored. A pattern of altering data in vaccine safety studies to maintain the government’s policy that “vaccines don’t cause autism” is now becoming obvious to anyone who objectively looks past the press releases describing government sponsored research. Many have pointed to a similar pattern of data manipulation in the Verstraaten study. Papers submitted by Price et al feature flawed designs that renders them virtually useless.
The research of Poul Thorsen’s Denmark team also featured questionable use of data. Poul Thorsen (see below) continues to be a wanted man - a fugitive from justice – indicted in 2011 for stealing over 1 million dollars from the CDC.
OIG Fugitive: Poul Thorsen
I work as an administrator in a criminal justice agency and I’ve managed federal grants. I find it remarkable that Thorsen could have spent federal money the way he did – purchasing a home, a motor cycle and expensive cars. The federal employees I’ve worked with have always been responsible professionals, active partners who stayed involved in the way the grant money was utilized. I couldn’t image deceiving federal grant administrators the way Thorsen did. No one at the CDC noticed what was going on?
What went on with the CDC’s supervision of Thorsen doesn’t add up. Could he really have committed so much grant fraud without someone inside CDC noticing?
Where did Poul Thorsen come from? Who brought him into the CDC?
From: Yeargin-Alisopp, Marshalyn -
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 2:36 PM
To: Cordero, Jose
Cc: Schende~, Diana; Murphy, Catherine; Boyle, Coleen; Decoufle, Pierre; Thorsen, Poul; Yeargin-Allsopp, Marshalyn; Sinks, Tom
Subject: Proposal for study of MMR vaccine and autism in Denmark
Jose, As we discussed on Friday, we have become aware through Poul Thorsen of an exciting opportunity to study the role of MMR vaccine and autism using several registries/existing studies and the repository of biologic specimens and laboratory capabilities in Denmark. Attached below is a proposal for such a study. Poul will be leaving on Thursday to travel to Denmark where he will be meeting with the PIs for the proposed study on June 6th. We would like to be able to have Poul say whether it is likely that CDC(NIP) can fund the study, if NIP is interested. The proposed budget is included; there may be additional sources of funding (in addition to NIP) but we are not certain at this time. Unfortunately, the DD Branch does not have much (if any) $$ to fund the study, but we do have the expertise that we have developed due to the autism surveillance in Atlanta and the MMR/autism case-control study. I will be out of the office tomorrow, but you may contact Diana or Poul if you have questions. Thank you so much for considering this proposal.
A new video from the Autism Media Channel has audio of CDC Senior Scientist William Thompson calling on Congress to step in because the CDC is afraid to do the right research and tell the truth: "I have a boss who is asking me to lie". A Must-Hear!
Click HERE to view the video.
By Anne Dachel
Like most everyone out there, I get a lot of information from my Facebook page. So many articles and videos that I would never be able to search out for myself, instantly appear there. I really appreciate what my 4,100+ "friends" post to me.
I recently found this: Life with Autism in Pictures: The lion who had no courage.
The photo really needs no words. It's a mother with her disabled son. The young man in diapers is the side of autism we never see in feel good stories during April, Celebrate Autism Month. The photo made me think of Michelangelo's Pieta, the Virgin Mary grieving as she holds the body of her crucified son, Jesus. Or maybe one of the Mary Cassatt paintings of a mother and child. The image of this maternal bond is universal. It's also heartbreaking when it involves someone who was left like this because of the vaccines he received as baby.
The young man is Brandon Guppy, age 20, shown with his mother, Michelle. Michelle has the blog, Life with Autism in Pictures,
where she writes about her son. More importantly, she shows us photos of what his life is like.
"On my 'Life with Autism' blog, it is my hope that the words you read are inspirational in some way. But on this blog --- I wanted it to be different. I wanted the pictures to be more powerful than the words. Here will be some of our most powerful pictures in our 'Life with Autism' - with only a few words to explain..."
Monday, Sept 8, 2014, Michelle posted, "The lion who had no courage" that reads like a journal account. She specifically addressed members of the media, admonishing them to cover this issue honestly and thoroughly.
"Doing away with vanity & dignity tonight.
"I'm sure Brandon would forgive me if perhaps it would make one member of the mainstream media try and help him... I doubt they'll ever see this, much like I doubt today's seizures would be the last. But, one can hope....
"He's had seizures yet again today...and finally at 8 pm he tried to get up. He's been on the gymnastics mat on the floor of his bedroom right where he landed from the first seizure in falling out of bed this morning. Most parents have the luxury of waking up to the sound of an alarm. I frequently wake up to the sound of choking, some body part banging against the wall, or a loud thud as he hits the floor. I met him in the hallway and by the look in his eyes I knew we better go back in his room and not dare try and go downstairs. It's hard to describe seeing your child like that...."
Michelle criticized the media for failing to report on the CDC whistleblower scandal.
...When Todd got upstairs from hearing him have a seizure, I asked him to take this picture. I want the media to see who it is they are silencing by refusing to report on the CDC Whistleblower story. I want them to see just how "vaccines save lives" actually plays out in real life. I want them to see what the trade off of acute recoverable illnesses for chronic lifelong debilitating illnesses looks like. And as much as they try to ignore it, that trade off does have a face. And there are thousands of them. I want them to see this and be brave enough to look me in the eye and ask me which I would rather my son have had - a miserable two week ugly rash in measles that would provide a lifetime of immunity and a stronger immune system for having survived it; or a lifetime of illness and seizures and a weakened immune system. And I want them to show that answer to the world.
I want them to see who they have forsaken as an accomplice to their preservation of Pharma's fairytale illusions of health, herd immunity, and the greater good.
Editor’s Note: This is the second story (the first was How Autism Happens: A Conversation with Kathryn Wolcott) in which parents tell how they watched their child develop autism – and Sheila Ealey has quite a story to tell. She lives in New Orleans, but, married to a military man, has moved around the country. She set up a school for special needs kids in New Orleans, in part to help her autistic son, Temple, but the day it was to open, Hurricane Katrina swept in. She relocated to Houston with thousands of others but is now back in New Orleans; the school, the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, is thriving. I met Sheila at an autism conference in 2006, introduced by our mutual friend Brooke Potthast. With the news about the higher risk of autism in black males, and the CDC effort to hide it I remembered our conversation and Brooke helped me get in touch. The conversation starts with her son, Temple, and his twin, Lucinda, at a military hospital in Maryland for their one-year shots along with their older sister. If you want to participate, e-mail me at email@example.com.
Sheila: It was August 2, 2000 – my birthday – and Temple and Lucinda were almost 13 months
old. Leielani is only 15 months older. Lucinda can manage to get herself out of the triple stroller, she did not want the injection, and she was fighting tooth and nail not to have it. I looked down for just a moment -- the nurse had all the vaccinations lined up. She had the HIB, the DTaP and the MMR for each child. When I looked up after taking her twin sister up, she had given Temple both of the MMRs along with the DTaP and the HIB. The next morning, he was not responsive anymore. It took me until he was 18 months to get a finished diagnosis of autism for him.
Dan: When you say, “he was not responsive anymore,” how do you mean?
Sheila: He didn’t have language yet by that point, but he was walking. He walked exactly on his birthday July 12 of that year, and he was walking well. After the shot he stopped walking, he started crawling, he started banging his head against the wall, the floor, anything he could. He stopped imitating with his father, he was making no eye contact, and he didn’t want you to touch him or hold him.
Dan: That happened within a day?
Sheila: He cried so -- he cried, cried, cried the entire night. I called the doctors back because I caught the mistake right away, and the doctor who was on duty at that time said, “I’m going to call Merck and find out what to do.” But in the meantime the fever went up extraordinarily high. He said, “Give him Tylenol.” Which is what I did. The next morning when I went to his crib he wasn’t standing, rocking on his crib, calling for me, “Ma, ma, ma” to come get him. Nothing. Nothing. He was lying there looking in the ceiling. He looked gone. My baby was gone.
Dan: His sister didn’t have any of these problems?
Sheila: I refused to give her the vaccination, so she didn’t get it. We left. She is fine. She is learning three languages. She is doing extraordinarily well. Now it seemed that she did have a few issues from the vaccinations before, at 5 months. She had reflux, but outside of that she is absolutely fine. She doesn’t have any issues. But this child, Temple, was hit so hard. Language has not come back in. Before the shot, he wasn’t speaking in sentences -- he was just a year old -- but he would say “Mama,” stuff like that.
After this happened I started taking him to developmental specialists and they kept saying, “He is a boy. Sometimes boys are a little slower.” And I said, “Okay.” I came home, I decided to pack my bags and to move back to New Orleans because I had a pediatrician I had been dealing with for years for my older daughter. I asked her, “What is this? I have never seen this before,” because I didn’t know about autism. She said, “Sheila, I think your child has autism.” I said, “What? What is that?” The minute I took him to see a neurologist that she told me to take him to, he told me, “I’m sorry this child is so autistic, he has to have chronic autism.” When I asked him what that was he told me, “He had to be born with it.” I said, “I’m not sure -- this baby was just perfect and now … there was nothing wrong before.”
Let me tell you what else happened to me, Dan. After I went to Autism One, I was still living in Houston because we had lost everything to Katrina, but I had his records with me where the doctor had said that he had gotten a double dose of the MMR, and that they should call Merck, and Merck said he doesn’t need to be vaccinated for the MMR anymore.
We came home to New Orleans and we left those records locked up in the apartment. Someone went into our apartment and stole his records. They didn’t take anything but his record.
Dan: Oh Lord.
Sheila: Temple's records were stolen from our apartment. My partner in the school is a lawyer who worked at the time for [a new Orleans law firm]. When she returned in October of '05, by spring of '06 they fired her because they were representing Merck against me. Thanks to Congress, my case was thrown out. I also filed with the vaccine injury program and they dismissed my case because they said I needed a doctor who could without a doubt state that Temple was damaged due to the double dose of the MMR.
Dan: What do you think about this new report about the black males and the high risk and all that -- what does that make you think?
As we all know, the current CDC vaccination schedule is sanctified holy writ. Only one-name nitwits like Doctor Oz and Doctor Bob dare to challenge it, and they are promptly pounced on by Doctors of Orthodoxy like Offit and Orac.
