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BREAKING NEWS: Statement From Dr. Andrew Wakefield: No Fraud. No Hoax. No Profit Motive.

Breaking news AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Andrew Wakefield issued the following statement today on the recent British Medical Journal articles:  

"The British Medical Journal and reporter Brian Deer recently alleged that my 1998 research paper was 'a hoax' and 'an elaborate fraud' and that my motivation was profit.

"I want to make one thing crystal clear for the record – my research and the serious medical problems found in those children were not a hoax and there was no fraud whatsoever. Nor did I seek to profit from our findings.

"I stand by the Lancet paper's methodology and the results which call for more researchDr. wakefield  into whether environmental triggers cause gastrointestinal disease and developmental regression in children. In fact, despite media reports to the contrary, the results of my research have been duplicated in five other countries (to see citations to studies, visit http://tinyurl.com/4hrdt5y.)

"It is not unexpected to see poor reporting and misinformation coming from Brian Deer, the lead reporter of the recent BMJ coverage. But to see coverage in other media that cites Deer's shoddy journalism in the BMJ as a final justification to claim there is no link between vaccines and autism is ludicrous. The MMR is only one vaccine of the eleven vaccinations on the pediatric schedule that has been studied for causing developmental problems such as autism. That is fact, not opinion. Any medical professional, government official or journalist who states that the case is closed on whether vaccines cause autism is jumping to conclusions without the research to back it up.

"I continue to fully support more independent research to determine if environmental triggers, including vaccines, are causing autism and other developmental problems. The current rate of autism is 1 in 110 children in the United States and 1 in 64 children in the U.K. My goal has always been and will remain the health and safety of children. Since the Lancet paper, I have lost my job, my career and my country. To claim that my motivation was profit is patently untrue. I will not be deterred - this issue is far too important."

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Dear Dr. Wakefield - THANK YOU. Your hard work IS protecting children. My own children have not had vaccinations, and your research was part of our decision making process. I trust that you are not profiting from recommending caution about vaccines, and that doctors who promote vaccines endlessly are receiving some kind of remuneration - whether by gifts or pressure/inclusion. Both our children have borderline ADD, and I truly believe that they would both be on medication and in a much more compromised position if they had a full vaccine schedules under their biological belts. I thank you, Doctor. Your work is SO appreciated from many many people around the world! Sending you strength and gratitude, Andy Lee and family.

Perhaps I shall at least try my hand at doing a comic strip then, it's just to good to pass up! I don't promise anything about the quality of the artwork, but it will be funny! I've got a workshop I got to give this afternoon, after that I think I will get started on that!

Oh it will be to fun to do! :)

I'm curious to know how many kids that have never been vaccinated (or flu shot) have autism?

Dr. Wakefield,
It was because of your 1998 Lancet study that I finally had my son seen by a gastroenterologist after years of being told that his constant rocking over a chair was just a part of his "autism". With a copy of your study in hand, I forced his doctors to acknowledge that there could be something else going on, although I was told that it was highly unlikely. A few weeks later after some testing it was revealed that my son had h.pylori and GERD. A funny thing happened after that, he stopped rocking back and forth over the chair because his pain was gone. Every time I think of how long he suffered I just want to cry.
Every night after praying for my family and friends I say a special prayer for you, that you will find the strength to continue the fight to save our children. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the children. You are surely one of God's warriors in this battle for the health of our children. Godspeed.
Denise Ferraro

Here is a simply amazing interview by Dr Wakefield that MUST be carried by the mainstream media. Who amongst the major news outlets will be the first to air this video? First, they came for the Arizona 5. Could your family be next?

“The Arizona 5: Interview Special”

http://autismfile.com/the-arizona-5-interview-special/

“Andy Wakefield introduces the story of an Arizona family whose legal battles may very well become a cornerstone of the autism movement. Learn how the medical system’s skewed perception of autism has ripped this family apart.”

Dr. Wakefield says that it was the British government which felt threatened by the implication that MMR can cause autism. On the other hand he says that Deer has been paid by The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Is it possible that Deer is working directly for the British government? (If any man could serve two masters, I bet he could.)

I say this because I'm reading about a reporter, Jacque Srouji, in _The Killing of Karen Silkwood_ by Richard Rashke. After a stint with the CIA, Srouji went to work as a reporter for a newspaper, but her real job was investigating anti-nuclear activity for the FBI. In this tale, wiretaps abound. CIA agents work in local police departments and conspiracies are a fact of life.

Forget about Silkwood falling asleep at the wheel. According to Rashke, a secret FBI summary report says that Silkwood's car was tailed from the Hub cafe, but lost when she turned down a road to a friend's father's farm (perhaps to pick up documents stashed there). The chase car eventually turned down that same road and met Silkwood coming back to the highway. Silkwood sped around the car which turned and followed her. When Silkwood hit her brakes at Highway 74, the chase car slid into her Honda. Then left and right until the Honda was driving on the grassy shoulder with the chase car parallel, boxing her in. Perhaps because she was looking over her shoulder for an opportunity to get back on the road, she didn't see the concrete culvert in front of her.

I fear this is the way the world really works.

Re Deer as a cartoon character.
I think this is a terrific idea and yes Theodora, Deer DOES have a startling resemblance to Napoleon, known to have been an imperious 'wee fella'. I can envisage a character called Napoleon Deer skulking around with a spyglass and listening at doors '
Hey, Wait a minute. NOW I remember what all this reminds me of. Who else recalls Inspector Cluseau in The Pink Panther, immortalised wonderfully by Peter Sellers? Perfect!!

Gerry Ferguson, a lawyer specialising in medical litigation in England has submitted a rapid response to Deer's BMJ 'fraud' article. I have copied a few of his comments from the link below:-
http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5347.full/reply#bmj_el_247450

'I think this attack on the integrity of solicitors acting in this difficult field is one-eyed and sensationalist and has a tabloid flavour that does not sit well with the BMJ's usual editorial stance.'

