Not the Quacks! – Dear Newspapers, Stop Giving Wakefield a Platform

Seriously? The Independent? Have you ass clowns not learnt anything from giving this man a platform? People have goddamn DIED because of Wakefield.

To give him a platform is just nothing short of irresponsible.

In the wake of further media distortion, misrepresentation, and ignorance in relation to the measles outbreak in Wales, it is important to clarify some key facts.

Distortion was running with your frankly “bullshit” piece of literature that you sold out the health of millions of our children for FUCKING PROFIT. Worse! You took tax payer money to fuck over our kids. Facts? Fact remains you took half a million quid of taxpayer funds, performed fraudulent research and wanted to profit of a single vaccine. This should be good…

In 1998, following an analysis of all published pre-licensing studies of MMR vaccine safety I recommended the use of single measles vaccine in preference to MMR. This remains my position.

I am sorry? Do your fanboys and girls know about that stance or are you trying to hide from the fury of countless anti-vax parents who were scared into not vaccinating. People have FUCKING DIED from Measles. First world nation? Fuck that. The state of Tamil Nadu registers less Measles Cases per year thanks to your greed.

The fact remains that the MMR vaccine has no correlation to Autism and the only reason you keep flogging that dead horse is because it gets you invited to anti-vax meetings in America. Some of us have paid attention to your career and notice your fans and the things they say.

At that time, in contrast with the false assertions of many commentators, including Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, and vaccine millionaire Paul Offit, the single vaccines were licensed in the UK and freely available to the British public.

So you are saying you didn’t misdiagnose an epileptic child as autistic? And that we somehow lied about all the anti-seizure medication that child had? Many parents simply didn’t vaccinate. Now their kids pay the price.

While MMR vaccination uptake fell from February 1998, there was a reciprocal increase in the uptake of the single vaccines – a fact that is never acknowledged in the press. Vaccination clinics administered many thousands of doses of measles vaccine and children were “protected”.

There are up to 40,000 children who aren’t vaccinated in Wales. Are you honestly suggesting that these parents didn’t buy into the anti-vax bullshit your minions were flogging.

Six months later, in September 1998, the British government withdrew the importation licence for the single vaccines, effectively blocking this option  for parents.

Oh right! So the fault isn’t the person who defrauded the taxpayer with shitty research and the scaremongers who ran with your sensationalist junk research. The government should cater to the needs of disingenuous fuckwits and the people they fool.

Measles cases in the UK rose when the government withdrew the importation licence for the single measles vaccine leaving concerned parents with no choice. When I demanded to know why, if the government’s principal concern was to protect children from measles, it would prevent parents with genuine safety concerns over MMR from  protecting their children, Elizabeth Miller of the Health Protection Agency responded, “…if we allowed parents the choice of single measles vaccines it would destroy our MMR programme.” The government’s concern appeared to be to protect the MMR programme over and above the protection of children.

Because the MMR vaccine was BETTER than the measles single vaccine. Because there was no research to doubt it’s efficacy. In fact the ONLY reason we doubt the vaccine is because of Wakefield’s faulty research and the braying of anti-vax prophets.

Despite the claim of David Salisbury, head of the UK’s Immunisation Division, that MMR has, “an exemplary safety record”, two of the three brands introduced in 1988 had to be withdrawn for safety reasons – they caused meningitis.

No. Because the Urabe Mumps strain caused mild cases of aseptic meningitis and the newer Jeryl Lyn strain of Mumps had fewer side effects due to more complete attenuation. By Mild I mean “people simply didn’t even realise they had meningitis”.

If you claim to be a doctor then stop being sensationalist. It’s meningitis evokes the fever and rash and the death of children.

Not the “oh what do you know, the kid had a fever and neck pain but now it’s gone”. Transient, Mild, Viral Meningitis… Not Bacterial.

Government officials had approved these dangerous vaccines – Pluserix and Immravax – giving them the great majority of the UK market despite knowing that they were high risk and despite having been warned explicitly of their dangers. These government officials put price before children’s health and have been seeking to cover up this shameful fact ever since.

The Independent should be ashamed of running this scaremongerer. The Urabe strain is actually PREFERRED in many countries because it gives better Measles Protection overall. A strain with higher efficacy along with a somewhat higher rate of mild side effects may still have the advantage of reduced incidence of overall adverse events particularly since the Urabe strain is CHEAPER. It’s still used worldwide.

