My eldest son, who is now 15, was diagnosed with autism many years ago, and subsequently my wife and I ran into people who asked about immunizations, etc., because of the Andrew Wakefield “study.”
I’m a skeptical person, and as a result don’t follow panic-driven marching orders very well. When they told us that eating eggs was going to kill us, I kept eating eggs (now they say they’re healthy), and when they said my lawnmower was causing the polar ice caps to melt, I kept mowing my lawn (AGW has been proven to be a BS operation run by hucksters). So, true to my nature, I greeted the Wakefield report in a similar way.
The study of Wakefield’s study has been going on for quite some time, but now the final pieces of his alleged link between autism and MMR shots have been completely discredited and the alleged research found to be fraudulent (sorry Jim & Jenny).
From the Associated Press:
The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research.
The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues was renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later retracted by the medical journal Lancet, where it was published. Still, the suggestion the MMR shot was connected to autism spooked parents worldwide and immunization rates for measles, mumps and rubella have never fully recovered.
A new examination found, by comparing the reported diagnoses in the paper to hospital records, that Wakefield and colleagues altered facts about patients in their study.
I was as shocked as you to find out that this bogus “study” was funded by lawyers hoping to make a killing suing the pants off Big Pharma.
Al Gore should hire Wakefield to cook the climatological books for him, because now there’s nowhere to run with this except to blame autism on global warming — as I’m sure the AGW crowd will do very soon (if they’re not already).