From: john on
Joan Cranmer's Fateful Decisions and the Suppression of Autism Science

By Mark Blaxill

March 02, 2010
http://www.ageofautism.com

On February 12, 2010 the journalNeurotoxicology made a quiet change on its
web-site to an "in-press" article that had previously been available as an
"epub ahead of print." There was no press release or public announcement,
simply an entry change. The entry for the article, "Delayed acquisition of
neonatal reflexes in newborn primates receiving a thimerosal-containing
Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of gestational age and birth weight", was
first modified to read "Withdrawn" and has since been removed altogether
from the Neurotoxicology web-site. The only remaining official trace of the
paper is now the following listing on the National Library of Medicine's
"PubMed" site.

Neurotoxicology. 2009 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print]

WITHDRAWN: Delayed acquisition of neonatal reflexes in newborn primates
receiving a thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of
gestational age and birth weight.

Hewitson L, Houser LA, Stott C, Sackett G, Tomko JL, Atwood D, Blue L,
White ER, Wakefield AJ.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pittsburgh School
of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States; Thoughtful House Center
for Children, Austin, TX 78746, United States.

This article has been withdrawn at the request of the editor. The
Publisher apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

How can a scientific study simply vanish? This paper had cleared every
hurdle for entry into the public scientific record: it had passed peer
review at a prestigious journal, received the editor's approval for
publication, been disseminated in electronic publication format (a common
practice to ensure timely dissemination of new scientific information), and
received the designation "in press" as it stood in line awaiting future
publication in a print version of the journal. Now, and inexplicably, it has
been erased from the official record. For practical scientific purposes it
no longer exists.

The answer, of course, is that this is no ordinary scientific study. Age of
Autism reported previously on its importance HERE, where we noted that "one
likely tactic of critics of the study will include attempts to nullify the
evidence based on the alleged bias of those involved." The obvious risk, of
course, was that a co-investigator on the paper, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, might
make the study a target, especially in light of the hearings then underway
at the U.K.'s General Medical Council (GMC). In the wake of last month's
GMC findings of misconduct, we also reported on the calls by Generation
Rescue to recognize the even greater importance of Dr. Wakefield's work on
this primate project, an analysis of the health outcomes of vaccinated and
unvaccinated macaque monkeys ((see HERE and HERE)). Sadly, true to our
prediction, and despite the quality of the work and the importance of the
findings, it appears that the "attempts to nullify the evidence" have been
successful.

Over the least several weeks, Age of Autism has tried repeatedly to contact
the journal and spoke briefly with Joan Cranmer, the editor-in-chief of
Neurotoxicology. She declined comment on the issue. We have obtained
evidence, however, that Cranmer has participated in two separate
communications on her decisions regarding the primate paper. The first of
these came last November, in the form of a response to a threatening letter
she had received, at which time Cranmer gave a strong defense of
Neurotoxicology's review procedures.

"As Editor of Neurotoxicology this is to inform you that the referenced
manuscript has been subjected to rigorous independent peer review according
to our journal standards. If you have issues with the science in the paper
please submit them to me as a Letter to the Editor which will undergo peer
review and will be subject to publication if deemed acceptable."

That response, of course, came before the subsequent media storm over the
GMC findings and the decision by another journal, The Lancetto retract a
paper co-authored by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the last listed author (a slot
typically reserved for a project's senior scientist) on the primate paper.

Shortly before the primate paper vanished in February, a second
communication involving Cranmer took place, when she received a query from
Lyn Redwood of SafeMinds who had learned from the study authors that there
might be a problem with publication. As a co-funder of the project, Redwood
wrote to Cranmer asking whyNeurotoxicology would consider not publishing the
primate paper. This time, Cranmer declined comment and instead referred
Redwood to an Elsevier executive named Elizabeth Perill (Elsevier is a
division of Reed Elsevier PLC, a large scientific publishing corporation and
owner ofNeurotoxicology). Perill wrote the following note to Ms. Redwood on
February 4th.