'Again, as I understand it, Dr Wakefield was quite genuinely concerned by his findings and thought they should be urgently flagged up for wider investigation. I cannot see that this stance was anything more than the natural reaction of any concerned clinician who thought there might be a link.'

'You have to bear in mind the GMC tribunal themselves were by no means disinterested parties and, to my mind as a claimant lawyer, I find Mr Deer's assault on the evidence gathering process in litigation ill- informed.'

'The co-authors of the paper no doubt wished that they had been more sceptical of the original paper's premise, but they only recanted under immense pressure from the medical establishment, government and media. How many professionals could seriously assert that they would stand up to such overwhelming public pressure?'

'He(Dr Wakefield)may have been naive, but the way in which he has been hounded by the media and pilloried by the GMC has simply added another layer of injustice to an already difficult area of law.'

'I am afraid the way in which Dr Wakefield and his colleagues have been treated might as well have been deliberately designed to discourage clinicians with medico-legal practices from advising potential claimants, for fear of professional ruin'

'Is that what everyone really wants? A situation where no pharmaceutical company or health provider can ever be challeged, when recent history shows that the executives of some multi-national companies have been engaging in far more reprehensible conduct than the accusations levelled at Dr Wakefield.'


"The British Medical Journal and reporter Brian Deer,and paul Soffitt and the
US Medical Doctors seem to be in collusion and ratcheting up their attacks on Dr Wakefield.
I know that truth will win out in the long run. I hope truth takes hold sooner rather than later.

From the Lord of the Rings Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the forces of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, in which case you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought. end quote Dr. Wakefield, we owe you such a debt of gratitude. I thank you so much for the path you have chosen. It helps us, it validates us, it encourages us, it keeps us going. I know you probably could never have dreamed of the life you are now living, but I feel it was meant to be you because of your unfailing integrity and courage. I sincerely hope it gives you encouragement to know that the life you are living is one of immeasurable significance. Don't know if you are a Tolkien fan, but your choices and determination remind me of Frodo. It is clear to any who will look that you choose nothing for yourself, rather you do what you do thinking of others, specifically our children. You do what you do for a better world. You are our hero today. You will be a hero to the rest of the world when this seemingly impossible task of defeating the evils we face is finally complete. We love and thank you!!! from Noah's Mom

"Steve" and "Ellie" don't provide any scientific references -- just insults and misspellings.

Meanwhile an as-yet-undetermined number of parents face the reality of gastroinestinal scoping that revealed vaccine-strain measles in painful lesions lining their child's gastroinestinal tract.

Thank you, Dr. Wakefield, and thanks also to all the researchers who have replicated the findings of your case series.


‎"Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker.
Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy.
Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity.
And on issues that seem important to you,
stand up and be counted at any cost." ~ Thomas J Watson

I've been trying to think of the words to express my sentiments but JenB has already done that. (just substitute son for daughter).

Nice one JenB!

Wow, all him huh? I am beginning to think that this guy is truly and deeply in love with himself! He is his own soul mate!! No room for anyone else in that relationship! Arrogant, self-absorbed, and obsessive, yeah I'm going to not go near that guy with a 40 ft pole!

I'd be down for writing the script for said cartoon! :D I keep using this reference, but I swear the guy reminds me of Eric Cartman and the whole "RESPECT MY AUTHORITAAAYY!!" In fact that would be a great voice to use for the animation!! Oh I could go all day with ideas! *evil laugh*

Thank you for your kind words Jen. :) It's hard watching someone who is trying to do the right thing get decimated like that! But alas, I've been there, am still there, with the t-shirt to prove it. :P One day people will realize that this really is a crisis! And perhaps even realize that children with autism GROW UP!!! (Better not get started on that rant, lol)

It's good to know I am not the only one who thinks there is something sinister and disturbing about Deer's behavior in all this. At this point it is going well beyond narcacism.

Bravo, Dr Wakefield! Keep fighting the good fight. You are a hero in my book. You have my trust and respect. In times such as these, we desperately need heroes. I consider both you and Andrew Moulden to be "heroes of humanity"!


Theodora,

Someone does need to do some sort of animation of this. We could have Brian Deer (as some sort of cartoon character with a HUGE Napoleon Complex). Let's keep track of all the fun we could have with that. In addition to the quotes from the link, he's over on Orac's blog talking about how he single-handedly "slayed" the mmr monster. He states that:

"What does that tell us about scientific publishing? Hence my concerns about doctors who - perhaps not themselves primarily concerned about the integrity of science in their interventions over MMR - wished to suggest that Dr Wakefield was unfairly treated and that the "scientific method" solved the riddle. It didn't"

You see, folks, it wasn't the scientific method which slayed the dragon, IT WAS ME, ALL ME! Cut to short dude pounding his chest...

Even Orac thinks Brian Deer has gone bonkers and many in the science blogs seem to be questioning Orac's coverage of all this. Things are getting interesting. Theodora, I loved your Braveheart quote. Dr. Wakefield, on behalf of all who work with kids, thanks for your courage.

I rank Dr. Wakefield up there with Herbert Needleman who discovered that low levels of lead were neurotoxic in children and Rachel Carson who opened our eyes to the effects of DDT and other chemicals in the ecosystem. Both Needleman and Carson were subjected to an intense "scientific" disinformation campaign conducted by public relations firms on behalf of their toxic clients. Both are now heroes to everybody else.

For insight into these kinds of public relations campaigns, read _Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry_ by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton

A Friend, after that comment, I really wish I had the software to do animation! Because that would just be to priceless to put on youtube as a cartoon!!

But where is Road Runner with the Acme anvil when you need him? It would be rather useful for such folks! I still think it is rather creepy that he is that obsessed with Wakefield!! It's getting disturbing!! This guy has destroyed Wakefield's career. What else does he want?!

