Wakefield Accused of Further Vaccine Fraud
The Daily Bell
journal: Study linking autism, vaccines is 'elaborate fraud' ...
A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines
is an "elaborate fraud," according to a medical journal
a charge the physician behind the study vigorously denies.
The British medical journal BMJ, which published the results
of its investigation, concluded Dr. Andrew Wakefield (left) 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. The journalist who
wrote the BMJ articles said Thursday he believes Wakefield
should face criminal charges. However, Wakefield said his work has
been "grossly distorted." Speaking on CNN's "Anderson
Cooper 360," he said Wednesday he is the target of "a
ruthless, pragmatic attempt to crush any attempt to investigate
valid vaccine safety concerns." The medical publication says
the study has done long-lasting damage to public health. ~ CNN
Social Theme: Vaccines are safe. Period. And those who deny
it are criminals.
Analysis: Dr. Wakefield's journey into medical purgatory continues.
He initially co-authored a study back in 1998 that suggested that
a link between autism and vaccines deserved further study. Since
then his views have hardened. He has been outspoken about the dangers
of giving children so many vaccines in early childhood by
some estimates up to 35 vaccines before a child is five years old.
His arguments have found fertile soil, with both parents and Dr.
Wakefield suggesting that children with compromised immune systems
or even children with a certain genetic profile ought
to forego an aggressive vaccination schedules.
The idea of
bombarding the young body with so many faux-illnesses over such
a short period of time is probably bound to generate certain side-effects
in certain children or at least this seems to be a reasonable
perspective. Doctors in private may admit to this possibility, yet
Big Pharma, behind the vaccine industry, seems unable to countenance
the perspective that vaccines are in any way responsible for any
side-effects at all. The idea that a single one-size-fits-all medical
treatment has NO untoward effects EVER seems a somewhat doctrinaire
view, but it is the one that some in the field, including the pharmaceutical
industry itself, continue to advance.
has pointed out in the past that Big Pharma has resorted to fairly
unorthodox tactics to discredit those it considers its opponents.
We were fortunate to get a fairly lengthy interview with Dr. Wakefield
back in May 2010, that from our point of view put the controversy
into a larger perspective. What emerged was a portrait of beleaguered
but defiant professional whose perspective was echoed by parents
who had seen vaccine-based injuries first-hand with their own children.
To read the interview Click
persecution, in fact, fits a pattern. Despite denials about the
profitability of vaccines, Big Pharma seems to be behind much of
the persecution of those who question the viability of modern, Western
medicine. There was, for instance, a trial in Australia in which
Merck contested statements by doctors who dissented from the use
of Vioxx, or considered Vioxx unsafe. Wakefield told us, "Internal
Merck memos talked about how they would discredit them and neutralize
them and the last internal memo to be read out had the following
line, referring to those doctors, 'We may have to seek them out
and destroy them where they live.' ... Is there corruption? Is there
distortion? Is there manipulation? Absolutely."
BMJ article (referred to, above, in the CNN report) was written
by Brian Deer; he also writes for the London Times. The owner
of the London Times is publisher Rupert Murdoch who has a
variety of ties to Big Pharma and the Anglo-American power elite
that has substantial ownership of Big Pharma from what we can tell.
Deer has written continuously about Dr. Wakefield; his conflicts
of interest and his reported fraudulent initial study which
he claims was motivated by a business relationship that Wakefield
had at the time to create a new kind of vaccine. Wakefield reportedly
responded to the charges by suggesting that Deer was "a hit
man who has been brought in to take me down" by pharmaceutical
In our interview,
Wakefield denied that any outside interests had played a part in
his study and had more to say about Deere. He told us: "I think
a lot of the problem has been the original [Deer penned] Sunday
Times article on this whole affair was grossly, factually inaccurate
but that was the lead story that people have followed. Certain things
became imbedded as part of the truth and people came to believe
them simply because they were repeated time and time again."
