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

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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it is unlikely that so many papers on one side of the argument (that would have met our inclusion criteria) remain unpublished.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 There’s literally an entire website dedicated to unpublished study results showing that mercury in vaccines causes autism.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 Investigated Facebook Squatter: “Nope, still not going to your site.”

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Michael Cooper, PhD, Murray State University

What if you started a flame war on a Facebook page feigning your “science” credentials, but won’t even visit the website associated with the page itself. Enter Michael Cooper, microbiologist and Facebook squatter who Autism Investigated eventually banned albeit after much entertainment. He made clear early on getting banned was his ultimate goal.

Cooper refuses to read AutismInvestigated.com

The problem was, Cooper was just too damn entertaining to block right away.

To his credit Cooper did ask for an example of evidence for a vaccine-autism link. Autism Investigated cited a letter in JAMA Pediatrics by Italian doctors. They explained how study authors dismissed their own finding that influenza vaccination of first-trimester pregnant women was associated with an increased risk for autism. 

He refused to read the letter because it was re-posted on Autism Investigated, but magically knew who to believe anyway.

He also said the editor doesn’t have a Master of Public Health in epidemiology.

(Cooper went to the University of Louisville.)

Cooper asks for a photo of degree: “[Screen Shot or It Didn’t Happen]”

What’s his beef? Probably the arcane stuff he has to study. You’d be angry too if your life revolved around this:

BS, MS Murray State University; PhD University of Louisville. My background is in microbiology. I have studied nitrogen fixation in an Agrobacterium species isolated from the Ledbetter Embayment. This was followed by the discovery of an atmospheric nitrogen acquisition process in the corn smut-causing fungus, Ustilago maydis. Using stable isotope ratio analysis I demonstrated that corn smut is able to uptake and metabolize dinitrogen tracer subsequently utilized by the cells as incorporated biomolecules.

Totally relevant to autism or vaccines right? Not!

Enjoy devoting your life to corn smut-causing fungus, Professor Cooper.

Maybe lying about vaccine injury and insulting anti-vaccinationists and vaccine skeptics on social media will score some grants for your smutty research. It works for David Gorski.

“Science”Blogs About To Die After Giving Bloggers 2-Week Eviction Notice!

Goodbye “Science”Blogs!

Yes, it’s happening! Blogs exposed as pretending to be about “science” in a Two-Part Series eight years ago are finally gonna die! “Science”Blogs’ failing owner Seed Media Group no longer has the money:

A little over a week ago, Scienceblogs announced to us writers that they no longer had the funds to keep the site operational, and so they would be shutting down.

How hilarious! “Science”Blogs has given its own bloggers – including a few hacks who have been the subjects of Autism Investigated posts – a two-week eviction notice! Ouch.

As an Age of Autism contributor, Autism Investigated’s editor has exposed one blogger in particular for his extensive pharmaceutical ties after he claimed for years that he was independent. In other words, big pharma has tossed them all aside like the used condoms they’ve become!

“Science”Bloggers have cheered the censorship of scientific evidence of vaccine injury. They have also called for a boycott of journals that published such evidence. Furthermore, they have consistently campaigned against the academic freedom of scientists like yours truly.

That said, Autism Investigated will not link to any new domain of any former “Science”Blogger. Autism Investigated will throw any comments containing those links in the trash. Cut off their oxygen, and let them wither away into nothingness.

Dr. David Gorski Falsely Denies Vaccine-Miscarriage Finding

Crooked cancer doc David Gorski‘s verbose posts can be completely demolished if you can find and refute the one sentence in his posts that attempts to make a real point. That is exactly what was done when Autism Investigated refuted his denying the significance of an association between miscarriage and flu vaccination that was published in a recent study. He falsely described the finding on his blog thusly:

an aOR [adjusted odds ratio] of 2.0 for the 1-28 day window of exposure to the influenza vaccine before miscarriage that was not statistically significant

However, the study itself directly contradicts Gorski’s assertion of insignificance. So AI’s editor took to Twitter to call him out.