Or do I really want to know the answer to that question?

*shudders*

Dear Ellie,

Consider the source ...

I find it sad that you give credence to Brian Deer, a man with no medical training whatsoever. A mand who has such a need for attention that he needs to destroy the reputation of others.

Let me ask you this about Wakefield...

Why would Dr. Wakefield, a respected in his field, a man with impecible credentials, the cream of the crop turn around and commit fraud? What would be his motivation for committing fraud? Why would he take a risk committing fraud on something as controversial as autism and vaccines?

IMO, I think he would be very, very careful and meticulous due to the sensitivity of this issue.

Now, Let's talk about Brian Deer...

Who is this man? Did ever occur to you that perhaps Deer might be extremely jealous of Wakefield? Now he wallows in the attention he gets from attacking Wakefield.

So, why isn't anyone questioning Deer? Why is he so obsessed with Dr. Wakefield? Why does the medical establishment even listen to this man or publish his opinion in their journals when he has no medical degree?

Scrutiny of character goes both ways my dear and it's Deer's turn for scrutiny.


Wow... everyone needs to read that article that Jenny posted:

Here's the link again:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2011/jan/12/andrew-wakefield-fraud-mmr-autism

Brian Deer has the biggest ego I think that I've ever witnessed. You'd think that he found the cure to cancer or something... Here's a few bits and pieces.

"I'd brought the evidence together in a 16,000-word epic for the journal, plus 10,000 more in references and footnotes. It laid out the full gory detail behind the flaws in Wakefield's original Lancet paper that kicked off the scandal over MMR and its supposed link to autism, leading to a significant drop in uptake of the vaccine."


"The Lancet once championed him. The BMJ has now nailed him – and commended my contribution. "It has taken the diligent scepticism of one man, standing outside medicine and science, to show that the paper was in fact an elaborate fraud," they wrote in last week's editorial."


"Because 13 years passed before I slayed the MMR monster."


Is he for real? Honestly, it's like he's a cartoon character or something... LOL!

It seems that I am not the only person who thinks Brian Deer has gone completely bonkers!!
Here's what Child Health Safety have to say about Deer's Guardian blog:-

http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/is-brian-deer-a-brick-short-of-a-load-as-the-british-say/

'With the British media pretty much wholesale ignoring Brian Deer’s “revelations” in the British Medical Journal, freelance journalist Brian Deer spent time casting around on 11th January for UK media outlets to give him coverage. Eventually The Guardian newspaper gave him a blog column. It is not being widely read but the result is extraordinary: “The medical establishment shielded Andrew Wakefield from fraud claims” Brian Deer, Guardian Blog
On the blog Deer attacks the entire medical profession for protecting Andrew Wakefield. About The Lancet and British Medical Journal Deer says:
One of the most insidious cartels at the heart of British science is being torn apart: the two top journals in medical science.”
As Deer has just been published in the BMJ, that is an interesting perspective – ‘”biting” “hand” and “feeds” come to mind.'

Steve, before you go calling people "kooks" you might want to get you facts straight. The autism rate did not sky rocket "after" thimerosal was removed from vaccines. We have not official CDC statistics that reflect the rate of autism after 2002.

The most recent CDC statistics for children with autism is based on surveillance from the year 2006 in children who were 8 years old at the time, meaning that they were born in 1998. See CDC abstract for the most recent prevelence study here, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5810a1.htm

Therefore, we have no idea what the rate of autism is in children born after it was "recommended" by Congress that thimerosal be removed from vaccines by 2002. By the way thimerosal still exists in many vaccines most importantly the Flu vaccine which it is recommended children receive yearly starting at 6 months. So one can not even claim that children no longer are exposed to thimerosal.

Dear Ellie-

Without the work of Dr. Wakefield and what was then his team at the Thoughtful house, along with many other experts who support Dr. Wakefield, my son would still be spending his days in screaming, pain filled rages, rather than as a recovered child who has now been declared neurotypical. As for your assertion that we are "harming those closest to them in the process"- if I had taken your stance my son would have lost his battle to hold onto his mind, and perhaps his life as well.

I thank God daily for people like Dr. Wakefield, who have made enormous personal sacrifices for the sake of our children. So I can personally testify that he was instrumental in saving the life of at least one child.

Age of Autism has no need to moderate your comments. We haven't based our views on offhand comments we found on a website in the first place- our views are based on what we saw with our own eyes, lived in our own homes, and see in our children's faces every day.

Hi everyone,

The Networks should let Wakefeild speak!!

Regarding the recent public attack on Dr. Wakefield, I just sent emails to MSBNC Nightly news and Anderson Cooper 360, I think it would be good if we all contact the major news stations and demand that Dr. Wakefield be allowed to defend himself..enough is enough!

MSBC contact info:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339/

Anderson Cooper 360

http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?10

Here is my message:

"Regarding the recent news story on Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Please let Dr. Wakefield speak! Being accused of fraud is a very serious charge and this man deserves the right to defend himself against these unfounded accusations made by Brian Deer, a man with no medical training. Since Deer has been given opportunity to speak, so should Dr. Wakefield. Again, I ask that someone please allow Dr. Wakefield an opportunity to publically speak. This man has a right to defend himself. Thank you".

I examined Brian Deer's recent claims. When looked at carefully and comparing what Deer claims that Wakefield did and didn't do, did and didn't say, it becomes clear that his report is absolutely wrong and intentionally misleading. This is a shocking attack on good work that doesn't show anything that it claims to show.

