The BIG Lie II – British Medical Journal Caught Out – Wakefield Fraud Allegations Based On Incorrect Information

We bring you somewhat remarkable information directly from Mr Brian Deer, the freelance journalist who recently published allegations of fraud in the British Medical Journal against Mr Andrew Wakefield. The fraud allegations concern a 1998 paper published in The Lancet medical journal by Mr Wakefield and a 12 strong multidisciplinary team of specialist medical professionals.

The new information shows that:

  • despite Mr Deer not having or using the correct records to justify the claims, he wrote a “peer reviewed” paper in the British Medical Journal which the BMJ reviewers passed and the BMJ published claiming fraud;
  • Mr Deer appears to lack an understanding of basic medical terms like “prospective developmental record” which was fundamental to a main issue in the fraud allegations

But first, something Mr Deer’s “investigative journalism” has not discovered about whether vaccines cause autistic conditions. If you read nothing else we strongly recommend you read this PDF Download:– Text of email from US HRSA to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News]. In it the US Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] state to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson

We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.

Despite all the lies and deceit by health official worldwide, the question was answered when the Hannah Poling story broke in the USA [see CHS article here]. Hannah developed an autistic condition after 9 vaccines administered the same day. Under the media spotlight the question was answered by numerous US health officials and agencies and broadcast on nationwide TV news from CBS and CNN. The answer is “Yes”. Full details with links to the original sources can be found in this CHS article: Vaccination Causes Autism – Say US Government & Merck’s Director of Vaccines. [Blue Text added 10 April 2011]

The British Medical Journal appears in a somewhat difficult position. After failures by Mr Deer to respond to queries about discrepancies in his work the BMJ issued a statement of an unusual kind for a medical scientific journal. This was posted on Mr Deer’s The Guardian Newspaper blog at 18:44 pm last night, Saturday. [see below for quoted full text]

The statement by Deputy Editor Ms Tricia Groves says in effect that Mr Deer’s paper was peer reviewed and if anyone did not like it they should sue the BMJ. This all it seems brings into serious question the standard of publishing in The British Medical Journal and the standards and quality of its “peer review”. It also appears to put to high a value on “peer review”. According to former BMJ Editor Richard Smith interviewed in the BMJ last year:-

Prepublication peer review is faith based not evidence based, and Sudlow’s story shows how it failed badly at Science. Her anecdote joins a mountain of evidence of the failures of peer review: it is slow, expensive, largely a lottery, poor at detecting errors and fraud, anti-innovatory, biased, and prone to abuse. (6 7) As two Cochrane reviews have shown, the upside is hard to demonstrate. (8 9) Yet people like Sudlow who are devotees of evidence persist in belief in peer review. Why?”

Richard Smith: Scrap peer review and beware of “top journals” 22 Mar, 10 | by julietwalker

Mr Deer has surfaced today on Dr David Gorski’s ORAC blog [see more below] having seemingly been hiding away and not answering questions about his paper for a number of days [Wakefield & MMR – Brian Deer Fails To Answer].

This is a follow-up to our story The BIG Lie – Wakefield Lancet Paper Alleged Fraud – Was Not Possible For Anyone To Commit.

Mr Deer claims to have “gone behind” the Lancet paper but has not seen the children’s prospective developmental records. These are fundamental to a main issue covered by the 1998 Royal Free Hospital team’s Lancet paper which he has gone into print on with the British Medical Journal Editors claiming fraud.

And of course that also confirms the use of the Red Books is not recent invention by anyone and that Mr Deer published his paper in the British Medical Journal knowing they existed, that they had been referred to in the GMC proceedings, but that Mr Deer had not seen those records or checked them before going into print.

Its a bit late for that now of course.

The paper was an “early report” to alert other medical professionals to a possible new bowel condition in children. The condition and developmental delays were associated by parents with the administration of the MMR vaccine – the 1998 paper faithfully recorded those concerns but made clear there was no causal association to the MMR vaccine proven and that further work was required.

Mr Deer has been describing himself as a “Sunday Times” journalist. However, the Sunday Times Legal Manager Alaistair Brett has said Mr Deer is not a Sunday Times journalist and that Mr Deer should not describe himself as such.

MR DEER DID NOT KNOW MEDICAL TERMS FUNDAMENTAL TO HIS ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD

Mr Deer’s recent posts [08:45 am and 12:14 pm London time] show the following:-

  • he does not understand basic medical terminology such as “prospective developmental records”
  • he did not know that the reference to “prospective developmental records” in the 1998 Royal Free Hospital team’s Lancet paper was to records in the Red Book – the book issued to all [nearly all] UK parents for GPs, clinics, nurses and health visitors to record the main developmental milestones of UK children
  • that he had not had seen these at any time – before or after he wrote his recent paper in the British Medical Journal upon which accusations of fraud are based
  • he did not know the Red Books of the UK Lancet children were used as to obtain the developmental histories of these children
  • the Red Books were not in the GMC proceedings [unsurprising as no parents were witnesses other than the one who was called by the prosecution but thought she was giving evidence for the Defendants]
  • the sworn evidence in the GMC hearing confirmed the Red Books were used by The Royal Free team for the prospective developmental records of the children and were relied on for and referred to in the 1998 Lancet paper specifically in that context

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL CLAMS UP

It is now no surprise why BMJ Deputy Editor Ms Tricia Groves last night posted a defensive comment on Brian Deer’s Guardian newspaper blog [see below for quoted full text]. This followed after a long period of silence from Mr Deer in the face of numerous requests for him to answer basic questions about his recent publications in the British Medical Journal.

