In recent years, controversy has arisen over children’s vaccinations against what used to be common diseases.
Vaccination against measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) and other viruses is still a foundation of the conventional wisdom of Western medicine and children are given shots without question. It’s been so for generations now.
Among other things—and the focus of this article—the MMR vaccine has come under fire due to causal links to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The belief is that the mercury and other chemicals in the vaccine remain in the body and quickly cause neurological damage.
There is a vast amount of anecdotal evidence that points to this conclusion yet published studies are vague. This evidence has led to some parents refusing vaccinations for their children.
Recently, the state of California has criminalized such refusal, denying public education to any student who hasn’t received its list of vaccinations. Religious and personal beliefs are no longer grounds for an exemption. The statute can be found here. Many California residents are opposing the legislation (1).
Published scientific studies in North America and elsewhere have dismissed the theory that vaccines cause ASD. The courts, however, are not subject to the same censorship and have repeatedly ruled in cases brought in Italy and the United States that the MMR vaccine does cause ASD and other adverse effects.
Dr. William Thompson was a senior researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
He and his team published papers in 2004 and 2007 that concluded there is no link between the MMR vaccine and ASD or any other neuropsychological or gastrointestinal disorders (2, 3). He now admits that the papers were fraudulent and the 2004 study had, in fact, found a significant causal relationship.
He revealed that data were withheld from the published paper that would support the relationship: children receiving the MMR vaccine at the designated age (before the age of three) have a three hundred and forty percent higher risk of developing autism.
Even earlier, in 2002, a separate (redacted) study by the CDC found that the age of the child when receiving the vaccine was a significant factor in the risk for ASD. The actual findings of these studies were censored and withheld from public scrutiny by their sponsor—the CDC.
Earlier this year, the Autism Media Channel petitioned The American Academy of Pediatrics to retract the fallacious study:
“In August 2014 the public learned: (1) a protocol was established prior to the onset of the study, from which it was agreed from the outset not to deviate; (2) the data showed a statistically significant correlation between the timing of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, in particular in African American boys and children with “isolated” autism; (3) a determination was made to change the protocol with the specific intent of covering up the risk of autism following the MMR; (4) the authors intentionally destroyed study-related government documents in order to hide the autism finding; and (5) the published paper omitted the race findings.” (4)
What’s interesting is that the director of the CDC in 2004 is now an executive vice president of Merck, the company that manufactures the MMR vaccine.
In 2014, Dr. Thompson confessed the truth to Brian Hooker, Ph.D., a man whose son has ASD and attributes the condition to vaccines administered when he was an infant. Thompson expressed great remorse over his part in reporting the studies’ findings. Thompson and Hooker collaborated to publish the actual research findings in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration. The study was removed from the journal’s active research listings but an archived version can be found here.
Thompson’s confession extended to U.S. Congressman Bill Posey of Florida. Posey has urged Congress to investigate the matter, stating:
“I believe it is my duty that the documents Dr. Thompson provided are not ignored” and indicated the CDC that “intentionally withheld controversial findings” concealing the true findings of the studies (5).
“The [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.” (6)
The result of his crusade is still undetermined. Vaccine manufacturing is the only industry in the United States that is immune from prosecution, as decided by the Supreme Court in 2011 (7). In spite of that, however, the Court of Federal Claims found in favor of the plaintiff in another vaccine-caused autism case in 2011. The case was sealed “to protect the plaintiff’s identity” (8).
William Thompson has now been granted “whistleblower” status by the U.S. federal government.
William Yates Hazelhurst is a child who developed ASD as a young boy. His parents brought suit against the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
From the court’s decision:
“The Hazlehursts alleged that the measles, mumps, and rubella (“MMR”) vaccine, which was administered to Yates shortly before his first birthday, caused him to develop regressive autism…Because Yates Hazlehurst’s injury is not on the Vaccine Injury Table, 42 U.S.C. § 300aa-14, the Hazlehursts cannot avail themselves of the statutory presumption of 2009-5128 10 causation that applies to Table injuries…The special master concluded that the Hazlehursts’ evidence failed to demonstrate the necessary causal link, and the petitioners have not identified any reversible error in the special master’s decision reaching that conclusion.” (9)
They lost the suit. A 2010 article published in the American Bar Association Journal reported that at that time, there were over 5,300 similar suits in progress (10).
The Call for Justice
The Hazelhursts have not given up. They are now suing the clinic where their son received the MMR vaccine. The charge: medical malpractice.
The Hazelhursts’ attorneys Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Bryan Smith have called on William Thompson to testify in this case based on his research and the CDC’s response to suppress it. Under the Whistleblower Protection Act, however, he must receive approval from the current director of the CDC to testify.
That approval has been denied, with the statement: “Dr. William Thompson’s deposition testimony would not substantially promote the objectives of CDC or HHS [Health and Human Services].” (11)
Well, that part is almost certainly true.
If families cannot sue the government for its heinous censorship and denial of scientific fact, medical malpractice cases may be the only recourse to get their voices heard.
The incidence of ASD has dramatically increased in the U.S. since 1975 from 1:5000 to 1:68 in 2014. The evidence is now clear that this is due, at least in part, to the administration of routine vaccines to young children.