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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Brian Deer’s Boss Joins MMR Manufacturer Glaxo’s Board

MMR vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has appointed to its Board the head of News International James Murdoch.  Murdoch is also boss of The Sunday Times, London, England publisher of  stories by freelance journalist Brian Deer to discredit research into the link between MMR vaccine and autism in the US and UK [James Murdoch joins Glaxo board – Andrew Jack and Ben Fenton Financial Times 2 February 2009].

Murdoch will serve as a member of GSK’s corporate responsibility committee, where he will help to review “external issues that might have the potential for serious impact upon the group’s business and reputation“:[James Murdoch takes GlaxoSmithKline role – Chris Tryhorn The Guardian Monday 2 February 2009.

Some wags have now dubbed the newspaper “The Sunday Glaxo“.

James Murdoch took up his appointment alongside Sir Crispin Davis the CEO of The Lancet medical journal’s owners.  Sir Crispin is brother of Judge Nigel Davis whose English High Court judgement in February 2004 saw the end of  British children’s MMR vaccine injury claims [MMR Judge Faces Probe Over Brother’s Links to Vaccine Firm – Evening Standard, London 9 May 2007].

The outcome of an investigation by the Office for Judicial Complaints  found no impropriety and resulted in no action taken regarding the relationship between Judge Davis and his brother Crispin Davis’ GlaxoSmithKline board position.  A statement issued on Judge Davis’ behalf to The Telegraph newspaper legal correspondent, Joshua Rosenberg stated that “the possibility of any conflict of interest had not occurred to him“. Sir Crispin Davis received a knighthood in June 2004.

Recent statements by UK Sunday Times’ journalist Brian Deer shows he helped the US Department of Justice present the US Court of Federal Claims on a number of occasions with last-minute documents to defeat the prospects  for the US children’s claims [Full quote below]. The production of last-minute evidence is a litigation tactic which can prejudice the Court’s view and can leave an opponent with little time to counter it. The Federal Court has previously upheld claims of US children developing autistic symptoms from vaccines including the MMR vaccine: [AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR]

A key potential rebuttal witness, Dr Andrew Wakefield could not come forward because of the journalist’s long-running personal campaign to discredit research into the link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The prospects  for the US children were also already harmed by the journalist’s now seemingly inadequately researched reports published internationally since 2003 in  the UK Sunday Times which have hindered research and are believed to have had a deterrent effect on other experts coming forward.

Dr Andrew Wakefield, the British  gastroenterologist formerly of The Royal Free Hospital, London who first raised the alarm over a possible MMR vaccine-autism link has been silenced during the continuing controversial and long-running UK legal proceedings before the UK General Medical Council. The journalist Brian Deer is currently embroiled in controversy over breaches of journalistic ethics and conflicts of interest for reporting on legal proceedings he instigated as the original complainant.

Brian Deer’s Sunday Times’ stories on the issue appear to have been based on his unqualified personal opinions absent expert advice, comment or review according to his own claims [Full quotes below]. Freelance journalist Brian Deer qualified from Warwick University England with a Batchelor of Arts degree in philosophy and has no medical or scientific qualifications.

The GMC proceedings against Dr Wakefield arise from allegations made by the journalist over 1997 clinical investigations by a team of 13 medical specialists at The Royal Free Hospital London into children with autism and serious bowel conditions claimed linked to the MMR vaccine following a medical paper Dr Wakefield authored with the 12 other medical experts in The Lancet.  The Lancet’s editor Dr Richard Horton claimed to regret publishing the paper after Brian Deer’s February 2004 articles in The Sunday Times. No parents of autistic children lodged the complaints.  Journalist Brian Deer was also a defendant in litigation with Dr Wakefield.

The Sunday Times freelancer published now shown-to-be false allegations [8th February] that Dr Andrew Wakefield “fixed data” to show a link between MMR vaccine, autism and serious bowel disorders in children [Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation – 0 –  Sunday Times Journalist Admits Wakefield MMR “Data Fixing” Allegation Is Unqualified Speculation – 0 – Sunday Times’ London Editor Must Quit Over False “Wakefield MMR Data Fixing” Story].

UK journalist and political commentator Melanie Phillips wrote [Monday, 16th February 2009 [ A deer in the headlights The Spectator]:-

Last week there was a big vaccine damage judgement in the US – the ‘Cedillo’ case – in which the court said the Wakefield theory about MMR was out to lunch in la-la land.

If his [Deer’s] boast is true, it would seem that the US court — whose ruling looks pretty thin to me — arrived at its conclusion based on Deer’s allegations. In other words, two major quasi-legal hearings relating to Andrew Wakefield’s theory, one of which is being reported by Deer, have depended significantly or wholly upon a journalist’s own allegations.

This is what Deer posted on the Left Brain Right Brain website in the wake of that case:

“….. I’m also very proud that ….. the US government sought my help in mounting its case in Cedillo, copiously borrowing pages of evidence from my website and displaying some in court. I was surprised by this…….. on a number of occasions 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. …….. I recall supplying a key document on the O’Leary lab business, which the DoJ didn’t seem to know about just weeks before the hearing”

Freelance journalist Brian Deer who qualified from Warwick University England with a BA in philosophy confirmed the “Data Fixing” article was based solely on his own opinions stating in a blog on which he has routinely posted [Brian Deer on February 20th, 2009 22:15:38]:-

I wouldn’t want folk to lose sight of my landmark report of the weekend before last: I believe the first time ever that a journalist has gone behind the words on the page of a medical research paper, and compared its claims with original case data.

The issues go much wider than just MMR: with my findings raising the question of why we give such weight to what we read in the journals.

The work of journalists is always eventually open the scrutiny [sic]. ….. if what I published was untrue, I would get caught out eventually. ……

I was told by a very senior medical journal editor the other day that a guy at the New York Times has for years been trying to accomplish something similar with other papers, but, to my knowledge, I’m the first ever to do it.

Perhaps this is immodest of me, but I’m very proud of this accomplishment, which will always be a highlight of my professional career.

The Sunday Times journalist then goes on to confirm he will be using confidential medical details from children’s records to publish more reports:-

I’ve got some great tables comparing the Lancet paper with the children’s actual histories and diagnoses. Eventually I will publish them

The DoJ was sending out just before the US Cedillo decision the now shown-to-be-falsely-headlined article in The Sunday Times of London by 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. Just before a crucial English Court decision throwing out UK children’s legal aid funding for claims for the same injuries the same journalist published similar articles again in The Sunday Times London unusually again substantially based on the journalist’s own unqualified medical opinions.  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

No other journalist has been writing the same kinds of stories.

The companion article to the “Data Fixing” story was amended online [18 Feb] 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].

ChildHealthSafety comments:-

Whilst Mr James Murdoch is not reported to have involvement in editorial decisions at The Sunday Times, the recent appointment to the MMR vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline’s Board may give rise to public concern over the close links between key players in MMR litigation in the US and UK and the support at The Sunday Times for the campaigning activities of journalist Brian Deer.  Similarly, there is no suggestion of any direct, indirect or other impropriety arising from the  relationships noted in this article, the public is entitled to ask questions such as “what medical journal editor, newspaper editor or journalist is going to write unfavourable stories about GlaxoSmithKline and  not write favourable stories when his boss in on Glaxo’s board.  How will the existence of such relationships influence the thinking and actions of subordinates and others without being asked? How can this healthy and in the public interest?

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John Fryer, on February 26th, 2009 at 11:01 am Said:

INCREDIBLE

This story is like a headless chicken with strong arms and weak legs.

Wakefield at the top of the body is the neck. The US and UK MMR cases are legs.

The Davis brothers at the bottom of the body with connections to GSK and the legal and power base systems of the world. GSK representing industry and Murdoch as powerful people.

The strong arm tactics of the science journals as shown by the Verstraeten study much altered data and the once reputed Times or journal of the people with utterances from Deer people.

At present the neck is being wrung.

But this is some chicken!

And there seems to be no head on this chicken.

Is that because the vaccines complete with mercury have taken out the head?

I wonder.

I mean I wonder how you put 130 000 000 PPT thimerosal in babies vaccines with 1 000 000 PPT methyl mercury impurity and say its harmless when in 2009 it requires food taken off our shelves with more than 20 PPT mercury in them.

I wonder.

I wonder really why one baby in three never gets born in the UK and why thousands of babies die coincidentally after vaccines.

All would be fine perhaps if it was death or glory.

Pity that millions survive with some brains but not enough to be considered as having a high IQ.

I wonder if homo sapiens one day may realise once a toxic chemical always a toxic chemical.

I hope so.

[ED: What new revelations will we see in The Sunday Glaxo in future.

Last time around GlaxoSmithKline hired the CEO of The Lancet medical journal’s owners and we got Brian Deer’s stories in The Sunday Glaxo just over 6 months later.

This time they hire the boss of The Sunday Glaxo and we get Brian Deer’s stories in The Sunday Glaxo six days later ……..