Ms Groves said the paper was peer reviewed and if anyone did not like it they should sue the BMJ. That is of course an unacceptable position for any alleged-to-be peer reviewed science journal to take. No reasonable journal invites litigation. This suggests the BMJ is “running scared”. That is hardly surprising if Mr Deer did not know what the Red Book is nor what “prospective developmental records” means.

The whole purpose of publishing is to make a researcher’s work available for public scrutiny and review. Scientific peer review is the process which takes place following publication where a work is exposed to the scrutiny of scientific peers for replication or falsification. as a fundamental feature of the scientific method. The BMJ’s “peer review” is refereeing of manuscripts and not peer review in the scientific sense.

It therefore appears from Ms Groves intervention on Mr Deer’s Guardian blog that the BMJ is not prepared to accept any sound enquiry of Mr Deer’s paper or of the data behind it. That is ironic. Mr Deer claims that he went “behind” a paper for the first time and exposed what he claims are discrepancies. Now he calls for surprise audits of researchers’ work in his Sunday Times commentary last Sunday. And on his blog he claims that the medical establishment acted to prevent him exposing fraud in a Lancet paper published in 1998.

Hmmmm …….

It seems the BMJ might need to bring back their former Editor Richard Smith who wrote little over a year ago:

After 30 years of practicing peer review and 15 years of studying it experimentally, I’m unconvinced of its value. Its downside is much more obvious to me than its upside, and the evidence we have on peer review tends to support that jaundiced view. Yet peer review remains sacred, worshiped by scientists and central to the processes of science — awarding grants, publishing, and dishing out prizes.

In Search Of an Optimal Peer Review System Richard W. Smith Journal of Participatory Medicine Vol. 1, 2009 | October 21, 2009.

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Here is Deputy BMJ Editor Ms Trisha Groves comment last night on Mr Brian Deer’s The Guardian newspaper blog [and yes, she really did write “Brain” – obviously the BMJ think highly of Mr Deer]:-

trished

15 January 2011 8:44PM

Just a few clarifications:

1. Brain Deer’s articles for the BMJ were commissioned and peer reviewed, as stated clearly at the end of each article. For instance see http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5347.full which says at the end “Provenance and peer review: Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.”

2. The accompanying editorial was not peer reviewed – and that’s usual practice for in-house editorials.

3. Here is the BMJ policy on libel:

http://resources.bmj.com/bmj/authors/editorial-policies/libel

Competing interest: I’m a deputy editor at the BMJ.

Wakefield & MMR – Brian Deer Fails To Answer

STOP PRESS: After this posting went up at 18:44 London time and instead of answering Mr Deer has adopted the “My Big Sister” ploy. Ms Trisha Groves, Deputy Editor at the BMJ has commented on Mr Deer’s Guardian Blog instead of Mr Deer [@ 20:44 London time on a Saturday night!] as follows:-

trished

15 January 2011 8:44PM

Just a few clarifications:

1. Brain Deer’s articles for the BMJ were commissioned and peer reviewed, as stated clearly at the end of each article. For instance see http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5347.full which says at the end “Provenance and peer review: Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.”

2. The accompanying editorial was not peer reviewed – and that’s usual practice for in-house editorials.

3. Here is the BMJ policy on libel:

http://resources.bmj.com/bmj/authors/editorial-policies/libel

Competing interest: I’m a deputy editor at the BMJ.

THE ORIGINAL CHS ARTICLE NOW FOLLOWS

After publishing allegations of fraud in the British Medical Journal against the authors of The 1998 Royal Free Hospital teams’ Lancet paper, in the face of incisive criticism from many quarters journalist Brian Deer appears to have vanished from the web.

Mr Deer normally is very quick to post on blogs around the internet but he is not answering the criticisms of his work. This includes on his own blog in The Guardian newspaper which he was given this week and on The British Medical Journal’s responses.

No response has been received here on CHS, on Age of Autism, nor on blogs where Mr Deer regularly posts including the infamous LeftBrainRightBrain blog and even on ORAC’s blog [Dr David Gorski].

You can see criticisms posted at the following locations and there is no sign of any answer from Brian Deer so far.

ORAC [Dr David Gorki’s blog] responded to questions posted for Brian Deer by blocking CHS from his site. You are of course welcome to visit – links below – and ask Mr Deer to answer, to see the criticisms and find out if Brian Deer has answered anywhere.

If you find anywhere that Mr Deer has answered be sure to let us know.

DEER’S OWN BLOG ON THE GUARDIAN

“The medical establishment shielded Andrew Wakefield from fraud claims”

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL RESPONSES

Responses to “Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent

Responses to “The fraud behind the MMR scare

Responses to “How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed

Responses to “Secrets of the MMR scare : How the vaccine crisis was meant to make money

AGE OF AUTISM

Brian Deer Interviewed by Matt Lauer on Dateline NBC

Keeping Anderson Cooper Honest: Is Brian Deer The Fraud?

