Anytime you bring up a link between vaccines and autism people are quick to tell you “The Study” by that doctor showing a link between vaccine and autism was discredited. They somehow believe that that study is the only piece of information that has ever linked vaccines and autism, when in fact there have been dozens of studies showing a connection, many of which replicated the original studies findings.
“The Study” was done by gastroenterologist, Dr. Andrew Wakefield at the request of several parents whose children regressed immediately following the MMR vaccine. He concluded that MMR caused intestinal issues and contributed to other autism like symptoms and “more research should be done”. Yep! No definitive claim that MMR caused autism; just that more research needed to be done. But that was enough to upset some powerful people. He was quickly attacked and great measures were taken to discredit him. This charge was led by associates of media mogul Rupert Murdoch who’s son James coincidentally happened to sit on the board of Merck, the maker of the MMR vaccine. They made sure to send a clear message that any doctor who dared question a link would quickly see their career ruined. Wakefield never went to jail as many have claimed. In fact he still practices medicine here in the US and despite the backlash and impact on his career he still backs his findings and continues to fight for parents with children with autism. To hear an interview with Dr. Wakefield himself click here: Wakefield Interview In fact, the parent’s whose children were involved with the study fully supported Wakefield and even wrote a letter on his behalf stating their support. See it here: Letter from Patient’s Parents
His study has since been duplicated more than 2 dozen times and dozens of other studies have confirmed that there is a link.
Here is a list of 25 studies from around the world which have confirmed Wakefield’s findings:
- The Journal of Pediatrics November 1999; 135(5):559-63
- The Journal of Pediatrics 2000; 138(3): 366-372
- Journal of Clinical Immunology November 2003; 23(6): 504-517
- Journal of Neuroimmunology 2005
- Brain, Behavior and Immunity 1993; 7: 97-103
- Pediatric Neurology 2003; 28(4): 1-3
- Neuropsychobiology 2005; 51:77-85
- The Journal of Pediatrics May 2005;146(5):605-10
- Autism Insights 2009; 1: 1-11
- Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology February 2009; 23(2): 95-98
- Annals of Clinical Psychiatry 2009:21(3): 148-161
- Journal of Child Neurology June 29, 2009; 000:1-6
- Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders March 2009;39(3):405-13
- Medical Hypotheses August 1998;51:133-144.
- Journal of Child Neurology July 2000; ;15(7):429-35
- 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.
- 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
The Daily Mail reported, ” … a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease – and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus … the team’s leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: ‘Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles.
This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus. What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct.
That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.” (1)
So despite what we are being told, Wakefield’s study findings have been duplicated and do in fact show that the MMR is causing gut and intestinal issues in these children and perhaps (again further research needs to be done) is contributing to autism.
Scientists and physicians from Wake Forest University, New York, and Venezuela, reported findings that not only confirm the presence of intestinal disease in children with autism and intestinal symptoms, but also indicate that this disease may be novel. Using sophisticated laboratory methods Dr. Steve Walker and his colleagues endorsed Wakefield’s original findings by showing molecular changes in the children’s intestinal tissues that were highly distinctive and clearly abnormal. (2)
In a stunning reversal, Professor John Walker-Smith, the co-author on Wakefield’s study won his appeal against the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council regulatory board. The same board that ruled against both him and Dr. Andrew Wakefield for their roles in the 1998 Lancet MMR paper. The board admitted their original conclusions were based on “inadequate and superficial reasoning and in a number of instances, a wrong conclusion.” Wakefield is currently in the process of appealing the ruling against him as well. (3)
Interested in seeing the Wakefield study in its entirety? http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(97)11096-0/abstract