Brian Deer's 'Wakefield Fraud' Report Is Full of Misrepresentations
http://gaia-health.com/articles351/000374-deer-wakefield-fraud-report-misrepresentations.shtml

Watch out UK Doctors. Brian Deer is about to 'expose' the lot of you. He is also hell bent in destroying the BMJ and the Lancet!! This man is completely 'out of control'!!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2011/jan/12/andrew-wakefield-fraud-mmr-autism
Next week in the BMJ, I will go further, showing how the old boys' network of the medical establishment was mobilised to protect him. Are you getting the picture yet?
But times are changing. Wakefield's fall from grace is now slicing another scalp. One of the most insidious cartels at the heart of British science is being torn apart: the two top journals in medical science.
The Lancet once championed him. The BMJ has now nailed him – and commended my contribution. "It has taken the diligent scepticism of one man, standing outside medicine and science, to show that the paper was in fact an elaborate fraud," they wrote in last week's editorial.
Let battle commence, I say. Let doctors expose each other. Let journals compete to get the truth out first. Because 13 years passed before I slayed the MMR monster. And although a single, severed hand may yet come crawling across the floor, for science and public safety 13 years is still too long.

My daughter's future depends on people, like you, and your undying need to find the truth. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Dr Wakefield, can/will you sue this little creep for libel and defamation?

Amara Russell posted this IMO delightful parable on my 'Vaccination Information Network'(VINE - 13,000 subscribers)on Facebook:

Erwin...please find an appropriately prominent place for this wonderful parable ♥

THE ROAD TO AUSTIN: A PARABLE

"And there was abiding in the city a young physician, Dr. Wakeup, who went about teaching and healing. For lo, there was woe in the United Kingdom, and the children were afflicted with autism. And mothers and fathers brought their children to him; and he listened to them and offered them hope.

Now the Pharisees had lost the trust of the people and immunization rates were dropping. And they said one to another, “Let us combine the mumps, measles, and rubella potion into one jab.
And we will proclaim the jab safe, and the pharmaceutical companies will prosper, and our names shall again be exalted among men.”

Now Dr. Wakeup knew nothing of this plan. And he said to the scribes, “Verily I say unto you, my colleagues and I have identified a chronic bowel disease, in many cases occurring after the MMR immunization, which may or may not be related to the affliction of autism that stalks the land. Further investigations are needed.”

And the scribes wrote his words on a scroll which was read throughout the kingdom. And immunization rates dropped some more. And the Pharisees said, “This young physician is a thorn in our side. He must be plucked out and cast into the furnace of fire. Let us set a snare for him.”

And they found an unemployed gnome. And they said to the gnome, “Write these words, and herald them throughout the kingdom. ‘Dr. Wakeup is a fraud. He lieth. And he seeketh to enrich himself.” And the gnome did as he was bidden.

And Dr. Wakeup was brought before the High Court. And the Judges said, “Answer the charges. What have you done?” And Dr. Wakeup said, “I have done my job.” And they stripped him of his license and lynched him. “Now he is finished,” said the Pharisees.

But Dr. Wakeup’s disciples said, “Do not despair; he is alive! For behold, his image has appeared to us online in the Book of Faces. And we have seen him on the road to Austin, Texas.”

And the Pharisees said, “What is he doing?”

And the disciples said, “He is training more disciples, and they are publishing many more scrolls!

And the Pharisees said, “Now we must finish him off quickly.” And they went back to the gnome and said, “We need a bigger lie.” But the disciples took up their sticks and wrote truth on the World Wide Web. And everywhere Dr. Wakeup went, people flocked to see him, for he listened to the parents, stood up for the afflicted children, and brought them hope of a better life."

(I'll try to find the source for citation) ♥

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vaccination-Information-Network-VINE/69667273997

Dr. Wakefield,

I can't thank you for anything directly personal, but I could tell from afar that you valued honesty and had put the needs of injured children ahead of your interests. I never saw you over-represent the value of your research, or undervalue the work of others, and that kind of honesty helped me trust enough to try some of the biomedical "quackery" that has helped end my daughter's regressions, improved her health and mental function, her day-to-day quality of life. I am so grateful to you and your family for sacrificing so much for the truth!

It is terrible that you and your family, Dr. Wakefield, have been subjected to persecution. But it is wonderful that you have spoken the truth. Thank you. Thank you.

The only thing sadder than a delusional man is those that validate him; willingly taking on the delusion for themselves and harming those closest to them in the process.

I doubt you will publish this - moderated comments are always a sign of an argument that has been lost and that must resort to censorship of the facts to maintain the fiction of truth - but at least the moderator, whoever you are, will read what I have written. It doesn't surprise me in the least that your need to protect this facade extends to keeping the facts from your readership.

You are as sad as this ex-Dr you have elevated to near holy status.

Dr Wakefield , I have researched the aetiology of autism for the last 10 years.I find that autism is caused by the balance of our gut flora being altered by antibiotics.I have also found that antibiotics in the wider environment are in all probability the cause of the decline of the honey bee and other pollinating insects.I recently gave a presentation "A new Perspective on the decline of the honey bee" to government scientists at the research establishment FERA where my findings were accepted in principle.
My conclusions came after I was forced to research my own long-term illness when my GP told me he had no idea what my chronic illness was. My illness turned out to be a yeast infection.
Perhaps you will read my site for the full explanation ..in which I include over 150 references.
I would very much like to relate my experiences with you ,I can be reached via the contact form on my site ..In any event thanks so much for your unwavering stand on this you represent an oasis of truth in this world of dogma.

My Site http://www.yeast-candida-infections-uk.co.uk/

Dr. Wakefield, I don't know you, but I want you to know my family has had you in our thoughts and prayers this week. Thank you for being brave enough to stand up to the establishment. Much love and luck to you!

Gee, Autism and Anti-Vaccine Advocate, I wonder how come in 1998 it was all "Thimerasol and mercury" in the vaccines caused the problem.

Your figures indicate that it patently wasn't that your first guess that caused it was removed in 2000 and the rates skyrocketed. So do you say, "I must have been mistaken?" NO! It's still the vaccine, just not what we thought.

