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Here's some important reading to start with. Sorry about any cognitive dissonance it may cause.

http://www.morganverkamp.com/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/

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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”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - AUGUST 27,2014

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.

http://sharylattkisson.com/cdc-responds-to-allegation-it-omitted-vaccine-autism-study-link-576

CDC Responds to Allegation it Omitted Vaccine-Autism Study Link
by sattkisson on August 28, 2014


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to a charge from one of its own senior scientists that it omitted key data in a 2004 study that would have revealed a link between autism and a commonly-required childhood vaccine, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella).

The allegation was made by CDC epidemiologist William Thompson in a statement this week issued through his attorney. It states: “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.”

It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a sitting CDC senior scientist to blow the whistle on alleged scientific misconduct involving a study article that he co-authored. In this instance, the impact of the charge is magnified by more than a decade of allegations from autism advocates who say the federal government and pharmaceutical interests have worked to downplay or hide associations between vaccines and autism.

A spokesman for the journal Pediatrics today said the publication stands by the study despite the news. “There’s a standard process that journals follow when an article is questioned,” said the spokesman. “Those discussions took place between the editors of Pediatrics and the authors of this study, and the editors concluded the research was appropriately conducted.” Pediatrics is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which accepts vaccine industry funding.

The Director of the CDC Immunization Safety Office, Dr. Frank DeStefano, is a co-author of the now-questioned study which has been widely-cited to dispel an MMR-autism link. DeStefano is frequently quoted as an expert who debunks vaccine-autism ties.

“I stand by the research and the conclusions in our 2004 paper, and I’ll reiterate that the evidence, thus far, the weight of the evidence, is against a causal association between vaccines and autism,” DeStefano told me in a telephone interview this week.

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The CDC’s DeStefano acknowledges that he and his study co-authors changed their study analysis plan midstream, which resulted in reducing the statistical vaccine-autism link among black boys. But he says they did so for good scientific reason.

“(Vaccine) exposure around (three years of age) is just not biologically plausible to have a causal association with autism,” DeStefano says. “I mean autism would’ve already started by then…it probably starts in the womb. So I think from a biological argument, it’s implausible this was a causal association.”

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This week, in response to a query, the CDC stated that it is not currently investigating the relation between vaccines and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). “Further, CDC does not have any planned research addressing vaccines and autism,” said a CDC spokesman.

“CDC believes that this topic has been thoroughly studied and no causal links have been found. Current CDC ASD related research focuses on determining how many people have ASD and understanding risk factors and causes for ASD.”–CDC spokesman

More.

Also, have you read the latest about the other MMR whistleblower case involving a pair of Merck virologists? A new court ruling was issued just last week.

http://www.law360.com/classaction/articles/574389
http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/home/id=1202669116132/Qui-Tam-Class-Action-Cases-Against-Merck-Proceed
http://www.inquisitr.com/1459159/lawsuits-allege-merck-lied-about-mmr-efficacy-motions-to-dismiss-denied/
http://www.rescuepost.com/files/june-mumps-suit.pdf

Here we see the system working as it should, IMO. Better late than never.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Sep 7, 2014, 05:56 PM (2 replies)

CDC Whistleblower Dr. William W. Thompson on Thimerosal and Pregnant Women



CDC Whistleblower Dr. Thompson on Thimerosal and Pregnant Women
Published on Aug 27, 2014
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 02:13 AM (1 replies)

K&R

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 12:34 PM (0 replies)

Note about Dr. David L. Lewis.

http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=71&Itemid=108

National Whistleblowers Center: Meet the Whistleblowers (35)
Note: Dr. Janet Chandler (“As a young attorney President Obama worked on Dr. Chandler’s case. The Supreme Court upheld Dr. Chandler’s lawsuit.”)


http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=74

Dr. David L. Lewis

Dr. David Lewis’ cutting edge scientific research forced the EPA to abandon its policy of promoting the land application of sewage sludge on farm land. Dr. Lewis lost his job and his case in ongoing.

Dr. David Lewis, a former senior research microbiologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research & Development, is the only EPA scientist to publish first-authored research articles in Nature, Lancet and Nature Medicine.

Dr. Lewis is an internationally recognized research microbiologist who discovered, at the University of Georgia (UGA) in the early 1990s, that the AIDS virus could be transmitted by certain types of dental equipment that dentists share between patients. His research, published in Lancet and Nature Medicine, led to the current heat-sterilization standard for dentistry worldwide. He has also studied similar problems with flexible endoscopes used for common medical procedures such as colorectal cancer screening.

As a senior-level (GS-15) research microbiologist for EPA’s Office of Research & Development, Dr. Lewis used DNA-fingerprinting in the late 1990s to study the effects of global climate change on the breakdown of pesticides by bacteria. This research, which he published in Nature, was awarded EPA’s Science Achievement Award. EPA officials who developed the Agency’s sewage sludge regulations, however, moved to shut down his research when he began investigating illnesses and deaths linked to EPA programs promoting the agricultural use of processed sewage sludge. Nevertheless, his research in this area prompted the CDC to issue guidelines protecting workers handling processed sewage sludge.

