Would you like to know where the vaccine paranoia started?  Here are the facts behind the controversy.  If you don’t want your views challenged, if you’re sure you already have the facts, if you’re too committed based on what you may have told others, do not read this article.  However, if you have an open mind, accept being challenged, willing to admit mistakes, read on….

The trigger of a worldwide controversy over vaccine safety was a single scientific research paper by Mr. Andrew Wakefield that reported on the cases of twelve anonymous children with apparent brain disorders who had been admitted to a pediatric bowel unit at a hospital in London, between July 1996 and February 1997.

The papers’ claims led to an unprecedented collapse in public confidence in the shot, which had almost eradicated measles and rubella from developed countries.

The prime cause of the alarm was findings in the paper claiming the vaccines caused inflammatory bowel disease and autism, which were reported to have appeared within only fourteen days of the shot.

The supposed research involved only a dozen children, and its results have never been replicated.  As a result, vaccination rates in England and America slumped, below the level needed to keep measles at bay.

Investigators have found no scientific basis whatsoever.  Rather, Mr. Andrew Wakefield had been secretly payrolled to create evidence against the shot and, while planning extraordinary business schemes meant to profit from the scare.  He concealed, misreported and changed information about the children to rig the results published in the journal.

Mr. Andrew Wakefield held himself out to be a dispassionate scientist, but two years before his paper was published, he had been hired to attack the vaccine’s worthiness by a lawyer who hoped to raise a speculative class action lawsuit against drug companies which manufactured the triple shot.

Mr. Andrew Wakefield negotiated a contract with the attorney to conduct clinical and scientific research with the goal of finding evidence of what the two men claimed to be a ‘new syndrome’, intended to be the centerpiece of litigation on behalf of an eventual sixteen hundred British families, recruited through media stories.

Mr. Andrew Wakefield was paid with money from a legal aid fund to give poorer people access to justice, eventually taking seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars plus expenses.  These fees gave the doctor a direct personal, but undeclared, financial interest in his research claims: creating an incentive not only for him to launch the alarm, but to keep it going for as long as possible.

More than fifty-six million dollars was eventually shared among a small group of doctors and lawyers, working under Mr. Barr’s and Mr. Andrew Wakefield’s direction, trying to prove that MMR caused the previously unheard-of syndrome.  Yet more surprising, Mr. Andrew Wakefield had asserted the existence of such a syndrome – which allegedly included what he would dub ‘autistic enterocolitis’ before he performed the research which purportedly discovered it.

In June 1997 – nearly nine months before the press conference at which Mr. Andrew Wakefield called for single vaccines – he had filed a patent on products, including his own supposedly ‘safer’ single measles vaccine, which only stood any prospect of success if confidence in MMR was damaged.  Although Mr. Andrew Wakefield denied any such plans, he proposed a replacement vaccine which he claimed to be a possible complete cure for autism.

One of Mr. Andrew Wakefield’s businesses was awarded one million dollars from the legal aid fund on the strength of data which he had co-authored.  Mr. Andrew Wakefield plotted to make thirty million a year from the MMR panic he triggered.

His subjects were not what they appeared to be.  The twelve children aged between one and a half and nine and a half years old had been pre-selected through Mr. Andrew Wakefield’s campaign groups, and that, at the time of their admission, most of their parents were clients and contacts of the lawyer.

The purported finding – of a sudden onset of autism within days of vaccination – was a sham.

Hospital’s clinicians and pathology service had found nothing to implicate MMR, but that Mr. Andrew Wakefield had repeatedly changed, misreported and misrepresented diagnoses, histories and descriptions of the children, which made it appear that the syndrome had been discovered.

As first revealed in The Sunday Times, the effect was to give the impression of a link between MMR, bowel disease and the sudden onset of autism when otherwise none was evident.  Every aspect of Mr. Andrew Wakefield’s theory has been disproven.

The results of Mr. Andrew Wakefield’s false claims triggered the resurgence of fatal brain-disabling measles outbreaks, plunged countless parents into the hell of believing it was their own fault for agreeing to vaccination through which a son or daughter had developed autism.

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