CDC Whistleblower's Claims Cause Uproar In Autism Community

Dawn Papple

The autism community has been rocked with chaos this past week after a CDC whistleblower released highly volatile and controversial information. The information itself remains unconfirmed by reputable media sources, but the public response to the whistleblower's claims are unquestionably explosive.

A top researcher working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with Focus Autism Foundation's Dr. Brian Hooker, alleged that the CDC has been involved with vaccine research data manipulation reigniting the MMR and autism link, according to Yahoo News.

The alleged changes in data reportedly covered-up a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys receiving their MMR vaccine on schedule. The study in question was published in Pediatrics and is entitled, "Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta."

Dr. Hooker says he acquired related documents via a Congressional request from the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Citing the two sources, Hooker accused the CDC of widespread manipulation of scientific data pertaining to MMR vaccine safety.

— 21st Century Wire (@21WIRE) August 23, 2014

— Julia Streeter Berle (@juliasberle) August 22, 2014

"Was there really a 3.36-fold increased risk for autism in African-American males who received MMR vaccination before the age of 36 months in this dataset? Who knows? Hooker analyzed a dataset collected to be analyzed by a case-control method using a cohort design. Then he did multiple subset analyses, which, of course, are prone to false positives. As we also say, if you slice and dice the evidence more and more finely, eventually you will find apparent correlations that might or might not be real. In this case, I doubt Hooker's correlation is real. "

— Crystal Mackey (@crystal_mackey) August 23, 2014

— Diana Gonzales (@CravenBlood) August 23, 2014

The autism community is noticeably divided on the whistleblower's claims. Fiery debates have also erupted over how the autism community leaders are handling the fallout. As a result of the CDC whistleblower's confession and claims, an online petition has been started asking the medical journal Pediatrics to issue a public retraction of the study in question.

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