At UGA, Dr. Lewis directs the Georgia-Oklahoma Center for Research on the Environment. There, he has published additional research articles concerning the public health and the environment, including a first-authored research article in Nature dealing with global climate change. He also organized and published a five-year prospective epidemiological study of hepatitis C cross-infection in Egypt.

Dr. Lewis was awarded the Lexington Leadership Award in 2000 and the Accuracy in Media Award. He is Senior Science Advisor to the National Whistleblowers Center and a member of its Board of Directors. At the NWC, he organizes conferences and other events concerning the use of academic institutions by federal agencies to support government policies and quash independent scientific research. He also works with religious and community groups to foster acceptance of advancing scientific knowledge, promote religious tolerance, and discourage the use of the democratic process to empower religious movements.

Dr. Lewis’ work has been covered in numerous news articles, editorials, and documentaries in a wide variety of professional, scientific and popular publications, and broadcasts including Science, Lancet, JAMA, The Scientist, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Voice of America, Paul Harvey, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, London Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, PBS Healthweek, PBS Technopolitics, CBS Evening News, ABC’s Primetime Live, and BBC Panorama.

Dr. Lewis is available to speak about scientific fraud and environmental advocacy.

Author: Science for Sale

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Aug 24, 2014, 04:16 PM (0 replies)

"The FBI later arrested Derrick Murray..." Here's to the white mice among us!

http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=8342&a=1

AUDIO AT LINK: Ed Young introduces and shares some of the backstory for creating Seven Blind Mice.



Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Aug 15, 2014, 01:34 PM (0 replies)

Morbidly, the WSJ hints at unfathomable, unimaginable, real world financial woes.



Coldplay feat Michael Stipe - In The Sun - Live Austin City Limits - 2005
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 02:56 PM (0 replies)

K&R

LINK: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/11/statement-president-passing-robin-williams
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Aug 11, 2014, 09:22 PM (0 replies)

Lance Armstrong was moving liveSTRONG in that direction and for that I admire him to this day.

TX: http://www.livestrong.org/What-We-Do/Our-Approach/Reports-Findings/Prop-15-Case-Study
CA: http://www.livestrong.org/yeson29/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 10:00 PM (2 replies)

More.


http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/the-gatekeepers-director-dror-morehs-oscar-acceptance-would-have-honored-slain-prime-minister-rabin-film-shunned-by-israel

'The Gatekeepers' Director Dror Moreh's Oscar Acceptance Would Have Honored Slain Prime Minister Rabin; Film Shunned by Israel

NEWS BY SOPHIA SAVAGE
MARCH 2, 2013 1:19 PM




Cinemascope has published Dror Moreh's Oscar acceptance speech (which he didn't get to recite on stage because "Searching for Sugar Man" won over his doc "The Gatekeepers"). In the speech Moreh dedicates the Oscar to the memory of Israeli prime minister Itzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by a right-wing Jew "because he dared to dream about peace." That message was continued by "The Gatekeepers." The doc features interviews with six former heads of Israel's Shin Bet (their Secret Service).

In the speech Moreh writes: "We pray that it would echo in the corridors of power in Washington, Berlin, Paris, London and especially in Jerusalem and Ramallah."

Israel has not been supportive of the film, nor of Palestinian film "5 Broken Cameras," which was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Both were Israeli co-productions. Israel's culture minister Limor Livnat--who did not see either film--expressed that she was happy that both lost the award, and urged the nation's filmmakers not to criticize Israel in their work; to practice "self-censorship."

The acceptance speech--crumpled on paper--is above.

Our interview with Moreh is here.

More:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/113433051
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022652003
http://www.democraticunderground.com/113429807

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/29/the_gatekeepers_in_new_film_ex
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 08:21 PM (0 replies)

LA TIMES: Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, ousted as surgeon general due to his anti-smoking views, dies at 87

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-jesse-steinfeld-20140806-story.html

Dr. Jesse Steinfeld dies at 87; fought tobacco use as surgeon general
By THOMAS H. MAUGH II


SHARELINES: (via Twitter and Facebook)
-- Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, ousted as surgeon general due to his anti-smoking views, dies at 87
-- Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, one of three surgeons general to spearhead the fight against tobacco, dies at 87
-- 'Worst surgeon general ever' --tobacco industry on Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who has died at 87

August 5, 2014

Three U.S. surgeons general have played the biggest roles in alerting the public to the dangers of tobacco.

In 1964, Dr. Luther Terry issued the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, irrefutably linking smoking with lung disease and other illnesses. The report led to a sharp drop in smoking and to the first warning labels on cigarette packages.

Seven years later, Dr. Jesse L. Steinfeld issued a second report focused on the dangers of secondhand smoke. He proposed what he called the Non-Smoker's Bill of Rights, which said that the country must free non-smokers from the hazards and annoyance of other people's addictions. He strengthened the warning on packages and issued the first ban on smoking in certain government buildings.

In the 1980s, Dr. C. Everett Koop accelerated the war against tobacco, producing the first ban on smoking in airplanes.

The tobacco industry considered Steinfeld's actions so egregious that he was labeled the "worst surgeon general ever." The industry lobbied vigorously for his removal and he became the first surgeon general ever forced out by the president.

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Amazing heroism.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Aug 6, 2014, 02:27 PM (0 replies)
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