But now we have a new voice on the scene – Dr. William Thompson, the CDC whistleblower who so far, and I emphasize so far, has opined on the MMR and the flu shot for fetus-bearing women, and hasn’t much liked what he’s seen.
MMR at one year? Well no, certainly not for black males, who Thompson says showed a high risk of developing autism if the vaccine was given before 36 months.
Flu shots for pregnant women? God no! “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.”
So we’ve got an alternate vaccine schedule going right here – no MMR before three – not for nobody – and no flu shots (since most contain mercury and you shouldn’t believe otherwise when it’s coming toward you or your child).
Now whether the flu shot for pregnant women is actually on the childhood vaccine schedule is a matter of some serious chicanery. The CDC and AAP said in 1999 that childhood vaccines should be mercury-free as soon as possible. But they refused to express a preference for mercury-free flu shots for pregnant women and infants, even as they increased the recommended coverage to all pregnant women and to all human beings six months or older, forever. (The CDC also now recommends a Dtap shot for all pregnant women, as well.)
Given these statements by "Dr. Bill," isn’t there some kind of imperative for the CDC and medical organizations to immediately suspend flu shots in pregnancy, and postpone the MMR shot to 36 months (the risk for all kids was elevated; it was astronomical for black males).
Thompson issued a statement through his lawyer with the usual blather about the value of vaccines: "I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race."
Well, yeah, you did. You said no woman carrying a fetus should get a mercury containing flu shot. You said the public should know that black males who get the MMR shot under 36 months have a higher risk of autism.
If I were an activist, I could imagine standing outside of Walgreen’s – on the corner of flu shots and lifelong disability, yuk yuk – with pamphlets saying, “No flu shots for you! CDC whistleblower says they cause autism!” The pamphlet can parse the details. And “MMR before Age 3 = Autism for Life – CDC Whistleblower.” Again, details can come underneath.
Because that's what we're really talking about here -- vaccine injury happening daily when Dr. Bill's alternate immunization schedule could be a good, and immediate, start at avoiding it.
He who waffles is toast: Speaking of docs, Dr. Jay Gordon offered a comment on our site this week: “I'm not sure about the whistleblower issue but I always look back to this as one of the more interesting commentaries about vaccine combinations. Like (Dr.) Bob, I give vaccines but have never given them according to the recommended schedule and support parents' right to choose when, how and if they vaccinate their children.”
Followed by: “I have spent 35 years educating myself, making my own decisions, encouraging parents to make theirs. And I have always distrusted the CDC. This incident reminds me of the line in ‘Casablanca’ – ‘Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!’ A scientist participated in a study and was complicit in its omission of valuable data. He was then secretly taped by someone whose views and agenda are very well known. (Mine are, too) How valuable a piece is this in our puzzle and our struggle to bring sanity to vaccination policies and attitudes? In my opinion, the value is limited. Best, Jay”
Admits agency’s data manipulation and concealment of research findings on initial 2004 MMR vaccine study that found a strong, statistical association between the timing of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys.
Watchung, NJ – In response to the August 25, 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declaration defending the validity of the 2004 DeStefano et al. study, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker responded and outlines inconsistencies in the agency’s research practices and position.
Central to Hooker’s response is “the irrefutable fact that valid information about race – for the entire study sample of 2,448 children – was available and accessible in school records.”
The CDC maintains that birth certificates, which were available for only a smaller portion of the children in the study, were necessary to extract race and other information. However, in the original data Hooker attained from the CDC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), race information was directly obtainable through school records, which were available for all children in the study.
In addition, Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist since 1998, also released a statement on August 27, 2014 that supports Dr. Hooker’s assertion that the CDC withheld important data that significantly altered the study’s outcome.
According to Dr. Thompson’s statement, “Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data was collected.” Thompson’s conversations with Hooker confirmed that it was only after the CDC study coauthors observed results indicating a statistical association between MMR timing and autism among African-Americans boys, that they introduced the Georgia birth certificate criterion as a requirement for participation in the study. This had the effect of reducing the sample size by 41% and eliminating the statistical significance of the finding, which Hooker calls “a direct deviation from the agreed upon final study protocol – a serious violation.”
Hooker and Thompson both concluded that the study’s original data revealed a strong, statistical association between the timing of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys.
“Ten years ago (February 2, 2004), Dr. Thompson expressed concerns about the [MMR] study’s findings in an urgent letter to CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding”, said Dr. Hooker. [Thompson] wrote: ‘I will have to present several problematic results relating to statistical associations between the receipt of the MMR vaccine and autism.’ Referring to the upcoming Institute of Medicine (IOM) meeting on immunizations and autism.”
Did the medical journal Pediatrics stand by a questioned vaccine-autism study without interviewing the coauthor who confessed to and exposed alleged scientific misconduct?
If so, that would deviate from what should be standard procedure in such an investigation, according to internationally recognized medical ethicist Dr. Michael Carome.
“If the evidence seems substantial, the journal should contact all co-authors, present them with the allegations and supporting evidence, and ask them to respond,” says Carome, a research ethics expert who heads the Health Research Group at the watchdog group Public Citizen... Read the full article at SharylAttkisson.com.
CDC Scientist Reportedly Claims Vaccine Linked to Autism in Black Babies
September 8, 2014
A senior scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims the federal agency has been hiding results from a test of experimental measles vaccines that increased the likelihood of Black children getting autism, according to reports.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations and whether or not they are linked to autism.
