one of most unusual and painful diseases to face mankind today.
It is unclear what causes autism, but studies have shown its rates to
be on the rise. Potential suggested causes have included
parents having children at an older age and increased chemical
exposure.One unusual cause was suggested in 1998 by British
doctor Andrew Wakefield. He suggested that the measles,
mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine might be causing not only
late-onset autism, but bowel disease as well. Backed by the
findings of his junior doctors, Dr. Wakefield published a study in
the prestigious Lancet medical journal.The public was
shocked. It wasn't long before autism advocates like Jenny
McCarthy were decrying the evils of vaccination. In
Britain, thanks to the scare, vaccine rates dropped from 92% to below
80%. This led to the number of measles cases in England and
Wales to soar from 56 in 1998 to 1,348 in 2008. Two children
died as a result of the disease.Something wasn't adding up
about the vaccines link, though. Try as they might, researchers
couldn't replicate Dr. Wakefield's results. And the children he
evaluated were found to have no signs of bowel disease when a second
opinion was obtained.Then came shocking
allegations, starting a couple years ago. It was revealed
that Dr. Wakefield had his subordinates falsify data, obscuring
that the children studied had already shown signs of autism
pre-vaccination. He also had them record that children had
bowel disease when they had none. And worst of all, he
apparently did it for profit.In 2004, it was revealed that
Dr. Wakefield had been approached by representatives from the UK's
Legal Aid Board (now the Legal Services Commission), a law firm that
was preparing a suit against vaccine manufacturers. Lacking
scientific evidence, the firm essentially bought it, paying Dr.
Wakefield £55,000 ($88K USD) to falsify the data.Dr.
Wakefield also was rewarded in other ways. Even as
children died or became terribly ill from his fraud, in November 2001
he became a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. And
after allegations emerged in Britain, he fled to the U.S., where he
now serves as Executive Director of Thoughtful House Center for
Children in Austin, Texas.At the end of last month, some
justice was finally served. On January 28, Britain's General
Medical Council found that
Dr. Wakefield had "failed in his duties as a responsible
consultant", shown "callous disregard" for his
patients' trust, and had behaved "dishonestly and
irresponsibly". The council is still mulling over
disciplinary actions, but is possible his medical license will be
revoked.On February 2, the Lancet medical journal finally
retracted the paper [PDF] that launched the vaccines
controversy. The journal released a statement, commenting, "It
has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield
... are incorrect.Many physicians are angry that it took so
long for the veteran journal to retract the study. States Adam
Finn, professor of pediatrics at Bristol University, "This is
not before time. Let's hope this will do something to re-establish
the good reputation of this excellent vaccine."
quote: It's far more likely that the rates of autism are "increasing" because its being diagnosed more accurately.
quote: You are not very smart.
quote: Have you ever heard of a little axiom that says Correlation does not equal causation?
quote: However, a better question to ask would be did the number of new autism cases drop from the previous ten years , in respect to the number of reduced vaccine users? If yes, then I would say there is a strong argument. If no then we are in the same spot .
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quote: Actually with an IQ of 137 I'm much smarter then the average person.
quote: Why would the FDA want to eliminate Thimerosal if it was safe?
quote: Why would Thimerosal be "safe" if mercury is not safe and it contains mercury?
quote: Very few studies have really investigated the effects of ethylmercury in the body.
quote: While ethylmercury does have toxic effects
quote: Lacking definitive data on the comparative toxicities of ethyl- versus methylmercury, FDA considered ethyl- and methyl-mercury as equivalent in its risk evaluation
quote: These studies reported local necrosis, acute hemolysis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, acute renal tubular necrosis, and central nervous system injury including obtundation, coma, and death.
quote: However, depending on the vaccine formulations used and the weight of the infant, some infants could have been exposed to cumulative levels of mercury during the first six months of life that exceeded EPA recommended guidelines for safe intake of methylmercury.
quote: What percentage of unvaccinated v. vaccinated kids died? Of course I'm assuming the vaccinated wouldn't die of measles , but if they were diagnosed with any other ailments at a higher rate, I would be interested in not vaccinating my kids with the MMR.
quote: God, pick up a friggin history book sometime.
quote: I most certainly CAN blame her. Even had this guy not faked his data, it was just ONE study...and even the faked results were hardly conclusive. To use that to run around telling people not to vaccinate their kids? What sort of brainless idiot does that?
quote: It was revealed that Dr. Wakefield had his subordinates falsified data,
quote: Dr. Wakefield also was rewarded in other ways as well.