I love the Sunshine State! Congressmen Posey asked the toughest questions of CDC and NIH representatives at the recent Congressional Oversight Autism Hearing. Posey and showed incredible leadership in his passionate advocacy for families affected by autism. I know I speak for millions of Americans affected by autism when I thank Posey for giving a voice to our children.
Congressmen Posey is unequivocally pro vaccination. He is pro vaccine safety but anti government waste. Posey knows that our research dollars are too few to squander.
Wow, is Congressman Posey a watchdog for your autism research dollars! Until now the CDC has never been held accountable for autism researcher Dr. Poul Thorsen’s $1 million embezzlement of our research dollars. Thorsen was among the leading authors on 22 NIH /CDC studies. For almost three years the CDC has refused to explain how Thorsen stole this money and what steps have been taken to ensure this does not happen again. Who among us would keep their jobs if someone we were supervising stole over a million dollars? Who among us would keep our job if we refused to explain why an employee stole a million dollars?
Over and over again we were told by Dr. Coleen Boyle that CDC autism research may be laborious but is flawlessly done and held to the highest standards. Yet Thorsen, the premiere autism/ thimerasol researcher, author of the of the most widely cited vaccine / autism study is an indicted felon. In fact Thorsen’s studies were so unethical and poorly designed and executed that they would never be published today. Yet the CDC proudly stands by Thorsen’s work. And this is the crazy part- they expect consumers to stand by Thorsen ‘s work as well!
Dr. Boyle’s claim that Dr. Thorsen was just one of many investigators is disingenuous. Please, Thorsen ran the whole Danish operation. Thorsen was the head of the CDC sponsored North Atlantic Neurological Epidemiology Alliance. NANAE received over $5 million from the CDC. Thorsen was, unequivocally, the boss.
Because it is more than reasonable to assume that a corrupt and greedy man wanted by the FBI would not adhere to the strictest ethical and methodological, research standards, Congressman Posey asked if Thorsen’s seminal autism research had been validated by outside independent researchers. After about 5 minutes of hemming and hawing Dr. Boyle finally admitted,” no.”
Hmmmmm….Let’s think about this for a moment. When the British government believed that Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s work was fraudulent they immediately sued him, held a trial, took away his license and removed all his research from the literature. Oh, and by the way, wow was the CDC up in arms over Wakefield’s research! Oh yes, the CDC was outraged! However, when a corrupt CDC autism researcher is indicted for misappropriation of funds (which the CDC does not even dispute) we are told that Thorsen’s work remains of excellent quality and that there is no need to independently validate his research findings. In fact, Thorsen continues to work in the field, although wanted by the FBI.
Is it just me, or is something not adding up?
Congressman Posey asked if there is a need more independent vaccine research. Boyle answered , “no.” Why deal with the problem when you can get away with ignoring it, I guess? Boyle cited how IOM reports that failed to find a correlation between the MMR and autism. The IOM is a private medical organization that does not represent the public. Many IOM members also have significant ties to the vaccine industry. Autism parents are concerned that the totality of the world’s most aggressive infant and toddler vaccination schedule may be triggering autism. The IOM studied the MMR and thimerasol, that’s it. Oh, and by the by the way, the IOM’s report relied heavily on the work of our friend, Dr. Thorsen.
Congressman Posey asked if the CDC has studied the autism status of unvaccinated vs. vaccinated children. Naturally Boyle answered, “no.” There are tens of millions of home schooling families in this country who do not vaccinate their children. The CDC refuses to study these children. As a result autism families are sponsoring a vaccinated and unvaccinated study out of our own pocket. How crazy is that? Like we have extra money to spend on the autism research that the govt refuses to do. Yet it has come to this.
The CDC never wants to discuss why the United States has the world’s most aggressive vaccine schedule. But guess who did? That’s right Congressman Posey! He asked the hard hitting, penetrating questions that the public cannot get answered. Posey asked why we have the world’s most aggressive infant vaccination schedule yet we only have the 34th highest infant mortality rate. Guess who is ahead of us: Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Cuba and Portugal. We certainly spend much more on medical care than these countries. And guess what else we sure vaccinate a lot more.
When asked why we have such a high infant mortality rate yet such a high vaccination rate Dr. Guttmacher said, “vaccines save lives!” Antibiotics save lives but should we take 10 different kinds at once? Food is essential for life but do we shovel done breakfast, lunch and dinner in one sitting? Cancer screenings save lives! Therefore men and women should get colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer screenings all in one day? Commonsense tells us no.
Thank you Congressman Posey for standing up for a more rational and commonsense based approach to vaccination. Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to get the most out of autism research dollars and making the CDC and the NIH more accountable to the people they serve.