Brian Deer Hired to “Find Something Big” on MMR

Lancet 12 Parents Respond to Brian Deer BMJ GMC Allegations

Brian Deer in BMJ and Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s Response – AGE OF AUTISM

CHS

The BIG Lie – Wakefield Lancet Paper Alleged Fraud – Was Not Possible For Anyone To Commit

Wakefield & MMR – BRIAN DEER CANNOT TELL US WHERE THE FRAUD IS

Wakefield & MMR – Is Brian Deer “A Brick Short of A Load” [As The British Say]

LEFTBRAINRIGHTBRAIN COMMENTS

Fact checking Brian Deer on Andrew Wakefield

The Big Lie – what Andrew Wakefield did was possible and fraudulent

ORAC

The Vaccine Times: For parents, by parents

Misdirected criticism by someone from whom I would never have expected it

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Wakefield & MMR – BRIAN DEER CANNOT TELL US WHERE THE FRAUD IS

What is behind Brian Deer’s allegations of fraud against Dr Andrew Wakefield now published in The British Medical Journal?

Wakefield published the data and results provided to him by the team of specialists on the Royal Free team. If Brian Deer or the BMJ wanted to cry “fraud” they should have compared the data and results provided to Wakefield by his colleagues with what is in the 1998 Lancet paper.

Deer instead throughout has taken quotes here and there from GP notes and reports of parents instead. That is not “going behind” the paper to uncover fraud. These are also documents which can be wrong, have information missing or not recorded or incorrectly recorded. Also, in the UK a family doctor is called “GP” which means a “General Practitioner” – not a specialist. Further Deer obtained the documents in litigation and it is illegal under English law for him, The Sunday Times and The British Medical Journal to use them as they all have been doing in any event.

Here is the example of CHILD 8 from the paper. We have picked this child’s case because she is the clearest example on this point. We also provide examples of Child 1 and 11. We have also invited Deer and his followers to explain for the rest of the children – none of them have taken up this kind invitation [see more below].

Brian Deer has been challenged to show us all where the fraud is and he has not done it [see more below]. And he compares the wrong information with The Lancet paper and he relies solely on his personal non expert interpretation of complex medical documents – not a single expert has come forward to validate his claims – it is clear now that not even the British Medical Journal checked Deer’s facts.

As Posted by ChildHealthSafety on Age of Autism

On a blog on which Brian Deer posts regularly and in comments Deer himself posted just yesterday, CHS has challenged Deer and his followers to come up with justification for the allegations of fraud.

So far they cannot do it and Deer has provided no answers.

Child 8 and Child 11 have been covered. There are 10 more to go.

This is what the 1998 Royal Free Lancet paper said about all the Lancet 12 children:-

they had “a history of normal development followed by loss of acquired skills”.

That was a main issue The 1998 Royal Free Lancet paper was reporting on scientifically and medically. It also states clearly it was an “early report” and called for further investigation.

For Child 8 specifically the Lancet paper stated:-

Prospective developmental records showed satisfactory achievement of early milestones in all children. The only girl (child number eight) was noted to be a slow developer compared to her older sister.”

WHERE IS THE FRAUD?

COMPARE – the General Medical Council hearing transcripts.

CHILD 8

These show what the specialist developmental pediatrician said on 23 December 1994 taken from the prior clinical records just over one month before Child 8 had her MMR vaccination on 27th January 1995.

I felt that her abilities, although delayed on the average age of attainment were not outside the range of normal. Her growth has been satisfactory.” [Day 29 page 3H to 4A].

This specialist was not any part of the Royal Free team and was part of the normal UK NHS health service.

CHILD 8′s Timeline [added 17:15 13 Jan 2011]

May 1994 age 10.5 months:

“There were no neurological abnormalities and I felt that her development was within normal limits”

17 months of age:

“The problems that her mother perceives are failure to progress past developmental milestones.”

23 December 1994 (approx 18 months) – developmental pediatrician wrote:

“I felt that her abilities, although delayed on the average age of attainment were not outside the range of normal. Her growth has been satisfactory.”

27 January, 1995: MMR vaccination

17 February 1995: The developmental pediatrician writes three weeks after MMR:

“When I reviewed her in clinic recently I confirmed that she is globally developmentally delayed, functioning at about a one year level on Denver Developmental Assessment. …… General examination is unremarkable. There were no neurological abnormalities other than the developmental delay.”

CHILD 11

There are no notes for Child 11. Child 11 was not included although briefly mentioned.

Everything is based on Brian Deer’s personal word and there are no documents or other substantiation for it.

This is bizarre. And we still have 10 Lancet children left to cover on the blog.

We keep asking Deer and his acolytes where the fraud is. They and Brian Deer so far have not come up with any.

So what did the British Medical Journal think it was playing at when it cried “fraud”. And that claim is defamatory of all the other 12 doctors named as authors on the 1998 Lancet paper because it was they and not Andrew Wakefield who produced the data and results reported.

If you want to know the truth, read Chaptera 2 and 12 of Andrew Wakefield’s book Callous Disregard [Click here to buy from www.callous-disregard.com].

If you want to see for yourself Brian Deer failing to answer, here it is:-

Fact checking Brian Deer on Andrew Wakefield

[FOLLOWING ADDED 13:15 13 th Jan 2011]

CHILD 1

Here is another example of Deer’s evidence of “fraud”.

“Professor” Brian Deer implies in his recent publication in the British Medical Journal that Child 1 may have had symptoms of an autistic condition aged 9 months – well before the MMR vaccination:

One of the mother’s concerns was that he could not hear properly—which might sound like a hallmark presentation of classical autism, the emergence of which is often insidious.