Dear Dr. Redwood [sic],
Aside from any authorship concerns, on reflection the paper is not
suitable for publication in this journal. The decision was based on the fact
that the paper should not have been accepted in Neurotoxicology and the
paper is not suitable for the audience of Neurotoxicology.
Kind regards,
Liz
Elizabeth Perill
Publisher, Toxicology,
Elsevier
360 Park Av. South, New York, NY 10010

It's hard to find much evidence to substantiate Perill's claim. Quite the
contrary, available evidence shows that the primate paper lies squarely
within Neurotoxicology's suitable topic range: a recent search of the
journal's publication history identified 17 papers onthimerosal, 280 papers
on mercury, 12 papers on vaccines, 738 papers on animal models, 64 papers on
primates, 28 papers onautism and 63 papers on neurodevelopment. Furthermore,
this oddly inconsistent sequence of decisions by the editor-in-chief of a
leading scientific journal--to publish a scientific study on vaccine safety,
to defend that decision to a critic and then to refer questions to her
publisher once the journal reversed its previous decision--raises an
important question. Did Cranmer make her publication decisions based on the
scientific merits of the work involved or did Elsevier contravene Cranmer's
editorial authority with a corporate decision to suppress unpopular
research? Any way one looks at it, the need for an Elsevier executive to
speak for Joan Cranmer on this subject raises important questions about her
own editorial independence. And in a world where autism science, especially
the science surrounding controversial questions of vaccine safety, is
increasingly influenced by the pervasive power of the medical industry,
Cranmer's decisions deserve more explanation than she has been willing to
provide.

The unique importance of the primate project
In the ongoing controversy over the potential role of vaccines and their
components in autism causation, the publication of theNeurotoxicology
article in October provided a crucial pivot point. Despite the oft-repeated
talking points from public health officials and medical industry
representatives that any and all concerns have been "asked and answered",
the scientific support for these assurances is weak. Such claims rely
exclusively on a controversial set of epidemiology studies of varying
quality, ignore epidemiology that provides contradictory evidence and
neglect the fact that none of the exculpatory evidence considers the
interactions between different elements of the expanding childhood vaccine
program. Instead, the studies (reviewed in depth HERE) cover only one
vaccine product (the MMR vaccine) and one vaccine component (thimerosal) in
isolation.

For many years, autism parents have called for higher quality research into
vaccine safety. Inspired in part by Age of Autism Editor Dan Olmsted's
pioneering work on the low frequency of autism in less-vaccinated
populations such as the Amish, parent groups have long called for human
studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated populations. These calls have
received support from many quarters. Representative Carolyn Maloney (Dem.
NY) has introduced a bill in front of Congress asking for a
vaccinated/unvaccinated study. In June of last year, the National Vaccine
Advisory Group (NVAC) issued a similar call, asking the CDC to consider the
"strengths and weaknesses, ethical issues and feasibility including
timelines and cost of various study designs to examine outcomes in
unvaccinated, vaccine delayed and vaccinated children." So far, however,
little progress has been made.

One important alternative to epidemiology studies that investigate vaccine
safety in human populations is to conduct more invasive research using
animal models. Animal models offer many advantages over human epidemiology
studies; the vaccine exposures and outcomes can be tightly controlled and
measured, while precise biological outcomes can be measured in far greater
detail in tissue since the animals can be sacrificed. We've reported
extensively on recent animal studies that address vaccine safety concerns,
much of it focused on rodents (mice, hamsters and rats) and thimerosal
(seeHERE and HERE). A number of years ago, however, private funding emerged
for the gold standard animal experiment on vaccine safety, this one using
primates. This multi-year project has been conducted by some of the nation's
leading primate researchers and led by scientists affiliated with Thoughtful
House of Austin, Texas.

From the beginning of the primate project, Andrew Wakefield has been a
senior scientist. With philanthropic support from autism families, he
started Thoughtful House in 2005. Even before that, work on the primate
project had already begun. The first results from the team's research were
reported at an autism conference in London in May 2008 (see HERE). Then, in
October 2009, the first peer-reviewed output of the effort, the
Neurotoxicology paper, was published (seeHERE). In that initial paper
(clearly the first of many), Wakefield and his colleagues reported
convincing evidence that the birth dose of thimerosal-containing hepatitis B
vaccine caused developmental delay involving brainstem damage in infant
primates. Despite the obvious importance of these animal experiments, Age of
Autism has been virtually the sole news outlet covering this story.