Deadly? Dangerous? Fuck a duck mate, the vaccine had a lower incidence of such a mild side effect than your fucking “harmless” measles. And price is important. Spending power isn’t limitless and cost effectiveness needs to be taken into account.

And honestly? The Urabe strain is older than the Jeryl Lynn strain, it wasn’t a case of them cutting corners as much as a case of providing the “best” care.

The US government has paid out millions of dollars to children whose autism followed vaccine-induced brain damage.  A recent government concession in the US Vaccine Court confirms that the parents’ claims were valid all along. In a recently published December 13, 2012 vaccine court ruling, hundreds of thousands of dollars were awarded to Ryan Mojabi, whose parents described how “MMR vaccinations”, caused a “severe and debilitating injury to his brain, diagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder [‘ASD’]”.

“On June 9, 2011, respondent filed a supplemental report pursuant to Vaccine Rule 4(c) stating it was respondent’s view that Ryan suffered a Table injury under the Vaccine Act – namely, an encephalitis within five to fifteen days following receipt of the
December 19, 2003 MMR vaccine, see 42 C.F.R. § 100.3(a)(III)(B), and that this case is appropriate for compensation under the terms of the Vaccine Program.

On May 10, 2004, at Ryan’s sixteen month well-child visit, Dr. Armstrong completed a Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT) screen. Ps’ Ex. 4 At 25. That CHAT screen indicated that Ryan was interested in other children, pretend play, peek-a-boo, points with index finger, makes eye contact, and brings object for show. Id. On January 25, 2005, Dr. Armstrong examined Ryan for his twenty-four month well-baby check. Ps’ Ex. 4 at 31. During the visit, Dr. Armstrong conducted another CHAT screen, and again Ryan postively performed each of the listed behaviors.

At trial, however, the government argued powerfully that written medical records, and the recollections of Ryan’s doctor, were inconsistent with his parents’ testimony. If Ryan had truly suffered an MMR encephalopathy, for example, his family would never have taken him overseas. And his parents’ complaints of ASD symptoms were raised a full year after returning from abroad, they alleged. It looked like the family had a weak case.

Dr. Armstrong had no recollection of the symptoms that Mrs. Vahabi described after Ryan’s first MMR vaccination and prior to the Mojabis’ travel to Iran. Id. at 155- 156. Nor did Dr. Armstrong have any recollection of receiving phone calls from the Mojabis during the period of time between Ryan’s MMR vaccination and the Mojabis’ departure for travel. Id. at 155-156. He testified that if he had been informed of Ryan’s alleged symptoms of restlessness and eye-twitching after the receipt of the vaccinations, he would have wanted to see Ryan back at the office. Id. at 181. He also testified that he would have been concerned about shaking and high-pitched crying. Id.

Here, while the undersigned found petitioners to be earnest in their testimony, it is difficult to reconcile petitioners’ later-recalled account of certain dramatic events following Ryan’s vaccination with the dearth of medical records corroborating their account. A review of the filed medical records suggests that petitioners may have recalled during the fact hearing events of importance that actually occurred later than the time period in question. But, in the absence of other evidence that supports the account that petitioners provided, the undersigned cannot credit certain parts of the Mojabis’ testimony. Specifically, the undersigned cannot credit petitioners’ testimony that prior to the family’s departure for Paris, Mrs. Vahabi placed numerous calls to Dr. Armstrong’s office on Ryan’s behalf describing the same type and degree of symptoms that she conveyed to the undersigned during the hearing. There is simply no corroboration of petitioners’ testimony in the record. Although the record-keeping practices by Kaiser Permanente have been shown during this proceeding to be disappointingly flawed, the absence of any record of Mrs. Vahabi’s calls strongly suggests that either the calls were not placed or, as Dr. Armstrong testified, the call handler did not deem the described symptoms to be of sufficient concern to warrant mention to Dr. Armstrong. Nor does it appear from the documentary record that the frequency of Mrs. Vahabi’s alleged calls to Dr. Armstrong’s office were sufficient to trigger either a message trail or a responsive call from Dr. Armstrong’s office. Additionally, Dr. Armstrong had no recollection of any calls from petitioners during the period between Ryan’s vaccination and the family’s departure for Paris. Tr. II at 156.”

