MMR/Autism Cases Win In US Vaccine Court

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Robert F Kennedy Jnr writing in The Huffington Post reveals that 1322 hidden cases of vaccine caused brain damage including autism have been successful in the US Vaccine Court including MMR cases: ANOTHER AUTISM CASE WINS IN VACCINE COURT – By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. –  February 24, 2009.

That there were an unknown number of hidden cases and MMR cases was reported by ChildHealthSafety over a month ago here: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR]

Robert F Kennedy Jnr writing in The Huffington Post reports:-

…… an explosive investigation by CBS News has found that since 1988, the vaccine court has awarded money judgments, often in the millions of dollars, to thirteen hundred and twenty two families whose children suffered brain damage from vaccines. In many of these cases, the government paid out awards following a judicial finding that vaccine injury lead to the child’s autism spectrum disorder. In each of these cases, the plaintiffs’ attorneys made the same tactical decision made by Bailey Bank’s lawyer, electing to opt out of the highly charged Omnibus Autism Proceedings and argue their autism cases in the regular vaccine court. In many other successful cases, attorneys elected to steer clear of the hot button autism issue altogether and seek recovery instead for the underlying brain damage that caused their client’s autism.

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Sunday Times’ London Editor Must Quit Over False “Wakefield MMR Data Fixing” Story

Another World Exclusive

The position of John Witherow, Chief Editor of the internationally published British broadsheet newspaper The Sunday Times, London is looking untenable in the escalating row over freelance journalist, Brian Deer’s now shown-to-be-false Sunday Times’ story alleging former London Royal Free Hospital surgeon and gastroenterology specialist Mr Andrew Wakefield “fixed” data in a Lancet medical journal paper to show a link between the MMR vaccine, autism and serious bowel disorders in children: MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism – Brian Deer, The Sunday Times, London – February 8, 2009.

The Sunday Times’ story was improbable and shown to be false: Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation .  Late last night the companion story was amended online with a statement “This article is the subject of a legal complaint” [Hidden records show MMR truth Brian Deer, The Sunday Times - February 8, 2009].

For the allegation in freelancer Brian Deer’s story to be true meant that for 10 years the claimed single-handed action by specialist surgeon Mr Wakefield had gone unnoticed by the other 12 eminent former and current London Royal Free Hospital medical authors.  10 of the authors in March 2004 partially retracted the  suggested interpretation in the paper of a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism in an attempt to alleviate the outcry from British politicians and Government health officials.  The bulk of the Lancet paper still stands and has been replicated in other scientific studies [See end].

A letter received by Editor Witherow late yesterday charges:-

The journalist Brian Deer and The Sunday Times, London have breached the overall obligations of the PCC Code regarding the “duty to maintain the highest professional standards” and The Sunday Times is also in breach by publishing such a story.  The journalist Brian Deer has demonstrated a remarkable lack of professionalism, a disregard for professional ethics and an obsessive interest in Dr Wakefield, belying the detachment, objectivity and impartiality of a modern professional journalist in the 21st Century.

Mr Deer has demonstrated gross breaches of professional ethics in his behaviour and reporting, including his personal interest in making the complaints which have led to the extraordinary and intensive General Medical Council proceedings against Dr Andrew Wakefield.  In short, Mr Deer stands to lose professionally should his complaints to the GMC prove not to be upheld and he has a personal interest in publishing stories to prejudice the GMC panel against Dr Wakefield to see that they are, which seems could well be one of the purposes of the story under complaint.  Very much the same charges could be levelled at The Sunday Times itself in its reporting and that of its sister paper, The Times, London.“  [Full text below]

Writing in The Spectator, political commentator and respected British journalist Melanie Phillips said following ChildHealthSafety’s exclusive worldwide disclosures:-

What the Sunday Times did not report was that the GMC investigation into Wakefield was triggered by a complaint from… Brian Deer, who furnished the allegations against him four years ago. He has thus been reporting upon the hearing into his own complaint. Since when has a reputable paper published a story by a reporter who is actually part of that story himself — without saying so – and who uses information arising from the disciplinary hearing which he himself has instigated and which is investigating allegations he himself made in the first place?

The witch-hunt against Andrew Wakefield Wednesday, 11th February 2009

If media rumours that Roger Alton, the Chief Editor of The Observer another quality London, England broadsheet newspaper left in 2007 following an MMR-vaccine-to-autism story claimed to be an unreliable scare but which ChildHealthSafety reveals here exclusively worldwide is now shown to be true and sound journalism, this does not look promising for the prospects of The Sunday Times’ Chief Editor John Witherow over a Sunday Times’ story now shown to be false.

The July 2007 MMR vaccine-to-autism story in The Observer by staff journalist Denis Campbell is rumoured in media circles to have led to a row ending with the The Observer’s Chief Editor quitting in December 2007.  Campbell’s story was in fact true and “stood up”. Roger Alton was appointed Chief Editor of The Independent, London in 2008.

Denis Campbell’s story claimed to have unearthed leaked details of research from work by a group led by Cambridge University autism  expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen that the true rate of autism in the UK was a startling 1 in 58 children.  Campbell was unable at the time to produce hard information from his confidential sources to back up the claims.  The online version of the story was removed from The Observer’s website: New health fears over big surge in autism. Questions over triple jab for children Denis Campbell, The Observer July 2007.

However, ChildHealthSafety is now able to reveal exclusively that the data was subsequently presented at a London, England international scientific autism conference, submitted for formal publication  in a journal and is referenced in a textbook on autism.  The figure in Campbell’s story of 1 in 58 was presented a year later as 1 in 60 at IMFAR [International Meeting for Autism Research (London, May 15-17, 2008)].  The paper revealed the real autism rate by accounting for previously unknown cases.  The paper states [emphasis added]:-

Conclusions: The prevalence estimate of known cases of ASC, using different methods of ascertainment converges around 1%. The ratio of known to unknown cases means that for every three known cases there are another two unknown cases. This has implications for planning diagnostic, social and health services.

Commenting late last night by ‘phone The Observer London journalist Denis Campbell said regarding the publication of the data “If it is available I would be intrigued.  The Times reported Professor Baron Cohen as I recall as saying the figures were merely ‘jottings’“.

Mr Wakefield speaking to ChildHealthSafety from his home in Austin Texas USA, where he now works at Thoughtful House as Research Director when asked if he will consider exercising his right to reply to The Sunday Times’ story under the UK’s Press Complaint’s Commission Code of Practice said “Yes“.

Critics of Denis Campbell’s 2007 Observer story included Director of The Science Media Centre Fiona Fox.  Writing in her blog Ms Fox stated at the time:-

…. the SMC reacted to the article primarily by coordinating a joint media statement by 14 institutions involved with child health and vaccination to back the safety of the jab which we issued to coincide with the GMC hearing. However I did also send a note to Denis Campbell, the journalist who wrote the article and a friendly contact of ours, to make sure he knew that the SMC was unable to defend the piece to the angry scientists who were contacting us. The result was an invitation to meet with him, the readers’ editor and a variety of other Observer news editors at their offices. So, with two leading MMR experts at my side, I went to highlight the concerns.Why we need the best journalism on public health stories – Wednesday, 18 July 2007

However, Ms Fox’s profile in LobbyWatch.Org reveals another side to the activities of The Science Media Centre along with other critics of the controversial link between the MMR vaccine and autism, including Spiked-Online, Living Marxism Group, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick and Lord Taverne the latter two being sometime trustees of similarly critical organisation Sense About Science .

A press release issued recently jointly by 20 child health safety organisations, Mr Wakefield and several other authors revealed that:

In an interview with Dr Richard Halvorsen for his book The Truth about Vaccines, one of the lead authors of the Cochrane Collaboration’s review of MMR vaccine safety said, The safety studies of MMR vaccine are crap. They’re the best crap we have but they’re still crap“. Dr Andrew Wakefield Demolishes Ignorant US Vaccine Lobby

Dr Halvorsen was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.

The Sunday Times UK journalist Brian Deer is being challenged to explain his role in assisting George Bush’s US Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, leading to  the failure in the USA last week of three lead cases of over 4500 pending cases of claimed vaccine injured US children: Sunday Times Journalist Challenged Over Role in US MMR Cases

Mr Witherow took over in 1994 as The Sunday Times Chief Editor from the controversially appointed Andrew Neil.   Mr Neil  as Chief Editor had long supported the former Sunday Times’ Health Editor Neville Hodgkinson’s work writing about another medical controversy – the HIV/AIDS theory.  The controversy first started by Nobel Prize nominated Berkeley University USA Professor Peter Duesberg and separately The Perth Group in Australia, continues unabated despite similar obstacles encountered to those faced by Mr Wakefield over the vaccines-to-autism issue.

Complaining to the PCC

Anyone can make a complaint.  The Sunday Times is published worldwide including online.

To make a complaint to the UK’s Press Complaints Commission see the links here, but you should first write to The Sunday Times, and allow at least a week for a response and preferably two:-

Email addresses (use both as the story was online and in print):-

home.news@thetimes.co.uk

online.editor@timesonline.co.uk

How to Lodge a Complaint With The PCC

You need to ensure your complaint cites the provisions of the PCC code  you rely on in your complaint.

The PCC is run by the British press and has many senior newspaper editors and others involved in news publishing dealing with complaints. They are not independent. That is not a reason to be put off complaining, but do not expect any complaint, even a powerful to be upheld.

The PCC exists to forestall any statutory system of control over journalism being introduced into the UK by government.  It has a reputation for fudging and avoiding upholding complaints, except in a number of case where it seems a journalist has written something not favourable to the MMR vaccine.  ChildHealthSafety has heard there have been a number of such examples.

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[NOTE: THE FOLLOWING FIGURES ARE NOT CORRECTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE NOW HIGHER REAL RATE OF AUTISM SHOWN NOW TO BE TRUE BY DENIS CAMPBELL'S 2007 MMR-VACCINE-TO-AUTISM STORY IN THE OBSERVER]

Vaccine Risks Outweigh Risk of Disease

Autism – A serious problem being ignored

19 Children A Day – 4 in 5 is a Boy

Autism in Britian outstrips all other major disorders affecting British children combined and is substantially more serious than measles.  Every day 19 British children develop autism spectrum disorders:

  • this will be 600,000 British children and adults in the future (birth rate approx 600,000 p.a.)
  • and horrific prospects for expectant parents
    • 1 in every 54 boys will be on the Autistic Spectrum
    • autism affects 4 times as many boys
    • so 1 in 215 girls are affected as well

[* 19 a day and 1 in 54 come from: Baird et Al Prevalence of disorders of the autism spectrum in a population cohort of children in South Thames: the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP); Lancet 2006;368:210 –15.  This research revealed 1 in 86 British children are being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (116.1 in 10,000).

4/5   x   116.1/5000 =  1 in 54 (4/5ths of the 116.1 are boys and approx 5000 of the 10,000 children affected will be boys)]

Measles Comparison

See here how the risk to children in Western economies from measles is now insignificant for the vast majority Measles – The Official UK Statistics.

