Category Archives: Fraud

CDC Manipulation of Vaccine Data Reported in JPandS

Autism parent and scientist Dr. Brian Hooker has published on the CDC’s cover up of vaccines causing autism in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, JPandS for short. He also addressed the fraudulent retraction of his own analysis of CDC’s data:

In fact, my own paper,6 in which these data were re-analyzed correctly, was retracted, without any scientific rationale, by the journal Translational Neurodegeneration. This presumably occurred after CDC leadership complained to the journal of an undisclosed conflict of interest on my part, a patently false assertion.

Here is a press release about Dr. Hooker’s newly released JPandS article:

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — It has been four years since he first received a phone call from a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning manipulation of vaccine safety data, writes Brian Hooker, Ph.D., in the winter issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. He had about 40 telephone conversations and exchanged about 10,000 documents by email with Dr. William Thompson. All the data has been shared with Rep. William Posey (R-Fla.)

Hooker states that the data show evidence of a relationship between the timing of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and “isolated autism,” now called regressive autism, in African-American boys. He states that leading CDC officials have a “gross bias” that leads to “covering up for vaccines at all costs.”

Dr. Thompson also published a 2007 paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed a “strong and statistically significant finding” that “thimerosal exposure via infant vaccines causes tics in boys.”

Hooker notes that CDC never addressed this issue, instead claiming on its website that “There is no evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site.” Data showing that autism rates in Denmark went down after the removal of thimerosal were omitted from key publications, Hooker writes.

Dr. Thompson also published a 2007 paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed a “strong and statistically significant finding” that “thimerosal exposure via infant vaccines causes tics in boys.”

Hooker notes that CDC never addressed this issue, instead claiming on its website that “There is no evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site.” Data showing that autism rates in Denmark went down after the removal of thimerosal were omitted from key publications, Hooker writes.

Hooker filed a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in 2014, and “the ORI handed the complaint over to CDC to ‘investigate itself.’” The investigation drags on with no resolution, as children continue to be injured, and their vaccine injury compensation claims are denied, Hooker concludes. 

The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons is published by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a national organization representing physicians in all specialties since 1943.

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
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www.aapsonline.org

Brian Hooker, Ph.D., drbrianhooker@gmail.com, or Jane M. Orient, M.D., (520) 323-3110, janeorientmd@gmail.com

Richard Demirjian Throws Autism Research To The Wolves

Richard Demirjian supported Dr. Andrew Wakefield and early vaccine research concerning autism, only to throw Wakefield to the wolves. Demirjian has no issue with the lie that The Lancet paper said his son’s autistic symptoms began one week after the vaccine. Demirjian did this to call Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the paper a fraud, and it was used by the British Medical Journal to call the vaccine-autism link a fraud. But what does the paper itself say? Look below:

“Viral pneumonia” – that’s all it says. Does that sound like autism to you? So he’s a liar and a first class dirt-bag.

Call (don’t get personal): 949 718 0180

Write (don’t get personal): vahedemirjian@cox.net

Here is where they live: 11 Canyon Terrace, Newport Coast, CA

And get this? The Demirjians are actually funding research at University of California-Irvine through an unrestricted grant! Please write and call the researcher taking their blood money, Dr. Sudhir Gupta.

Does Dr. Gupta want the tainted Demirjian name on his research papers? How would Dr. Gupta feel if he were suddenly accused of fraud for his research interests and Richard Demirjian stabbed him in the back like Dr. Andrew Wakefield? After all, Dr. Gupta is an immunology researcher who lists “autism” as one of his interests. Does he really think the vaccine people are not going to target him too? They are after anybody who argues autism is autoimmune in nature.

Here is Dr. Gupta’s email: sgupta@uci.edu

He has two phone numbers too.

