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Remember These Groups That Lie About Vaccinations

American Academy of Pediatrics Headquarters, HBRA Architects, Timothy Hursley

Here are all the non-government groups in the United States that are poisoning children with vaccines. If we didn’t have an exhaustive list before, we do now.

The groups made it easy with this letter to President Trump citing the lying CDC. A vaccine safety commission would be independent from that agency. They provide a list of the junk science defending vaccines provided by the American Academy of Child Poisoners, er, “Pediatrics,” (AAP) that also published many of those garbage papers.

These groups will tell you that correlation does not equal causation, but use correlation to sell vaccination and censor discussion. Every single organization behind this letter – national, state and local – signed its name underneath. Along with AAP, they include Autism Speaks, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology. In other words, they include the big, money-grubbing autism “charity” along with the docs who caused this problem. Of course, they were indoctrinated in medical school by vaccine creators. The American Public Health Association has also signed on (the editor was a member, now no more).

That’s why we need a vaccine safety commission. We need a government that will protect children from poisonous vaccines, not promote them.

Here is the list of all the complicit groups who cosigned the letter.

National Organizations

AASA, The School Superintendents Association
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
African American Ministers In Action
AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families
The AIDS Institute
Alliance for Aging Research
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Association for Dental Research
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Association of Immunologists
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American Association of Poison Control Centers
American Association on Health and Disability
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
American College of Osteopathic Internists
American College of Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Dental Association
American Group Psychotherapy Association
American Lung Association
American Medical Association
American Nurses Association
American Osteopathic Association
American Pediatric Society
American Pediatric Surgical Association
American Pharmacists Association
American Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
American School Health Association
American Sexual Health Association
American Society for Microbiology
The American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
American Thoracic Society
Americans for Democratic Action
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
The Arc of the United States
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare
Association for Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators
Association of Educational Service Agencies
Association of Immunization Managers
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Association of School Business Officials International
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Autism Science Foundation
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Autism Speaks
AVAC (AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition)
Birth Defects Research and Education Foundation
Bridge the Gap- SYNGAP Education and Research Foundation
Center for Hunger-Free Communities – Drexel University
ChangeLab Solutions
Child Welfare League of America
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Children’s Brain T
Children’s Dental Health Project
The Children’s Partnership
CJ First Candle
Coalition on Human Needs
Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service, Inc.
Community Catalyst
Doctors for America
Easterseals
Every Child By Two
EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases
Families Fighting Flu
Family Voices
Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences
First Focus
Franny Strong Foundation
Generations United
Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice
Health Resources in Action
Healthcare Ready
Hep B United
Hepatitis B Foundation
Hepatitis Education Project
HIV Medicine Association
Immunization Action Coalition
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
March of Dimes
Mended Little Hearts
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors
National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health
National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
National Association of Community Health Centers
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
National Association of EMS Physicians
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of School Nurses
National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials
National Birth Defects Prevention Network
National Blood Clot Alliance
National CMV Foundation
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
National Health Law Program
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Meningitis Association, Inc.
National Network of Public Health Institutes
National Organization for Rare Disorders
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Physician’s Alliance
National PKU Alliance, Inc.
National Rural Education Advocacy Consortium
National Rural Education Association
National WIC Association
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists
Ounce of Prevention Fund
PACER Center
Parent to Parent USA
Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases
Partnership for America’s Children
PATH
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Physicians for Reproductive Health
PreemieWorld
Prevent Blindness
Prevention Institute
Project Inform
Public Advocacy for Kids
Public Health Advocates
Public Health Institute
Quad Council Coalition of Public Health Nurses
Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research
RESULTS
RetireSafe
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Salaam Legal Network & Citizens Council for Human Rights
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty and Law
School-Based Health Alliance
Scientific Technologies Corporation
Secular Coalition for America
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Society for Pediatric Research
Society for Public Health Education
Society for Reproductive Investigation
Society for the Study of Reproduction
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Society of Pediatric Psychology
Spina Bifida Association
Teratology Society
Trust for America’s Health
Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Voices for Vaccines
Zero to Three

