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Andrew Wakefield faked his autism data: Comment of the day

The British Medical Journal has denounced Andrew Wakefield's discredited theory linking MMR vaccinations with autism as nothing less than an "elaborate fraud."

When we reminded readers of that fact while mentioning his recent visit to the Somali community in Minneapolis, one commenter called our post "yellow journalism."

"Holytape" begged to differ.

Wakefield faked all of his data. He lied about the medical history of the children. There was no linkage between MMR and autism in the real data. All twelve of the children in the study either showed signs of autism/delevopmental problems before the MMR vaccination, or much later than the 1~2 weeks that Wakefield reported. There was no bowel disease. Wakefield made that up. Repeat. Wakefield made up that disease that none of the children had.

As for vaccines, millions of children take it, and therefore it is unsurprising that thousands of people report injuries. But most of the time the injuries are not caused by the vaccine, or are minor side effects. Major side effects do occur, but the odds are low. The chances of having a major side effect are less that the chances of being seriously injured by contracting the diseases the vaccines prevent. There are plenty of safety studies on vaccines, and there components.

Is Wakefield a fraud? Tell us what you think in the comment section.


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