By Christina England | January 7th, 2011
This week the news from around the world has focused on Dr Andrew Wakefield’s research. Headlines such as ‘Autism study dismissed as fraud‘ (http://www.nationalpost.com/news…) and ‘Paper linking Autism to vaccines was an “elaborate fraud”‘ (http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2011/01/06/…) were littered throughout the news like confetti at a wedding.
According to the British Medical Journal Wakefield’s paper published 1998 in the Lancet linking the MMR vaccine to Autism was an ‘elaborate hoax’. The National Post (http://www.nationalpost.com/news…) said:
“A 1998 study that unleashed a major health scare by linking childhood autism to a triple vaccine was “an elaborate fraud,” the prestigious British Medical Journal ( BMJ) charged Thursday.
The study by now-disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield was blamed for a disastrous boycott of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in Britain, and even had reverberations stretching to Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.”
This is simply untrue. Dr Andrew Wakefield has never at any time linked the MMR vaccine to Autism.
Fact: Dr Andrew Wakefield did link Bowel Disease in children with Autism after they had received the MMR.
Therefore Dr Wakefield did not say that the MMR causes Autism.
Let us study a section of original Lancet report
It is titled Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children.
Wakefield’s study begins:
“Background We investigated a consecutive series of children with chronic enterocolitis and regressive developmental disorder.”
In the introduction he says:
“We saw several children who, after a period of apparent normality, lost acquired skills, including communication. They all had gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and bloating and, in some cases, food intolerance. We describe the clinical findings, and gastrointestinal features of these children.”