While the CDC assured the public that there was nothing to worry about with the vaccination, senior scientist Dr. William Thompson claims the CDC has been lying for years, according to The Examiner.
Dr. Brian Hooker was doing research for the Focus Autism Foundation and requested some information via the Freedom of Information Act about a 2004 study that claimed MMR vaccinations were perfectly safe.
According to Thompson, those results were false.
The Examiner reported that Thompson, who has been with the CDC for more than a decade, admitted to Hooker that he and several other authors behind the study manipulated and hid data that proved Black babies were more than three times more likely to develop regressive autism if they were given the vaccine before the age of 3.
For more than 10 years, parents of Black children may have been uninformed and unaware that giving their baby the vaccine could drastically increase the likelihood that they could develop autism. According to Age of Autism, "That one lie is responsible for at least 250,000 cases of autism in African-American male children and that number is a gross underestimate of the true extent of the damage."
Thompson's statements come after Congress already has started to suspect something was awry with the CDC's investigation.
Congressman Bill Posey’s office has confirmed exclusively to Benswann.com that a “very large number” of documents have been turned over by CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, who has admitted that the CDC suppressed information about the links between the MMR vaccine and autism in some cases.
According to Congressman Posey’s spokesman, George Cecala, “I can confirm that we have received a very large number of documents and we are going through those documents now. There are a lot of them, so it will take some time.” Cecala could not say exactly how many documents are in possession of the Congressman’s staff though sources tell me that as many as 100,000 documents have been handed over.
As we have reported, a statement released on August 27th by Dr. Thompson in response to media coverage is that he and co-authors from a 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics did in fact omit important information from a study on the link between vaccines and autism. Below is an excerpt from Thompson’s statement.
While Thompson goes on to explain that he believes that vaccines have saved and continue to save lives, he clearly admits that the CDC did in fact intentionally omit data that demonstrated a connection between an increased risk of autism in African American males who were giving the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age.... Read the full post at BenSwann.com.
In order to be approved and stay on the market, a drug needs to be both safe and effective. That's not asking so much, is it, given the billions that drug makers rake in every year, especially from the monopolistic, government-indemnified vaccine program?
But based on that scorecard, the MMR vaccine is now batting 0 for 2 and looking more forlorn than the Red Sox in September. Senior Scientist William Thompson from the CDC stepped forward last month to call BS on a major CDC study exonerating the mumps, measles, rubella shot as having any connection to autism.
Now a U.S. District Court judge has refused to dismiss a case brought by two Merck scientist-whistleblowers who allege Merck -- the only manufacturer of the MMR in the U.S. -- committed wholesale fraud to hide the truth that the mumps component no longer works as promised. That, they allege, is a crime against the U.S. government -- and ultimately taxpayers like you and me -- which spends hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the vaccine each year.
No wonder the judge let the case proceed (along with parts of a second, related class action suit): The evidence is strong, including a one-page internal Merck memo that outlined exactly what researchers were supposed to do to get the desired result, no matter the real data. Next up: demands by the whistleblowers for "discovery" of other internal Merck documents and data.
Stay tuned: If this gets to a jury -- and the whistleblowers give no indication they can be bought off for a measly few million bucks -- there could be hell to pay. Or at least a few billion. Strike 3!
Here's a CNN iReport on it: Merck's Motion to Dismiss Denied in Mumps Whistleblower Suits
“In this article, we discuss some ideas and techniques for teaching and learning this language and for giving life to graphs in middle school classrooms. In algebra, students typically construct graphs of functions represented by symbolic formulas.” See Living Graphs. .
Now back in 1999, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were also working on graphs related to real life activities. These graphs represented associations between brain injuries in children receiving vaccines with Thimerosal, a mercury based vaccine preservative, and the amount of mercury they received. These graphs were presented at a CDC meeting in June of 2000 at the Simpsonwood Methodist retreat and conference center in Norcross, Georgia (Simpsonwood 2000). These graphs, and their different versions before and after Simpsonwood 2000, are described in great detail in the book “Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak” by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.(2014).
But well before Simpsonwood 2000, scientists already knew that mercury in its various forms is extremely toxic. For example, in 1939 a paper was published showing that mercuric chloride at a level of 8 parts per billion kills a certain species of fish. Considering that one part per billion is roughly equivalent to one sugar cube in a swimming pool--then Thimerosal preserved vaccines at 50 thousand parts per billion mercury concentration can hardly be declared safe.
So back to Simpsonwood 2000, Tom Verstraeten of the CDC modeled an association between neurologic developmental disorders and exposure to the mercury based Thimerosal.
“For the overall category of neurologic developmental disorders …That's an increase of 0.7% for each additional microgram of ethyl mercury. For an example, if we would go from zero to 50 micrograms of ethyl mercury, we would have to multiple these estimate by 50, so that would give us an additional increase of about 35%, which is pretty close to the point estimate for this category.”
See Simpsonwood transcript at SafeMinds.org. pp. 41-42.
Now here is where we can use the same algebra taught to our middle school students. It gives us a straight line graph based on Verstraeten’s equation. The equation is: an association of relative risk of neurological developmental disorders equals 0.007 times the micrograms of mercury received in vaccinations. The equation is simple (y = 0.007 times x).
