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Study Linking Childhood Vaccine And Autism Was Fraudulent

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Just when you think there's nothing left to say about a 13-year-old paper that purported to link childhood vaccination and autism, it turns out you're wrong.


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Kit B (276)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 6:09 pm
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Just when you think there's nothing left to say about a 13-year-old paper that purported to link childhood vaccination and autism, it turns out you're wrong.

In the latest issue of BMJ, the British Medical Journal, investigative reporter Brian Deer makes the case that the infamous Lancet study, withdrawn last year, wasn't just wrong — it was fraudulent because key facts were altered to support the autism link.

The original paper reported on a dozen kids, eight of whom supposedly developed gastrointestinal trouble and "regressive autism," a form of the disorder that strikes later in childhood, after getting a combination vaccine against measles mumps and rubella. The work was led by Andrew Wakefield, an English doctor whose license was revoked last May for "serious professional misconduct" related to the work.

Where did the paper go wrong? Deer counts the ways after scouring health records and interviewing the patients families and various doctors. A few of the lowlights:

**Only 1 of 9 kids said to have regressive autism clearly had it. Three had no form of autism.

**Contrary to the paper's assertion that all the kids were normal before vaccination, five had some sort of preexisting developmental problems.

**Behavioral problems the paper said popped up days after vaccination didn't actually appear for months in some kids, a fact that undercuts the causality of vaccination.

Wakefield's hypothesized link between vaccination and autism was flimsy from the start, and has since been repeatedly repudiated. But the provocative Lancet paper fueled a vigorous backlash against vaccination.

An accompanying editorial in BMJ argues that "clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare" for good.

CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed Wakefield, who called Deer, "a hitman" hired to "take me down." Wakefield defended the paper and his methods. See the video below for the full discussion.

*** See video at Site***

As NPR's Jon Hamilton reports on today's All Things Considered, more revelations about Wakefield aren't likely to make the fear of vaccines go away. But David Ropeik, an instructor at Harvard, says something else eventually will. "As more and more people get measles and kids die, which is happening around the world. Eventually the threat of the disease will come back and surmount our fear of the vaccine."

By: Scott Hensley | NPR |

Brad H (21)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 6:16 pm

Carrie B (306)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 7:56 pm
Am I surprised? No, not at all!

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 4:57 am
There clearly needs to be a process by which reports such as these are peer reviewed before being released.
People need to be dealing with facts when making decisions about their health.

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 5:13 am

Unfortunately, this study was hugely touted by a celebrity that apparently needed a cause to explain her child's diagnoses of Autism. Since this claim received an extraordinary amount of publicity many mothers made the choice to not vaccinate their children. This fear of vaccine has reached a level that even in some western countries we have a recurrence of deadly diseases.

There is one aspect of the new vaccination programs that, though I understand it, seems to be slightly counter productive. The CDC has issued instructions to have each vaccination be given in a bolus. I think the fear is that the doctor needs to treat the child while they are in the office as that parent might not return for the vaccine for each one needed. My son found a doctor that gave/is giving each vaccination in single doses, but that is an unusual situation, and the doctor must be convinced that the parents will return for the injections each month. This fraudulent study has created many problems around the vaccination issue.

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 7:48 am

Please flag SPAM

S S (0)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:17 am
Thank you.

Terry King (113)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:19 am
The vaccination-autism link has been thoroughly debunked time and again but fear mongering has continued to keep parents from protecting their children.

Michael O (176)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:36 am
Vaccines are one of the greatest weapons that modern medicine has in its arsenal. One of our biggest killers, smallpox, was eradicated thanks to vaccines. Another debilitating disease, polio, is now virtually unknown outside of the Third World, also thanks to massive vaccination programs. And think of all the other miscellaneous childhood diseases that killed and maimed unnecessarily: measles, mumps, and rubella, just to name a few. Vaccination has reduced children's mortality rates significantly.

Get your kids vaccinated!

Thanks Kit!

pam w (139)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:48 am

JL A (281)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 9:28 am
Lancet and all authors retracted that article/study results years ago--I hate that people still cite the discredited research

Nancy M (168)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:08 am
I do wish that people would move on and really be interested in the actual causes of autism.

