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Wakefield Upheld: Italian Court Gives Case to Family of MMR-Vaccine Injured Child

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It seems the “fraudulent” findings of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s work are being proven once again in a court of law to solidify the very real connection between autism and vaccines. An Italian court has ruled that Valentino Bocca’s autism symptoms were in fact linked to the MMR injection he received when he was 15 months old.

The child was vaccinated in March of 2004. After returning home, there were immediate adverse symptoms noticeable by the parents. Over the next year, regression was evident, and the autism diagnosis was given. The child is now 100% disabled by the disease.

Previous court cases which used similar research findings

This isn’t the first time a court has ruled in favor of parents of a child with autistic health symptoms who was given the the MMR vaccine. In September of 2010, the Poling family was awarded 1.5 million for life care in a case where the investigation revealed that prior to July 2000, Hannah Poling was a “normal” child at the age of 18 months, but after receiving vaccines to immunize her against 9 different diseases – measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae.

Shortly after, Hannah began exhibiting the following symptoms: screaming fits, developed high fevers, stopped eating, failed to respond when spoken to, and other symptoms of autism. Her parents filed a claim in federal vaccine court, and more than 2 years lapsed before both sides came to a settlement about the compensation amount for Hannah’s injuries.

In August of 2010, the Fletcher family in Britain was compensated £90,000 for their son Robert who experienced severe brain damage after receiving the MMR vaccine as an infant, and 18 years of legal battles.  He is unable to stand or feed himself, and speaks minimally.

Another case in 2009 awarded a family $810K+ when it ruled that acute brain damage was caused by an MMR vaccine given to a child. Here are the court case papers.

“But”, you may ask, “Why haven’t I seen anything about this in the mainstream news media?

Mainstream news outlets have shown their clear and unrelenting support for mainstream medicine, which has flagrantly criticized and derailed brave doctors like Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues. In 2010, a British Journalist named Brian Deer made it his mission to be a major instrument which would bring Dr. Wakefield down, and he was successful.

“But”, you may ask, “Didn’t Dr. Wakefield make money after his reputation was soiled?”

There are always those who will point the finger at Dr. Wakefield and say that he’s made money on his book Callous Disregard, or that he’s becoming a millionaire from all the press he’s gotten (interviews, publications, etc.) because of the “fraudulent studies” he produced. And those people believe that study is somehow harmful to children.

Everyone is entitled to make a living, it’s what’s done with that living that counts.

Here are some important questions: exactly how are Dr. Wakefield’s findings, his interviews, or his book harming children? Because parents wanted answers and weren’t getting to the bottom of why their children were sick? Because he produced findings showing an outcome about something people didn’t want to hear? Because his findings are the same as what’s now being revealed at Wake University Medical School, and also previously replicated in study after study after study?

In his book, Dr. Wakefield talks about how since 1991, the U.S. Vaccine Court and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been settling cases of vaccine-related issues (autism) who exhibit neurological and developmental issues. These cases usually don’t make the news, and you can’t read about them in general media outlets.

In 2008, CBS News reported that these entities had in fact settled these cases out of court, and their public statements continued to be that no connection existed between the incidence of autism and the vaccines they were recommending.

I want to understand how these facts somehow make Dr. Wakefield a bad, incompetent doctor. The real answer is, they don’t.  But it does show how a massive cover up on the behalf of journalists being paid off by special interests of the pharmaceutical companies takes place.

Why doesn’t Brian Deer look into the reasons why so many parents bring their children to the doctor with complaints of many different types of symptoms that match up with autism and related disorders? Why isn’t there a thorough investigation being done about the thousands upon thousands of children who are vaccine-injured?

There is a database containing this information called VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), and the cases listed are just what’s been reported. Why isn’t there a massive outcry of injustice and fraud to these journalists and these entities, who are clearly covering up important information the public should know?

So even despite reports that these entities were settling cases of vaccine-injured children out-of court, according to the CDC’s vaccine information page:

“Gaps in the scientific knowledge of rare vaccine side effects prompted the CDC to develop the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) project in 1990. This project involves partnerships with eight large managed care organizations (MCOs) to monitor vaccine safety.”

Why do systems like the Vaccine Safety Datalink exist if vaccines are safe?

In 1986, the CDC also established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: 

“Individuals and their families can qualify for compensation in three ways. One is to show that an injury found on the Vaccine Injury Table occurred in the appropriate time interval following immunization. The other two ways to qualify include proving that the vaccine caused the condition or demonstrating that the vaccine worsened or aggravated a pre-existing condition.”

and the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act:

“The topic of vaccine safety became prominent during the mid 1970s with increases in lawsuits filed on behalf of those presumably injured by the diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) vaccine. [4] Legal decisions were made and damages awarded despite the lack of scientific evidence to support vaccine injury claims.”

If all of these cases were truly lacking in real scientific evidence to support vaccine injury claims, why bother having these systems in place? And why do courts continue to rule in favor of the vaccine-injured children?

Another important question: Why are there no real, third party studies or research showing the efficacy and safety of vaccines? The vested interest studies conducted by the vaccine manufacturers should not be considered sufficient, which is what are currently used in defense of the vaccines pharmaceutical companies manufacture and sell.