When Joan Cranmer accepted the primate paper in Neurotoxicology, her
decision could not have been an easy one. The study subject and one of the
study authors, Andrew Wakefield, were known to be highly controversial. All
of the information about the GMC proceedings and the accusations against
Wakefield were well known to the editors and peer reviewers. Despite that
knowledge and the risks involved, Cranmer and her editorial team judged the
science to be sound and decided to go ahead. We complimented them at the
time, noting that "the journal editors at Neurotoxicology have taken a
courageous stand in publishing what is sure to be unwelcome evidence in some
circles." It appears, however, that Cranmer's superiors within Elsevier did
not share those views.

Did Reed Elsevier interfere in the editorial decisions of Neurotoxicology?

In wake of last month's GMC findings, a rapid-fire series of events
followed. The editor-in-chief of The Lancet, Richard Horton, issued a
retraction of Wakefield's case series report published by the journal in
1998. Although regrettable the retraction was not especially surprising,
since Horton's well-documented betrayal of Wakefield has placed him at the
center of what we have called the Wakefield Inquisition (see HERE). Although
Horton has consistently defended hisscientific judgments in public,
including the decision to publish the 1998 case series, Horton claimed to be
surprised to learn that Wakefield was assisting autism parents in the U.K.'s
equivalent of vaccine court. He then used the occasion to set the
Inquisition in motion, admitting in his 2004 book, MMR: Science and Fiction,
to meeting with an unnamed medical regulator and counseling him on how to
build their case against Wakefield (see HERE). Unlike Cranmer, Horton has
made himself one of the primary agents in the suppression of inconvenient
science. In scientific terms, however, The Lancetcase series carries far
less significance than the primate paper. Contrary to the bulk of media
coverage on this issue, the 1998 "early report" provided neither evidence
nor claims of causation. By contrast, the Thoughtful House primate project
was carefully designed to test causation hypotheses.

So if Horton's decision to retract the 1998 paper was
unsurprising,Neurotoxicology's decision not to proceed with publication of
the primate paper was a different story; it shocked many of those close to
the project. Despite protests from study participants, on February 2nd, the
same day Horton announced The Lancet's decision,Neurotoxicology informed the
primate study authors of their decision not to proceed with publication in
the print edition and soon removed the epub from its web-site. In a further
ripple effect, within days of the Neurotoxicology decision, Thoughtful House
announced Wakefield's resignation. In the middle of the media frenzy sparked
byThe Lancet's actions, the decision at Neurotoxicology went largely
unnoticed.

At first glance, the two journals--The Lancet and Neurotoxicology--couldn't
be more different: The Lancet, a general purpose medical journal founded in
1823 and named after a device used to bleed patients under the now obsolete
theory of the humors, is headquartered in London; Neurotoxicology, founded
in 1979 and headquartered in Arkansas, is a specialized journal focused on
"dealing with the effects of toxic substances on the nervous system of
humans and experimental animals of all ages." There is, however, a critical
connection between the two. Both journals are published by Elsevier, a
division of publishing giant Reed Elsevier, a multi-billion dollar
corporation. Elsevier publishes close to 2400 scientific journals and also
distributes millions of scientific articles through its online site
ScienceDirect. According to Reed Elsevier's 2008 Annual Report,
"ScienceDirect from Elsevier contains over 25% of the world's science,
technological and medical information."

As a leading publisher of scientific and medical journals, Reed Elsevier
possesses enormous power over what studies actually make it into the
scientific record. Moreover, in its quest for profits, the company has
displayed an inclination to provide privileged access to that record to its
commercial partners. In 2009, Elsevier acknowledged publishing nine
journals, with titles such as "Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint
Medicine" that were entirely sponsored by mostly undisclosed pharmaceutical
advertisers (one was solely sponsored by Merck and published articles
favorable to products like Vioxx and Fosamax). Although Reed Elsevier doesn't
manufacture drugs or vaccines, as a for-profit publisher it clearly has an
interest in generating revenue from commercial partners in the medical
industry.

