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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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I am Darryl Cunningham and this is my main blog.

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I appreciate your efforts in presenting this material. There are some thoughts that you may find helpful to consider.

You state that, "Wakefield's theory was that both inflammatory bowel disease and autism were caused by the measles virus (found live as a normal part of the MMR vaccine."

I never heard any concern about MMR using a live measles virus, in connection with autism (until recently, in your work, and other works with similar statements). What I remember hearing, in concerns related to vaccines and autism, is a concern regarding the mercury levels of certain vaccines, especially MMR. Thimerosal is a preservative that was used in many vaccines that contained multiple doses in one container. The purpose of thimerosal is to prevent microbial (especially bacterial & fungal) contamination of the vaccines, as the same container is entered multiple times, giving vaccine doses to multiple people. Thimerosal contains mercury. Mercury is know to be capable of severely damaging the nervous system. The term "mad hatter" came from the people who used mercury to shape felt hats, in factories. There have also been concerns about mercury in tooth fillings. Tooth filling no longer contain mercury. The idea of reducing the number of MMR vaccinations from multiple doses to one dose was not to reduce the patient's exposure to the measles virus; it was to reduce the person's exposure to mercury. Even though many subsequent studies showed no link between thimerosal and autism, the FDA and CDC agreed to reduce or eliminate thimerosal in vaccines. That is why many vaccines are now available in single doses, with no thimerosal. There certainly is no evidence that mercury improves any body function, and there was concern that it may be linked to autism, when very tiny, quickly developing and changing humans were injected with even small doses of mercury. And the question was asked, why unnecessarily expose infants, children, pregnant women, or anyone else, for that matter, to multiple doses of mercury, from a series of MMR vaccinations, when you could give them one vaccination without mercury? A reasonable question, indeed. The response? Currently, most vaccines are available without mercury, because there is only one dose per container, so no thimerosal is necessary.

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