CDC Vaccine Researcher, wanted fugitive, used CDC grants for personal gain

A former Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researcher, best known for his frequently-cited studies dispelling a link between vaccines and autism, is still considered on the lam after allegedly using CDC grants of tax dollars to buy a house and cars for himself.

Poul Thorsen, listed as a most-wanted fugitive by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, was discredited in April 2011 when he was indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Some have argued that his alleged fraudulent behavior calls into question the validity of his studies. There is no indication the studies have been retracted to date.


Personally, I doubt they will be, because the money is in perpetuating the pro-vaccine propaganda, not in unbiased research with no agenda.  I doubt anybody is even looking into it yet.

The findings were consistent with the public messaging of his CDC grantor and of CDC director Julie Gerberding who went on to become president of Merck vaccines, heading up its $5 billion global vaccine market. Other peer-reviewed, published studies have found links between vaccines and autism, and the government secretly conceded a case of autism after its leading medical expert concluded the child’s multiple vaccinations caused brain injuries that resulted in her autism.

Pharmaceutical-vaccine propagandists promulgate the incorrect notion that all associations between vaccines and autism are a “myth” or “disproven.”  They routinely falsely claim that researchers and journalists who investigate vaccine adverse events are “anti-vaccine.” Autism is currently listed as a post marketing reported adverse event on the FDA-approved label for DTaP Tripedia vaccine, which is on the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule for children. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, which receives significant funding from vaccine makers, rely on Thorsen’s studies and others by the Institute of Medicine and CDC-affiliated scientists that find no association between vaccines and autism.


Read it all.  Print it out and take it with you to your doctor visits if your doctors is one of those drones fixated on assuming everybody who refuses vaccines does so because of autism, so he focuses all his attention on telling you that you’re an idiot for believing in any possibility of a connection between vaccines and autism.

As I’ve said before, autism wasn’t even on my radar when we were making our decisions about vaccines, and I personally am not convinced there is a connection.  I just find it ironic that the people most likely to accuse parents of being idiots are quite obviously quoting  party lines and relying on biased sources rather than sharing their own independently reached conclusions.

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