I’ve mentioned before that my 13-year-old son was diagnosed with autism a few years ago. He’s right on the line between Aspergers and autism, so he has what I’d describe as a “mild” form. And fortunately, his “obsessions” are all good things, including a fixation on getting straight A’s in school.
The autism topic causes a lot of heated debate, as evidenced by the fact that when I wrote a column about it for The American Thinker last July, the comments were turned off for the first time that I’m aware of.
I bring it up again because not long ago I was talking to one of my wife’s friends, who said she doesn’t have her kids vaccinated because, in part, it has been “proven to cause autism.”
I asked her to explain what she’d read that made her believe that, and the “science” behind what she was saying was, at best, questionable.
Now there’s evidence that the doctor who “proved” that vaccines increase the risk of autism was fixing the data:
The doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.
Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patientsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition.
The research was published in February 1998 in an article in The Lancet medical journal. It claimed that the families of eight out of 12 children attending a routine clinic at the hospital had blamed MMR for their autism, and said that problems came on within days of the jab. The team also claimed to have discovered a new inflammatory bowel disease underlying the childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s conditions.
However, our investigation, confirmed by evidence presented to the General Medical Council (GMC), reveals that: In most of the 12 cases, the childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ailments as described in The Lancet were different from their hospital and GP records. Although the research paper claimed that problems came on within days of the jab, in only one case did medical records suggest this was true, and in many of the cases medical concerns had been raised before the children were vaccinated. Hospital pathologists, looking for inflammatory bowel disease, reported in the majority of cases that the gut was normal. This was then reviewed and the Lancet paper showed them as abnormal.
There are parents out there who don’t vaccinate their kids because of fraudulent “research.” As a matter of fact, fraudulent “research” leads people to do plenty of things based on lies from people with ulterior motives or just shoddy research habits.
Speaking of that, now that the above autism/vaccine study has been exposed as bunk, there’s only one possibility now: Global warming is causing autism.