And Gorski was also called out on his own blog. Gorski replied with an excuse:

When one writes blog posts in one’s spare time late at night, such things occasionally happen; one occasionally makes mistakes.

Yet none of his supporters caught the error either, including both a doctoral epidemiology student at Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. epidemiologist. Despite correcting the error in one sentence, Gorski still has yet to correct it in another sentence in that same blog post:

Basically, the study found zero (that’s right: zero, nada, zilch) association between miscarriage and flu vaccination—with one exception: if the woman had consecutively received a flu vaccine containing the 2009 H1N1 virus. 

Never mind the overall adjusted odds ratio that Gorski now acknowledges as being significant. From there, Gorski’s case against the study falls apart: it was not a fishing expedition for statistical association. It found an association per study protocol and attempted to assess that association further.

Further study yielded an association in a subgroup of women who would already have a body burden of mercury from a prior vaccine, making them more susceptible than other women. But Gorski says this is evidence against the association being real!

For years, Gorski has openly supported government officials crookedly hiding scientific results and barring more research of mercury exposure from vaccines. He also claimed he would acknowledge that mercury in vaccines may cause autism if presented with certain evidence, only to refuse when confronted with that evidence years later.

Why Gorski lies about vaccination risks to children may be explained by his own ties to the pharmaceutical industry. But another factor could be much more personal – possible bitterness over his lack of children despite being in a heterosexual marriage. Perhaps the reason for this is biological and not by choice. If so, what better way for him to get back at society for his or his wife’s infertility than to spread lies that can lead to more miscarriages and brain-damaged children?

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Studies Back Online

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From JB Handley:

What if a study of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children was published, removed, republished in a different journal, removed again because of online misinformation, and then republished (today) after the misinformation was cleared up? Well, then you’d have the first study of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children officially online and in a journal (as of this moment).

If you’re confused, you’re not alone. And just to clarify: this study has NEVER been retracted, only removed by two journals, and re-published by the second one…Starting to think this is the study that just “won’t go away!”

And, if that’s not confusing enough, please note there are actually TWO separate studies on unvaccinated children in the same journal. The second one is linked in my first comment, and it concerns premature infants.

 

When the papers were first removed, one notoriously dishonest blogger named David Gorski (a.k.a :”Orac”) had nuclear organism. He also wanted to make very clear that he learned about the initial deletion of papers from yours truly, using a new nickname he has coined:

So what did I overlook? Well, thanks to The Gnat (and if you don’t know who The Gnat is, just look at the comments of yesterday’s post) I realized that I missed half the fail. Here’s what I mean:


Yes, that’s the conspiracy crank site InfoWars, and yes InfoWars is eating this study up, interviewing Celeste McGovern, who is promoted as a “vaccine expert.” I had never heard of her before, but it turns out that she writes for Claire Dwoskin’s Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute (CMSRI), one of the two antivaccine groups that funded Mawson’s study. (The other was Generation Rescue.) As expected, she is antivaccine to the core.

What I learned, though, from following The Gnat’s link is that there was a second paper published in the very same bottom-feeding predatory open access journal by Mawson using the very same survey dataset, Preterm birth, vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders: a cross-sectional study of 6- to 12-year-old vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Clearly, Mawson believes in the concept of “minimal publishable unit” (or MPU, as we call it) in which you divide the data into as many papers as you can and still get manage to get published, hence his publishing two papers instead of one.

Amusingly, when I clicked on that link, I got a “not found” error message, but as of yesterday the paper was still in Google Cache, and I saved a copy for your edification. [LINK] This led me to check the link to the other paper, and guess what? It was gone yesterday, too

Yet after the studies re-appeared today, all Gorski said was this:

The first study appears to be back on the OAT website…

Poor Gorski, he celebrated way too soon.

Richard Pan and the Left Epically Trolled By Vax-Injured Child’s Dad

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A ruined photo-op

UPDATE: Facebook removed the video from the We Are Vaxxed link!

From We Are Vaxxed:

Senator Pan the March For Science event. Unfortunately for him… so is Joshua Coleman.

