Friday, November 27, 2009

Has CDC lost its credibility?

There is a new topic on the CDCchatter.net board on the CDC and XMRV (and Swine
Flu).

Jill

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-- Has the CDC lost its Credibility with the American public? --

Posted by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 02:32 PM 121 Reads

The CDC seems to be taking some major hits with its credibility and reputation
with the American public. Changes in H1N1 reporting numbers did not help with
public perception. See ABC News and their reporting on CDC three-fold increase
OVERNIGHT of H1N1 numbers - "Seeming Overnight Surge in H1N1's Death Toll:
Number Change Underscores Uncertainty About Virus" Http://abcnews.go.com/Health/
SwineFluNews/h1n1-deaths-triple-overnight/story?id=9057650).
An increase in deaths from 1,200 to 4,000 made in one day by the CDC does not
look very good. Add to this the fact that the seasonal flu kills 36,000 people
by comparison and the CDC looks even worse in reliability of data and analysis
-- and possibly hype. The numbers of people who refuse to get the H1N1 vaccine
are large and show that the public does not trust what the CDC says – regardless
of the possible complications of getting the virus. And then there is the XMRV
virus discovery in October by the Whittemore-Peterson Institute in Nevada that
put a very hot spotlight on the CDC's work on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The
Internet websites and blogs seemed to explode overnight with vitriolic attacks
against the CDC and conspiracy theories abounding.

Has the CDC lost its credibility with the public? Has the reputation of the CDC
been badly damaged? Why are some of our best and brightest researchers leaving
in large numbers? Is it fear for their reputations and careers with the
association of CDC on their resumes or something else altogether?

Is there a problem internal to the CDC or just the perception of inadequacy of
the CDC by the media and public?

Thoughts on the above would be greatly appreciated.

Full article: 'Has the CDC lost its Credibility with the American public? ' (494
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URL of the CDC chatter thread:
http://www.cdcchatter.net/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=782  
 
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Yes, it appears that the rest of the public is starting to find out what we've known all along, that once CDC takes a position on something, it is loathe to change that position, even when more information comes along.







2 comments:

TreeClimbingHound said...

You should read the nasty, demmeaning commments generally and specifically (aimed a CFIDS) from the CDC people. The WHOLE of the CDC is messed up horribly. This is only a few CDC people but they are so nasty, rude and immature in many cases. Not worth seeing the comments, quite truthfully. I did try to post a comment on Reeves and removing the CFS funds from CDC to NIH but we will see if the Webmaster doesn't post that. One of the CDC people said that they wished the CDC would get rid of the CFS program since it's small and WE sick (the mob) aren't happy with anything they do. And what IS IT THEY DO for us except waste 25 years and over $150 Million??? They have allowed thousands to die from the usual-CFIDS associated diseases and allowed the rest of us- the children and young people criminally - to be bedbound and housebound - and YET the nasty stupid comments still come from the CDC.

SO, it is high time to demand that any CFIDS research and funding be removed from the CDC. They don't seem to get that CFIDS is a TRUE EPIDEMIC and THAT should have been on their radar from the first outbreak 25 years ago. But, as we know they messed that up and have covered their failure up since then and then wasted the money for research.
Write your congress people. Email the GAO. Email the Director at the CDC ( txf2@cdc.gov) and the reporter at CBS News (Sharyl Attkisson) at publiceye@cbs.com and ask her to continue reporting on the CDC AND the CDC/CFS program (and its waste, etc).

REMEMBER: YOU ARE THE TAXPAYER. YOU PAY THE SALARY OF THESE PEOPLE INCLUDING THE DIRECTOR OF THE CDC. THEY WORK FOR YOU. DON'T PUT UP WITH INSULTS AND DEMAND WHAT YOU WANT. YOU PAID FOR THE RESEARCH AND DATA - IT IS YOURS.

TreeClimbingHound said...

Superstar CBS Reporter Blows the Lid Off the Swine Flu Media Hype and Hysteria
Posted by: Dr. Mercola http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/24/Superstar-CBS-Reporter-Blows-the-Lid-Off-the-Swine-Flu-Media-Hype-and-Hysteria.aspx
November 24 2009
DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN BY THE CDC ON SWINE FLU.
Sharyl Attkisson is a CBS News correspondent and investigative reporter. She’s covered Capitol Hill since February 2006 and has been a Washington-based correspondent there since January 1995. She was also part of the CBS news team that received the Edward Murrow Award in 2005 for overall excellence. Additionally, she received an Outstanding Investigative Journalism Emmy in 2002 for a series on the Red Cross.
In case you didn't realize it, Sharyl Attkisson is the investigative reporter behind the groundbreaking CBS News study that found H1N1 flu cases are NOT as prevalent as feared.
In fact, they’re barely on the radar screen.
How did this startling information come about, and why is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) painting a different picture entirely? I spoke directly with Sharyl Attkisson to find out.
Getting Started on the Swine Flu Trail
Ms. Attkisson says:
“The reason I looked into this is a couple of months ago, I got tips from three or four different segments of public healthcare, with folks telling me the CDC has recommended that they go ahead and stop testing for and counting swine flu cases.
Each different entity that contacted me was concerned, thinking that this should not be happening. They really felt that it was necessary for the swine flu to continue to be tracked in some details. So I went about trying to find out why this decision was made and what the ramifications would be.
… I started by contacting the CDC and the HHS and asking some basic questions. I felt like I pretty much got stonewalled with some of the information I really needed to get at, especially what I needed from the states data, and information on the rationale behind this decision to stop counting and testing for swine flu.”
Because the CDC did not initially respond to Attkisson’s requests, she contacted all 50 states directly, asking for their statistics on state lab-confirmed H1N1 prior to the halt of individual testing and counting in July. She also asked states, one by one, to help explain the rationale behind the CDC’s decision to stop tracking H1N1 cases.
SEE THE ABOVE LINK TO READ HER WHOLE STORY ON CDC GAMES - SAME GAMES AS THEY PLAY WITH CFS.
CONTACT: CDC: Lynn Armstrong/Katherine Norris - 404-639-7270 OR EMAIL CDC HEAD: Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH at txf2@cdc.gov and his assistant Lsalinas@cdc.gov.