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All That "cdc Whistleblower" Nonsense

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#1 Jolly Roger

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 08:15 PM

I'm getting a bit tired of all the people who have been linking me to hysterical headlines about how the a CDC "whistleblower" has "proven" that there was a cover up of known problems with the MMR.

So here is my take on it.

First, Snopes has demolished the claim: "Data suppressed by the CDC proved that the MMR vaccine produces a 340% increased risk of autism in African-American boys.

Snopes concludes that the claim is false, and condemns Hooker, the man behind this claim for

What [Hooker] has done, apparently, is found grist for a perfect conspiracy theory to demonize the CDC, play the race card in a truly despicable fashion, and cast fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the CDC vaccination program, knowing that most of the white antivaccine activists who support [him] hate the CDC so much that they won't notice that even Hooker's reanalysis doesn’t support their belief that vaccines caused the autism in their children.
Read more at http://www.snopes.co...kZDttmXqEZiv.99

Second, Hooker's claims were retracted with an apology by the journal that published it (http://www.translati.../content/3/1/22) because of a conflict of interest, in which people stood to make money out of the claim - a remarkably similar conflict of interest to Andrew Wakefield's.

As one blogger put it,

The whistleblower' incident is a case of fraud being perpetrated on the public by anti-vaccine activists, rather than a case of fraud perpetrated on the public by the government...

...Taken as a whole, the evidence seems to indicate that the "CDC Whistleblower" case was one of activists intentionally misleading the public about the nature of government work on vaccine safety. A researcher's comments were taken out of context, an activist with financial conflict of interest published and was forced to retract an invalid study, and the CDC took a hit in public trust.


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 11:01 PM

Said it so so many times but will say it again...


MMR is a combined vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. It was introduced in the UK in 1988.


So me, people my age and older didn't have the sodding MMR and there are plenty of us with ASD of that age! All those adults getting a diagnosis now, all those 80's kids who got diagnosed. most of them would not have had the MMR. 

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