#Vaxxed #VaccineResearchNotGoodScience #MarchForScience #SenatorPanLiar

California Senator Richard Pan was instrumental in revoking California’s vaccine exemptions while refusing to have a dialogue with his critics, even those that are constituents. Pan even supports conflicted, failed researcher David Gorski’s call to censor vaccine skepticism on Facebook. So California resident Josh Coleman took the dialogue to Pan at the March for Science in Washington, DC. Pan continued walking but Coleman didn’t let up, not even with the wrath of triggered social justice warriors who tried to give Pan a mobile safe space.

Pan’s PR person wasn’t pleased.

Joshua Coleman vs. Dicky Pan and the Tolerant Left

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Pussy-Based Medicine

Tolerant liberal who threw Josh’s sign says, “You’re just being a dick!”

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Groupies

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Triggered at Science March: “Do you have any fucking evidence, you bastard?!”

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Mary Scissorins and Tight, Orange Pants Cuck To the Rescue!

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Josh: “This is real activism!” Mary’s Scissoring Partner then proves his point: “Oh, I love the mansplainer!”

Related links:

Child Sacrifice – Cali Dems’ Vaccine Policy

Vaccines: Tantrum-Based Medicine

CA SB277 Bill Co-Sponsor Called Senior CDC Scientist a “Fraud”

Child Sacrifice – Cali Dems’ Vaccine Policy

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Kimberly Kirchmeyer, Executive Director of the Medical Board of California who took it upon herself to make a complaint against Dr. Robert Sears for putting his patients before the state’s mandatory vaccination bill and not continuing to poison a child. She might as well be a Satanist who commits child murder.

On par with Satanic rituals of child sacrifice or duping children into thinking they’re “transgender” and subsequently having their genitals mutilated, California’s medical “standard-of-care” calls for a child who had intestinal and kidney shutdown and brain inflammation from vaccines to continue to be vaccinated. Yes, you read that right. That’s according to none other than a complaint brought against pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears by the Medical Board of California.

Any doctor who knowingly prescribes a patient a medicine that is detrimental to that patient should be put in prison. Any doctor who punishes other patients for not doing this should be locked up for life with the key thrown away. Executive director of the Medical Board of California’s evil Kimberly Kirchmeyer is not only the former, but the latter.

That said, punishment of Dr. Sears does not all fall on Kirchmeyer: she has a few enablers. There is the crooked, bought-and-paid Democrat politician Richard Pan who was behind the passing of Senate Bill 277 which denied parents the right to forgo dangerous vaccination for their children. Then you have millionaire vaccine industrialist Paul Offit, the deranged sociopath who advised the CDC during the embryonic phase of the cover-up, who has called mercury a “very gentle” vaccine ingredient and who has also said that 10,000 vaccines given at one time are fine for a baby. Online there is the vaccine lobby’s preeminent character assassin David Gorski, who did not publicly disclose a conflict of interest with the pharmaceutical industry as it related to human subjects research. And of course there is the entire crooked media, with the likes of Jezebel’s feminist “rape culture” myth-spreading Anna Merlan and Forbes’ Emily Willingham of the National Association of Science Writers which the pharmaceutical industry pays to write good things about vaccines. And don’t forget the fake “fact-checker” sites like PolitiFact which is practically a PAC for Crooked Hillary. All these people should be fully investigated for their role in enabling the government to keep poisoning children with unsafe vaccines because of their lies.

Nonetheless, it is Kirchmeyer who has abused her authority by going after Dr. Robert Sears directly for not continuing to poison a child. This is why rejecting vaccines is the best idea until vaccines are truly tested for safety instead of having their safety routinely lied about by the government and the press. The safest option is to resist vaccines entirely, and vote for Donald Trump.

Update: File a complaint against a pediatrician who poisons a child.

