From: john on 7 Feb 2010 17:42
Andrew Wakefield, Scientific Censorship, and Fourteen Monkeys
A statement from Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey
Los Angeles, February 5, 2010
Dr. Andrew Wakefield is being discredited to prevent an historic study from
being published that for the first time looks at vaccinated versus
unvaccinated primates and compares health outcomes, with potentially
devastating consequences for vaccine makers and public health officials.
It is our most sincere belief that Dr. Wakefield and parents of children
with autism around the world are being subjected to a remarkable media
campaign engineered by vaccine manufacturers reporting on the retraction of
a paper published in The Lancet in 1998 by Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues.
The retraction from The Lancet was a response to a ruling from England's
General Medical Council, a kangaroo court where public health officials in
the pocket of vaccine makers served as judge and jury. Dr. Wakefield
strenuously denies all the findings of the GMC and plans a vigorous appeal.
Despite rampant misreporting, Dr. Wakefield's original paper
http://www.generationrescue.org/pdf/wakefield2.pdf regarding 12 children
with severe bowel disease and autism never rendered any judgment whatsoever
on whether or not vaccines cause autism, and The Lancet's retraction gets us
no closer to understanding this complex issue.
Dr. Wakefield is one of the world's most respected and well-published
gastroenterologists. He has published dozens of papers
http://www.thoughtfulhouse.org/publications.php since 1998 in
well-regarded peer-reviewed journals all over the world. His work
documenting the bowel disease of children with autism and his exploration of
novel ways to treat bowel disease has helped relieve the pain and suffering
of thousands of children with autism.
For the past decade, parents in our community have been clamoring for a
relatively simple scientific study that could settle the debate over the
possible role of vaccines in the autism epidemic once and for all: compare
children who have been vaccinated with children who have never received any
vaccines and see if the rate of autism is different or the same.
Few people are aware that this extremely important work has not only begun,
but that a study using an animal model has already been completed exploring
this topic in great detail.
Dr. Wakefield is the co-author, along with eight other distinguished
scientists from institutions like the University of Pittsburgh, the
University of Kentucky, and the University of Washington, of a set of
studies that explore the topic of vaccinated versus unvaccinated
neurological outcomes using monkeys.
The first phase of this monkey study was published three months ago in the
prestigious medical journal Neurotoxicology, and focused on the first two
weeks of life when the vaccinated monkeys received a single vaccine for
Hepatitis B, mimicking the U.S. vaccine schedule. The results, which you can
read for yourself here http://fourteenstudies.org/pdf/primates_hep_b.pdf
were disturbing. Vaccinated monkeys, unlike their unvaccinated peers,
suffered the loss of many reflexes that are critical for survival.
Dr. Wakefield and his scientific colleagues are on the brink of publishing
their entire study, which followed the monkeys through the U.S. childhood
vaccine schedule over a multi-year period. It is our understanding that the
difference in outcome for the vaccinated monkeys versus the unvaccinated
controls is both stark and devastating.
There is no question that the publication of the monkey study will lend
substantial credibility to the theory that over-vaccination of young
children is leading to neurological damage, including autism. The fallout
from the study for vaccine makers and public health officials could be
severe. Having denied the possibility of the vaccine-autism connection for
so long while profiting immensely from a recent boom in vaccine sales around
the world, it's no surprise that they would seek to repress this important
Behind the scenes, the pressure to keep the work of Dr. Wakefield and his
colleagues from being published is immense, and growing every day. Medical
journals take extreme risk of backlash in publishing any studies that
question the safety of the vaccination program, no matter how well-designed
and thorough the research might be. Neurotoxicology, a highly-respected
medical journal, deserves great credit for courageously publishing the first
phase of this vaccinated monkey study.
The press has been deeply misled in the way The Lancet retraction, and Dr.
Wakefield's mock trial, have been characterized. Led by the pharmaceutical
companies and their well-compensated spokespeople, Dr. Wakefield is being
vilified through a well-orchestrated smear campaign designed to prevent this
important new work from seeing the light of day.
What medical journal would want to step in front of this freight train?
Moreover, why now, after 12 years of inaction, did The Lancet and GMC
suddenly act? Is it coincidence that the monkey study is currently being
submitted to medical journals for review and publication?
We urge the media to take a close look at the first phase of the monkey
study discussed above and to start asking a very simple question: What was
the final outcome of the 14 primates that were vaccinated using the U.S.
vaccine schedule and how did that compare to the unvaccinated controls?
The U.S. vaccine schedule has grown from 10 vaccines given to our children
in the 1980s to 36 today, perfectly matching the dramatic rise in autism.
The work of Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues deserves to be shared with the
world to further, rather than censor, scientific progress.
From: dr_jeff on 7 Feb 2010 17:54
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The NY Daily News got it right:
From: john on 7 Feb 2010 17:59
"dr_jeff" <utz(a)msu.edu> wrote in message
> <copyrighted garbaged deleted>
> The NY Daily News got it right:
From: dr_jeff on 7 Feb 2010 18:51
> "dr_jeff" <utz(a)msu.edu> wrote in message
>> <copyrighted garbaged deleted>
>> The NY Daily News got it right:
Andrew Wakefield had a conflict of interest in his studies.
The other authors said he did a poor job and withdrew from the paper.
He got kids at his children's party to give blood and based his results
on this. Talk about poor selection of subjects.
He did unnecessary and potentially dangerous procedures.
From the article: As Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science
Foundation, put it, "That study did a lot of harm. People became afraid
of vaccinations. This is the Wakefield legacy: this unscientifically
grounded fear of vaccinations that result in children dying from
Bottom line is that Andrew Wakefield was the best argument that vaccines
cause autism and this argument has been shown to be wrong.
Autism is not caused by vaccines. Period.
From: Mark Probert on 7 Feb 2010 19:08
On Feb 7, 6:51 pm, dr_jeff <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote:
> john wrote:
> > "dr_jeff" <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote in message
> >> <copyrighted garbaged deleted>
> >> The NY Daily News got it right:
> Let's see:
> Andrew Wakefield had a conflict of interest in his studies.
> The other authors said he did a poor job and withdrew from the paper.
> He got kids at his children's party to give blood and based his results
> on this. Talk about poor selection of subjects.
> He did unnecessary and potentially dangerous procedures.
> From the article: As Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science
> Foundation, put it, "That study did a lot of harm. People became afraid
> of vaccinations. This is the Wakefield legacy: this unscientifically
> grounded fear of vaccinations that result in children dying from
> vaccine-preventable diseases."
> Read more:http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2010/02/06/2010-02-06_hippocrates...
> Bottom line is that Andrew Wakefield was the best argument that vaccines
> cause autism and this argument has been shown to be wrong.
> Autism is not caused by vaccines. Period.
Let's not forget that he was developing a "transfer factor" that would
substitute for the measles vaccine. His market, thus his income, would
be greatly enhanced if there was widespread distrust of the MMR
vaccine, which is clearly his intent.