From Orac

There are also a lot of other oddities about this story. For instance, despite multiple visits to doctors in Iran, Ryan was not admitted to the hospital, and he appeared to be fine for seven weeks after his last visit to an Iranian doctor, up until the mother brought him home at the end of February. Ultimately, the Vaccine Court ruled to compensate Ryan’s family because he appeared to have suffered a “table injury” of encephalitis. Why it decided to do this is unclear, but Kirby hints at dark conspiracies (in his usual fashion), pointing out that “something changed,” implying that it was new evidence under seal that did it. Maybe. Maybe not. What is clear is that, whatever the reasoning for the court’s final decision, the court did not compensate the Mojabi family for Ryan having an ASD. From the evidence that is publicly available, it doesn’t even sound as though Ryan has an ASD.

Interesting how the claims of Wakefield yet again seem to be superficial and aimed at the gullible rather than the people who are willing to check what his bullshit entails.

And the Ryan Mojabi case would have been thrown out if not for the summary payment he received.

Later the same month, the government suffered a second major defeat when young Emily Moller from Houston won compensation following vaccine-related brain injury that, once again, involved MMR and resulted in autism.

I suggest reading the Orac piece. He knows more on the topic than I do. But meta-research from the UK demonstrated that there was no relationship between the MMR and Autism. No matter how much Wakefield wrings his fingers asking you to just believe.

The cases follows similar successful petitions in the Italian and US courts (including Hannah Poling, Bailey Banks, Misty Hyatt, Kienan Freeman, Valentio Bocca, and Julia Grimes) in which the governments conceded or the court ruled that vaccines had caused brain injury. In turn, this injury led to an ASD diagnosis. MMR vaccine was the common denominator in these cases.

Hannah Poling? Had a mitochondrial disorder. A rare one…

It’s just that autism/developmental delays are diagnosed around the 9 and 18 month vaccination periods and so are more likely to be linked to those. Turns out kids who don’t get the vaccine are also diagnosed during those periods because at 9 months you are more likely to detect developmental delays and at 18 months even the small delays have big repercussions..

The more light that shone on this subject by way of informed, balanced debate, the better. I am offering to debate any serious challenger on MMR vaccine safety and the role of MMR in autism, live, in public, and televised.

Mate… if you are a doctor then you would know that “Debate” isn’t the method of science. I won a debate in high school AGAINST gay marriage not because I was right but because I was a better debater. I ran rings around a less prepared debater. All you need to do to beat someone in such a debate is unleash a Gish Gallop and then watch as you look more competent than your opponent.

Medical science does not advance because of debates but because of peer reviewed science.

You know? The Stuff You Claimed to Do?

Shame on the Independent. I expect this from the fucking Sun or the Daily Fucking Mail. Not a paper considered a broadsheet.


  1. Mary in Austin says

    I am so disappointed in the “Independent.” Makes me glad I’ve always stuck with the “Guardian.”

  2. opposablethumbs says

    Wakefield should (ideally) be jailed for what he did. And his profits given to the children who got measles thanks to his campaign, and the families of the children who died.

    As it ‘appens, my son had been vaccinated in the normal way shortly before Wakefield came out with his ill-conducted “research” and his falsified results; and as it ‘appens he does have a severe communication disorder – initially described as an ASD (which he is doing a blinding job of overcoming, at the cost of a lot of unbelievably hard work on his part plus a lot of early years intervention (I know it’s irrational, but I can never bear not to mention the “overcoming” bit, maybe because it is still hard work and probably always will be)).

    It didn’t take too long, way back then, to ask around and find out that Wakefield was talking bollocks, but I’ll never forget the pain and misery of thinking – even if only for a little while – that maybe, just maybe there was a possibility we had inadvertently and unwittingly caused the disorder. And that was nothing compared to the pain and damage he has caused to thousands of families – people racked with guilt over ASDs they could never have prevented, and people who have got ill and died because they were never vaccinated at all.

    And to think he’s still coining it in.

  3. left0ver1under says

    To give him a platform is just nothing short of irresponsible.

    You have to wonder if the noisepapers know or don’t know that Wakefield was stripped of his license to practice medicine.

    If they don’t know, they’re incompetent for not having done five minutes of research.

    If they do know, then they’re knowingly collaborating in perpetrating fraud. Likely, for profit.

  4. Alexander Cheezem says

    While I appreciate the Wakefield skepticism, I was rather turned off by the homeopathy ad.

    … and seriously. Synaptol?

  5. says

    The advertisements are from google ads. We don’t have a choice on what they throw up and the algorithm is based on the post which is amusing…

    It means that if you write about religion you are more likely to get Pro Jesus stuff. If you write about healthcare and health skepticism you are likely to get quackery.

    Mine shows me Etihad’s adverts…

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