NOTE: We excerpted this review of "Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC” from Epoch Times. Read the full review here.
By Lou Conte
Dirty deeds often require dirty people.
For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Poul Thorsen, the subject of James Grundvig’s just-released book, “Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC” (Introduction by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.), was the right man at the right time.
In the late 1990s, the CDC’s Vaccine Safety Division, led by Dr. Coleen Boyle, was facing a growing public realization that autism was reaching epidemic levels. Many parents and some scientists suspected vaccines were the culprit in triggering the catastrophe. They pointed the finger at the increasing levels of Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in many vaccines. In a stunning failure of oversight, no government regulatory agency caught the fact that mercury exposure in childhood vaccines vastly exceeded safety limits.
The secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) was facing billions of dollars in compensation claims in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) in what would later become the Omnibus Autism Proceedings.
Grundvig reveals internal emails—acquired through Freedom of Information Law filings—suggesting that the CDC, an agency administered by the secretary of HHS, needed data to exonerate vaccines. The pace of events Grundvig lays out along with internal CDC emails implies that the government officials needed it fast.
Enter Poul Thorsen, a visiting Danish scientist with lavish lifestyle ambitions, little talent, a poor work ethic, and an eye for the ladies. With an overabundance of grandiosity, Dr. Thorsen created a research group called the North Atlantic Neuro-Epidemiology Alliance (NANEA) in 1999.
The ‘Danish Studies’
Poul Thorsen is currently in Denmark and is awaiting extradition to the United States. (Office of the Inspector General, Secretary of Health and Human Services)
Poul Thorsen. (Office of the Inspector General, HHS)
Thorsen had access to Denmark’s national disease registry, a health care database of all Danish citizens that would be used to “backtest” data for studies that would gin up statistics to show that autism rates in Denmark went up after the removal of Thimerosal, thereby proving that increases in autism incidence rates could not be blamed on the preservative.
As Grundvig demonstrates in “Master Manipulator,” Thorsen and his NANEA cohorts excluded the data that showed the rates dropped by 30 percent when the mercury was removed in Denmark. Noticing the data manipulation, leading scientific journals (JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine) refused to publish the paper.
The Journal of Pediatrics ultimately published Thorsen’s paper, but only after a CDC executive, Dr. José Cordero, twisted the arm of the journal’s chief editor in a letter, which was also acquired through Freedom of Information requests. Read the full review here.