…………. and – without any medical expert backing Brian Deer up – all we get is Brian Deer the expert – the expert in gastroenterology, in autism, in neurology, in psychology, in psychiatry, in histopathology and more. But that did not stop The Sunday Glaxo publishing – no siree Bob, not for a second. Extra! Extra! read all about it in The Sunday Glaxo!]

mark, on February 27th, 2009 at 4:52 pm Said:

take a look at the EDM to silence the media.

http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=37811&SESSION=899
keep up the good work

[ED: Take a look at The Health Protection (Vaccination) Regulations 2009 and especially
2. Obligation on the Secretary of State to ensure implementation of JCVI recommendations

The regulations were laid before Parliament 21 Jan 09 and come into force 1st April.  If the Secretary of State is obliged to do what the JCVI tell him, that is a big change and may also not be lawful if it has the effect of subordinating the power of the Secretary to an external body.  That is also an external body which was subordinate to the Secretary of State and is a “volutary” advisory body – and which has a track record of behaving irresponsibly on vaccination issues.
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Sunday Times Journalist In Cedillo Vaccine Case Controversy

4500 US children whose US Federal Court MMR vaccine damage claims were undermined by a Sunday Times UK journalist, learn today the journalist admits to publishing stories based on his own unqualified opinions without advice comment or review by a qualified medical expert [full quote below].  [See also: Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation]

The Sunday Times’ story “MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism” was improbable and shown to be false: Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation.  The companion story was amended online [18 Feb] 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].

Journalist Brian Deer has also admitted a questionably close association with the US Department of Justice: [Sunday Times Journalist Challenged Over Role in US MMR Cases], was a defendant in litigation with Dr Wakefield and was recently revealed to be the original complainant in the controversial long-running UK General Medical Council proceedings against Dr Wakefield.

The DoJ was sending out just before the US Cedillo decision the now shown-to-be-falsely-headlined article in The Sunday Times of London by 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. Just before a crucial English Court decision throwing out UK children’s legal aid funding for claims for the same injuries the same journalist published similar articles again in The Sunday Times London unusually again substantially based on the journalist’s own unqualified medical opinions.  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

No other journalist has been writing the same kinds of stories.

The prospects  for US children’s claims in the Federal Court have been damaged by the UK freelance journalist Brian Deer’s stories to discredit research into the link between MMR vaccine and autism in  the internationally published UK Sunday Times since 2004. Research into the children’s conditions has been hampered and experts are reluctant to come forward as witnesses.

The activities of Brian Deer now on both sides of the Atlantic were reported by ChildHealthSafety: Sunday Times Journalist Challenged Over Role in US MMR Cases.

Following ChildHealthSafey’s story UK journalist and political commentator Melanie Phillips wrote on Monday, 16th February 2009 [A deer in the headlights The Spectator]:-

Last week there was a big vaccine damage judgement in the US – the ‘Cedillo’ case – in which the court said the Wakefield theory about MMR was out to lunch in la-la land.

If his [Deer’s] boast is true, it would seem that the US court — whose ruling looks pretty thin to me — arrived at its conclusion based on Deer’s allegations. In other words, two major quasi-legal hearings relating to Andrew Wakefield’s theory, one of which is being reported by Deer, have depended significantly or wholly upon a journalist’s own allegations.

This is what Deer posted on the Left Brain Right Brain website in the wake of that case:

“….. I’m also very proud that ….. the US government sought my help in mounting its case in Cedillo, copiously borrowing pages of evidence from my website and displaying some in court. I was surprised by this…….. on a number of occasions 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. …….. I recall supplying a key document on the O’Leary lab business, which the DoJ didn’t seem to know about just weeks before the hearing”

Freelance journalist Brian Deer who qualified from Warwick University England with a BA in philosophy confirmed the article was based solely on his own opinions stating in a blog on which he has routinely posted [Brian Deer on February 20th, 2009 22:15:38]:-

I wouldn’t want folk to lose sight of my landmark report of the weekend before last: I believe the first time ever that a journalist has gone behind the words on the page of a medical research paper, and compared its claims with original case data.

The issues go much wider than just MMR: with my findings raising the question of why we give such weight to what we read in the journals.

The work of journalists is always eventually open the scrutiny [sic]. ….. if what I published was untrue, I would get caught out eventually. ……

I was told by a very senior medical journal editor the other day that a guy at the New York Times has for years been trying to accomplish something similar with other papers, but, to my knowledge, I’m the first ever to do it.

Perhaps this is immodest of me, but I’m very proud of this accomplishment, which will always be a highlight of my professional career.

The Sunday Times journalist then goes on to confirm he will be using yet more confidential medical details from children’s records to publish more reports:-

I’ve got some great tables comparing the Lancet paper with the children’s actual histories and diagnoses. Eventually I will publish them

The Sunday Times freelancer who published allegations [8th February] that Dr Andrew Wakefield “fixed data” to show a link between MMR vaccine, autism and serious bowel disorders in children, is currently embroiled in controversy over breaches of ethics and conflicts of interest for reporting on legal proceedings he instigated as the original complainant.  Deer is the original complainant in the extensive long-running and controversial UK General Medical Council  proceedings against former Royal Free Hospital, London gastroenterologist Dr Andrew Wakefield.  The proceedings are now found to be based on the journalist’s own extensive complaints, whilst reporting on the story.

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Sunday Times Journalist Admits Wakefield MMR “Data Fixing” Allegation Is Unqualified Speculation

The Sunday Times UK freelance journalist Brian Deer currently embroiled in the MMR vaccine controversy over his allegations Dr Andrew Wakefield “fixed data”  in a Lancet journal paper now admits these are based on the freelance journalist’s own unqualified opinions and seemingly without advice or comment or review by a qualified medical expert.  [Full quote below – See also: Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation]

The journalist whose published allegations of 8th February that Dr Wakefield “fixed data” to show a link between MMR vaccine, autism and serious bowel disorders in children is embroiled in controversy over breaches of ethics and conflicts of interest for reporting on legal proceedings he instigated as the original complainant.  Journalist Brian Deer is the original complainant in the extensive long-running and controversial UK General Medical Council  proceedings against former Royal Free Hospital, London gastroenterologist Dr Andrew Wakefield.

The Sunday Times’ story “MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism” was improbable and shown to be false: Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation.  The companion story was amended online [18 Feb] 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].

Journalist Brian Deer has also admitted a questionably close association with the US Department of Justice: [Sunday Times Journalist Challenged Over Role in US MMR Cases] over US children’s Federal Court MMR vaccine damage claims, was a defendant in litigation with Dr Wakefield and was recently revealed to be the original complainant in the controversial long-running UK General Medical Council proceedings against Dr Wakefield.

The prospects  for US children’s claims in the Federal Court have been damaged by the UK freelance journalist Brian Deer’s stories to discredit research into the link between MMR vaccine and autism in  the internationally published UK Sunday Times since 2004. Research into the children’s conditions has been hampered and experts are reluctant to come forward as witnesses.

The DoJ was sending out just before the US Cedillo decision the now shown-to-be-falsely-headlined article in The Sunday Times of London by 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. Just before a crucial English Court decision throwing out UK children’s claims for the same injuries the same journalist published similar articles again in The Sunday Times London unusually substantially based on the journalist’s own unqualified medical opinions.  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

No other journalist has been writing the same kinds of stories.

Freelance journalist Brian Deer who qualified from Warwick University England with a BA in philosophy states in a blog posting on a blog he has been a routine visitor to [Brian Deer on February 20th, 2009 22:15:38]:-

I wouldn’t want folk to lose sight of my landmark report of the weekend before last: I believe the first time ever that a journalist has gone behind the words on the page of a medical research paper, and compared its claims with original case data.

The issues go much wider than just MMR: with my findings raising the question of why we give such weight to what we read in the journals.

The work of journalists is always eventually open the scrutiny [sic]. ….. if what I published was untrue, I would get caught out eventually. ……

I was told by a very senior medical journal editor the other day that a guy at the New York Times has for years been trying to accomplish something similar with other papers, but, to my knowledge, I’m the first ever to do it.

Perhaps this is immodest of me, but I’m very proud of this accomplishment, which will always be a highlight of my professional career.

The Sunday Times journalist then goes on to confirm he will be using yet more confidential medical details from children’s records to publish more reports:-

I’ve got some great tables comparing the Lancet paper with the children’s actual histories and diagnoses. Eventually I will publish them

Some implications and effects of this approach to journalism were set out by journalist and commentator Melanie Phillips in The Spectator Monday, 16th February 2009 in A deer in the headlights:-

Last week there was a big vaccine damage judgement in the US – the ‘Cedillo’ case – in which the court said the Wakefield theory about MMR was out to lunch in la-la land. This is what Deer posted on the Left Brain Right Brain website in the wake of that case:

“That said, I’m also very proud that, like the GMC, the US government sought my help in mounting its case in Cedillo, copiously borrowing pages of evidence from my website and displaying some in court. I was surprised by this. I assumed that they would have sophisticated contacts with other governments and with industry, and could pretty much get what they wanted. However, on a number of occasions 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. Bit of a seat of the pants job by the DoJ (brought about by the plaintiffs changing their case at the last minute). Indeed, I recall supplying a key document on the O’Leary lab business, which the DoJ didn’t seem to know about just weeks before the hearing. Hence the late surfacing of Bustin and Chadwick. It was me wot done that, and I’m glad. I don’t say these things to boast, only perhaps to wonder why — if there are all kinds of grand conspiracies behind the defence of vaccine safety — governments and regulators are so untogether that a mere journalist can get ahead of them in the game.”