You kooks. No real science to prove what you claim, so you revert to conspiracy and "Big Pharma" The very thing Wakefield was doing. Excuse me whilts I laugh vigorously.

Wow! Dan Burns, you should submit your parable to NaturalNews.com. Mike Adams loves this kind of creativity - he wrote The Town of Allopath story which Mercola turned into a video.

Bet you could have about 500,000 readers of your masterpiece in the not too distant future if you were to submit it.

My son was a child we watched become a victom to vaccine injury and it wasn't autism it was mitochondrial leukodystrophy that took his ability to walk and talk and eat. I will stand behind dr. wakefield because i believe it caused a stomach issue with my child and this is all where it started. Why would he take a payout of such little money when he was a physician scientist who would make more than that silly supposed buy out. This is so ridicoulus. The government and other vaccine money makers are just realizing that many parents are waking up to to the issues at hand and are getting educated enough to make descisions and they are just trying to use scare tactics to turn us back the other way. I own a daycare and all the vaccinated kids are sick all the time compared to the non vaccinated who are rarely sick at all. THis is proof enough to me. Thank you for your standing up for kids like my son Dr. wakefield and for giving up your life to stand for what is right.

So grateful to you, Dr. Wakefield!

Dr. Wakefield, You KNOW you have us parents backing you every step of the way! Just remember that your work is not in vain. Just like so many other things in this world that aren't what they appear to be, the CDC literally makes me sick.

I heard you speak in Chicago of 2008. It was the first year Jenny McCarthy spoke. You and I were in the gift shop at the same time and I wanted to thank you SO much for all of your work for our children. BUT, I thought you know, this poor man is hounded by the media I won't bother him. NOW, I want to thank you for your endurance. We love you!
Jana L
College Station, TX

In all my life I have never seen such propaganda passing for a journal article or unmitigated baloney for news. The house is in the deal cutting phase on healthcare reform. News editors need material that is not about what is taking place in Washington.

You can almost hear them planning: 'What can we air/publish? ...We can do another Wakefield bashing! ...That works! ...And it's good ratings too!

"You shined a light in a dark corner and the roaches are not happy. We will support you to the end to make sure that light does not go out!"

Well said. I couldn't agree more. Dr. Wakefield, I hope you feel all of our support!

Very few walk their talk. You are a hero, Andy.
Love to you and your family!

THE ROAD TO AUSTIN: A PARABLE...

Posted by: Dan E. Burns | January 13, 2011 at 07:58 PM

Please send this fine fellow a T-shirt.

Is there a parable of Dr. Offit trying to get into heaven ???

Congratulations to Don Burns for his wonderful parable.
Here is a letter I attempted to send to FOX News on 1-6-11 after they ran one of those horrible stories about Dr. Wakefield. Sadly, their mailbox was full and I forgot to retry, but this article reminded me that some of you, might like to see it.

Vaccines-Letter sent to FOX News on 1-6-11
The articles in the British Medical Journal and, the Wall Street Journal, as well as what you presented on your TV shows contain the fraud. They help to perpetuate the fraudulent attacks on Dr. Wakefield. Dr. Wakefield is an honest and brilliant physician who outlines and documents the truth about the study in question in the book “Callous Disregard”. Contrary to what is being said, the study specifically states that it did NOT prove a relationship between the MMR and autism, but suggested that the histories reported by the parents of the children contained enough information for more research to be done in this area.
Pharmaceutical companies have no liability for vaccines in the USA and have successfully lobbied for mandated vaccines in the USA and throughout the world, resulting in an incredible increase in mandated vaccines since the 1980’s and 1990’s. During this time, autism and many other childhood disorders have dramatically increased. Many scientific articles and some epidemiologic data suggest that vaccines, along with other environmental triggers, play a role the increase of these health problems. In fact, it may be that the current vaccine schedule is the major cause of the increase in these health challenges.
Pressures from the pharmaceutical industry on the medical profession (including journals like the British Medical Journal), various government and governmental agencies (CDC & state and local governments) and the media (including the Wall Street Journal, FOX news and many others) have resulted in distorted and fraudulent information being fed to the public.
Brian Deer, a “journalist”—not a physician or scientist—who wrote the article in the British Medical Journal instigated the entire investigation of Dr. Wakefield and habitually distorts the truth. The truth is that there is considerable scientific evidence for a link between vaccines (not only the MMR) and autism, as well as other childhood disorders. But, propaganda like the articles in the British Medical Journal, the Wall Street Journal and the various TV pieces distort and hide the truth. For the sake of our children and all of us, I hope it won’t be long before the truth is known and that there is a major change in vaccine policy in the USA and throughout the entire world.
FOX should be ashamed itself for propagating this nonsense. It prides itself in presenting a fair and balanced view, but in this case, it fails dismally. When it comes to vaccines and autism, it is a consistent failure. John Stossel not too long ago on FOX blasted those claiming a possible link between vaccines and autism, but failed to disclose that his brother is a professor at Harvard Medical School with close links to pharmaceutical companies and vaccines. It is not surprising that FOX distorts the truth when it comes to the dangers of vaccines since its owner has very close ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
Michael B Schachter MD, CNS

Dr. Wakefield is one of the few who has stood up for the truth, at great personal cost. I have always hoped that individuals would be innocent until proven guilty, however, that doesn't seem to be the case here.

I can only pray that the same outcome finds Brian Deer, who is the one here who has falsified information and manufactured misleading so-called facts. I find it reprehensible that the global media would be willing to tear apart someone such as Dr. Wakefield, without first scrutinizing their source to insure accuracy. In this case, they would not have had to even dig very deeply to find that his outcomes have been reproduced numerous times in 5 different countries. It would be rather difficult to reproduce falsified data at least 5 different times, would it not?

