Confronting CDC Choices

After years of CDC insistence that vaccines pose no risk to recipients, the Centers for Disease Control’s leading epidemiologist admits he helped cover up results that demonstrated a link between the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps and rubella) and autism. The CDC has yet to acknowledge Dr. Thompson’s charge that a study did demonstrate a causal link between this vaccine and autism.

The specific CDC research paper Dr. Thompson refers to, published in 2004, does not state that there exists a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. However, Thompson asserts that’s because the actual data was not included in the paper. The actual data portrays a far different picture; Thompson notes that results from African American children were deliberately omitted as a means of showing no link between the vaccine and autism.

Were data from this sample population to be included, the paper would have concluded that children who received the MMR vaccine before the age of 3 were at a 69% increased risk for developing autism; the risk for developing autism among African American children before the age of 3 would have increased to 240%.

Dr. Thompson has moved for whistleblower status for his decision to bring the situation to light. While there was talk of holding a hearing, nothing has been set up as of yet.

This is not the first time questions have been raised about the CDC’s efficacy and potential to misconstrue the truth about vaccine safety. Researchers like Mark and David Geier have long discussed their concern with the CDC’s decision to refute ample evidence of the risks of vaccines containing toxic ingredients like mercury. The CDC relies on just six research papers to back its claims that vaccines do not pose any risk to recipients, though the majority of these papers were supported or funded in some way by the CDC itself. CDC leadership is also largely comprised of individuals who do not hold medical degrees or scientific research PhDs, which raises concerns about their ability to make decisions that are in the best interest of public health.

The Geiers have also expressed significant difficulty accessing information from the CDC’s databases to conduct research, even though such information is required to be readily available to the public.

Why might the CDC choose to remain firm in its belief that all vaccines are safe? While we can only speculate, it is interesting to note that the ingredients scientists find present risks are the ingredients that either help extend the longevity of a vaccine’s shelf life or increase the immune system’s response to it. It is also interesting to consider the profit at stake for pharmaceutical companies, which are known for their robust lobbying of government officials and organizations.


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