MMR Vaccine Found to Cause Autism in African-American Children

Recent revelations concerning clinical trials involving MMR vaccine and the non-reporting of the incidence incurred in an African-American sub group involved with the trial.
The revelation came in the release of a statement by William Thomson admitting that certain important information had been omitted from an article published in the journal Pediatrics back in 2004.

The omission supports the view that academic fraud was committed, particularly as the statement was issued 24 hours after publication of two emails by “whistleblowers” at the CDC.

One person who was deeply vilified because he published information supporting the view that MMR caused autism was Dr Andrew Wakefield who suffered a range of reprisals involving his career prospects.
That he is now vindicated does not offset the emotional and financial stress suffered over the past ten years.

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The alarming aspect of this entire affair is that mainstream media did not move to cover the story, but instead took steps to try and cover it up.
There is more evidence of a journal cover up.
The journal Neurodegeneration has pulled a data analysis study conducted by Brian Hooker, who published a re-analysis of CDC data regarding MMR vaccines and autism. The journal web page which previously showed the full abstract of the study now reads:
This article has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation because the journal and publisher believe that its continued availability could cause public harm. Definitive editorial action will be taken once our investigation is complete.
The statement goes on to explain “The complete article is available as a provisional PDF.” but that PDF has also been  deleted.
No scientific errors were found
Importantly, the journal Translational Neurodegeneration did not find any scientific errors with the study. The paper has not been officially retracted.
It has simply been manually deleted from the journal’s website in order to avoid the public from reading it.
This is definitely not a normal scientific process.
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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 co-authors 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,

 i2P will progressively follow this story and all of the fallout.
This is perhaps the first time that written evidence has become available to support what has been a virtual open secret for some time.
It will require a clean-out of government agencies, particularly in the US and the rewriting of laws involving the closeness of private enterprise to those agencies regulating that industry.
All I would comment for the moment is that the concept of evidence-based medicine is fractured to the point of being broken.
I would also comment that I would like to see all those zealots supporting an extreme view of all children should be mandated to be vaccinated, should now prepare their apologies to all those parents who have been humiliated or vilified because they attempted to protect their children by not vaccinating them.

I would also like to clearly state i2P’s policy in regard to evidence and vaccination:

1. We believe in the true scientific method of investigating, analysing and drawing reasonable conclusions from the evidence.
2. We also believe that registered practitioner experience should not be discounted or rejected as a valid alternative form of evidence.
3. We also believe that it is the unfettered right of an individual to reject any form of medication they object to taking.
4. We also believe in a similar right for the parents of children to appropriately represent the child’s best interests without restriction in respect of taking medication.


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