But what Deer fails to disclose is that review of the additional GP records (not available to the Royal Free team at the time of writing The Lancet paper) shows that Deer failed to mention the entry documenting his mother’s concerns about Child 1’s hearing, her additional concern was about a discharge from Child 1’s left ear. This concern is not suggestive of an incipient developmental disorder but of an ear infection. But “Professor” Deer decides in his inuendoed non expert opinion it did. But this would have been sufficient reason for his mother to express possible concerns about Child 1’s hearing. Here we have an example of Deer’s selective reporting of results that were not available to the authors of The Lancet paper at the material time. Throughout his reporting, Deer appears to rely selectively on such “facts” that support his premise that Wakefield perpetrated a fraud.

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s book, Callous Disregard is published by Skyhorse Publishing. Click here to buy from www.callous-disregard.com.

Read about the deception, inconsistencies, and intrigue behind the General Medical Council proceedings in the United Kingdom. Who wanted to see Andy Wakefield silenced – and why?

Media Contact: callousdisregard@gmail.com

Wakefield says:-

If autism does not affect your family now, it will. If something does not change—and change soon—this is almost a mathematical certainty. This book affects you also. It is not a parochial look at a trivial medical spat in the United Kingdom, but dispatches from the battlefront in a major confrontation—a struggle against compromise in medicine, corruption of science, and a real and present threat to children in the interests of policy and profit. It is a story of how ‘the system’ deals with dissent among its doctors and scientists.”

 

Vaccines-Cause-Autism War Is Over

EDITORIAL

No one has to prove vaccines cause autism anymore.  The war is nearly over.  What is left is to mop up and clear the diehards from their bunkers.

Is this a premature declaration of ‘VCH Day’ – Victory for Child Health?.  It may not be.

But the latest evidence suggests the opposition is in its dying gasps.  What key events are bringing the war to an end?

First, do vaccines cause autistic conditions?  If you read nothing else we strongly recommend you read this: PDF Download – Text of May 5th 2008 email from US HRSA to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News].  In it the US Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] state to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson

We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.

Despite all the lies and deceit by health official worldwide, the question “do vaccines cause autism” was answered after the Hannah  Poling story broke in the USA in February 2008 [see CHS article here].  Hannah developed an autistic condition after 9 vaccines administered the same day.  Under the media spotlight numerous US health officials and agencies conceded on broadcast US nationwide TV news from CBS and CNN. Full details with links to the original sources can be found in this CHS article: Vaccination Causes Autism – Say US Government & Merck’s Director of Vaccines. [Blue Text added 10 April 2011]

Making Absurd Claims of Fraud

The dying gasps are shown by the British Medical Journal Editor Dr Fiona Godlee and colleague’s efforts in publishing the absurdly false claim of “an elaborate fraud” that Dr Wakefield “altered numerous facts about the patients’ medical histories in order to support his claim to have identified a new syndromewhen completely impossible for Wakefield or anyone else to have done that.

For more details read our The BIG Liearticle: The BIG Lie – Wakefield Lancet Paper Alleged Fraud – Was Not Possible For Anyone To Commit.

What Are The Key Events?

Why does no one have to prove vaccines cause autism anymore?

The key events are set out here, but there is much more to a story which can be told more fully another time and many more players and many not mentioned here who have sacrificed much for all our children.

First in February 2008, award winning best selling author David Kirby broke the story of the case of Hannah Poling and how the US Department of Health and Human Services secretly conceded [ie. there was no need for a hearing] in a US Federal Court case that Hannah’s symptoms of autism were caused by the nine vaccines [ie. not just MMR] which she received in one day [The Vaccine-Autism Court Document Every American Should Read – David Kirby – Huffington Post – February 26, 2008].

Then there were public statements by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) broadcast by Sharyl Attkisson on CBS News in the US.  These were about 1322 cases of vaccine injury compensation settled out of court by the US Government in unpublished settlements:-

We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.

Vaccine Case: An Exception Or A Precedent? – First Family To Have Autism-Related Case “Conceded” Is Just One Of Thousands – CBS News By Sharyl Attkisson WASHINGTON, March 6, 2008

[see text of email exchanges between US HRSA and Attkisson – attached]:-

Then it was Dr Sanjay Gupta’s interview with CDC Director Julie Gerberding on CNN in which Gerberding confirmed vaccinations could cause autistic conditions:

Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.

HOUSE CALL WITH DR. SANJAY GUPTA – Unraveling the Mystery of Autism; Talking With the CDC Director; Stories of Children with Autism; Aging with Autism – Aired March 29, 2008 – 08:30

Next came Dr Bernadine Healy a former Director of the US National Institutes of Health, responsible for US$ 30.5 billion annual budget expenditure on health research.  Healy in a CBS interview with Sharyl Attkisson confirmed it was premature to dismiss the link between vaccinations and autistic conditions:-

I think that the public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as irrational,” Healy said.

“But public health officials have been saying they know, they’ve been implying to the public there’s enough evidence and they know it’s not causal,” Attkisson said.

“I think you can’t say that,” Healy said. “You can’t say that.”

CBS News Exclusive: Leading Dr.: Vaccines-Autism Worth Study Former Head Of NIH Says Government Too Quick To Dismiss Possible Link – WASHINGTON, May 12, 2008

Dr Healy is is a Harvard and Johns Hopkins educated physician, cardiologist and former head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has been a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, professor and dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at the Ohio State University, and served as president of the American Red Cross.