For the USA see US Measles Data and generally see Risk to Children & Government Scaremongering.

Cost of Autism in The UK

At the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee 17th June 2008 MPs and Peers heard Cambridge autism expert Professor Simon Baron-Cohen concede to a questioner that more research into the vaccine/autism connection is needed and that a recent study indicates autism costs the UK £28 Billion pa.  The £28 billion figure includes hidden costs, like costs of people taken out of the economy, whether those affected or their carers.  [LSE “Economic Consequences of Autism in the UK” – Study by team led by Professor Martin Knapp [Executive Summary] [NB. The main defect in the research is the assumption there are 433,000 are adults (aged 18 and over) who have autistic spectrum disorders.  We have the research to show there are approximately 107,000 children but there is not such a number of adults, the 433,000 being a projection based on the numbers of children.]

For more see:  AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR

REFERENCES – MMR LINK TO AUTISM

The evidence in this rechallenge study of a large number of children is strong proof confirming the association and was presented by Dr Wakefield in closed session to the US Institute of Medicine before issuing a report which neither confirmed nor denied the link – the data was ignored and no transcript of the IoM session has been disclosed:-

Wakefield A, Stott C, Limb K. Gastrointestinal comorbidity, autistic regression and Measles-containing vaccines: positive re-challenge and biological gradient. Medical Veritas: 3 (2006) 796–802.

This study also confirms the association:-

PERSISTENT ILEAL MEASLES VIRUS in a Large Cohort of Regressive Autistic Children WITH ILEOCOLITIS AND LYMPHONODULAR HYPERPLASIA: ReVisitation of an Earlier Study

Walker, S.J., Hepner K., Segal, J., & Krigsman A., Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 USA

Conclusions: Preliminary results from this large cohort of pediatric autistic patients with chronic GI symptoms confirm earlier findings of measles virus RNA in the terminal ileum and support an association between measles virus and ileocolitis /LNH.

As do these studies:-

Elevated levels of measles antibodies in children with autism. Singh VK, Jensen RL. Pediatr Neurol. 2003 Apr;28(4):292-4.

Abnormal measles-mumps-rubella antibodies and CNS autoimmunity in children with autism. Singh VK, Lin SX, Newell E, Nelson C. J Biomed Sci. 2002 Jul-Aug;9(4):359-64.

Serological association of measles virus and human herpesvirus-6 with brain autoantibodies in autism. Singh VK, Lin SX, Yang VC. Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1998 Oct;89(1):105-8.

There are many studies addressing childhood developmental disorders and gastrointestinal disease:-

CDD and Gastrointestinal Disease

1. Wakefield AJ, Anthony A, Murch SH, Thomson M, Montgomery SM, Davies S, Walker-Smith JA. Enterocolitis in children with developmental disorder. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2000;95:2285-2295

2. Furlano RI, Anthony A, Day R, Brown A, McGavery L, Thomson MA, Davies SE, Berelowitz M, Forbes A, Wakefield AJ, Walker-Smith JA, Murch SH. Colonic CD8 and gamma delta T-cell infiltration with epithelial damage in children with autism. Journal of Pediatrics 2001;138:366-72.

3. Wakefield AJ. The New Autism (Invited Article) Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry 2002;7:518-528

4. Wakefield AJ., Puleston J. Montgomery SM., Anthony A., O’Leary J.J., Murch SH Entero-colonic encephalopathy, autism and opioid receptor ligands. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. 2002;16:663-674

5. Torrente F., Machado N., Perez-Machado M., Furlano R., Thomson M., Davies S., Wakefield AJ, Walker-Smith JA, Murch SH. Enteropathy with T cell infiltration and epithelial IgG deposition in autism. Molecular Psychiatry. 2002;7:375-382

6. Wakefield AJ, Ashwood P, Limb K, Anthony A. The significance of ileo-colonic lymphoid nodular hyperplasia in children with autistic spectrum disorder. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2005: 17

7. Ashwood P, Anthony A, Pellicer AA, Torrente F, Wakefield AJ. Intestinal lymphocyte populations in children with regressive autism: Evidence for extensive mucosal immunopathology. Journal of Clinical Immunology, 2003;23:504-517.

8. Ashwood P, Anthony A, Torrente F, Wakefield AJ., Spontaneous mucosal lymphocyte cytokine profiles in children with regressive autism and gastrointestinal symptoms: Mucosal immune activation and reduced counter regulatory interleukin-10. Journal of Clinical Immunology. 2004:24:664-673

9. The Gut-Brain Axis in Childhood Developmental Disorders: Viruses and Vaccines. Wakefield AJ., Collins I., Ashwood P. Invited chapter in Infectious Disease and Neuropsychiatric Disorders Chapter 21, pp 198-206. Ed. S.H. Fatemi

10. Wakefield AJ. The Gut-Brain Axis in Childhood developmental Disorders. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2002;34:S14-S17

11. Wakefield AJ, Murch SH, Anthony A, Linnell J, Casson DM, Malik M, Berelowitz M, Dhillon AP, Thomson MA, Harvey P, Valentine A, Davies SE, Walker-Smith JA: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 1998 Feb 28;351(9103): 637-41

12. Ashwood P, Wakefield A. Immune activation of peripheral blood and mucosal CD3+ lymphocyte cytokine profiles in children with autism and gastrointestinal symptoms. Journal of Neuroimmunology: 2006 Feb 20.

13. Wakefield A, Stott C, Limb K. Gastrointestinal comorbidity, autistic regression and Measles-containing vaccines: positive re-challenge and biological gradient. Medical Veritas: 3 (2006) 796–802.

Etiology of CDD

1. Wakefield AJ and Montgomery SM. Autism, viral infection and measles mumps rubella vaccination. Israeli Medical Association Journal 1999;1:183-187

2. Montgomery SM, Morris DL, Pounder RE, Wakefield AJ. Paramyxovirus infections in childhood and subsequent inflammatory bowel disease. Gastroenterology 1999;116:796-803

3. Kawashima H., Takayuki M., Kashiwagi Y., Takekuma K., Hoshika A., Wakefield AJ. Detection and sequencing of measles virus from peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2000;45:723-729

4. Wakefield AJ and Montgomery SM. Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine: through a glass, darkly. Adverse Drug Reactions & Toxicological Reviews 2000;19:265-283

5. Uhlmann V., Martin C, Shiels, Wakefield AJ, O.Leary JJ. Possible viral pathogenesis of a novel paediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Molecular Pathology 2002;55:84-90

6. Bradstreet JJ., El Dahr J., Anthony A., Kartzinel J., Wakefield AJ, Detection of Measles Virus Genomic RNA in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Children with Regressive Autism: a Report of Three Cases Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. 2004.9:39-45

7. Wakefield AJ. Enterocolitis, autism and measles virus. Molecular Psychiatry. 2002;7:S44-46

8. O’Leary JJ, Uhlmann V, Wakefield AJ. Measles virus and autism. Lancet. 2000;356:772 (letter)

9. Wakefield AJ. MMR vaccination and autism. Lancet. 1999;354:949-50 (letter)

10. Stott C., Blaxill M., Wakefield AJ. MMR and Autism in Perspective: the Denmark Story. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2004;9:89-91

11. Wakefield AJ. Entero-colitis, Autism and Measles Virus. Consensus in Child Neurology. 2002;6:74-77

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Notes on terminology:-

In the US the official diagnostic definition of what we call “Autism Spectrum Disorders” or ASD are  instead called “Pervasive Development Disorders” or PDD for short.  That is under the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edn)” or “DSM IV” for short.

“Autistic Spectrum Disorder” is the term applied internationally under the “ICD” or “International Classification of Disease”

Many refer to ASD and PDD as “autism” but “autism” is a subset of the spectrum and is often referred to also as “childhood autism”, “typical autism” and “Kanner autism”.  [The common behaviours like hand flapping, loss of eye contact and suchlike in young children are unmistakable, whereas other spectrum disorders like mild Aspergers Syndrome can be more difficult to diagnose.]

Copyright ChildHealthSafety 2009 – The authors hereby assert their moral rights.  All rights reserved.

5 Responses

  1. I’m relatively new to this debate; it’s a hard one for “outsiders” to get a grip on, given the bitterness of much of the correspondence.

    The “facts” seem to have ping-ponged back and forth. For example, this blog entry *seems* to provide evidence that Deer was *not* a complainant against Wakefield, but merely answered questions posed by the Medical Council.
    http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/?p=1891

    Can somebody — without venom or sarcasm — explain whether the evidence quoted there is true and relevant?

    Thanks,
    Chris.
    http://www.researchethicsblog.ca

    [ED: It is very simple and all set out in the stories on this site. Deer lodged the complaints with the GMC which brought about the GMC proceedings against British surgeon Mr Wakefield. There is a legal Court judgement also confirming this citing three of Deer's letters of complaint. Deer has also disclosed he was corresponding with the GMC over a three years period. Deer now denies he is the complainant - because the GMC are pursuing the proceedings and have not named him as complainant-of-record. Deer is however complainaint-in-fact. He cannot back up his denials of being the complainant who brought about the proceedings by publishing his letters of complaint because they will show he was the original complainant. For Deer as journalist in particular, the making of denials and then the failure to back them up in the light of these facts simply serves to confirm the facts as already known.]

  2. Wakefield aside, the observations of thousands of intelligent parents are that vaccines clearly cause autism, and these are far more believable than the “studies” published by med/gov and media pundits where research designed for more subtle effects could not possibly miss both the correlation and criteria for cause and effect. With substantial academic and applied research credentials, I can state that a broad range of severely damaging effects includiing autism in my own family has been caused by vaccines/amalgams, and that these conclusions fit standard statistical criteria to the most highly significant degree. There can be NO doubt that vaccines cause autism and numerous other syndromes… I also used to work for the gov, and no lie or criminal deed is beyond them…
    http://mercuryxxpoisoned.com

  3. Just to elucidate, the warning “This article is the subject of a legal complaint” appears over the longer inside article by Deer from the Sunday Times of the week before last, and remains there at the time of posting:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683643.ece

  4. [...] website Child Health Safety has been following the story very closely and has stated [...]

US Federal Court, US Justice Dept & The Sunday Times – More Questions Than Answers

Another World Exclusive

The day before the US Federal Court was to give its judgements throwing out lead cases of MMR vaccine damage in 4500 claims by US  children and their families, The Sunday Times London freelance journalist implicated questionably in stories to discredit research underlying the children’s claims was in the US giving a lecture Lessons learned from the MMR Vaccinein a US children’s hospital.  The timing of the lecture in association with the American Medical Association is unusual. The US Department of Justice was also sending out just before the decision a now shown-to-be-falsely-headlined article in The Sunday Times of London by the same journalist Brian Deer, attacking the basis for the US children’s claims and published the Sunday before the Court decisions: Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation 11 Feb 09 and Sunday Times – Sinks To New Low With Yet More MMR Junk Journalism 8 Feb 09].

