Wakefield: Fraudster or Victim
With the recent news that the documentary ‘Vaxxed’ was to be axed from the Tribeca Film festival Andrew Wakefield has found himself back in the news again, but what is the truth surrounding the MMR – Autism link that Andrew Wakefield allegedly found ?
Wikipedia is good starting point to find the official accepted narrative on any subject, here is the ‘Andrew Wakefield’ entry:
Andrew Jeremy Wakefield (born c. 1957) is a British former gastroenterologist and medical researcher, known for his fraudulent 1998 research paper in support of the now-discredited claim that there was a link between the administration of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and the appearance of autism and bowel disease.
After the publication of the paper, other researchers were unable to reproduce Wakefield’s findings or confirm his hypothesis of an association between the MMR vaccine and autism, or autism and gastrointestinal disease. A 2004 investigation by Sunday Times reporter Brian Deer identified undisclosed financial conflicts of interest on Wakefield’s part, and most of his co-authors then withdrew their support for the study’s interpretations. The British General Medical Council (GMC) conducted an inquiry into allegations of misconduct against Wakefield and two former colleagues. The investigation centred on Deer’s numerous findings, including that children with autism were subjected to unnecessary invasive medical procedures such as colonoscopies and lumbar punctures, and that Wakefield acted without the required ethical approval from aninstitutional review board.[read more]
So the mainstream belief is that Andrew Wakefield fraudulently performed studies and published his paper purely for personal gain.
You can find all of Brian Deer’s investigation material on this subject his website at: briandeer.com
So who is Brian Deer ?
Brian Deer is the reporter who savaged Dr Wakefield from the pages of the Sunday Times, a paper managed by Rupert Murdoch’s son James Murdoch who is on the board of GlaxoSmithKline which makes the MMR. Deer researched his case with the help of Medico-Legal Investigations, a private enquiry company whose only source of funding is the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Deer was both the journalist writing on Wakefield and the person who brought a case of fitness to practice medicine to the General Medical Council, and then wrote about the proceedings as well. [read more]
The timing of Deer‘s first letter of complaint to the GMC of 25th February 2004 shows Deer wasted no time after the publication of his Sunday 22rd February 2004 Sunday Times stories against Wakefield. Before a single word had been written by him Deer had consulted with and been given free advice and assistance by Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry company Medico-Legal Investigations Limited, whose speciality was getting doctors on charges before the GMC.
Here’s journalist Jane Bryant discussing her interview with Brian Deer outside the GMC hearing in 2008:
When asked if Deer was the complainant and if this was his case with the GMC, Deer simply exploded. Springing to his feet, placing his body inches from mine and invading my space, Deer proceeded to threaten, to rant and to jab his fingers close to my face.
Brian Deer: “No! I’ve not complained! I’ve got letters from the GMC saying I’m not the complainant! Ask me the question again! Ask me and I’ll tell you!”
“Deer was also not working alone. Deer was working hand-in-hand with Dr. Evan Harris a British Member of Parliament, Glaxo-Wellcome Fellow and active Member of the British Medical Association and Harris even at that early stage attended with Deer at the offices of The Lancet, as Lancet Editor Dr Horton recorded later in his book, on these events [“MMR Science and Fiction: Exploring the Vaccine Crisis,”]. This was also confirmed by Harris indirectly in Parliament and later by the public attendance by him with Deer at the GMC hearings against Wakefield in London, England.”
On the 28 May 2010 Brian Deer made the following statement on the BMJ website distancing himself from Dr. Evan Harris and played down his part in the investigation:
Most importantly, it’s misleading for Dr Harris to say that he “assisted” that investigation. For me, Dr Harris was a routine journalistic contact who supplied a number of quotes for stories, and one document – a letter sent to him by Wakefield’s lawyers. At his own initiative, Dr Harris observed a meeting between myself and the senior editors of the Lancet, in February 2004, but he misspeaks when he claims that “we” explained to the editor Dr Richard Horton what “lay behind” the now-retracted Wakefield paper of February 1998. Although unexpected, Dr. Harris’s presence at the meeting was welcome to me, since, as an investigative journalist dealing in matters of reputation, I like to have independent witnesses to my conduct and demeanour. However, the material presented was entirely my own. [Read more]
Dr. Evan Harris has likewise tried to distance himself from Brian Deer since the investigation [Read More]
It’s also worth noting that Deer was hired to investigate Wakefield by Sunday Times editor Paul Nuki, who is son of Prof George Nuki, who was on the Commitee on Safety of Medicines when MMR and Pluserix were introduced.