Now before that Simpsonwood 2000 meeting Tom Verstraeten saw a problem with the math. The multiplier was originally much greater than 0.007! Before Simpsonwood 2000 Tom Verstraeten wrote to his co-workers in an email titled "It just won’t go away,” “As you'll see some of the RRs [relative risks] increase over the categories and I haven't yet found an alternative explanation ...”
So this takes us to an elementary cover-up by the CDC. As Robert F. Kennedy Jr shows us in his book, the CDC scientists changed the way their graph looked by compressing the vertical part of the graph. They did this by graphing a straight line on a logarithm vertical scale. This makes a steep slope on a straight line graph of increasing association of brain injury with mercury exposure look almost like a line with no slope, or flat line, which does not show an increase of risk with exposure. See pages 135 and 136 of “Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak.” This elementary cover-up, along with removing children from the original database to make the risk multiplier smaller, show us that (1) mercury in vaccines is unsafe, (2) the CDC cannot be trusted to oversee vaccine safety.
There’s a certain bleak satisfaction in watching the fortress of vaccine injury denial start to crumble, evidenced by wilder and wilder theories designed to patch together the remnants of “the science is settled … study after study” argument, now that the science is unsettled and study after study starts to look like lie after lie.
On C-SPAN, at the National Press Club, on PBS and the major networks and print outlets, they are still running off the old karma, but the new paradigm is about to catch up with them. I hope they enjoy these last late summer days in the bully pulpit ridiculing anyone who notices the reality about to crash down on them.
Over at Respectful Insolence, “Orac” is obsessing over whether CDC whistleblower William Thompson actually sent Andy Wakefield (and his wife, Carmel) apologetic texts. Never mind what Thompson said in his own statement, or was captured on audio by Brian Hooker. No, the screen grab must be a fake!
“But something about that text exchange, more specifically the image of that text exchange, bothered me. It even bothered some antivaccinationists, because I saw complaints about it. Why is it a photo of an iPhone? Doesn’t Andy even know how to take a screen shot on his iPhone?”
It goes on from there. “Notice how in Andy’s screenshot, the word “Back” appears by the arrow in the upper left hand corner. Notice how, in mine, the word “Messages” appears in the upper left hand corner. That’s what had been bugging me when I first looked at the screenshot and it didn’t look quite right to me! I had finally put my finger on it!”
In the comments section, Orac’s thesis doesn’t hold up very well – even Brian Deer doubts it! This causes Orac to add an editor’s note allowing the possibility of error and adding: “Unlike AoA and other antivaccine groups, if I am wrong about something, I will admit it and discuss what might have led me to an incorrect conclusion.”
Now, exactly why my last text about being a fraud not going through is unknown to me. Maybe Orac interfered with it or God Herself decided that since Andy really is a fraud, no transmission casting doubt on it will be allowed. Or maybe because I was driving around in Illinois and the especially high corn this year interfered.
Andy Wakefield may not know how to take a screen shot of his iPhone. The last time I saw him with one, it had been run over in the parking lot where he dropped it before we went in for dinner, and, while the screen was good and cracked, he kept using it. And my last text to Andy may simply have failed to transmit.
One way or another, though, the message is starting to get through: Andy is not the fraud here. He is not the one who is killing babies, in Bill Gates’ memorable formulation of the issue.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.
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Now that senior CDC scientist William Thompson has issued a public statement admitting that he and his colleagues at the CDC falsified at least one study to cover-up a powerful association between the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism in African American males, it is time for a complete investigation by Congress into how the CDC has manipulated this and other studies to arrive at pre-conceived outcomes.
Please click on the Take Action link above to send an email to your member of the House of Representative and the two US Senators from your state asking them to make a public statement in support of hearings.
In a statement published on August 27 Thompson said the following:
“My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where I have worked since 1998.
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.”
A Senior Scientist with the CDC, Dr. William Thompson, recently admitted that he and his co-authors intentionally omitted statistically significant information from their 2004 study that was published in the journal Pediatrics. The excluded data showed that "African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism."(1,2) Dr. Brian Hooker, an independent scientist, re-analyzed the original CDC data and published his results confirming that "African American boys receiving their first MMR vaccine before 36 months of age are 3.4 times more likely to develop autism" when compared to African-American boys who receive MMR after 36 months of age.(3)
For more than 10 years, the CDC buried scientific evidence that young Black boys who receive the MMR vaccine have a significantly increased risk of developing autism. The CDC kept this crucial information confidential. The CDC refused to warn the public. The parents of Black babies were not provided with informed consent and their human rights were violated.
Concerned parents are now wondering whether this callous and potentially criminal behavior by the CDC is a one-time fluke or part of a larger pattern. Actually, the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) have a history of violating the human rights of Black families by unethically experimenting on their babies with dangerous measles vaccines.
A CDC and WHO Catastrophe
In developing countries where children are malnourished and health care is inadequate, measles fatality rates between 5 and 10 percent are possible.(4-6) However, infants up to five months old are usually protected by maternal antibodies that they received during birth.(7-9) Standard measles vaccines do not work in babies under nine months of age.(10) Thus, authorities reasoned that if an effective vaccine could be developed for this vulnerable period -- from 5 to 9 months of age -- the measles death rate could be lowered.