These events are closely similar to the UK in 2004. No other journalist has been writing the same kinds of stories. The same journalist published similar articles again in The Sunday Times London unusually substantially based on the journalist’s own unqualified medical opinions and just before a crucial English Court decision throwing out UK children’s claims for the same injuries.  It was later discovered the Judge in the UK case was the brother of a director of MMR vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline: British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims

The Sunday Times’ journalist was also last week revealed to be complainant in the exhaustive marathon UK General Medical Council legal hearings into the research of Dr Andrew Wakefield into the conditions of the injured children in the US and  in the UK: Sunday Times Journalist Challenged Over Role in US MMR Cases – 

The activities of The Sunday Times London freelancer Brian Deer have since attracted the attention of NBC TV’s Keith Olberman on the TV programme Countdown,  of The Huffington Post David Kirby and the UK’s respected heavyweight political commentator Melanie Phillips, in The Spectator, London:-

The witch-hunt against Andrew Wakefield Melanie Phillips, The Spectator – 11 Feb 2009

Keith Olbermann — Today’s Best “Worst Person in the World”Huffington Post -Feb 11, 2009 – David Kirby [author of best seller"Evidence of Harm" and New York Times freelance journalist]

A deer in the headlights Melanie Phillips,  The Spectator 16/Feb/09

One effect of Deer’s reporting since 2004 to discredit Dr Wakefield’s work internationally is that research into the children’s conditions has been severely hampered and with a deterrent  effect on other experts coming forward as witnesses, thereby damaging the prospects of success for US children’s claims in the Federal Court.

The activities of The Sunday Times’ journalist now on both sides of the Atlantic devoted to discrediting the few researchers looking into the link between the MMR vaccine, autism and serious bowel disorders in autistic children have been exposed here on ChildHealthSafety: Sunday Times Journalist Challenged Over Role in US MMR Cases.

The timing of recent events may be coincidental. Could anyone know it was an appropriate time for such a lecture, which must have been organised in advance? Why also, if it did, did the US Federal Court bring forward the date of its long delayed decisions in the cases seemingly on relatively short notice: Vaccine Court To Weigh In On Thursday – David Kirby February 11, 2009.  And if the children’s cases were so without merit and the evidence so overwhelming why did the Court take so long to issue its decisions, only to seemingly bring them forward to such a time.

The DoJ is representing the Defendant US Department of Health and Human Services in the US Federal Court. The US Federal Court has previously upheld claims that US children’s autism was caused by vaccines: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR

The lecture in a US children’s hospital was given on 11th February by the Sunday Times journalist accompanied by The Editor in Chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association Catherine DeAngelis in the CS Mott Children’s Hospital: http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/sunday-times-mmr-journalist-denials-challenged.

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Vaccine Risks Outweigh Risk of Disease

Autism – A serious problem being ignored

19 Children A Day – 4 in 5 is a Boy

Autism in Britian outstrips all other major disorders affecting British children combined and is substantially more serious than measles.  Every day 19 British children develop autism spectrum disorders:

  • this will be 600,000 British children and adults in the future (birth rate approx 600,000 p.a.)
  • and horrific prospects for expectant parents
    • 1 in every 54 boys will be on the Autistic Spectrum
    • autism affects 4 times as many boys
    • so 1 in 215 girls are affected as well

[* 19 a day and 1 in 54 come from: Baird et Al Prevalence of disorders of the autism spectrum in a population cohort of children in South Thames: the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP); Lancet 2006;368:210 –15.  This research revealed 1 in 86 British children are being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (116.1 in 10,000).

4/5   x   116.1/5000 =  1 in 54 (4/5ths of the 116.1 are boys and approx 5000 of the 10,000 children affected will be boys)]

Measles Comparison

See here how the risk to children in Western economies from measles is now insignificant for the vast majority Measles – The Official UK Statistics.

For the USA see US Measles Data and generally see Risk to Children & Government Scaremongering.

Sunday Times Journalist Challenged Over Role in US MMR Cases & Denying Being Complainant In UK MMR Case

New Information – Updated 12:00hrs 16 Feb 09

See also:  A deer in the headlights Melanie Phillips,  The Spectator16/Feb/09

The Sunday Times UK journalist Brian Deer is being challenged to explain his role in assisting George Bush’s US Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, leading to  the failure in the USA last week of three lead cases of over 4500 pending cases of claimed vaccine injured US children.  The journalist was identified last week as complainant in the UK General Medical Council proceedings against Dr Andrew Wakefield over the alleged link between MMR vaccine, autism and bowel disease in children.  The journalist has reported extensively in The Sunday Times, London on his allegations which are now the subject of the UK GMC proceedings and was also previously a defendant in a law suit brought by Dr Wakefield. Challenges to his new denials of involvement with the UK GMC case are being made as are demands for the journalist to publish his complaints and other correspondence with the UK’s GMC and to explain his relationship with them.

But now ChildHealthSafety also demands publication of The Sunday Times journalist’s correspondence with the US Department of Justice.  The journalist has admitted his role in the failure of the US MMR Court cases announced last Thursday in judgements handed down by the US Court of Federal Claims.  The admissions of his role in the US cases were revealed by the journalist himself in a blog response, as previously reported on Age of Autism:-

……  the US government sought my help in mounting its case …… I was surprised by this. ……. I would come home, find an email from the department of justice asking me for a document, and see that the next day it was being run in court.Did the Department Of Justice Tip-Off Brian Deer? February 13, 2009

Concerned US parents are asking what was the purpose of journalist Brian Deer’s visit to the US last week and why were US Department of Justice staff sending out copies of the Sunday Times of London articles by Brian Deer, alleging scientific misconduct, in an effort to discredit Dr Wakefield prior to the  US Vaccine Court rulings last week [Reported by US journalist David Kirby: Vaccine Court To Weigh In On Thursday Feb 11, 2009  and The Sunday Times articles here by ChildHealthSafety here: Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation 11 Feb 09 and Sunday Times - Sinks To New Low With Yet More MMR Junk Journalism 8 Feb 09]

In the UK Brian Deer’s first attacks in The Sunday Times on Dr Wakefield [Sun 22/Feb/04] were also made just days before a crucial Court decision [Fri 27/Feb/04] which took away legal funding from the British MMR vaccine damage children’s case and brought the UK’s MMR vaccine damage litigation to an end. Brian Deer was hired by a then Sunday Times editor Pauk Nuki, whose father, Professor George Nuki had sat on the UK Government Committee with others some of whom were implicated in attacks on Wakefield and were also involved in approving the now proven dangerous and withdrawn Pluserix MMR vaccine.

The Judge who made the decision which effectively ended the UK litigation, Judge Nigel Davis, is the brother of Glaxo board director Crispin Davis. Pluserix MMR was made and supplied by a GlaxoSmithKline company.  It was given to many of the children in the UK litigation. Crispin Davis had been brought onto the Glaxo Board only 2 months before The Sunday Times hired Brian Deer to write the articles attacking Wakefield. Crispin Davis was also the CEO of the owners of The Lancet.  Judge Davis later claimed that it had not occurred to him there might be a conflict of interest.   Read more about it all here: British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims.

The involvement in the US of UK journalist Brian Deer together with the conflict of interest of the UK Judge Nigel Davis in 2004 raises questions as to the position of the US Federal Court and its now much criticised decisions last week in dismissing the lead US children’s cases. The Court has previously upheld the link between vaccines and autism in a number of cases and the defendant US Department of Health and Human Services has also conceded at least one case in secret rather than have a Court decision: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR

The Sunday Times journalist also continues to deny the allegations of being a complainant in the UK GMC case in responses he has posted recently on blogs.  Journalist Brian Deer’s denials appeared in The Huffington Post and elsewhere, including:-

…this fabrication is that the GMC’s investigations were triggered by a complaint by me. This is wholly untrue.  ….. The GMC approached me and asked, in the public interest, that I supply details of my journalistic findings. ….. I am not the complainant and have letters to prove this.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/keith-olbermann-todays-be_b_166103.html?show_comment_id=20800885#comment_20800885

Challenges to the journalist’s denials appear in comments posted on blogs yesterday demanding he  publish his correspondence  with and explain his relationship with the UK General Medical Council.   These include:-

Mr Justice Eady, in a UK High Court judgement, previously uncontested, stated that Brian Deer was the complainant against Andrew Wakefield, and listed three separate letters of complaint written by Deer in 2004. As a journalist Brian Deer now needs to publish all his correspondence with the GMC and its lawyers in order to clarify his relationship with them.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/keith-olbermann-todays-be_b_166103.html?show_comment_id=20891151#comment_20891151

On Feb 11 2009 it was ChildHealthSafety which revealed exclusively worldwide that journalist Brian Deer is the original complainant and whose complaints the GMC proceedings currently underway in London, England substantially follow:    Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation.

After ChildHealthSafety’s exclusive disclosures, UK journalist Melanie Phillips writing in The Spectator discussed Brian Deer’s primary role in the UK GMC’s investigations.  US journalist David Kirby covered this in The Huffington Post. NBC TV’s Keith Olbermann on the US TV Countdown programme named The Sunday Times journalist World’s Best “Worst Person”:-

The witch-hunt against Andrew Wakefield Melanie Phillips, The Spectator – 11 Feb 2009

Keith Olbermann — Today’s Best “Worst Person in the World”David Kirby – Huffington Post -Feb 11, 2009

The Sunday Times journalist has maintained that he has no association with the drug industry and that his earnings come from his journalism and there is no evidence or suggestion to the contrary.

That he should answer however and promptly, is indicated by the timing, manner and circumstances in which he came to be hired by The Sunday Times which ChildHealthSafety revealed here: [British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims]

And also because a British Parliamentary Health Select Committtee Report found that the drug industry spends “considerable resources” on building relationships with journalists to counter concerns regarding drug safety and to undermine critical voices and that the drug industry considers this “entirely legitimate”:-

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 laypress, TV documentaries, soap operas etc”.186 The following example of a project worksheet shows the marketing campaign process and the targeting of consumers and the press.

The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry House of Commons Health Committee Fourth Report of Session 2004–05

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Vaccine Risks Outweigh Risk of Disease

Autism – A serious problem being ignored

19 Children A Day – 4 in 5 is a Boy

Autism in Britian outstrips all other major disorders affecting British children combined and is substantially more serious than measles.  Every day 19 British children develop autism spectrum disorders:

  • this will be 600,000 British children and adults in the future (birth rate approx 600,000 p.a.)
  • and horrific prospects for expectant parents
    • 1 in every 54 boys will be on the Autistic Spectrum
    • autism affects 4 times as many boys
    • so 1 in 215 girls are affected as well

[* 19 a day and 1 in 54 come from: Baird et Al Prevalence of disorders of the autism spectrum in a population cohort of children in South Thames: the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP); Lancet 2006;368:210 –15.  This research revealed 1 in 86 British children are being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (116.1 in 10,000).

