Autism link to MMR vaccine receives serious debunking

GMC questions Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s methodology

The MMR vaccine link to autism may be severed if what's happening with Andrew Wakefield's reputation is any indication.

There are plenty of autism/anti-vaccine people – like Jenny McCarthy – who are going to be upset about this. Your payday loans blogger includes himself in that group. I have been skeptical of some vaccinations that the pharmaceutical-industrial complex attempts to push on my children. My ex-wife and I like to make informed decisions and know what’s going into our children’s bodies. We would never be so lazy as to pull a Michael Savage and go off half-cocked on the topic, particularly where autism is involved. For a commentator with as much education as Savage, his admonition of autistic children came off as shocking in its ignorance.

Now Andrew Wakefield is under the microscope

Dr. Andrew Wakefield suggested that the MMR vaccine had a definite link to child autism. According to the L.A. Times, this contributed to sagging measles vaccination rates in the U.K., which allowed the disease to mount something of a comeback after being nearly eradicated.

After a two-year investigation, Britain’s General Medical Council has found that Wakefield obtained blood samples unethically, may have based his findings on a ridiculously small sample group and accepted payments from personal injury lawyers representing people who ended up in the sample group. Lancet, the very prestigious British medical journal that had originally published Andrew Wakefield’s study results in 1998, has withdrawn it from their pages. Ten of the study’s13 co-authors have disavowed Dr. Wakefield’s findings.

Wakefield: allegations are “unfounded and unjust”

Expressing no regrets over his controversial work, Andrew Wakefield continues to operate as a physician in Austin, Texas. It is unclear at this moment what sanctions he will face in Britain, but he may have his license to practice in Britain revoked. According to the L.A. Times, Wakefield remains undaunted and looks forward to continuing his line of scientific inquiry.

Pushing young people to get MMRed

While the rebuke of Wakefield’s study may be the final word that marks the MMR vaccine as safe, I maintain a level of healthy skepticism whenever the pharmaceutical-industrial complex tries to push anything on the public. Of course they are now pushing for those under 25 to get pricked. Professor Qutub Syed of HPA North West said to Fleetwood Today that “We have seen an upsurge in the cases of mumps in the region and the evidence suggests that those unprotected people aged 15-24 are particularly vulnerable.” Since the MMR vaccine also protects against measles and rubella, it’s a three-in-one whammy – or so they say. Your payday loans blogger would like to see more careful study before he takes out payday loans to be able to afford the shot.

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