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LETTER TO EDITOR: Who's the CDC really working for?

Published: Sun, December 27, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Last Friday afternoon an announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that didn’t even make it into the Vindicator was the recently released new numbers that autism affects 1 in 110 children. Two years ago the CDC told us autism occurred at a rate of 1 in 150 children based on data from 2002. Now, new data from 2006 tells us there has been a jaw dropping increase of 57% in just four years. What will they tell us next? 1 in 50 kids have it? 1 in 10 kids? 1 in 2 kids? How bad does it have to get before the autism epidemic gets the attention it deserves? The incompetents at the CDC don’t seem to know what the numbers really are and why the numbers seem to be growing- but the one thing they are certain about is that its not pediatric vaccines behind the rising numbers. They are finally starting to admit that increases like these have to mean an environmental cause(s) is at play and there has definitely been a true increase- not just better diagnosis as they have been trying to credit. But, whatever those unknown and mysterious factors are- they are absolutely certain vaccines aren’t one of them.

In other CDC news- former CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding (2002-2009) was just appointed by Merck to head up their 5 billion dollar a year global vaccine division. Officially, her new vaccine position doesn’t begin until January 25, 2010 since a one year wait is the minimum time allowable for former Federal officials to take such a job with companies they used to regulate. How delightfully ironic the person who headed up the CDC- who sat back and watched autism become an epidemic in this country and couldn’t tell us anything except “it’s not the vaccines” will now be working for a major vaccine manufacturer. Heck, maybe they had her on the payroll all along? You can’t even make this stuff up.

Andrea Keller



1amdachel(10 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

It's hard to add anything to the words of Andrea Keller. She's speaking about a health care disaster unfolding right before our eyes. In the 1970s, the autism rate was one in 10,000. Steadily over the last 30+ years autism has overwhelmed a generation of children. Health officials dismiss the epidemic numbers as merely "better diagnosing" by doctors and no real increase at all. We now have hundreds of thousands of autistic children across this country. No one has ever been able to show us adults with autism at a rate even remotely close to what we see in our kids. Officials continue to scratch their heads over the cause and ignore thousands of parents who claim that their children were normal until they received routine vaccinations. Maybe it's time we turned the autism emergency over to people who aren't also in charge of the vaccine program. Their mission seems to be to cover up any link to the mandated schedule.

Anne Dachel
Media editor: Age of Autism

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2pamelafelice(1 comment)posted 5 years, 5 months ago


So very well put.

I would only add this as another recent bit of news on the CDC in an article titled;

Advisers on Vaccines Often Have Conflicts, Report Says
By Gardner Harris, NY TImes

"The report found that 64 percent of the advisers had potential conflicts of interest that were never identified or were left unresolved by the centers. Thirteen percent failed to have an appropriate conflicts form on file at the agency at all, which should have barred their participation in the meetings entirely, Mr. Levinson found. And 3 percent voted on matters that ethics officers had already barred them from considering."

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3sign_lady(7 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Twenty years ago, 3 in 10,000 children were autistic. That number has shot up to about 1 in 100 today. And the American Academy of Pediatrics actually wants us to believe the rise is due entirely to better diagnosis. That means doctors MISSED 97% of the cases of autism. Autistic children aren't that easy to miss. Seems to me, the AAP is more interesting in preserving its cash cow (vaccines) than it is in admitting an autism/vaccine link.

The autism epidemic is a national tragedy of staggering proportions, and as long as CDC directors can turn around and run vaccine companies, and as long as vaccine makers cannot be sued for their products harming children, there is little hope for the autism epidemic to end.

Parents need to educate before they vaccinate. www.nvic.org

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4MrsKramer(1 comment)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Very Interesting. Goes hand in hand with the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (not a college. trade org of allergists), awarding a prolific expert defense witness, who makes his money denying environmental exposures cause illness the Gold Headed Cane Award. This award is given by the ACAAI to one who is held out as a example that young allergists should follow. Guess who sponsors the award? Yep. Merck.

Not only do they deny vaccines cause autism, they promote that mental illness in mothers is the cause of environmental illness in their children.

Goal: Avoid liability for environmental illness. Sell more useless psychontropic/mood stabelizing and breathing aid drugs.


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5nicklouis(1 comment)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

There are interesting questions being raised in this article, I think there is valid concern for the increasing numbers of autism diagnosis' according to the CDC. We spend a lot of time talking about how to prevent autism, but how we treat autism is a question that deserves a more immediate answer. More companies should innovate in this space like, rethink autism http://bit.ly/6s1G3J offering over 400 ABA - based video lessons, and tons of curriculum support so parents can take control of their child's autism treatment.

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