RETRACTED: “Whistle-blower” Hooker’s study linking MMR Vaccine to autism in African American boys

RETRACTED: “Whistle-blower” Hooker’s study linking MMR Vaccine to autism in African American boys October 5, 2014

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The Editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings.

Original article by Brian Hooker  here. Retraction as follows:

Retraction: Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data

Brian S Hooker

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Retraction

The Editor and Publisher regretfully retract the article [1] as there were undeclared competing interests on the part of the author which compromised the peer review process. Furthermore, post-publication peer review raised concerns about the validity of the methods and statistical analysis, therefore the Editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings. We apologise to all affected parties for the inconvenience caused.

There is still no proven link between vaccines and autism.

There is still no proven link between vaccines and autism.

There is still no proven link between vaccines and autism.

There is still no proven link between vaccines and autism.

There is still no proven link between vaccines and autism.

There is still no proven link between vaccines and autism.

There is still no proven link between vaccines and autism.

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  • Monica E

    Sometimes it is easier to suspect conspiracy and peer pressure than to let go of an idea that you’ve been promoting and defending for a long time. Prayers that the truth may be recognized!

  • Dan F.

    ::pops popcorn::

  • anna lisa

    Okay. I was always willing to play a numbers game: I began to breathe a bit easier with each kid we successfully immunized.
    It was a really scary road after our first child screamed frantically all night, after his 2 month immunizations. This was attributed to the whole cell Pertussis vaccine that they don’t use any longer.
    What I’m having difficulty completely explaining away is the supposed 600% increase in autism. Okay, so that MUST be an exaggerated number.
    But what IS the real number?
    What is causing it? I can see how the spectrum now allows for more cases to be identified, but it doesn’t make sense that we were always having this many autistic kids, and just didn’t notice well enough.
    .
    There was a time in my life when strong unfamiliar perfumes could give me such a strong reaction, I would vomit, lose my power of speech, go numb on one side of my body, and get tunnel vision.
    I was extremely sensitive to drugs and hormonal fluctuations. Luckily the reactions I had became weaker and weaker over time, but I learned to avoid the substances that caused the reaction.
    I noticed that if I was cold and at certain times of the month, it worsened the condition. I figured out that I could slowly increase my body’s tolerance to certain scents over time if I had it around me in very small amounts.
    It sounds weird doesn’t it?
    If I hadn’t had the problem, I wouldn’t be able to relate. I’d think somebody who was paranoid about perfume was a nut job.
    My second son has presented with some of the same symptoms since he was about 12, but now his symptoms are so severe he has had seizures. He is being tested tomorrow for epilepsy. You know what seemed to be the tipping point for him? About six weeks ago he went to a doctor for excessive sweating when he is in high pressure situations (college testing, work etc.) She prescribed a mild antidepressant. He reacted *horribly* to the drug (mental fog, inability to think clearly etc.) He now has had four seizures in one month. His college room mate has had to call an ambulance three times.
    .
    My point is that different people have different sensitivities to different substances. What might be a walk in the park for one person can prove to be nearly toxic to the next.
    .
    I don’t think vaccines cause autism, I would bet on that. But I’m not willing to turn my back on the possibility. We don’t have the luxury of putting the issue to bed. There has been a *marked increase* in autism. We need to be relentless in researching what could possibly be causing it. It might be a combination of several factors.

    • “What I’m having difficulty completely explaining away is the supposed 600% increase in autism. Okay, so that MUST be an exaggerated number. But what IS the real number? ”

      That is the real number, but the main thing that has caused it is a change in definitions and diagnosis. For instance, my own diagnosis, which has now been changed to HFA, was originally Asperger’s- and wasn’t even available when I was growing up in the 1970s and nobody knew what was wrong with me. I was diagnosed at age 30, and am now 43.

    • $1650412

      I’ve been doing this mothering gig a l—o—n—g time, about 30 years. My friend with kids who are now in their twenties, who developed autism and spectrum disorders as infants and toddlers, would disagree with the overstated restated information above. And I also disagree- there is a correlation, it might be a complicated one but there is one. Do vaccines cause autism? Define your terms. Ok, I’ll give you a ‘no’, maybe not anymore than sunshine does, but then again, maybe they do contribute heavily to the increasing problem, and maybe that worry or concern is motivated by something revelatory. When a mother tells me her kid went from normal to not normal in the aftermath of an immunization, I listen to that and I take it seriously. And when the medical community tells me it doesn’t line up with the science, I realize there is an extremely heavily invested interest there in it not lining up with the science. I remain skeptical, and continue to believe that every parent retains the right to or not to immunize his or her children as he or she believes is best. If a policy needs to be developed to accommodate that right for the safety of society as a whole, then develop it. We are Americans, we can do this. The witch hunts need to end, and finding the REAL source, or configuration of contributing factors of the problem needs to happen, yesterday.

