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Vaccine Update Part 3 – The study connecting autism to the MMR vaccine was intentional fraud.

January 12, 2011

Yes folks, you heard it here.

The original article in the medical journal Lancet has been exposed as an intentional fraud.  The lead investigator was paid nearly 1 million dollars to “find” a connection between autism and the MMR vaccine, so that lawsuits could be brought to bear on the drug companies.

It was bad science from the outset.  Little did we know it was fraudulent science.  Intentional fraud.  A fraud against civilization and against the children of the world.  Irreparable harm has come of this, as hundreds of thousands (and possibly millions) of children have gone un-vaccinated, specifically because of this study.  A whole movement against vaccines derived from the evil of a single man.  The deaths of multitudes of children on the shoulders of this one greedy individual.  I hardly know how to react.  I am infuriated.  I am shocked.  I am relieved?

Relieved yes.  Because the vaccine naysayers do not have a single leg to stand on.  Not a single piece of scientific evidence now exists to connect vaccines to autism.  Perhaps we can put this dark era behind us, and continue down the road of an enlightened civilization.

It has always bothered me that ungrounded opinion, without a scrap of evidence, can exist in the same argument as solid scientific principle.  It has always bothered me that some people view scientific theory as mere opinion or hypothesis.  Perhaps they do not understand the process?  I think mostly that when these “theories” do not coincide with their internal framework of belief, their only options are to dismantle their framework or to not believe the theory.  It is easier to do the latter, especially if you don’t understand the mammoth undertaking required to bring a theory to fruition.  Decades of work by hundreds or thousands of brilliant individuals.  Tested.  Retested. From every point of view.  Such immense efforts finally brought to fruition; the efforts of our best minds, which can be cast aside by a couple famous naysayers. (cue:  Jenny McCarthy).

Unfortunately, when naysayers are given fuel (from dishonest scientists) or airtime (from whatever talk show Jenny might be on this week), it grants credence to their arguments.  What are people to believe?  They want to protect their children, and they are not equipped to make the decision themselves.  Who has the time to go to med school, just to decide whether or not to vaccine your kids?  I can see where the parent might be confused.

I beg you.  Plead with you. Please remember this one rational thought.  Recommendations made by large medical organizations such as the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) or the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) are made based on a rational and complete evaluation of all the available information.  Decisions made by brilliant people, based on brilliant work by other brilliant people.  Are they always right?  No.  Are they usually right?  Absolutely.  If you are going to base a decision based on the opinion of any organization, please follow the advice of these institutions and not Jenny McCarthy.  You can bet that when they are wrong, the CDC/AAP and FDA will immediately correct themselves.  The same cannot and will not be done by the groups that speak against these rational scientists and physicians.

Vaccine your kids.  Follow the advice of your doctor.  We will remain vigilant, hoping to ensure that our recommendations are always the best ones, and we will change those recommendations should evidence come to light that disproves us.  We are good that way.

A famous quote…

“Science – It works, Bitches”

Good Health!

Dr Mike

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3 Comments
  1. Great post, Dr. Mike

    I’m keeping a list of positive responses to the BMJ (Yes Wakefield is a fraud, and here are the implications…) and negative responses (Wakefield’s research IS TOO valid and vaccines cause autism anyway) at A roundup of responses to the BJM & Wakefield’s research was motivated by fraud.

    Some observations
    1. The positive responses come from a broad range of sites — politically left and right; people who are skeptics/ people who have heretofore (to my knowledge) never commented on vaccines or autism before, and so on. The negative responses are from a predictable set of sites and people.
    2. The news coverage in the US has (perhaps inadvertently) perpetrated the idea that all parents of children with autism believe in the vaccine causation myth. It is a complete falsehood. Many parents of children with autism and adults with autism robustly reject the myth.
    3. Kev Leitch, whose daughter has intense autism, has a moving post on how Wakefield’s actions have damaged everyone affected by autism

    Today’s article from Deer at the BMJ details Wakefield’s plans to profit from the vaccine scare.

    http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5258.full

    I’m collating responses to that as well.

  2. Thanks Liz! Great work, truly.
    I know my audience is small, but every voice is important.

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