The debate about whether there is a link between vaccines and autism has been growing for the last few years as more and more parents continue to question the official story that additives in these routinely administered treatments are safe.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there is no link at this time, one of the main sources that they quote, a 2004 study from Pediatrics Paper, had deliberately omitted crucial information.
Congressman Blows the Whistle Over Missing Documents
U.S. Representative from Florida Bill Posey spoke to the House of Representatives July 29, 2015 and asked for a hearing and official investigation into the missing documents from that study. He quoted an official statement from Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the CDC, released August 2014:
“The co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room, and reviewed and went through all the hardcopy documents that we had thought we should discard, and put them into a huge garbage can.”
Posey started his speech with saying that he is pro-vaccine, but believes that the parents are the ones making the decision for their kids, and they should have all the facts.
“…It’s troubling to me that in a recent Senate hearing on childhood vaccinations, it was never mentioned that our government has paid out over $3 billion through a vaccine injury compensation program for children who have been injured by vaccinations,” said Posey.
Posey said Dr. Thompson worked with a whistleblower attorney to deliver the missing information from the 2004 CDC study from the journal Pediatrics that “examined the possibility of a relationship between [the] mumps, measles, rubella vaccine and autism.”
Dr. Thompson’s statement from August 2014 provided the following information, as quoted by Posey.
Dr. Thompson and his colleagues lead three vaccine safety studies, were supposed to discover whether or not the mumps, measles, rubella vaccine (MMR) had any link to autism. Their hypothesis was that if there were “statistically significant effects at either 18 or 36 months” it would mean that “vaccinating children early with MMR vaccine could lead to autism-like characteristics or features.”
The study in question had two groups of children: with and without birth certificates. While their statistic showed that race played a huge effect statistically, they could not decide on how to code race for the group without birth certificates, and eventually chose to omit reporting any race-specific effects altogether. After that they destroyed the documents related to the subject.
“…Because I assumed it was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hard copies of all documents in my office, and I retain all associated computer files. I believe we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the Pediatrics paper,” stated Dr. Thompson.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that grants any person the right to request and access government documents. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is responsible of enforcing the law to ensure public safety.
In the end of his speech Posey asked the House Speaker: “Considering the nature of the whistleblower’s documents as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted…So I ask, Mr. Speaker, I beg, I implore my colleagues on the appropriations committees to please, please take such action.”
In 2014 investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson spoke to the CDC Director of Immunization Safety Dr. Frank DeStefano after Dr. Thompson statement went public.
When Attkisson asked if it is possible that vaccination might trigger autism in children who have an “underlying biological illness,” DeStefano answered that “in certain children…that is a possibility.”
Attkisson then asked if it is important to study the kids with that predisposition. DeStefano said: “…It’s hard to say…I mean how important that is. I mean, it’s a theoretical possibility…it’s hard to predict who those children might be, but certainly, individual cases can be studied to try to look at those those possibilities.”
“I rise today on matters of scientific integrity and research. To begin with, I am absolutely, resolutely, pro-vaccine. Advancements in medical immunization have saved countless and greatly benefitted public health. That being said, it’s troubling to me that in a recent Senate hearing on childhood vaccinations, it was never mentioned that our government has paid out over $3 billion through a vaccine injury compensation program for children who have been injured by vaccinations. Regardless of the subject matter, parents making decisions about their children’s health deserve to have the best information available to them. They should be able to count on federal agencies to tell them the truth. For these reasons, I bring the following matter to the House floor.
In August 2014, Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, worked with a whistleblower attorney to provide my office with documents related to a 2004 CDC study that examined the possibility of a relationship between [the] mumps, measles, rubella vaccine and autism. In a statement released in August, 2014, Dr. Thompson stated, ‘I regret that my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics.
Mr. Speaker, I respectfully request the following excepts from the statement written by Dr. Thompson be entered into the record.
Now quoting Dr. Thompson.
‘My primary job duties while working in the immunization safety branch from 2000 to 2006, were to later co-lead three major vaccine safety studies. The MADDSP, MMR autism cases control study was being carried out in response to the Wakefield-Lancet study that suggested an association between the MMR vaccine and an autism-like health outcome. There were several major concerns among scientists and consumer advocates outside the CDC in the fall of 2000, regarding the execution of the Verstraeten Study. One of the important goals that was determined up front, in the spring of 2001, before any of these studies started, was to have all three protocols vetted outside the CDC prior to the start of the analyses so consumer advocates could not claim that we were presenting analyses that suited our own goals and biases. We hypothesized that if we found statistically significant effects at either 18 or 36 month thresholds, we would conclude that vaccinating children early with MMR vaccine could lead to autism-like characteristics or features. We all met and finalized the study protocol and analysis plan. The goal was to not deviate from the analysis plan to avoid the debacle that occurred with the Verstraeten thimerosal study published in Pediatrics in 2003.
At the Sept. 5th meeting we discussed in detail how to code race for both the sample and the birth certificate sample. At the bottom of table 7, it also shows that for the non-birth certificate sample, the adjusted race effect statistical significance was huge. All the authors and I met and decided sometime between August and September 2002, not to report any race effects from the paper. Sometime soon after the meeting, we decided to exclude reporting any race effects. The co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room, and reviewed and went through all the hardcopy documents that we had thought we should discard, and put them into a huge garbage can. However, because I assumed it was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hardcopies of all documents in my office, and I retain all associated computer files. I believe we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the Pediatrics paper.’
Mr. Speaker, I believe it is our duty to insure that the documents that Dr. Thompson are not ignored. Therefore I will provide them to members of Congress and the House Committees upon request. Considering the nature of the whistleblower’s documents as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted.
So I ask, Mr. Speaker, I beg, I implore my colleagues on the appropriations committees to please, please take such action.”
You can watch the full video of Congressman Posey’s five-minute statement below: