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CDC Manipulated Study Data to Negate a Link Between Autism and Immunizations in African-American Boys

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A whistleblower says federal health officials have been manipulating data that shows a link between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination and autism in a certain population.

According to a study by the Focus Autism Foundation, a top scientists working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helped Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover data manipulated by the CDC that revealed a higher rate of autism among African-American boys, according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine.

The whistleblower came to the attention of Dr. Hooker through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) when he sought original data from the DeStefano et al MMR and autism study.  For the study, CDC researchers gathered data on 2,583 children living in Atlanta, Georgia who were born between 1986 and 1993 but excluded children that were not born in that state. No reason was given for the exclusion, which reduced the sample size being studied by 41 percent, thus eliminating what would have been a higher statistical finding and negating the link between MMR and African-American boys, the Focus Autism Foundation (Focus Autism) reported.

Dr. Hooker stated that the CDC knew about the link as early as 2003 but chose to cover it up. According to the data from Dr. Hooker’s study, published in Translational Neurogeneration, African-American boys immunized before 36 months of age were 3.4 times more likely to develop autism than those who were immunized after 36 months of age, according to Focus Autism.

With the assistance of the CDC whistleblower, Dr. Hooker was able to view highly sensitive documents about the CDC study via Congressional request from U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Through the documents and his conversations with the whistleblower, Dr. Hooker uncovered “widespread manipulation of scientific data and top-down pressure on CDC scientists to support fraudulent application of government policies on vaccine safety” – namely, that CDC scientists deliberately obscured the link between African-American boys and autism by introducing the pointless birth certificate criteria, Focus Autism reported.

The DeStefano et al study was first introduced in the journal Pediatrics, which receives financial support from vaccine makers and through advertising and direct donations. The study is widely cited by the CDC and other public health organizations as proof that there exists no link between immunizations and autism, according to Focus Autism.

Dr. Hooker says more research is needed to determine why African-American males vaccinated before 36 months of age are more likely to develop autism and whether the African-American population should be urged to delay immunizations, Focus Autism reported.

Dr. Hooker told Focus Autism the whistleblower told him, “We’ve missed ten years of research because the CDC is so paralyzed right now by anything related to autism. They’re not doing what they should be doing because they’re afraid to look for things that might be associated.”
 disclaimer: This article: CDC Manipulated Study Data to Negate a Link Between Autism and Immunizations in African-American Boys was posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 1:53 pm at and is filed under Misleading Information Lawsuits.

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