Brian Deer – history repeating itself as farce.
Gill Hornby of UK's Telegraph: There's more to the pain of autism than the MMR debate

Autism, Bowel Disease and MMR: Dr. Andrew Wakefield Responds to Brian Deer

Wakefield crest Dr. Andrew Wakefield has written a response to Brian Deer's article HERE. 

Please scroll down to read yesterday's Age of Autism post, which includes a link to the Deer article.

Sunday Evening Update: Dr. Wakefield will be providing a rebuttal to Mr. Deer's piece. In addition, parents in the UK may also chime in. Stay tuned.  HuffPo picked up the Deer story this evening (HERE.)  

UK journalist Brian Deer continues to attack Dr. Andrew Wakefield in his latest piece. You can view the full Times Online article HERE. Below is the introduction:

On a Monday morning in February 1997, a taxi left the Royal Free hospital, in Hampstead , northwest London. It turned out of the car park and headed to the renowned Institute of Cancer Research, six miles southwest in Fulham.

In the back of the cab sat a California businessman, whose commercial interests lay in electroplating, but whose personal crusade was autism. On his lap was a plastic pot, in which snips of human tissue floated in protective formalin.

The snips were biopsies taken from the gut of the man’s five-year-old son, then a patient on the hospital’s Malcolm ward. The boy, Child Eleven, as he is known to protect his privacy, had been enrolled in a programme to investigate alleged risks of the three-in-one measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

You can read a response from the Child Health Safety blog HERE. Here's the intro:

Another World Exclusive

The reputation of The Sunday Times of London takes another nose dive today in yet more junk journalism by an unethical unprofessional freelance journalist to revive a seemingly flagging career [more of which below].

The new accusations appear in The Sunday Times today...



This is an old post, but my son has just begun having the telltale constipation issues most autistic children have. He is five. Whats different about my son is that he is having some fever now, as he seems to avoid defecation. He says his "tummy hurts" and that pooping hurts also. I will be bringing him to his pediatrician soon but not expecting much from a guy who just blindly slaps a miralax prescription in our hand and walks away. There is something inflammatory going on in my son...why else would there be a fever? Hmm?

Ross Coe

Update 2011. Read these.

John Stone

From the UK House of Commons Select Health Committee Report 'The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry' 2005, p. 60

'The use of PR to counter negative publicity

'221. Public relations is particularly important during times of bad publicity, especially when the safety of brands is called into question. Considerable resources are invested into building long-term, sustainable relationships with stakeholders and ‘key opinion leaders’ and journalists. These relationships are used to promote the use of certain brands and counter concerns relating to safety. Efforts to undermine critical voices in particular were identified, under terms of “issues management”. In later evidence, in response to the ISM’s memorandum, Pfizer stated that PR is entirely legitimate and can “help to educate and inform”. According to the PMCPA, PR activities may include “placing articles in the lay press, TV documentaries, soap operas etc”.'


I can't believe this: Tonight on the MSNBC show "Countdown", Keith Oberman chose Dr. Wakefield as "Worst Person" based on this bullshit article by Brian Deer! Keith said that Dr. Wakefield "almost singlehandedly" caused people to fear the MMR vaccine and that he admitted to falsifying evidence!


This show has more and more pharmacy ads -- I guess they're having an influence!

Please please everyone write to Keith Oberman at:

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10112

He needs to get informed on these issues!


Dr. Wakefield's words will be the lasting ones regarding Deer's assault on children's health and his journalistic suicide.

Dr. Wakefield writes:
"Finally, I did not 'create' a scare but rather, I responded to a scare that parents brought to my attention. To have ignored their concerns would have been professional negligence".

"There is absolutely nothing either to
withdraw or to apologize for in this matter. It is, however, a tragedy that the continued misrepresentation of the facts has had a negative impact on the ability of affected children to get access to the care that they so desperately need".

Go get them Dr. Wakefield!

From Dr. Wakefield's rebuttal -

"This is a particularly tortuous argument that reflects Deer’s grasp (or lack of it) on both the scientific process and the evidence. Parents of 8 of the 12 children made the link between MMR vaccination and onset of symptoms contemporaneously. Other parents made the link retrospectively, that is, some years later. We reported on those 8 who made the link at the time of their child’s deterioration and excluded those who made the link later in order to remove any bias associated with recall that may have been prompted by, for example, media coverage. To have done otherwise would
have been potentially misleading."

It is a matter of considerable dismay that a lot of children are being lost to the ravages of the MMR just because parents are unable (because they do not know better) to make the connection to bowel disease when it occurs.

It is additional fallacy to link the measles damage to just bowel disease because there are a lot of children who carry the burden of the measles virus in their brains and central nervous systems. Who ever said that the only problem with measles was bowel disease? What about the children who get high fevers and seizures after the MMR? Do these children not matter? Just because you cannot go into the brains and CNS of these kids and do biopsies easily enough (unless they have died and then it does not matter anyway) does not mean that the MMR has not done any damage to them.

Dr. Wakefield ought to go in with guns blazing and trash the MMR to smithereens. And assign it to the garbage heap. Where it belongs. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see that it has brought, and continues to bring, considerable damage to young immune systems. Time and again on autism lists - my baby had an MMR shot and something happened. What the heck!!!

