MMR Vaccine & Autism: Famous Study Now Retracted

Many parents have been concerned about the alleged links between the MMR vaccine and a possible link to autism. As I’ve mentioned before, all medical societies continue to state that there has never been convincing proof of this, and now there is even less. The esteemed medical journal Lancet, which started this whole issue in 1998 with a provocative study, now officially and fully retracts that earlier study. Discussed here on BBC News, this is a major retraction and hopefully will finally put to rest this issue. The retraction comes a week after Dr Andrew Wakefield, the lead researcher in the 1998 paper, was ruled last week to have broken research rules by the General Medical Council. There was apparently a major conflict of interest:

Dr Wakefield was in the pay of solicitors who were acting for parents who believed their children had been harmed by MMR.

But this move goes further by accepting the research was fundamentally flawed because of a lack of ethical approval and the way the children’s illnesses were presented.

The statement added: “We fully retract this paper from the published record.”

Last week, the GMC ruled that Dr Wakefield had shown a “callous disregard” for children and acted “dishonestly” while he carried out his research. It will decide later whether to strike him off the medical register.

I think this is a major news story, as Dr Wakefield and others have caused incalculable damage to all vaccine’s reputations, and many unvaccinated children are getting sick and dying of diseases that should have been eliminated long ago. I personally think it’s disgusting that Dr Wakefield didn’t tell anyone he was getting paid by people looking for a connection, so he had a huge bias to find such a result. He clearly should lose his license to practice.

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2 thoughts on “MMR Vaccine & Autism: Famous Study Now Retracted”

  1. yes, but…there are other suspected mechanisms other than Dr. Wakefield's hypothesis. Mytochondrial dysfunction, chemical imbalances from the adjuvants or other ingredients…just see this:

    <snip> If it hadn't been for so many parents insisting that vaccines were responsible for the condition, we might never have found the fact that the stabilizer in MMR and a few other vaccines is hydrolyzed gelatin; a substance that is approximately 21% glycine. It appears that, based on readily verifiable science, the use of that form of glycine triggers an imbalance between the amino acid neurotransmitters responsible for the absorption rate of certain classes of cells throughout the body. It is that wide-spread disruption that apparently results in the systemic problems that encompass the mind and the body characterized in today's 'classic' autism." <snip>

    1. The MMR vaccine has been exhaustively tested after Wakefield’s 1998 study; there is no suggestion of correlation. People have every right to be concerned about the rise of autism rates, and we need to find out why, but the MMR-vaccine connection angle is no longer a plausibly debatable issue, since the one and only incriminating article has just been retracted.

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