No matter how
Wakefield is attacked, the controversy is not likely going to go
away. Fox News reports that many families with autistic children
are standing by Dr. Wakefield and his 1998 report, despite the new
accusations. This is not surprising: Over and over parents of children
with autism make the point that their children began to show symptoms
of autism after receiving vaccines. Either the children's immune
systems were stressed from previous or current sicknesses at the
time of the vaccine; or the children at very young ages received
a vaccine cocktail. Here's an excerpt from the Fox News report:
from Tampa, feels there's no scientific proof behind the British
Medical Journal and its claim Dr. Wakefield is a fraud. "I
don't give this article, this report any credibility until
I see more factual information about why they're saying it's fraudulent,
prove it," she said. Inclan's 7-year-old son Michael is autistic.
Inclan said her proof that his condition can be blamed on vaccinations
is a very specific timeline. When Michael was 18 months old, he
got a MMR shot and back-to-back flu shots. His fraternal twin
Christopher got the same exact vaccinations. Carmen said the difference
is that Michael was already sick and on antibiotics, his immune
system compromised. Carmen won't vaccinate her children anymore,
relying on a more holistic approach.
verbal evidence, defenders of vaccines still will not grant a link
between vaccines and any side effects. They cite study after study
that shows a lack of any individual link; meanwhile there is report
after report by parents claiming just such a linkage. Another side-effect
to vaccines may be asthma, which is a condition that has been growing
significantly. There seems little research into any link between
asthma and vaccines, though in our interview, Dr. Wakefield expressed
interest in a potential linkage.
of ever-escalating accusations against Dr. Wakefield his
license to practice medicine in Britain has been revoked and his
initial research has been retracted by the journal that published
it seems intended to chill whatever interest professionals
may have in such investigations. Here's some more from the CNN article,
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
In our commentary
about the interview with Dr. Wakefield, we pointed out that his
reasonable point of view (that "safety-first" ought to
be of paramount importance when it comes to vaccines) would eventually
win the day. We also noted that "what is being done to him
now, this campaign of apparent de-legitimization, is fairly puzzling
given obvious conclusions almost any fair-minded person would reach
regarding this controversy." Since we wrote these words, Dr.
Wakefield has lost his license to practice in Britain, had trouble
finding a publisher for a new, broader study about vaccines and
their side-effects in monkeys and now has been accused of criminal
fraud. Nonetheless, we concluded our commentary as follows:
But no matter.
The Internet has radically leveled the playing field. The word
is out to millions. Wakefield's public evisceration has probably
done nothing more than to generate sympathy for him in many quarters
... Eventually, in our opinion, vaccine makers (and their enablers
in government regulatory agencies and especially within the World
Health Organization) will be forced by the market itself
by concerned parents to admit that certain vaccines apparently
have certain side-effects at least when given to certain
children at certain times in their lives ...
Here at the
Bell, anyway, we would welcome further scrutiny of Big Pharma
generally. We think finding natural cures in the Amazon and elsewhere
and then mimicking them artificially in the laboratory is fundamentally
questionable and leads to dangerous medicine. In fact, we hope
at some point the whole science of vaccines comes in for more
serious scrutiny. There are more and more disease-specific vaccines
these days, but from our humble point of view the evidence for
the efficacy of many of these is scant. Certainly, according to
Dr. Wakefield, not a lot of safety testing is going on.
No matter what
Big Pharma tries to do these days especially to Dr. Wakefield
the controversy about vaccines is likely to continue and
vaccines rates (especially of the measles vaccine) will remain stubbornly
lower. If one grants the efficacy of vaccines generally, it does
not seem to make much sense that the pharmaceutical industry and
its governmental allies are fighting so hard to suppress knowledge
that vaccines can have side effects. In the United States, in fact,
a special court has been set up to hear the evidence of parents
who claim that vaccines have harmed their children, and awards have
begun to be made.
The legal evidence seems increasingly to contradict the stances
of Big Pharma and its medical and governmental enablers. This is
not going to help Dr. Wakefield though, who looks increasingly like
the Galileo of his day, pressured on all fronts to deny something
that he and many others know is most likely true.
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