Vaccines, Autism and Mercury: US Officials & Danish Researchers Involved in Major Cover Up
Feb 2013 21
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Last year, there was a rash of segments and articles in the Australian media singing the praises of vaccination. Almost invariably, these attempted to portray individuals and groups concerned about vaccination side effects as a bunch of anti-scientific, tin foil hat-wearing, fringe lunatics.

Interestingly, this ad hominem campaign occurred not long after documents obtained by the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD) exposed communications between Centers for Disease Control (CDC) personnel and vaccine researchers revealing U.S. officials apparently colluded in covering-up the decline in Denmark's autism rates following the removal of mercury from vaccines.

Documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that CDC officials were aware of Danish data indicating a connection between removing Thimerosal (49.55% mercury) and a decline in autism rates.  Despite this knowledge, these officials allowed a 2003 article to be published in Pediatrics that excluded this information, misrepresented the decline as an increase, and led to the mistaken conclusion that Thimerosal in vaccines does not cause autism.

In Denmark, Thimerosal, a controversial mercury compound used as a preservative in certain vaccines, was removed from all Danish vaccines in 1992.  The well-publicized Danish study published in Pediatrics 2003 claimed that autism rates actually increased after Thimerosal was phased out.  This study subsequently became a cornerstone for the notion that mercury does not cause autism.  However, one of the FOIA documents obtained from CDC clearly indicates that this study omitted large amounts of data showing autism rates actually dropping after mercury was removed from Danish vaccines.

One coauthor, from Aarhus University, Denmark, was aware of the omission and alerted CDC officials in a 2002 email, stating "Attached I send you the short and long manuscript about Thimerosal and autism in Denmark … I need to tell you that the figures do not include the latest data from 2001 … but the incidence and prevalence are still decreasing in 2001" (emphasis added).

We know the article's lead author was aware of the missing autism data because he stated in an email reply, "I am not currently at the university but I will contact you and <names withheld> tomorrow to make up our minds."

Nevertheless, in the final draft version of the publication submitted to Pediatrics, the data from 2001 showing a decline in autism was not mentioned.  Ignoring this omission, the CDC continued to endorse the article and, in a December 10, 2002 recommendation letter to the editor of Pediatrics, encouraged expedited review and publication of the article.

The misleading Danish article was published by Pediatrics in their September 1, 2003 issue.

Dr. Poul Thorsen , one of the co-authors and "scientist in residence" at the CDC 2000-2002, subsequently was terminated by Aarhus University and indicted in Atlanta for embezzlement in 2011 in relation to his $11 million grant from the CDC. Thorsen, who used embezzled funds to purchase a home in Atlanta, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, an Audi automobile, and a Honda SUV, is in Denmark awaiting extradition to the US.

CoMeD demanded the CDC launch an immediate investigation of the CDC officials involved based on scientific fraud.  CoMeD also called for the full retraction of the deceptive article which appeared in Pediatrics. So far this hasn't happened: The misleading article is still available on the Pediatrics website here, with no correction and no mention whatsoever of the data discrepancies or co-author Thorsen's indictment and fugitive status.

And while the Australian media had plenty of time to portray those concerned about vaccine safety as a pack of nutters, they evidently had little time to report on the above. While the name of Dr Andrew Wakefield (the British 'anti-vaccine' researcher accused of fraud several years back) is regularly trotted out by pro-vaccine journalists, they seem to suffer sudden memory loss when it comes to reporting on the CDC and Thorsen's antics.

Commenting on the CDC's apparent duplicity, Lisa Sykes, President of CoMeD said "This type of malfeasance should not be tolerated by those who are entrusted with our children's health and well-being".

For a comprehensive rundown on further problems not just with the 2003 Pediatrics paper but with five other major epidemiological studies used to dismiss a thimerosal-autism connection, see Critique of the 6 epidemiological studies used to exonerate thimerosal containing vaccines.

Related Links

Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs. Scandal Exposed in Major Study of Autism and Mercury. October 25, 2011. Accessed on November 12, 2011.

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