State-Based Organizations

AAUW-New York State, Inc.
Advocates for Children and Youth of Maryland
Advocates for Children of New Jersey
Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Alaska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
All Alaska Pediatric Partnership
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Asian Services In Action of Ohio
ATSU/Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Baltimore City Health Department
Black Children’s Institute of Tennessee
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
California Chapter 1 of the American Academy of Pediatrics
California Chapter 2 of the American Academy of Pediatrics
California Chapter 3 of the American Academy of Pediatrics
California Chapter 4 of the American Academy of Pediatrics
California Children’s Hospital Association
California Public Health Association-North
California School-Based Health Alliance
Child and Family Policy Cente
Children’s Defense Fund – California
Children’s Defense Fund – New York
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Children’s Oncology Group, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Children’s Specialty Care Coalition of California
The Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent AIDS Project (CHOW Project) of Hawaii
Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Colorado Children’s Campaign
Community Action Agency of Somerville, Inc.
Community Clinic Consortium of Contra Costa and Solano Counties
Community Health Initiative Napa County
Community Resource Exchange of New York
Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Cook County Health and Hospitals System
County Health Executives Association of California
Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Delaware Family Voices
Department of Child Health, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
District of Columbia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Dominican Sisters of Houston
Equitas Health of Ohio
EverThrive Illinois
Family Voices of Illinois
Family Voices of New Jersey
Family Voices of Tennessee
Fayette County Board of Education
FeedMore of Virginia
Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Florida Legal Services, Inc
Foster Adopt Connect Inc. of Missouri
Foundation for Healthy Generations of Washington
Georgia Chapter of the American academy of Pediatrics
Goldsboro (North Carolina) Pediatrics PA
Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition
Hawaii Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
Hawaii Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Hawaii Children’s Action Network
Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
Hep Free Hawaii
Holy Cross Ministries of Utah
Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Idaho Parents Unlimited
Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators
Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Illinois Public Health Association
Illinois State Medical Society
Immunization Action Coalition of Washington
Immunization Coalition of Delaware
Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Infectious Disease Society of Ohio
Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Iowa Public Health Association
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Kansas City (Missouri) Health Department
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Houston
Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Lancaster City Housing Authority
Lawyers For Children of New York
Legal Council for Health Justice of Chicago
Livingston County (Michigan) Health Department
Local Public Health Association of Minnesota
Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Louisiana Public Health Institute
Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Maine Children’s Alliance
Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Maryland United for Peace and Justice
Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society
Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health
Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners
Michigan Osteopathic Association
Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Mississippi Center for Justice
Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Montana Hospital Association
Montana Public Health Association
National Association of Social Workers – Rhode Island Chapter
Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors
Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Nemours Children’s Health System
Nevada Association of Local Health Officials
Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
New Directions for Maine Families
New Hampshire Pediatric Society
New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
New Mexico Medical Society
New Mexico Pediatric Society
New Mexico Voices for Children
New York State Chapter 1 of the American Academy of Pediatrics
New York State Chapter 2 of the American Academy of Pediatrics
New York State Chapter 3 of the American Academy of Pediatrics
North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors
North Carolina Citizens for Public Health
North Carolina Pediatric Society
North Carolina Public Health Association
North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
North East Medical Services of San Francisco
Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium
Northern Michigan Vaccine Preventable Disease Task Force
Northwest Health Law Advocates
Northwestern Access to Health Project, Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern
Pritzker School of Law
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State
Ohio Asian American Health Coalition
Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Oklahoma Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon Public Health Association
Oregon Pediatric Society
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Parent Voices California
Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Prevent Child Abuse New York
‘r Kids Family Center New Haven, Connecticut
Respiratory Health Association of Chicago
RESULTS Metro Maryland
RESULTS Texas
Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Rhode Island Society of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Schenectady Inner City Ministry
School-Based Health Alliance of Arkansas
South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
South Carolina Osteopathic Medical Society
South Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey
Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Tennessee Justice Center
Texas Pediatric Society
The Children’s Agenda of New York
The Connecticut Osteopathic Medical Society
The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. of Massachusetts
The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health
United Way of Illinois
Utah Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Voices for Children of San Antonio
Voices for Ohio’s Children
Voices for Virginia’s Children
Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
West Valley Neighborhoods Coalition of Arizona
West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards
Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
Wisconsin Public Health Association
Wyoming Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Pro-Vaccine Meta-Analysis Double-Counts All Children Born in Denmark Between 1991 and 1996

table pro-vaccine meta-analysis

Taylor, Swerdfeger, Eslick Pro-Vaccine Meta-Analysis, Table 1

The total sample evaluated among these cohort studies consisted of 1,256,407 children. WRONG

A widely reported, pro-vaccine meta-analysis of papers by vaccine promoters double-counted every child born in Denmark between 1991 and 1996. As a result, it was erroneously reported as being a study of over 1.2 million children by Autism Speaks, CNN, Forbes and David “Orac” Gorski among other bastions of integrity.

In “Vaccines are not associated with autism: an evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies,” the authors estimated the total number of children in the cohort studies by adding up the samples of each study. The problem is that the two largest studies used mostly the same children, as the first table in the meta-analysis makes clear.

Here is one study population description:

All children born in Denmark from January 1990 until December 1996

Here is another:

All children born in Denmark from January 1991 through December 1998

Every child born in Denmark from January 1991 to December 1996 was double-counted. As a result, the authors calculated the total children who participated in all five studies as numbering 1,256,407.

That number is completely bogus. It is not even possible to calculate an estimate of the number of children who participated in either Danish study by reviewing the published manuscripts. Not surprisingly, the authors’ grasp of the material they analyzed reflects their grasp of the vaccine issue overall.

…due to the controversial nature of the topic and the high volume of publication on this issue for both sides of the argument it is unlikely that so many papers on one side of the argument (that would have met our inclusion criteria) remain unpublished.

It is precisely because this issue is controversial that “so many papers on one side of the argument” don’t get published! There’s literally an entire website dedicated to unpublished study results showing that mercury in vaccines causes autism. You publish anything critical of vaccines, it is at imminent risk of retraction for criticizing vaccines. You submit even a letter to the editor saying that someone else’s study linked vaccines to autism, your letter gets canned.

Don’t worry about it though, because the senior author of the pro-vaccine meta-analysis is a cautious parent. His two oldest children got febrile seizures after vaccines, so what does he do? He vaccinates his youngest anyway after giving the child Tylenol.

My first two children have had febrile seizures after routine vaccinations, one of them a serious event. These events did not stop me from vaccinating my third child, however, I did take some proactive measures to reduce the risk of similar adverse effects. I vaccinated my child in the morning so that we were aware if any early adverse reaction during the day and I also gave my child a dose of paracetamol 30 min before the vaccination was given to reduce any fever that might develop after the injection. As a parent I know my children better than anyone and I equate their seizures to the effects of the vaccination by increasing their body temperature.

What do his Harvard colleagues say about that?

The use of acetaminophen in babies and young children may be much more strongly associated with autism than its use during pregnancy, perhaps because of well-known deficiencies in the metabolic breakdown of pharmaceuticals during early development. Thus, one explanation for the increased prevalence of autism is that increased exposure to acetaminophen, exacerbated by inflammation and oxidative stress, is neurotoxic in babies and small children. This view mandates extreme urgency in probing the long-term effects of acetaminophen use in babies and the possibility that many cases of infantile autism may actually be induced by acetaminophen exposure shortly after birth.

He’s as bad a parent as he is a scientist.

Autism Speaks Promotes Darkness for Vaccination-Autism Science

The official position of the world’s biggest money-grubbing autism charity Autism Speaks is that vaccines provide “no increased risk” for autism. What they really support is overt censorship of autism-vaccine science.

The end of Autism Speaks’ position statement provides the first clue.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a comprehensive list of this research. You can view and download the list here.

What does the academy include in this list of “research?”

British journalist Brian Deer investigates Dr. Andrew Wakefield (the man who initially claimed a link between autism and the MMR vaccine), his practices during the study that was published on this alleged connection, and uncovers truths that lead to the revocation of Dr. Wakefield’s medical license and to the retraction of the article he published on the subject.​

At the center of the “practices” were his so-called conflicts of interest. The UK General Medical Council that took his license stated:

Having regard to its findings at paragraph 31.c., the Panel is satisfied that your conduct in failing to disclose your involvement in the MMR litigation, your receipt of funding for part of Project 172-96 from the Legal Aid Board and your involvement in the Patent, constituted disclosable interests. Your failure to disclose these to the Editor of The Lancet was contrary to your duties as a senior author of the Lancet paper.

He was “contrary” to his “duties,” you say? Sounds harsh. Let’s see how that’s defined in “paragraph 31.c.”

iii. had a duty to disclose to the Editor of the Lancet any disclosable interest including matters which could legitimately give rise to a perception that you had a conflict of interest; Found proved

Let that sink in, Dr. Wakefield had a duty to disclose:

any disclosable interest including matters which could legitimately give rise to a perception that you had a conflict of interest

Is abiding by that duty even possible? Not even the General Medical Council thinks so. That’s why they tell doctors in their own guidance to “use your professional judgement to identify when conflicts of interest arise.” They clearly held Dr. Wakefield to a different standard, as Autism Investigated already reported. But why?

c. In the circumstances set out at paragraph 31.b. above, 

What are those “circumstances?” Why, the fact that he published on children being poisoned into autism by vaccination.

b. You knew or ought to have known that your reporting in the Lancet paper of a temporal link between the syndrome you described and the MMR vaccination, Admitted and found proved i. had major public health implications, Admitted and found proved ii. would attract intense public and media interest, Admitted and found proved

BINGO! They took away his license and retracted his paper because of what he published. They make no secret of it.

In the United Kingdom, you can attack Jews and still keep your medical license. Don’t even think about criticizing a vaccine though.

It is totally shameful the American Academy of Pediatrics would openly celebrate such overt censorship while poisoning more children. It is also shameful that Autism Speaks does the same while asking for money to “shine a light on autism.” They don’t want to shine a light on anything.

Autism Speaks wants to keep the causation of autism in the dark. President Trump should dump Autism Speaks.

Texas Monthly Inadvertently Reveals Hotez Daughter’s Vaccine Reaction

Peter Hotez and daughter Rachel, Texas Monthly

In the December 2017 issue of Texas Monthly, a puff piece about vaccine doc Peter Hotez titled “Peter Hotez vs. Measles and the Anti-Vaccination Movement” was prominently featured. The piece featured details about Hotez’s family life and his daughter Rachel, whose autism Hotez insists was not caused by vaccination. He is even publishing a book devoted entirely to that position. Unfortunately for Hotez, his wife Ann revealed a crucial detail in the article about their daughter that is a telltale sign of an encephalitic reaction to vaccination.

According to the article:

Rachel had an unusually high-pitched cry, and when Ann would pick her up to comfort her, her tiny body would remain stiff rather than nestling into her mother’s arms.

The detail would lend support to an Autism Investigated meme about Hotez being in denial of his daughter’s vaccine-caused autism.

His daughter’s vaccine reaction is a commonly reported symptom by many parents of vaccine-injured children. Those parents include Katie Wright, the daughter of Autism Speaks‘ founders Bob and Suzanne Wright.

(Katie Wright liked the tweet.)

Hotez’s daughter’s vaccine reaction coupled with his ideological devotion to the radical Islam-like extremism of vaccination help explain his vitriol. Such anger was expressed in a recent lecture he gave at Duke University where he said certain vaccine safety and choice groups were “a hate group that hates [our] family and hates [our] children.” He made these remarks the week after the State Department appointed him board member of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation.

Autism Investigated has responded to Hotez’s attacks with a letter-writing campaign to the State Department urging them to remove him from his position. There is still no response from the department bureau overseeing his appointment. So please contact the State Department using their general contact form. Use Autism Investigated’s exact letter, but shorten the addressee name to just “State Department.”

Alison Singer: Autism Parents’ Jewish Ghetto Police

Fake autism charity/pharma front group founder Alison Singer has just made an appearance on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (who famously said that America does not want Donald Trump to be president). So Autism Investigated has decided to re-run this 2011 Age of Autism post about her by the Deplorable Autist himself. It includes updated links to the vaccine-autism link science she denies exists, the truth behind her “foundation”, and the fact that she prevented autism in her younger child by spacing out of vaccines. In other words, she knows what caused her older daughter’s autism yet collaborates with the pharmaceutical industry to help it injure and kill more children for profit.

Alison Singer: Autism Mom, Pharma Wife

By Jake Crosby

Alison Singer: autism parent, IACC seat usurper, industry front group founder, recent guest on The Dr. Oz Show, and now – loyal Pharma-funded wife. Of course, that’s what she’s always been. We just didn’t know it, until now.

Mrs. Singer is married to Dan Singer, a longtime employee of McKinsey and Company: a global management consulting firm. Singer’s firm sponsors one of the awards given out by the British Medical Journal, which published and even endorsed British Pharmaceutical Industry sock puppet Brian Deer’s false allegations of fraud against Dr. Andrew Wakefield. McKinsey is not Pharma, you might say. True to an extent, but McKinsey’s commitment to the industry is significant. In the “industry practices” category of “client service,” McKinsey and Co. has a whole page on “Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products,” where they offer a wide range of consultation services to the pharmaceutical industry on everything from prescription pharmaceuticals, to over the counter medicines, to biotechnology and medical products and diagnostics. In 2006, in the company’s quarterly, an article was even run entitled “Avian flu: Expanding global vaccine production.” The avian flu vaccine is preserved in 49 micrograms of mercury, approximately twice that of a season flu shot.

But on January 12 McKinsey did more than consult for the pharmaceutical industry; they partied with its leading vaccine spokesman, millionaire vaccine industrialist Dr. Paul Offit. An email invitation sent out by Alison Singer’s group, the Autism Science Foundation, read:

“Please join us for the book launch and signing

at the offices of McKinsey & Company


55 East 52nd Street, 21st floor


New York, NY 10022


Wednesday, January 12, 2011
6P-8P

Hosted by: Autism Science Foundation

RSVP: Julie Martin
Tel. 646-723-3977

Underneath that message is a bio of Paul Offit and next to it is a picture of Offit’s book cover. Below the book cover, it says:

“All proceeds from sales of Deadly Choices will be donated to the Autism Science Foundation”

It’s more than a little odd that McKinsey would be promoting the work of the Autism Science Foundation (ASF). Ever sensitive to the prestige and standing of its partners, McKinsey would seem a more natural partner of Autism Speaks, the Park Avenue charity of the autism world rather than an upstart run out of Singer’s garage (actually, ASF rents Singer a desk and receptionist from a “Sunshine Suites” property in Noho). Understanding their ASF promotion requires understanding McKinsey’s longstanding role in the autism-vaccine controversies.

And McKinsey partners have been closely connected to the debate, up to the highest levels of the firm. Up until recently, McKinsey was headed by Ian Davis, younger brother of GlaxoSmithKline board of directors member Sir Crispin Davis, and twin brother of Sir Nigel Davis – the judge who denied appeals from MMR litigation claimants to have their legal aid continued.

Though Ian Davis would eventually step down from his position at McKinsey in 2009, it was not before Alison Singer resigned from Autism Speaks. Her resignation was prompted by the charity rightfully condemning the IACC’s backhanded removal of research into some pharmacologic etiologies of autism from its mission. Mrs. Singer’s justification was that there are limited funds for autism research that could be better spent, even though Singer supports such funding being dumped into the money pit of genetic research, and even though not only pharmacologic, but environmental factors overall, have been horribly understudied by comparison.

So she founded a front group posing as an autism charity – the Autism Science Foundation – with millionaire pharmaceutical industrialist Dr. Paul Offit. ASF is the only autism research organization founded on the basis of the science it won’t pursue (it’s been “asked and answered, vaccines don’t cause autism”) than that it will do. And despite the fact that she was originally appointed to a public seat on the IACC as an Autism Speaks representative, she was allowed to keep her position as representative of her own corporate fringe offshoot, effectively usurping Autism Speaks’ representation on the committee.