If his boast is true, it would seem that the US court — whose ruling looks pretty thin to me — arrived at its conclusion based on Deer’s allegations. In other words, two major quasi-legal hearings relating to Andrew Wakefield’s theory, one of which is being reported by Deer, have depended significantly or wholly upon a journalist’s own allegations.

The activities of Brian Deer now on both sides of the Atlantic were reported by ChildHealthSafety: Sunday Times Journalist Challenged Over Role in US MMR Cases.

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

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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

Chris MacDonald, on February 19th, 2009 at 4:24 pm Said:

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.]

Alan Foos, on February 20th, 2009 at 12:48 am Said:

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

johndstone, on February 20th, 2009 at 9:19 am Said:

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

GMC case on Dr Wakefield falls apart. « In These New Times, on March 14th, 2009 at 10:46 pm Said:

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

  • […] More here […]

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: https://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

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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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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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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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Sunday Times – Sinks To New Low With Yet More MMR Junk Journalism


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[Stop Press 9/Feb/09 –Wakefield Responds to Sunday Times’ False Allegations]

[Stop Press 11/Feb/09 – Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation]

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

The new accusations appear in The Sunday Times headlined:-

MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism” – The Sunday Times, London – February 8, 2009

Sources say The Sunday Times’ freelancer approached Dr Wakefield only on the Friday just before the stories were being submitted for publication [Sunday 8th Feb] with false claims such as that:-

In the cases of some 8 children – two thirds of the total – you changed normal histopathology results to abnormal results, in a so-called “research review”, despite claiming that the series was merely a clinical report.

But it was other doctors employed in the Department of Histopathology who were experienced in bowel disease who dealt with such matter and not Dr Wakefield.  This is a matter of record at the GMC and  sources say Dr Wakefield is mystified as to how The Sunday Times’ freelance journalist could not have known that when he wrote his stories and submitted them to The Sunday Times for publication. This “data fixing” allegation is another absurd allegation from the Sunday Times.

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.

In contrast The Sunday Times has failed to report the outcome of the US Federal Court’s findings that children have been found to have developed autism as a result of vaccination [also reported by ChildHealthSafety: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR]

The Sunday Times has not covered the news release issued on Friday by Dr Wakefield, Thoughtful House Medical Center and 20 Child Health Safety organisations as also reported here by ChildHealthSafety: Dr Andrew Wakefield Demolishes Ignorant US Vaccine Lobby Posted on .

Instead the children’s confidential records appear to have been used and quoted out-of-context to create these latest “sensational exclusive revelations“.

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Illegal Use of Children’s Confidential Court Medical Records

The Sunday Times’ freelance reporter did not return confidential Court documents, permitted to be used in confidence only for the proceedings for which they were provided.  On his own admissions  he  has instead retained them and has been pouring over the confidentially Court disclosed children’s medical records in his South London home.

The information from the children’s medical records published in The Sunday Times is highly unlikely to have come from disclosures from the GMC’s lawyers or the GMC, save for extracts which may have been referred to in the proceedings. But The Sunday Times’ freelance journalist only has early medical records.

What The Sunday Times’ commissioned freelancer does not appear to have are the histories taken carefully during the investigations at The Royal Free Hospital in around 1996/7 and which are the more reliable account of the children’s conditions.

It is  the myriad errors in the stories and the absence of the information from those documents which collapses these latest Sunday Times’ stories published Sunday.

It is extraordinary that The Sunday Times allowed a story of such a nature by a freelance journalist with no medical or scientific qualifications to go to print and with no evidence any independent professional opinion was sought prior to publication.

A parent of an autistic child comments:-

When this Sunday Times freelance journalist accused Dr Andrew Wakefield of altering the histopathology results the freelancer presumably simply did not understand the data.   Then he goes and makes a public accusation which the Sunday Times publishes uncritically. It is amazing they did not get anyone competent to check the facts.”

This is not the first time The Sunday Times has done this.  A previous story  by the same freelancer purported to provide comment on a false story about patents, which was so flawed no-holds-barred comment appeared online in the British Medical Journal: Patent allegation patently false: what C4 and Sunday Times didn’t tell you BMJ – 26th November 2004To Page Top

Tawdry Journalism

The circumstances and history to this latest debacle look tawdry.  The Strategic Health Authority [SHA] for The Royal Free Hospital having previously denied providing documents to The Sunday Times’ freelancer then had to admit having done so in 2004 “in a spirit of cooperation”.  But these did not include the early or later more detailed medical histories.

It also appears from the freelancer’s own disclosures that an insider leaked documents from The Royal Free’s files to the journalist in 2003, before the SHA had provided any.  The ethics of such action is questionable. This was also at a time in 2003 when the plans to publish stories in The Sunday Times and initiate proceedings in the GMC against Dr Wakefield were already progressing, as already reported by ChildHealthSafety: British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims

A professional journalist’s impartiality is paramount.  The job is reporting news made by others, and not creating it.  This Sunday Times’ freelancer in contrast made the complaints to the UK General Medical Council  against these doctors which have lead to unprecedented marathon hearings starting with investigations the freelance was responsible for lodging over 4 years ago in 2004.

The freelancer’s complaints included numerous allegations which The Sunday Times refused to publish in their original 2004 stories and since. One result of the complaints is that such allegations when made in formal GMC proceedings become reportable when they would otherwise be actionable defamation.  The freelancer has fastidiously attended the hearings.  Whilst Andrew Wakefield was forced by the pressure of dealing with the unprecedented lengthy marathon UK GMC proceedings to withdraw libel actions against The Sunday Times, it is notable the other allegations have not been published then or since.

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Parents’ Worries Over Misuse of Records

Concerned parents worried about this seeming misuse of their children’s meant-to-be confidential medical records, have been  complaining for some time. about it  Concerns have been raised with the UK’s Information Commissioner regarding breaches of the UK’s Data Protection Act, intended to protect the private data of individuals, including children.To Page Top

The Sunday Times’ Lack of Objectivity

The Sunday Times’ freelancer who authored the stories, was once described by The Guardian newspaper, London, as “mercurial”, and appears to have plumbed a new low.  As a professional this journalist appears obsessed.

With seemingly so little to occupy his time as a professional journalist, The Sunday Times’ commissioned freelance journalist’s own website evidences a cash shortage; recently carrying public appeals for donations.  This is unsurprising.  Countless hours other journalists would have been too busy to spend earning a living have been devoted on painstakingly creating a 500 plus  page website.

The site alone evidences a lack of the detachment and objectivity a professional journalist needs to maintain credibility.  It also shows   an obsessive interest in dishing non-existent dirt on the eminent gastroenterologists Andrew Wakefield, Simon Murch and Professor Walker-Smith.  These dedicated medical professionals  have helped countless thousands of autistic children around the world with ground-breaking researches at The Royal Free Hospital, London.

So bizarre have matters become that the freelancer has attended practically every day of the marathon GMC proceedings against the eminent medical doctors only to see the case so carelessly constructed  by him being demolished day-by-day by the lawyers representing these good doctors.

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Wakefield Responds To Junk Journalism

The detailed allegations published in The Sunday Times were in this article: Hidden records show MMR truth The Sunday Times February 8, 2009.

But here Andrew Wakefield’s response demonstrating The Sunday Times has it badly wrong all over again.  This response was written and published in just 24 hours.  A necessary and fast reaction to  the “guerrilla war” surprise attacks tactics of The Sunday Times – junk journalism at it finest – publishing propaganda with no proper time to respond.

Autism, bowel disease, and MMR vaccination

In his desperation, Deer gets it wrong once again

By Andy Wakefield – 9 Feb 2009

Below is a list of the allegations made by Brian Deer against me, received on Friday 6th February 2009, 2 days prior to his publishing in the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper (my response is provided in Arial font).  [Wakefield’s responses shown online in blue].

[Ed: Wakefield not even given 2 days prior notice – notice was less than 24 hours before The Sunday Times’ stories were approved for press on 7th Feb and then appeared online at 10pm 7th Feb. Looks like an ambush – not very professional].

Dear Dr Wakefield,

I’m directed by editors managing my investigation of the MMR matter for The Sunday Times to inform you that we intend to publish further on this topic, and particularly on your role in it. It is now some five years since I first sought to discuss with you your work, and I’ve made numerous attempts to do so. As you will appreciate, the safety of children by means of vaccination is an unparalleled issue of public interest and concern. As you will know, not least as a result of our concurrent attendance at the General Medical Council fitness to practise hearing into your conduct, I’m now extremely familiar with the precise medical histories, diagnoses and so forth of the children enrolled for your study, published in the Lancet on 28 February 1998. Based on this knowledge, and other sources of information, including the cooperation of families enrolled in your research, I must put to you, for your response, a number of serious matters.

