Doctor Who Linked Autism and Vaccines Is A ‘Fraud,’ Says British Medical Journal

news-graphics-2007-_640547aJenny McCarthy take note: Britain’s leading medical journal has declared that Andrew Wakefield’s discredited 1998 autism study was not merely riddled with errors, but was a case of deliberate, “elaborate fraud.” CNN reports:

A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.

“It’s one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors,” Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, told CNN. “But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data.”

Britain stripped Wakefield of his medical license in May. “Meanwhile, the damage to public health continues, fueled by unbalanced media reporting and an ineffective response from government, researchers, journals and the medical profession,” BMJ states in an editorial accompanying the work.

The now-discredited paper panicked many parents and led to a sharp drop in the number of children getting the vaccine that prevents measles, mumps and rubella. Vaccination rates dropped sharply in Britain after its publication, falling as low as 80% by 2004. Measles cases have gone up sharply in the ensuing years.

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  • ralph

    Good post Jacob and glad that “Doctor Who” is not mixed up with this business.

    Jenny McCarthy is an idiot. The news media should not be seeking her opinion:

    http://www.disinfo.com/2010/01/abc-news-asks-jenny-mccarthy-for-a-medical-opinion/

    If anyone ask “The Doctor”…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9P4SxtphJ4

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    Good post Jacob and glad that “Doctor Who” is not mixed up with this business.

    Jenny McCarthy is an idiot. The news media should not be seeking her opinion:

    http://disinfo.com/2010/01/abc-news-asks-jenny-mccarthy-for-a-medical-opinion/

    If anyone ask “The Doctor”…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9P4SxtphJ4

  • ohuknow

    in other news:

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    now to Chris with the weather

  • ohuknow

    in other news:

    bears shit in the woods

    now to Chris with the weather

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5YLPIZBH54LMNRTITRJI2QIEYY …Sparky

    Yes the media has banded together in a witchhunt to make an example of Dr. Wakefield.
    However if one actually looks at what they claim his “fraud” is then it all falls to pieces.
    Dr. Wakefield’s results have been duplicated in many other studies and he is only raising the question of why combined dose vaccines are increasingly given to babies at a younger age with absolutely NO safety testing done on them.
    The media is lying and making an example of Dr. Wakefield in order to show other researchers what will happen to them if they dare question the massive vaccination program that is being implemented.
    Here’s a newsflash for the unenlightened: The media often lies in order to advance an agenda. And that agenda is often pushed by so-called respectable organizations, yes, even medical one.
    Medical organizations are bought and owned by Big Pharma.
    Do your own due diligence and don’t believe the hype.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5YLPIZBH54LMNRTITRJI2QIEYY …Sparky

    Yes the media has banded together in a witchhunt to make an example of Dr. Wakefield.
    However if one actually looks at what they claim his “fraud” is then it all falls to pieces.
    Dr. Wakefield’s results have been duplicated in many other studies and he is only raising the question of why combined dose vaccines are increasingly given to babies at a younger age with absolutely NO safety testing done on them.
    The media is lying and making an example of Dr. Wakefield in order to show other researchers what will happen to them if they dare question the massive vaccination program that is being implemented.
    Here’s a newsflash for the unenlightened: The media often lies in order to advance an agenda. And that agenda is often pushed by so-called respectable organizations, yes, even medical one.
    Medical organizations are bought and owned by Big Pharma.
    Do your own due diligence and don’t believe the hype.

    • WhiteRose

      But is he getting famous for going against the grain? In addition, he could be profiting off of this too so what is his agenda? Have you ever taken part in a clinical trial? The nut jobs all hop on the anti Big Pharma wagon when their meds for their mental health don’t work because the problems are a bit deeper than that. Must be a conspiracy… just put the kids in bubbles

    • Jrients

      “Dr. Wakefield’s results have been duplicated in many other studies”

      Citations please.

  • WhiteRose

    But is he getting famous for going against the grain? In addition, he could be profiting off of this too so what is his agenda? Have you ever taken part in a clinical trial? The nut jobs all hop on the anti Big Pharma wagon when their meds for their mental health don’t work because the problems are a bit deeper than that. Must be a conspiracy… just put the kids in bubbles

  • Jrients

    “Dr. Wakefield’s results have been duplicated in many other studies”

    Citations please.

  • Truedoc1
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICOLNV3P62WQ3Q4N4RL6NLBSCA Diana

    Dr Wakefield aside, it still seems reckless to give combined vaccines to small children. They should be offered as single vaccines. It doesn’t make sense to overload a small body with three vaccines all at once. The rubella vaccine was given at 11 years when I was young. It’s a govt cost-cutting measure to give three at once, and parents are right to distrust unresearched cost-cutting measures by the government, especially when it is over something as major as injecting foreign bodies into tiny children. Cost-cutting efficiency driven measures by govts have gone horribly wrong before.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ICOLNV3P62WQ3Q4N4RL6NLBSCA Diana

    Dr Wakefield aside, it still seems reckless to give combined vaccines to small children. They should be offered as single vaccines. It doesn’t make sense to overload a small body with three vaccines all at once. The rubella vaccine was given at 11 years when I was young. It’s a govt cost-cutting measure to give three at once, and parents are right to distrust unresearched cost-cutting measures by the government, especially when it is over something as major as injecting foreign bodies into tiny children. Cost-cutting efficiency driven measures by govts have gone horribly wrong before.

