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The Dishonest Persecution of Andrew Wakefield

There are some fraudulent medical articles that repeatedly reappear on the scene that trash the function of vitamins, other nutritional substances and "outside the box" medical treatments. Here I present the measles vaccine - autism connection that started as a theory in the mind of a British gastroenterologist, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, as an illustration.  Andrew Wakefield , MB.BS., was an early proponent of gut health being dependent on being colonized with beneficial bacterial that quell what he called "the leaky gut syndrome", in which intact antigens from the gut can sneak into the blood stream. From recent studies touting the value of a healthy biome, we can see in hindsight that his theory had some validity. He also noted an association of some of his gastroenterology patients who received the Mumps, Measles, Rubella vaccine (MMR) with the development of autism (or what we now would call autism spectrum disorder). On the basis of studying only 12, mostly family member children, and realizing it was not a double-blinded study with a large number of subjects, his study was published in 1998 in Lancet, a widely-cited British medical journal.  Meanwhile two other reputable researchers published similar studies with the similar conclusions. Initially, Wakefield was more concerned about giving the multiple antigen, MMR, to infants with both an immature immune system and an immature nervous system, than just the single measles component. Many pediatricians felt the same way and urged doctors to attempt to administer the three component vaccines one at a time. If this could not be done, then, the public was advised, postpone administrating the MMR vaccine well beyond the U.S. time of 15 months of age. Several countries favorably changed their policies in this manner. Later, Dr. Wakefield found a strain of measles virus in the vaccine that caused severe irritable bowel syndrome and may have contributed to autism. Many other articles, published before and after Wakefield's 1998 study, have suggested that abnormalities of the microbiome in the gut often occur in children with autism.  Read more...



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