      • anna lisa

        I think the only thing *everyone* can agree with, is that immunizations make us all feel uncomfortable in varying degrees. But the only thing worse than immunizations is a world without immunizations…sigh.
        My niece suffered her only seizure hours after being immunized. (She’s 22 now) I don’t think it was a coincidence.
        I agree that we shouldn’t give up on scrutinizing all the moving parts, proceeding cautiously, and making improvements in any way possible.

  • Tiffany

    wowpsie, I came here for the prostitutes!

  • anna lisa

    “but the main thing that has caused it is a change in definitions and diagnosis. ”

    Ted, are you saying that the increased awareness of subtle neurological differences accounts for most of that 600%?

    • Callie Langworthy

      In one of my genetic counseling graduate school lectures, one of my professors firmly stated that the increase of diagnoses of “autism” directly corresponds to a decrease in the diagnoses of “mental retardation.” In the past, people with severe autism would have been labelled as MR and often institutionalized. That, together with a heightened awareness of the more subtle forms as discussed above, always seemed like a satisfactory explanation to me.

  • ssuzanne

    Wow, I wonder how this is going over in the crunchiest, google educated world of mothers who know everything horrific about vaccinations and nothing, no, not one little, tiny thing good.
    BTW, you do know that vitamin d and vitamin C cure polio, don’t you?
    You know, like the so called “healthy home economist” who advises millions of people to not vax and lie to their docs about it.
    But she has a master’s degree… in government administration… so that means she knows all about it, by God.

  • Jono

    We are seeing the wagons circling. Ain’t no grant money out there for whistle blowers.

  • I think you need to do far more independent research before you write articles like this.

    Retraction

    The Editor and Publisher regretfully retract the article [1] as there were undeclared competing interests on the part of the author which compromised the peer review process. Furthermore, post-publication peer review raised concerns about the validity of the methods and statistical analysis, therefore the Editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings. We apologise to all affected parties for the inconvenience caused.

    This retraction makes no sense. As well no information appears to be available as to what they claim those claimed undeclared competing interests are?

    It all seems to be a bit intentionally vague; and certainly the study in itself is not being in any way shown to be in error. If you know of any related official source at all that has found such and if any error; go ahead and post that.

    This informational data below, is the correct information; and fits really well as a response to this your blog page above; editor.

    AUTISM WARS
    YOUR IGNORANCE DOESN’T MAKE IT LESS TRUE.
    http://janeknowitall1.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/your-ignorance-doesnt-make-it-less-true-cdcwhistleblower/

    Dr Brian Hooker Presentation Exposes CDC Lies
    http://youtu.be/AkO2byqmW5c

    • notation

      More babble from the usual source.

    • notation

      “I think…” No, that’s not what you do at all. You have brain-farts.

  • Erin

    Hooker isn’t the whistleblower. Dr. William Thompson is. This study was published by Hooker, not Thompson. You need to do some more reading. You sound angry and ignorant. It’s fine and probably makes it easier for you to not give a darn what you expose your kids to (I guess it’s a testament to what an “experienced” mom you are; those helicopter parents are such morons! If only they knew as much as YOU do) doesn’t mean other parents haven’t seen things like pesticides, GMOs, and vaccinations hurt their kids. The government has acknowledged that vaccines cause autism when it awarded Hannah Poling’s family compensation for her vaccine-induced autism. Stop being such a jerk about it.

    You constantly talk about never judging people, but you’re so angry toward parents who are thoughtful about what they feed and inject into their kids. A lot of these parents are doing everything they can to heal their kids of debilitating illness. Try to understand them a little better; it might make you a better person to exercise a muscle you’d rather ignore.

    • sillyinterloper

      Maybe you should do some more reading. The Vaccine Court ruled in the Poling and Mojabi cases that vaccines had caused encephalopathy and resulting brain damage. Not autism. Because there is no scientific link between autism and vaccines. Still.