So what did Andrew Wakefield’s study actually reveal?
At “Ignite the Truth” event in Dana Point, California , Dr. Wakefield cleared up some major misconceptions about his famous paper, including the lie that it declared all vaccines to cause autism. He had this to say concerning the structure and intent of his greatly misunderstood research:
“No one has read this paper. No one actually knows what it says. This is a case series. This is the way human disease syndromes are described, whether it’s Asperger’s syndrome or Crohn’s disease or multiple sclerosis — a handful of patients that present with a similar pattern of signs and symptoms that merit investigation and reporting in their own right.”
Concerning what his paper supposedly declared, Dr. Wakefield had this to add:
“It doesn’t test any hypothesis. It’s not intended to. It can’t. All it can do is generate hypothesis of causation — what is based upon, in this case, the parents’ story. What did this mother, sitting across the desk from me in clinic, say happened to her child? That is where medicine begins. It doesn’t begin in a laboratory, it doesn’t begin with a test — it begins with a clinical history.”
Wakefields full retracted study can be found on The Lancet website here – This following statement is the closest the paper gets to linking the MMR to Autism.
We have identified a chronic enterocolitis in children that may be related to neuropsychiatric dysfunction. In most cases, onset of symptoms was after measles, mumps, and rubella immunisation. Further investigations are needed to examine this syndrome and its possible relation to this vaccine.
Wakefield merely suggested further investigations should be performed to determine if there is indeed a link between the vaccine and chronic enterocolitis, a suggestion which on any other topic other than vaccines would be deemed a responsible one.
Andrew Wakefield continues to defend himself while at the ‘Ignite the Truth’ event:
“I was accused of performing colonoscopies on these children, doing lumbar punctures — I never investigated these children. I was responsible for bringing this team together and conducting the investigation of these children. I was not responsible for their clinical care — that was performed by an outstanding group of gastroenterologists who confirmed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that these children have an inflammatory bowel disease and that has now been replicated around the world.”
You can watch Wakefields full speech below:
Are there any other studies linking Vaccines to Autism?
A team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease – and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus.
Team leader of the study Dr. Stephen Walker stated back in 2006:
‘This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus. What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct. That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.’
Developmental Regression and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in a Child With Autism
‘If such dysfunction is present at the time of infections and immunizations in young children, the added oxidative stresses from immune activation on cellular energy metabolism are likely to be especially critical for the central nervous system, which is highly dependent on mitochondrial function. Young children who have dysfunctional cellular energy metabolism therefore might be more prone to undergo autistic regression between 18 and 30 months of age if they also have infections or immunizations at the same time.’
Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002.
‘The association between hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and parental report of autism diagnosis was determined. This cross-sectional study used weighted probability samples obtained from National Health Interview Survey 1997-2002 data sets.’
There are many more studies suggesting possible links between Vaccines and Autism, Autism and Gut disorders.
“… it’s been replicated in Canada, in the U.S., in Venezuela, in Italy… [but] they never get mentioned. All you ever hear is that no one else has ever been able to replicate the findings. I’m afraid that is false.” – Andrew Wakefield
Dr Peter Fletcher, who was Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health, said if it is proven that the jab causes autism, “the refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history”.
He added that after agreeing to be an expert witness on drug-safety trials for parents’ lawyers, he had received and studied thousands of documents relating to the case which he believed the public had a right to see.
He said he has seen a “steady accumulation of evidence” from scientists worldwide that the measles, mumps and rubella jab is causing brain damage in certain children.
