Andrew Wakefield has been discovered to be a fraud and it turns out that vaccines do not cause autism after all. The whole thing was a sham.
Even after the preservative thimerisol was removed from vaccines in 2001, autism cases continue to climb and there is no end in sight.
He based his findings on only twelve cases, according to Anderson Cooper of CNN. Despite the opportunities he has had to replicate the study, he has not done so.
So, it's not the vaccine, is it?
Isn't it interesting that Wakefield that he was being paid by a law firm for a possible lawsuit against the vaccine manufacturers? Watch Anderson Cooper's interview with Wakefield which was featured on CNN.
Now that we know that vaccines do not cause autism, where do we go from here?
The kids afflicted still face an uncertain future for many reasons, at best. This is because societies around the world still do not understand them and the people who live in those societies misinterpret the behaviours which they see.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta mentioned a time line to Wakefield in which one child already had symptoms of what Wakefield labeled autism six months before he was vaccinated and another child did not develop any symptoms until six months after the vaccine was administered.
Wakefield insisted that he did not have a preconceived notion that vaccines cause autism, and that he had not heard of autism since medical school.
Mr. Wakefield was questioned by Dr. Gupta regarding the cases of bowel disease. It is alleged that Wakefield performed unnecessary tests on children, including spinal taps and colonoscopies, but none of the hospital records mention bowel disease of the twelve children Mr. Wakefield with whom worked confirm this information.
Dr. Gupta made a very valid point. If vaccines are the reason for autism, why do the number of children being diagnosed with this affliction continue to climb, despite the fact that many people have stopped vaccinated their children? This has led to another problem-we are witnessing a vicious return of childhood diseases which were once conquered. Whooping cough is a perfect example of this, as ten children died in California just last year, according to Seth Mnoonkin, author of THE PANIC VIRUS: A TRUE STORY OF MEDICINE, SCIENCE, AND FEAR.
Vaccines do not cause autism. All we know is that the numbers continue to grow.
Autism is the most studied public health issue regarding children in two decades, and we are nowhere near a cure. Instead of coming to false conclusions with regard to what causes autism, we need to give these kids the benefit of the doubt whenever they scream in public, or grab someone.