Suspicions over the editorial independence of Reed Elsevier on the question
of vaccine safety draw support from evidence of board level conflicts of
interest involving Reed Elsevier's CEO, Sir Crispin Davis. Davis, who
retired in 2009 as CEO of Reed Elsevier, has served since July 2003 on the
board of directors of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) a major vaccine manufacturer
(also recently appointed to the board of GSK is James Murdoch, publisher of
News Corp., which owns The Times of London, the newspaper which launched the
media attack on Wakefield). In 2008, vaccines accounted for 12.5% of GSK's
worldwide revenues. And although Reed Elsevier has no known vaccine
liability risk, GSK has been directly exposed to two of the most prominent
autism/vaccine controversies. GSK manufactured Pluserix, a version of the
MMR vaccine introduced in the UK in 1989 and withdrawn in 1992 due to safety
concerns. GSK also produced a thimerosal containing vaccine similar to the
one examined in the primate paper (which was a Merck product) named Engerix
B, for hepatitis B. GSK lists its financial exposure to thimerosal
litigation in the U.S. under the "legal proceedings" section in its 2008
Annual Report.

Tensions between publishers, who attend to a publication's profitability,
and editors, who attend to independent content, are well known. In their
normal operations, there is little reason to believe that Reed Elsevier
executives might involve themselves in the scientific review process.
However, when scientific publications that can threaten the profitability
(and commercial sponsorship) of valued partners of Reed Elsevier such as
Glaxosmithkline and Merck are suppressed, Reed Elsevier's actions should
raise concerns among the scientists who lend their names and reputations to
the journals the company distributes.

What should Joan Cranmer do?
In October 2008, Neurotoxicology hosted its annual conference in Rochester,
New York. One of the featured speakers at the meeting was an elderly
pediatrician named Herbert Needleman. Now in his eighties, Needleman is
revered in neurotoxicology circles as the man responsible for identifying
the developmental risk of lead exposure in children. His pioneering work led
to the removal of lead additives from paint and gasoline. I had the
opportunity to attend the conference and even to meet Needleman briefly. As
I watched him speak I observed with interest the high regard with which the
other attendees held him. It was clear that Needleman has attained iconic
status in the field of neurotoxicology.

One of the reasons that Needleman is revered in the neurotoxicology
community is because he had to surmount formidable obstacles and fight
powerful opponents in order to protect children from dangerous exposures to
heavy metals. Like Wakefield, Needleman once served as an expert witness in
a legal proceeding, in this case on behalf of a child from Utah who had been
injured by lead pollution. Also like Wakefield, Needleman found himself
facing off against powerful industry forces, in this case the oil and gas
industry and their suppliers of lead, companies such as Ethyl Corp and E.I.
DuPont de Nemours. Most notably, in order to defend their profits, the lead
industry mounted an aggressive effort to discredit Needleman. In 1991, he
was called before the Office of Scientific Integrity at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) on charges of scientific misconduct.

NIH referred the hearings to his university, a fortunate turn of events for
Needleman, who was able to blunt a skillfully orchestrated private attack by
opening up the proceedings to the public and to his university colleagues
(interestingly, he noted that in a crisis "you learn who your friends are.
My friends were not people in the medical school but the faculty in the
university at large"). Even more fortunately for the health of children,
Needleman successfully defended his work and reputation and prevailed in the
trial. As a consequence, we now all fuel our cars with unleaded gasoline and
decorate our houses with lead free paint. Yet despite Needleman's victory,
the ruthless industry attacks he endured clearly disturbed and offended him,
and he subsequently wrote an account of his experiences for the journal
Pediatrics in a paper he called, "Salem Comes to the National Institutes of
Health: Notes From Inside the Crucible of Scientific Integrity." The title
speaks to the intensity of emotion that Needleman brought to the conflict
and the jeopardy in which he felt himself.

