Dr. Poul Thorsen, a central figure behind the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) claims disputing the link between vaccines and autism and other neurological disorders has disappeared after officials discovered massive fraud involving the theft of millions in taxpayer dollars.
Thorsen was a leading member of a Danish research group that wrote several key studies supporting the CDC's claims that the MMR vaccine and mercury-laden vaccines were safe for children.
One of his studies has long been criticized as fraudulent, since it failed to disclose that the increase was an artifact of new mandates requiring, for the first time, that autism cases be reported on the national registry.
Despite this obvious chicanery, the CDC has long touted the study as the principal proof that mercury-laced vaccines are safe for infants and young children. The mainstream media has relied on this study as the basis for its public assurances that it is safe to inject young children with mercury -- a potent neurotoxin -- at concentrations hundreds of times over the U.S. safety limits.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has long stated there is no evidence that the MMR vaccine, along with other mercury-containing vaccines, cause neurological disorders like autism.
Most recently, in February 2009 the U.S. "vaccine" court rendered judgments on three "test" cases alleging that a combination of thimerosal-containing vaccines and MMR vaccine caused three children to regress into autism, and ruled there was no connection once again.
Now, Dr. Poul Thorsen, who was involved in several key studies that the CDC uses to support their claims that MMR and mercury-containing vaccines are safe, has disappeared -- amidst serious fraud charges and with nearly $2 million that was supposedly used for research.
A Fraudulent Study from the Beginning
In 2003, a Danish study that Thorsen was involved with reported there was a 20-fold increase in autism in Denmark after mercury-based preservatives like thimerosal were banned from vaccines. The conclusion the team came to was that this meant mercury-containing vaccines were safe.
But the study was actually a masterfully done example of lying by omission, because at the same time the autism increase took place a new law had been put into place that required autism cases to be reported on the national level. There was also a new clinic dedicated to autism treatment opened. These two factors were likely the driving forces behind the sudden increase in reported autism cases, but the researchers failed to disclose them.
Despite the obvious ramifications of these omitted "details," the CDC has relied on this study to "prove" their case that MMR vaccine and mercury are safe for your kids.
Who is Dr. Thorsen, Really?
Dr. Thorsen's relationship with the CDC stretches much further than just one often-quoted study. As reported by the Huffington Post, "Thorsen, who was a psychiatrist and not a research scientist or toxicologist, parlayed that study into a long-term relationship with CDC."
Thorsen's research center, the North Atlantic Epidemiology Alliances (NANEA), has received $14.6 million from the CDC since 2002, according to the Huffington Post. Many of the resulting "research" studies from NANEA have been used to support supposed vaccine safety.
It's not clear when the CDC began to suspect something was fishy, but an investigation by Aarhus University and the CDC uncovered that Thorsen had not only falsified documents but was also receiving salaries from two universities (which is a violation of the universities' rules). Now, he has vanished, along with $2 million that was released to him for research purposes.
Given the fraudulent nature of Dr. Thorsen's activities, autism groups and others are demanding the CDC take a second look at Thorsen's research.
But as you might expect, the CDC is hearing none of it. According to a CDC statement:
"CDC is aware of the allegations by Aarhus University against Poul Thorsen, a Danish doctor who participated in CDC funded research.
For the past 10 years, CDC has had a cooperative agreement with the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) and Aarhus University in Denmark to conduct research studies on issues such as cerebral palsy, autism, alcohol use in pregnancy and Down syndrome.
Dr. Thorsen was one of many co-authors on these research projects. All of these were subject to extensive peer review and we have no reason to suspect that there are any issues related to the integrity of the science. The allegations that are fiscal in nature against Dr. Thorsen are being looked into by appropriate authorities."
Do Your Own "Research" Before You Vaccinate
Conflicts of interest run rampant when it comes to vaccine research studies. Sometimes, such as with the MMR vaccine, the conflict is blatant. Other times it takes a more discerning eye to uncover.
Either way, I strongly encourage you to read between the lines when it comes to deciding on whether or not to vaccinate yourself or your children. Whenever you hear or read something in the news, it is so important to examine the source and look for any hidden agendas.
This is especially true when it pertains to your health or the health of your children.
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