Commentary: CDC Off Center; A Call for CDC's Dr. Gerberding's resignation
by Mark R. Geier, MD
US Autism & Asperger Association Newsletter
A report just out from the US Senate Subcommittee on Financial Management under the direction of Senator Tom Coburn, a physician himself, states “A review of how an agency tasked with fighting and preventing disease has spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars for failed prevention efforts, international junkets, and lavish facilities, but cannot demonstrate it is controlling disease.”
I think it is now time we demand the resignation of Dr. Gerberding and other high officials at CDC.
CDC has spent large amounts of money in the worthy cause of AIDS prevention. The Senate report states that to CDC “HIV/AIDS prevention equals international trips, fraud, & widespread deficiencies.” The report sites a CDC 2004 Thailand conference that featured Brazilian dresses made of condoms, a drag show, art shows and fashion parades. A 2006 Toronto CDC conference featured an exhibit with 3 prostitutes lying on a satin covered bed, while one prostitute was described as standing amid pillows and sex toys in the conference lounge. The conference featured a workshop on finding a woman's erotic zone, one on how to apply condoms through sex stunts and a display of explicit artwork. The report points out that the CDC money spent on these conferences could have been better used to treat 150,000 newborns with medicine to prevent them from getting HIV.
CDC in 2004 announced that obesity was the nations number two killer only behind cigarettes in that obesity causes 400,000 deaths a year…. their own data indicated the true average is a little over 1200 per year.
The CDC spent 2.6 billion in HIV/AIDS prevention grants that had no objectives, are “abysmal” and have significant problems but are funded anyway. The CDC did no background checks and noted that 10 of 13 grants had significant deficiencies but renewed them anyway. Additionally, Inspector General audits have consistently found that CDC doctored the accomplishments of the grants. CDC claimed lack of resources to better monitor the grants despite spending $74 million dollars supposedly to oversee them. Additional CDC sponsored events in this area included a conference on how to have relations with male prostitutes, a conference on how to flirt, date and score, and zoo trips for HIV positive people. In 2001, CDC funded a drag contest, in 2002 CDC sponsored an event in Memphis featuring a male porno-star appearing in a towel and cowboy boots, and in 2005 in Utah the CDC sponsored a drug legalization conference. In Barcelona in 2002 the CDC spent a million dollars in travel expense alone to go to an International AIDS conference at which HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson was shouted down by protesters who resented the US treatment of people with AIDS. Despite spending billions over decades on HIV/AIDS programs the findings by Office of Budget Management audits rated the programs as non-performing, which the report calls unconscionable.
The CDC spent 2.6 billion in HIV/AIDS prevention grants that had no objectives, are “abysmal” and have significant problems but are funded anyway.
CDC has spent $269 million on syphilis since 1998 only to see a large rise in the rate of the disease to 58,116 new cases. According to CDC, syphilis elimination efforts meet with distrust in the African American community because of the federal governments involvement in the ethically unjustified Tuskegee human experiments in which unknown to them curative penicillin was withheld from African Americans so they could serve as a control group to determine the effects of untreated syphilis. A comment of a CDC employee was that such an incident could happen again if blacks do not take their share of responsibility for the Tuskegee experiments. Other areas that CDC has commanded CDC attention and funding include land development, bike paths, and gun control.
CDC has spent $269 million on syphilis since 1998 only to see a large rise in the rate of the disease to 58,116 new cases.
