I just saw this story and noticed that Thompson was supposed to speak in 2004 at the IOM meeting on vaccine safety, but after contacting Gerberding about his concerns regarding the MMR study—he wasn’t allowed to speak.
“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.
Dr. Thompson received no reply from Dr. Gerberding but was removed from the IOM speaker schedule just days before the meeting. The 2004 IOM report, which omitted his findings, was cited in the Omnibus Autism decision that denied 5,000 families compensation for vaccine injury claims. The report continues to be widely cited for its position of exonerating vaccines’ role in causing autism.
Dr. Gerberding subsequently left the CDC in 2008 and in 2009 became president of Merck’s multi-billion dollar vaccine division, a position she still holds today.
New PBS documentary carefully delivers transparent vaccine message to viewers. …
NOVA viewers transition into a segment of the documentary that addresses one of the greatest medical fallacies of them all: vaccinations and its misleading link to autism. The film introduces an insightfully well-spoken Alison Singer, president and co-founder of the Autism Science Foundation, along with her daughter Jodie, who has autism and is severely impaired because of it. Singer cites the overwhelming scientific evidence refuting a link between vaccines and autism and discusses the lingering effects of public perception from a long-discredited study.
Saying it over and over: “Vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives,” just isn’t cutting it. Doing an entire documentary with that message won’t really matter. There are just too many sick and disabled children that no one can explain.
When asked for details about its review process and why Thompson wasn’t consulted, the Pediatrics spokeswoman would only say, “The journal takes allegations of the use of fraudulent data seriously” and that it “investigated the allegations in accordance with the Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines and has decided that a retraction is not warranted.”
I remember a number of times over the last 10 years when I actually heard back from a reporter I’d written to and they would tell me why they didn’t accept any of the information I’d sent on vaccines. It didn’t matter what studies I provided or experts I cited, they still supported all the official claims. My favorite line, which I heard from several reporters, was “I stand by what I wrote,” as if those noble sounding words settled the issue. This reminds me of that.
Pediatrics has a “Committee on Publication Ethics”? Too bad they don’t have one on “Criminal Cover-Up,” I think this is a little more serious than violating rules of conduct.
U.S. Rep. Bill Posey has been curious for a while about whether there’s been enough research into alleged links between childhood immunizations and autism, and now his office has a cache of documents from a CDC scientist who said his research was tainted. Posey’s Congressional office is reviewing somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 documents, including research statistics, it obtained from Dr. William Thompson, who has complained that the CDC withheld some of his data that may have suggested a link.
This is brief. They use cautious words like “curious” and “tainted,” and this is news about an elected official from Florida, so it’s local interest. BUT…THIS IS MAINSTREAM MEDIA and there’s no dismissal of what the whistleblower had to say. I posted a comment.
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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.
…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.
U.S. Congressman Bill Posey of Florida requested information from the CDC regarding the study in the past, but the agency refused to hand anything over.
Posey released a public statement saying, “The CDC can’t be trusted regarding investigating vaccine safety.”
He even went on to say that the “CDC should be investigated.”
Posey was absolutely right, according to Age of Autism.
The website, which is dedicated to sharing information about autism, reported that about 20 years prior to the controversial study being published, the CDC tested deadly, experimental measles vaccines on African infants before launching another round of tests on inner-city babies in low-income neighborhoods in the U.S.
FINALLY, a black community news source is speaking out about what should be an outrage to every African American: The CDC hid scientific findings on the high risk for autism among black male babies. Age of Autism is cited as a source here. I left a comment and I hope everyone who can will write a short note about this horrible injustice on the part of the CDC. Hopefully more black media sites will pick this up and congressional reps will be contacted.