This is the scariest part about the CDC Whistleblower story by far



As I watched the news unfold on August 22, 2014 about a CDC “whistle blower” coming forth to speak out about the CDC concealing results from the general public about any potential links between autism and the MMR vaccine, I couldn’t help but notice some very disturbing trends.

  • Panic – This is pretty normal. Having been in the autism community for a few years now, I see this every single time anyone says the “V” word. But this time it was on an unprecedented scale the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1998.
  • Confusion – People throw their hands in the air proclaiming all that they know was wrong and they no longer know what to believe. Who to believe? What to do?
  • Paranoia – “The CDC is intentionally harming our children” is just one of the statements I’ve seen. Many of the others that I’ve seen are similar.
  • Anger – What is the response for people who believe it? Anger. What is the response for people who don’t? Anger. And so the fighting begins.

All this aside, people took to Twitter (other social media sites as well but the worst I saw was on Twitter) and began a long and relentless stream of #CDCWhistleblower tweets. Days later, it was still picking up steam as celebrities such as Rob Schneider and Donald Trump got in on it.

What scared me most though, above all else, was watching all of these people demand that CNN and other media agencies answer immediately. That the very day that this came out, the very day that anyone became aware of it, people were outraged that the mainstream media was “ignoring” this story.

This defines the autism-vaccine movement in my eyes. This is why and very much how it’s gotten to this point.

People, in their fear and their panic and their confusion have decided that waiting for a proper investigation, fact checking, source checking or anything that looked like thinking about it… was a waste of time. People immediately came to the conclusion that the mainstream media was covering this up because it didn’t show up on the 6 o’clock news that evening.

And this really sums up the anti-vaccine in a nutshell. The raw emotion that bubbles up through the mixture of fear, hate, panic and confusion has no time for facts or verification. People want immediate answers and they don’t care where those answers come from.

Now, I know, you may be reading that and are getting upset but honestly, truthfully consider this. If you really do want the truth, please just consider these few points:

  • The video comes from Andrew Wakefield, the guy who’s whole career was destroyed due to his false claims. Of course he wants to salvage that.
  • The “study” is based on a smaller, hand picked bunch of numbers from a larger study that already had it’s own margin of error.

To break down the study, let’s consider this… if you take all the people in the US and figure out how many people are born with Albinism (albino), it’s about 1 in 17,000. But if I wanted to, I could figure out whether it’s more common in men or women and then pick that one. More common in one state than the rest and pick that one. More common in people of a certain age group and pick that one. More common when parents drink coffee or not and pick that one. More common when the baby is born on a certain day of the week and pick that one.

What I’m getting at is, to a researcher, given enough time and effort, you can take any study and work the numbers until eventually you have 1 in 6 people being albino.

If the people that pay you to work those numbers happen to have an invested interest in making sure that those numbers say that??? Well, then you take that a whole other level higher.

And for the record, the doctor that did the study, Dr. Hooker, was just such a doctor that had an invested interest in proving vaccines caused autism. More so, he was funded by Focus Autism, who by the way, have a huge investment in making those numbers tell their own story.

Once they did, who told that story? Andrew Wakefield. The guy with his own vaccine patents.

But back to my original point, no one wanted to hear any of this. No one wanted it checked, or verified or questioned or investigated or… well, anything. They wanted none of that because that took time and they wanted answers that day. That, to me, is scary as hell. That’s a huge disappointment to me. I really thought that people would want better. I really thought that people would want real answers, not fast “what I want to hear” answers.

If you aren’t one of those “just tell me what I want to be told” types of people and actually do want the real truth, please please please stop and consider the sources, the facts, the time it takes to be absolutely certain and please, don’t just believe the first thing you hear. If it’s the first thing you hear, chances are no one took the time to check to see if it’s true. Please read the below links as they take the time to explain all that I’ve said here and more in very in depth detail and accuracy.

If you truly want the truth, you owe it to yourself to give it the time it deserves.

As do your children, who by the way, hold their very lives in your hands and are depending on you to understand this, not just get the quickest answer.

For more info:

Time –Whistleblower Claims CDC Covered Up Data Showing Vaccine-Autism Link

CNN –Journal questions validity of autism and vaccine study

Left Brain/Right Brain – Autism, Atlanta, MMR: serious questions and also how Brian Hooker and Andrew Wakefield are causing damage to the autism communities

IFLScience – No, The CDC Is Not Covering Up Evidence That Vaccines Cause Autism

Whistle Blower’s Statement – Statement of William W. Thompson

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

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13 Responses to This is the scariest part about the CDC Whistleblower story by far

  1. Autism Mom August 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    Perfectly, brilliantly said. Thank you so very much.

  2. SkepticalRaptor August 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    Excellent article. I tried to ignore this manufactroversy, but eventually I was sucked in. I could only mock it.

  3. Denise August 29, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    If we could believe anyone from the government you may see a different reaction. But who is doing the investigating? The only thing that works is if the media starts investigating. I pray it’s not true, but I don’t think for one minute they would ever admit that vaccines are a problem. Do you really?