Phone: 714-456-7720

Write and call Dr. Gupta’s colleague too, Dr. Sastry Gollapudi.
Tel: 949-824-5818; Fax: 949-824-4362; E-mail: svgollap@uci.edu

BLOCKED – Lancet Child 11 Refuses Autism Investigated Contact

Vahe Demirjian blocks Autism Investigated’s editor

Vahe Demirjian blocked Autism Investigated on Facebook. Below is the email Autism Investigated sent to Lancet Child 11 Vahe Demirjian just last week. He knows he is Lancet Child 11 and that the vaccine people used his medical records to spread lies about The Lancet paper, Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the vaccine-autism link. Vahe can still be reached through Facebook (www.facebook.com/vahe.demirjian.1), he’s only blocked Autism Investigated. You can also email him (provided below). His father’s number is 949 718 0180, he lives at 11 Canyon Terrace, Newport Coast, CA.

Nowhere in this table from the paper does it say that Vahe’s autistic symptoms because within one week of the vaccine, as the BMJ and Richard Demirjian falsely claim.

 

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: You Are Child 11 in The Landmark Vaccine-Autism Paper
From: <info@autisminvestigated.com>
Date: Mon, November 13, 2017 10:55 pm
To: vahedemirjian@cox.net

Dear Vahe,
This is Jake Crosby – editor of AutismInvestigated.com – I am an autist like you. I am writing to tell you that you are child 11 in Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s 12-children 1998 paper published in the medical journal The Lancet. It described autism and bowel disease connected to vaccination. Your dad is quoted in the British Medical Journal as falsely saying that your medical history was misrepresented in that paper in a hit-piece calling it fraudulent: http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5347
 
He insists this because he was led to believe that the paper described you as developing autism within one week of your vaccination, but it doesn’t. The fraud accusations are a lie in their entirety.
I’ve been trying to get a hold of your father, leaving multiple messages on his answering machine. He has not called me back. The truth is that many children with autism are suffering because of the false statements your dad made about how you were portrayed in that paper. Many children continue to be needlessly harmed and denied care. The paper remains wrongly retracted. (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2897%2911096-0/abstract) While you are fortunately doing well, many children and adults are struggling.
So I would greatly appreciate it if you could please put me in touch with your dad so I can talk to him. He can easily make this right simply by taking back his accusations against The Lancet paper and Dr. Wakefield and by publicly demanding that the British Medical Journal [retract] its attacks on them.
I would also appreciate hearing from you too. You can reach me at this address or on my cell by dialing [REDACTED]. I look forward to hopefully getting in touch with you.
Best,
Jake Crosby, MPH

 

BREAKING: Vahe Demirjian Restricts His Facebook Profile Access

www.facebook.com/vahe.demirjian.1 can now only be viewed by logging in

After Autism Investigated started encouraging people to contact the Demirjian family including via Facebook, Lancet child 11 Vahe Demirjian increased privacy settings on his Facebook profile. Autism Investigated also posted the link to his profile.

Notice the “Add Friend” option is missing in the pic above? Also, his profile is no longer publicly accessible outside of the social media site. You now need to be logged in in order to see it.

Unfortunately for Vahe Demirjian, a web cache still exists showing that his Facebook profile definitely was public as recently as November 3, 2017. See screenshot below.

But now the link yields no results.

Autism Investigated also has documented proof that Demirjian had an “Add Friend” option at the top of his profile.

But now only the messaging option exists. Autism Investigated has never sent Vahe Demirjian a friend request or a message through Facebook, only to his email address.

Nonetheless, the changes are notable because they represent the only response of any kind from the Demirjian family since Autism Investigated reached out to them. Autism Investigated will keep persisting until it obtains some sort of response from the Demirjians.

But maybe you can get a response, here is Vahe’s email: vahedemirjian@cox.net

Here is father Richard Demirjian’s phone number: 949 718 0180

Here is where he lives: 11 Canyon Terrace, Newport Coast, CA

And of course, you can still message Vahe Demirjian through Facebook assuming you have an account too. He is an adult who knows his father made a false claim about his medical records to be used in lies to smear scientists for exposing vaccine dangers. Contrary to what Richard Demirjian said, The Lancet paper never said his son developed autism within one week from vaccination. Here is the table that proves it:

Contact Lancet Family 11: Richard, Aida and Vahe Demirjian

The summary of each key member of the Demirjian family is as below.

