Just do a search of Dr. Wakefield and you will be hard pressed to find a positive/neutral article. Ed note: Underlying all this is the Wellcome/GSK/Merck/Baxter/Pasteur/Bayer industrial vaccine complex that must keep the vaccines flowing. Wakefield's findings actually got parents to refuse MMR injections for their children and that just could not be tolerated and he had to be discredited.
See: http://www.ageofautism.com/http://autism.about.com/b/2009/02/09/andrew-wakefield-autism-and-the-mmr-a-new-controversy-arises.htmAndrew Wakefield, autism and the MMR: a new controversy arises
Monday February 9, 2009
See my February 2, 2010 blog for an update to this story, including details about the Lancet's revocation of Wakefield's research. Then express your opinion about Dr. Wakefield's research in my new poll!
Dr. Andrew Wakefield is once again at the center of a controversy. Wakefield is the British gastroenterologist whose study of twelve children with autism led to the theory that a gut/brain reaction to the MMR vaccine is the cause of a rise in autism diagnoses.
Since the study was published in the Lancet, most of the researchers involved with the study actually recanted their findings. Wakefield himself has been under investigation. And yet, many in the autism community stand staunchly by Wakefield and his theories
On Sunday, the UK's Time's Online published an article accusing Wakefield of falsifying the evidence
used in his landmark study:
THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.
Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield
manipulated patients' data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition
Are these accusations supported by the evidence? While the Times cites a long list of findings which seem to implicate Wakefield, Wakefield and his supporters deny the charges
. In a long piece in the ChildHealthSafety blog, Wakefield's responses to the Times freelancer are presented, point by point
. Among them:
The evidence presented by me to the GMC (General Medical Council) described precisely and accurately the basis of the findings reported in the Lancet. The absence of any 'misreporting' is a matter of record both in my oral testimony and in that of my clinical colleagues. There is absolutely nothing either to withdraw or to apologize for in this matter. It is, however, a tragedy that the continued misrepresentation of the facts has had a negative impact on the ability of affected children to get access to the care that they so desperately need.
The story of Andrew Wakefield is complex, and this particular dispute is unlikely to be fully resolved anytime soon. Its unclear to me whether there is personal animosity between the Times freelancer and Wakefield (something that's suggested in the ChildHealthSafety blog) - but certainly the issues raised are significant. I recommend that concerned parents read carefully between the lines as they respond to this particular set of flying barbs.http://www.callous-disregard.com/Conspiracy - or ruthless pragmatism? How the vaccine apparatchiks and medical self-interest groups deal with dissent.
The subject is autism; the suspect is childhood vaccines. This is the account of how a doctor confronted first a disease, and then the medical system that sought and still seeks to deny that disease, leaving millions of children to suffer and a world at risk
In 1995 Wakefield came to a fork in the road. As an academic gastroenterologist at the Royal Free School of Medicine and the University of London, Wakefield was presented with a professional challenge and confronted by a moral choice. Previously normal children were, according to their parents, regressing into autism and developing intestinal problems - many parents blamed the MMR vaccine.
Trusting in his medical training, parental narrative, and above all, the instinct of mothers for their children’s wellbeing, he chose the hard road
Walk that road now, here; some already have - the parents of affected children. Many will, either as parents or grandparents, as the worldwide tsunami of childhood developmental disorders break hearts and bankrupts educational and healthcare infrastructures
. Wakefield provides the facts, an explanation of the problem that confronted him and his colleagues 15 years ago. He does this in a detailed forensic analysis of the lies, obfuscation, cover ups, and the dystopian science and medicine that panders to commercial interest at the expense of your children.