Verstraeten, Davis, DeStefano et al, Safety of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines  -  A Two-Phased Study Of Computerized Health Maintenance Organisation Databases, published in Pediatrics, vol 112, no. 5, November 2003

''The vaccine branch called an emergency meeting of regulators from WHO, FDA, vaccine industry stakeholders and the American Academy of Pediatrics at the Simpsonwood Conferences and Retreat Center in Norcross, Georgia. They reportedly held the meeting off the CDC campus to shield the deliberations from freedom of information requests. During a frantic two-day debate, that group decided to embargo Verstraeten's study. The CDC then pushed Verstraeten aside and assembled a team of industry and CDC scientists to rework the study using dodgy statistical devices to make the autism signal disappear. After four increasingly deceptive iterations, that team succeeded in eliminating the signal linking thimerosal with autism and a half dozen other neurodevelopmental disorders. The CDC published that version and told the public that thimerosal was safe. When parents asked to see the raw data, the CDC claimed that it had somehow "lost" all the raw data so that no independent group could check this result.'' [2016 Dec] Mercury, Vaccines and the CDC's Worst Nightmare By Rita Shreffler

[2014 Aug] CDC Frauds: Connections Between the DeStefano Paper and the Thorsen Affair By John Stone

The "14" Studies A disaster. The most widely quoted study, and the only study ever done with American data on American children, reached a neutral conclusion, asked the wrong question, and the author left to join a vaccine company before its publication. And, the world's most incriminating and public "secret meeting" calls the entire study into question. If this is the CDC's best work, we're all in trouble. Recently, the former CDC Director called this study "unhelpful and potentially misleading."

[June 20 2008] CDC: Vaccine Study Design "Uninformative and Potentially Misleading" by David Kirby

[June 2008] CDC Has Lost Control of the Autism Argument by David Kirby


[Feb 2004] Study (Verstraeteten et al.) Misses Link Between Thimerosal and Neurodevelopmental Disorders 23--Mark & David Geier

[July 2004] MMR and Acquired Autism (Autistic Enterocolitis) - A Briefing Note by David Thrower