(1) That you repeatedly, and without justification, changed and misreported findings from those children for publication in the Lancet.

I cite, for instance, three children who you represented as having regressive autism, who in fact had Asperger’s disorder, or in one of those cases PDAS, which are not regressive and involve no loss of language or other basic skills. You claim that the paper is a series of “previously normal” children, but medical records – which you had a duty to read and understand – show that some five of the 12 children were subject to concerns prior to vaccination, and were not “normal”. Other children, who you claimed to have suffered their first “behavioural symptoms” within days of vaccination, in fact had none for months. In the cases of some 8 children – two thirds of the total – you changed normal histopathology results to abnormal results, in a so-called “research review”, despite claiming that the series was merely a clinical report.

The diagnoses reported in the Lancet were accurate based upon the information provided to the clinicians and review of the available records [1].

Where there was considered to be a pre-existing developmental problem, this was accurately reported in the Lancet paper [2]. This is not the place to get into a detailed discussion on developmental regression which is still a subject of debate by experts in child development and is certainly not something about which Deer has any expertise. 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 merely entered the documented findings into the Lancet paper. 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.

(2) That, without justification, you omitted parental links to MMR in the case of one quarter of the children, in order to reach your unsubstantiated claim in the paper that problems came on within days.

Contrary to your claim that the parents of 8 of 12 children linked MMR to their child’s problems, in fact the parents of 11 of the children made this connection whilst at the Royal Free. The additional, unreported, children are Child Five, Child Nine and Child Twelve. Their parents said that problems came on between one and four months after MMR, and their hospital records, which you had access to (and in one case wrote), show this. Through the device of their omission, you contrived to create the appearance of a clearcut temporal link between MMR and autism, when there was none such. Furthermore, by their omission, you contrived to create the appearance that these children were routine clinical cases passing through the hospital, when in fact, as you knew, they were recruited, marshalled and referred in collaboration between you, JABS and a solicitor. As such, they were bound to blame MMR when they came to the hospital.

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

In fact, when all of the medical and parental records were made available via the GMC many years later, it became apparent that one further parent had made the link with MMR contemporaneously, but had remained silent on this at the request of her husband because it had led to doctors dismissing their concerns about their child’s medical problems on the basis that they were “just looking for something to blame.” This in itself is a telling indictment of how a possible cause risks being overlooked because of the prejudice of some physicians.

The second part of this allegation, which is dependent upon the fallacy in the first part, is nonsense. The route by which the children came to the Royal Free was one driven by clinical need and had nothing whatsoever to do with the lawyer Richard Barr. The facts of this matter and in particular the route by which the children came to be seen by Professor Walker- Smith, have been reported to the GMC. This allegation – one which Deer has rehashed in spite of the evidence – has no basis in fact. It need hardly be stated again after so many occasions in the GMC but the leading, primary and principal reason all twelve children ended up at the Royal Free, was that they had bowel or ’stomach’ problems. The matter of vaccination was brought up by parents because they thought that it was relevant to the clinical diagnosis.

(3) That the paper you wrote and published in the Lancet was a device, assisting you in obtaining money from the Legal Aid Board.

I draw to your attention your prior contractual undertaking with Mr Barr, and your joint undertaking to the Legal Aid Board to attempt to find a “new syndrome”. This latter undertaking was entered into before any of the children were admitted to the Royal Free, or you could ever have known of any syndrome. Eighteen months later, you would declare that you had found precisely such a syndrome, based on the 8/12 temporal link, and an alleged coincidence of regressive autism and inflammatory bowel disease. The records show that neither of these are valid. Without the public ever suspecting, the route by which you reached this claim required the wholesale changing and misreporting of data. Following your claims, to which you attached the reputations of 12 other, generally unwitting, doctors, you successfully extracted substantial sums of money from the legal aid fund, not least for the business Unigenetics, of which you were a director, and for yourself personally. We have previously reported that the Legal Services Commission says that you pocketed more than £435,000, plus expenses. The amounts you received increased as the scare you created continued: the grossest possible conflict of interest.

Deer is wrong on all counts. The purpose of the contract with Mr Barr was to conduct a scientific study to look for measles virus proteins in the bowel of children (initially those with Crohn’s disease and later, to include those with autism and intestinal symptoms (such as abdominal pain and diarrhea) that required endoscopic examination and biopsy. On the other hand, the clinical basis for the investigation of the autistic children has been established by my pediatric colleagues – two of the most experienced pediatric gastroenterologists worldwide – beyond any reasonable doubt. Deer has completely missed the point; the “syndrome” that we have accurately and reproducibly described is the combination of autistic regression, swelling of the lymph glands in the last part of the small intestine (ileum) and inflammation of the colon. Any association of this syndrome with MMR vaccine remains to be confirmed and, in contrast with Deer’s claim, the syndrome does not require any temporal link to MMR vaccination at all. This has been made clear to the GMC.

The children who turned out to suffer from the “syndrome” were referred as early as May 1995, long before I had ever heard of Richard Barr or vaccine litigation. Deer is aware of this fact.

Any payment that I received over the course of working for more than 7 years as a expert to the UK courts in the MMR litigation – substantially less than the sum Deer claims – was donated to an initiative to build a new center for the investigation and care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease at the Royal Free. This matter is described in more detail in a forthcoming essay by Bill Long, access to which will be posted in due course at http://www.drbilllong.com/index.html.

I resigned from Unigenetics and was not involved in the dealings of this company with the Legal Aid Board. Finally, I did not “create” a scare but rather, I responded to a scare that parents brought to my attention. To have ignored their concerns would have been professional negligence.

(4) That, additional to the above, in recent years you have reviewed your changes and misreportings in the Lancet, and yet you have neither withdrawn your claims in the paper, nor sincerely and publicly apologised for your conduct, as you should have done.

As a result of the GMC hearings, you have been supplied with all the documentation, and, indeed, were last year taken by counsel through the changes and misreportings. There can be no question that you know the precise details of these children. Particularly given outbreaks of measles, widely reported in UK media most recently today, and the appalling burden of guilt laid on the parents of autistic children who believe it was their own fault for vaccinating their child, you had an absolute duty to come forward at the earliest opportunity and make the position clear. You have not done so, but indeed continue to display the paper’s claims on your website, and to campaign against MMR.

The evidence presented by me to the GMC described precisely and accurately the basis of the findings reported in the Lancet. The absence of any ‘misreporting’ is a matter of record both in my oral testimony and in that of my clinical colleagues. There is absolutely nothing either to withdraw or to apologize for in this matter. It is, however, a tragedy that the continued misrepresentation of the facts has had a negative impact on the ability of affected children to get access to the care that they so desperately need.

(5) That, overall, you created the appearance of a possible link between MMR and autism, when you knew, or should have known, that there was no reasonable basis for this in the histories of those children, and, as a result have caused immense and growing harm, unnecessary concern and waste of public money.

In summary, not one of the 12 children is free of serious doubt as to the manner in which their case has been reported by you. Indeed, there is no real evidence that any of the children were as you reported in the Lancet. When lack of evidence of previous normality, lack of evidence of regression, lack of evidence of inflammatory bowel disease, and lack of any temporal link as you describe, are taken into account, there was no basis in the records for your claim to have discovered any new syndrome at all.

Based upon the parental histories of regression in their children after MMR vaccine, the known link between measles and brain damage including autism [3] and the findings in the children, there was and continues to be every reasonable basis for suspecting a possible link between MMR vaccination and autistic regression.

The reporting of the children in the Lancet paper is an accurate account of the clinical histories as reported to Professor Walker-Smith and his clinical colleagues. The normality or otherwise of the children’s development was evident in the medical history taken by these clinicians, and backed up by the Health Visitor’s [4] contemporaneous record of the respective child’s development. The claim to have detected a possible new syndrome was valid and, in contrast with Deer’ false claim, is supported by confirmation of the original findings by others [5].

As you will see, the issues we raise with you are not the same as the charges you face before the GMC, although the fitness to practise hearings have, as expected, yielded important insights and evidence. It is clear that, particularly in the context of measles outbreaks in the UK, US, Europe and now Australasia, it is important that the public be urgently informed of the true position at the earliest possible date.

On the contrary, the issues raised by Deer are, in many respects, identical to those raised by him on previous occasions. One can only imagine that, as the evidence has emerged at the GMC, the fallacy of Deer’s original allegations has become clear. The timing and content of Deer’s latest allegations and the published article, his behavior at the GMC hearing (See “The Incident by Martin Walker [6], and recent admissions of failings in the area of vaccine safety by the US National Vaccine Advisory Committee, suggest a degree of desperation on the part of Deer and those with whom he is working.

Measles outbreaks are preventable, immediately, by offering to parents with entirely valid concerns about the safety of MMR vaccine, a choice of single measles vaccine; not to do so is unethical and puts the vaccine policy, “our way or no way”, before the wellbeing of children. There is absolutely no question of the continuing investigation and treatment of these children coming to a halt because of this or any other kind of subversive tactic.