During the time Singer resigned from Autism Speaks and began her front group, Ian Davis was still head of the company where her husband continues to work. Here’s a brief sequence of events. For more than 20 years, Dan Singer has been a loyal employee of McKinsey, joining the company out of Harvard Business School in 1989 and climbing the ladder until being promoted to director in 1994. That same year, he married his Harvard and Yale sweetheart, Alison Tepper, now Alison Tepper-Singer, whom we all know as Alison Singer. She would take up a job at NBC later that year and the couple would have a daughter together.

Then in 1999, Singer quit her job as a vice president of the network when that daughter was diagnosed with autism. She recently told CNN about her decision about giving MMR to her next child:

“I split the vaccine for my second daughter.”

Her second daughter now remains neurotypical. And the choice to vaccinate against measles, mumps and rubella separately seems not to have harmed Singer’s second daughter in any way. So Alison Singer not only followed Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s advice (and conceivably is benefiting from it), but was even an advocate for his cause in the popular press – at least in one instance.

When NBC ran an episode of “ER” in 2001 that featured a child who died of the measles presumably because he was not vaccinated with MMR, Singer reacted with outrage. According to The New York Daily News:

“Alison Tepper Singer, a former vice president in NBC’s desktop video division, faulted the “ER” episode for its “complete belittling of another viewpoint,” she told The News. Singer resigned from NBC in 1999 when her older daughter was diagnosed with autism.

“It was so irresponsible and so callous and so heartbreaking for parents who are dealing with this issue that I found it sad,” she said of the “ER” episode.”

Then in 2003, Ian Davis became McKinsey’s worldwide managing director. In other words, he became Dan Singer’s boss. Did this change of leadership bring a new kind of influence into the Singer household? Only the Singers know for sure. But one thing is clear, that Alison Singer, after previously splitting up the MMR for her younger, neurotypical daughter and speaking out against a biased TV show, began changing her public position about what she thought might cause autism.

Now, I already have a good idea what Alison Singer might say to all this, her reading of the “science” convinced her otherwise. In response to a January 14, 2010 article I wrote about Kevin Leitch speculating that guilt over giving his daughter a vaccine that triggered her autism drove him to finding solace in the neurodiversity movement, Singer wrote the following comment on the Leftbrain/Rightbrain blog:

What a strange story. Many parents question whether vaccines are involved in autism because of the media coverage of the issue, but then they read the science and realize the studies are there and the science clearly indicates no causal role for vaccines. Kev, although I find your point of view refreshing and your posts unique, I dare say you are hardly alone at coming to this conclusion. Jake will have to try harder next time.

 

What a strange position for her to take. Not only did she not read my article but there was already plenty of purported “research” in 2001 claiming to disprove a link between MMR and autism, virtually all of which was thrown out as useless junk science in an international review by the Cochrane Collaboration in 2005, which also conceded the evidence of the vaccine’s safety was “largely inadequate.” Many of those sorts of studies published since 2001, including the CDC’s own study, were actually positive findings reported as negative ones. Perhaps most disturbing of all was the confirmation of vaccine-strain measles virus in the terminal ileums and cerebrospinal fluid of children with autism and bowel disease in the O’Leary paper published in Molecular Pathology and the Bradstreet paper published in JPandS respectively (contrary to the propaganda machine, the later Hornig paper did not falsify these findings). Finally, one would think the HHS concessions of children like Bailey Banks and Hannah Poling who developed autism after their vaccines becoming public knowledge would have ended this debate altogether.

I don’t know what “science” Ms. Singer is referring to, but scientifically, consumers have far more reasons to fear vaccines and the MMR vaccine in particular in 2011 than they ever had back in 2001. Whatever motive the Singers’ would develop for no longer believing the MMR causes autism, it was certainly not scientific. If the twin brother of a person who denied justice to personal injury claimants and the younger brother of a man helping to facilitate a smear campaign against one of the claimants’ expert witnesses became my boss, I would not want to say anything potentially favorable about that witness for fear of jeopardizing my job. I certainly would not want my wife to do the same, either.

Alison Singer had a very different opinion by the time NBC President Bob Wright founded Autism Speaks along with his wife Suzanne compared to her opinion in the Daily News piece in 2001. Whatever changed Mrs. Singer’s mind about what causes autism, it likely happened within a time period no sooner than 2001 but probably no later than 2005 when she joined Autism Speaks. Ian Davis becoming head of McKinsey occurred right in the middle of that, also happening at around the same time his brother Crispin joined Glaxo’s board of directors. She has kept this connection between her husband’s company and the pharmaceutical industry to herself.

