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Is the CDC Hiding Autism's Link to Vaccines?

By    |   Wednesday, 10 September 2014 04:19 PM

The fractious debate over childhood vaccines and autism has taken new turn. Newly published research claims government scientists covered up data linking vaccines to autism in some African-American boys.  
The paper authored by biochemical engineer Brian Hooker of Simpson University was published in the scientific journal Translational Neurogeneration but suddenly withdrawn.  
Hooker’s paper re-analyzed data from a landmark 2004 paper by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shot down links between autism and the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.
Hooker’s research claimed to find a higher rate of vaccination among a subset of African-American boys who developed autism than those who did not — a finding Hooker claims was suppressed by the CDC.
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The paper suggests the re-analysis provides “new evidence of a statistically significant relationship between the timing of the first MMR vaccine and autism incidence in African-American males.” It says some children may be genetically predisposed to suffer negative effects from the vaccines.
In the wake of the publication of Hooker’s paper, William Thompson, co-author of that original 2004 CDC study, released a statement, admitting to omitting the data after a secretly recorded conversation he had with Hooker was released on YouTube.
“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article … [suggesting] that African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism,” said Thompson, a senior CDC scientist, adding: “I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives.”
Late last month, the editors of Translational Neurodegeneration retracted Hooker’s paper, saying, “This article has been removed from the public domain because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions. The journal and publisher believe that its continued availability may not be in the public interest.”

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The journal did not say if the CDC had requested that the paper be withdrawn.
In an interview with Newsmax Health, Hooker says more research needs to be done to determine if early childhood vaccines raise autism risk.
“My key finding is that there is a statistically significant relationship between the age of the first MMR vaccine and autism incidence in African-American males, only. 

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“Individuals receiving the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age were 3.4 times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis versus those individuals who received the MMR vaccine after 36 months of age,” he says.
“More research needs to be completed to understand this finding. This may be an effect of the MMR vaccine exclusively, but it may be an artifact of the entire vaccination schedule.”
The heated debate over childhood vaccines and autism was started in part by a 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield, M.D., at the Royal Free Hospital in London published by the Lancet, linking the two. But that study was retracted in 2010, and was determined to be fraudulent, according to a report in the Lancet in January 2011. Dr. Wakefield has since been vilified by many scientists, but his research findings still resonate with many parents and he claims his work was unfairly judged. 
Mainstream scientists have largely dismissed a link between vaccines and autism. The CDC now recommends 10 immunizations before age 2.
About 1 in 10 toddler parents refuse or delay vaccinations because they believe them to be unsafe, a study found.  
Health experts argue that one reason vaccines may be singled out by parents is because some autistic children develop normally over their first year and then regress, losing their skills at the same time they are receiving vaccines. This happens in about a quarter of autistic people.

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But in an interview with Newsmax Health, Dr. Wakefield says Hooker’s reanalysis “confirms the original CDC findings that they hid… that younger age of exposure to MMR [is] a particular risk for autism in black boys. The data also show a very strong association with children, irrespective of race, who had no pre-existing condition prior to MMR, such as cerebral palsy, a genetic condition, or mental retardation.”
Asked if he believes CDC’s own research suggests vaccines are dangerous to most kids, Dr. Wakefield says:  “We simply don't know because of the unfathomable complexity of the pediatric vaccine schedule combined with the parlous state of vaccine safety research — research that has been essentially controlled and spun by a conflicted and now demonstrably corrupt CDC.
“What is evident is that U.S. children are among the sickest in the world with unprecedented levels of immune system diseases and infant mortality rates that are worse than any other developed country.”
Renowned neurosurgeon and health advocate Russell Blaylock, M.D., adds that Hooker’s re-analysis raises important new questions about the safety of the current vaccine schedule.
“A compelling amount of research suggests that children are getting too many vaccines, too closely spaced together, and too early in life,” says Dr. Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report. 
“Vaccines for diseases that are of very little danger to otherwise healthy children, such as the chickenpox vaccine, tetanus vaccines, hepatitis B vaccine, etc, could be eliminated from the mandatory schedule.”

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He recommends that mothers to be take a multivitamin, eat a healthy diet, breast-feed their children after birth for at least a year, and give them a baby multivitamin, mineral supplement and at least 1,000 IUs of vitamin D3 a day.
“The serious complications from common childhood diseases mostly occur in children who have chronic illnesses, are born premature, are not breast fed, whose mothers did not follow a good diet,” he says.
Dr. Blaylock also says he was not surprised that the journal withdrew Dr. Hooker’s article, suggesting the editors of medical publications “are put under a lot of pressure by the pharmaceutical makers of these vaccines, the pediatric association and the CDC. Journals survive by having big money advertising and this mostly comes from pharmaceutical companies.”

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A new research paper has rekindled the debate over childhood vaccines, suggesting CDC scientists covered up data linking shots to autism in at least some kids. Although the paper was later withdrawn by its publisher, some say the findings suggest more research needs to be done on vaccine safety.
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