Atlanta, GA — For over a decade SafeMinds has claimed that the CDC manipulated data to show no link between vaccines and autism. But at least for one study, the rumors were put an end.
In a statement, William Thompson, Ph.D. acknowledged that he and his co-authors “omitted statistically significant information” linking the MMR vaccine to an increased risk of autism in a 2004 study. An independent reanalysis of the same data suggests that African American males have a 340% increased risk of autism if they received the vaccine prior to 36 months of age. Thompson also admitted to a cover-up of the increased risk, stating, “Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”
“This is the tip of the iceberg,” says Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN, Vice President of SafeMinds. “We have found problems with every result generated by the CDC claiming no autism-vaccine link. Sadly, their studies were utilized by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to deny restitution to over 5000 families whose children developed autism after vaccines.”
In 2004, CDC researcher Thomas Verstraeten published a study examining the mercury preservative thimerosal that had similar protocol manipulations. The first run of the raw data obtained by SafeMinds showed that children were 7.6 to 11.4 times more likely to have autism if they had high exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines compared to no exposure. Four alterations of the data occurred until the final publication showed no statistically significant findings.
Ginger Taylor wrote this editorial for the Portland (Maine) Press Herald. Maine Voices: Breakdown in accountability at heart of decline in vaccinations
Opposition to the current U.S. vaccination program is based on its failures, denial and bad law and policy.
BRUNSWICK — I was interviewed for an Aug. 9 front-page article by Joe Lawlor, titled “More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood vaccines.” What was published was a complete misrepresentation of the interview I gave him.
As I told Mr. Lawlor, I’m neither anti-vaccine nor opposed to vaccination, and I vaccinated my children. My opposition is to the current U.S. vaccine program, which has become corrupted by bad law and policy, the failure to disclose known risks to families, the failure to pre-screen children who are showing symptoms that they are at risk for vaccine reactions and the denial of vaccine injury cases – rather than the proper recognition, diagnoses and treatment of vaccine-injured children.
In 1986, Congress gave liability protection to all vaccine interests – pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, doctors, nurses, etc. – so no one in this country can sue for vaccine injuries or deaths. As a result of this disregard of Americans’ Seventh Amendment rights, a vaccine injury case hasn’t been brought before a jury in almost 30 years, there is no longer accountability in vaccine safety and the vaccine program has fallen into massive corruption.
The effectiveness of vaccines is overstated, safety claims made are overstated and parents no longer get accurate risk information. Instead, vaccine consumers are offered a single sheet of information in the doctor’s office that leaves out almost all of the side effects listed on the vaccine package insert, on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Vaccine Injury Table and the disorders that HHS has concluded can be caused by a given vaccine.
Doctors are not trained on federal guidelines for vaccine injury, nor are they required to know the side effects listed on the vaccine package insert. Therefore, few physicians know how to recognize adverse reactions in their patients. As a result, such cases are usually ignored or misdiagnosed and are rarely properly medically assessed, and patients can become victims of medical neglect for a lifetime.
Further, the vaccine schedule has tripled since 1986, so a child born today will receive more doses of vaccine by the time he’s 6 months old than I did by the time I went to college. There is almost no long-term safety testing of vaccines, and no safety testing of the overloaded schedule as a whole.
This breakdown in the U.S. vaccine program’s accountability to consumers is at the heart of the country’s decline in vaccinations, because when parents take the time to look into physicians’ safety claims, they find they’re being given incorrect and biased information.
Case in point: The claim that the vaccine-autism controversy began as the result of one debunked study is utter misinformation. In fact, more than 80 research papers demonstrate the associations between vaccines and autism, and the mechanisms by which vaccines can cause autism.
When Mr. Lawlor asked me why I believed my son was vaccine-injured, I directed him to the HHS Vaccine Injury Compensation Table and walked him through the symptoms of pertussis-vaccine-induced “encephalopathy,” the medical term for brain damage, which my son exhibited following his 18-month shots:
n Decreased or absent response to environment (responds, if at all, only to loud voice or painful stimuli).
From Sharyl Attkisson. Please read the full post and bookmark her site.
CDC’s immunization safety director says it’s a “possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism but “it’s hard to predict who those children might be.” (They’re not even trying.)
A CDC senior epidemiologist stepped forward last week to say that he and his CDC colleagues omitted data that linked MMR vaccine to autism in a 2004 study. The scientist, William Thompson, said “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information.”
A coauthor of the questioned study is Dr. Frank DeStefano, Director of the CDC Immunization Safety Office. In a telephone interview last week, DeStefano defended the study and reiterated the commonly accepted position that there’s no “causal” link between vaccines and autism.
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.
(We are grateful to Celia Farber and her Truth Barrier website where the message was first published.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
Note: This project was funded by Rotary. "In 2008, Rotary received a $100 million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary committed to raising $100 million. In January 2009, Bill Gates announced a second challenge grant of $255 million. Rotary again committed to raising another $100 million. In total, Rotary will raise $200 million by June 30, 2012." Could explain a few things.....
