Thursday, January 6, 2011

Study Linking Autism to Vaccines Found Fraudulent

Wow.  I seriously canNOT believe this kind of thing happens.

The editor-in-chief of the BMJ (British Medical Journal) had this to say about the 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield linking autism to the MMR vaccine:
“the MMR scare was based not on bad science but on a deliberate fraud” and that such “clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare.”
 An editorial in the BMJ says,
“A great deal of thought and effort must have gone into drafting the paper to achieve the results he [Andrew Wakefield] wanted: the discrepancies all led in one direction; misreporting was gross.”
 DANG.   This dude's medical license was yanked last year for "serious professional misconduct" relating to the study.  AND 10 of his co-authors on the published study have since bowed out.  Messed.  Up. 

You know what freaks me out even more?  His license was nullified in England.  So, he moved to Texas he now heads up an alternative medicine center for Autism treatment & research.  SCARY.  I wouldn't trust this guy to come within 100 yards of my kid. 

A few good articles relating to the issue:


Dana said...

I saw a CNN article a friend posted on FB about this. It is seriously crazy! What also troubles me is how deeply his "study" has impacted our culture. I know so many people that won't vaccinate out of fear of autism. There's much work to be undone. Sadness.

Danielle said...

My cousin needs to read this. She posted a whole long post on why you shouldn't vaccinate your children.