"Unique in the canon of autism literature . . . A book which examines at length the political culture in which this epidemic has been allowed to happen" (Age of Austism). In 2000, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) carried out a secret mission to bury, skew, and manipulate data in six vaccine safety studies, in a coordinated effort to control the message that "vaccines do not cause autism." Master Manipulator exposes the CDC's hidden agenda for the cover-up. Influenced by Big Pharma money, future high-paying jobs, and political lobbyists, CDC executives charted a course different than what the findings of earlier vaccine safety studies revealed. The CDC needed an outsider to "flatten" the results of the data, while building an exit strategy: a fall guy in case the secret plan was exposed. Danish scientist Poul Thorsen, who ran a foreign health-care data analytics startup, fit the bill nicely, conducting studies overseas. But the CDC's plan backfired, as Thorsen took its money to the bank and the power went to his head. It would take years for his fraud scheme funneling CDC grant money to a Danish university and then back to a CDC bank account he controlled to play out. Master Manipulator is a true story of fraud and betrayal, and an insider's view of what takes place behind the closed doors of agencies and drug companies, and with the people tasked to protect the health of American children. It's a cautionary tale of the dangers of blind trust in the government and the health-care industry.
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