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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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You are officially an idiot

Anyone that states there are no studies which support Wakefield's theories is as much an idiot as anyone that states they haven't been refuted.

There are at least 28 studies which support various parts of his study, here are just a few:

  • Medical Hypotheses August 1998;51:133-144.

  • Journal of Child Neurology July 2000; ;15(7):429-35

  • Lancet. 1972;2:883–884.

  • Journal of Autism and Childhood Schizophrenia January-March 1971;1:48-62

  • Journal of Pediatrics March 2001;138:366-372

  • Molecular Psychiatry 2002;7:375-382

  • American Journal of Gastroenterolgy April 2004;598-605.

  • Journal of Clinical Immunology November 2003;23:504-517.

  • Neuroimmunology April 2006;173(1-2):126-34.

  • Prog. Neuropsychopharmacol Biol. Psychiatry December 30 2006;30:1472-1477.

  • Clinical Infectious Diseases September 1 2002;35(Suppl 1):S6-S16 

  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2004;70(11):6459-6465 

  • Journal of Medical Microbiology October 2005;54:987-991

  • Archivos venezolanos de puericultura y pediatría 2006; Vol 69 (1): 19-25.

  • Gastroenterology. 2005:128 (Suppl 2);Abstract-303

  • The truth of the matter is there are "facts" on both sides, we are so far from knowing the truth it isn't even funny. And autism isn't the reason many parents decline some or all vaccines, or break them up, space them out, whatever.

    Re: You are officially an idiot

    There are at least 28 studies which support various parts of his study

    "Support parts of his study" is a lot weaker than "supports his theory". If I theorise that John F. Kennedy was killed by Elvis Presley because the Devil told him to slay Catholics, parts of that theory are very well-supported by evidence - JFK is definitely dead, and he definitely was a Catholic.

    But if I find 28 reliable witnesses who saw his confirmation ceremony, and another 28 reliable witnesses who saw him die... it would still be a bit of a stretch to claim that that evidence "supports my theory".

    Here, we have plenty of references that support the part of his theory where autism is correlated with gastrointestinal abnormalities, and precious little to support anything else (including the leap from correlation to causation).

    Re: You are officially an idiot

    Very well put.

    Re: You are officially an idiot

    Thanks for posting that - I was working up a "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacy rebuttal and noticing that not a single one of those articles mentioned any vaccinations, and you said just what I was thinking, but more clearly and cogently than I could get it to come out. Kudos!

    Re: You are officially an idiot

    LOL. What lederhosen said.

    Also, I'm amused that this sock of yours belongs only to prego_drama. Go breast-feed your eight-year-old and let the intelligent grown-ups talk in peace, kthx.

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