4/5   x   116.1/5000 =  1 in 54 (4/5ths of the 116.1 are boys and approx 5000 of the 10,000 children affected will be boys)]

Measles Comparison

See here how the risk to children in Western economies from measles is now insignificant for the vast majority Measles – The Official UK Statistics.

For the USA see US Measles Data and generally see Risk to Children & Government Scaremongering.

17 Responses to “Sunday Times Journalist Challenged Over Role in US MMR Cases & Denying Being Complainant In UK MMR Case”

  1. Brian Deer is an xxxxxole [Edited] and I hope his role in the Wakefield matter as well as the U.S. Dep’t of Justice is revealed and that he is dealt with accordingly. Very suspicious that last year’s finding was that Hannah Poling was found to be harmed by her vaccines and yet the plaintiffs this year were not validated. Vaccines are starting to cause a lot more harm than good. Hep b to babies in the U.S. Are they kidding ???!!!!!

    [Ed: Even more suspicious is that The US Department of Health and Human Services secretly conceded the Hannah Poling case - there was no need for a Court hearing see more here:-

    AUTISM - US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments - It’s Not Just MMR]

  2. What was Brian Deer doing in the United States just as those illogical Vaccine Court rulings were read?

  3. If what he printed was true, what does it matter?

    [ED: How do you know what he printed or says is true? The Judge stated his letters were letters of complaint. He denies that but does not publish the letters to prove they were not letters of complaint. Which account is going to be the more accurate - his or the Judge in a legal judgment binding on him in a case in which he was a party and which was just setting out the facts which were uncontested.]

    As a journalist he is obliged to be independent objective and impartial, so the public can have some confidence in what he writes. If he wrote letters of complaint, that means he is not impartial, is directly involved, has a personal interest in the outcome of the case and therefore should not be reporting.

  4. As much as I despise Mr. Deer, how can you find out the truth about this without taking him to court? The title says the Times are being challenged… Challenged by who and how are they being challenged?

    Please post the method of the challenge otherwise this is just another blog post with another blog opinion and matters not to anyone.

  5. “How do you know what he printed or says is true? ”

    I don’t know if they are true or not. But if what he wrote IS true, then I would hope everyone would agree that autistic children were abused and a fraud was perpetuated.

    There aren’t any independent objective journalists.

    Either way, I don’t think any of this will help autistic people in anyway.

  6. Individuals without scruples are always valuable to corrupt authority, aren’t they? Deer probably initially thought his position on the MMR debacle was a guaranteed way to grab some easy moral highground in an attempt to levitate a mediocre journalistic career, then it seems as if his ego got ensnared in the struggle. Eventually it probably didn’t matter to him whether he understood the science, who was right or who suffered; when he was thrown a bone of approval by power and given a role to play, he yelped, fetched, wagged his tail and went snarling after the designated targets.

    “‘Am I not a bastard? Am I not an altogether incredible bastard?’” — Klaus Mann, “Mephisto”

  7. Is it possible that the cases of the three families were sabotaged in anyway by Mr Deer? If so, what would his motive have been for doing so? T. Ziegeweid

  8. nhokkanen

    “What was Brian Deer doing in the United States just as those illogical Vaccine Court rulings were read?”

    Nancy,

    This is not a bad question. David Kirby posted the information that the court was about to give its ruling at 8.30pm Eastern Time, Wednesday, which was already 1.30am, London time, although he also reported stirrings from the Department of Justice hours before:

    “…But by 2:30PM today, Public Affairs staff were bracing for a huge workload and a very long day on Thursday, knowing they would be taking press calls from all over the globe. They are grumbling that the Court did not give them more time to prepare.

    “Interestingly, and in an unusual move, the DOJ staff are also sending around copies of the Sunday Times of London articles by Brian Deer, about Andy Wakefield’s alleged scientific misconduct – in an effort to discredit him and his work prior to the Vaccine Court rulings.

    “I have no idea what any of this means, but I thought I would report it.”

    http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/02/vaccine-court-to-weigh-in-on-thursday.html#more

    John

    ED: In the UK Deer’s first attack on Wakefield [Sun 22/Feb/04] was also made just days before a crucial Court decision [Fri 27/Feb/04] which took away legal funding from the British MMR vaccine damage children’s case. The Judge who took the money away, Judge Nigel Davis, turned out to be the brother of Glaxo board director Crispin Davis who had been hired onto the Glaxo Board only 2 months before The Sunday Times hired Deer to trash Wakefield. Crispin Davis was conveniently for Glaxo, the CEO of the owners of The Lancet. Judge Davis later claimed that it had not occurred to him there might be a conflict of interest. Read more about it all here: British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims.

  9. This information about Brian Deer and the US Department of Justice should be reason alone that the lawyers file an appeal with the Federal Court. The Federal Court should change their decision in favor of the three plaintiffs on this event alone. What has happened here in these cases is a travesty of justice in light of Brian Deer’s running interference for the vaccine companies.

  10. There should be a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the lawyers in the Federal Court cases to the US Department of Justice and US Department of HHS regarding the correspondence between Brian Deer and them.

  11. If what Deer printed was true, then truth is a defense that is insurmountable. Why would anyone care or attack Deer until they can answer the question “Is what he wrote truthful”? I don’t follow the logic here The real question is if what he printed the truth? If not, if someone finds out the basis of “fact” is untruthful, then I think these other questions are legit. If what he printed was true, then the other comments seem to be more interested in upholding a dogma.

    Whether there is collusion between Deer and DOJ is secondary to the question of accuracy. If what he printed was true, wouldn’t you want the DOJ to have this information? I don’t get it.

    ED: If Deer’s repeated denials about not having submitted complaints to the GMC turn out not to be true, then how do you know anything he has written or said is true? As previously noted in response to CS, [February 15th, 2009 at 11:39 pm]:

    [ED: How do you know what Deer printed or says is true? The Judge stated his letters were letters of complaint. He denies that but does not publish the letters to prove they were not letters of complaint. Which account is going to be the more accurate - his or the Judge in a legal judgment binding on him in a case in which he was a party and which was just setting out the facts which were uncontested.]

    As a journalist he is obliged to be independent objective and impartial, so the public can have some confidence in what he writes. If he wrote letters of complaint, that means he is not impartial, is directly involved, has a personal interest in the outcome of the case and therefore should not be reporting.

    So it becomes important that he publishes his correspondence with the GMC which lasted at least 3 years including the letters of complaint cited in the English High Court judgement

  12. xxxxxxx: read – leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk then maybe apologise? [ED: Edited - abuse not tolerated]

    [ED: Brian Deer has not published his letters of complaint to back up his claims. A legally binding English Court judgement cites his letters of complaint to the UK GMC. And also read Lies, Damn Lies and Blog Posts which tells all anyone needs to know about that blog.]

  13. “then how do you know anything he has written or said is true? ”

    Personally, I have no personal knowledge either way.

    Has Wakefield successfully claimed or counterclaimed in any forum with a counter-evidence rebuttal of Deer? I know Wakefield sued him for libel and then backed out and paid Deer’s legal fees. I know that 10 of the authors of the original Lancet paper retracted it based on Deer’s original story. I know that Deer is a frequent critic of the pharmaceutical industry and has gone after them in published pieces. I have however, no proof other than the actions of Wakefield’s colleagues and Wakefield’s legal capitulation to Deer.

    I would support Deer publishing any correspondence as long as it did not jeopardize his sources. Confidential sources are important for any journalist. However, I still don’t understand why no one takes exception to the actual content of what he published and its truthfullness? Has Wakefield proven that Deer is publishing anything untruthful or has he offered evidence that it wasn’t the truth, other than a denial?

    In the end, Wakefield harmed some of those kids in his study and was being paid by attorney’s to find a link. Its important that we protect autistic children, not those who claim to be the friends of parents of autistic children. The children, are afterall, our children, our flesh and blood and they deserve better, from all sides.

    [ED: Wakefield did not harm any of the children whose cases are reported in Lancet paper. Deer’s letters of complaint will be available under FOI after the GMC proceedings are over if not earlier. Deer’s claims not to be complainant are in conflict with the uncontested facts of the Court judgement, which is binding on Deer. The libel case was settled because the Court would not adjourn it pending the outcome of the marathon and hugely expensive GMC case – fighting both simultaneously would have been extremely difficult – and Deer would always have the Reynolds defence – even if he was completely wrong – which it appears he was and is – see ‘Reynolds defence’ in new libel law test – The Guardian – “In court the newspaper did not claim that what it had published was true, but argued its case that the information was in the public interest. Its case relied on unidentified sources but
    Mr Jameel’s lawyers managed to rebut the information the sources had given.” – That would make the libel proceedings a very expensive waste of time whereas the GMC proceedings would deal with all issues just the same and exonerate Wakefield – with only one set of costs instead of two [and five if the three Defendant's in the libel case succeeded on a Reynolds defence and had their costs paid to trial.]]

  14. Let me add this: Brian Deer isn’t a friend to autistic children. He’s full of the same bigotry about autistic people that everyone else is. However, I separate those feelings of mine with what he reported. I’m interested in what the truth is, not in defending Deer as a person.

    [ED: There does not seem to be any evidence to back up these allegations of bigotry regarding autistic children against Brian Deer or everyone else. Brian Deer is entitled to be defended just as anyone else is - he can start by publishing his letters of complaint to the GMC to show us what he claims is true - that he is not complainant to the GMC.]

  15. You don’t think autistic people suffer from bigotry? If that is your view, then I guess it is a waste of time for me to have this conversation. We’re in silly land now.

  16. What was Brian Deer doing in the United States just as those illogical Vaccine Court rulings were read?

    This is what he was doing:

    https://www.med.umich.edu/secure/pediatrics/meisterlecture.htm

    You guys really are amazing in your ridiculous conspiracy mongering.

    [ED: Orac arguing "conspiracy" theories. "As I sit detachedly atop this empty barrel, not needing to peer within, there is a faintest sound. Hark brethren - 'tis that within the cavernous void of shallow rhetoric the echoing esurience of scraping?"].

  17. Actually:

    3rd Annual Susan B. Meister Lecture in Child Health Policy
    “Science, the Media and Responsibility for Child Health: Lessons learned from the MMR Vaccine”

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 4:00 p.m.
    Biomedical Research Building “The Pringle” Auditorium

    Featured Speakers: Brian Deer, Investigative Reporter, The Sunday Times of London and Catherine DeAngelis M.D., M.P.H., Editor in Chief, The Journal of the American Medical Association

    (from: http://www.med.umich.edu/mott/research/chear.html)

    ED: And for the rest of the week? When publishing his letters of complaint to the UK’s General Medical Council about Dr Wakefield [so the public can see Mr Deer's denials of being a complainant are true, despite a legally binding English Court judgement saying he did write at least three letters of complaint and he also admits he was still writing three years later] perhaps Mr Deer might wish to publish his diary and itinerary of his recent sojourn statesides so we can all be reassured about that as well?

