PHOTO: Congressman-elect Mark Green speaks during his town hall meeting Tuesday night in Franklin. / Photo by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Congressman-elect Mark Green criticized the Center for Disease Control (CDC) during his town hall meeting Tuesday night in Franklin, saying some of its data on autism is “maybe fraudulently managed,” as well as raising concerns that the rise in autism could be attributed to the preservatives contained in vaccines.
“I have committed to people in my community up in Montgomery County to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines, because there is some concern that the rise in autism is a result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines,” Green said. “So as a physician, I can make that argument, and I can look at it academically, and make the argument against CDC if they really want to engage me on it.”
A graduate of Boonshoft School of Medicine in Ohio, Green served as a flight surgeon in the United States Army, practiced medicine as a physician, and founded Align MD, an emergency room staffing agency.
The CDC, a government agency tasked with health promotion and disease prevention, states that thimerosal, a common preservative in vaccines used to prevent the growth of bacteria, “has been shown to be safe when used in vaccines,” and that “scientific research does not show a connection between thimerosal and autism.”
Green alleges that the CDC has, potentially, produced intentionally fraudulent data on the topic of autism and its connection to vaccines.
“It appears that some of that data has been, honestly, maybe fraudulently managed,” Green said. “So we’ve got to go up there and stand against that, and make sure we get that issue addressed.”
Green was responding to a question from a self-proclaimed mother of a child with autism, who had asked Green if he would commit to protecting Medicaid as congressman.
Green said it was difficult to make such a commitment on the spot, but that he “has a heart for these patients,” citing a personal experience during his medical career.
“I will never, ever forget the little boy who came into my rotation when I was in residency,” Green said. “He had a pneumonia that had developed into what’s technically called an empyema… his lung was just full of pus, because he couldn’t say what was going on with him. So you have my word, I will do everything I can that’s within my power.”