Agreed with Michael O.

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:20 am

I wish we could see a study structured around environmental pollutants and Autism. There or may not be a correlation between the two. I feel certain that if no such study is done, we can not eliminate that possibility.

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:49 am
This report has done so much damage!

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:52 am
Speaking as someone who is allergic to egg, I hate it that "studies" like this discredit not only themselves, but legitimate reasons to be cautious of vaccination. Notice I didn't say not to vaccinate, I said to be cautious. And I certainly agree on the actual causes of autism - and would extend that to all mental health conditions, since we essentially don't know the causes of any of them. I have seen some evidence that schizophrenia may be rooted in a neonatal virus, but definitely not enough to run with. BTW PHISH flagged.

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:59 am

Good points, Joanne.

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 11:03 am

I remember a few years ago when Care2 was all a buzz with people talking about Autism and vaccines. A friend of mine, now rarely on Care2 or the Internet joined me in a effort to make some of these moms understand how flawed this study was, but someone said it was true and that was enough. When I read about children in the US or Canada, any western developed country having children die from Pertussis, my heart breaks. There is a vaccine for that.

Nancy M (168)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 12:04 pm
Yes, good points Joanne.

I recently had a colleaugue with an infant. He was concerned about the vaccines. Not that he is anti-vaccine...but so many at so young an age.

Barbara K (62)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 2:46 pm
I never bought into the "vaccines cause Autism story". I think the vaccines are one of the most important things in having children. People just have forgotten what the world was like before the vaccines, when so many children didn't even survive the 1st year of life. Thanks, my friend for this important post.

Barbara K (62)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 2:46 pm
Spam flagged.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 4:31 pm
While I've never thought vaccines caused MY son's autism, I did worry that so many More vaccines are being given today than in the past & many more Combination vaccines are in use. The fact that vaccines are kept "viable" with mercury additives in some cases is terrible & even though companies supposedly can't sell them in the USA any more, I do NOT trust Big Pharma! :( Palming the old stocks off on 3rd world countries is not helping anyone. Getting RELIABLE scientific data is more important than ever - yet everyone seems to go into "studies" with their own agendas, so there's Still no help & damn little hope.
In Illinois, your kids HAVE to be vaccinated before they let them into school - but there's always been an allowance for "faith-based" skipping that rule. Now that so many are home-schooling we don't know how many are un-vaccinated.
I must say, too, that EVEN if you have been vaccinated you CAN get the diseases - usually not as badly & I don't know of anyone dying who had been vaccinated. When I was 12 I got whooping cough, I had my vaccine 2 years prior, my next youngest sister had her vaccine just months prior, & my youngest sister hadn't been vaccinated yet because she wasn't school youngest sister & I had it the worst & lasted the longest (6 weeks) but my poor middle sister had to sleep in the same room as us & said she was scared one of us would die & she'd find us first..:(

Rhonda B (99)
Monday January 27, 2014, 6:23 am
My son has Autism and had his shots, but I know boys that have Autism and never had any shots.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday January 27, 2014, 7:58 pm
How horrible for your sister, Yvonne, to go through that. I recall when my now late husband had cancer, our then teenage daughter who was up first to go to High School was afraid she'd stumble across her Father dead on the sofa. We finally moved a TV into another room downstairs so he could watch there and made him up a bed in the room; that way he had the door shut and it made her feel better in that respect.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:38 am
Kit, I'm afraid even if people accept that this is a discredited paper, and many doctors had been saying get the vaccines, that the naysayers will just come up with another excuse.

Winn A (179)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 7:26 am

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday February 17, 2014, 9:31 pm
Thank you for the reminder. My son's father-in-law is extremely opposed to vaccinating children. Thankfully my son and his wife do not agree with him and are getting their daughter, our first granddaughter, vaccinated.
(n, p, t)

Sian L (117)
Sunday April 13, 2014, 1:12 pm
Ten years ago, the vaccine market sat at $5.7 billion dollars…now, that market has soared to $27 billion.” 20 Top-selling Vaccines – H1 2012. Fierce Vaccines, 25 September 2012.

Lots of money involved in making sure we all vaccinate, and revaccinate... and revaccinate. Sick people is good for business for drug industry.
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