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Dr. Wakefield and the MMR Vaccine “Scandal”


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.

But parents are still talking

From the Huffington Post, listen to parents who are speaking out:

“How could the BMJ [British Medical Journal, publisher of Brian Deer's article] scrutinize what Brian Deer has said without looking at our children’s medical notes which they are not allowed to have? This needs to be challenged.”

Another parent of one of the 12 children put things even more strongly:

“To hear that my son’s gastrointestinal condition has been extensively refuted, by unqualified and ill-informed individuals who have never laid eyes on him, looking at and mis-interpreting scanty medical notes without the courtesy to ask for our version of our son’s early childhood, flies in the face of everything that the medical community and its professional bodies seek to represent. This is especially curious as gastrointestinal issues in autism are well recognized and documented and are included in the UK government’s own best practice guidelines for early investigation and treatment.”

People hear what they want to hear about vaccination

It is frustrating to hear comments from people who repeatedly say: “vaccines are not the cause of autism.” Even to state that vaccines are the cause of autism or not is over-simplifying  an issue that is much more complex than this. Many of the practitioners I have studied which link autism and other related disorders to vaccines at all don’t simply say “vaccines cause autism”. Rather, they draw in the information as to what are the symptoms and what is causing the child to be sick. They acknowledge that there are various factors, toxic vaccines being more of a trigger point rather than the cause of onset autism.

There is also an issue about some of the children in the studies who apparently already had autism before they were vaccinated. When we hear the media parrot over and over again the faulty line of reasoning that since those children had autism before the vaccines, it proves the fraudulent quality of the study, that’s just plain incorrect.

However, it does prove that there are a lot of symptoms and behaviors children exhibit which many consider to be “normal”, like learning disorders, hyperactivity, anger issues, despondent behavior, developmental and speech delays, ADD, and others which are not normal at all. Most of the kids who are diagnosed with autism are not well one day and then sick then next. These “normal” symptoms are actually markers for gut and digestive disorders, which affect overall health and include but are not limited to: such as gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping and gas, emotional disruptions and mood swings, attention-deficit issues, and learning or developmental delays. The problem is, doctors either don’t know these facts or refuse to acknowledge them in treatment of childhood illness and disorders which lead to chronic disease.

Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, well-respected pediatric neurosurgeon, believes that after examining the state of the digestive systems of all autistic children she has seen, they all have something in common – poor digestive health – and many are exhibiting the symptoms listed above. The digestive tract, she has found, is the center of the child’s mental development. When toxins enter the bloodstream via permeations in the small intestine or injection site – whether it is undigested food or substances from a vaccine -  those toxins penetrate the blood-brain barrier and cause interference to various places in the body, including the neurological system. Further reading on this subject can be found in her groundbreaking book Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

To the medical and health community at large, Dr. Wakefield’s research is thought to be fraudulent. And yet, the information being repeated about the Wakefield study is not even accurate.  Moreover, how can anyone continue to dismiss the countless parents and children who continue to suffer after receiving vaccinations – some of which are still supporting Dr. Wakefield and do not hold him accountable for their children’s illness? The irresponsibility of the mainstream medical community, pharmaceutical industry, and media outlets is absolutely inexcusable – but proves once again, in the real world, profit speaks much louder than ethics and justice ever do.

Medical studies supporting Dr. Wakefield’s findings

It might be a surprise to learn that there are other studies that came to the same conclusion as that of Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues. Here is one ongoing study conducted by Wake Forest Medical University in North Carolina. The medical team is in the process of performing tests on 275 children, and out of 80 tested so for the strain found in the vaccine – not the naturally-contracted variety – 72 out of 80 are positive. Do people in science, the government or media, who claim to be so concerned with “real science” realize that findings from an erroneous study cannot be duplicated?

In fact, it’s quite amazing just what you’ll find if you bother to become informed and want to get to the bottom of what’s going on.

Here are 10 more studies which support Dr. Wakefield’s findings:

Watch this important film on the facts going on with the Wakefield case. Then you decide which side of the law you believe the media is on:

Why Medical Authorities Went to such Extremes to Silence Dr. Andrew Wakefield – Interview By Dr. Joseph Mercola (read the transcript here of that interview)

Autism Fraud? A Victim of Yellow Journalism – from The Healthy Home Economist – be sure to read the great discussion going on below in the comments

The Efficacy and Safety of The Flu Vaccine

Vaccinations: A Choice or a Mandate? Part I

Vaccinations: A Choice or a Mandate? Part II

9 Questions that Stump Every Pro-Vaccine Advocate and Their Claims

For more information on the Andrew Wakefield case, read The British Medical Journal Shows Misjudgement, Bias In Further Attack on Andrew Wakefield

Please check back on Thursday, January 12th, 2010 when you can read the story of a mother with an autistic son who developed the syndrome after receiving immunizations, in her own words.