But before any of that the “its all genetic” weapon was disarmed when it was confirmed the large increases in autistic conditions cannot be being caused by genetics.  This came from Dr Francis Collins the current 16th Director of the US$ 30.5 billion annual budget US National Institutes of Health and a leading medical doctor and geneticist who led the Human Genome Project.  When Director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute Collins confirmed in public to the US House of Representatives in May 2006 that recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity and autism must have an environmental [external] cause and cannot be purely genetically [internally] caused conditions:

Recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity or autism cannot be due to major shifts in the human gene pool as those changes take much more time to occur. They must be due to changes in the environment, including diet and physical activity, which may produce disease in genetically predisposed persons.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.,
Evidence to US House of Representatives Committee May 2006

They are powerful statements – no one can unsay what has been said any more than they can unpublish what is now published in leading mainstream medical journals.

The 2010 Coup de Grâce [Death Blow]

Why else does no one have to prove vaccines cause autism anymore?

These mainstream journals now confirm what Mr Andrew Wakefield and the Royal Free Team of specialists found in the Lancet paper in 1998, particularly:-

  • the JAMA paper 1 Dec 2010 confirms Gerberding’s claim to CNN that Hannah Poling’s mitochondrial dysfunction was “rare” is not true and that mitochondrial disorders are common in autistic children but not in non autistic: Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism JAMA. 2010;304(21):2389-2396. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1706

Hannah Poling’s mitochondrial dysfunction following vaccination led to her autistic condition for which she was awarded a US$20 million lifetime settlement just last year in a case the US Government did not contest but settled out of court: Court Awards Over $20 Million for Vaccine-Caused Autism – PR Newswire (press release) – ‎Sep 15, 2010‎

End of The War

There is nothing more to prove.

It is also more than obvious from our “The BIG Lie” article that the British Medical Journal published fraud claims on 6th January which are unsupportable.  Using the “fraud” word for the British is a last gasp effort.  Wakefield was down but not out.  People were still listening to him.  The Medical Establishment had to do more.

But what happened? Unlike the USA and other countries, the British media are not running stories about these claims.

Following information provided to UK media including BBC and ITN broadcast news during the afternoon of 5th January – BMJ’s story was shut down on 6th. The only exceptions appear to be the Daily Telegraph [after apparently declining the offer of information about risk of contempt of court] and briefly on the morning of 6th January, Sky News.

The Press Association’s English operation it seems has [according to a parent who contacted them on the matter a.m. on 6th January] decided they “were not going to develop the story any further for the time being” on legal advice. The BMJ/Deer claims were considered defamatory of all the Royal Free team doctors [in addition to the legal contempt issues].

The legal blackout is confirmed in that yesterday the Sunday Times published a Deer story which said pretty much no more than that the BMJ had published fraud claims but did not go into details.

All of the allegations made in the BMJ had been dealt with in Wakefield’s book, yet Wakefield was not contacted for comment by BMJ nor did the Deer story address the fact that his new claims have already been answered. Deer now also claims in the Sunday Times that he insisted the BMJ check his facts. It is obvious they did not from our The BIG Lie” article, as does further analysis of what they published.

BMJ Editor’s Vision for Tackling the “MMR Scare”

Dr Godlee, born August 4, 1961, was appointed editor of the British Medical Journal in 2005.  This was 5 months following setting out her vision for dealing with the “MMR Scare“. Before her appointment Dr Godlee, when Head of “BMJ Knowledge” gave a presentation to the British National Formulary “The next MMR – could we do better?”

Over five years later, she has failed to deal with the existing “MMR Scare” let alone the “next” one.  Worse still, as the science has unfolded it turns out it is not just the MMR vaccine which causes children to develop autistic conditions.

Godlee’s presentation concluded with what she said was needed:

  • Better data on adverse effects
  • Balance between benefits and harms
  • Surveillance and follow up by an independent body
  • High standards of editorial judgement and accountability
  • Awareness of competing interest at all levels
  • More distance between journals
  • Greater public understanding of risk
  • Two way conversation as part of healthy democracy

How much of her plan has been achieved?  None of it.

What would have happened if it had been implemented 5 years ago?  Hundreds of thousands of children around the world would not today be autistic and there are still more to become so, before the bunkers are cleared of the zealots who would vaccinate anything they could get their hands on regardless of harm caused.

The BIG Lie – Wakefield Lancet Paper Alleged Fraud – Was Not Possible For Anyone To Commit

Central to the latest claims of journalist Brian Deer published in the British Medical Journal 6th January is the allegation that Dr Wakefield “altered numerous facts about the patients’ medical histories in order to support his claim to have identified a new syndrome.

What Deer and the BMJ fail to point out is that not only did Wakefield not produce the results, which were the work of a team of 12 other specialists at the Royal Free Hospital, London, England but that:-

It was not possible for Wakefield or anyone else to falsify the prior clinical records of the children because no one at the Royal Free Hospital London had themnor is it normal practice for them to have had them. So there could be no fraud over “altering” those histories. It just was not possible.

And do vaccines cause autistic conditions? If you read nothing else we strongly recommend you read this: PDF Download – Text of May 5th 2008 email from US HRSA to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News]. In it the US Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] state to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson

We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.