An even more important question iswhy are there so many reports of children having tell-tale symptoms after receiving these vaccines? 

Misrepresentation on the other side

Remember, everyone has to make a living…it’s what you do with that living that counts.

What about the income Brian Deer received from efforts to destroy Dr. Wakefield’s livelihood and career while protecting large, corrupt, corporations who never seem to have real answers for the vaccines they produce…and which continue to harm children?

In March of 2012, Brian Deer was found to have misrepresented the facts about findings of Dr. Wakefield’s research. The high court in the U.K. found that Professor John Walker-Smith, a co-author of the same document prepared by Dr. Wakefield detailing findings of the connection between bowel disorder and the MMR vaccine, was found innocent of all charges brought against him alleged by the GMC (General Medical Council in Britain).

Judge Mitting reported that the GMC, “on the basis of sensible instructions, does not invite me to remit it to a fresh Fitness to Practice panel for redetermination. The end result is that the finding of serious professional misconduct and the sanction of erasure are both quashed.”

In a post I wrote in 2010, I discussed why the statements made by Brian Deer were false. I also listed out a series of other valid studies done before Wakefield’s work, showing similar findings.  Fraudulent findings cannot be replicated over and over again. It’s just not possible.

What about this article by J.B. Handley discussing reasons why Brian Deer’s professional character should be called into question – such as the fact that Brian Deer made the statement that he worked for the Sunday times since the 1980s, when the The Sunday Times refutes this in print, claiming that he is not a member of their staff.

Dr. Wakefield’s reputation

It would stand to reason that if Professor John Walker-Smith’s name was cleared, Dr. Wakefield’s would be also, correct? However, if he were exonerated, the results for pharmaceutical companies would be disastrous. Consumers would know once and for all that the MMR vaccine is problematic and that there is a clear connection between bowel disorder and the vaccine, and that autism is not a made-up health issue which does involve pathologies in the gut that are introduced by an outside source such as a vaccine.

These facts are the very things that the pharmaceutical industry, government, and media have collectively spent much time, effort, and money working to cancel out and eliminate as truth to the public.

This document shows new evidence which would condemn the BMJ’s retraction of Dr. Wakefield’s research, showing a study from Professor John Walker-Smith:

“New documents have come to light confirming our report of intestinal disease and autistic regression following MMR vaccine published in the medical journal The Lancet in 1998, The documents prove that there was no fraud. They describe 7 of The Lancet children, and were written by Professor John Walker-Smith in December 1996, 14 months before our team’s paper was published.

Professor John Walker-Smith prepared the documents as a report for a scientific meeting based upon his own assessment of the children’s disorder, supported by the study’s senior pathologist Dr. Dhillon. I was not involved in these assessments (see Level 4, Walker-Smith’s sworn testimony). I am accused of altering the findings to report disease where none existed and deceiving my colleagues in the process.

It has also been revealed that Dr. Godlee, the responsible editor at the British Medical Journal that published the allegations, did not adequately check these facts – facts that were referred to in both my book, Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines – The Truth Behind a Tragedy, published by Skyhorse Publishing in May 2010, and my complaint
about Brian Deer to the UK’s Press Complaints Commission.”

One of the most glaring errors the media, mainstream medical authorities, and other critics of Dr. Wakefield have made is a lack of acknowledgement of many other bodies of research confirming his findings.  Repeatedly, researchers are finding a clear link between inflammation in the digestive tract and autism, as well as the connection between the MMR vaccine with bowel disease.  Autism is caused by bowel disease.  In these cases, the bowel disease is exacerbated to the point by the vaccine that children experience full-blown autism.

The media and mainstream medical community continue to dispel this occurrence, and so its importance is reduced to nothing in the eyes of the world-wide health community. 

From The Daily Mail discussing an ongoing study being conducted by Wake Forest University:

” … a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease – and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus … the team’s leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: ‘Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles.

This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus. What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct.

That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.”

The second paragraph is very telling: in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, who are shown to be experiencing GI inflammation and other problems which may be related to the MMR, there is evidence of measles virus being present (vaccine strain).

Although there are many factors which come into play in the development of autism including environmental factors, diet, health of the parents before conception, none of these kids were healthy before they received their vaccines. If they were, autism would not have become a full-blown issue. In my mind, that is clear evidence of the causation between the MMR and autism.

Coincidence? You be the judge.

More information:

Summary of MMR vaccines and damages

Industry studies showing the MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism

Why Medical Authorities Went to Such Extremes to Silence Dr. Wakefield (interview with Dr. Mercola)

Autism Fraud? Researcher a Victim of Yellow Journalism

Charlie’s Story: From A Mother’s Heart

Why Vaccines are Scientific Fraud 

Vaccine Risk Awareness Network

Dr. Wakefield Interview with Dr. Mercola, Part I of 10

VaxTruth: Meet The Children

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Activism Healthy Living Kids & Family Toxin Alert!

Dr. Wakefield and the MMR Vaccine “Scandal”

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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.