Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2004 CDC Study Author Admits to Omitting Data

PhD William Thompson CDC whistleblower

The suspected connection between the MMR vaccine and Autism has come under fierce debate, and reports detail an allegedly complaint by a CDC whistleblower William Thompson that the medicine was given the green light in a fraudulent cover-up of neurological side effects.
Activist Post claims that Thompson co-authored the study which concluded that there were ‘no significant associations’ with neurodevelopment regression and the treatment for measles, mumps and rubella. But Thompson allegedly admitted to American bioengineer Dr. Brian Hooker and British medical researcher Dr. Andrew Wakefield – responsible for a discredited 1998 report on Autism and the MMR vaccine - in a recorded telephone conversation that the experiment report was fraudulent and that he and his co-authors had covered up the Autism link to the vaccine and systematically withheld data from the public that did not reflect their desired statistics.
Thompson is quoted to have said, “The effect [Austism] is where you would think it would happen. It is with kids without other conditions. I’m just looking at this and I’m like ‘Oh my God… I cannot believe we did what we did. It’s all there… I have handwritten notes”.
"It’s probably the lowest point in my career that I went along with that paper and I also paid a huge price for it because I became delusional".
The former CDC senior scientist also told Congress according to a recorded call audio posted by Collective Evolution, “The CDC research 10 years behind because it has not been transparent. We’ve missed 10 years of research because the CDC is so paralysed right now by anything related to autism. Really what we need is for Congress to come in a say ‘give us the data”.
“My boss is asking me to lie. I basically have stopped lying”.
And in an open letter to former CDC head Dr. Julie Gerberding, posted on Natural News, Thompson reportedly explained, "I will have to present several problematic results relating to statistical associations between the receipt of MMR vaccine and autism. I have been told by you have suggested that the science speak for itself. In general I agree with that statement, the science also needs advocates who can get the real scientific message out to the public".
Dr. Andrew Wakefield has spoken out about the MMR vaccine causing neurological side effects
The agenda and cover-up of crucial side effects relating to the MMR vaccine could spark moral panic, and although reported previously on CNN citizen journalism platform iReport (although later censored) and by other mainstream media outlets deeming such conclusions as bogus – particularly by Wakefield in the late 90s, revelations would result in a heavy backlash against medical organisations and the governments that regulate them.
The controversial debate was reignited in 2012 when an angry Italian parents filed a lawsuit against the country’s Ministry of Health when her son developed autism, now unable to speak and continuing to have great difficulty at school, after being administered the vaccine.
The Daily Mail reports that Antonella and Maurizio Bocca were awarded £140,000 and also plan civil action against the Italian government that could mean they could receive another £800,000 in damages, as they believe their son Valentino developed the neurological disorder due to the vaccine.
“But, of course, the money will never bring back the perfect and beautiful child of 15 months that we had before the doctors gave him the inoculation”, said Antonella. “We have a different Valentino today. We love him just as much, but our lives will never be the same again”.
Maurizio added, “When we mentioned our suspicions  about the MMR jab and how Valentino had been an ordinary happy little boy until he had it, these medical people looked at us as if we were crazy”.
The court ruling could have profound implications worldwide and in Britain, where one in 64 children is on the Autistic Spectrum and cases are still soaring. In Britain, the medical cocktail is used as a routine inoculation by the NHS and Department of Health from an early age, but many have warned that the government should do more to analyse the effects of vaccinations.
Lawyer Mr Ventaloro explained, “This is very significant for Britain which uses, and has used, an MMR vaccine with the same components as the one given to Valentino”.
“It is wrong for governments and their health authorities to exert strong pressure on parents to take children for the MMR jab while ignoring that this vaccine can cause autism and linked conditions”.


CDC Whistle-blower admits to suppressing info in 2004 study

August 27, 2014 Press Release, “Statement of William W. Thompson, Ph.D., Regarding the 2004 Article Examining the Possibility of a Relationship Between MMR Vaccine and Autism”



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.

I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue  to save countless lives.  I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race. Vaccines prevent serious diseases, and the risks associated  with their administration are vastly outweighed  by their individual and societal benefits.

My concern has been the decision to omit relevant findings in a particular study for a particular sub­ group for a particular  vaccine. There have always been recognized risks for vaccination and I believe it is the responsibility of the CDC to properly  convey the risks associated  with receipt of those vaccines.

I have had many discussions  with Dr. Brian Hooker over the last 10 months regarding studies  the CDC has carried out regarding vaccines and neurodevelopmental outcomes including autism spectrum disorders. I share his beliefthat CDC decision-making and analyses should be transparent. I was not, however, aware that he was recording any of our conversations, nor was I given any choice regarding whether  my name would be made public or my voice would be put on the Internet.

I am grateful for the many supportive e-mails that I have received over the last several days.
I will not be answering  further questions at this time.  I am providing information  to Congressman William Posey, and of course will continue to cooperate with Congress.  I have also offered to assist with reanalysis of the study data or development of further  studies.  For the time being, however, I am focused on my job and my family.

Reasonable scientists  can and do differ in their interpretation of information. I will do everything I can to assist any unbiased and objective scientists inside or outside the CDC to analyze data collected by the CDC or other public organizations for the purpose  of understanding whether  vaccines are associated with an increased  risk of autism.  There are still more questions than answers, and I appreciate that so many families are looking for answers  from the scientific community.

My colleagues and supervisors at the CDC have been entirely professional since this matter  became public. In fact, I received a performance-based award after this story came out.  I have experienced  no pressure  or retaliation and certainly was not escorted  from the building, as some have stated.

Dr. Thompson is represented by Frederick M. Morgan,Jr.,  Morgan Verkamp, LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio, www.morganverkamp.com.