“It has been stated over and over again in pro-vaccine communities that Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues claimed there to be a direct “connection” to the MMR and autism. But the truth is, never was there an outward statement by any of these doctors that MMR was the cause of autism.
After research in 1998, the conclusion in the paper stated by Dr. Wakefield was that further study was warranted. He went on to recommend that until those studies were completed and results evaluated that single vaccinations be administered instead of the multiple doses being given.
In the original study, 12 children with autism were examined for incidence of bowel disease. Vaccines were not part of the original equation. The study’s conclusion stated, “We did not prove an association between measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described [autism].” In the majority of instances, symptoms were noticeable after administration of the vaccines for each of those diseases.
Dr. Wakefield listened to the parents who came to him for help. He listened and reported their statements. Apparently, mentioning conversations had by parents of these children and their subsequent request for further investigation is now considered a criminal act. The fact now is, whenever anyone publicly calls into question the safety and efficacy of vaccines, no matter how far removed, it can be punishable by law.
Because of false accusations made by a British journalist named Brian Deer, we are now facing this scenario for which everyone is being made to believe that questioning vaccine safety is not only a thinking error, but grounds for much more. Parents now believe what they hear in a variety of media sources, but what’s coming out in the media is not based on a medical report, but rather, the machinations of a single person. So now false allegations made by Mr. Deer against Dr. Wakefield are in print all over the world because the media has no limitations nor rules it must follow in the name of ethics or morals, much like many large corporations and government entities. Apparently, we are to accept the fact that the final word on vaccine-autism has been had….”
And just for contrast and perspective, here’s how the story was played in the mainstream media, in this case the Toronto Star:
“It wasn’t just a good idea gone wrong. It wasn’t simply a tainted study. Instead, it was “a deliberate fraud.”
That was the verdict delivered this week by the British Medical Journal — now better known as BMJ — on the long, sorrowful saga of Andrew Wakefield, a tale of woe and deceit that has already yielded unnecessary death and a worrying resurgence of disease and that may yet produce more of the same.
Already discredited as a physician and medical researcher, the British-trained surgeon — make that former surgeon — has now been exposed as a bamboozler of rare proportions.
In fact, lethal proportions.
“There has been a huge impact from the Wakefield fiasco,” says Dr. Paul Hébert, editor-in-chief of The Canadian Medical Association Journal. “This spawned a whole anti-vaccine movement. Great Britain has seen measles outbreaks. It probably resulted in a lot of deaths.”
The principal author of a notorious 1998 report in the British medical publication The Lancet, Wakefield has already been censured publicly for conflict of interest and other ethical problems related to that study, which drew a causal connection — now recognized as spurious — between the triple vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, on the one hand, and the appearance of autism and bowel disease in children, on the other.
Last year, British authorities scrapped Wakefield’s licence to practise medicine, and The Lancet fully retracted the article, but not before MMR vaccination rates in the U.K. had plummeted from 92 per cent coverage in 1998 to 73 per cent a decade later, with a corresponding resurgence in measles….”