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References to Wakefield’s Response to The Sunday Times’ Junk Journalism

[1] Health Visitor checks: a routine regular developmental and physical in-home assessment of children by the National Health Service in the UK

[2] Lancet 1998:351;637-41

[3] Deykin EY, MacMahon B, Viral exposure and autism. Am J Epidemiol, 1979;109:628–38. Ring A, Barak Y, Ticher A, et al. Evidence for an infectious etiology in autism. Pathophysiology, 1997;4:91–96.

[4] Health Visitor checks: a routine regular developmental and physical in-home assessment of children by the National Health Service in the UK

[5] Gonzalez, L., et al., Endoscopic and Histological Characteristics of the Digestive Mucosa in Autistic Children with gastro-Intestinal Symptoms: A Preliminary Report. GEN Suplemento Especial de Pediatria, 2005;1:41-47.

Balzola, F., et al., Panenteric IBD-like disease in a patient with regressive autism shown for the first time by wireless capsule enteroscopy: Another piece in the jig-saw of the gut-brain syndrome? American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005. 100(4): p. 979- 981.

Krigsman A et al. http://www.cevs.ucdavis.edu/Cofred/Public/Aca/WebSec.cfm?confid=238&webid=1245 last accessed June 2007) (paper submitted for publication)

[6] http://www.cryshame.co.uk//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=113&Itemid=192

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Comments to ChildHealthSafety from parents on these “revelations” include that:-

It is troubling that we are asked to accept an unqualified freelance journalist’s personal account of confidential records. How does he have them?

Medical records routinely don’t record adverse vaccine effects. No claim was made in the paper that the cases had clean records prior to vaccination, only that a set of symptoms was set in motion by vaccination.

Child 11 – no dispute about the timing of onset of symptoms in this report. Three labs re-tested samples but no technical information provided about methodology.

Child 1 Not hearing properly could be a symptom of autism, but not necessarily classic. Not enough information to go on. No dispute in the report about timing of adverse reaction to jab. If he had any possible autistic symptoms this does not mean that that he did not become ill or lose mental faculties post vaccine.

Child 2 Adverse vaccine event are generally ignored by the medical profession – parent recall is likely to be more reliable than medical records – otherwise this account is too vague to comment on.

Child 8 “The records did not support this”, absense of recording is not proof of absence. What were the significant concerns “some months before”. Had they continued? We are not told.

Child 6 & 7 Had been hospitalised with “brain problems”. What “brain problems” and when? Were they developing more or less normally until the event? Asperger syndrome is an autistic spectrum disorder and can certainly be regressive (this includes child 12)

Child 8, 9, 10 & 3 The statement “no abnormality detected” for the biopsy is consistent ‘non-specific colitis’ – indeed, it is non-specific because the results were negative.

“Discharged” does not mean “not seen again”.

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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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8 Responses

  1. God bless Brian Deer for his dedication to unearthing every sorry detail of the Wakefield debacle, and for providing so many source documents on his excellent website.

    Someday perhaps you will realize that you have been grossly misled by the shameless and opportunistic team of Wakefield and Barr. Though probably not.

    CHILDHEALTHSAFETY REPLIES: It is a somewhat odd accusation that this was all a scam. Perhaps you should take a look at the Tarhan memo, which Deer had in his possession but in an unusual journalistic oversight failed to disclose in his 2004 stories.

    http://tinyurl.com/apxjr3

    ChildHealthSafety has reported on that here:

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

    “As for the Legal Aid money, for months in 1996 the Royal Free Medical School prevaricated accepting it because “Clearly, this could lead to a case against the Government for damages.” wrote Dean Zuckerman privately to the British Medical Association Secretary on 11th October 1996.

    What no one knows and disclosed here publicly exclusively worldwide for the first time is that when The Sunday Times published its allegations against Wakefield in 2004 their journalist already had the documents showing Wakefield – a man accused of doing what he did for the money – was fed up with this and had arranged in May 1997 for all the legal aid monies to be sent back and that he had intended to raise the money himself for the injured children [see copy Freedom of Information memo below – added 17/Jan/09].

    It was the Royal Free which instead then reversed its position, decided to accept the money and arranged in July 1997 for it to be paid to special trustees. Wakefield was never going to and never did receive a cent.”

  2. I think you may have linked to the wrong Times article. I clicked on the link for “MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism” and was confused when I didn’t see any quotes from patient records that you reference. Did you mean to link to this article? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683643.ece

    [Ed: No. Waiting for Wakefield’s detailed trashing of The Sunday Times story before putting up that link and Wakefield’s 9th Feb response – now done – see Stop Press.]

  3. This is an example of Brian Deer’s quaint ideas about science. In November 2004 he ridiculed Wakefield in the Sunday Times and on Channel 4 Dispatches for trying to pioneer an MMR vaccine damage treatment (which incorrectly tried to make out was an alternative measles vaccine), which made use of goats colostrum. Little did he realise that Wakefield’s research was at the cutting edge as a later Sunday Times report “‘Pharm’ goats give birth to new drugs” by Jonathan Leake revealed:

    “BRITISH patients could soon be using the world’s first medicine derived from transgenic animals after European regulators approved a drug produced by genetically modified goats.

    “The pioneering drug, an anti-clotting agent for people with a rare inherited disease, is made from the milk of goats whose DNA has been modified to incorporate human genes.

    “The drug, ATryn, sets a precedent for using modified animal proteins, and despite protests from animal welfare campaigners that “Frankendrugs” are ethically unjustifiable, the technology is sure to take off.

    “Drug companies have long suspected that there is profit in turning farm animals into pharmaceutical “factories”, a process known as pharming.

    “In theory, pharmed animals could also be used to produce insulin for diabetics, blood-clotting factor to treat haemophiliacs and a range of other proteins.

    “Pharming could become integral to the drugs industry if the costs fall substantially below those for current production systems. Chickens, cows, rabbits are already undergoing trials… ”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article641588.ece

    Naturally, when I wrote to the Sunday Times pointing this out my letter was ignored.

    More details of this episode here:

    http://www.jabs.org.uk/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=315

    I don’t know whether Brian has had any unfortunate experiences with goats, but I find it hard to understand his prejudice.

  4. Would you care to comment on Wakefield’s insistence in his response above that neither his study, nor any study since, has confirmed any link between the MMR vaccine and the syndrome he identifies in his study?

    CHILD HEALTH SAFETY RESPONDS:

    Can’t find the “insistence” to which you refer. This is unsurprising.

    The US Federal Court has upheld the link between MMR and autism.
    AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR

    The best the US Government’s Department of Health and Human Services could do as shown in one of the cases was to produce [and the judgement states the 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

    The rechallenge study of a large number of children is strong proof confirming the association, but as the majority do not want it confirmed, it is ignored as usual:-

    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

  5. @Childhealthsafety:

    You said:

    “Can’t find the “insistence” to which you refer.”

    Wakefield says:

    “Deer has completely missed the point; the “syndrome” that we have accurately and reproducibly described is the combination of autistic regression, swelling of the lymph glands in the last part of the small intestine (ileum) and inflammation of the colon. Any association of this syndrome with MMR vaccine remains to be confirmed and, in contrast with Deer’s claim, the syndrome does not require any temporal link to MMR vaccination at all. This has been made clear to the GMC.”

    To repeat the relevant part: “any association of this syndrome remains to be confirmed”. Did you miss this?

    CHILDHEALTHSAFETY REPLIES:
    You need to be a little more careful with the terminology you use. The term “association” used here is a term of art.

    Your original question was whether any study had “confirmed any link”. And between what and what? – ie. the administration of MMR vaccine and the appearance of the new bowel syndrome first described in the 1998 Royal Free Lancet paper and replicated in numerous studies since.

    Your question was answered. A causal association seems to have been clearly demonstrated.

    Now you are have changed your original question and are asking something different. Your new question appears to be asking for any study to “confirm” the “association” – that is a different question. You are then asking for the association to be confirmed in terms of strict scientific proof, by not only demonstrating a causal association but the mechanism by which the administration of the MMR vaccine is causally linked to the new syndrome and then published in a peer refereed journal.

    The rechallenge study previously cited, for example, proves the causal association exists to a standard of beyond a reasonable doubt. Rechallenge is a method of proving a causal association exists without needing to prove the exact causal mechanism by which cause and effect arises.

    If people like Wakefield and Singh continue to be prevented from carrying out their work by the withdrawal of funding and personal character assassination by people like Deer, the UK Department of Health, the medical professions and drug companies we will never fiind out the exact mechanism by which the vaccines cause this syndrome and so will have difficulty developing the most effective methods of treating it.

  6. Ring any bells?

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

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200405/cmselect/cmhealth/42/42.pdf

    ‘The use of PR to counter negative publicity

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

  7. […] 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 […]

  8. […] 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 […]

Dr Andrew Wakefield Demolishes Ignorant US Vaccine Lobby

Response to Dr. Ari Brown and the Immunization Action Coalition

Andrew J. Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath; Mark Blaxill, MBA; Boyd Haley, PhD; Anissa Ryland; Daniel Hollenbeck, BS; Jane Johnson; James Moody, JD; Carol Stott, PhD (398 KB)

See:  Press Release – For Immediate Release: – Feb 6, 2009

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The public relations arm of those who are supposed to be legally and ethically responsible for vaccine safety published “Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots,” by Dr. Ari Brown.

