If you have bad news at the CDC, release it on a Friday afternoon and get out of town.
The new autism rate is 1 in 59 children born in 2006, 1 in 36 for children between the ages of 3 and 17.
This year’s announcement again claimed that greater awareness of the disorder by diagnosticians is causing the “apparent increase”. The 2018 spin is that the data is reflecting new cases from minority communities who had been previously undercounted, underserved and not previously represented.
But the truth is that the increase in autism blew through any artifact of data collection years ago. The implications are that the increase is real, awful, unbelievably expensive in dollars and catastrophic in human cost.
Schools are reporting increases in autism that require never ending budget busting costs for special education. Waiting lists for state funded services for people with autism are years long. Resources are drying up. Children with autism are growing into adults with autism and have adult needs. Families strain to support them. Parents won’t live forever.
People with autism suffer. Many deal with seizures, chronic pain and social isolation. How many times do we read about people with autism drowning, wandering away or being assaulted and abused.
If you are affected by autism, America has not been made great again.
Autism should not be celebrated with pretty blue lights as Autism Speaks suggests.
The better color is red.
Autism should be acknowledged with all the alarm of a blaring red ambulance light because that is a more accurate color for the reality of autism.
Autism is not simply an “urgent health care concern.” It is a national emergency. There are 200,000 adults with autism. At the current rate, there will be 5 million in twenty-five years.
The cost of the service infrastructure that will soon need to deal with millions of adults who need housing, food, social services and other needs will be crippling. Which is why, from a national perspective, the autism catastrophe needs to be addressed. Finding what is causing the increase in autism is no longer really a choice. It is imperative and that means having the courage to say what is really going on here.
The Myth is Crumbling
Usually, if the media covers autism, we are told that autism is a genetic disorder. Millions of research dollars have been spent searching for “autism genes.” All that has been found are genes that might predispose someone to autism.
Autism is not a “genetic” disorder (except in very rare case) because genetic disorders that produce the behaviors seen in autism decline in frequency over time as people with autism rarely pass on their genes. From one generation to the next, genes don’t change enough to produce the increases now manifest.
And if one is to buy the argument that the increase is driven by better diagnosis then you’re buying the argument that diagnosticians from every corner of the country were complete incompetents just a few years ago. You’re also buying the notion that they all got smart, all at the same time.
Was a secret training event for the nation’s diagnosticians held in a packed Yankee Stadium at some point in the 1990s?
It’s time to admit what reasonable people already know but only dare whisper: the increase in autism is real and it is caused by environmental factors like toxins, pesticides and heavy metals. In other words, we are looking at a mass poisoning. The greatest mass poisoning in human history.
The Great Poisoning.
What is Behind the Great Poisoning?
Consider this question: What route of toxic exposure could produce the same disorder in children in every corner of the country at similar rates of increase beginning in the early 1990’s.
The national vaccination program is the only candidate.
Vaccines became a suspected cause of autism because thousands of parents observed children regressing developmentally following vaccines. Many cases of vaccine induced brain damage that feature autism are well documented.
Despite all of the assurances that vaccines are safe and effective, the fact remains that they are injectable drugs that contain aluminum, mercury, glyphosate, formaldehyde and other toxins.
The epidemiological research relied on by public health officials to claim that vaccines are not responsible for autism has primarily relied on the research that involved two men - Dr. William Thompson and Dr. Poul Thorsen.
- 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 had awarded grant money to Denmark for research involving infant disabilities, autism, genetic disorders, and fetal alcohol syndrome. CDC awarded the grant to fund studies of the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines, the relationship between cerebral palsy and infection during pregnancy, and the relationship between developmental outcomes and fetal alcohol exposure.
- Thorsen worked as a visiting scientist at CDC, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, before the grant was awarded.
- The initial grant was awarded to the Danish Medical Research Council. In approximately 2007, a second grant was awarded to the Danish Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation. Both agencies are governmental agencies in Denmark. The research was done by the Aarhaus University and Odense University Hospital in Denmark.
- Thorsen allegedly diverted over $1 million of the CDC grant money to his own personal bank account. Thorsen submitted fraudulent invoices on CDC letterhead to medical facilities assisting in the research for reimbursement of work allegedly covered by the grants. The invoices were addressed to Aarhaus University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The fact that the invoices were on CDC letterhead made it appear that CDC was requesting the money from Aarhaus University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital although the bank account listed on the invoices belonged to Thorsen.
- In April 2011, Thorsen was indicted on 22 counts of Wire Fraud and Money Laundering.
- According to bank account records, Thorsen purchased a home in Atlanta, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, an Audi automobile, and a Honda SUV with funds that he received from the CDC grants.