David Gorski’s Cancelled Drug Trial Tainted By Institutional Conflict of Interest

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Wayne State University oncology professor and “Science”Blogger David Gorski is a hypocritical and crooked “doctor” who should be fired, de-licensed and not allowed anywhere near patients. He should also be investigated for his social media role in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s cover up of vaccine injury, a topic he squirms over when questioned about his lies publicly. And now, it is clear he had a conflict of interest in human subjects research at his university according to academic policy despite his denials.

Unfortunately, he has yet to get what he deserves as he continues to misrepresent his conflict of interest with Sanofi and the pharmaceutical industry while both smearing the parents of severely disabled children who were never the same again following vaccination and lying for the federal government that covers up that harm. Just recently, he spoke on the Skeptics Guide to the Universe – a podcast hosted by front group advisor Steven Novella – apparently upset at some recent critical coverage Gorski has been getting from NaturalNews. In the podcast, he complained of having talks with his supervisor at his job as a result of the NaturalNews reports.

Among the unflattering facts NaturalNews cited about Gorski is the six year old discovery by Autism Investigated’s editor that he has been conducting a since-withdrawn trial of Sanofi drug Riluzole, sponsored by his employer that was in a partnership with Sanofi. The finding led to a letter-writing campaign by concerned readers to Gorski’s employer informing them of the conflict, an event Gorski has complained about ever since. Yet despite his university apparently letting him off the hook and his repeat claims that he was not conflicted in any way, the Institutional Review Board policies of his employer say otherwise:

Institutional Conflict of Interest consist of two major types: (1) l Conflict of Interest involving University equity holdings or a royalty arrangement related to sponsored programs

The principal investigator Gorski is a professor at Wayne State. The trial sponsor Barbara Anne Karmanos Cancer Institute is affiliated with Wayne State, which was partnered with Sanofi. Whereas before Gorski did not disclose this conflict in human subjects research, he now misrepresents it as not being a conflict on his bio at “ScienceBasedMedicine” – a blog he edits.

On the clinicaltrials.gov website, the following is stated about Gorski’s now-defunct trial: “This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment. (Funding ended)”. According to the website, Gorski failed to enroll patients into his trial after two-and-a-half years of patient recruitment. Perhaps his reputation has something to do with it. A simple Google search of Gorski yields the following title on the first page: “David Gorski’s Financial Pharma Ties: What He Didn’t Tell You”. Any patient being recruited for Gorski’s trial who is curious about its principal investigator would no doubt see that headline and have concerns, and Gorski himself is undoubtedly aware of the potential for patients to find his blog.

The trial’s cancellation is remarkable in light of Gorski’s expressed hopes for it, suggesting Riluzole may prove to be as effective a treatment for breast cancer as surgery, radiation or chemo. That would certainly not be something a drug company would lack any interest in funding as Gorski had claimed about his research.

But even more remarkable is the hypocrisy as it relates to the ethical standards with which Gorski holds other doctors. He was a huge online cheerleader for the ruin of absolved British doctor Andrew Wakefield’s career, even though medical disciplinary findings against him that included conflict of interest and unethical research allegations were disproved.

Yet here we have Gorski not being up front about his own conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry in human subjects research on blogs that he knows could be written by the very patients he was trying to recruit for his Sanofi drug trial. Not only did he possess an undisclosed conflict of interest according to his own university’s IRB, but also according to the very medical disciplinary panel in the UK that yanked Dr. Wakefield’s license. Those guidelines make very clear that doctors should be up front to patients about potential conflicts of interest, including those of their employer. Gorski’s employer Wayne State was in a partnership with Sanofi that was probably worth millions while he was actively trying to recruit patients for his trial, yet nowhere was that mentioned on his public blog.

But these connections do not just conflict Gorski’s role in medicine and human subjects research, but also in medical education. On his academic bio, Gorski reveals that he encourages students to contribute to his online blog: 

As the managing editor of Science-Based Medicine (SBM), a weblog devoted to discussing the science of medicine, Dr. Gorski is very interested in science communication and critical thinking, and interested students are welcome to publish in SBM under Dr. Gorski’s guidance to hone their writing skills for lay audiences.