Clear Answers” is anything but.  Is this dishonesty?  How can it be ignorance?  Aren’t these  people supposed to be “experts”? How comprehensively misleading and untrue is this? Are these people “pulling the wool” over your eyes? Decide for yourself.

Published today is a detailed response by Dr Andrew Wakefield and colleagues supported by 20 child health safety organisations. We publish edited extracts below.  You can read the full 16 page printed paper here.

Wakefield is the British medical doctor who put child health safety before his career and has been hounded by big money ever since.

In an interview with 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“.

Follow the money.

Brown is an official spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Brown’s “Clear Answers” is endorsed and published by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a US organization funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the vaccine manufacturers.  Given this background, any reasonable person might expect a comprehensive, well researched, and persuasive overview.

Wakefield et al say:-

Informed consent is a crucial element of the foundation upon which ethical medical practice rests. Providing patients, parents, or guardians with an honest assessment of the risks and benefits of any medical procedure not only requires the healthcare provider to be, to the best of his or her ability, “informed” of all of the risks and benefits but also requires said provider to neutrally convey all of the risks and benefits to the patients, parents, or guardians.

Since the topic of vaccination is so important and because we have major concerns about the accuracy of much of what this document says, we are providing a point-by-point response.

Follow the money?  Are the 20 organisations which endorse Wakefield’s response concerned about your child’s health safety or about supporting big business and the pharmaceutical industry?

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Cryshame
Autism Action Network Medical Veritas
Age of Autism International Chiropractors Association
Autism File National Vaccine Information Center
Autism One National Autism Association
Autism Research Institute NoMercury
Autism Today SafeMinds
World Autism Association Schafer Report
Center for Autism and Related Disorders Unlocking Autism
Alan D. Clark, M.D. Memorial Research Foundation Autisme Montréal

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Here are some edited extracts of Dr Brown’s claims and of Wakefield’s response:-

BROWN: “I’ve heard autism is on the rise. Why?”

Brown’s  explanation: “Displacing one diagnosis for another: In previous generations, many children were diagnosed with …. some other …. disorder. Today many of these same kids are diagnosed with severe autism.”

But what Brown says is not supported by the scientific evidence.  It has been retracted, disavowed, or falsified in previous scientific studies. One study was so badly wrong they had to withdraw and state instead that “diagnostic substitution does not appear to account for the increased trend in autism prevalence“.

BROWN: “The definition of autism has changed over the years. …. By expanding the definition of autism, suddenly many more kids were declared autistic…”

Incorrect. …. autism diagnostic criteria were narrowed in 1994 ….. Despite this, the dramatic increase in numbers of children with both autism and non-autistic spectrum disorders has continued.

BROWN: “Unfortunately, many states don’t break out where kids are on the autism spectrum …. so it’s hard to get solid numbers.”

Incorrect. California’s autism numbers are provided by the Department of Developmental Services, based on DSM criteria. In order to be eligible …… a professional diagnosis is required. California data exclude those with Asperger’s … and all … non-autistic PDD diagnoses [16].

BROWN: “Better awareness, better and earlier diagnosis: More people ….are on the lookout for children with autism.”

Not in California. To reduce the number of new autism diagnoses, the state government in 2003 changed the eligibility criteria to exclude children who could tie their shoelaces. Despite this children with autism fail this ill-conceived test and continue to flood into the system in record numbers.

BROWN: “…. autism is on the rise. Why? Because …… Today, kids are diagnosed as early as 18 months of age. This adds many more kids to the rolls …

Wrong.  Earlier diagnosis has no impact on the number in a group born in any particular year.  Children will eventually be diagnosed.  By the age of 10, children with autism would be diagnosed whether they were born in 1980 or 1990.  California data show autism numbers were greater by a factor of over sevenfold in 2000 compared with 1989.

A new study dispels the myth that the rise isn’t real and indicates “research should shift from genetics to the host of chemicals and infectious microbes in the environment that are likely at the root of changes in the neurodevelopment of California’s children” “It’s time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism in California,” said UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a professor of environmental and occupational health and epidemiology, and an internationally respected autism researcher.

BROWN: “recent legislation led to schools labeling more kids as autistic”

Brown is wrong. US law was amended in 1990 to require that autism be counted and reported separately because it was rising faster than all other covered disabilities. The change did not cause the epidemic; it was  because of it.

BROWN: “Unfortunately, there are very few incidence studies of autism.”

Wrong. Several incidence studies are available, and they show a rise.

BROWN: “Today …. parents are more willing to accept an ASD diagnosis. And the diagnosis now allows for special education services, which many parents realize can help their child.”

If the numbers have always been this high, where are all the autistic adults, whom some call the “Hidden Horde”.

BROWN: “These are possible explanations ….. but we don’t have all the answers yet. The bottom line: in the 1980’s, one in 10,000 kids were diagnosed with autism. Today, it’s one in 150. ”

In 2009 this “1 in 150” number is likely to be considerably higher. Brown bases her statement on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …. from six years ago on eight-year-old children  ….. on February 7, 2007 the CDC promised to publish an update.  Two years later and this data has not yet been published or released.

In 1992 there were 15,580 affected children recorded in the US public education system. 14  years later there were 224,594 children.  The autism pandemic is real.

BROWN: “Okay, so what causes autism? ….. We know genetics plays a role. Studying twins is an obvious way to detect genetic disorders.

Wrong.  This 31 year old unscientific proposition has been shown here on ChildHealthSafety to be bunk – “Autism Not Genetic – Says Expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen“.

BROWN: “…. it appears that autism is caused by several different genetic defects, although researchers haven’t quite figured out the puzzle yet.”

Haven’t quite,” unfortunately means “nowhere near.” While specific genetic deficiencies associated with autism are well documented, such deficiencies are rare and cannot explain more than a very small proportion of ASD cases. The genetics of autism has been studied extensively, at huge cost, for precious little return.

BROWN: “Abnormal brain growth”

Wrong. Abnormal brain growth is not a cause of autism.  Brown herself wrote in 2004, “One interesting study…tied autism to abnormal head growth in infants under a year of age. While this is not the cause of autism

BROWN: environmental exposure

US Government officials, including Dr. Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, and an emerging scientific consensus, agree that autism is caused by environmental triggers in children with undetermined genetic susceptibility.

There are known and widely accepted environmental causes of autism ranging from pre-birth exposure to thalidomide, the anti-seizure medication sodium valproate, and rubella virus (German measles)  Postnatal exposure to neurotoxins, and viral infections including rubella, measles and herpes viruses, cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus have been causally linked to autistic syndromes. Specifically, measles and measles-containing vaccines and vaccines “unspecified” have also been causally linked BY formal research to childhood developmental disorders, including ASD and developmental regression.

BROWN: “What about vaccines? the scientific evidence does not support this theory. Research during the past ten years has …. found conclusive evidence that vaccine exposure is NOT the turn-on switch for autism.”

Wrong.  The Institute of Medicine (IOM) hosted a two-day conference in April, 2007, “Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research”. The workshop discussed environmental causes, including vaccines, and suggested a list of related research opportunities.

And here on ChildHealthSafety you can read of US Federal Court cases where it was decided that vaccines, including MMR, caused autism.  In one case says it all.  The Judgement records that the 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“:

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

Dr. Neal Halsey, one of the architects of US vaccine policy—now seemingly awake—when asked by parent advocates at a public meeting why they would even give a newborn infant with no risk factors a vaccine for a disease predominantly of intravenous drug abusers and the sexually promiscuous (hepatitis B), answered “Because we can”.

You can read the rest of the document yourself to see Brown’s claims thoroughly demolished.  One part of the remainder stands out in particular regarding vaccine safety:-

BROWN “Before a vaccine is approved for use by the government, its safety is extensively studied. These studies look at how kids respond to the vaccine. And so-called ‘combo’ vaccines that incorporate several shots at once also consider the combined effect.”

The Cochrane Collaboration, an internationally respected body that provides independent scientific oversight. wrote, “The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre and postmarketing is largely inadequate“. But in an interview with Richard Halvorsen for his book The Truth about Vaccines, one of the lead authors of the Cochrane review left no doubt as to his true feelings when he said, The safety studies of MMR vaccine are crap. They’re the best crap we have but they’re still crap“.

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

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Evidence from the new Italian study of child disorders linked to vaccination provides strong evidence that independent impartial unbiased objective research is urgently needed comparing vaccinated against unvaccinated children [“Neuropsychological Performance 10 Years After Immunization in Infancy With Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines” Tozzi et al, Pediatrics 123:2:475-482].

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US Research Fraud, Tax Dollars And Italian Vaccine Mercury Study

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[With thanks to the UK’s John Stone for his assistance]

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Documents disclosed here under US Freedom of Information show the US Centers for Disease Control [CDC] spends US tax dollars in foreign countries on studies to claim the vaccination programmes they promote for US children are safe when they know the results of the studies will produce false and misleading negative results.

