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Monday, January 31, 2011

Gary Null Interview of Dr. Andrew Wakefield

The Gary Null Show - 01/27/11

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield is a renowned gastroenterologist specializing in inflammatory bowel disease and the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine or MMR. He is a former Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and has published over 130 original scientific papers and medical studies. In the course of his work, Wakefield found himself the subject to published claims of deliberate fraud by investigative journalist Brian Deer, resulting in a complex, multi-faceted scandal which, to date, has endured without a definitive resolution.
Clifford Miller is a lawyer in Kent in the UK and a solicitor of the supreme court of England civil proceedings, who has specialized in intellectual property, anti-trust and legal issues in the electronics and communication fields. Over the years he has been active in investigating vaccine issues and science.
Isabella Thomas is the most vocal of all parents involved in the initial study conducted by Dr. Wakefield. She has two autistic children that were both patients in the Royal Free study documented in the Lancet report. Out of her four children, only the 2 who received the MMR vaccines have serious bowel disorders and autism. She is also the main parent that Brian Deer has been attacking, even though she is not a member of any anti-vaccination group in the UK.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

British Medical Journal’s Credibility Questioned-

Who paid Brian Deer?

Jan. 6, 2011  British Medical Journal’s Credibility questioned as yesterday in order to discredit Dr. Andrew Wakefield they released inflammatory statements about the doctor.
From the British Medical Journal’s Own Revenue Disclosure Pages:

BMJ Journals’ sources of revenue- take directly from their website

BMJ Journals receive revenue from a range of sources to ensure wide and affordable access while maintaining high standards of quality and full editorial independence. These are:
  • subscriptions from specialist societies, institutions and individuals
  • display advertising for pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical products
  • author charges for open access articles – BMJ Unlocked
  • sale of article reprints
  • sale of rights and royalties
  • fees for providing publishing services for products not owned by BMJ Group
  • sponsorship for supplements
Separation is maintained between the editorial team and the advertising and sponsorship sales team. Where sponsorship has been obtained for any content, for example as the result of an unrestricted educational grant, this is clearly indicated.  ”

On Examination sources of revenue

BMJ OnExamination receives income from a range of sources, to ensure wide and affordable access while maintaining high standards of quality and full editorial independence. These are:
  • subscriptions from institutions and individuals
  • commissioning fees for customised content
  • advertising and sponsorship
Separation is maintained between the editorial team and the advertising and sponsorship sales team. Where sponsorship has been obtained for any content, for example as the result of an unrestricted educational grant, or where content has been created under contract, this is clearly indicated.
It is noted in their sponsorship policy that the BMJ Group sells advertisements, they have seminars and conferences, and that they have commercial intent and principals.
The British Medical Journal is in it for the money, what other reasons would they have to promote vaccines as safe and discredit a medical doctor? After all there is no financial gain in supporting Dr. Wakefield’s findings in fact they would incur the wrath of pharmaceuticals.
There in lies the meat to this tale of false claims and headlines by the BMJ group who have tainted their own reputation deeply by this assault on the character and findings of Dr. Wakefield. Needless to say they are calling 12 parents liars, cheats and their stories are bogus but they still have autistic children to this day.
You also have to find who is on their board of directors at the British Medical Journal -who runs the board and by what means are they financed? Still you can’t find this information in the television media tripe that comes out of CNN these days.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield is a bowel doctor he was not out to discredit MMR vaccines but found a direct correlation between children who received the MMR vaccine and within hours, days or weeks developed neurological, intestinal and serious side effects.
The BMJ is incredible falsifying information about Dr. Wakefield which is ludicrous false and bears a great investigation.
Brian Deer well knows that he has dug up an old story of a journalist now becoming a doctor with the credentials to be a medical expert on vaccines. One would have to understand how he is compensated by investigating his back payments, secret bank accounts and any payment he received in connection with discrediting Dr. Wakefield or any author of any document that supports the dangers of vaccines especially the MMR?
How many years did Deer study medicine? When does a journalist become an expert for drugs or vaccines who has a vendetta against Dr. Wakefield is this guy credible? Brian Dee also does stories on love sickness or sexual interests disorders as a claim to fame.
Who Owns the British Medical Journal?  Pharmaceuticals do.
Who Owns the Lancet?  Pharmacuetical funds.
Parents really need to go back and do a little history on Dr Andrew Wakefield for themselves before taking the BMJ’s word for what is good for your children.

Read More here: http://www.politicolnews.com/british-medical-journals-credibility-questioned/
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Autism Advocacy Organizations and Parent Groups Support Dr. Andrew Wakefield

And so do I! The smear campaign against Dr. Andrew Wakefield, is just that a smear campaign. I wonder who is paying Brian Deer. He says there's fraud, but can't tell us where the fraud is. You want proof? Come to my house and the thousands of houses leaving with autism and bowel disease!!!

A message from SafeMinds........

Autism Advocacy Organizations and Parent Groups Support Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Urging Both Scientists and Journalists to Do More Thorough Research Into Vaccines and Autism

Last week, an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), written by a freelance newspaper reporter, Brian Deer, created a media firestorm in the United States. In his article, Brian Deer accuses Dr. Andrew Wakefield of deliberate fraud regarding his 1998 case series, which was published in the British journal, The Lancet.  Dr. Wakefield reported that the children in his case series were suffering from a novel form of bowel disease and that parents reported a temporal link between the onset of symptoms and receipt of the MMR vaccine.  Contrary to what has been reported in the media over the years, Dr. Wakefield never stated that the MMR vaccine caused autism.  The full text of the original paper is available atwww.generationrescue.org.