Carlsbad HS Students Caught in Vaccine Controversy
People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film proposed that production stop
More than a dozen current and former Carlsbad High School students have found themselves in the middle of the long-running vaccination debate after they produced the film Invisible Threat.
The film debuted online August 1, more than a year after it was completed.
Students tell NBC 7 that’s largely due to the backlash they’ve faced, even during the production stage.
Brad Streicher worked on the film his junior year. The current USC student and NBC 7 intern said the idea came from the San Diego Rotary Club.
People there were impressed by two previous films they’d worked on and wanted the high school broadcast journalism class to do one on the immune system and immunizations.
“We ended up telling Rotary we'll do the film but only on our terms, which means we were going to approach the film from a journalistic standpoint,” said Streicher. “We wanted to make sure whatever story we were telling, it would be unbiased and we would attack it from both sides of the argument.”
The Rotary gave the students $60,000 for the project with that understanding, according to Streicher.
Months into the film’s production, students say they started to received e-mails and online comments harshly criticizing their work.
People called the project “pro-vaccine” and “propaganda.” At one point the teacher and director of the film, Douglas Green, proposed the students stop the project. The students refuse.
“No matter what kind of obstacles we were going to go through, we were going to tell the story that we were assigned to tell,” Streicher told NBC 7.
NBC 7 reached out to one of the people in San Diego with concerns about the film. Vaccine safety advocate Rebecca Estepp said she supports the students and their hard work, but is concerned about who may be influencing the project.
Lyn Redwood wrote this post on the Safeminds website. For those of you who do not know who Lyn is, her son is what I would consider "Child Zero" for Thimerosal/mercury poisoning. Lyn is a nurse, a lone voice of reason on IACC and one of the first people to ask about mercury in vaccines back in the 1990s - and count the micrograms - and having realize there were hundreds of mcgs in the pediatric scheduke, sounding the alarm bell. A bell that CDC, AAP, AMA, Slate, Wired, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Paul Offit, Nancy Snyderman, Dorit Reiss and so many others can NOT UNRING. We all owe Lyn a debt of gratitude for pursuing medical safety for our kids and ourselves (flu shots contain mercury).
You can purchase Robert Kennedy's book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak today.
Several months ago I received a call on my cell from a number I didn’t recognize. Usually I let such calls go to voice mail but for some reason I picked it up. A friendly raspy voice alleging to be Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. requested to speak to me. At first I thought it was a hoax. But after a few seconds I recognized the voice from the Ring of Fire talk radio program and realized this was not a prank.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was calling to invite me to attend a high profile meeting that he had arranged with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the continued use of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, in vaccines.
He also asked if I would be willing to read a research paper that he had commissioned reviewing the science regarding thimerosal, and to accompany him on a meeting with colleagues to call on select members of Congress for help.
I was more than glad to help out. I have spent the last 15 years of my life researching mercury. I have been involved in countless meetings with high levels officials at the CDC, the FDA, the NIH, and the HHS urging them to remove thimerosal from all medical products, including vaccines. I was honored to be a part of this effort and to work with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to protect other children from what happened to my son over 20 years ago.
My son’s story: poisoned by mercury
When he was born, my son weighed close to 9 lbs. He was a happy baby who ate and slept well, smiled, cooed, walked, and talked all by one year. But shortly after his first birthday, my son began to regress physically and developmentally, losing speech, eye contact, and social interactions. He no longer slept through the night and suddenly refused to eat foods that he had previously enjoyed, gagging and spitting them out. He started suffering bouts of bloody diarrhea.
We have excerpted this article from Sharyl Attkisson's website.
This is an interesting article written several years ago by UPI investigative journalist Dan Olmsted. It asks “Where are the autistic Amish?”
After the article was published, back when more reporters were covering the scientific links between vaccines and autism, I asked an official from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the supposed lack of autism in the unvaccinated Amish. She said that there could be many other reasons besides the community’s aversion to vaccines. For example, “They don’t use electricity, right?” she told me. In other words, she seemed to put lack of electricity on equal footing with lack of vaccinations when it comes to what could be responsible for the apparent lower than average autism rate in the unvaccinated Amish.
The obvious difference is there are many scientific studies supporting a link between vaccines and autism–often unreported, under-reported or dismissed by pharmaceutical interests and vaccine activists who have long fought a PR campaign to falsely portray the studies and researchers as “anti-vaccine.”
I told the CDC official that it would seem that a survey of the unvaccinated population could be a good first step in further dispelling or further confirming the possibility of a vaccine tie to autism. The CDC official acknowledged to me that the information would be worthwhile. I asked whether CDC would attempt such a survey.
Such a survey wouldn’t necessarily cost a penny because the CDC already conducts regular telephone and mail surveys to monitor childhood immunization coverage. It could just add a question: has your child been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder? Read the full post at Ms. Attkisson's site here.
Two weeks to go before the publication of Robert F Kennedy jr’s book about vaccine mercury and we all know where we are headed: the same place as last year when Jenny McCarthy was given a job on ‘The View’ and Katie Couric scheduled a program in which the safety of HPV vaccines were questioned: the unspontaneous howls of pain are starting. It does not matter that the book is apparently couched in the most diplomatic language or that its claims have been diluted, it will be too much for the sensibilities of the vaccine lobby. I am sure we have often referred on these pages to Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ but this time I have been thinking of an even more succinct and ironic tale ‘The Princess and the Pea’. A prince wants to marry a princess but the only way it can be confirmed that she is a real princess is because the candidate is so sensitive that a pea hidden under a pile of mattresses causes her to lose a night’s sleep. I think we can be sure that the vaccine lobby is according to this definition “a real princess”, and that there is no criticism so slight that we will not be told about the terrible pain it has caused.
