Vaccination-Autism link a FRAUD
- 01-06-2011, 02:23 PM
Vaccination-Autism link a FRAUD
I said since this little trend started that the vac-autism link was complete nonsense, but people tended to believe an ex playboy star vs. real doctors. Now the champion of the link is discovered. 10 of the 13 authors of he article that started the firestorm has reversed their stance, the doctor was stripped of his medical license, and now every paper with the Name Andrew Wakefield on it is being reviewed.
BREAKING: BMJ calls Andrew Wakefield a fraud
This is HUGE: The BMJ, an online medical journal, has accused Andrew Wakefield — the hero of the modern antivaccination movement — of being "a fraud".
The skeptic and medical community have been hammering Wakefield for years; his study linking vaccines and autism was shaky from the start, and he suffered a series of humiliating defeats last year: the Lancet medical journal withdrew his paper, he was struck off the UK General Medical Council’s register, and was found to have acted unethically.
Of course, the word "fraud" implies intent; when writing about Wakefield I had my suspicions, but always wrote as if he were just wrong, and not deliberately lying to vulnerable parents.
But deliberate fraud is what he’s now accused of. Brian Deer, an investigative journalist, has written a multi-part series on the BMJ site which slams Wakefield. Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, also writes about this… and just to be clear, she uses the word "fraud" nine times in her editorial. Not surprisingly, it’s been picked up by several news outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and ABC.
Deer has been on Wakefield’s case a long time, and has been critical in exposing Wakefield’s shenanigans. Wakefield and the antivaxxers have attacked Deer many times, but their accusations are as hollow as the claims of links of autism to vaccinations. And let’s be clear: vaccines don’t cause autism.
Deer has long shown that Wakefield had a lot of financial incentive to create a fear of vaccines, including lawyers paying him to find a link to autism, as well as Wakefield developing his own version of a measles vaccine. From CNN:
According to BMJ, Wakefield received more than 435,000 pounds ($674,000) from the lawyers. Godlee said the study shows that of the 12 cases Wakefield examined in his paper, five showed developmental problems before receiving the MMR [measles-mumps-rubella] vaccine and three never had autism.
"It’s always hard to explain fraud and where it affects people to lie in science," Godlee said. "But it does seem a financial motive was underlying this, both in terms of payments by lawyers and through legal aid grants that he received but also through financial schemes that he hoped would benefit him through diagnostic and other tests for autism and MMR-related issues."
The original study has been shown by several investigations to have been terrible; as the quoted part above mentions several of the children never had autism, and many showed signs of it before they were vaccinated. Despite this, Wakefield became a hero to the antivax movement.
Brian Deer’s article on BMJ is nothing short of a tour-de-force, and is a horrifying tale of how Wakefield allegedly falsified medical research deliberately while operating under a huge conflict of interest. Deer’s article is meticulously referenced and footnoted… but still, I know this won’t stop the antivaxxers. The large movements aren’t based on good evidence, and no matter how much solid evidence you show them, they’ll reject it.
What I do hope is that parents out there will see this and pause. I am a parent, and I went through all the usual fears you get when you have a child. I can only imagine the suffering so many parents out there have undergone, and with tremendous heartache I’ve read many, many accounts of their feeling of desperation and hopelessness. But we cannot let our fear override what’s best for our children.
The antivax movement is dangerous because when vaccination rates drop it puts everyone at risk, but especially the most defenseless among us: infants. We are seeing outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease all over the world, and we’re seeing infants too young to be vaccinated dying because of lowered herd immunity. This is no joke, no exaggeration: babies are dying. There are many potential causes of lower vaccine rates, but the antivax movement is is not helping the situation.
Andrew Wakefield may not have started the antivax movement, but he certainly egged it on very strongly, along with such mouthpieces as Jenny McCarthy, and Meryl Dorey and the AVN in Australia. If the charges of fraud can be made to stick, then we might be able to make some progress toward reality once again, and lower the rate of outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and polio… and save a lot of lives in the process.
January 5th, 2011 6:52 PM Tags: Andrew Wakefield, antivaxx, autism, BMJ, Brian Deer, fraud, vaccinations
by Phil Plait in Alt-Med, Antiscience, Debunking, Skepticism | 80 comments | RSS feed | Trackback >Study Linking Vaccine to Autism Was 'Elaborate Fraud,' Journal Says
Published January 06, 2011
| Associated Press
LONDON – The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research.
The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues was renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later retracted by the medical journal Lancet, where it was published. Still, the suggestion the MMR shot was connected to autism spooked parents worldwide and immunization rates for measles, mumps and rubella have never fully recovered.
A new examination found, by comparing the reported diagnoses in the paper to hospital records, that Wakefield and colleagues altered facts about patients in their study.
The analysis, by British journalist Brian Deer, found that despite the claim in Wakefield's paper that the 12 children studied were normal until they had the MMR shot, five had previously documented developmental problems. Deer also found that all the cases were somehow misrepresented when he compared data from medical records and the children's parents.
Wakefield could not be reached for comment despite repeated calls and requests to the publisher of his recent book, which claims there is a connection between vaccines and autism that has been ignored by the medical establishment. Wakefield now lives in the U.S. where he enjoys a vocal following including celebrity supporters like Jenny McCarthy.
Deer's article was paid for by the Sunday Times of London and Britain's Channel 4 television network. It was published online Thursday in the medical journal, BMJ.
In an accompanying editorial, BMJ editor Fiona Godlee and colleagues called Wakefield's study "an elaborate fraud." They said Wakefield's work in other journals should be examined to see if it should be retracted.
Last May, Wakefield was stripped of his right to practice medicine in Britain. Many other published studies have shown no connection between the MMR vaccination and autism.
But measles has surged since Wakefield's paper was published and there are sporadic outbreaks in Europe and the U.S. In 2008, measles was deemed endemic in England and Wales.The Historic PES Legend
- 01-06-2011, 02:32 PM
- 01-06-2011, 02:39 PM
That site has some fantastic information from the CDC, particularly the sudden spike in pediatric influenza mortality after the rhetoric starting being spewed.
EDIT: Wow, seriously, the correlation between Jenny McCarthy hitting the anti-vac streets and rise in disease is astonishing.The Historic PES Legend
02-05-2011, 10:54 PM
Q: Who are you?
A: My name is Derek Bartholomaus and I work professionally in the Entertainment Industry as a Post Production Supervisor/Producer on various television programs. I am the Lead Investigator into the Billy Meier UFO Case for the Independent Investigations Group
Q: How do you know that all of these illnesses and deaths are due to people not being vaccinated?
A: I don’t and I don’t believe that anyone can say that all vaccine preventable illnesses and vaccine preventable deaths are due to people not being vaccinated.
Sorry but this site is spurious at best. Here is some sites for vaccine interactions ;
There are many side effects. Not all are told to you. I am not against vax's at all. I just choose which ones are viable by the numbers and ingredients. My newborn has to get vaxed for pertussis etc. in a month....Its the fever that I am always worried about with babies, not autism myself. Although there were 2 court cases won in Cali about vaxs exacerbating underlying and recessive autism and other diseases. Autism itself is pretty tricky to confirm and many other mental illnesses in children are lumped together into the "autism" category.
02-06-2011, 04:15 PM
02-06-2011, 10:29 PM
Baileys was in Washington not Cali , and hannahs was in atlanta I was pretty sure the ruling was handed down in cali though.
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