Alison Singer cannot honestly call her group an “autism charity” when its activities are focused on promoting and defending drugs (ie vaccines) for the pharmaceutical industry. She has actually traveled with Paul Offit to Atlanta to speak at an immunization conference on how to compel parents to vaccinate recklessly. Autism Science Foundation is a corporate front group with an agenda that predetermines its approach to autism. Its non-profit status should be revoked.

Originally published on Age of Autism

SafeMinds’ President Supports CDC “Sock-Puppet”

Sallie

By Jake Crosby

Sallie Bernard is the president of an organization which claims to oppose the presence of mercury in vaccines and to raise concerns about autism’s association with vaccination – the Coalition for SafeMinds (Sensible action for ending mercury-induced disorders). Yet Bernard – who has not responded when questioned for this article – is still a board member of and fundraiser for Autism Speaks even after it has been dubbed a “Sock-Puppet For The CDC” by the SafeMinds-sponsored Age of Autism blog. The criticism was in response to a position statement by Autism Speaks proclaiming that vaccines don’t cause autism and urging that all children be fully vaccinated. Yet the week after the statement, Sallie Bernard was quoted in a press release about her plan to raise money for Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue Aspen campaign:

“Light It Up Blue Aspen raised a great deal of funds for Autism thanks to dedicated supporters like Sentient Jet. We look forward to another successful event that will have a positive impact on the families in our community and all the people living within the Autism spectrum disorder.”

Though Bernard did not respond to questions concerning her continual support of Autism Speaks, the event details shed further light on Bernard’s role in the fundraiser that was held on February 15th, 2015:

“Bid on luxury items from Aspen Magazine’s ‘shades of blue’ silent auction table or on one-of-a-kind live auction experiences while raising funds and awareness for Autism.  Hosted by Tom and Sallie Bernard along with honored and celebrity guests Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley, Dr. Laura Berman of Emmy winning CBS show, The Doctors and more!”

The ongoing support of Autism Speaks by SafeMinds’ president is less surprising when put into context. Despite public perception of SafeMinds as crusading against mercury in vaccinations, the group has done more to undermine such efforts. The organization gained notoriety for hijacking the 2012 congressional autism hearing after its lobbyist misrepresented a key organizer of the event to congressional staff that prevented him from testifying about the CDC cover-up of vaccine injury. The misrepresentation also caused the hearing topic itself to be changed away from the cover-up and to the vaguer “federal response” to autism’s rising prevalence instead. The same organizer SafeMinds effectively kept out of the congressional hearing also criticized the group for not supporting a worldwide ban of thimerosal – the mercury-based preservative in vaccines. SafeMinds was also implicated in the throwing of the autism omnibus that denied justice to 4,900 petitioners for vaccine injury claims and also tried to set up a security trap for two expert witnesses at its 2012 congressional briefing on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Back in 2004, SafeMinds was aware the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was operating in breach of its congressional charter at the behest of CDC only to later thank IOM for holding the very meeting SafeMinds initially protested against. That meeting would become the final precursor to the infamous 2004 IOM report that was produced to whitewash any association between autism and vaccines. When Autism Speaks put out a message concurring with the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report denying vaccine dangers, Bernard remained on the board without making a sound.

In 2012 shortly before the congressional autism hearing, a former donor to SafeMinds asked her to step down from Autism Speaks’ board due to the organization’s views on vaccines. She reportedly demanded $1 million in return for her resignation; the donor refused. Bernard did not reply to questioning for this article when asked to confirm the amount of money she allegedly demanded. She did not make any attempt to justify her ongoing support of Autism Speaks either.

Yet Sallie Bernard was raising money for Autism Speaks right after the organization was called a “Sock-Puppet For The CDC” by a blog that SafeMinds sponsors. If SafeMinds’ president would remain on the board of a CDC sock-puppet group and continue to raise money for it, then perhaps she is a sock-puppet for the CDC herself.

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