There is no doubt either that the voice of the princess is about to be heard in the land. There is no criticism so gentle or diplomatically couched that the princess can withstand the pain: the outraged opinion pieces will appear in every newspaper, the sage doctors will emerge from every corner on the TV saying “Get the damn vaccines”, we will have wall to wall Dorit Reiss: the princess will tell us how painful it all is. Of course the moral of Anderson’s story is that it is not princesses who have to endure a lot, it is ordinary people: the princess is a great deal more trouble than she is worth. She has also arranged that ordinary people cannot be heard, or they are brusquely pushed to the side. Only the princess’s pain really matters in the great scheme.
Of course, the argument will be that all this sensibility is for the benefit of ordinary people, but if this was so the princess would listen to ordinary people when they tried to express their pain rather than trying to shout them down or shut them up, hiring a mob to help her. The princess is highly manipulative and knows how to get her own way.
Unfortunately, Robert Kennedy will not be able to appease the princess any more than Jenny McCarthy or Katie Couric. Instead we will just have another great tantrum and the usual hysterical, unhinged display of self-righteousness.
The Princess on the Pea
By Hans Christian Andersen translated by Jean Hersholt
Once there was a Prince who wanted to marry a Princess. Only a real one would do. So he traveled through all the world to find her, and everywhere things went wrong. There were Princesses aplenty, but how was he to know whether they were real Princesses? There was something not quite right about them all. So he came home again and was unhappy, because he did so want to have a real Princess.
One evening a terrible storm blew up. It lightened and thundered and rained. It was really frightful! In the midst of it all came a knocking at the town gate. The old King went to open it.
Senator Richard Blumenthal is my Senator here in Connecticut. My first reaction to this article, which appeared on my FB wall, was proably the same as yours: does this include vaccines? Then the beer I was drinking shot out my nose and I had to take a break from reading..... Vaccines, as we know, live in a magical land of twirly swirly candy canes and unicorns who fart rosewater. YOYO friends, and I don't mean Duncan. You are ON Your Own if you or a loved one is vaccine injured. You could educate a few folks by commenting with facts and figures over at Automotive News, which ran this announcement. Below is what Senator Blumenthal wrote on FB (you can follow him at FB here) and the article he references. Here is the comment I left on his wall: You must include vaccines - they are exempt from American tort law. CT is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for the schooling of vaccine injured children, and will continue to pay throughout their lives. It's called autism in many... Including my own children. PLEASE. KS
From the Senator on FB:
Concealment can kill – and corporate officers should be held accountable for it. That’s why today, I’m introducing the Hide No Harm Act along with Senator Casey. Unfortunately, prison time may be the only deterrent to misconduct that a corporate officer understands. This bill would make it a crime for a company to knowingly conceal the fact that a product poses a danger to consumers or workers, and corporate officers would face criminal charges of up to five years in prison for deliberate concealment.
Hiding harm can be horrifically costly:
The Automotive News article:
7/16/14 1:45 pm ET -- updates announcement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Two U.S. senators today unveiled a bill prompted by the General Motors Co. recalls over defective ignition switches that would make it a crime for corporate officers to conceal dangers posed by their products.
Democratic senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said their proposal calls for up to five years in prison and fines for officers who know their products could cause death or injury to consumers or workers and hide that information.
"Corporate concealment can kill, and corporate officers who engage in concealment must be held accountable," Blumenthal said at a news conference.
Federal prosecutors are building a criminal fraud case based on whether GM made misleading statements about a flawed ignition switch in some of its vehicles, which has been linked to at least 16 deaths and 61 crashes.
It is not clear whether prosecutors will bring cases against any individuals.
Managing Editor's Note: Below is an excerpt from Lawrence Solomon's article in American Thinker. While we have seen Liberals turn their backs on the vaccine injury community, Solomon speaks to Conservatives who have exempted (pardon the pun) vaccination from their thinking.
By Lawrence Solomon
Conservatives much more than most others stick to their principles —individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom of the press — while also maintaining a healthy skepticism of government pronouncements. That combination has in the past saved the U.S. from grief, such as in the 1980s, when President Reagan rolled back the statist tide, and in recent years, when the House of Representatives prevented President Obama from implementing his statist and economically ruinous global warming agenda.
But when it comes to one issue in particular — government mass vaccination programs — many conservatives forget their principles and accept as dogma studies from government bodies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This deference to government-promoted science is especially perplexing because of the parallel to global warming, another controversial area of government-promoted science, where conservatives have challenged studies from governments and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Many conservatives have had a blind spot when it comes to vaccination, buying the government line. In fact, the list of scientists who have been skeptical of the merits of various mass vaccination programs reads like a Who’s Who; it includes, for example, the former head of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and the former chief scientific officer for the U.K., whose job involved assessing the safety of vaccines.
Read the full article at American Thinker.