Andrew Wakefield faked autism study but told Somalis there's hope

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Wakefield was invited to Minneapolis by Somalis families.
The now disgraced British doctor who scared the world with his theory linking childhood vaccines with autism, recently spread his debunked theories to Somali families in Minneapolis.

Andrew Wakefield's 1994 research paper has just been declared a "deliberate fraud" by the British Medical Journal.

The journal had previously withdrawn the paper on suspicions that it wasn't accurate.

A great deal of thought and effort must have gone into drafting the paper to achieve the results he wanted: the discrepancies all led in one direction; misreporting was gross.

Wakefiled is a hero to some parents of autistic kids, including Hollywood stars like Jenny McCarthy Jim Carrey. After his research was first discredited, they claimed he'd been mistreated by a kangaroo court -- England's General Medical Council.

He's since been stripped of his medical license in the U.K. But didn't stop him from coming to Minneapolis in December to spread his debunked theories among desperate Somali mothers and fathers of autistic kids. MPR reported that he was looking for subjects to participate in his research.

"It is solvable, it has a cause, it had a beginning and it must have an end," Wakefield said. "We cannot accept the damage that is being done to all of these children. It is completely unacceptable and the suffering you're going through."

The parents said they knew Wakefield was a controversial figure, but looking for hope, they wanted to hear what he had to say. Shukri Osman told MPR:

"At least he's trying to give us answers and he's listening to us. We need doctors to listen to us. We live with autism, and to see a doctor who's out there, giving his time and effort and money to help us, that's a big thing for me. I am thankful that he's here and he's helping us."

We recently reported on a different, dark side to autism treatment: Mario Cortolezzis, who ripped off the local autism charity he founded for his son. And he's not alone.

The rate of diagnoses of autism has soared 600 percent in the last 20 years, and it's become big business. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee estimated in 2008 that $222 million was spent on autism research in this country.

You can watch Wakefield defend himself on CNN by clicking here.


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Info

After receiving five vaccinations to go overseas, my left hand and arm went numb. Unrecognized by medical doctors, it was first diagnosed as a plugged carotied artery. Problem is, I am super healthy. An alternative dr recoginized it and chelation therapy was started. Urine catch showed mercury levels in my body were off the chart-literally.. so go figure...

Ron
Ron

Wakefield, Murch and Walker-Smith have never said that MMR causes all autism or that MMR is solely responsible for the rise in autism. It was a witch hunt.

Selective Hearing, Brian Deer and the GMC, Dr Andrew Wakefield Autism MMR Film

http://www.viddler.com/explore...

Holytape
Holytape

Wayne and Bewarethebirdman [Moderator] ,.Wakefield faked all of his data. He lied about the medical history of the children. There was no linkage between MMR and autism in the real data. All twelve of the children in the study either showed signs of autism/delevopmental problems before the MMR vaccination, or much later than the 1~2 weeks that Wakefield reported. There was no bowel disease. Wakefield made that up. Repeat. Wakefield made up that disease, that none of the children had.

As for vaccines, millions of children take it, and therefore it is unsurprising that thousands of people report injuries. But most of the time the injuries are not caused by the vaccine, or are minor side effects. Major side effects do occur, but the odds are low. The chances of having a major side effect are less that the chances of being seriously injured by contracting the diseases the vaccines prevent. There are plenty of safety studies on vaccines, and there components.

Steve Miles
Steve Miles

Among Mr. Wakefield's claims was that autism does not exist in Somalia. Somalia's health care system is ill equipped to diagnose, let alone compile statistics on autism. Nevertheless there is autism in that community. This is a UNICEF publication on an Autism school in Ethiopiahttp://www.unicef.org/ethiopia...This is a story about a Somali child with autism who is having immigration issues and is stuck in Nairobihttp://somaliswiss.wordpress.c...http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story...Here is an Autism Center in Ivory Coasthttp://www.autismcommunityofaf...This is an expert on Autism including in Kenya, Congo.http://www.washingtonpost.com/...Wayne does not know what he is writing about.Steven Miles, MD

Bewarethebirdman
Bewarethebirdman

"Faked" his autism study?Gee that's quite a trashy headline when there is absolutely nothing to back it up in the article.Exactly how did he "fake" his study?I suggest reading the study for starters, it is only about 12 case studies that the parents themselves claimed the problems were caused by the MMR vaccinations and Dr. Wakefield only concluded that it was a "possibility".This article is simply trash and yellow journalism.

