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Researcher Behind CDC Vaccine Claims Disappears with $2M

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. reports in The Huffington Post that Dr. Poul Thorsen, a a key researcher from Denmark whose studies have been used to support CDC’s claims that the MMR vaccine and vaccines containing thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative used for years in multi-dose vaccine vials) were perfectly safe for use on children, has vanished with almost $2 million dollars meant for research.

Thorsen was a member of a research team that in 2003 reported a 20-fold increase in autism in Denmark after mercury-based preservatives like thimerosal had been banned in its vaccines, supposedly proving that mercury could therefore not be the cause of the autism epidemic.

But Kennedy explains:

His study 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. This new law and the opening of a clinic dedicated to autism treatment in Copenhagen accounted for the sudden rise in reported cases rather than, as Thorsen seemed to suggest, the removal of mercury from vaccines. Despite this obvious chicanery, CDC has long touted the study as the principal proof that mercury-laced vaccines are safe for infants and young children. Mainstream media, particularly the New York Times, 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.”

The article states that Thorsen’s group, the North Atlantic Epidemiology Alliances (NANEA), had strong ties to the CDC’s autism team and that the strength of this relationship kept him and his staff earning millions of dollars writing research papers that focused on vaccine safety and other issues. Thorsen’s partner Kreesten Madsen was even recently caught red-handed emailing CDC officials looking to prove vaccine safety using carefully selected “cherry picked” facts.

It turns out that Aarhus University and CDC were investigating Thorsen and discovered he had falsified documents and was accepting salaries from both the Danish university and Emory University in Atlanta, which was a violation of university rules. A Danish news article reported that

Until last March, the man was head of an 80 million kroner joint research project between the US government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Southern Denmark and Aarhus University. Jørgen Jørgensen, Aarhus University’s rector, confirmed that police charges have been filed against the former researcher and that it concerns a sum of around 10 million kroner. Numerous applications for funding for the research were apparently signed with forged signatures. The scientist – who is reportedly living and working in Atlanta in the US – resigned from his post last March. But he allegedly continued to pass himself off as the head of the international project, which dealt primarily with research into the possible causes of autism. Aarhus University also claims that the researcher took another permanent position at Emory University in the US while still heading the Danish-based project.”

Kennedy ends his article with this food for thought:

Questions about Thorsens’s scientific integrity may finally force CDC to rethink the vaccine protocols since most of the other key pro vaccine studies cited by CDC rely on the findings of Thorsen’s research group. These include oft referenced research articles published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the New England Journal of Medicine and others. The validity of all these studies is now in question.”

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posted by earthwalker on March 30, 2010 | tags: , ,

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