Despite all the lies and deceit by health official worldwide, the question “do vaccines cause autism” was answered after the Hannah Poling story broke in the USA in February 2008 [see CHS article here]. Hannah developed an autistic condition after 9 vaccines administered the same day. Under the media spotlight numerous US health officials and agencies conceded on broadcast US nationwide TV news from CBS and CNN. Full details with links to the original sources can be found in this CHS article: Vaccination Causes Autism – Say US Government & Merck’s Director of Vaccines. [Blue Text added 10 April 2011]

Deer’s claims focus on what he claims to be discrepancies between:

  • clinical medical histories taken at the Royal Free Hospital and
  • the NHS/General Practitioner and other records of the child patients concerned taken over some years by various different family doctors and other child health professionals (eg. health visitors).

Deer and BMJ fail to make clear that

  • as is common and normal practice those records were not provided to the Royal Free Team
  • it is normal practice to take a medical history afresh – with only the referral letter from a patient’s family doctor setting out relevant prior clinical history.
  • a child’s history is taken from accounts given by the parents
  • where a history is taken from a parent it common for that parent to be unaware of what a GP may have entered [and probably more importantly, failed to enter] in prior NHS & in other child records and medical notes
  • those records and notes [which can be created over years by numerous individuals] may not be reliable – hence the need to take a clinical history afresh
  • the Royal Free diagnoses were made independently and afresh by specialists in their fields who would not rely on prior diagnoses of GPs or others – for obvious reasons
Further, the Royal Free clinical histories were taken not by Wakefield but by the then world leading gastroenterologist Professor John Walker Smith – who was also accused and found guilty by the General Medical Council and who is appealing to the English High Court.

Over and above all this, as no parent was called by the GMC prosecutor in the GMC hearings [bar the one who thought the evidence was given for the Defendants’ benefit], there has been no opportunity for the parents to answer Mr Deer’s allegations or to challenge what he says nor has there been any proper full examination of these cherry-picked allegations, nor any opportunity for any claims now being made to be subject to cross-examination and independent investigation.

Additionally, one of the witnesses in the GMC proceedings against Dr Wakefield writing to the British Medical Journal confirmed the validity of the histopathology on which the paper was based and illustrated how Sunday Times journalist Brian Deer had misrepresented her evidence. Dr Susan E Davies, Consultant Histopathologist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge stated in the British Medical Journal regarding a BMJ article by Brian Deer that:

There is some misrepresentation …. and lack of understanding of the process in studies involving histopathology.” and that there were significant findings “While a clinical gastroenterologist might consider caecal active inflammation with incipient crypt abscess formation to be normal in children (1), this is a significant finding to be recorded by pathologists“ Caution in assessing histopathological opinions.” BMJ Rapid Responses 30 April 2010.

The other significant flaw in these lies is that if the paper were a fraud, how is it that the findings are now being accepted by the US Government and mainstream medicine.

Nowhere is this made clearer than in the US National Autism Association’s News Release 5th January exclusively to the UK media [full text & full references pasted below]:-

In summary what NAA state in their UK news release is that if the 1998 Lancet paper’s results were faked how is it that now Dr Wakefield’s work is being proven right:-

  • US Government health officials have admitted vaccines [and not just the MMR vaccine] cause autistic conditions;
  • the US Federal Court has ordered substantial compensation for children whose autistic conditions were caused by vaccines;
  • papers published independently in mainstream leading medical journals confirm, just as Dr Wakefield found in 1998, that autistic children suffer serious bowel disease when their non autistic contemporaries do not.

See also [posted 7 Jan]:

CNN Interview – Andrew Wakefield Replies to Autism Fraud Allegations

____________________________________________________

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – REBUTTAL

January 5th 2011 – Nixa, Missouri USA/ British Medical Journal claims to be published Friday 6th January 2011 that the suggestion of a possible link between vaccines, bowel conditions and autistic conditions in children was “an elaborate fraud” are directly contradicted by:-

[Full details to following in “Notes to Editors” below and .pdf attached]
  • public statements by officials of US Federal Agencies made on US national news broadcast television that vaccines in general [ie not just the MMR vaccine] can cause autistic conditions;

  • by a line of recent mainstream research papers showing that
    • instead of being rare as claimed by government health officials autistic children are more likely to have mitochondrial dysfunctions which can lead to autistic conditions following vaccination
    • and by the latest medical research [including Jan 2010 Pediatrics] and by a substantial body of prior peer reviewed papers showing that autistic children have substantially higher rates of bowel disease than other children

      • this published medical evidence confirms the early report in The Lancet medical journal in 1998 by a 13 strong team of medical experts from the internationally renowned Royal Free Hospital London.

  • by three US Federal court decisions Poling, Zeller and Banks that vaccines have been proven to have caused autistic conditions:-
    • [NB These are in addition to 1322 cases of serious brain injuries and medical conditions caused by vaccines which the US HRSA admits compensating. It is troubling that children susceptible to serious vaccine injury are not being screened out of the vaccine programmes and nothing is being done to save such children.]

Wendy Fournier of the US National Autism Association said:

Despite mounting scientific evidence worldwide confirming the presence of serious bowel disease in some children diagnosed with autism and evidence of a causal association with vaccines, health officials and medical professionals internationally continue to spin, deny and suppress the evidence,” said NAA president Wendy Fournier. ”This latest attack by the UK medical profession through a journalist, who apparently has no source of income besides stories about Andrew Wakefield, is a continuing denial and failure to investigate either the contrary evidence that exists or the clinical histories of millions of children currently diagnosed with autism worldwide.”