Wayne
Wayne

Hart, sure glad you are writing your column without any bias. You are not that good of a researcher. Just read the 7 page study. There is NO reference to MMR causes autism. It is about the 12 kids that had the MMR, then developed bowel disease, with some that later regressed into autism. By the way, check out the Vaccine Injury Reports by FDA. You will see the thousands of people injured by vaccines. Maybe interview a parent that lost a child to the Gardisil vaccine. This is not about anti-vaccines. It is about being pro-vaccine but getting the Big Pharma to produce safe vaccines, eliminate the toxins in them. No studies conducted to examine the safety of

Aprilbrewer78
Aprilbrewer78

Wayne, Do you have a child with autism? I'm a parent to a child that has it and he has stomachaches on a daily basis. My child got autism from multiple vaccines given in one visit from our pediatrician. I would have much rather him to have contracted the measles than autism. As for Wakefield making up a bowel disease that these kids have? Its true 99% of these kids with autism have severe bowel problems! To educate you on the chances of you having a child born with autism, Its 1 in 66 boys and thats a 600% rise! You need to know this!

Wrohde
Wrohde

Holytape.

Wakefield did not fake his study. It has been replicated by 5 other labs around the world. And no one is claiming that MMR caused autism. Even though our federal court system has concluded in nearly dozen cases that the MMR caused harm.

Read the study. MMR caused bowel disease in the 12 kids. Some of them later were diagnosed by other medical doctors with regressive autism.

heartbot
heartbot

The problem is that Wakefield misrepresented the 12 children in his study. 5 of the 12 children in the study already had documented developmental delays prior to vaccination, and there were other discrepancies between Wakefield's report and all of the children's medical records that invalidate the claim in Wakefield's study that all children were "normal" prior to their vaccinations. The problem is that the information in Wakefield's report was falsified, and his conclusions have not been corroborated in two major studies with larger sample sizes (one with half a million children, one with over a million.) From a scientific standpoint, Wakefield's report is garbage, and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community--including 10 of the 13 authors on Wakefield's report--agree with that.

Holytape
Holytape

I am sorry to hear about your child. You may have a heart felt belief, but that is not proof. Large studies have looked for the linkage between vaccines and autism and none have found it. Rates of autism do not statistically vary between vaccinated populations and unvaccinated population. Nor do they consistentally vary with the number of vaccines received in childhood. Nor has the rate of autism decreased now that the used of mercury has diminished. Nor does the on-set of autism differ between vaccinated and unvaccinated children. We do not know what causes autism, but we do know that vaccines are not responsible.

It is not a choice between measles and autism. Measles, other disease like whooping cough kill children. These deaths are preventable. Not getting vaccinated, does not decrease the chances of autism, it just increase that chances of getting one of these diseases. So by faking his study and subsequent promoting it, Wakefield and people like him, have not lowered the rate of autism or even prevented a single case, but in fact have increased the death rate due to preventable diseases.

Wakefield made up the bowel disease that he reported in his paper. Kids with autism might have a higher rate of digestive track problems, but the kids in the study did not have those problems. He lied, plan and simple.

Holytape
Holytape

No, Wakefield faked his data. The medical history of the children did not match the medical history presented in the paper. He claimed that the children showed the first signs of autism within weeks of the vaccine, when in fact that most of the children showed signs of developmental problems before the vaccine was given.

There was no bowel disease. He made that up. In three cases the pathologist report stated "No abnormality detected”, while those same three cases were presented in the paper as “Nonspecific colitis”. In told, 7 of the 12 reported cases had complete normal biopsies, and yet he reported them as diseased.

List the papers that replicated his findings. I am not aware of any peer-viewed publications.

Wrohde
Wrohde

Steve. Too bad that you used Brian Deer's report as evidence.Deer is nothing more than a smear machine. He claims that he has no financial interests in his reporting from the last 3 years. And he does not. But look into the last 7 where he did all of his research and you will find a lot of money paid to him directly or indirectly.Wakefield and the staff at Royal Free Hospital DID NOT HAVE access to the personal medical records of the children. His claim is that the MMR vaccination caused bowel disease in the 12 kids. The measels virus that was identified in the kids was from the MMR not from a wild strain.His study has been replicated by 5 other labs around the country.

We all can agree that vaccines did not cause autism in those kids. But no one can say that the current schedule of 36 vaccines is safe. Why, because the CDC and PHarma keep blocking efforts to study that prior to the 80's most kids recieved less than 10 vaccines before the age of 6 and now it is 36+.

Wayne
Wayne

well it appears that most of the media is guilty of reporting consensus science.

And it appears that the BMJ and Deer do not have the facts straight. Sorry that your story is incorrect.

http://www.naturalnews.com/031...

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