More MMR misdeeds by Andrew Wakefield

Brian Deer, the original whistleblower regarding Andrew Wakefield’s conflicts of interest in the MMR/autism controversy, has now uncovered more evidence on the subject. Apparently,

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.

So not only did most of the children evidence symptoms suggestive of autism before they ever received the MMR, their gut biopsies, which were reported in the 1998 Lancet paper as being diseased, were perfectly normal. More on this elsewhere in the Times:

The children were supposed to have a new inflammatory bowel disease, written up in the Lancet paper as “consistent gastrointestinal findings” involving “nonspecific colitis”. Wakefield said that this inflammation of the colon caused the gut to become “leaky”, allowing food-derived poisons to pass into the blood-stream and the brain.

“The uniformity of the intestinal pathological changes and the fact that previous studies have found intestinal dysfunc-tion in children with autistic-spectrum disorders, suggests that the connection is real and reflects a unique disease process, ” the Lancet Paper explained of the “syndrome”.

Yet pathology records of samples taken from the children show apparent problems with this evidence. The hospital’s consultants who took biopsies from the children’s colons concluded that they were not uniform but varied and unexceptional.

For Child Eight, the pathology report said: “No abnormality detected”, while the Lancet paper said: “Nonspecific colitis”. This pattern was repeated for two of the other children, Nine and Ten.

The most striking change of opinion came in the case of Child Three, a six-year-old from Huyton, Merseyside. He was reported in the journal to be suffering from regressive autism and bowel disease: specifically “acute and chronic nonspecific colitis”. The boy’s hospital discharge summary, however, said there was nothing untoward in his biopsy.

This is looking more and more like the scientific fraud of the century (or would that be last century?). I wonder if our friend Dr. Bob has any thoughts on the matter?


9 Responses

  1. omg my blog list is lit up with Andrew Wakefields name. He must be really scary.

  2. I can’t say I’m surprised.

  3. I’ve done another round-up post — who is saying what about the Deer articles on Wakefield in the London Times. I’ve included this post.

    11 years on, Wakefield Manufactured Data showing MMR-Autism Link?

  4. It turns out journalist Brian Deer made it up:-
    “Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation”:

    And he was helping the US Justice Dept sink 4500 US kids claims for vaccine damage compensation – what kind of normal journalist does that? Ans: none.
    “US Federal Court, US Justice Dept & The Sunday Times – More Questions Than Answers”

  5. Yes, one expects an apologist for Generation Rescue to take Wakefield’s word for it. And of course Brian Deer was in cahoots with the Omnibus Special Masters…it’s a conspiracy! 😆

  6. estherar,

    Heh, falling back on “conspiracy” as argument, means you have lost it.

    Why not try addressing the facts instead:-
    “Times’ Group Journo Costs GMC £1M – But Blames MMR Doc!”

  7. And here is the working URL for this:-
    “US Federal Court, US Justice Dept & The Sunday Times – More Questions Than Answers”

  8. There are no facts in your blogposts. The links ‘supporting’ your writings are to opinion pieces by known Wakefield shills, your other blogposts, and the word of Andrew Wakefield himself, which most people are, given the circumstances, loath to believe.

    Now please come up with something more substantial, or get off my blog.

  9. People can read for themselves and make their own minds up who is providing fact ahd who is providing opinion.

    You can respond to facts with abuse if you wish – it is a free world – so far it is fact free on this blog.


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