Just such a study recently published from Italy funded by the US CDC claims to show that the known neurotoxic mercury additive in vaccines, Thiomersal, is not harmful to children and the study has received wide-spread publicity [“Neuropsychological Performance 10 Years After Immunization in Infancy With Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines” Tozzi et al, Pediatrics 123:2:475-482].

Mercury is toxic in parts per billion.What the US public were not told is that the study was certain to be unable to detect any effect.  The US CDC internal email exchange disclosed here [see more below] obtained under US Freedom of Information shows that to be able to detect any effect in children with the methods used, the dose applied by the age of 3 months had to be more than 50 millionths of a gramme of mercury and more than 100 millionths of a gramme by the age of 6 months.

Table 1 of the paper shows Italian children received by the age of 3 months two thirds of that minimum amount; no more 37.5 millionths of a gramme.  By 4 months they had only three quarters of that minimum: 75 millionths of a gramme and the maximum by six months was 100 millionths of a gramme, not enough to hit or exceed the threshold needed.

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The 2001 exchange of emails was between Dr Thomas Verstraeten and Dr Robert Chen of the US CDC and Dr Elizabeth Miller of the UK’s Public Health Laboratory Service.  This also shows a dose of 75 microgrammes of mercury by the age of four months was insufficient to detect an effect.  Chen and Miller were at the time looking into a possible study of British children.  Italian infants were in the same category as British infants, receiving 75 microgrammes by the age of 4 months.

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Do not be deceived into thinking there are no problems with the lower levels of mercury.  Studies like this Italian one and previous  internal studies by the US CDC are unable to measure the effects at lower levels.  It is an issue of precision – not absence of effect.

There were many other deficiencies in the Italian study.  The Journal, Pediatrics has today published a letter entitled “This study is misleading and was not scientifically worth doing” [John Stone, Pediatrics Online, 27 Jan 2009].

Notably, the study only included healthy children in the original vaccine trial so those most at risk were excluded.  The authors also missed out large numbers of other children most likely to be at risk. And as an example of how unrepresentative of the Italian child population this study was, 70% of the Italian parents  had College Degrees.

Children excluded from the study included:

  • an unknown number of underweight children who are likely to be more susceptible to injury
    • the body burden of mercury would be proportionately higher
    • underweight children are likely to include premature infants – [whose effective age is less and who are underdeveloped by the time they are vaccinated compared to full-term infants]
  • all unwell children at time of vaccination (susceptible group)
  • over 30% of children dropped out of the study and the authors acknowledged these may have included those injured, the parents not participating “because their children had cognitive developmental problems
  • there was no proper control group to make a comparison
    • the authors compared children who had mercury containing vaccines not against children who had no vaccines or no mercury but against children who had different vaccines with less mercury
Only one case of autism was identified from medical records out 1,704 (an order of magnitude lower than the UK and the US) which also casts doubts on the value of the study.

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Evidence from the new Italian study of child disorders linked to vaccination provides strong evidence that independent impartial unbiased objective research is urgently needed comparing vaccinated against unvaccinated children

[“Neuropsychological Performance 10 Years After Immunization in Infancy With Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines” Tozzi et al, Pediatrics 123:2:475-482].

Why Is This Important?

Despite the US CDC expecting

  • no positive results
  • the blunt and imprecise nature of the study
  • its numerous defects

there were positive results.

Why Are “Only Two” Cases So Significant?

The study used tests and methods which are “blunt instruments”,  unlikely to distinguish anything other than large differences between the children studied.  The number of children was also small 1403, indicating the study was also under-powered.  30% of those most likely to have been affected had dropped out between the first study 10 years ago and the present one. so if there was any difference in the groups, this study started off by looking for “a needle in a haystack”.  In other words, the study would only be likely to distinguish only a very small proportion of “normal” from “abnormal”. Many kinds of differences like a drop in IQ of 5 to 25 points, or a fall in linguistic ability just less than a speech impediment would be unlikely to be revealed.

So if with such an imprecise study there are any positive results any statistically significant association would demand further enquiry.“Significantly associated” means that statistically the results  could not be dismissed as just within the expected error of the study.

Why Is Vax’ed vs Un-Vax’ed Research So Important?

The most likely means of standing any chance of detecting differences would be a very large study of vaccinated children compared to unvaccinated.  More sophisticated tests and assessments would be appropriate – not imprecise tests – “finger-tapping” tests or “Boston Naming”.

In addition, comparing vaccinated with vaccinated made it harder still to distinguish differences.  Children studied had been vaccinated and compared to some shall we say “a little bit less vaccinated than others”.  This meant that it was likely children with impaired ability were being compared with children with slightly less impaired ability.  This would narrow the size of any differences in impairment between the groups studied and made the whole exercise more imprecise still.

Is there Evidence of “Author Bias”?

The Italian authors state “only two” of the outcomes were “significantly associated”.  Why important? It shows author bias – coupled with the so far undisclosed financial conflicts of interests. “Only two” is like saying you are “only a little bit pregnant”.  It is more significant as the study was to be expected to produce no positive results of any kind, as ChildHealthSafety reported on 28th January.

Details of the main Italian author, Tozzi’s so far undeclared financial conflicts of interest have not been published by the US Journal Pediatics, although recently submitted by UK vaccine and health safety advocate, John Stone.

Fooling Third World Governments

The British study the US CDC was involved with with Dr Elizabeth Miller went ahead and also claimed to find no problems.  It was used to reassure third world governments that mercury in vaccines was safe.  It claimed the UK level of mercury was the same as the amount of thimerosal used by developing countries that follow the World Health Organisation’s expanded immunization schedule.  It was not.  Disclosed here is information under UK Freedom of Information showing the WHO schedule exposes the less well fed and more susceptible third world infants to 187.5µg of mercury  but by 14 weeks, not 6 months.  Third world children are at a much higher risk than US children ever were.
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The US Centers For Disease Control and Drug Companies

This is not the first time the US CDC has been mired in controversy over mercury in vaccines. On 7-8 June 2000, a confidential private meeting without public scrutiny took place between vaccine manufacturers’ representatives, 51 US scientists, and a representative of the World Health Organization.  This was to discuss a study by US Centers for Disease Control expert Dr Thomas Verstraeten of increasing doses of Thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders in children.  Verstraeten used US Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) data, an official US governmental data bank on the children from US health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

Verstraeten’s study showed a dose-response relationship between Thimerosal in vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders in children that held up to rigorous statistical analyses.  This means Verstraeten’s study showed a causal association between the amount of Thimerosal in vaccines a child received and the extent to which the child developed the symptoms of impaired brain development .  These ranged from tics, speech impairment to symptoms of and full autism. The discussions can be read in the transcript of the Simpsonwood Conference obtained by US organisaton SafeMinds under Freedom of Information.

Three years later Dr Thomas Verstraeten, MD, MSc  [now working for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Belgium] published a different paper in the journal Pediatrics: [“Safety of thimerosal-containing vaccines: a two-phased study of computerized health maintenance organization databases“.  Verstraeten T, Davis RL, DeStefano F, et al.  Pediatrics.2003; 112 :1039 –1048].   The new paper included another set of data from a third HMO, reorganised the criteria for inclusion of children and restructured the patient groupings, and  a less than statistically significant link was demonstrated. It was heavily criticised by campaigners and concerned experts. Verstraeten published a vigorous letter in his defence in which he rejected any suggestion of impropriety: [“Thimerosal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and GlaxoSmithKline“]: PEDIATRICS Vol. 113 No. 4 April 2004, pp. 932.

What can be said about this?  When Verstraeten was a public official working for the US CDC there was a serious problem.  When Verstraeten was working for GlaxoSmithKline there was no problem.

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 MORTALITY UK & USA.

Mercury in British Vaccines, Autism and Your Child’s Allergies

In addition to the new MMR vaccine, in 1990 infants were also “hit” with the “accelerated” DTP vaccine schedule – receiving three DTP shots – one each at 2, 3 and 4 months.  Prior to this the intervals were 3, 5 and 9 to 12 months of age. The DTP vaccine contained a highly neurotoxic ingredient.  The ingredient was an organo-mercury excipient called “Thiomersal” [“Thimerosal” in the USA].   Thiomersal is toxic in parts per billion – in extremely small dilutions. The vaccine was The Wellcome Foundation’s Trivax AD DTP vaccine. The Wellcome Foundation is now GlaxoSmithKline. Thiomersal was first introduced by pharmaceutical company Merck in the 1930s and was not clinically trialled for safety in use in vaccines.

Research shows that children with autism appear to have deficient mechanisms for expelling toxins like mercury and it accumulates in the body.

Revealed by ChildHealthSafety exclusively worldwide for the first time [22/Jan/09] information obtained under  the UK’s Freedom of Information confirms the British MHRA [Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency] has no data on how much Thiomersal was in Trivax AD DTP vaccine. Although the British DoH [Department of Health] claimed publicly to have known, that claim therefore appears incorrect.

Video: University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine – How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration

Your Child’s Allergies and Vaccines

Thiomersal is also known to induce allergy. Many children, in particular those with regressive autism, have serious problems with allergies.  Some have exceptionally high levels of IgE, [the allergic antibody immunoglobulin E].