At any rate, it is incumbent upon the families affected by this to continue their support and drive to clear the name of Dr. Wakefield, until the media finally puts the entire story our there. The public can't possibly judge correctly until they have all the facts.

Is there any media outlet that is genuinely interested in the truth? I hope so and I pray they step forward to do justice here.

THE ROAD TO AUSTIN: A PARABLE

And there was abiding in the city a young physician, Dr. Wakeup, who went about teaching and healing. For lo, there was woe in the United Kingdom, and the children were afflicted with autism. And mothers and fathers brought their children to him, and listened to them and offered them hope.

Now the Pharisees had lost the trust of the people and immunization rates were dropping. And they said one to another, “Let us combine the mumps, measles, and rubella potion into one jab.
And we will proclaim the jab safe, and the pharmaceutical companies will prosper, and our names shall again be exalted among men.”

Now Dr. Wakeup knew nothing of this plan. And he said to the scribes, “Verily I say unto you, my colleagues and I have identified a chronic bowel disease, in many cases occurring after the MMR immunization, which may or may not be related to the affliction of autism that stalks the land. Further investigations are needed.”

And the scribes wrote his words on a scroll which was read throughout the kingdom. And immunization rates dropped some more. And the Pharisees said, “This young physician is a thorn in our side. He must be plucked out and cast into the furnace of fire. Let us set a snare for him.”

And they found an unemployed gnome. And they said to the gnome, “Write these words, and herald them throughout the kingdom. ‘Dr. Wakeup is a fraud. He lieth. And he seeketh to enrich himself.” And the gnome did as he was bidden.

And Dr. Wakeup was brought before the High Court. And the Judges said, “Answer the charges. What have you done?” And Dr. Wakeup said, “I have done my job.” And they stripped him of his license and lynched him. “Now he is finished,” said the Pharisees.

But Dr. Wakeup’s disciples said, “Do not despair; he is alive! For behold, his image has appeared to us online in the Book of Faces. And we have seen him on the road to Austin, Texas.”

And the Pharisees said, “What is he doing?”

And the disciples said, “He is training more disciples, and they are publishing many more scrolls!

And the Pharisees said, “Now we must finish him off quickly.” And they went back to the gnome and said, “We need a bigger lie.” But the disciples took up their sticks and wrote truth on the World Wide Web. And everywhere Dr. Wakeup went, people flocked to see him, for he listened to the parents, stood up for the afflicted children, and brought them hope of a better life.


Thank you Dr. Wakefield. My family and I are praying for you and stand by you. I too am truly sorry for all that you had to loose and am glad that you continue to stand up for he truth. I can't speak for everyone, but your story gives me (and I'm sure so many others) strength to stand up for the truth depite backlash and denial in my own personal circle of friends and family. This is so obviously wrong if anyone cares to look at who Mr. Deer really is, how he is paid, who he works for and with. I am certain that things have to be slipping on the part of big bully pharma for this backlash to be what it has become. The truth will one day be revealed. It's simply a matter of time.

" When the truth gets buried deep
Beneath a thousand years asleep
Time demands a turnaround
And once again, the truth is found"
--Donovan

For Dr. Wakefield and for all of us when we need it;

If you're going through hell,
keep going.
-Winston Churchill

I feel momentum building, I feel the fight heating up. I think things will get uglier and nastier and I think all of us will need to be be very brave and full of courage to get through it. In the end we will win.

Dr. Wakefield, every one of us has your back.

@ Benedetta

In my opinion .. it is not so much the word hero is considered "corny" these days .. it is because the word "hero" has been too easily misapplied ... such as ..

when asked by an adoring media how he became a WWII "hero" .. JFK .. god bless his self-deprecating humor .. responded: "it was not voluntary .. they sunk my boat".

In contrast .. they have been trying to "involuntarily sink" Dr. Wakefield's boat for over a decade .. and .. they have failed .. because his courage of convictions .. have kept it afloat.

The word hero sounds so corny now a days. I am sure it embarrasses Dr. Wakefield.

But if we remember what a hero is, then we all agree that is truly what Dr. Wakefield is.

He is a man that has convictions and morals, as do many human beings, but unlike a lot of human beings he kept his convictions, maintained his morals even when he was not just threatened but was also punished.

Thank You Dr. Wakefield. I will remember your courage and try to do right too.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!

The truth shall set you free.
One day I hope with all my heart this comes true for us all. The fraud of the VAX industry is ripped away, so we can expose the truth. The veil they hide behind ripped away, and they are all exposed to the harsh light everyone else has had shined on them. Thank you for being the voice for my son, and hundreds of children just like him. Some days I would just lay down and cry from the pain I felt, questioning where I went wrong. Because of your courage, and willingness to fight on. I hold my head high. Thank you Dr Wakefield.

I love you Andy!!! He stood up for himself and our community. Offit is the devil right behind him sits Brian Deer.

Honorable DOCTOR Wakefield,

The attacks are continuing because you are speaking the truth for all of us and those from the Dark Side only have their LIES as ammunition to fight the truth with. Often lies do suppress the truth from being fully revealed, but eventually the TRUTH wins the battle and is finally made known.

Here is a poem which inspires me when I am feeling overwhelmed by all of the corruption:

A Psalm of Life

Tell me not in mournful numbers,
"Life is but an empty dream!"
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
"Dust thou art, to dust returnest,"
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us further than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act -- act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [1838]

DOCTOR Wakefield, you are indeed our "hero in the strife" and will "leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time"....

The other day, my son fell at school and had a possible head injury. We went to the ER where they determined he would most likely be fine ( and he is!). I met a wonderful Lady Doctor who asked a lot of questions and listened carefully. I promised to email her some research and did, later when I got home. I also gave her a little more about what we had done to recover my son. She wrote me back and said kuddos to me for making doctors think outside the box. I told her I had not made the doctors do anything, but had spent considerable time looking for ( and finding thank goodness!) doctors that like to THINK! She wrote back "Finding doctors that like to think"...I could not agree more!