    Come on, don’t be shy.

Sunday Times Journalist Instigated GMC Case Against Dr Andrew Wakefield

 Another World Exclusive

What You Can Do

ChildHealthSafety can now reveal exclusively worldwide further evidence proving conclusively The Sunday Times freelance journalist Brian Deer is not only the main complainant but the instigator of and actively planned from the outset to bring about the marathon UK General Medical Council proceedings against eminent gastroenterologists Drs Andrew Wakefield, Simon Murch and Professor Walker-Smith relating to research into autism, bowel disease and the safety of the MMR vaccine. Brian Deer is also responsible for the now shown to be false ‘’MMR Data Fixing’ allegations against Dr Andrew Wakefield ["Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation"]

Shattering the denials of The Sunday Times freelance journalist Brian Deer and those of the GMC to his not being the main complainant and instigator of the GMC proceedings is the formal published English High Court judgement of Justice Eady: Wakefield v Channel Four Television Corp & Ors [2006] EWHC 3289 (QB) (21 December 2006)

The Judgement was given in open Court proceedings in which The Sunday Times freelancer concerned, a Mr Brian Deer was a party and is named as a defendant. The judgement states simply, with clarity and the specific dates on which journalist Brian Deer instigated and then pursued his complaints with the GMC against Dr Wakefield:-

2. The background to the litigation is the long standing controversy surrounding the MMR vaccine. The Claimant is a gastroenterologist. The first Defendant (‘Channel 4′) is a broadcasting corporation, which broadcast on 18 November 2004 a programme which forms the subject-matter of these proceedings, and which was produced by the second Defendant and presented by the third Defendant (‘Mr Deer’).‘’.

3. Well before the programme was broadcast Mr Deer had made a complaint to the GMC about the Claimant. His communications were made on 25 February, 12 March and 1 July 2004 ‘. it seems likely that a hearing will take place commencing in July 2007 and lasting for many weeks.‘

The timing of Deer’s first letter of complaint to the GMC of 25th February 2004 shows Deer wasted no time after the publication of his Sunday 22rd February 2004 Sunday Times stories against Wakefield. Other information in ChildHealthSafety’s possession shows Deer had planned from the outset to get Wakefield before the GMC on charges. Before a single word had been written by him Deer had consulted with and been given free advice and assistance by Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry company Medico-Legal Investigations Limited, whose speciality was getting doctors on charges before the GMC and with co-directors of its board from the ABPI: MLI Newsletter March 2004 Issue 10. See ABPI formalises links with clinical fraud investigation firm March 18, 2000 The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol 264 No 7088 p426.

The 70 plus pages of GMC charges against Dr Wakefield are based substantially on the charges the journalist himself made to The Lancet Editor, Dr Richard Horton in February 2004. The earlier versions of Sunday Times freelancer Brian Deer’s website also confirmed Deer’s allegations were the basis for the complaints.

But Deer was also not working alone. Deer was working hand-in-hand with Dr Evan Harris a British Member of Parliament, Glaxo-Wellcome Fellow and active Member of the British Medical Association and Harris even at that early stage attended with Deer at the offices of The Lancet, as Lancet Editor Dr Horton recorded later in his book, on these events ["MMR Science and Fiction: Exploring the Vaccine Crisis,"]. This was also confirmed by Harris indirectly in Parliament and later by the public attendance by him with Deer at the GMC hearings against Wakefield in London, England.

But things did not go the way Harris and Deer appear to have planned. Dr Horton and The Sunday Times rejected all but one charge. The Sunday Times went on in February 2004 to publish that charge as the main story by the freelance journalist against Dr Andrew Wakefield, but that too seems in jeopardy of failing following recent evidence in the proceedings.

So the bulk of Deer’s charges against Wakefield did not by this time see the light of day and were not in the public domain.

To compound this the GMC at this early stage had no idea how to formulate any kind of charge against Dr Wakefield as Dr Horton also recorded in his book ["MMR Science and Fiction: Exploring the Vaccine Crisis,"]. The day after Deer’s February 22nd 2004 Sunday Times story, Horton was exchanging notes over dinner and liqueurs with a member of the UK’s medical regulatory body, The General Medical Council on possible bases for GMC proceedings against Andrew Wakefield: ["The confusion": Richard Horton - a remarkably frank passage' John Stone BMJ 2 November 2004].

By 29th February it was being reported in the UK media it was unlikely any charges would be brought by the GMC. Wakefield unlikely to be charged over MMR scare – The Independent – By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor – Sunday, 29 February 2004.

Things were moving too slowly for Harris and Deer and they were in danger of losing the momentum: The UK’s medical oversight body, the General Medical Council, is considering an investigation of these charges.New Scientist Controversial MMR and autism study retracted 4 March 2004 by Maggie McKee

Dr Evan Harris applied for an adjournment debate in the English Parliament to move matters on. On 15th March Harris got his debate and used this opportunity to launch a defamatory attack on Dr Wakefield protected from legal proceedings by British Parliamentary Privilege and in which he set out all of Deer’s allegations, including those The Sunday Times and The Lancet had rejected three weeks previously. That Harris was briefed by and working with The Sunday Times journalist Brian Deer was revealed by Harris in the debate where he also revealed Deer had been given confidential documents from The Royal Free Hospital by the Royal Free’s Strategic Health Authority: Hansard 15th March 2004

Information obtained by ChildHealthSafety under Freedom of Information shows that Deer had in fact been using documents leaked by an insider at the Royal Free Hospital at an earlier time. The Royal Free documents appeared at a much later stage shortly before publication of Deer’s story in February 2004.

After this matters changed and as reported by Deer himself on his own website [but now removed by him] GMC inquiry: After submissions by Brian Deer to the UK General Medical Council, the doctors’ regulatory body announced a public inquiry into the affair. The Sunday Times, December 12 2004.

Only yesterday, 12th February, Deer was threatening legal proceedings by letter to NBC TV’s US programme Countdown in which US TV presenter Keith Olberman it seems named Deer on 11th February as ‘world’s worst person’. Deer complained in his letter of Olberman accusing Deer of ‘dishonesty and malfeasance’ in connection with Deer’s work as a journalist for The Sunday Times. The news of Deer’s activities has been taken up in the USA after earlier worldwide exclusive stories this week by ChildHealthSafety were taken up by journalist Melanie Phillips in The Spectator.

Dr Andrew Wakefield’s own defamation proceedings against Brian Deer and UK’s Channel 4 Television were dropped when the English High Court refused to adjourn the proceedings pending the outcome of the GMC proceedings. Faced with the pressure of two sets of complex lengthy proceedings running in parallel, Dr Wakefield withdrew his libel case. One of the problems facing a medical doctor in England is that the UK’s main medical organisations which provide and pay for legal assistance for proceedings against doctors normally insist the doctors do not speak to the media about their cases. The potential threat of withdrawal of funding is a real one for the vast majority of doctors in the UK, who follow the instruction not to comment to the media.

Brian Deer has waged an extensive personal campaign against Dr Andrew Wakefield over many years leading to the present GMC proceedings. It seems the freelancer has also been been changing information on his website which previously confirmed his involvement as the main complainant, but other information remains which it is difficult to remove without notice.

Statements by the The Sunday Times freelancer on earlier versions of his now-changed website together with now-difficult-to-remove documents also show the freelancer is the complainant-in-fact in the GMC proceedings.

Documents published up to four years ago on his website reveal that the GMC had told Dr Wakefield’s lawyers, Radcliffes le Brasseur, that the freelancer was the complainant. The freelancer had in all the time those documents appeared not denied, clarified or contradicted those statements. This also suggests that at the time the documents were first posted on the website, the freelancer was, as Wakefield’s lawyers had been told by the GMC, the main complainant. The text of a letter from the lawyers in November 2004 to Channel 4 Television states:-

it is also right to say at this time that he has made a formal statutory complaint to the General Medical Council against Mr Wakefield and others .’

A statement previously made and now removed by The Sunday Times freelancer from his website referred to “a General Medical Council [GMC] fitness to practice panel hearing – arising from the investigation set out on this page”. In other words, there was and is no main complainant-in-fact other than The Sunday Times freelance journalist Brian Deer, however else the freelancer and GMC wished to finesse the substance of the matter.

The present GMC proceedings stem seemingly and unusually not from the freelancer reporting in the manner of a professional journalist the assessment of an external independent medical expert nor the complaints of a parent. Instead the GMC’s case, as confirmed by the freelancer himself is based substantially upon his own investigations and non-expert assessment of complex technical documents and medical matters, in which his qualification is a BA degree in philosophy from Warwick University, England.

How it is that a UK national paper with an international reputation like The Sunday Times could have published stories by such a journalist remains to be answered. Information received by ChildHealthSafety as well as written claims by Brian Deer suggest some of the circumstances of how this came to be would make a conspiracy theory a preferable answer to a simple reality. The information suggests that at least in part, and possibly understandably no one at The Sunday Times properly understood such a complex matter and more faith was placed in Brian Deer’s ability than appears warranted.

Unreported by the British media, Brian Deer’s charges have been steadily demolished by lawyers and witness evidence in the unprecedented GMC hearings over the past three years. No parents of autistic children had complained.

Further details of The Sunday Times’ freelancer’s part in the British establishment’s efforts to discredit Wakefield were reported by ChildHealthSafety here: British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims

This news comes after ChildHealthSafety’s other recent reports into the journalist and his activities [including "Sunday Times - Sinks To New Low With Yet More MMR Junk Journalism" 8th February 2009] and the reports of the formidable respected and seasoned British journalist Melanie Phillips’ in The Spectator [The witch-hunt against Andrew Wakefield Wednesday, 11th February 2009] commenting on ChildHealthSafety’s exclusive revelations and in which Phillips asks:-

Since when has a reputable paper published a story by a reporter who is actually part of that story himself ‘without saying so’ and who uses information arising from the disciplinary hearing which he himself has instigated and which is investigating allegations he himself made in the first place’‘

The GMC has able to maintain the fiction that the freelancer is not the complainant, whilst simultaneously his being the ‘complainant-in-fact’. Under the anomalous nature of the way UK GMC proceedings are brought, compared to legal standards in other types of cases and jurisdictions, the identity of the ‘complainant-in-fact’ or source of an inquiry may be different from any formally stated source. Complainants to the GMC can routinely be afforded anonymity. The GMC can substitute itself for the complainant-in-fact or pursue a complaint itself, or give the appearance of the latter. The defending doctor in UK GMC proceedings may never learn the identity of the complainant.

