Vaccine Industry Watchdog Obtains CDC Documents That Show Statistically Significant Risks of Autism Associated with Vaccine Preservative Thimerosal


Biochemist Brian Hooker, scientific advisor to A Shot of Truth, reveals CDC knew of risks for over decade.

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) February 19, 2014

For nearly ten years, Brian Hooker has been requesting documents that are kept under tight wraps by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His more than 100 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have resulted in copious evidence that the vaccine preservative Thimerosal, which is still used in the flu shot that is administered to pregnant women and infants, can cause autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Hooker, a PhD scientist, worked with two members of Congress to craft the letter to the CDC that recently resulted in his obtaining long-awaited data from the CDC, the significance of which is historic. According to Hooker, the data on over 400,000 infants born between 1991 and 1997, which was analyzed by CDC epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten, MD, “proves unequivocally that in 2000, CDC officials were informed internally of the very high risk of autism, non-organic sleep disorder and speech disorder associated with Thimerosal exposure.”

When the results of the Verstraeten study were first reported outside the CDC in 2005, there was no evidence that anyone but Dr. Verstraeten within the CDC had known of the very high 7.6-fold elevated relative risk of autism from exposure to Thimerosal during infancy. But now, clear evidence exists. A newly-acquired abstract from 1999 titled, “Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to Thimerosal containing vaccine in first month of life” required the approval of top CDC officials prior to its presentation at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference. Thimerosal, which is 50% mercury by weight, was used in most childhood vaccines and in the RhoGAM® shot for pregnant women prior to the early 2000s.

The CDC maintains there is “no relationship between Thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism rates in children,” even though the data from the CDC’s own Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database shows a very high risk. There are a number of public records to back this up, including this Congressional Record from May 1, 2003. The CDC’s refusal to acknowledge thimerosal’s risks is exemplified by a leaked statement from Dr. Marie McCormick, chair of the CDC/NIH-sponsored Immunization Safety Review at IOM. Regarding vaccination, she said in 2001, “…we are not ever going to come down that it [autism] is a true side effect….” Also of note, the former director of the CDC, which purchases $4 billion worth of vaccines annually, is now president of Merck’s vaccine division.

Dr. Hooker’s fervent hope for the future: “We must ensure that this and other evidence of CDC malfeasance are presented to Congress and the public as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence. Children’s futures are at stake.” A divide within the autism community has led to some activists demanding that compensation to those with vaccine-injury claims be the top priority before Congress. Dr. Hooker maintains that prevention, “protecting our most precious resource – children’s minds,” must come first. “Our elected officials must be informed about government corruption that keeps doctors and patients in the dark about vaccine risks.”

Referring to an organization that has seen its share of controversy this past year, Dr. Hooker remarked, “It is unfortunate that SafeMinds issued a press release on my information, is accepting credit for my work and has not supported a worldwide ban on Thimerosal.”

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has 15 years experience in the field of bioengineering and is an associate professor at Simpson University where he specializes in biology and chemistry. His over 50 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hooker has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines.

Dr. Brian Hooker’s investigative research is sponsored by the Focus Autism Foundation.

The Focus Autism Foundation is dedicated to providing information to the public that exposes the cause or causes of the autism epidemic and the rise of chronic illnesses – focusing specifically on the role of vaccinations. To learn more, visit

A Shot of Truth is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and educational website sponsored by Focus Autism.

AutismOne is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by an autism diagnosis. To learn more, visit

Originally posted on PRWeb.

Correction: As Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs‘ Dr. Paul King pointed out, the year 1999 on the abstract specifies the year its lead investigator Thomas Verstraeten joined the EIS, but not the year of the abstract itself. The EIS conference the study authors planned to submit their abstract to took place during the year 2000.

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16 Thoughts on “Vaccine Industry Watchdog Obtains CDC Documents That Show Statistically Significant Risks of Autism Associated with Vaccine Preservative Thimerosal

  1. white rose on February 20, 2014 at 10:42 pm said:

    Well done Brian Hooker & Jake Crosby .
    They knew all along .

    • Amen, white rose, they sure did. Just goes to show you how completely sick these people at the CDC and pharma are. They knew they were damaging our babies, and yet, they didn’t care.

  2. Paul G. King, PhD on February 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm said:

    The draft of the Abstract in question is a 2000 document, not a 1999 document.
    The date “1999” that appears on the document is the year that Dr. Verstraeten was given an EIS fellowship.

    A subsequent PowerPoint presentation given by Dr. Frank DeStefano of the CDC outlines the timeline for the VSD study of Thimerosal-preserved vaccines in detail.

    For verification of the timeline, see:
    (Slidea 17-20).

    • I don’t think that’s correct, Dr. King.

      On slide 21, Dr. DeStefano claimed:

      “In no analyses were significant increased risks found for ADD or autism”

      But that would be contradicted by the draft abstract Dr. DeStefano coauthored with Dr. Verstraeten in which a statistically significant increased risk for autism was reported.

      The statistically insignificant association found for autism that DeStefano described as being from “Preliminary Findings” on slide 24 is from a different analysis dated February, 29, 2000.