  • Anonymous_Reader

    Here is a case of 30-35 thousand unvaccinated kids and no autism, ADHD, very little asthma, etc. : http://homefirst.com/info-1/vaccine-choice/autism-and-the-homefirst-practice.html . As long as medicine is a profit based business, money will trump science every time. There are no peer-reviewed studies of the childhood vaccines using a statistically significant control group, where the placebo is an inactive substance, with long-term follow up. Dr. Eisenstein’s findings are “not scientific,” but this needs to be studied. Why won’t it be studied? Childhood vaccination is a multi billion dollar business. Any negative results would have to send big pharma back to the drawing board, and people would have serious questions about why vaccine manufacturers are exempt from liability by federal law.

  • Anonymous

    Here is a case of 30-35 thousand unvaccinated kids and no autism, ADHD, very little asthma, etc. : http://homefirst.com/info-1/vaccine-choice/autism-and-the-homefirst-practice.html . As long as medicine is a profit based business, money will trump science every time. There are no peer-reviewed studies of the childhood vaccines using a statistically significant control group, where the placebo is an inactive substance, with long-term follow up. Dr. Eisenstein’s findings are “not scientific,” but this needs to be studied. Why won’t it be studied? Childhood vaccination is a multi billion dollar business. Any negative results would have to send big pharma back to the drawing board, and people would have serious questions about why vaccine manufacturers are exempt from liability by federal law.

  • Give me a break

    If I want mainstream news stories, I’ll get them directly from CNN myself, thanks.

    In the meantime, maybe Disinfo should dig a little deeper and see that the the claims of fraud are fraud themselves:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/031117_BMJ_Dr_Andrew_Wakefield.html

    http://www.ageofautism.com/2011/01/dissecting-the-autism-science-foundations-use-of-the-hungry-lie.html

    This has nothing to do with Jenny McCarthy, and everything to do with a real and devastating childhood epidemic.

  • Give me a break

    If I want mainstream news stories, I’ll get them directly from CNN myself, thanks.

    In the meantime, maybe Disinfo should dig a little deeper and see that the the claims of fraud are fraud themselves:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/031117_BMJ_Dr_Andrew_Wakefield.html

    http://www.ageofautism.com/2011/01/dissecting-the-autism-science-foundations-use-of-the-hungry-lie.html

    This has nothing to do with Jenny McCarthy, and everything to do with a real and devastating childhood epidemic.

  • Give me a break

    If I want mainstream news stories, I’ll get them directly from CNN myself, thanks.

    In the meantime, maybe Disinfo should dig a little deeper and see that the the claims of fraud are fraud themselves:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/031117_BMJ_Dr_Andrew_Wakefield.html

    http://www.ageofautism.com/2011/01/dissecting-the-autism-science-foundations-use-of-the-hungry-lie.html

    This has nothing to do with Jenny McCarthy, and everything to do with a real and devastating childhood epidemic.

  • Fionareganhome

    What a terrible cover up for what is clearly true of these poisinous vaccines. You don’t have to be a doctor or otherwise to work out how these vaccines would 100% cause Autism and most likely other terrible illnesses.
    All one has to do is think about the contents of the vaccines and then use some “common sense” to know the consequenses for some poor baby’s.

  • Fionareganhome

    What a terrible cover up for what is clearly true of these poisinous vaccines. You don’t have to be a doctor or otherwise to work out how these vaccines would 100% cause Autism and most likely other terrible illnesses.
    All one has to do is think about the contents of the vaccines and then use some “common sense” to know the consequenses for some poor baby’s.

    • Gramalkin

      100%? Really?
      I had those vaccines. My daughter and her mother had those vaccines. Everyone I know, excluding my friend from Romania, has had them. None of them have autism, or any variant thereof.
      The fact that some people with autism never had those vaccines (yet it appeared the same time in their lives), combined with the millions of people who have had the vaccine and not developed autism, prove you wrong.
      Yes, autism appears during the years that most young children get their first vaccinations. But correlation does not equal causation. I’ve done the research, I’ve worked alongside epidemiologists, and can tell you that the vaccines do not cause autism.

    • SIL

      Um, pretty sure you DO have to be a doctor to work out how these vaccines would 100% cause autism.

  • setras

    now let them expose global warming

  • setras

    now let them expose global warming

  • Gramalkin

    100%? Really?
    I had those vaccines. My daughter and her mother had those vaccines. Everyone I know, excluding my friend from Romania, has had them. None of them have autism, or any variant thereof.
    The fact that some people with autism never had those vaccines (yet it appeared the same time in their lives), combined with the millions of people who have had the vaccine and not developed autism, prove you wrong.
    Yes, autism appears during the years that most young children get their first vaccinations. But correlation does not equal causation. I’ve done the research, I’ve worked alongside epidemiologists, and can tell you that the vaccines do not cause autism.

  • SIL

    Um, pretty sure you DO have to be a doctor to work out how these vaccines would 100% cause autism.

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