We like to assume that in conflicts like this the good guy always wins. But
what if that isn't always the case? What if the product involved hadn't been
leaded gasoline and the companies Needleman was up against were more
influential than the oil and gas industry? What if the hearings had been
closely controlled by commercial interests and the committee that
investigated Needleman had gone against the evidence and found him guilty of
misconduct? What if the scientific record he created had been erased and his
work on lead "withdrawn" from scientific journals? The progress in
eliminating dangerous toxins from our environment is something we now take
for granted, but Needleman certainly didn't see the situation that way.
Looking back, however, the difficulties Needleman faced seem almost quaint
by comparison to the blitzkrieg-style character attacks of our modern media;
the story of his conquest over the evils of corporate America appearing
nostalgically Capra-esque when compared to the slick public relations
techniques of the global corporation. Indeed, since Needleman's experiences
twenty years ago, the threat of corporate power has become far more menacing
and the opportunity for miscarriages of justice many times greater.

Seen from this perspective, what if the next-generation incarnation of
Herbert Needleman is Andrew Wakefield, but in today's version of the story,
the balance of power has shifted in critical ways? In Wakefield's case the
product is neither gasoline nor paint, but vaccines, one of the most
privileged product categories ever invented, products that are produced and
promoted by the medical industry with missionary zeal. In contrast to the
limited scientific influence of the oil and gas industry, the medical
industry Wakefield faces is far more powerful, pursues its interests with
greater skill, controls the flow of scientific information and effectively
dictates media coverage. It appears now that the medical industry is so
powerful that it can rewrite scientific history when it wants and even erase
important scientific publications in a reputable journal.

This is a pessimistic view of course, for scientists can and do stand up
against corporate influence and frequently do the right thing for children.
But taking a stand can be more difficult in some situations than others.
When it is difficult to stand for scientific principle, the toughest moral
choices often fall to individuals who find themselves caught in the middle.
In the area of vaccine safety, these moral choices have flowed most clearly
to two journal editors. One, Richard Horton made his choice in favor of
industry and has successfully turned much of the world against Andrew
Wakefield. Another, Joan Cranmer, now faces a different choice. Last
October, she made an honorable, science-based decision and then found her
editorial judgment superseded last month by Elsevier. This reversal
represents a clear violation of scientific values, the values of the
neurotoxicology community and the interests of children. But Joan Cranmer is
not a passive participant in this controversy. She has a moral choice to
make herself.

So what should Joan Cranmer do?
I submit the answer is obvious. Cranmer should oppose the corporate
interventions of Elsevier. She should defend the primate project, the health
of children and her previous decision to publish the primate paper. More
than any other human being on the planet, she can make a statement showing
that medical science need not cower before the power of the medical
industry. The best way to do that is for her to resign as editor of
Neurotoxicology in protest over Elsevier's interference.

What better way to honor the legacy of Herbert Needleman?

Mark Blaxill is Editor-at-Large of Age of Autism and a Director of
SafeMinds. He is a co-author of a paper published in Neurotoxicologyand a
past presenter at Neurotoxicology conferences. SafeMinds is a co-funder of
the primate project and has been a sponsor of pastNeurotoxicology
conferences


From: dr_jeff on
john wrote:
> Joan Cranmer's Fateful Decisions and the Suppression of Autism Science
>
> By Mark Blaxill
>
> March 02, 2010
> http://www.ageofautism.com
>
> On February 12, 2010 the journalNeurotoxicology made a quiet change
on its
> web-site to an "in-press" article that had previously been available
as an
> "epub ahead of print." There was no press release or public
announcement,
> simply an entry change. The entry for the article, "Delayed
acquisition of
> neonatal reflexes in newborn primates receiving a thimerosal-containing
> Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of gestational age and birth weight", was
> first modified to read "Withdrawn" and has since been removed altogether
> from the Neurotoxicology web-site. The only remaining official trace
of the
> paper is now the following listing on the National Library of Medicine's
> "PubMed" site.
>
> Neurotoxicology. 2009 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print]
>
> WITHDRAWN: Delayed acquisition of neonatal reflexes in newborn
primates
> receiving a thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of
> gestational age and birth weight.
>
> Hewitson L, Houser LA, Stott C, Sackett G, Tomko JL, Atwood D, Blue L,
> White ER, Wakefield AJ.
>
> Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pittsburgh
School
> of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States; Thoughtful House
Center
> for Children, Austin, TX 78746, United States.
>
> This article has been withdrawn at the request of the editor. The
> Publisher apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
>
> How can a scientific study simply vanish?

Crappy science is crappy science.

Just like Wakefield's crappy science.