One in 64 British children and one in 110 children in the US are now diagnosed with autism. ”Increasing rates of autism in children are out of control,” commented Ms. Fournier. ”Despite this pandemic, health officials and medical professionals continue to bury their heads in the sand while children and families suffer. The link between vaccines and the development of autism in susceptible individuals is not going away, because the children are not going away.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

Now follow

  • Public Statements By US Agencies And Officials confirming autistic conditions are caused by vaccines
  • Details of US Federal Court cases finding autistic conditions caused by vaccines
  • research confirming the 1998 Lancet paper early study highlighting a link between autistic conditions and serious bowel conditions was correct

________________________________________________
Public Statements By US Agencies & Officials:-

1) The current President of Merck’s Vaccines Division, Julie Gerberding confirmed vaccines can cause autism to CBS News when she was Director of the US $ 11 billion pa budget US Centers for Disease Control in relation to the case of Hannah Poling [a 9 year old US girl awarded US$ 20 million compensation in 2010 over her lifetime for autistic condition caused by 9 vaccines administered in one day] that:

Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.

HOUSE CALL WITH DR. SANJAY GUPTA – Unraveling the Mystery of Autism; Talking With the CDC Director; Stories of Children with Autism; Aging with Autism – Aired March 29, 2008 – 08:30

A new paper in Journal of American Medical Association confirms [contrary to US health officials claims] that mitochondrial dysfunction is not rare but common in children like 9 year old US girl Hannah Poling. The new paper confirms these children:

were more likely to have mitochondrial dysfunction, mtDNA overreplication, and mtDNA deletions than typically developing children.

Mitochondrial Dysfunction in AutismJAMA. 2010;304(21):2389-2396. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1706

That this can occur was also confirmed in a peer reviewed medical paper about Hannah Poling’s condition in the Journal of Child Neurology which 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.

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

It was conceded by US officials that Hannah Poling had a mitochondrial dysfunction.

2) That Autistic conditions can result from vaccination was confirmed by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News in relation to 1322 cases of vaccine injury compensation settled out of court by the US Government in unpublished settlements [see text of email exchanges between US HRSA and Attkisson – attached]:-

We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.

Vaccine Case: An Exception Or A Precedent? – First Family To Have Autism-Related Case “Conceded” Is Just One Of Thousands – CBS News By Sharyl Attkisson WASHINGTON, March 6, 2008

It should be noted that the US Government admits to compensating 1322 children who developed very serious medical conditions following brain damage caused by vaccines.

3) Dr Bernadine Healy a former Director of the US National Institutes of Health, responsible for US$ 30.5 billion annual budget expenditure on health research stated to CBS news:-

I think that the public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as irrational,” Healy said.

“But public health officials have been saying they know, they’ve been implying to the public there’s enough evidence and they know it’s not causal,” Attkisson said.

“I think you can’t say that,” Healy said. “You can’t say that.”

CBS News Exclusive: Leading Dr.: Vaccines-Autism Worth Study Former Head Of NIH Says Government Too Quick To Dismiss Possible Link – WASHINGTON, May 12, 2008

Dr Healy is is a Harvard and Johns Hopkins educated physician, cardiologist and former head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has been a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, professor and dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at the Ohio State University, and served as president of the American Red Cross.

4) And the large increases in autistic conditions cannot be being caused by genetics was confirmed by Dr Francis Collins the current 16th Director of the US$ 30.5 billion annual budget US National Institutes of Health and a leading medical doctor and geneticist who led the Human Genome Project.

When Director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute Collins confirmed in public to the US House of Representatives in May 2006 that recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity and autism must have an environmental [external] cause and cannot be purely genetically [internally] caused conditions:

Recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity or autism cannot be due to major shifts in the human gene pool as those changes take much more time to occur. They must be due to changes in the environment, including diet and physical activity, which may produce disease in genetically predisposed persons. Therefore, GEI will also invest in innovative new technologies/sensors to measure environmental toxins, dietary intake and physical activity, and using new tools of genomics, proteomics, and understanding metabolism rates to determine an individual’s biological response to those influences.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.,
Evidence to US House of Representatives Committee May 2006

________________________________________________
US Federal Court Cases
The US Federal Court has found in three cases made public that vaccines can cause autistic conditions in children. Brief summaries appear below and .pdfs of the court decisions are attached.

Summaries:-

1) Hannah Poling – The US Department of Health and Human Services settled the US Federal Court claims of this 9 year old girl in a sealed [secret] settlement in 2008. The DHHS experts conceded the case without a hearing claiming her mitochondrial dysfunction was “rare”. Recent research shows that mitochondrial dysfunction is not rare but common in autistic children compared to non autistic children.

Hannah Poling developed an autistic condition after being administered 9 vaccines in one day. She has recently been awarded US$ 20 million over her lifetime. Her father Jon is a medical doctor at Johns Hopkins University USA and her mother is a former nurse:-

Court Awards Over $20 Million for Vaccine-Caused Autism – PR Newswire (press release) – ?Sep 15, 2010?

Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award – CBS News September 9, 2010

2) Bailey Banks:-

Autistic conditions can result from acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following MMR vaccination as held by the US Federal Court in the case of Bailey Banks. British Health Minister misled the English Parliament when she claimed in a written Parliamentary answer that Bailey Banks did not have an autistic condition.