Extracts from Sunday Times freelance journalist Brian Deer’s website admitting Deer made the complaints to the UK’s General Medical Council [click image to enlarge - opens in new window]:-

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The journalist who has run a personal campaign against Wakefield on his website has made recent public appeals for donations to support his ‘work':

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The Link Between Vaccines and Autism

In a number of cases in the US Federal Court, which have involved the link between vaccines causing autism specifically and other serious conditions, not only has the Court found that vaccines were responsible for causing the symptoms of autism, but the defendant, the US Secretary for Health and Human Services conceded the link without going to trial in a confidential settlement in a case the details of which were leaked and which became a cause célèbre in the USA in 2008-9: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR.

A leading vaccine safety expert and a lead author of the definitive review of scientific evidence claimed to prove no link between the MMR vaccine and autism published by the Cochrane Collaboration of MMR safety stated in an interview with Dr Richard Halvorsen for his book The Truth about Vaccines

The safety studies of MMR vaccine are crap. They’re the best crap we have but they’re still crap’.

In contrast, aside from the pandemic numbers of children developing autism since the substantial increase in the numbers of vaccines given to children since the 1980’s, there is a growing body of scientific evidence of the link between vaccines and autism.

For details of the US Federal Court Hannah Poling case a paper from the Journal of Child Neurology states:-

Young children who have dysfunctional cellular energy metabolism therefore might be more prone to undergo autistic regression between 18 and 30 months of age if they also have infections or immunizations at the same time. Although patterns of regression can be genetically and prenatally determined, it is possible that underlying mitochondrial dysfunction can either exacerbate or affect the severity of regression. Abnormalities of oxidative phosphorylation can be developmental and age related and can normalize with time.

Developmental Regression and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in a Child With Autism (Journal of Journal of Child Neurology / Volume 21, Number 2, February 2006)

In another US Federal Court case, that of Ben Zeller who had a proven developmental delay caused by vaccines, the judgement records that the defendant US Department of Health and Human Services had no alternative explanation beyond:-

Unconfirmed speculation by a few treating doctors, as with Dr. Wiznitzer’s hypothesization’

http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/ABELL.ZELLER073008.pdf

ChildHealthSafety will in addition be publishing further scientific evidence from published papers showing clear evidence of the direct causal association between vaccines and autism.

Some of the research into the links between mitochondrial dysfunction revealed in the Hannah Poling and other US Federal Court cases can be found here: Explaining Vaccines Autism & Mitochondrial Disorder

References to some of the formal medical papers by Wakefield and others providing evidence of the link are set out at the end of this article.

Vaccine Risks Outweigh Risk of Disease

Autism – A serious problem being ignored

19 Children A Day – 4 in 5 is a Boy

Autism in Britian outstrips all other major disorders affecting British children combined and is substantially more serious than measles. Every day 19 British children develop autism spectrum disorders:

  • this will be 600,000 British children and adults in the future (birth rate approx 600,000 p.a.)
  • and horrific prospects for expectant parents
    • 1 in every 54 boys will be on the Autistic Spectrum
    • autism affects 4 times as many boys
    • so 1 in 215 girls are affected as well

[* 19 a day and 1 in 54 come from: Baird et Al Prevalence of disorders of the autism spectrum in a population cohort of children in South Thames: the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP); Lancet 2006;368:210 ‘15. This research revealed 1 in 86 British children are being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (116.1 in 10,000).

4/5 x 116.1/5000 = 1 in 54 (4/5ths of the 116.1 are boys and approx 5000 of the 10,000 children affected will be boys)]

Measles Comparison

See here how the risk to children in Western economies from measles is now insignificant for the vast majority Measles – The Official UK Statistics.

For the USA see US Measles Data and generally see Risk to Children & Government Scaremongering.

REFERENCES – MMR LINK TO AUTISM

The evidence in this rechallenge study of a large number of children is strong proof confirming the association and was presented by Dr Wakefield in closed session to the US Institute of Medicine before issuing a report which neither confirmed nor denied the link – the data was ignored and no transcript of the IoM session has been disclosed:-

Wakefield A, Stott C, Limb K. Gastrointestinal comorbidity, autistic regression and Measles-containing vaccines: positive re-challenge and biological gradient. Medical Veritas: 3 (2006) 796’802.

This study also confirms the association:-

PERSISTENT ILEAL MEASLES VIRUS in a Large Cohort of Regressive Autistic Children WITH ILEOCOLITIS AND LYMPHONODULAR HYPERPLASIA: ReVisitation of an Earlier Study

Walker, S.J., Hepner K., Segal, J., & Krigsman A., Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 USA

Conclusions: Preliminary results from this large cohort of pediatric autistic patients with chronic GI symptoms confirm earlier findings of measles virus RNA in the terminal ileum and support an association between measles virus and ileocolitis /LNH.

As do these studies:-

Elevated levels of measles antibodies in children with autism. Singh VK, Jensen RL. Pediatr Neurol. 2003 Apr;28(4):292-4.

Abnormal measles-mumps-rubella antibodies and CNS autoimmunity in children with autism. Singh VK, Lin SX, Newell E, Nelson C. J Biomed Sci. 2002 Jul-Aug;9(4):359-64.

Serological association of measles virus and human herpesvirus-6 with brain autoantibodies in autism. Singh VK, Lin SX, Yang VC. Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1998 Oct;89(1):105-8.

There are many studies addressing childhood developmental disorders and gastrointestinal disease:-

CDD and Gastrointestinal Disease

1. Wakefield AJ, Anthony A, Murch SH, Thomson M, Montgomery SM, Davies S, Walker-Smith JA. Enterocolitis in children with developmental disorder. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2000;95:2285-2295

2. Furlano RI, Anthony A, Day R, Brown A, McGavery L, Thomson MA, Davies SE, Berelowitz M, Forbes A, Wakefield AJ, Walker-Smith JA, Murch SH. Colonic CD8 and gamma delta T-cell infiltration with epithelial damage in children with autism. Journal of Pediatrics 2001;138:366-72.

3. Wakefield AJ. The New Autism (Invited Article) Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry 2002;7:518-528

4. Wakefield AJ., Puleston J. Montgomery SM., Anthony A., O’Leary J.J., Murch SH Entero-colonic encephalopathy, autism and opioid receptor ligands. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. 2002;16:663-674

5. Torrente F., Machado N., Perez-Machado M., Furlano R., Thomson M., Davies S., Wakefield AJ, Walker-Smith JA, Murch SH. Enteropathy with T cell infiltration and epithelial IgG deposition in autism. Molecular Psychiatry. 2002;7:375-382

6. Wakefield AJ, Ashwood P, Limb K, Anthony A. The significance of ileo-colonic lymphoid nodular hyperplasia in children with autistic spectrum disorder. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2005: 17

7. Ashwood P, Anthony A, Pellicer AA, Torrente F, Wakefield AJ. Intestinal lymphocyte populations in children with regressive autism: Evidence for extensive mucosal immunopathology. Journal of Clinical Immunology, 2003;23:504-517.

8. Ashwood P, Anthony A, Torrente F, Wakefield AJ., Spontaneous mucosal lymphocyte cytokine profiles in children with regressive autism and gastrointestinal symptoms: Mucosal immune activation and reduced counter regulatory interleukin-10. Journal of Clinical Immunology. 2004:24:664-673

9. The Gut-Brain Axis in Childhood Developmental Disorders: Viruses and Vaccines. Wakefield AJ., Collins I., Ashwood P. Invited chapter in Infectious Disease and Neuropsychiatric Disorders Chapter 21, pp 198-206. Ed. S.H. Fatemi

10. Wakefield AJ. The Gut-Brain Axis in Childhood developmental Disorders. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2002;34:S14-S17

11. Wakefield AJ, Murch SH, Anthony A, Linnell J, Casson DM, Malik M, Berelowitz M, Dhillon AP, Thomson MA, Harvey P, Valentine A, Davies SE, Walker-Smith JA: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 1998 Feb 28;351(9103): 637-41

12. Ashwood P, Wakefield A. Immune activation of peripheral blood and mucosal CD3+ lymphocyte cytokine profiles in children with autism and gastrointestinal symptoms. Journal of Neuroimmunology: 2006 Feb 20.

13. Wakefield A, Stott C, Limb K. Gastrointestinal comorbidity, autistic regression and Measles-containing vaccines: positive re-challenge and biological gradient. Medical Veritas: 3 (2006) 796’802.

Etiology of CDD

1. Wakefield AJ and Montgomery SM. Autism, viral infection and measles mumps rubella vaccination. Israeli Medical Association Journal 1999;1:183-187

2. Montgomery SM, Morris DL, Pounder RE, Wakefield AJ. Paramyxovirus infections in childhood and subsequent inflammatory bowel disease. Gastroenterology 1999;116:796-803

3. Kawashima H., Takayuki M., Kashiwagi Y., Takekuma K., Hoshika A., Wakefield AJ. Detection and sequencing of measles virus from peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2000;45:723-729

4. Wakefield AJ and Montgomery SM. Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine: through a glass, darkly. Adverse Drug Reactions & Toxicological Reviews 2000;19:265-283

5. Uhlmann V., Martin C, Shiels, Wakefield AJ, O.Leary JJ. Possible viral pathogenesis of a novel paediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Molecular Pathology 2002;55:84-90

6. Bradstreet JJ., El Dahr J., Anthony A., Kartzinel J., Wakefield AJ, Detection of Measles Virus Genomic RNA in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Children with Regressive Autism: a Report of Three Cases Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. 2004.9:39-45

7. Wakefield AJ. Enterocolitis, autism and measles virus. Molecular Psychiatry. 2002;7:S44-46

8. O’Leary JJ, Uhlmann V, Wakefield AJ. Measles virus and autism. Lancet. 2000;356:772 (letter)

9. Wakefield AJ. MMR vaccination and autism. Lancet. 1999;354:949-50 (letter)

10. Stott C., Blaxill M., Wakefield AJ. MMR and Autism in Perspective: the Denmark Story. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2004;9:89-91

11. Wakefield AJ. Entero-colitis, Autism and Measles Virus. Consensus in Child Neurology. 2002;6:74-77

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Ask your MP to ask the UK’s Secretary of State to explain why the British Government allows the human rights of British children to be violated.

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Notes on terminology:-

In the US the official diagnostic definition of what we call ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders’ or ASD are instead called ‘Pervasive Development Disorders’ or PDD for short. That is under the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edn)’ or ‘DSM IV’ for short.

’Autistic Spectrum Disorder’ is the term applied internationally under the ‘ICD’ or ‘International Classification of Disease’

Many refer to ASD and PDD as ‘autism’ but ‘autism’ is a subset of the spectrum and is often referred to also as ‘childhood autism’, ‘typical autism’ and ‘Kanner autism’. [The common behaviours like hand flapping, loss of eye contact and suchlike in young children are unmistakable, whereas other spectrum disorders like mild Aspergers Syndrome can be more difficult to diagnose.]

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Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation

What You Can Do

Wakefield Responds to Sunday Times’ False Allegations

The allegation that Dr Andrew Wakefield “fixed” data was made up by a Sunday Times freelance journalist.

