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Can We Trust the CDC’s Vaccine Safety Research?

The Center for Disease Control has made its stance on vaccine safety clear. While many parents and scientists have mounting concerns that vaccines can cause adverse events like neurodevelopmental and autoimmune disorders, the CDC has time and again forcefully argued that these concerns are unfounded, and that there is no evidence of any causal link between vaccines and adverse events.

To prove its point, the CDC conducted its own review of vaccine safety research, and concluded that vaccines posed no risks. A specific focus of the review was the compound Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative present in influenza vaccines, and which was present in a number of regularly-administered childhood vaccines before it was recommended to be removed from all vaccines in 1999 by the CDC. At the time of its removal, the CDC still insisted that Thimerosal could in no way cause neurodevelopmental disorders, as researchers like Mark and David Geier had argued it could. Rather, the CDC stated that at most, Thimerosal could lead to slight irritation at the site of injection.

However, BioMed Research International has recently released new evidence that suggests the six papers the CDC relied on to conclude Thimerosal was safe were significantly flawed in their methodology. Statistical analyses were inaccurate, and five of the six papers were directly commissioned by the CDC, a clear demonstration of bias considering the CDC has made public its mission to increase vaccinations. In the BioMed Research International paper “Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines is Safe,” written by researchers Brian Hooker, Janet Kern, David Geier, Boyd Haley, Lisa Sykes, Paul King and Mark Geier unveil startling evidence that not only did the CDC rely on research based on inaccuracies and poor methodologies, it willingly ignored other existing evidence that showed a connection between Thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders.

In fact, over the course of 75 years 165 scientific articles have been published by independent scientists around the world that provide evidence of Thimerosal’s toxicity, and 16 of these studies have found concrete, causal relationships between Thimerosal exposure and outcomes like autoimmune reactions, autism, allergic reactions, and even death. It’s clear that the CDC was intentionally selective as to which research it referenced.

While Thimerosal has been removed from the majority of vaccines, as mentioned, it’s still present in vaccines for influenza. This means that millions of children in the United States are exposed to Thimerosal each year, even though it’s now clear that the CDC’s verdict is the result of both inadequate research and bias.

If we can’t trust the CDC to make accurate, honest assessments of vaccine risk factors as concerns Thimerosal, how can we trust their views on other questions that have been raised about vaccine safety, such as aluminum adjuvants or high-frequency vaccination schedules? Ultimately, it seems that though the CDC is tasked with protecting public health, they’re unfortunately doing little in the way of fulfilling this duty when it comes to vaccinations.