When in the world is the Vaccine Court going to make a decision on the MMR case? Are they waiting for a particular number of kids to fall through the cracks before they do that? Isn't this supposed to be a matter of great urgency. Who is supposed to light the fire under their butts? Its shameful.

Kathy Blanco

Talk about the Oliver North of Autism...

Dr Wakefield...of all the people that should be funded FURTHER to this connection, it is that man. Where is the autism community when it really comes down to it? I am willing to give a little something, where is the proposal, where is the facility? Where is the equipment? But you know what? Who would want to be under such scrutiny now? Who would want to now put their necks on the chopping block, discouraging discovery of a universally worshiped product called vaccines? You think it will never happen in this environment. Such predjudice is known...for years they thought ulcers were caused by stress, but learned later H Pylori was to blame.

Such is also happening, and paralleling our problems in the lyme population. Doctors who treat long term antibiotics for people with chronic lyme are hauled into medical courts and disciplines by IDSA (by the way, the same society OFFIT belongs to), because SOMEONE arbitrarily decided the standards of treatment. IDSA, thinks that four weeks of antiiboitcs clears lyme. Fine well and good for someone just bit, but not someone harboring it for years, or congenitaly.

In like fashion, is not the research community asking the same thing...that if you are bound to downplay genetics as causal to autism, then you are bound to fail (as well as not getting funded) , because you can only implicate NON environmental triggers...of which are manmade, products, and procedures - which, complicate the picture, because your sponsers want their images and perceptions of safety. What company is going to give research money to somone to whistleblow them?

We can talk about mercury alot, almost dismissing that viruses can destroy a brain just as equally...if we really think that greening a vaccine will save a child from autism...think again...the viruses in them have every capability of causing it.

Although Dr W, still may believe in the efficacy of vaccines, seperating them, I submit, this may not save a child from autism. Let's get away from this one shot at a time idea/delaying/spreading out/safer vaccine idea. No shot should be in a child who can't handle it. The immune system doesn't handle viruses in this fashion. It is UNNATURAL. I remember Wakefield at a conference saying it plainly..does a child have measles, mumps and rubella at the same time in nature?

I am sick of the guessing games. Not only should we have a biological marker/standard of delaying vaccines at birth, but mothers when pregnant should know the efficacy of her immune system, following specific guidelines to build glutathione/methylation, reduce infections and autoimmune tendencies, to deploy all methods of a fully functioning thyroid gland etc. These are the set ups to autism...else, every child would have autism after their shots.

An interesting note....when MIND institute came out with a study of recent suggesting that mothers immune systems were attacking fetal brain tissue, they suggested a KDA weighted protein was the pathogen involved. The specific KDA pattern is the outer surface protein of Borrelia Burgdoferi. Lyme disease- a signiature, lyme is present. Excuse me to think, that certainly some set ups to autism occur in utero, and certain infections, toxins and inability to detox, immune problems, thyroid insufficiencies as well.

Certainly, this also sets up shop for a child to react VIOLENTLY/TERRIBLY/ABNORMALLY to more antigens...and, we know that their capability to lower immune function, allows other bacteria to surface at the same time (think of the dinosaur game at chukee cheese), if the MMR vaccine is given, then if other infections are present in that child and mother at birth, then, that infection, may have a hey day on the child. I would love, if they would biopsy the gut, looking for MULTIPLE PATHOGENS, not just MMR. I mean Spriochetes, fungi, candida, parasites, viruses numerous, bacteria numerous. Then, put that into living tissue on petri to see if it replicates the gut destroying capabilities that are present from sight and PCR DNA? Am I to think, that only MMR is destroying th egut of our kids? Surely, just like the chemical corporations, the isolation of one product or one toxin, is not the culrpit, rather, it is the unstudied and undefined combination that is causing it.

I hope Thoughtful House will bring this to surface...that many pathogens, many toxins, (not just mercury, even fluoride flattens villae), and infections, could be causing a combination perfect storm in the gut/brain axis of our children.

This is why the MIND institute was right in saying, pollutions AND pathogenic infections, is causing this epidemic. If we don't narrow down what those are, then this nightmare will continue.


How sad that Dr. Wakefield has to waste time responding to this nonsense, time that could be much better spent continuing to search for answers for our kids. Hang in their Dr. Wakefield, we are strongly behind you.


we can support Dr. Wakefield-keep spreading the word about those puzzle pieces and ARI's independent vacc/unvacc study. I can't wait to see all the back-peddling once this vaccine mess gets un-ravelled!


I hope the Times is planning to run Dr. Wakefield's rebuttal, and print a retraction of Deer's article and an apology. I hope the public at large can recognize this farce.

John Stone


A correspondent in JABS Forum has suggested that the Sunday Times actually believe in Brian's medical competence.

Either way, a sad reflection on a once mighty newspaper with a great tadition of investigative journalism.


Alison MacNeil

I believe Brian Deer may have just 'hoisted himself on his own pitar'.

dan olmsted

as john stone points out below, what has happened here is what often happens when fundamentally flawed reporting like brian deere's is given free rein -- it finally goes too far and exposes itself for what it is (and whatever it is, it is not journalism). -- dan


YAY Team Wakefield!


And BD is till on the home page of HP.

Cannot believe it.


Dr Wakefield,
You are a hero to my family, and I pray for this nightmare to end for yours.

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