Jeff

<...>
From: mainframetech on
On Mar 2, 5:01 pm, dr_jeff <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote:
> john wrote:
>
>  > Joan Cranmer's Fateful Decisions and the Suppression of Autism Science
>  >
>  > By Mark Blaxill
>  >
>  > March 02, 2010
>  >http://www.ageofautism.com
>  >
>  > On February 12, 2010 the journalNeurotoxicology made a quiet change
> on its
>  > web-site to an "in-press" article that had previously been available
> as an
>  > "epub ahead of print."  There was no press release or public
> announcement,
>  > simply an entry change. The entry for the article, "Delayed
> acquisition of
>  > neonatal reflexes in newborn primates receiving a thimerosal-containing
>  > Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of gestational age and birth weight", was
>  > first modified to read "Withdrawn" and has since been removed altogether
>  > from the Neurotoxicology web-site. The only remaining official trace
> of the
>  > paper is now the following listing on the National Library of Medicine's
>  > "PubMed" site.
>  >
>  >   Neurotoxicology. 2009 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print]
>  >
>  >   WITHDRAWN: Delayed acquisition of neonatal reflexes in newborn
> primates
>  > receiving a thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of
>  > gestational age and birth weight.
>  >
>  >   Hewitson L, Houser LA, Stott C, Sackett G, Tomko JL, Atwood D, Blue L,
>  > White ER, Wakefield AJ.
>  >
>  >   Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pittsburgh
> School
>  > of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States; Thoughtful House
> Center
>  > for Children, Austin, TX 78746, United States.
>  >
>  >   This article has been withdrawn at the request of the editor. The
>  > Publisher apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
>  >
>  > How can a scientific study simply vanish?
>
> Crappy science is crappy science.
>
> Just like Wakefield's crappy science.
>
> Jeff
>
> <...>

The science of the original article can be judged by anyone that
wants to look at it. The article in its original form is located at:

http://fourteenstudies.org/pdf/primates_hep_b.pdf

The discussion and conclusions at the end point out the need to
look further into the problem of vaccines containing Thimerosal. My
own addition is that they ought to look also at all of the adjuvants
that are used in these vaccines.

The key problem is that the drug industry found that vaccinations
are very profitable and so they will work hard to find reasons to
increase the number of vaccinations our babies must endure that
contain methyl mercury, aluminum and other dangerous chemicals. The
increase in vaccinations will multiply the effect of any dangerous
contents in them.

Chris
From: Mark Probert on
On Mar 3, 8:33 am, mainframetech <mainframet...(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Mar 2, 5:01 pm, dr_jeff <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > john wrote:
>
> >  > Joan Cranmer's Fateful Decisions and the Suppression of Autism Science
> >  >
> >  > By Mark Blaxill
> >  >
> >  > March 02, 2010
> >  >http://www.ageofautism.com
> >  >
> >  > On February 12, 2010 the journalNeurotoxicology made a quiet change
> > on its
> >  > web-site to an "in-press" article that had previously been available
> > as an
> >  > "epub ahead of print."  There was no press release or public
> > announcement,
> >  > simply an entry change. The entry for the article, "Delayed
> > acquisition of
> >  > neonatal reflexes in newborn primates receiving a thimerosal-containing
> >  > Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of gestational age and birth weight", was
> >  > first modified to read "Withdrawn" and has since been removed altogether
> >  > from the Neurotoxicology web-site. The only remaining official trace
> > of the
> >  > paper is now the following listing on the National Library of Medicine's
> >  > "PubMed" site.
> >  >
> >  >   Neurotoxicology. 2009 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print]
> >  >
> >  >   WITHDRAWN: Delayed acquisition of neonatal reflexes in newborn
> > primates
> >  > receiving a thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of
> >  > gestational age and birth weight.
> >  >
> >  >   Hewitson L, Houser LA, Stott C, Sackett G, Tomko JL, Atwood D, Blue L,
> >  > White ER, Wakefield AJ.
> >  >
> >  >   Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pittsburgh
> > School
> >  > of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States; Thoughtful House
> > Center
> >  > for Children, Austin, TX 78746, United States.
> >  >
> >  >   This article has been withdrawn at the request of the editor. The
> >  > Publisher apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
> >  >
> >  > How can a scientific study simply vanish?
>
> > Crappy science is crappy science.
>
> > Just like Wakefield's crappy science.
>
> > Jeff
>
> > <...>
>
>    The science of the original article can be judged by anyone that
> wants to look at it.  The article in its original form is located at:
>
> http://fourteenstudies.org/pdf/primates_hep_b.pdf

Holy smoke! Pure bullshit. For clarification:

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2009/04/generation_rescue_and_fourteen_studies.php

>    The discussion and conclusions at the end point out the need to
> look further into the problem of vaccines containing Thimerosal.  