    • Stuart Duncan August 29, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

      What I believe is that you won’t find any answers unless you take the time to look for them.

      • Leah September 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

        I agree and I understand that this will take a long time if proper investigation is done and the media should not be responding one way or the other if they are truly doing proper investigative research. But let’s face it…most mainstream media outlets have not done so in a very long time and we live in a society the expects immediate answers in a 24/7 news environment. Doesn’t matter what side of the fence you sit on, in general..that’s what society expects. CNN and TIME have already come out with their own bias without doing any investigative reporting on some of this new information and it is not possible (as you have suggested) that they could have done any meaningful research into this. I think when a senior scientist suggests that certain protocols may not have been followed and admits he chose to speak with Dr. Hooker for at least the last ten months…a known Doctor who believe that vaccines can cause autism…it should give everyone pause for thought. IMO

  4. Lexi August 30, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Have you read Liz Ditz article on this? If so, will you translate it for me? She’s too smart.

  5. lauralieny August 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    The problem is that there is very real evidence of fraud on the part of the CDC. It may be too small in scope to matter to you, but it matters very much to me. If they would lie about this, they will lie about anything. They do not have the integrity that “scientists” are supposed to have; the integrity which helps us to believe their pronouncements on things we cannot see for ourselves. This is a major stab in the back to the American people, and it deserves a response — some response other than complete bullshit. It isn’t something that can wait until the CDC figures out a way to cover it all up.

    • Stuart Duncan August 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      But did they lie? How are you so certain? How much research have you put into this beyond iReports and information given to you by Focus Autism or Wakefield?

      I’m not saying they didn’t, I have no idea. Perhaps they did. But I’m guessing that you have not yet put the time or research into being able to prove to me with any certainty that they have.

      • sara7venus March 19, 2015 at 11:34 am #

        Stuart, the fact that this “whistleblower” has been given the proper immunity and protections AS a whistleblower should tell us a lot. I’ve been researching vaccines for YEARS – not on the internet, but actually reading studies and going through how the data can be skewed. I have specialized training in Design of Experiments and high-level statistics; I know when the wool is being pulled over my eyes. The CDC has not done due diligence with regard to vaccines. They’ve studied ONE ingredient in vaccines – mercury. That’s it. There has never been a study done on rates of autism in unvaccinated vs. vaccinated. That study ALONE would answer every question we all have about autism in the vaccinated. Why does the CDC refuse to do this study? They could do it, and put it to rest … If the general public just says, “Well, I trust the CDC, so if they don’t do the study, it must mean that it doesn’t need to be done,” then I guess they deserve the fate they’re choosing for themselves. We deserve answers. Just because some of us are demanding answers (not immediately, mind you … but with the proper SCIENTIFIC studies being done) does not mean that we’re unreasonable. I know it takes time. However, these questions have been asked for decades, not just recently. These short attention spans are frustrating.

  6. beth jones August 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    It’s pretty clear Thompson and the other authors were aware AT the time they were being less than honest and open with this study – lawyering up, only releasing selected documents to Congress and Thompson himself talking about removing his name from the study.

  7. usethebrainsgodgiveyou August 31, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    [4670.6] Racial Differences in Developmental Regression in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Adiaha Spinks-Franklin,( I can’t wrap my mind around if this fits…I have no science degree.

    Thompson was recorded without his knowledge…and it is pretty damning what he says. He either is very paranoid by nature, or he has seen the way the system works up close, and it just got too much to bear. So far, he is still employed. He has hired a lawyer famous for working with whistleblowers. No amount of studies can cover that up. Whistleblower’s aren’t famous for comforting the status quo.

  8. Bob September 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Great site Stuart. I particularly love the MC stuff.

    However on the link between autism and vaccinations, you have to be very careful what you read. Many people are willing to put out crazy stuff with no background checks. Such is the iReport from CNN, totally user driven reports. Check out this link on snopes, which explains things in detail.

    Personally I know many people at the CDC in the immunization program. I was talking to them daily back in 2003 when the smallpox scare was daily news. The CDC was administering smallpox vaccinations to army and hospital personnel on the instructions of some white-house person. With this vaccine there was a significant chance(0.01% or so), that the person could have the symptoms. These folks worked 18 hours a day, following each person, evaluating the situation day by day. As a citizen of the US I could not hope for a better group of people to be watching out for my welfare then this group.

  9. usethebrainsgodgiveyou September 4, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Bob, that Snopes article was pretty much written by a skeptic, and although he is a doctor (a breast doctor) he is also a member of about 20-30 online skeptics who love to belittle everyone for not being “sciency” enough. I know because I have been reading him for years. They have made vaccines their god, and can not take any criticism of it, and often blast any parent who has any concern that there child may have been harmed by a vaccine as wanting to kill millions of children by ending the vaccine program. It’s kind of inane..

    Thankfully, most doctors are not like that. My own pediatrician told me it was likely the whole cell Pertussis component that some kids are sensitive to that caused the serious HHE (hypotonic hyporesponsive episode). Maybe I should give his name to Orac.

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