The Senate report has a section on “CDC's statistical problems and fraud.” The CDC in 2004 announced that obesity was the nations number two killer only behind cigarettes in that obesity causes 400,000 deaths a year. But in 2005, a JAMA study found only 25,814 obesity deaths a year putting obesity in seventh place of preventable deaths behind car crashes and gun shot wounds. To me this sounds very familiar as CDC maintains that influenza kills an average of 36,000 Americans a year when their own data indicated the true average is a little over 1200 per year. Another very questionable area of activities is the use of CDC tax dollars terrorism funds to insure that when Hollywood makes up a character in a fictitious TV show who talks about a health topic, he or she talks about it accurately and in doing so CDC has influenced such shows as “ER”, “House”, “Grey's Anatomy”, “Young and Restless” and “General Hospital”. CDC also does video game consulting. The report also tells of three top CD officers who recently took home over $250,000 in bonuses. Since the appointment of Dr. Gerberding, bonuses have drastically increased from $30,000 in 2000, under the previous director, to 60 premium bonuses totaling $515,075 in 2005. A former CDC employee, Jack Johnson, after retiring as CFO of CDC was hired by two private companies whom he helped get 79 contacts from CDC, 67 of which did not even have competitive bidding when before hiring Mr. Johnson the companies had only one CDC contract. The CDC leases private jets to the tune of $3.8 million a year. The CDC funds advocacy groups which help the CDC, including lobbying to trying to increase CDC funding. For example, The Campaign for Public Heath seeks to increase the CDC budget to $15 billion annually from its current level of $10 billion by 2012. The Campaign's website fails to mention that 21 of the 40 groups on its advisory council supporting the effort to increase CDC funding actually get over $300 million in CDC funding themselves. I could go on and on quoting from this incredible report of over 100 pages but I would rather recommend that everyone read it in detail for themselves to enjoy the color pictures of the strippers and the cartoons about Dr. Gerberding. See link below for full text of the report.
CDC maintains that influenza kills an average of 36,000 Americans a year when their own data indicated the true average is a little over 1200 per year.
In summary, we now have a US House report saying the autism epidemic was caused by Thimerosal in the vaccines and that the federal agencies involved are guilty of “institutional malfeasance” in covering it up (see attached report especially the last page) and we have this US Senate report accusing CDC of fraud and totally inaccurate reporting and general malfeasance while the CDC tells us to believe them that Thimerosal in vaccines did not contribute to the autism epidemic or maybe there is no autism epidemic when the vast majority of the science says otherwise. I think it is now time we demand the resignation of Dr. Gerberding and other high officials at CDC. Additionally, the entire CDC and FDA need to be placed entirely in civilian hands and removed from the quasi military Public Health Service. Public health needs to be totally reorganized and must not receive any money from the pharmaceutical industries or any other special interest groups so as to insure that they serve and protect the people who hire them rather than serving themselves and the industries whom they are supposed to carefully regulate to protect us from harm.
….it is time for truth, transparency including open access to any vaccine or drug study data and real informed consent.
With regard to the vaccine program, which I still certainly support, it is time for truth, transparency including open access to any vaccine or drug study data and real informed consent. It is time to insist on a rational vaccine schedule with adequate testing to assure good levels of efficacy while insuring safety as well. At the very least it is time to show contrition, admit the giant blunder that has been made, try to treat and compensate as best we can those unfortunate and blameless among us who were damaged by the blunder so that we can again resume the course of the greatest and most compassionate nation on earth.
Mark R. Geier, MD
Click here for the PDF file on CDC OFF CENTER, THE UNITED STATES SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY MINORITY OFFICE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF SENATOR TOM COBURN RANKING MINORITY MEMBER JUNE 2007
Click here for the PDF file on MERCURY IN MEDICINE REPORT, HON. DAN BURTON OF INDIANA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MAY 20, 2003
Dr. Mark R. Geier has an MD., with a PhD in genetics. Dr. Geier is president of the Genetic Centers of America, president of the Institute of Chronic Illnesses and has been in clinical practice for more than 25 years. He was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health for 10 years. Dr. Geier was also a professor at the Johns Hopkins University and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has addressed the Institute of Medicine of the United States' National Academy of Sciences, the United States' State Department, the Government Reform Committee of the United States' House of Representatives, and numerous other professional meetings. Dr. Geier has authored almost 100 peer-reviewed scientific/medical publications, and most recently, he has co-authored about 40 peer-reviewed scientific/medical publications on vaccine safety, efficacy and policy.
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