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Andrew Wakefield Resigns From Thoughtful House: Is Vaccinegate Finally Over?

Andrew Wakefield Resigns From Thoughtful House: Is Vaccinegate Finally Over?

It’s beginning to look a bit, and maybe a lot, like “Vaccinegate”—if I may so dub the whole furor-tinged controversy surrounding claims that vaccines might be “linked” to autism—may be coming to its inevitable finale.

Two weeks ago it was announced that the 1998 Lancet study linking the MMR vaccine to autism published by Andrew Wakefield et al. had been retracted by that medical journal. The week before, the UK’s General Medical Council had ruled that Wakefield was “unethical” and had acted “dishonestly and irresponsibly” in conducting his research.

And today, the Times of London has reported that Wakefield has “resigned unexpectedly from the American clinic he set up after his work was widely discredited in Britain.” That clinic, Austin, TX-based Thoughtful House, said today that
Dr Wakefield had left his post, with an annual salary of $270,000 (£170,000), “voluntarily” to avoid tarnishing the clinic by association. However, there were suggestions of a disagreement with some board members, who felt that his position was untenable. (Times of London)

Another doctor, Arthur Krigsman, the director of the gastroenterology clinic at Thoughtful House, has also recently stepped down. Dr Krigsman, as Left Brain/Right Brain notes, is the “lead author on a paper which came out recently purporting to support Dr. Wakefield’s research.”
From a statement from Thoughtful House:

The needs of the children we serve must always come first……All of us at Thoughtful House are grateful to Dr Wakefield for the valuable work he has done here.

“We fully support his decision to leave Thoughtful House in order to make sure that the controversy surrounding the recent findings of the General Medical Council does not interfere with the important work that our dedicated team of clinicians and researchers is doing on behalf of children with autism and their families.”

The “important work” done at Thoughtful House, which Wakefield helped to found in 2001, is to “[fight] for the recovery of children with developmental disorders through the unique combination of medical care, education, and research.” Thoughtful House is one of a number of centers and clinics that use biomedical and alternative medical methods to “treat” autistic children. The safety—not to mention the efficacy, the usefulness, and the necessiry—of many if not most of these treatments (such as chelation) have been the subject of much dispute. The use of biomedical and alternative medical treatments has yet to be supported by conclusive scientific evidence.

Was Wakefield “pushed out” of the Board of Directors of Thoughtful House, as Orac writes on Respectful Insolence

And what about Krigsman?

Is it possible that the purported link between vaccines and autism is withering away, to take its place in the annals of Really Wrong Ideas About What Causes Autism, right next to Bruno Bettelheim‘s widely discredited claims that bad “refrigerator” parents caused autism?

Actually, based on the news of the past few weeks, I’ll warrant that “Vaccinegate” has already achieved such historic, has-been status.

There’s more on the broader vaccine issue from Suzi Parrasch here.

 

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7:39PM PDT on May 28, 2011

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11:16AM PDT on Mar 20, 2010

Dr. Ayoub was, as many of you are, very concerned about mercury (thimerosal) in vaccines for a number of years, and attended a number of autism conferences that featured physicians who were highlighting the dangers of mercury.

However, a few personal encounters heightened his interest in another toxic metal frequently used in vaccines, namely aluminum.

Parents of autistic children kept pointing out the fact that their children’s heavy metal toxicity profiles showed high amounts of aluminum, and they wanted to know what that meant.

Secondly, a well respected nutritionist who deals with industrial aluminum toxicity showed him toxicity profiles of middle school children who had ADHD. In his estimate, 90 percent of the children in one particular school had developed ADHD during the course of a single year, and their toxicity profiles showed massive amounts of aluminum.

In addition, he did a pilot study with Dr. Usman, who treats autism with biomedicine, and when he evaluated the aluminum burden of these autistic children, he found that high percentage of them also had very high aluminum burdens.

All of these events led him to look deeper into the aluminum issue, which we discuss at length in this interview.


Check the article out:


http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/20/david-ayoub-interview-february-2010.aspx

11:20AM PDT on Mar 18, 2010

So absolutely false, Michael!

"You need to know why you have been led so far from the path of truth. You need to know that when you see media reports that promote the good of vaccines and their effectiveness, such as news or television reports, that these reports are completely fake and fabricated.

This leads me to the conclusion that some of the most powerful forces are at play, since they can easily and freely put manipulative and false material into the public's eye.

Healthy children come from healthy parents who eat whole and unrefined organic foods, who avoid processed foods like pasteurized milk, processed sugar, cheap vegetable oils, infant formulas, and processed flour products that are so prevalent in our food supply.

If you want your child to be healthy and disease free, do not give them a polluted body. Do not violate the purity of your child's blood.

Loving our children means not giving them vaccinations and it means that we need to inform other parents as well that vaccines are indeed shown and proven to be deadly."

5:04PM PST on Mar 12, 2010

There is no evidence for the so-called "vaccine-autism" link, other than vague conspiracy theories about "Big Pharma". Meanwhile, the resulting anti-vaccine panic has cost and continues to cost lives.

1:26PM PST on Feb 25, 2010

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9:00AM PST on Feb 24, 2010

Terrific Logic, Ali! Point made!

2:22AM PST on Feb 24, 2010

Ali, I was saying that for emphasis. That even in the worst-case scenario, even if every single condition was caused by vaccines, I would accept the verdict.

I was saying that even if the facts reveal something that I REALLY wouldn't want to exist, I would accept the findings of science.

Of COURSE no sane person is saying that every single case under the autism spectrum is caused by vaccines.

2:08AM PST on Feb 24, 2010

@Lindsey O:
"If the best evidence eventually shows that every single condition under the autism spectrum is caused by vaccinations, I will regretfully accept that finding."

I don't think I've heard anyone making that claim. I've never heard anyone saying that *all* autism is caused by vaccines. There's no logic in it. Substitute, for instance, paraplegia for autism in your argument:
"If the best evidence eventually shows that every single case of paraplegia is caused by road traffic accidents, I will regretfully accept that finding."
Otherwise what? You won't believe that *any* paraplegia is caused by road traffic accidents?
Many things in this world have multiple causes. Life isn't always black and white.

7:51AM PST on Feb 23, 2010

Utilization of the scientific method to discover the facts about any hypothesis doesn't just mean what goes on in a laboratory or a clinical study. If the credible evidence shows that any form of autism is caused by vaccines, then it is a scientific determination. That might include statistical analyses or other things which happen outside of a lab.

And if we are utilizing information which cannot pass muster using the scientific method, then we are not basing our decisions on credible evidence.

7:33AM PST on Feb 23, 2010

"If the best evidence eventually shows that every single condition under the autism spectrum is caused by vaccinations, I will regretfully accept that finding."

I don't think that the majority of people concerned about vaccine in connection to autism, believe that ALL and EVERY case of autism is caused by vaccines. On the other hand, that does not eliminate vaccines. Neither does the current stream of "scientific evidence". We have been the guinea pigs of science since its inception. Today's science is very often tomorrow's footnote, error, catastrophe or old wives tale

Science is far from infallible as has been demonstrated consistently over the centuries. Science is also not a constant, it is ever evolving. To use science alone as a basis to dissuade, debunk, belittle or ignore other concerns, observations, connections or philosophies is foolish at best and even dangerous. An open mind makes amazing strides, a closed mind stagnates.

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