Richard Demirjian, father 11, lives at 11 Canyon Terrace, Newport Coast, CA below. Call him to share your the story about your child and urge him to take back his false accusation that The Lancet paper is fraud. His number is 949 718 0180.

Aida Demirjian (photo credit: Palisades Tennis Club of Newport Beach), child 11’s mother, apparently escaped the notorious serial killer nicknamed the “Bedroom Basher.” Could this explain why Richard Demirjian (call at 949 718 0180 to share your story, but be civil) was paranoid enough to believe Dr. Andrew Wakefield fabricated his son’s records despite also believing his son is vaccine-injured? Read PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA vs. GERALD PARKER (a.k.a. the Bedroom Basher). His death sentence was just upheld by the California Supreme Court.

Vahe Demirjian (photo from Facebook profile) is child 11 in The Lancet paper, son of Richard and Aida Demirjian. It is Vahe’s case that was allegedly fabricated, but it wasn’t. Despite Richard Demirjian’s claim that the paper reported Vahe’s autistic symptoms as beginning one week after the vaccine, the paper describes the first symptoms associated with exposure as “viral pneumonia.”

Vahe Demirjian can be reached at vahedemirjian@cox.net. He is an adult and knows how his medical records were used for lies. Please contact him too.

Autism Investigated VLOG: CureGear’s Epic Vaccine Troll Fail

Please watch the above video of how CureGear failed to troll anti-vaxxers and got trolled instead. And please don’t forget to subscribe to Autism Investigated’s YouTube channel!

Related:

CureGear Goes Full Crybaby Gear, Bans Autism Investigated

Calling All Anti-Vaxxers! Troll CureGear’s Vaccine Troll Attempt!

Now please go and read CureGear’s pathetic comment:

For those engaging in the vaccine debate, we deeply thank you for your passion and commitment to public health.

Please remember, vocal anti-vaxxers cannot be reasoned with. No amount of evidence will ever convince them otherwise. They simply ignore and reject scientific evidence that counters their arguments. Once a vaccine denier’s beliefs feel threatened, they will use personal attacks and insults. We try to delete these comments when we see them, but with so many in this post, it’s very difficult to do. 

Our goal with this shirt is to convince those on the fence. You probably know someone who just isn’t sure what to do. They aren’t vaccine deniers, they are simply hesitant. They’ve heard the fear mongering from the vaccine deniers, but they’ve also heard about the benefits from science, medical, and public officials. These are the people we should all aim to nudge in the right direction.

CureGear Goes Full Crybaby Gear, Bans Autism Investigated

Yes, it has happened. Autism Investigated was banned from the Facebook page of CureGear for turning CureGear’s troll attempt against itself. CureGear obviously went into CryBaby gear after seeing:

CureGear’s “Vaccines Cause Adults” campaign drew the notable support of both fake news and Chelsea Clinton. But as with the vaccine lobby’s previous troll attempts, Autism Investigated shot back with some trolling of its own.

Naturally, CureGear didn’t like that and blocked Autism Investigated from commenting on its Facebook page. The photo-shopped “Vaccines Cause Incontinent Adults” pics that AI’s editor left on CureGear’s Facebook threads were also removed. Before they were removed, however, they garnered the usual unintelligible responses from the vaccine crowd which is known for using fake accounts.

“Vaccines cause anti vaxers to be dicks,” one person angrily replied to Autism Investigated’s photo-shopped image.

CureGear did not reply to Autism Investigated directly, but did show that all it wanted to do was troll:

This post has opened our eyes to the misinformation and paranoia out there. Thank you anti-vaxxers who chimed in, because of you we’ll work even harder to raise money and educate everyone we can about the wonders of modern science and vaccines! 

Except wonders that aren’t wonderful.

