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 vaccine.
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 truth.
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.