Sunday Times False Allegations & Ambush Journalism

The Sunday Times ambushed Wakefield with the new allegations less than 24 hours before approving the freelance journalist’s story for print. [More here: Sunday Times - Sinks To New Low With Yet More MMR Junk Journalism].  This is shortly before final speeches by lawyers are due in the UK GMC proceedings and some parents believe it may be a last-ditch attempt by the freelance journalist to influence the GMC panel before a decision is issued.

The main Sunday Times’ allegation against Wakefield in itself does not ring true: that an already eminent gastroenterologist in a leading British center of excellence could falsify data in a peer refereed paper by 13 highly qualified medical authors.  The Sunday Times expects readers to believe that in over 10 years none of the other authors of the paper noticed.

That the allegation is obviously false is from facts  already revealed in open hearings in the GMC which The Sunday Times’ journalist attended and  is further confirmed in a written statement issued 9th February by Dr Wakefield rebutting the false allegations from The Sunday Times:-

It is a matter of fact that I did not play any part whatsoever in making the microscopic diagnoses of inflammation on any biopsy from any child investigated at the Royal Free Hospital. Intestinal tissues were examined, and the children’s pathology documented, by two doctors (not me) employed in the Department of Histopathology who were experienced in bowel disease, using an agreed protocol to ensure rigor and consistency . These doctors were co-authors on the paper. The same tissues were reviewed by Professor Walker-Smith and his team. ….  I did not “change” any findings as alleged. The paper was then reviewed by the relevant authors prior to submission to the Lancet in order to confirm that the diagnoses were correct. The findings reported in the Lancet are, in the opinion of the relevant authors, correct. This is a matter of record at the GMC.

Wakefield Responds to Sunday Times’ False Allegations

ChildHealthSafety now reveals exclusively worldwide that in an extensive personal campaign waged by The Sunday Times’ freelance journalist against Dr Wakefield, it was the freelance journalist himself who made the allegations now proving to be false to the UK General Medical Council which started the marathon GMC hearings into eminent gastroenterologists Doctors, Andrew Wakefield, Simon Murch and Professor Walker-Smith. This appears unethical behaviour.  Journalists are ethically bound to report and not make the news.

Those  allegations have been steadily demolished by lawyers and witness evidence in the  unprecedented GMC hearings over the past three years.

No parents of autistic children had complained.  Whilst the General Medical Council have previously confirmed and then later denied The Sunday Times’ freelancer made the complaints leading to the investigation, ChildHealthSafety reveals the truth in the extracts from The Sunday Times’ journalist’s website [below] which he has now deleted and changed.

The formidable British journalist Melanie Phillips writing in The Spectator today following ChildHealthSafety’s exclusive disclosures says:-

What the Sunday Times did not report was that the GMC investigation into Wakefield was triggered by a complaint from… Brian Deer, who furnished the allegations against him four years ago. He has thus been reporting upon the hearing into his own complaint. Since when has a reputable paper published a story by a reporter who is actually part of that story himself — without saying so – and who uses information arising from the disciplinary hearing which he himself has instigated and which is investigating allegations he himself made in the first place?”

The witch-hunt against Andrew Wakefield Wednesday, 11th February 2009

The freelance journalist claims on his website not to be a complainant in the case, but the active role revealed on his own admissions as shown above tell a different story.  The over seventy pages of GMC charges against the eminent doctors appear based closely on the freelancer’s allegations including those The Sunday Times refused to publish in 2004.  It seems difficult for the public to conceive how such a close personal involvement can fall within the normal range of detachment objectivity and impartiality required of someone claiming to follow the calling of a professional journalist.

ChildHealthSafety reported on the day the new allegations were made [Sun 8/Feb/09] that

not only are these more inaccurate stories with laughable claims, but seemingly illegally quoting out-of-context confidential information from Court disclosed medical records of injured children.  In England such action is a potential contempt of Court, punishable by fines and imprisonment.” Sunday Times – Sinks To New Low With Yet More MMR Junk Journalism

The Sunday Times’ freelancer’s part in efforts to discredit Wakefield were reported by ChildHealthSafety here: British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims

Extracts from Sunday Times freelance journalist Brian Deer’s website admitting Deer made the complaints to the UK’s General Medical Council [click image to enlarge - opens in new window]:-

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The journalist who has run a personal campaign against Wakefield on his website has made recent public appeals for donations to support his “work”[click image to enlarge - opens in new window]:-

The Link Between Vaccines and Autism

In a number of cases in the US Federal Court the link between vaccines causing autism specifically and other serious conditions not only has the Court found that vaccines were responsible for causing the symptoms of autism, but the defendant, the US Secretary for Health and Human Services conceded the link in one of the cases without going to trial: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR.

A leading vaccine safety expert and a lead author of the definitive review of scientific evidence claimed to prove no link between the MMR vaccine and autism published by the Cochrane Collaboration of MMR  safety stated in an interview with Dr Richard Halvorsen for his book The Truth about Vaccines

The safety studies of MMR vaccine are crap. They’re the best crap we have but they’re still crap“.

In contrast, aside from the pandemic numbers of children developing autism since the substantial increase in the numbers of vaccines given to children since the 1980’s, there is a growing body of scientific evidence of the link between vaccines and autism.

For details of the US Federal Court Hannah Poling case a paper from the Journal of Child Neurology states:-

Young children who have dysfunctional cellular energy metabolism therefore might be more prone to undergo autistic regression between 18 and 30 months of age if they also have infections or immunizations at the same time. Although patterns of regression can be genetically and prenatally determined, it is possible that underlying mitochondrial dysfunction can either exacerbate or affect the severity of regression. Abnormalities of oxidative phosphorylation can be developmental and age related and can normalize with time.

Developmental Regression and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in a Child With Autism (Journal of Journal of Child Neurology / Volume 21, Number 2, February 2006)

In the US Federal Court case of Ben Zeller of proven developmental delay caused by vaccines the judgement records that the defendant US Department of Health and Human Services had no alternative explanation beyond:-

Unconfirmed speculation by a few treating doctors, as with Dr. Wiznitzer’s hypothesization” http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/ABELL.ZELLER073008.pdf

ChildHealthSafety will in addition be publishing further scientific evidence from published papers showing clear evidence of the direct causal association between vaccines and autism.

Some of the research into the links between mitochondrial dysfunction revealed in the Hannah Poling and other US Federal Court cases can be found here: Explaining Vaccines Autism & Mitochondrial Disorder

References to some of the formal medical papers by Wakefield and others providing evidence of the link are set out at the end of this article.

Vaccine Risks Outweigh Risk of Disease

Autism – A serious problem being ignored

19 Children A Day – 4 in 5 is a Boy

Autism in Britian outstrips all other major disorders affecting British children combined and is substantially more serious than measles.  Every day 19 British children develop autism spectrum disorders:

  • this will be 600,000 British children and adults in the future (birth rate approx 600,000 p.a.)
  • and horrific prospects for expectant parents
    • 1 in every 54 boys will be on the Autistic Spectrum
    • autism affects 4 times as many boys
    • so 1 in 215 girls are affected as well

[* 19 a day and 1 in 54 come from: Baird et Al Prevalence of disorders of the autism spectrum in a population cohort of children in South Thames: the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP); Lancet 2006;368:210 –15.  This research revealed 1 in 86 British children are being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (116.1 in 10,000).

4/5   x   116.1/5000 =  1 in 54 (4/5ths of the 116.1 are boys and approx 5000 of the 10,000 children affected will be boys)]

Measles Comparison

See here how the risk to children in Western economies from measles is now insignificant for the vast majority Measles – The Official UK Statistics.

For the USA see US Measles Data and generally see Risk to Children & Government Scaremongering.

REFERENCES – MMR LINK TO AUTISM

The evidence in this rechallenge study of a large number of children is strong proof confirming the association and was presented by Dr Wakefield in closed session to the US Institute of Medicine before issuing a report which neither confirmed nor denied the link – the data was ignored and no transcript of the IoM session has been disclosed:-

Wakefield A, Stott C, Limb K. Gastrointestinal comorbidity, autistic regression and Measles-containing vaccines: positive re-challenge and biological gradient. Medical Veritas: 3 (2006) 796–802.

This study also confirms the association:-

PERSISTENT ILEAL MEASLES VIRUS in a Large Cohort of Regressive Autistic Children WITH ILEOCOLITIS AND LYMPHONODULAR HYPERPLASIA: ReVisitation of an Earlier Study

Walker, S.J., Hepner K., Segal, J., & Krigsman A., Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 USA

Conclusions: Preliminary results from this large cohort of pediatric autistic patients with chronic GI symptoms confirm earlier findings of measles virus RNA in the terminal ileum and support an association between measles virus and ileocolitis /LNH.

As do these studies:-

Elevated levels of measles antibodies in children with autism. Singh VK, Jensen RL. Pediatr Neurol. 2003 Apr;28(4):292-4.

Abnormal measles-mumps-rubella antibodies and CNS autoimmunity in children with autism. Singh VK, Lin SX, Newell E, Nelson C. J Biomed Sci. 2002 Jul-Aug;9(4):359-64.

Serological association of measles virus and human herpesvirus-6 with brain autoantibodies in autism. Singh VK, Lin SX, Yang VC. Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1998 Oct;89(1):105-8.

There are many studies addressing childhood developmental disorders and gastrointestinal disease:-

CDD and Gastrointestinal Disease

1. Wakefield AJ, Anthony A, Murch SH, Thomson M, Montgomery SM, Davies S, Walker-Smith JA. Enterocolitis in children with developmental disorder. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2000;95:2285-2295

2. Furlano RI, Anthony A, Day R, Brown A, McGavery L, Thomson MA, Davies SE, Berelowitz M, Forbes A, Wakefield AJ, Walker-Smith JA, Murch SH. Colonic CD8 and gamma delta T-cell infiltration with epithelial damage in children with autism. Journal of Pediatrics 2001;138:366-72.

3. Wakefield AJ. The New Autism (Invited Article) Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry 2002;7:518-528

4. Wakefield AJ., Puleston J. Montgomery SM., Anthony A., O’Leary J.J., Murch SH Entero-colonic encephalopathy, autism and opioid receptor ligands. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. 2002;16:663-674

5. Torrente F., Machado N., Perez-Machado M., Furlano R., Thomson M., Davies S., Wakefield AJ, Walker-Smith JA, Murch SH. Enteropathy with T cell infiltration and epithelial IgG deposition in autism. Molecular Psychiatry. 2002;7:375-382

6. Wakefield AJ, Ashwood P, Limb K, Anthony A. The significance of ileo-colonic lymphoid nodular hyperplasia in children with autistic spectrum disorder. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2005: 17

7. Ashwood P, Anthony A, Pellicer AA, Torrente F, Wakefield AJ. Intestinal lymphocyte populations in children with regressive autism: Evidence for extensive mucosal immunopathology. Journal of Clinical Immunology, 2003;23:504-517.