Since the introduction of the accelerated DTP vaccination schedule in 1990 the prevalence of life-threatening food allergies in British children has also increased exponentially “Time trends in allergic disorders in the UK” R Gupta, A Sheikh, D P Strachan, H R Anderson, Thorax 2006;000:1–6.  Big rise in patients with deadly allergies – Jamie Doward, The Observer 16 Apr 2006.  Number of children treated for nut allergies soars Daniel Foggo, The Sunday Times April 2, 2006.

The date of the rise can be tracked back to 1990 using publicly available data. This increase has occurred in parallel with significant increases in other disorders like autism, asthma and childhood diabetes.

Thiomersal is a well recognised cause of allergies: [The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products – Medicines Evaluation Unit – Safety Working Party Assessment of the Toxicity of Thiomersal in Relation to Its Use in Medicinal Product SCPMP/SWP/I898/1998 – 8 September 1998].

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And again revealed exclusively worldwide by ChildHealthSafety [22/Jan/09] is the recent British 2006-7 Parliamentary session House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Report “Allergy” [6th Report of Sesssion] makes no mention whatsoever of Thiomersal in vaccines being a potential and possibly most likely cause of the exponential rise in childhood allergies which has occurred since 1990 in the UK.

The use of Thiomersal in other pharmaceuticals [eg. contact len cleaning fluid] has been strictly controlled in Europe: CPMP Position Paper on Thiomersal – Implementation of the Warning Statement Relating to Sensitisation. The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products London, 21 October 1999 CPMP/2612/99]

Thiomersal contains 50% by weight of mercury.  There is no safe limit – only a “permitted daily/weekly tolerable” limit.  This is measured in parts per million per kilogramme of body weight.  Those limits apply when ingested in food]. This neurotoxic organo-mercury compound was injected directly into infants’ bodies at a time their bodies and nervous systems were developing the most rapidly at any time in their lives. The amount of thiomersal claimed to be in Trivax AD DTP vaccine was 50 millionths of a gramme injected directly into the body.

A 4 kilo weight 2 month old baby would have received in one injection 63 times higher than the permitted tolerable daily intake in food set by the US Environmental protection Agency and the UK’s Committee on Toxicity.

To protect infants the PTWI set by the UK Committee on Toxicity for intake of mercury compounds in food for women who are pregnant, or who may become pregnant within the following year, or for breast-feeding mothers is one tenth of a millionth of gramme per kilogramme of body weight per day – for a 9 stone woman [57 kg] that is 5.7 millionths of a gram per day.

Calculation of an infant’s daily and overall body burden of toxic mercury must also include the burden from environmental pollution.  [Sources include mercury in the air from power station emissions and in fish as a result of oceanic pollution by anti-fouling applied to ships’ hulls.  Mercury is liquid at room temperature and evaporates forming a toxic vapour in the air].

Also revealed worldwide by ChildHealthSafety [22/Jan/09] is that the British Government also had no data on Thiomersal content of many other vaccines around that time and some had more than claimed by the British government was in DTP.  Examples are Duncan Flockhart’s DTP vaccine – 130 millionths of a gramme  thiomersal per millilitre and Lister Institute Pertussis vaccine – 120 mcg/ml Thiomersal.  Accordingly, this brings into question how much was in Trivax AD DTP vaccine.

The British Government also hid this lack of knowledge from Parliament.  A further revelation made exclusively worldwide by ChildHealthSafety [22/Jan/09] is that British Health Minister Hazel Blears MP misled the English Parliament in 2001 when she said in a Parliamentary answer that “All childhood vaccines licensed since 1986 which have ever contained thiomersal as an excipient are listed in the table” [to the answer]. [House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 3 Jul 2001 (pt 19)]. The table contained no such details and listed only those vaccines granted a licence in the UK since 1993.

Julie Kirkbride MP had asked for the “vaccines …. licensed since 1986 which contain thiomersal“.

If you are asked have you been licensed to drive your car since 2006, you will answer “yes” even if you have held a licence since 1980.  Blears’ answer was in fact the answer to the question of the “vaccines granted a licence since 1986 which contain Thiomersal”.

But, it seems mercury is not the only problem [See US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR – here Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action].

In Whom Can You Trust

The British Government

The British Government claims Thiomersal was phased out of its childhood vaccines in October 2004 [but vaccine stocks may have taken longer to run down and how safe is what has replaced it?].

A previously confidential 1991 internal Merck memorandum published by the USA’s  Los Angeles Times shows the UK authorities had then known about the problem and were privately expressing concern to the vaccine manufacturer about the presence of mercury in vaccines.  This was along with Sweden, Japan and Switzerland: [‘91 Memo Warned of Mercury in Shots – By Myron Levin – LA Times – February 08, 2005].

So why did they take 13 years to do something about it and why did they and do they continue to tell the British public there is and was no problem when they knew there was and is?  And as vaccines also alter the functioning of the immune system, the removal of Thiomersal may well not be the only factor affecting the increases in autism, asthma, allergies and childhood diabetes.  [see more below – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments].

Independent Medical Professional Organisations

The US Institutes of Medicine published a report in 2001 on whether MMR caused autism [Immunization Safety Review – Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autism].

The IOM committee held closed meetings to discuss the report’s content and before considering the evidence.  A transcript of a meeting on 12th January 2001 was disclosed in Court proceedings [US District Court of Texas, Eastern District; Case #5:03-CV-141].

Here are some quotes from the transcript:-

  • [the Centers for Disease Control] “wants us to declare, well, these things are pretty safe on a population basis.” [p33]
  • We said this before you got here, and I think we said this yesterday, the point of no return, the line we will not cross in public policy is to pull the vaccine, change the schedule. We could say it is time to revisit this, but we would never recommend that level.   Even recommending research is recommendations for policy.  We wouldn’t say compensate, we wouldn’t say pull the vaccine, we wouldn’t say stop the program.” [p74]
  • we are not ever going to come down that it is a true side effect,” [p97]
  • Chances are, when all is said and done, we are still going to be in this category. It is just a general feeling that we probably still are not going to be able to make a statement,” [p123]

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Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action

CDC Fraud Tax Dollars And Italian Vaccine Mercury Study

UK Residents – Write To Your Politicians – Do It Now!

Write to your Member of Parliament with the link to this page. 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 officials of the UK’s Department of Health to cause the human rights of 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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UK’s GMC, Dr Jayne Donegan’s Story, Vaccines & MMR

Junk Science? Junk Justice? Or Corruption In Medicine?

Here is the shocking story of how Dr Jayne Donegan was victimised by but won against the UK  General Medical Council and members of the UKs Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and all for giving accurate and truthful evidence in Court about vaccines and their hazards:-

Read Dr Donegan’s own account “My Experience with the General Medical Council

  • how some members of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation are so zealotic and unethical they are prepared to:
    • give inappropriate and misleading evidence on vaccines to the English Court;
    • this was just to ensure two little girls were vaccinated against the children’s and mothers wishes; and,
    • when that was not in the children’s best interests;
  • how the GMC prosecutor’s expert witness, Dr David Elliman, was prepared to twist the facts and give inappropriate and misleading evidence against Dr Donegan.  Dr Elliman:-
    • is a consultant paediatrician of Great Ormond St Childrens’ Hospital London, lifelong vaccination proponent, and sometime UK HPA spokesman on vaccination issues;
    • admitted under cross-examination that his expert evidence against Dr Donegan was “quibbling”;
    • spent 5 months preparing his expert evidence submitted to the General Medical Council hearing for the purpose of getting an honest doctor, Dr Donegan, struck off the medical register, when she had acted properly and appropriately at all times;
    • is the pediatric consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital leading the clinical team responsible for Children’s Services and for the care of “Baby P” [Peter Connelly,]  born March 2006 and who was killed on 3rd August 2007, by his mother’s boyfriend.  Baby P was abused between November 2006 and August 3 2007.   Baby P died 4 days before the GMC hearing in which Elliman was to be the expert witness against Dr Donegan was to commence;
    • considered that concerns of Consultants in his unit over potential risks to patients and thus patient safety, through issues of increased waiting times, through excessive workload, lack of follow-up appointments and the unavailability of notes did not affect patient safety. The official NHS London report into the matter concludes simply “that is a conclusion with which we would not agree”: Report on an investigation into allegations made by Dr Kim Holt, Consultant Community Paediatrician David Widdowson Nadia Persaud Bevan Brittan LLP December 2009.
  • how Dr Donegan was wholly exonerated in intensive three week legal proceeding before the UK’s General Medical Council
  • how Dr Donegan’s evidence was proven validly based on sound medical and scientific literature after detailed consideration of eight technical expert reports and nearly 400 technical and medical papers and references

 

Here are the Transcripts of the hearings:-

Day 1.pdf,         Day 2.pdf,        Day 3.pdf,        Day 4.pdf,       Day 5.pdf,

Day 6.pdf,         Day 7.pdf,        Day 8.pdf,        Day 9.pdf,       Day 10.pdf,

Day 11.pdf,       Day 12.pdf,      Day 13.pdf

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