      So that was what Dr. DeStefano described as being presented at an April 2000 EIS conference on slide 18 of his IOM presentation, not the study abstract showing a statistically significant association for autism cited in this press release.

      • Paul G. King, PhD on February 23, 2014 at 1:32 am said:

        Dear Mr. Crosby,

        The slide to which you are referring “21” is a slide for the chronology of the MANUSCRIPT of the paper published in 2003.

        The slides for the chronology of the research clearly show that the draft Abstract in question could NOT have been presented at the 1999 EIS as the EIS meetings occur in the Spring of the year (usually in April) and the NIH did NOT start on this project until August of 1999 (slide 17)

        Chronology [of the Research]

        • 9/99: “Thimerosal working group” identified VSD
        study as priority
        • 9 – 10/99: Protocol developed in collaboration with
        thimerosal working group and VSD PIs
        • 11/99 – 2/00: Preliminary data analyses
        • 3 – 4/00: VSD discussions of preliminary findings
        • 4/00: VSD annual meeting: alert NIP leadership
        about preliminary findings (associations with speech
        or language delay, any developmental delay,

        (Slide 18)

        Chronology (cont’d)

        • 4/00: Presentation of preliminary findings at EIS
        • 4/27/00: Briefing for CDC Associate Director for
        – Convene review panel of CDC scientists
        • 5/2/00: CDC scientific review panel
        – Evidence weak but should be explored further

        Recommendation to replicate in independent data set

        6/7-8/00: External experts review (Simpsonwood)
        – Evidence weak but should be
        explored further along several
        lines of inquiry (including replication in an independent
        database, and neurodevelopmental testing study)

        Hopefully, you now understand that: A) the document in question was a DRAFT Abstract for a presentation at the April 2000 EIS Conference in Atlanta Georgia and B) Dr. DeStefano’s comments bear on the MANUSCRIPT and NOT the RESEARCH or the PRELIMINARY FINDINGS or HOW THE CDC (DeStefano) spun them at the IOM meeting.

        Hopefully, you now understand the difference and the realities about this DRAFT Abstract!

    • Paul G. King, PhD on February 23, 2014 at 9:10 am said:

      Dear Mr. Crosby, your article stated,
      ” A newly-acquired abstract from 1999 titled, “Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to Thimerosal containing vaccine in first month of life” required the approval of top CDC officials prior to its presentation at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference “,
      which clearly indicates that you were representing that this document was an “abstract from 1999” and not “an abstract form 2000”, which it clearly was because the preliminary research studies were NOT completed until 2000 as the timeline on the slides clearly shows!

      Furthermore, it is and clearly was a DRAFT abstract! It was not the published abstract which, as far as I have been able to ascertain, no one has yet secured the published abstract.

      • Dear Dr. King,
        I agree with you; it should be made clear that the year 1999 on the abstract represents the year Verstraeten joined EIS and not the year of the abstract itself. I just made the correction in the post.

        Thanks again for your astute observations as always.

  3. White Rose on February 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm said:

    Does this mean it is game over ? Why doesnt it mean its game over for the Pharma Harma ?
    Surely this is it , the Berlin Wall of vaccine lies has fallen ?

    They are running another T shirt competition over at AoA !

    • Because the information discussed in this press release is exactly the kind of information Mark Blaxill and AoA have been working to keep from getting exposure in the congressional hearings.

  4. Letthembegot on February 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm said:

    I look at this as yet another example of front page news and yet AOA are rambling not raging but rambling on about writing a few letters on another softer issue altogether. It feels like AOA are corralling the masses into pens to avoid any kind of serious action. And worse still ignoring the blinding evidence which Dr Hooker works so hard to gain. I also notice Safeminds writing about this ……………..why no call to action from any of these so called activist groups. Safeminds are reporting this like a neutral party or tabloid……….waste of space.

    Activism – the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change

    Activist – a person who believes strongly in political or social change and takes part in activities such as public protests to try to make this happen

  5. white rose on February 23, 2014 at 5:37 am said:


    I could not agree more with your brilliant sentiments . Here we have clear cold hard evidence from the CDC’s own datasources . EVIDENCE people , not guesswork , substantiated EVIDENCE !

    I am going to forward this article to my useless MP . Dan Burns , where are you ? what are you doing ?
    John Dan Stone , what is the plan ? Ginger , are we going to wait another 14 years ?

    Mark Blaxill , any thoughts ? Dan Olmsted , time for another reader competition ? AoA , are you reading this – of course you are – we know you are !

  6. white rose on February 23, 2014 at 6:59 am said:

    I found the same article hidden quietly away on the AoA pages .
    AoA is a “cover-up Autism group” ! Anne Dachel , let me ask you , shouldn’t this be the lead article on the AoA website for the next year ? But AoA is hiding it away ?

    “By Anne Dachel

    Read Anne’s commentary and view the links after the jump.

    Feb 20, 2014, Forbes: On Autism, Environmental Toxicants, And Bias

    Feb 19, 2014, Vaccine Industry Watchdog Obtains CDC Documents That Show Statistically Significant Risks of Autism Associated with Vaccine Preservative Thimerosal

    Feb 19, 2014, Houston Chronicle: State-by-state look at how many parents aren’t vaccinating their children”

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