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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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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.

I read this in the voice of Adam Curtis

Very amusing read, but it's a shame you have left out key facts i.e Dr. Wakefields research being banned. If he was talking nonsense surely the best course of action would be to give him enough rope to hang himself so to speak. As far as there being no other studies to support his claims...exactly, no other objective studies have been carried out, which means they can truthfully say there is no evidence to support his claims. It's exactly the same as the thalidomide pill, many women suspected the link with their children's birth defects but were fobbed off and any professional who dared to question it faced the ruination of reputation and career. Mothers do know their children, to say your little cartoon is insulting to parents is an understatement. Needless to say you don't have a child with autism so can jest and theorise about it without a thought for the many families out there dealing with this life changing illness every day.

Just because you gave birth doesn't mean you are cut out to be a mother. Many women aren't. Unless a woman ate a strict organic diet that was meat free, her baby was born with autism just like my cousin's son. She filled her body with nothing but junk and food additives and GMOs. There are all kinds of links to diseases and disorders because of them. Parents fail to parent and it's called ADHD all too quick. Big study done at a school in WI, I believe where 122 students were on Ritalin. Diets were changed and recess and physical activity were added to the school day and at the end of the study, 4 students required medication. Bet that doc that was writing the scripts was fumed. NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THE VACCINES.

All the while there is money to be made by selling one drug/treatment or another, there will be people who lie/fiddle the figures, suppress research etc, so they can profit or to limit tehir losses. It might be greed or it might be desperation that drives people to such corruption, but how can the lay person trust _anyone_ to be objective about the actual benefit of drugs/vaccines or whatever?

"It is quite clear that you do not understand English. Brian Deer is not a member of the Sunday Times staff. He is a freelance journalist who runs his own website and blog and is not under the control or direction of the Sunday Times. Mr. Deer should not represent himself as a Sunday Times journalist. He is not a member of staff, does NOT have a regular salary from us, is not on our pension scheme and pays his own tax as a freelance. If he says that he writes for the Sunday Times that would be correct. He is a contributor to The Sunday Times on an occasional basis but again we have no control over him ..."

- Alaistair Brett, Legal Manager, Sunday Times

More here...
www[dot]ageofautism[dot]com/2011/01/keeping-anderson-cooper-honest-is-brian-deer-the-fraud[dot]html

Spelling errors forgiven. The same people who are so anti-vaccine are shoving meat and other GMOs on their bodies and the bodies of their children. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, SLE, and MCTD three and a half years ago. I was in a nasty accident and ate the same crap that is now in question prior to the accident and I smoked cigarettes. I quit smoking and switched to a mostly vegan/organic diet and eliminated all of crap from my body. The stress of the trauma and the environment fed with preservatives, additives, GMOs, carcinogens, and pollutants from the the air we breathe and water we use from everything WERE found to have a direct link to the autoimmune storm I'm fighting right now. It doesn't matter what I changed almost 4 years prior to my diagnosis. Big Pharma in the USA loves to keep people sick. They have made a killing off of me alone and I am bankrupt and I'm going to die. I was told 10 years at best. If the RIGHT tests had been done 20 years earlier when I was first symptomatic for SLE, they would have found it. The money that was spent over the years is in the hundreds of thousands. Sickens me to think I am just one of many. I was a nurse. I loved my job and I was good at it. I miss my people and being able to teach them how to live better and longer despite kidney failure. I'm trying to avoid it. There won't be dialysis for me. I refuse. Wonder when some big Celeb will speak out for the Lupus Community so we have more funding? I loved this article. SO full of information. I knew there was no connection but I am so happy to see the truth told like it was. Thank You so much.

Wakefield had a hypothesis, not a theory!

Just checking--in panel 3, it's stated that Wakefield was championing a three-part MMR vaccine...but in panel 8, it states he was developing a single-dose vaccine.

I love the article and agree with it...but would appreciate if this discrepancy were cleared up. Thanks!!!

I think you just misinterpreted.

Panel/page 3 says that Wakefield's paper linked autism to the MMR vaccine, and that Wakefield "stated that giving children the vaccine in three separate doses would be safer than a single vaccination". He was opposing the combined MMR vax, and suggesting that the three diseases be vaccinated against separately.

Which is why it's so damning that he was later found to have patented a single (separate) measles-only vaccine, for use as a component of the three-part course meant to replace the discredited (by him) MMR.

This is excellent. There is NO evidence that vaccines cause autism. The prevalence of autism has been increasing at the same time that thimerosal use has been decreasing. If there were a close causal link the prevalence of autism would decrease as thimerosal use decreased.

Epidemiological studies cannot prove cause and effect. That requires a clinical trial using the scientific method. Epidemiological studies can prove association, but association is not evidence of causation. To make cause-effect statements based on association is the essence of junk science. However, a lack of association can DISPROVE causation, and there have been no epidemiological studies that have shown an association between vaccines and neuro-developmental disorders.

Excellent story. I'm just now reading this.

This very interesting. It would be great if you could add links to original sources for this piece. Thanks.

I really enjoyed the manner in which you explained the whole process and situation. Comics work really well in this type of situation, better than most any other medium.

This whole issue is part of the whole anti-science mood in our culture today. As you point out, even within the realm of practicing scientists, there are many who, for money, for politics or whatever reason, rig their findings to support a certain point of view, rather than actually accepting the actual findings of an experiment and working from that. Religion and politics are becoming inextricably linked in some quarters, with the result that even well-understood issues like evolution and climate change are called into question, repeatedly.

Good luck to us all.

page 13, not Jim Carrey. He and Jenny McCarthy famously broke up over that disagreement.

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