CDC, Vaccines and Autism
Truth in Media
In 1998 Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a study in The Lancet suggesting that there might be a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Other studies also came out around the same time raising questions about the possibility of such a link. This prompted the CDC to perform its own study to clarify the issue. The result was published in 2004 and claimed there was no clear evidence connecting MMR vaccines to autism.
Dr. William Thompson was a key scientist involved in that study. He characterized the published results as “heavily manipulated.” Some of the most significant data were thrown out, including data that showed a strong correlation between MMR and autism in African-American male children. Dr. Thompson seemed to think that was not very scientific and not very honest, but his immediate supervisors disagreed. They pressured him to shut up and go along with it. He went over their heads to the director of the CDC, Julie Gerberding. He was suspended for violating protocol.
A few months later he was given a glowing job review and a bonus. How did that happen? Well, he was very good at his job, was a key expert on other projects and oh, he was getting offers to go work elsewhere for a lot more money. The CDC didn’t want him leaving and then talking.
This video reviews what happened in detail, with a specific timeline of events. When the CDC is asked about this issue they say they are investigating. They have been “investigating” for ten years. Maybe in another ten years they will have some preliminary findings. Former employees of the CDC are interviewed here and they explain that the agency was heavily politicized in the 1980s. That might explain the lack of speed at which they operate.
Thompson quit waiting for the CDC to do the right thing in 2014 and went public. He found one person in Congress, Representative Bill Posey from Florida, who would listen to him. Posey, in turn, went before Congress to report on the situation and try to get an investigation started. So far nothing has happened. The pharmaceutical industry has several lobbyists for each congressman on the hill but I’m sure that has nothing to do with it. The thumb is UP for this video.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2016