Little would his students know that his since-cancelled drug trial was tainted by an institutional conflict of interest that connected his employer Wayne State to the drug company Sanofi, the maker of Riluzole that Gorski was recruiting patients to a breast cancer trial on. While being misled into thinking they are honing their writing skills, they are merely providing content free-of-charge to an agenda-driven, corporatist blog edited by a doctor who was not upfront about his conflicts on his blog.

By not including his connections on his blog and continuing to misrepresent them, he continually misleads both students and patients about his competing interests. It is hardly surprising that such a dishonest hypocrite would help expand the CDC’s vaccine-autism cover-up to social media.

Video: Dan Olmsted Brags About Supporting Kathleen Seidel

By Jake Crosby

Watch the video above to see Age of Autism editor Dan Olmsted brag about supporting Kathleen Seidel, a blogger with a track record of trying to cause trouble for people who advocate against the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal. She  generally stirs up trouble with their state’s medical board, a federal agency or their employer. As Olmsted said in the video taken at AutismOne in 2008, Seidel even tried to get him fired –  having complained about him to his old employer, UPI.

That, however, didn’t stop him and “Evidence of Harm” author David Kirby from supporting her at the request of pharma-tied “Science “Blogger David Gorski when she was subpoenaed by the attorney for Lisa Sykes – mother  of a vaccine-injured child. Sykes was suing several drug firms for harm caused by thimerosal. Olmsted and Kirby cosigned a letter of support for Seidel condemning the subpoena, citing “free speech.” Olmsted, incidentally, concealed the letter from Age of Autism’s general readership. It only ran on Gorski’s blog.

Following the appearance of the Kirby-Olmsted letter, Seidel received a free legal defense, the parents dropped their lawsuit and their lawyer was professionally sanctioned. In the video, Olmsted essentially called Seidel a  journalist by equating her blogging with what he did “as a journalist.” Olmsted says all this while sharing a panel with a Chicago Tribune reporter. The following year, the Chicago Tribune would begin a series of hit pieces against scientists and parents opposed to thimerosal – including Olmsted’s managing editor  Kim Stagliano – using Seidel’s own talking points.

For further background, please read: How Dan Olmsted and David Kirby Helped Kill a Landmark Autism Lawsuit. I also discussed the video in my talk at this year’s AutismOne conference.

Jake Crosby is editor of Autism Investigated. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Health: Science, Society and Policy and a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. He currently attends the University of Texas School of Public Health where he is studying for a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.

Watch Jake Crosby’s AutismOne 2014 Talk

Props to AutismOne’s Teri Arranga for her introduction.

Originally posted on AutismOne

So often, when we think of investigating autism, we think of discovering the physiological underpinnings. But what about the sociological forces that perpetuate the autism epidemic? Politics from without? Or – surprisingly – politics from within? In this startling lecture, Jacob Crosby, MPH, discusses the obstructionist forces that have hampered progress within the autism advocacy arena.

Jake Crosby, MPH

Jake Crosby is editor of Autism Investigated. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in both history and health and a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services with a master’s degree in epidemiology. He currently attends the University of Texas School of Public Health where he is studying for a PhD in epidemiology. For nearly five years, he was contributing editor to Age of Autism.

Originally posted at AutismOne

AutismOne is a non-profit charity organization 501(c)(3) started by a small group of parents of children with autism. Parents are and must remain the driving force of our community, the stakes are too high and the issues too sacred to delegate to outside interests. AUTISM IS A PREVENTABLE/TREATABLE BIOMEDICAL CONDITION. Autism is the result of environmental triggers. Autism is not caused by “bad” genes and the epidemic is not the result of “better” diagnosis. Children with autism suffer from gut bugs, allergies, heavy metal toxicity, mitochondrial disorders, antioxidant deficiencies, nutritional deficiencies and autoimmune diseases – all of which are treatable. THE KEY IS EDUCATION The AutismOne Conference, AutismOne Radio, AutismOne Outreach and Autism in Action initiatives educate more than 100,000 families every year about prevention, recovery, safety, and change.

Originally posted at AutismOne

 

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