Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the physician who published a paper in 1998
showing a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism,
is being charged with professional misconduct by the UK's General Medical Council.
The Council's preliminary charges include:
Publishing "inadequately founded" research
Failing to obtain ethical committee approval
Obtaining funding "improperly"
Subjecting children to "unnecessary and invasive investigations"
While small U.S. studies have found a similar link between MMR and autism, major
studies have not proven the link. Nonetheless, after Wakefield's paper was published,
MMR immunization rates fell (but have since picked up).
The paper was originally published in The Lancet, but was later removed. Wakefield
was reportedly being paid to find out whether evidence existed to support potential
legal action by parents who claimed their children had been hurt by the MMR
BBC News June 12,
Independent June 12, 2006
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Now I completely understand and respect the fact that many of you reading this
may strongly disagree with the assertion that vaccines are harmful. That is
OK. I know I certainly once did, and I realize that this is the last issue that
many physicians hold onto before switching completely to natural medicine.
However, if you carefully examine the evidence the only logical conclusion that
you can reach is that most vaccines should not be used. If you haven't yet had
time to examine this issue I would strongly encourage you to find the time to
do your due diligence on this important topic. It can have a profound influence
on the future health of your children.
Getting back to the main story though, I have enormous respect for Dr. Wakefield,
as in my opinion he is one of the most well-respected academic researchers on
autism in the world. Nearly four years ago he was terminated from his academic
position at Royal Free Hospital Medical School, one of the most prestigious
medical institutions in England.
What crime did he commit to receive this punishment? He merely reported the
truth of his finding on the relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism.
Now he is being charged with serious professional misconduct because he had
the courage to stand up for the truth. He defended millions of harmless, innocent
children from having their brains potentially injured so that some evil drug
companies, like Merck that has already killed tens of thousands with their drug
Vioxx, could make even more money.
No, the system in England could not tolerate the dramatic reduction in vaccination
rates that occurred when Dr. Wakefield exposed the truth.
Dr. Wakefield now lives in the United States but his experience is a stark reminder
of the dangers early pioneers suffer for their courage to enlighten people to
The situation is not much better in America as even the American Academy of
Pediatrics is fighting
the removal of mercury from vaccines.
I have had the opportunity to care for literally hundreds of children who
have suffered unequivocal brain injury as a result of being exposed to vaccines.
If you want to read a compelling story on this topic please review the article
I posted last year on Why
Amish Children Don't Have Autism.
Read from Looking Glass News
Vaccines Did & Do Cause Autism
Age of Autism: "A pretty big secret"
scientists back autism link to MMR
Ingredients - Formaldehyde, Aspartame, Mercury, Etc
and Hastert Let Vaccine Industry Write Its Own Multi-Billion Dollar Giveaway