Dr. Wakefield is one of those doctors and he is being persecuted because of it. Thank you Dr. Wakefield, for all that you have ever done for our children. You shined a light in a dark corner and the roaches are not happy. We will support you to the end to make sure that light does not go out!


Andrew Wakefield, soldiers and firemen are real heroes and the other kind of heroes are the ones you find in stores stuffed with baloney.

We need a good ole hell raising protest to shake things up. The protest should be in towns and cities across the world. Have like a national protest day on the rise of autism, and yes link the vaccine causation.

This is a good reason to have this protest with the latest on the US Department of Education figures below:

Yearly increase in the number of children with autism age 6-21 in US Schools Since DSM IV (1994 to present,2009)

Year Students
1994 22,780
1995 28,813
1996 34,082
1997 42,487
1998 53,561
1999 65,391
2000 78,717
2001 97,847
2002 118,603
2003 140,920
2004 166,302
2005 193,481
2006 224,415
2007 258,095
2008 294,302
2009 335,199

Battles of the heart

Has it been a good day for your soul?
Now that the blood’s been let
and seeming shame severed from the whole.

Has truth been served by loving deed
or has suspicion won and dignity
been severed from control.

A heart is a lonely thing to show
When with love and trust it stands, naked
before those who... could not know.

Let the arrows fly,
let the battlements crumble.
Tear the banners from their staffs
and let the cannons rumble.
The glory of the day is not in victory or fall.
The glory is in the reason why the soldier fights at all.

Take heart in your battle with life.
For there is no spear that can bring you down.

3/5/95 N.N.

Rev. Billy Graham .. in his July 1964 Reader's Digest essay .. "A Time for Moral Change" .. wrote:

"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened."

I think Rev. Graham's description of courage may explain why .. after a full decade .. the effort to demonize Dr. Wakefield .. remains a high priority for his enemies.

So .. we can expect their unrelenting attacks on Dr. Wakefield will continue .. because .. they have no alternative .. they know .. as long as Dr. Wakefield remains steadfast to his convictions .. his personal "courage" .. will "stiffen the spines of others".

We should take heart that .. in the court of public opinion .. Dr. Wakefield's stiffened spines .. and .. common sense .. will prevail.

Sir, I too know what it is to loose everything. To be kicked around, spit on, roughed up and cast aside. The reason? I have a label. Simple as that. And I took that label they gave me, and I turned it into my source of strength. And every time I feel down, whenever I get tired of always having to be the strong one, be the leader, be the one who gets the brunt of it down here, I think of people like you, and it gives me the courage to continue to fight the good fight. I owe you a large debt, and I can't thank you enough for your selfless actions and your courage under fire. You are the embodiment of the gold that must go through the fire first, but in going through the fire, becomes purified. Some encouragement for you and all of us from one of my favorite movies :

"Fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live! At least for a while. And many years from now, as you lie dying in your beds would you be willing to trade all those days, from this day to that to have one chance, JUST ONE CHANCE to come back here and tell our enimies that they may take our lives, but they will never take OUR FREEDOM!!!" -Braveheart

"The night is darkest just before the Dawn"- The Dark Knight

Dr Wakefield,

Thank You! In your sufferings may this encourage you.

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2CORINTHIANS 12:7-10

God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.

PROVERBS 3:34

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.

1PETER 5:6&7

Dr. Wakefield, you have more strength and courage than I can imagine ever having. You are admired and loved by more people than you can imagine. Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do for children.

Why isn't Deer's info taken piece by piece apart by someone with a platform. Concentrate on one mistruth a week, and invite him to debunk the truth... He needs to be treated with curiosity and journalistic integrity in a dig for the truth behind his lies. Who will do this? It's not like it would be a hard thing to do...

Dr. Wakefield, is an incredibly strong man and I say again, he deserves so much more than they are putting him through. For all he's done for us, I wish that there was something we could do for him.

Fiona Godlee has a lot to answer for - why is she printing that two bit hack in the BMJ, for goodness' sake?

Dr. Wakefield, thank you for your compassion for and commitment to a generation of very sick children.

No fraud would stand in the face of the war that has been waged against you. Any fraud would have skulked away a long time ago, never to be heard from again.

I pray that those who have dug a pit for you will themselves be swallowed up by it.

Psalms 7: 14-17
The wicked conceive evil;
they are pregnant with trouble
and give birth to lies.

They dig deep a pit to trap others,
then fall into it themselves.

The trouble they make backfires on them.
The violence they plan falls on their own heads.

I will thank the Lord for he is just;
I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High

John 15:13

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Andy Wakefield has given his life, insofar as he has laid down his career, his medical license, his prestige among his fellow doctors, and his reputation, in order to help the children that no one else thought was worth helping. Dr. Wakefield, we are honored to consider you our friend, and we will stand by you no matter what.

Love it! Stand up to the idiocy.

FYI, the link doesn't appear to be working.

Godspeed Dr. Wakefield!!

@Sheri - How did you find that bit of tidbit out?

Thank you, Dr. Wakefield. Without your research, my son would no doubt have suffered even more vaccine damage, and be even sicker than he already is. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I wish he would create a paypal site that we could all donate to... if each of his followers gave even $5 each we could probably get him out of a financial jam so that he can continue his work somewhere that he cant be attacked.

What annoys me most is that someone stopped me the other day to announce to me that Dr. Wakefield admitted to a HOAX! CUT ME A BREAK! Why can't people read papers or articles instead of getting their opinions from the ticker line on some pseudo news channel.

