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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
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A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them.

The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry.

Now! Let's have a heated debate!

2013 update. Since I wrote this blog entry, this cartoon strip as well as many others on such subjects as homeopathy, chiropratic, evolution, and the supposed NASA Moon hoax landings, have been published in a book: Science Tales in the UK (Myriad Edtions) and How To Fake A Moon Landing in the US and Canada (Abrams). Here's the link to my main blog.

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Here's my own personal research:-
I have 4 children, all have had the MMR and one is autistic, Looking back, he showed signs of autism from birth.... way before he had any vaccines.

A wonderful case of a REAL conspiracy - to commit major fraud for direct profit - twisted around by the conspirators and their dupes to make is appear as if the REST of the world is conspiring against THEM.

When real conspiracies happen, it's people like Wakefield and Barr, teaming up to spread lies for money. Perfectly natural that dishonest people would do that sort of thing, yet for some reason people have a much easier time believing in vast "Big-C" Conspiracies with vague and incomprehensible (but surely nefarious) goals.

Which essentially proves that if there IS a "Big-C" Conspiracy, it's to gradually breed common sense out of humans. Of course, to work it would have to have started long before the invention of the very economic structures that benefit so much from that sort of gullibility, so I guess that rules THAT one out...

Just a quick typo. Page 5 panel 4 spells "wakefield" "wakfield".

Great work you are doing! Loved the expose on that imbecile Wakefield.

I haven't read all the comments, but you asked for spelling corrections. Wakfield should be Wakefield in slide that reads: "When I first heard about Dr Wakfield"

Thanks for this.

I would like to hear a professional and very detailed explanation why and how vaccines work. At the immune system level, there is no proof whatsoever that vaccines do anything. The injected antigen cannot be retained in the body for years, the so-called memory immune cells were not proven to exist, so what is the purpose of injecting poison into the body? Real poisons, mercury, aluminum, how are they connected to natural immunity? No statistics, no bullshitting, just the pure immunological explanation WHY AND HOW VACCINES WORK? Anyone???

The Hepatitis B Vaccine should explain how they work. They cause the body to build an antibody level and should the person be exposed, the antibodies fight the virus. No vaccine is 100%. 70% is better than the 0% offered before. If you eat out, ALL restaurant workers are required to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine. Prior to that, there were so many outbreaks resulting in too many deaths. There are few if any reported outbreaks since the Federal requirements. This is really basic stuff the you should be able to find on WebMD or Google.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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I agree with this. I have Aspergers, my Uncle possibly has Aspergers, and my son has mild/moderate Autism. He was showing signs at 4 months, as well as the irritable bowel. Wayyyy before he got the MMR. And when he got the mmr, he didn't even react to it (You know, the normal fever, nausea, etc). I fully believe that it's genetic, because I'm a healthy person, I eat healthy, my pregnancy was normal, my delivery was all natural, his infancy was normal, nothing was wrong. Now I DO believe you can get vaccine damage if your body reacts poorly, which is rare but that's the case with kids who get a 105 temp after a vaccine which essentially case brain damage. And I think in those cases, where the parents say, "My kid got a fever after the MMR and they weren't the same since!" that's actually applicable, but the MMR didn't cause Autism, they were already susceptible to the triggers to begin with, and the signs would have popped up sooner or later anyways. But that little percent who happen to see the changes only after a vaccine are the ones to throw the blame on that. Luckily it's becoming more prevalent to have Genetic Testing for a gene deletion or duplication, so we can actually SEE what's wrong, instead of blaming vaccines, or early labor, or C-section, or organic food, or whatever the new blaming fad is this month.

The most intelligent and well written post by anyone. I couldn't have said this better if I tried. The triggers are there at conception.

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You're wrong about Jim Carey. It's his ex-gf who is anti-vac. Carey has openly criticized her since the breakup, calling her "Jenny Whooping-cough-for-everyone McCarthy."

True, but i drew this strip back in 2010 and it was true then. It's in my book Science Tales, and I'll update and correct the strip for the next edtion.

Unfortunately it is too much to ask in this day and age.

Information is strictly "Recipient Beware" these days.

Any two drunks having an enlargement in a bar, can use a smart phone to ask Google the right answer. If one of the drunks doesn't do it, someone else at the bar will, just to keep the drunks from fighting.

And your question is; Can reporters, media talking heads and the countless hired professionals on staff at their TV stations and Magazine Publishers, be expected to hold themselves to the same standards as the two drunks in my example?

And the answer is a resounding "NO." Wish there was something to add but there isn't.

Journalistic ethics went out the window 30 years ago. It is no longer seen as important.

post, to be honest, I skipped over much of it because reading so many small captions was frankly annoying. Please consider placing all captions in a text only page that requires less scrolling.

The media swallowed his claims initially because they like sensationalist stories. Personally I did not believe the story and consequently had both my kids treated with MMR. A sample size of 12 does not make for a valid study and there could well have been other contributing factors that influenced their propensity for autism and/or IBS.

I'm glad Mr Wakefield was found to be so dishonest over this.

The celebrities who are alleged to be supporting him should simply stick to acting/singing or whatever it is that makes them popular, I'll never take scientific advice from the likes of Jim Carrey in the same way I wouldn't expect to see my GP in a top Hollywood movie.

Absolutely loved this strip, good job breaking it down to the "bare essentials" for those of us who were confused by the original reporting of it. On another note, who is the publisher of your "Science Tales" and is it available in Europe?

Many thanks. Myriad Editions publish the U.K version of the book. Links to international ediitons, including the French one are on their page. Here's the link.

Thanks so much for this. Truly excellent, and I have already posted it to Facebook. I did notice an error - the first time you mention the single vs. 3-vaccine MMR, you say Wakefield advocated 3 as safer than single, but later you say he had patented a single-vaccine MMR. (I assume the latter is correct.)

Yeah I came to ask about that error too. Otherwise, wonderful summation of events.