Medical Charity Hoax

[2011 April] Indicted Researcher Poul Thorsen: Autism Speaks' Original Trailblazer  In May 2000, one week before the infamous Simpsonwood meeting, Poul Thorsen suggested  blazing a new trail to the CDC - disguising the role of vaccines in the autism epidemic by using data from Denmark.   He made this suggestion to CDC staffer, NAAR/Autism Speaks scientific adviser and (Bernie) Marcus Institute board member Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp..   The CDC funded the project; NAAR supplemented.
    Poul Thorsen crafted the plan to use Denmark vaccination data despite the fact that CDC, Thorsen and the NAAR board all knew that Denmark's vaccine schedule then, and now, is not remotely similar to the US vaccine schedule. The results of the Denmark studies helped the CDC out of a tough spot and over the past decade, Thorsen's studies were utilized by the CDC repeatedly to falsely reassure the American public about the safety of vaccines. CDC certainly owed Thorsen.
    In 2002, NAAR, who later merged with Autism Speaks, provided $105,300 to supplement the CDC project. NAAR walk money helped Thorsen blaze his trail of using data from Denmark to disguise the potential role of vaccines in the autism epidemic.

"There is no direct disclosure of the interrelationships between NAAR and the Centers for Disease Control or the National Institutes for Health, who work closely with the drug industry, but in NAAR literature one observes references to NIH funding of NAAR projects and a workshop sponsored jointly by NAAR and CDC ( The relationship between NAAR and the drug industry is evidenced in the Winter 1998 issue of NAARRATIVE, which displays front-page coverage of the awarding of a "NAAR/Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Fellowship in Autism and Neuropharmacology."  Laura Reude  
Quote from the 28 page PDF file from NAAR

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Bret Saberhagen designated NAAR as his charity when
he was asked to participate in Merck's Hats Off Charity Campaign.  
Saberhagen, the uncle of a child with autism and a member of NAAR's Honorary
Board, was participating with several other baseball players in a contest to
determine which player would most benefit from the use of the Merck
medication, Propecia.

NAAR received $25,000 from Merck for Bret Saberhagen's participation. The
designated charity of the player who enjoys the most hair growth will receive
an adidtional $25,000.  We're all keeping our fingers crossed!."

From: NAARRATIVE, Number 6, Summer 2000 * Newsletter of the National Alliance
for Autism Research * 1-888-777-NAAR