Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 14:33:20 -0400
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Alliance for Human Research Protection
A Catalyst for Debate
Bloomberg News reports that a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms an epidemic increase in developmental disorders among U.S. children--primarily, autism (fourfold increase) and ADHD. These disorders in children aged 3 to 17 increased from 12.8%, or about 8 million, in 1997-1999, to 15% in 2006-2008, affecting 1 in 6 children (about 10 million children). The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.
The unexplained accelerated increase in autism spectrum diagnosed in many children after vaccinations has raised serious concerns about the role of vaccines. Vaccines are legally classified as "unavoidably unsafe"--which is why vaccine manufacturers have been given liability immunity.
On April 11, 2011, , Dr. Poul Thorsen, the Danish vaccine researcher (a psychiatrist by training) who has been closely aligned with and funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), was indicted by a federal grand jury on 13 counts of wire fraud; 9 counts of money laundering; and for allegedly stealing over $1 million from CDC funded autism research between 2004 and 2008. US prosecutors are seeking to extradite him from Denmark.
Dr. Thorsen's research on autism is widely known in academic circles, where he was a highly respected figure. His extensively quoted paper, known as "The Danish Study," is the cornerstone for the claim that the autism-vaccine connection has been refuted.
The second most influential vaccine promoter, Dr. Paul Offit, has substantial financial conflicts of interest: for starters, he is a co-patent holder in Merck's RotaTeq vaccine. His exaggerated claims about the safety of vaccines are over the top. He went so far as to claim that "babies can safely handle as many as 10,000 vaccines," which he later modified (in a NewsWeek article) stating, "It was probably closer to 100,000."
On April 18, 2011, the Orange County Register published a lengthy "Correction" to a Response by Dr. Offit to a CBS investigative news report (2008), The OC Register repudiates a string of Dr. Offit's "unsubstantiated and/or false" claims of fact, and his "unsubstantiated and/or false" accusations against the professional conduct of investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, of CBS News.
Dr. Offit claimed that Ms. Attkisson "lied" when she reported that Offit refused to disclose his financial relationships with Merck, and he claimed that he had provided "the details of his relationship and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's relationship with Merck."
Not so, The OC Register acknowledges: "documents provided by CBS News indicate Offit did not disclose his financial relationships with Merck, including a $1.5 million Hilleman chair he sits in that is co-sponsored by Merck....the network requested (but Offit did not disclose) the entire profile of his professional financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies including: The amount of compensation he'd received from which companies in speaking fees; and pharmaceutical consulting relationships and fees."
If the two most "authoritative" vaccine "experts" who have had the greatest influence on CDC vaccination policy, are found to be dishonest, then their claims about vaccine safety cannot be entirely trusted.
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