In the wake of the measles outbreak starting in California, the vaccine industry and its medical, political, and media allies have entered a forceful rhetoric of vaccine efficacy without scientific evidence or close critical and balanced analysis of the situation. Its failed efficacy aside, is this vaccine really safe? Are those promoting it hiding information?
The vaccine industry-backed “scientists” and “journalists” have been tirelessly referring to the infamous, retracted The Lancet study by Andrew Wakefield to draw attention away from the many health risks of vaccines proven by research studies. What they are not talking about is the same fraud committed by the very institution that dictates health decrees for American as well as international medical health professionals – the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Andrew Wakefield’s study concluded with the existence of significant link between MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and autism in children. The study became the object of a widely publicized controversy as Wakefield was accused of falsifying data by pro-vaccine scientific circles who denied any causal connect between MMR vaccine and autism. Years later, Dr. Mercola interviewed Wakefield and summarized research findings since then to show that Wakefield’s retracted study results were actually valid as verified by other studies – which of course the mainstream media won’t mention.
But do CDC’s claims of the absence of any verifiable link between autism and MMR vaccine hold ground? They don’t. While their claims of safe and effective vaccines have been subject of speculation and criticism all along, last the CDC faced a crushing embarrassment. Around August 2014, one of CDC’s epidemiologists William Thompson came out with the confession that he and his research team had falsified data to make MMR vaccine look safe. Thompson was quoted as below:
“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.”
Taken by embarrassment and unable to deny, the CDC kept saying that the study still holds. But the revelation was enough to undermine CDC’s credibility as well as their research quality. Their reasoning that the study would have to be retracted by a standard procedure was their straw that would let them keep some face. But the fact that the journal publishing the study was an American Academy of Pediatrics journal – one of the institutions that maintain strong financial ties with the vaccine industry, told more about their authenticity and credibility as well their level of concern for public health.
On the other hand, a journal that published Brian Hooker’s study about Thompson’s study was retracted to support the vaccine business. And there were many more media reports of that retraction in face of little to no questions over why Thompson’s study was not retracted after his revelation. Can such media be trusted? Can such “science” be trusted that is founded on lies, deceit, and self-interest?