Studies that the CDC Claims Exonerate Thimerosal… and Why They Don’t

Name Authors' Conflicts of Interest Type of Study Journal Issues Found Errors and Fraud
Madsen et al. 2003 Plesner and Andersen were affiliated with a for profit Danish vaccine manufacturer. Thorsen embezzled over $1 million from CDC. Epidemiology Pediatrics Autism rates went down after the removal of thimerosal in Denmark in 1992. Removed incidence data from 2001. Manipulated inpatient/outpatient data to create an artificial rise in incidence in 1994.
Stehr-Green et al. 2003 Stellfeld is an employee of a Danish for-profit vaccine manufacturer. Simpson was Deputy Director of National Immunization Program of CDC. Epidemiology American Journal of Preventative Medicine Autism rates and uptake of thimerosal-containing vaccines in California were strongly correlated. Wrongfully dismissed autism rates in California as inclusion of milder ASD cases to obviate the rise in cases.
Andrews et al. 2004 Miller has also actively participated in clinical trials for the approval of human papilloma virus and influenza virus vaccines. Funding by World Health Organization. Epidemiology Pediatrics Thimerosal exposure causes tics. Numerous statistical errors by correlating thimerosal exposure with year of birth.
Verstraeten et al. 2003 Verstraeten worked for vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline. Other authors worked for insurance companies including Kaiser Permanente. Epidemiology Pediatrics Thimerosal exposure causes tics and language delay. Effects were diluted through five separate iterations of the study. Numerous exclusion criteria were erroneously applied and data cherry-picking was done to dilute statistically significant effects.
Hviid et al. 2003 Stellfeld is an employee of a Danish for-profit vaccine manufacturer. Epidemiology Journal of the American Medical Association Thimerosal exposed children were twice as likely to have an autism diagnosis. The age of follow-up was as low as 1 year which is too young to receive an autism diagnosis. Records of older children with autism were lost.
Thompson et al. 2007 Authors were affiliated with Harvard Pilgrim and Kaiser Permanente insurance companies. Epidemiology New England Journal of Medicine Thimerosal causes tics in boys. Thimerosal lowers IQ in girls. Overmatching phenomena meant that cases and controls had very little difference in thimerosal exposure.
Price et al. 2010 Authors were affiliated with Harvard Pilgrim and Kaiser Permanente insurance companies. Epidemiology Pediatrics Prenatal thimerosal exposure causes regressive ASD in boys. Overmatching phenomena meant that cases and controls had very little difference in thimerosal exposure. Prenatal thimerosal effect was hidden by cherry-picking data.
Barile et al. 2012 CDC employees were told by direct supervisor Dr. Edwin Trevathan to downplay the tic effect. Trevathan was then director of CDC's National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Epidemiology Journal of Pediatric Psychology Thimerosal causes tics in boys. Overmatching phenomena meant that cases and controls had very little difference in thimerosal exposure.

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