Monday 2 March 2015

Andrew Wakefiled is not vindicated he is still a quack

I cannot believe that I am doing another anti-vaxx post this shortly after my last few posts. However, I think its necessary as there is a faction of anti-vaxers that believe now that Andrew Wakefield is justified in his assertion that the MMR virus causes autism. This is according to Infowars and some other anti-vaxxer sites due to a colleague of Andrew Wakefield being vindicated. The  colleague they refer to is William Thompson. However, and this is important, he was not a colleague on the original Lancet manuscript. For this MMR-autism vaccine link to be vindicated then this original manuscript has to be vindicated. I will also say here, that this so called vindication (i.e. the CDC lying) has in fact been exposed as a lie. Or to quote William Thompson "I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race. Vaccines prevent serious diseases, and the risks associated with their administration are vastly outweighed by their individual and societal benefits."

What I do know is that most of the co-authors (10 from 12 authors, Peter Harvey and Wakefield did not agree with the retraction) on the original Lancet manuscript  withdrew their support and issued a retraction as they stated the manuscript was false. This has not changed, so I am not sure how any one is getting vindicated, especially since Peter Harvey the other co-author who didn't want the manuscript retracted died in 2012.

So there is no vindication, this is all lies. Anti-vaxxer Alex Jones and Andrew Wakefiled are liars.

But there is one more thing I need to address, Alex Jones in his diatribe mentioned that the MMR vaccine causes diabetes, pneumonia, immune disorders, etc etc. Now let me be straight, these are side effects that have been know to occur in some cases and this is not being hidden by the manufacturers of the vaccine. You can get the PDF insert here. However, just like any medicine there can be some side effects in limited cases and that is what this ignoramus failed to mention. So here are some side effects for ibuprofen, a anti-inflammatory drug which most people have taken at some point in their life.
Heart attack
Acute or chronic autoimmune skin disease
Gastrointestinal ulceration/bleeding
Kidney failure
Difficulty in breathing
Yes, these side-effects are rare. But if you are not going to take the MMR vaccine then you should never take any medicine ever.

Here is the so called revelation news story if you want to be bored to tears or scream at the idiocy. Andrew Wakefield comes on at about 43 minutes.