These libelous accusations are based on the flimsiest possible construct. Deer claims fraud on the basis of differences between the case histories in the Lancet study and the children's private medical records which Deer obtained under questionable circumstances.  Since the team at the Royal Free Hospital never had access to the children's private medical records, it was impossible for them to know what was in them and, therefore, impossible for them to fraudulently report something different.  It is standard practice in medicine for a specialist seeing a new patient to take a new history. Of the parents involved in the original study, none have made any complaint, at any time, against Dr. Wakefield.  In the case of the only parent we can confirm Brian Deer actually spoke to, Deer used false pretenses and the alias "Brian Lawrence" to obtain the interview.  The parent did not turn over any medical records to him.

The undersigned autism organizations, representing  thousands of parents, are deeply disturbed by this most recent character assassination of Dr. Andrew Wakefield.  This is an attempt to discredit a doctor who has been extraordinarily courageous in treating and researching children suffering with both bowel disease and autism. He has paid a high personal price for his refusal to walk away from children who are suffering and has earned the utmost respect from the families of these children.  We believe this is an industry-driven attempt to shift public attention away from legitimate concerns about vaccine reactions and the development of autism.   Science, even controversial findings, should not be distorted by fear or greed.

The truth in this story is that Dr. Wakefield's findings of bowel disease in association with autism have been replicated (see references) and his work along with that of other doctors has advanced the treatment of these children to the point that the journal, Pediatrics, has published a paper on the treatment for gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism.  The issue of whether MMR is causal for this subgroup of autistic children remains an open question.  The epidemiological studies that claim to prove there is no link between the MMR and autism have not had the statistical power to rule out a link for a subset of susceptible children.  Much study remains to be done.  Attempts to "shoot the messenger" will only result in further erosion of public trust.

Parents of children with autism encourage the media to dig deeper and provide comprehensive investigations and balanced reporting.   For more information or to schedule an interview please contact Rebecca Estepp rebecca.estepp@gmail.com 858-829.6454

Age of Autism
Autism Action Network
Autism Media Channel 
Autism One
Autism File Global 
Autism Research Institute
Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy
Generation Rescue
National Autism Association
Schafer Autism Report
TACA-Talk About Curing Autism
The Autism Trust USA/UK
The Coalition for SafeMinds
Unlocking Autism

The following peer-reviewed papers support Dr. Wakefield's original findings:

Furlano R, Anthony A, Day R, Brown A, Mc Garvey L, Thomson M, et al. "Colonic CD8 and T cell filtration with epithelial damage in children with autism." J Pediatr 2001;138:366-72.

Sabra S, Bellanti JA, Colon AR. "Ileal lymphoid hyperplasia, non-specific colitis and pervasive developmental disorder in children". The Lancet 1998;352:234-5.

Torrente F., Machado N., Perez-Machado M., Furlano R., Thomson M., Davies S., Wakefield AJ, Walker-Smith JA, Murch SH. "Enteropathy with T cell infiltration and epithelial IgG deposition in autism." Molecular Psychiatry. 2002;7:375-382.

Wakefield AJ, Anthony A, Murch SH, Thomson M, Montgomery SM, Davies S, Walker-Smith JA. "Enterocolitis in children with developmental disorder." American Journal of Gastroenterology 2000;95:2285-2295.

Ashwood P, Anthony A, Pellicer AA, Torrente F, Wakefield AJ. "Intestinal lymphocyte populations in children with regressive autism: evidence for extensive mucosal immunopathology." Journal of Clinical Immunology, 2003;23:504-517.

The following peer-reviewed papers replicate Dr. Wakefield's original findings:

Gonzalez, L. et al., "Endoscopic and Histological Characteristics of the Digestive Mucosa in Autistic Children with gastro-Intestinal Symptoms". Arch Venez Pueric Pediatr, 2005;69:19-25.

Balzola, F., et al., "Panenteric IBD-like disease in a patient with regressive autism shown for the first time by wireless capsule enteroscopy: Another piece in the jig-saw of the gut-brain syndrome?" American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005. 100(4): p. 979- 981.

Balzola F et al . "Autistic enterocolitis: confirmation of a new inflammatory bowel disease in an Italian cohort of patients." Gastroenterology 2005;128(Suppl. 2);A-303.

These are the articles on treatment of gastrointestinal symptoms in autistic children:

Buie T, et al. Pediatrics. 2010 Jan;125 Suppl 1:S19-29.  Recommendations for evaluation and treatment of common gastrointestinal problems in children with ASDs.

Buie T, et al.  Pediatrics.  2010 Jan;125 Suppl 1:S1-18.  Evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in individuals with ASDs: a consensus report.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Scientists fear MMR link to autism

On my son's Michael's behalf I will say that without Dr. Wakefield's courage to publish his findings, I would not have been able to help him. I remember going to Regional Center for help and their expert advice was to put him on psychotic medications. Every time I tried to get help from a doctor, Michael got treated like just another crazy person. Though the MMR is not the only culprit in his autism, since DTaP left him lethargic and he didn't smiled much and lost all eye contact, after receiving it, the MMR condemned him to a life of pain and 12 years later the pain continues. 

New Study proves once again that Dr. Wakefield's findings were accurate. 

New American research shows that there could be a link between the controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children. 

The study appears to confirm the findings of British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link. 

Now 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. 

Last night 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. 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-388051/Scientists-fear-MMR-link-autism.html#ixzz1AhBevkzW
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