I laughed when I heard this as I've been lucky enough to have heard the doctor speak. I asked them if they actually read the article or read any of Dr. Wakefield's work, or had read any of the confirming studies of his research that had been published around the world. The obvious answer was NO on all counts!

If people would just open their eyes, they will see.

way to go andy..we are behind you 100%..this is about a entire culture of cover up and deciet in which our babies and children counted for nothing..the truth will see the light of day..we are walking this with you!!!!!!!!!!!! candace

A few other "science myths" that have been debunked by those who stood up for what they believed...

1) The world is flat

2) The sun goes around the earth

3) Man cannot fly

4) Bloodletting is a sound medical practice

Decribes Dr. Wakefield perfectly!

he·ro   /ˈhɪəroʊ/ Show Spelled
[heer-oh] Show IPA

–noun, plural -roes; for 5 also -ros.
1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

I read Deer's report in the BMJ yesterday. Dr. Wakefield made some mistakes but not with his research. No one was harmed. He found something out that could possibly help autistic children. I'm sure Wakefield is not the first researcher to dream of winning a Noble prize for unlocking the mysteries of autism. A researcher keeps his job by finding research money and it comes from parties that are looking for answers. No child harmed! Why shouldn't Dr. Wakefield be able to put together investors to come up with a colostrom based nutritional product to help improve the immune system of children? So, what! Okay, the lawyer thing. My analogy is like the college football player being suspended for selling his college championship ring. You have an overzealous recruiting agent and an overzealous lawyer; both with no scrupples. We know Dr. Wakefield did not alter his findings to satisfy this lawyer. No child was hurt. In fact, many children, including mine, got better because of Dr. Wakefield's research. D. Wakefield never harmed a child. The media is harming children by not responsibly reporting all the facts.

It was easier to understand Deer's reporting if you just read what was in quotations. If it wasn't in quotations then it was Deer giving us his personally biased oppionion which some of us call lies.

Dr. Wakefield we need more docs/people like yourself in this world! Do not ever let them deter you, we need your research, we want the TRUTH!!!

Hej,
As a dokter in preventive medicine 0-4 years old and a father with an autistic son which was vaccinated and a son which is NOT vaccinated and has NO autism...I have the statistic relevance of N=1. And a lot of tears,frustration and copingstress of having an autistic son in our family.
The only thing the dokter did who is slaughtered in the media is LISTENING to parents. And yes I agree with the enterocolitis like pattern....
The American Association of ChildPsychiatry
says in its recommendations for Early Warning Signals for Autism: LISTEN TO PARENTS if they are worried or have unrest that something is wrong!
In the Gynaecology Practice: Worries with the mother and her unborn child are a vital point in the anamnes if something can be wrong.
The dokter listened to 12 parents.
And then armageddon came.
And now we have more and more and more vaccinations....If you loose your child in Afrika of measles: you do not care about my comments...may be that MMR could have saved that child. I am not against vaccination and I want to express 2 very importants things:
Where is the best practice?
With 36 vaccinations and an incredible amount of power and money in the farmacy and so many confounders and so many good paid laywers.....isn't it time that we stand up in what the man in the CNN interview said: Where is the research in unvaccinated childs compared with vaccinated? Remember the Swine Flue hysteria: the huge amount of narcolepsia outbreak after it for a mediahoax that threatend the entire world....it was just a seasonal influenza where unfortenately also people died. It was after the WHO changed the games and playing fields: definition of pandemics. It was a big and huge distraction of the financial Lehmann collaps.
I ask the CEO's of big farmacompanies who can lent their money for nothing at the discountwindows of FED and ECB...I ask them to show their best practise(their are a lot of good and important medicins in the world,
and a lot of families live and thrive of the economic scale of farmacie) I ask them:
Show the world the little money for a breaking medical approach and close the gap:
Do your best practise on autism and vaccination versus unvaccinated children.
Do your best practise on how we think about the immunesystem(the model of it doesnt matter how much within one day you give your young child: read 7 shots!)versus the model of is the immmune system capable of carrying that load??
I thank you all and I want to express my feelings for all the parents, like me, raising an autistic child. It is a hell of a jobb, a voyage.
Dr.Milco Sweden

God Bless You, Dr. Wakefield! The truth will prevail.

Why won't mainstream media pick up this side of the story with the same fervor as the inaccurate information they purport to be fact?

What has happened to journalism?

It appears Wakefield cannot *AFFORD* to get his side of the story published. Yes I am insinuating MONEY has everything to do with this insult.

Thank you, Dr. Wakefield.

I support your battle against the pharmaceutical quackery that is damaging everyone from the very young to the very old. The biggest fraud is the belief that vaccinations prevent diseases...they don't.

Autism's false prophets....

Thank you Dr. Wakefield. You have incredible courage and the utmost integrity. I feel so sad for what you have lost. The truth eventually does emerge and this will. Unfortunately, there are so many individuals that stand to profit and so much liability if they admitted that there was a problem, it is going to be a while. Please hang in there and know that there are thousands of parents, that wholeheartedly support you.

For those of you thinking that Dr. Wakefield should sue the pants off Brian Deer for libel, consider how much energy (and money) he has left after the whole world has been dancing on his grave for the past decade....

I know just about a gazillion autism moms who would like nothing more than to cook him a good, hot meal...

Dr Wakefield - I think we are are on year 10 of my support for your efforts. And guess what? No change in that status. Thank you.

Thank you Dr Wakefield. I know that you will be exonerated one day in the eyes of the world and that your enemies will go down in history as the corrupt fraudulent ones.

The truth is Brian Deer approached a family under a different name to attempt to gain information against Dr. Wakefield.

Go Wakefield!!! You just gotta fight back!

Deer is still just trying to sell stories since no one will put him on their payroll!

Thank you Dr. Wakefield for all you have sacrificed. And to think, all you were doing was stating facts and being truthful!!

Dr. Wakefield, you are a hero!

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