Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Vaccines, Autism and Andrew Wakefield’s Victims

DrV January 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm ... I limit my reading to journals actually recognized by the National Library of Medicine. Maybe you should consider more reputable sources. ... the article was penned by Arthur Krigsman. For the readers, Krigsman was Wakefield's partner-in-crime

Sullivan January 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

The idea that Mr. Wakefield's study has been "replicated" is false, based on a misrepresention of the study.

If you check the abstract, the first sentence under "findings" is:

"Onset of behavioural symptoms was associated, by the parents, with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in eight of the 12 children, with measles infection in one child, and otitis media in another."

As Mr. Deer has disclosed, this is false on many fronts. Mr. Wakefield's "behavioral symptoms" include "fever". Not exactly an autism symptom. More damning is that Mr. Wakefield changed the reported "onset" time for some parents' reports to make it seem more causal. Second, Mr. Wakefield dropped other parent reports where he couldn't change the timing, so that he could claim a short time interval between MMR and onset of symptoms.

He also states in the abstract:

"Interpretation We identified associated gastrointestinal disease and developmental regression in a group of previously normal children, which was generally associated in time with possible environmental triggers. "

Many of the children were not "previously normal", but had signs of developmental delay before they had the MMR vaccine.

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