8. Ashwood P, Anthony A, Torrente F, Wakefield AJ., Spontaneous mucosal lymphocyte cytokine profiles in children with regressive autism and gastrointestinal symptoms: Mucosal immune activation and reduced counter regulatory interleukin-10. Journal of Clinical Immunology. 2004:24:664-673

9. The Gut-Brain Axis in Childhood Developmental Disorders: Viruses and Vaccines. Wakefield AJ., Collins I., Ashwood P. Invited chapter in Infectious Disease and Neuropsychiatric Disorders Chapter 21, pp 198-206. Ed. S.H. Fatemi

10. Wakefield AJ. The Gut-Brain Axis in Childhood developmental Disorders. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2002;34:S14-S17

11. Wakefield AJ, Murch SH, Anthony A, Linnell J, Casson DM, Malik M, Berelowitz M, Dhillon AP, Thomson MA, Harvey P, Valentine A, Davies SE, Walker-Smith JA: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 1998 Feb 28;351(9103): 637-41

12. Ashwood P, Wakefield A. Immune activation of peripheral blood and mucosal CD3+ lymphocyte cytokine profiles in children with autism and gastrointestinal symptoms. Journal of Neuroimmunology: 2006 Feb 20.

13. Wakefield A, Stott C, Limb K. Gastrointestinal comorbidity, autistic regression and Measles-containing vaccines: positive re-challenge and biological gradient. Medical Veritas: 3 (2006) 796–802.

Etiology of CDD

1. Wakefield AJ and Montgomery SM. Autism, viral infection and measles mumps rubella vaccination. Israeli Medical Association Journal 1999;1:183-187

2. Montgomery SM, Morris DL, Pounder RE, Wakefield AJ. Paramyxovirus infections in childhood and subsequent inflammatory bowel disease. Gastroenterology 1999;116:796-803

3. Kawashima H., Takayuki M., Kashiwagi Y., Takekuma K., Hoshika A., Wakefield AJ. Detection and sequencing of measles virus from peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 2000;45:723-729

4. Wakefield AJ and Montgomery SM. Measles, mumps, rubella vaccine: through a glass, darkly. Adverse Drug Reactions & Toxicological Reviews 2000;19:265-283

5. Uhlmann V., Martin C, Shiels, Wakefield AJ, O.Leary JJ. Possible viral pathogenesis of a novel paediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Molecular Pathology 2002;55:84-90

6. Bradstreet JJ., El Dahr J., Anthony A., Kartzinel J., Wakefield AJ, Detection of Measles Virus Genomic RNA in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Children with Regressive Autism: a Report of Three Cases Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. 2004.9:39-45

7. Wakefield AJ. Enterocolitis, autism and measles virus. Molecular Psychiatry. 2002;7:S44-46

8. O’Leary JJ, Uhlmann V, Wakefield AJ. Measles virus and autism. Lancet. 2000;356:772 (letter)

9. Wakefield AJ. MMR vaccination and autism. Lancet. 1999;354:949-50 (letter)

10. Stott C., Blaxill M., Wakefield AJ. MMR and Autism in Perspective: the Denmark Story. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2004;9:89-91

11. Wakefield AJ. Entero-colitis, Autism and Measles Virus. Consensus in Child Neurology. 2002;6:74-77

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If you do not write to your MP, and do not keep on writing them, then don’t complain when politicians  do nothing.  Write to your Member of Parliament with the link to this page. It is their job to represent you.

Ask your MP to ask the UK’s Secretary of State to explain why the British Government allows the human rights of British children to be violated.

To email your MP, all you need to know is your MP’s name.  MP’s email addresses are in the form:-

surname.initial@parliament.uk.

To find out who your MP is click on this link:-

http://www.writetothem.com/

_____________________________________________

Notes on terminology:-

In the US the official diagnostic definition of what we call “Autism Spectrum Disorders” or ASD are  instead called “Pervasive Development Disorders” or PDD for short.  That is under the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edn)” or “DSM IV” for short.

“Autistic Spectrum Disorder” is the term applied internationally under the “ICD” or “International Classification of Disease”

Many refer to ASD and PDD as “autism” but “autism” is a subset of the spectrum and is often referred to also as “childhood autism”, “typical autism” and “Kanner autism”.  [The common behaviours like hand flapping, loss of eye contact and suchlike in young children are unmistakable, whereas other spectrum disorders like mild Aspergers Syndrome can be more difficult to diagnose.]

Copyright ChildHealthSafety 2009 – The authors hereby assert their moral rights.  All rights reserved.

One Response to “Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation”

  1. Excellent summary, childhealthsafety. But I encourage you also to dig out and note the studies by such as V.K. Singh (et al) that have found antibodies to MBP (myelin basic protein) in association with the measles vaccine virus in children with GI-damage ASD. This is a key finding, inasmuch as one of the concerns about the MMR is that the measles virus component of it is, or at least used to be (are they getting wise, and quietly making changes to their manufacturing techniques??), cultured on chick embryo cells, and these can be contaminated with MBP, which – MBP being MBP wherever it is found – can cause an autoimmune reaction, with the body’s immune system, triggered by the vaccine, attacking the body’s own myelin sheathing protecting the cranial nerve systems. = brain damage; = such neurological conditions as ASD.

    Keep up the excellent work, of summarizing the evidence for a vaccine link with such conditions. And other conditions, like allergies/asthma, and convulsions/seizures/outright epilepsy, and CFS/ME, and type 1 diabetes, and Guillain-Barre syndrome, and MS, and….and…..and……………or they will NEVER have an incentive to come up with safer vaccines.

    The squeaky wheel syndrome…….

UK Government Hides Yet More MMR Documents

[More World Exclusive Disclosures]

In a bizarre twist unreported in the UK national media a British woman, Wendy Stephens, is being denied access by the UK Government to a confidential legal medical report written for her own daughter’s legal case in the British Courts. As the legal representative of her daughter in the litigation, it seems the report is technically hers and should be provided to her.

The Legal Services Commission holds the document and had previously released it for use by the General Medical Council in the proceedings against Dr Wakefield.  Having once waived legal privilege for the report for the GMC, there seems little legal justification for withholding it from a litigant in the MMR proceedings.

This case comes soon after ChildHealthSafety’s report on other documents withheld by the British Government: Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action.

Mrs Stephens is continuing the fight in the European Courts for the justice denied to her daughter in the UK. The story is reported today by just one regional UK newspaper.

North-east mum fights for MMR research – woman vows to have daughter’s case heard in european courts – By Leanna MacLarty – The Press and Journal.

The UK Government’s Legal Services Commission [LSC] admit the report relates to the applications for legal aid in the litigation, but claim it is confidential.

Mrs Stephens, a qualified nurse, claimed her daughter, Katie Stephen’s deafness was caused by the MMR vaccine.  This is a well-known complication of the Pluserix MMR vaccine which was supplied and manufactured by a GlaxoSmithKline company.  Other claims relating to deafness outside the UK have been upheld, including one recently in Spain.  Whilst her daughter’s claim is strong, the British LSC refused legal aid claiming the cost outweighed the benefit.  However, it is believed this legal rule is being applied incorrectly by the LSC as Katie Stephen’s case predates its introduction and it does not apply to her.

The UK’s Information Commissioner is not contesting Mrs Stephen’s appeal for the release of the report.

In the USA claims of autism [and other serious medical conditions] caused by vaccines have been upheld by the US Federal Court, as reported exclusively in the UK by ChildHealthSafety: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR

The British Government’s involvement in and recklessness over the introduction of unsafe vaccines has been reported previously by ChildHealthSafety in addition to efforts to stop Freedom of Information disclosures proving this:-

British Government’s Reckless Disregard for Child Health Safety

British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims

The British Government, Department of Health and Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation could have substantial liabilities in negligence running into several billion pounds sterling should negligence claims ever have proceeded in the British Courts, as reported in a peer refereed medical paper published by the Journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons:

Questions on the Independence and Reliability of Cochrane Reviews With a Focus on Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccines

There is concern backed by documents now coming out in Freedom of Information disclosures regarding the British Government’s reckless approach to the health safety of British Children and its behind-the-scenes championing of the multi-billion pound sterling exporter and foreign exchange earner British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.  It seems the British health authorities are not alone in their overall approach, and the actions of the US Centers For Disease Control are an example,  as reported by ChildHealthSafety here:-

US Research Fraud, Tax Dollars And Italian Vaccine Mercury Study

That vaccination is a money issue is demonstrated by the wild exaggerations of risks to children from going unvaccinated: Risk to Children & Government Scaremongering.

The pharmaceutical industry’s old business model of patenting blockbuster drugs is known to be failing.  For the industry to survive as it currently exists new business models are sought.  The substantial increase in funding of the search for new vaccines and the targetting of the “teen market” with vaccines like Gardasil is well reported in the pharmaceutical industry trade press. The “paediatric market” is described as now saturated.

More exclusive stories some British media editors are too cowed to publish are yet to come from ChildHealthSafety.

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Children Risk Untested Flu Vaccines In Hyped Pandemic

Doctor’s MMR Fears – 3,000 babies at risk

Gardasil Victims – In Memoriam – Healthy Young Women – Aged 15 to 21

Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action

Autism Rates Rocket – 1 in 38 British Boys – Cambridge Study

There Is No “Anti-Vaccine” Movement

Vaccines Implicated in Rocketing Childhood Diabetes Rates

Autism In Amish Children – 1 in 10,000

Parents Cure Autism – As Useless Docs Fail Kids

UK Government Caught Lying On Baby Hep B Vax Safety

UK Compulsory Vaccination Imminent

HPV Vaccine Questioned Internationally

World Pandemic Health News Round-Up

Swine ‘Flu Jokes

US Docs “Children to Die” In Flu Non-Pandemic

British Minister Misled Parliament Over US MMR Autism Case

Amazing Larry King Live TV Coverage of Autism & Vaccines

Larry King Live – Breakthrough Coverage & More

Vaccines Did Not Save Us – 2 Centuries of Official Statistics

UK Government Hands Drug Industry Control of Childhood Vaccination

Government Risks Male Sterility As Mumps Vaccine Fails

Cambridge University Autism Expert Highlights Flaw In Reports of New Autism Paper

Can you ever cure autism? This mum believes her sons have recovered

MMR/Autism Cases Win In US Vaccine Court

UK Government Hides Yet More MMR Documents

Dr Andrew Wakefield Demolishes Ignorant US Vaccine Lobby

CDC’s New Dodgy Thimo Study – Shows Vax’ed/Un-Vax’ed Research Now Urgent

UK’s GMC, Dr Jayne Donegan’s Story, Vaccines & MMR

US Research Fraud, Tax Dollars And Italian Vaccine Mercury Study

Autism Not Genetic – Says Expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen

Recent US Data Shows Autism In Children Vastly Higher Than in Adults

Is Obama US Surgeon General Nominee Earnest Over Vaccines Causing Autism

Vaccination-Induced Autism, The Debate That Won’t Go Away

Lies, Damn Lies and Blog Posts

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