Medical Data Linking Autism to Vaccines Was Faked

Read the sordid story here.

That was bad enough, but Lancet was also complicit in changing the data:

From The Sunday TimesFebruary 8, 2009

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 patients’ 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 children’s conditions.

However, our investigation, confirmed by evidence presented to the General Medical Council (GMC), reveals that: In most of the 12 cases, the children’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.

Read more here about how Andrew Wakefield faked data on MMR vaccines for financial gain.

This is very serious. Children have died from childhood diseases preventable by vaccination because the parents believed (and still believe) this research. A medical journal not only published the research but may have actively assisted in falsifying the data.

So, who do we trust on “science”? Not Lancet. This latest revelation takes it well out of the realm of science and into the realm of quackery.

Remember the DDT fury, the banning of which was not science but alarmism? The actual reason for banning was not the stated reason (problems with bird reproduction) because there was no scientific connection between bird reproduction problems and DDT.

Population control advocates blamed DDT for increasing third world population. In the 1960s, World Health Organization authorities believed there was no alternative to the overpopulation problem but to assure than up to 40 percent of the children in poor nations would die of malaria. As an official of the Agency for International Development stated, “Rather dead than alive and riotously reproducing.”

[Desowitz, RS. 1992. Malaria Capers, W.W. Norton & Company]

You are going to have to look upon various “scientific” pronouncements with a very jaundiced eye and a healthy scepticism as to the safety of your wallet (and family).

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