 

AI Needs YOUR Help Tracking Down Lancet Father 11, Richard Demirjian

Letter from father to Brian Deer and Dan Olmsted, 2011 – BMJ Deceived Lancet Parent Into Attacking Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Citation 5

His name is Richard Demirjian. His alma mater is UC Berkeley, and he is an engineer. His wife’s name is Aida, and they apparently donated a large sum of money to found an autism charity in the early nineties. Autism Investigated has reached out to the charity, but there’s no obvious way to get through to him directly.

So Autism Investigated is reaching out to you the reader. We need help tracking down Mr. Demirjian and confronting him with the fact that he’s been misled by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). If you have any information about his whereabouts and/or contact information, feel free to post in the comments below.

It is not enough to out Mr. Demirjian, we need him to publicly take back what he is quoted as claiming in the BMJ. That has partially happened, but not fully happened. So we want BMJ’s sole parent witness to denounce the journal and take back what he said about Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Demirjian owes it to the entire autism community and to himself.

He and his wife did apparently commit $60,000 to found the California non-profit, Behavioral Intervention for AutismAutism Investigated has reached out to this group to hopefully get through to Mr. Demirjian. Any further help though would be greatly appreciated.

BioMedCentral Admitted to Scientific Fraud, Cover-Up of Vaccine-Autism Link By Pulling Brian Hooker’s Reanalysis

Maria Kowalczuk, “Research Integrity Manager” for Springer Nature – overseer of BMC

In the below 2016 email to Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)’s Iraxte Puebla, Dr. Maria Kowalczuk revealed that her publisher BioMedCentral committed scientific misconduct. In particular, she stated they deleted Dr. Brian Hooker’s MMR-autism reanalysis because his results implicated vaccines in causing autism. She also fabricated non-existent conflict of interest policies that he “broke.” And finally, she lied that his paper was subjected to post-publication “peer review” when it was summarily retracted after they demanded he conduct multiple studies!

Despite all that, Committee on Publication Ethics would later state that BioMedCentral “acted appropriately.” COPE’s chair is an adviser of the “research integrity” committee that Kowalczuk oversees.

Dear Iratxe,

Thank you for bringing this second complaint to our attention. We have reviewed our handling of this case and related correspondence again and we are of the view that BioMed Central has adhered to COPE Code of Conduct and COPE guidelines. As this complaint has not been brought by the author himself we are limited in what information can be divulged to a third party.

With regard to the specific questions from COPE, we provide a summary of our handling of the case below:

  • The article was received on April 17th 2014 and  published on August 27th 2014 in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration.

The article reanalysed CDC data and claimed to show a positive association between MMR vaccination and the risk of autism in Afro-American boys.

  • A reader flagged that there were undeclared competing interests related to the article: the author, Dr Hooker, was on the Board of Directors for Focus Autism which supports the belief that MMR vaccine causes autism.  We were concerned enough about the allegations and the content to remove it from the public domain immediately because of the potential harm to public health, and posted this message in its place as a temporary measure:

This article has been removed from the public domain because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions. The journal and publisher believe that its continued availability may not be in the public interest. Definitive editorial action will be pending further investigation.

The author was informed of this plan before we removed the article.

  • Our investigation concluded that the author did have an undeclared competing interest. We also found that the peer reviewers were also likely to have undeclared competing interests.
  • On August 29th, we removed the above notice,  reinstated the article and published this expression of concern:

The Publisher of this article [1] has serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions because of possible undeclared competing interests of the author and peer reviewers. The matter is undergoing investigation. In the meantime, readers are advised to treat the reported conclusions of this study with caution.

Further action will be taken, if appropriate, once our investigation is complete.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4150057/

The author was informed before we posted this Expression of Concern.

