William Thompson, CDC Whistleblower – comment

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Anyone who is tapped into the vaccine debate will be aware of recent news that evidence suggesting an increased risk of autism, particularly in African American children who received the MMR before 2 years of age, was knowingly suppressed by the CDC for over a decade.

The hiding and manipulation of data was uncovered after Dr Brian Hooker re-evaluated the original study’s data set.  Hooker then went on to record telephone conversations with William Thompson, PhD, who was one of the senior scientists working on the original study.  During these conversations, Thompson expressed his deep regret at the suppression of data by the CDC, and his complicit agreement to such by not speaking up at the time.  Here is a transcript from part of one of these conversations between Dr Hooker and Dr Thompson, where Thompson states:

 “I did not believe that we did what we did, but we did. It’s all there… This is the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper. I have great shame now when I meet families of kids with autism, because I have been part of the problem.”

Since this information came to light on 27th August, there has been a deafening silence from the newsrooms. CNN did publish a rather lack-lustre, non-commital article.  The biased nature of Time Magazine’s article was more troubling than not reporting it at all.  The title subheading read:

‘the claim however may just be more unsubstantiated fuel from the anti-vaccination movement’  

Wow, what a beautifully neutral, unbiased intro to a news article.  Bravo to Time magazine for that prize journalism!

As a UK resident, I say somewhat shamefully, that there is not a whiff of this story in the UK press that I can find.  There is the expected back-peddling from Thompson’s lawyers, the usual Andy Wakefield-rubbishing rhetoric on various reactionary ‘science’ blogs, however no real journalism as far as I can see.  Thompson has receded into the shadows under a heap of legalese, and the CDC, whilst admitting some culpability, are merely opening an investigation to ‘review’ happenings.  Surely this should be done by external forces, much in the same way that you wouldn’t ask a bank to perform their own audit, when suspected of insider trading.

Wrangling aside, I feel the controversy is stopping people from asking important and interesting questions about the findings that have newly come to light.

  1. WHY are black babies more susceptible.  By asking this question, we may start to gain important clues as to susceptibility markers.   These might be physiological differences – for example the difference in rates of vitamin d absorption in darker skin, or maybe socio-economic/nutritional factors in the population of the study – without looking very carefully at the data, these 2 suggestions are merely speculation, but I would ask that the ‘scientists’ start acting as such, and come up with some hypotheses.
  2. What other data may have been suppressed because it was ‘inconvenient to the desired outcome‘?  Every study examining vaccination risk should be retrospectively scrutinised and re-evaluated, with particular emphasis on possible researcher bias, potential backhanders etc.  If the world was a fair place, a full-scale investigation would be launched.
  3. Would delaying the vaccination schedule help reduce the incidence of autism?  If ‘yes’, then we must assume there is at least a link between vaccination and autism.  Preliminary findings in Japan suggest as such, and need to be further replicated.
  4. Okay – this one, I am going to capitalise… because I’m raising my voice.  WHERE ARE THE STUDIES COMPARING INCIDENCE OF AUTISM AND OTHER HEALTH MEASURES IN VACCINATED VERSUS UNVACCINATED POPULATIONS?  The populations exist… so lets do the studies!! Come on CDC – put your money where your mouth is.  Compared to the billions of dollars being wasted on genetic research of a disorder that is clearly not genetic, the cheap study I’m suggesting will be a drop in the ocean.  This is a massive bug bear of mine.  To hide behind the ‘it would be unethical to have a unvaccinated control group‘ argument simply will not do.  We already have the unvaccinated populations in existence.  Preliminary evidence from small scale studies again suggest there absolutely IS a difference in the numbers of cases of autism in vaccinated vs vaccinated populations.  Take the unvaccinated Amish population for one.  This is surely the most powerful piece of evidence of all, and yet somehow, it is glossed over.
  5. Who makes the decision as to which risks my child should be exposed to – it is me, or is it my Government?  I believe it is my right as a parent to choose between a calculated risk of complications from a normal childhood disease, which, in the majority of cases where there is no concomitant problem, is relatively low… or an indiscriminate, and untested, and unknown increase in the risk of developing a permanent neurological disorder… or perhaps some other chronic disease, as a consequence or the immune disruption that vaccination may cause in susceptible individuals.  The thought of mandatory vaccination from a State level is so utterly horrifying that it sends shivers down my spine.  The idea that I cannot choose whether or not my child gets 49 shots of 14 vaccines before age 6 (current schedule in the US), and if I opt out, they lose their right to education, is such an abominable violation of human rights as to be frightening.  It was certainly enough to send me scuttling back to Europe from New York, before my kids reached school age.

The real underlying problem in this whole debate, is that on the one side, we are talking about dead or permanently injured children.  No one likes dead children.  I will go out on a limb, and call that a fact.  This is why the vaccine industry has such an easy ride. By largely making up data on actual risk of death from a childhood disease (which frankly is impossible to know now) and by banding about terms like ‘outbreaks’, ‘herd immunity’ (which if people really took the time to investigate, they would realise is a nonsense in relation to vaccination, as it is only possible through the natural inherited immunity over many generations), and by demonising people who want to make alternative choices, they really are onto an absolute gold mine.

People respond beautifully to fear.  Fear of death is incredibly powerful – even more so for your tiny child.  This is why vaccine manufacturers have for decades, got away without properly investigating vaccine safety, let alone the human rights aspects of forced vaccination.   Vaccines were introduced with the idea to lower infant mortality. And, possibly make a few bucks in the process.  Well… it would be a shame not to be properly remunerated for stopping babies dying right?

The Polio vaccine is deemed one of the great success stories.  This was a horrible disease, no question.  But no-one seems to talk about the first botched attempt of polio vaccination in 1955 in the USA, where they ‘made a mistake’ in the vaccine, and of the 200,000 children vaccinated, 40,000 developed full-blown polio as a consequence of the vaccine, leaving 200 permanently paralysed.  Whoops.  Oh well, what’s 200 paralysed children between friends?  Let’s just crack on, rap ourselves on the knuckles, and do better next time.  I wonder how many natural outbreaks of polio we would need to have seen before even coming close to figures like that, given that in 95% of naturally occurring cases, the disease in completely innocuous, and of the remaining 5% only 1-2% develop paralysis.  Wouldn’t it be better, just as a thought, to find out what is different about those 5% who become paralysed, and to look for ways of making these susceptible individuals become less susceptible, rather that vaccinating the whole 100%?  It is madness.  Is it not wholly ‘unscientific’ to assume, a priori, that you are not going to cause any long-term, knock-on effects, by interfering in the most intricately sophisticated system of biochemistry that is the human body. Is it not your scientific duty to measure this?  I have said it before, and I’ll say it again  – we just do not know, or understand, or even measure, the damage we may be doing.  And to be completely honest, we don’t even really know how effective the vaccines are.  Diseases tend to ebb and flow over centuries anyway, by dint of real herd immunity… but now we have interfered in this natural process, it’s hard to know which way is up. What was a natural decline due to timing, and what was entirely down to the vaccination?

Ultimately, the fact is that we cannot cheat death.  It will always come.  And sometimes children will die.  These may be the things to come to terms with, rather that opting unquestioningly for the systematic neurological and immune disruption of an entire generation of humans.

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