But he added: “There are very powerful people in positions of great authority in Britain and elsewhere who have staked their reputations and careers on the safety of MMR and they are willing to do almost anything to protect themselves.”
So from everything we know is it fair to say that Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s studies are 100% fraudulent as proclaimed by the mainstream media, or is it possible that regardless of whether his findings hold truth or not Andrew Wakefield had to be discredited to protect the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry ?
Do we have any reasonable evidence to suggest that the Pharmaceutical industry themselves behave in a fraudulent manner or use questionable data?
GlaxoSmithKline faces criminal investigation by Serious Fraud Office – The Guardian
Merck Has Some Explaining To Do Over Its MMR Vaccine Claims – The Huffington Post
Gardasil Researcher Speaks Out – CBS News
Here is a list of the largest lawsuits against Pharmaceutical companies according to Wikipedia:
So it does seem if we are to be expected to question Andrew Wakefield’s claims then we should also be questioning the industry that condemned him.
‘Vaxxed: From Cover-up to catastrophe’
Andrew Wakefield has made the headlines again with his new documentary ‘Vaxxed’ . The documentary was due to be shown at Robert De Niro’s prestigious Tribeca Film festival but in the last week the decision was made to remove it from the festival. Robert De Niro initially defended his decision to premier the Documentary at the festival and made the following statement:
‘Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. …this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.’
Soon after this statement was made the film was pulled from the festival and a further statement was made by De Niro:
‘We do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for’
The sudden retraction of his initial decision is not known however it came shortly after the media became outraged with his initial statement, as John Rappoport stated:
‘He’s been taught a lesson. Don’t go up against the medical cartel. Keep your mouth shut.’
For more on this please visit our earlier article – Vaxxed: How did they threaten Robert De Niro?
Watch the official trailer for Vaxxed below:
Finally there is the CDC Whistleblower story which suggests that the CDC covered up links between the MMR and Autism.
In a press release issued last year, one that almost no mainstream media sources have bothered to report, it was announced that Dr. Brian Hooker had finally received documents from the CDC through a Freedom of Information Act that revealed the CDC had access to data linking Thimerosal in vaccines to autism, non-organic sleep disorders, and speech disorders.
Two members of Congress helped Dr. Hooker draft his letter to the CDC, after having spent nearly 10 years submitting over 100 Freedom of Information Acts to no avail.
This information was completely blacked out of the mainstream media.
This information is very damaging to the CDC, which has stated for years that there are no studies linking the mercury of Thimerosal in vaccines to autism.
Dr. Brian Hooker received a phone call from Dr. William Thompson of the CDC, one of the original authors of the 2004 study. A series of phone calls took place, and Dr. Hooker recorded some of them. Here is the now famous video that was released in the summer of 2014 that mainstream media basically ignored:
While most of the mainstream media was ignoring this story, independent journalist and former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson called Dr. Frank DeStefano, the CDC Director of Immunization Safety, who was a co-author with Dr. William Thompson in the 2004 CDC study on the MMR vaccine, and asked him some questions about the concealed data Dr. Thompson had revealed.
She recorded her phone call and posted it on her website here.
Attkisson asked the CDC director why the excluded data linking the measles vaccine to autism in African American boys would not be important enough to investigate further, since it contained such a higher rate of autism. Dr. DeStefano’s reply was very typical of the bias that currently exists among CDC scientists when it comes to autism:
you know, autism, as you probably are aware, is a condition that really probably has its start while the child is still in the womb. And, you now, it doesn’t, some of the behaviors and such don’t come apparent, become apparent until maybe the child is one, two, three years old.
In other words, they believe autism is completely due to genetic factors, and not environmental factors. Of course, this theory of the genetic cause of autism lends itself to billions of dollars in drug research, even though it contradicts both scientific evidence, as well as the experience of many tens of thousands of parents who saw their completely normal child rapidly digress shortly after receiving vaccines. Even the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out damages to children with autism as a result of vaccines, including the measles MMR vaccine. [Read More]
Ben Swann covers the story in the video below following a demonstration outside the CDC in Atlanta demanding transparency when it comes to vaccines.