- Thorsen is currently in Denmark and is awaiting extradition to the United States.
In the mid-2000’s, Dr. Thorsen produced research that seemingly exonerated mercury in vaccines as a cause of autism. The research used dubious statistical gymnastics to make that claim but the journal Pediatrics published it anyway. CDC staff pressured the journal to do so.
Poul “Mugsy” Thorsen recently celebrated his seventh year on the lam. He’s actually not hard to find. He’s living openly in Denmark, dating former CDC employees and working at public health institutions that receive CDC funding.
The United States has yet to ask Denmark for Thorsen’s extradition. No one really knows why. It looks like Thorsen is keeping all the money he stole. His research continues to be cited and relied upon by the American medical establishment.
Dr. William Thompson:
Dr. Thompson filed for federal whistleblower protection after disclosing in legally recorded phone conversations that he and fellow CDC employees manipulated findings and tossed vaccine safety data in the garbage. The excluded data showed a strong association between the MMR vaccine and autism.
Here is an excerpt from Dr. Thompson’s statement on the Morgan-Verkamp website:
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 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.
Omitting and altering scientific data and altering study protocols to keep the real results from being published is scientific fraud. It may also be criminal conduct as the data belonged to the American people. Ultimately, Thorsen’s bad research and the CDC’s fraud in the papers Thompson was a part of were ultimately used to dismiss the vaccine injury claims of over 5,000 petitioners in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in what is referred to as the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP).
Imagine if the petitioners in the OAP had access to the real data? Thousands of families might have received the compensation they deserved.
Imagine if the truth behind these studies had been honestly disclosed? Doctors and families might be making very different vaccination decisions and the autism rate could be much lower.
Think of all of the lives impacted by the decisions of a few people to conceal the truth.
Dr. Thompson continues to work at the CDC. The CDC continues to bar him from testifying in court about what he knows even though he has stated a willingness to do so. Unlike Poul Thorsen, Thompson’s statements show him to be a man tormented by his participation in the research fraud who deeply regrets his actions.
Despite his public statement, main stream media has failed to investigate what he has openly stated.
Believe it or not, this is what has really gone on behind the scenes of what the main stream media refers to as the “settled science” that proves vaccines don’t cause autism.
Why Investigative Journalism Refuses to Cover The Great Poisoning?
The media has been informed about the actual state of the “settled science”, Thorsen’s indictment and fugitive status and Thompson’s whistleblower claims. However, the media has not been willing to cover these stories and hardly covered Friday’s announcement about the increase in autism.
Apparently, the major networks have been unable to find space for a story on autism in between all of the drug commercials.
Pick a show on a major network and simply count the number of pharmaceutical adds run during the show. It is obvious that these commercials dominate network programing and are a critical revenue source.
Vaccine scandals are not the only crisis triggered by the pharmaceutical industry that mainstream media has hardly covered. The pharmaceutical industry is also responsible for America’s opioid addiction crisis. America lost more people to opioid overdose deaths in 2016 than it did during the entire Vietnam War. Other than the occasional story about the horrors of opioid addiction, little has been done about the pharmaceutical executives responsible for it.
Back in the late 1990’s, Pharma sponsored research showed that using opioid pain relievers was perfectly safe. Doctors relied on that research and began managing patients suffering from pain with these drugs at an unprecedented level. The result has been the worst addiction crisis in American history.
The pattern is clear – publishing fraudulent research is an industry strategy to increase profit.
How bad is the Pharmaceutical industry sponsored opioid epidemic? The average life expectancy of Americans actually fell last year due to all of the deaths of young people.
The opioid addiction crisis is brought to us by the same people who brought us the autism epidemic – the pharmaceutical industry.
Investigative journalism - unless it supports the views (pro-Trump or anti-Trump) that drive viewers to the network they work for - simply won’t touch the pharmaceutical industry. It’s not that we are being shown “fake news.” We are, however, only seeing “sponsored news.”
The Great Poisoning is not sponsored news.
The true cause of the opioid crisis and the autism crisis is not being covered on the major news outlets because it simply doesn’t have a powerful sponsor. The industry pays too many of the network’s bills.
Just count the drug commercials.
The Fourth Estate has become the Pharma Estate.
Farewell to Autism Awareness Month
Another year and nothing has changed for people with autism and the people who love them. Maybe next April we will finally correctly name what is really going on with the increase in autism.
Maybe next April the blue lights will change to red.
Because red is the color of The Great Poisoning.
Louis Conte, author of The Autism War and co-author of Vaccine Injuries, published by Skyhorse Publishing – New York City