With a child being able to have all childhood vaccines without
Thimerosal, why waste money on that?

My
> own addition is that they ought to look also at all of the adjuvants
> that are used in these vaccines.

Why? There is no evidence suggesting that the adjuvants are causing
any problems.

>
>     The key problem is that the drug industry found that vaccinations
> are very profitable and so they will work hard to find reasons to
> increase the number of vaccinations our babies must endure

I see, so you are implicitly blaming the "drug industry" for creating
more diseases?

that
> contain methyl mercury,

OOPS! Now that is a either a typo, or a demonstration that you do not
have a clue as to what you are bleating and braying about.

> aluminum and other dangerous chemicals.  The
> increase in vaccinations will multiply the effect of any dangerous
> contents in them.

Do you have any proof, other than your personal idle speculation, of
that premise?

>
> Chris- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text

From: dr_jeff on
mainframetech wrote:
> On Mar 2, 5:01 pm, dr_jeff <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote:
>> john wrote:
>>
>> > Joan Cranmer's Fateful Decisions and the Suppression of Autism Science
>> >
>> > By Mark Blaxill
>> >
>> > March 02, 2010
>> >http://www.ageofautism.com
>> >
>> > On February 12, 2010 the journalNeurotoxicology made a quiet change
>> on its
>> > web-site to an "in-press" article that had previously been available
>> as an
>> > "epub ahead of print." There was no press release or public
>> announcement,
>> > simply an entry change. The entry for the article, "Delayed
>> acquisition of
>> > neonatal reflexes in newborn primates receiving a thimerosal-containing
>> > Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of gestational age and birth weight", was
>> > first modified to read "Withdrawn" and has since been removed altogether
>> > from the Neurotoxicology web-site. The only remaining official trace
>> of the
>> > paper is now the following listing on the National Library of Medicine's
>> > "PubMed" site.
>> >
>> > Neurotoxicology. 2009 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print]
>> >
>> > WITHDRAWN: Delayed acquisition of neonatal reflexes in newborn
>> primates
>> > receiving a thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of
>> > gestational age and birth weight.
>> >
>> > Hewitson L, Houser LA, Stott C, Sackett G, Tomko JL, Atwood D, Blue L,
>> > White ER, Wakefield AJ.
>> >
>> > Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pittsburgh
>> School
>> > of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States; Thoughtful House
>> Center
>> > for Children, Austin, TX 78746, United States.
>> >
>> > This article has been withdrawn at the request of the editor. The
>> > Publisher apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
>> >
>> > How can a scientific study simply vanish?
>>
>> Crappy science is crappy science.
>>
>> Just like Wakefield's crappy science.
>>
>> Jeff
>>
>> <...>
>
> The science of the original article can be judged by anyone that
> wants to look at it. The article in its original form is located at:
>
> http://fourteenstudies.org/pdf/primates_hep_b.pdf
>
> The discussion and conclusions at the end point out the need to
> look further into the problem of vaccines containing Thimerosal. My
> own addition is that they ought to look also at all of the adjuvants
> that are used in these vaccines.
>
> The key problem is that the drug industry found that vaccinations
> are very profitable and so they will work hard to find reasons to
> increase the number of vaccinations our babies must endure that
> contain methyl mercury, aluminum and other dangerous chemicals.

No, they work to ensure that they sell a product. They don't have any
vaccines with methylmercury. The other chemicals which you call
"dangerous" make the vaccines work better at minimal risk.

> The
> increase in vaccinations will multiply the effect of any dangerous
> contents in them.

The risk is still very close to zero. And, the benefits increase too.

Jeff

> Chris