  • We obtained a further, independent expert peer review of the article because we were concerned about the original peer reviewers’ potential competing interests. That further peer reviewer reported concerns about the statistical methods used. We decided to retract the ­­­­­article with this notice on 3rd October 2014:

The Editor and Publisher regretfully retract the article [1] as there were undeclared competing interests on the part of the author which compromised the peer review process. Furthermore, post-publication peer review raised concerns about the validity of the methods and statistical analysis, therefore the Editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings. We apologise to all affected parties for the inconvenience caused.

http://translationalneurodegeneration.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/2047-9158-3-22

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4128611/

The author was given an opportunity to respond to all the concerns raised and was informed before we retracted the article.

Our actions were in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

 

We provide a point by point response to Mr Crosby’s specific points below:

“Publishers should work with journal editors to:

  • Set journal policies appropriately and aim to meet those policies, particularly with respect to:
    – Editorial independence

All the actions were taken in consultation with and with the explicit agreement of the Editor-in-Chief of Translational Neurodegeneration. Editorial independence was not undermined at any stage.

– Research ethics, including confidentiality, consent, and the special requirements for human and animal research

None of the above were raised as issues in the course of the investigation.
– Authorship

No authorship issues were raised in the course of the investigation.
– Transparency and integrity (for example, conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards

We took action to ensure integrity of the published record in light of the concerns regarding conflicts of interest and the methods and statistical analysis that came to light after publication of the article. We acted in a transparent way throughout the process.


– Peer review and the role of the editorial team beyond that of the journal editor

External post publication peer review, that involved the editor, was conducted when concerns were raised about the article.
– Appeals and complaints

  • Communicate journal policies (for example, to authors, readers, peer reviewers)
    • Review journal policies periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE
    • Code of Conduct for Editors and the COPE Best Practice Guidelines
    • Maintain the integrity of the academic record”

BioMed Central policies comply with COPE recommendations and are accessible on our website. We regularly review issues that might affect our polices (sometimes in collaboration with COPE) and update our policies as necessary. Our Editors are required to follow our Code of Conduct for Editors and COPE Best Practice Guidelines. BioMed Central has a team dedicated to dealing with research integrity issues and maintaining the integrity of the scientific record.

Please do let us know if you need any further information or clarification.

With best wishes,

Maria

 

Maria Kowalczuk, PhD 
Biology Editor,

Research Integrity Group 

BioMed Central

Floor 6, 236 Gray’s Inn Road
London, WC1X 8HB

+44 20 3192 2000 (tel)               

+44 20 3192 2010 (fax)

E-mail: Maria.Kowalczuk@biomedcentral.com

STAT News Takes The Fall For Paul Offit Misrepresenting Himself

The below email exchange with STAT speaks for itself:

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 5:37 PM, <info@autisminvestigated.com> wrote:

Dear Stat News,

At least two of your articles including one very recent one by Helen Branswell falsely described Paul Offit as chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.(1)(2) He is not and hasn’t been since 2014.(3)(4)(5) Yet he continues to misrepresent himself in his resume downloadable from his website (attached).(6)(7)

Best,

Jake Crosby, MPH 

1.https://www.statnews.com/2017/08/21/trump-vaccine-commission-robert-kennedy
2.https://www.statnews.com/2016/06/13/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-medical-research/
3.http://www.autisminvestigated.com/paul-offit-misrepresents/

4.http://www.chop.edu/doctors/zaoutis-theoklis 
5.https://web.archive.org/web/20151003024625/http://www.chop.edu/doctors/zaoutis-theoklis
6.http://www.autisminvestigated.com/paul-offit-misrepresents-himself/

7.paul-offit.com 

From: “Branswell, Helen” <helen.branswell@statnews.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 01, 2017 10:48 am
To: info@autisminvestigated.com

Mr. Crosby;

I wrote one of the STAT articles where Paul Offit’s position at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was incorrectly stated. The error was mine; I had interviewed him in the past and didn’t realize he’d given up the department chairmanship.

We have corrected my story and the other one you pointed out, by David Nather. David no longer works for STAT.

Best regards,
Helen Branswell
Senior Writer, infectious diseases and global health

Autism Investigated will keep readers updated if any other media outlets that have reported the error respond as well.