Bailey Banks developed PDD-NOS – an autistic condition following from his MMR vaccination. Bailey Bank’s diagnosis follows US terminology under DSM IV for what is called in the rest of the world “Autistic Spectrum Disorder” under the International Classification of Disease. [Banks v. HHS (Case 02-0738V, 2007 U.S. Claims LEXIS 254, July 20, 2007)].

In his conclusion, US Federal Court Special Master Abell ruled that Petitioners had proven that the MMR had directly caused a brain inflammation illness called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) which, in turn, had caused the autism spectrum disorder PDD-NOS in the child:

The Court found that Bailey’s ADEM was both caused-in-fact and proximately caused by his vaccination. It is well-understood that the vaccination at issue can cause ADEM, and the Court found, based upon a full reading and hearing of the pertinent facts in this case, that it did actually cause the ADEM. Furthermore, Bailey’s ADEM was severe enough to cause lasting, residual damage, and retarded his developmental progress, which fits under the generalized heading of Pervasive Developmental Delay, or PDD [ED NOTE: an autism spectrum disorder]. The Court found that Bailey would not have suffered this delay but for the administration of the MMR vaccine, and that this chain of causation was… a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to Pervasive Developmental Delay.

[Banks v. HHS (Case 02-0738V, 2007 U.S. Claims LEXIS 254, July 20, 2007)].

But here is what British Health Minister Dawn Primarolo stated in the English Parliament:-

Ms Primarolo claimed Bailey Banks whose autistic condition was caused by vaccines and won his case in the US Federal Court on that basis was not diagnosed with autism. Minister Primarolo is also reported to have been sending out the same information in written replies to enquiries from British MPs made on behalf of constituents.

The written answer: MMR Vaccine appears in Hansard, the official record of proceedings in the English Parliament of 18 Mar 2009 : Column 1229W. The full text of the exchange from Hansard:

MMR Vaccine

Mark Pritchard:To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the implications of the decision in the US case of Bailey Banks v. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for his Department’s policy on the MMR vaccine. [263933]

Dawn Primarolo:In 2007 the United States Court of Federal Claims made a ruling in favour of compensation to the father of Bailey Banks for his non-autistic developmental delay as a result of Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following receipt of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. ADEM is an extremely rare condition that has been reported after rabies, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, smallpox, MMR, Japanese B encephalitis, pertussis, influenza and hepatitis B vaccines. The Bailey Banks case has no implications for MMR vaccine policy.

3) Ben Zeller

In the US Federal Court case of Ben Zeller, this boy was proven to have suffered a 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

________________________________________________
Research confirming

  • that Hannah Poling’s mitochondrial dysfunction which can result in autistic conditions following vaccination is not rare but common in autistic children
  • the 1998 Lancet paper early study highlighting a link between autistic conditions and serious bowel conditions was correct

________________________________________________
1) Mitochondrial Dysfunction Not Rare

A – New Paper 1st December 2010 – Journal of American Medical Association:-

Mitochondrial Dysfunction in AutismJAMA. 2010;304(21):2389-2396. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1706

This confirms [contrary to US health officials claims] that mitochondrial dysfunction is not rare but common in children like 9 year old US girl Hannah Poling. The new paper confirms these children:

were more likely to have mitochondrial dysfunction, mtDNA overreplication, and mtDNA deletions than typically developing children.

This paper was reported by Reuters –

Cells’ ‘power plants’ damaged in some autistic kids – By Frederik Joelving NEW YORK | Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:15pm EST

B – Journal of Neuroinflammation. 2010 Nov 17;7:80. – Mitochondrial DNA and anti-mitochondrial antibodies in serum of autistic children.

Abstract

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by difficulties in communication, cognitive and learning deficits, as well as stereotypic behaviors. For the majority of cases there are no reliable biomarkers or distinct pathogenesis. However, increasing evidence indicates ASD may be associated with some immune dysregulation, and may have a neuroimmune component. We recently showed that the peptide neurotensin (NT) is increased in autistic children. We now show that NT induces release of extracellular mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that could act as “autoimmune” trigger. We further show that serum from young autistic patients contains mtDNA (n = 20; cytochrome B, p = 0.0002 and 7S, p = 0.006), and anti-mitochondrial antibody Type 2 (n = 14; p = 0.001) as compared to normally developing, unrelated controls (n = 12). Extracellular blood mtDNA and other components may characterize an autistic endophenotype and may contribute to its pathogenesis by activating autoimmune responses.

________________________________________________
2) Bowel Illness Far More Common In Autistic Children

PUBLISHED 4TH JANUARY 2010 – Pediatrics – Medical Consensus Report –

PEDIATRICS Vol. 125 Supplement January 2010, pp. S1-S18 (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1878C)
Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders in Individuals With ASDs: A Consensus Report

“Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are common and clinically heterogeneousneurodevelopmental disorders. Gastrointestinal disorders andassociated symptoms are commonly reported in individuals withASDs, but key issues such as the prevalence and best treatmentof these conditions are incompletely understood. A central difficultyin recognizing and characterizing gastrointestinal dysfunctionwith ASDs is the communication difficulties experienced by manyaffected individuals. A multidisciplinary panel reviewed themedical literature with the aim of generating evidence-basedrecommendations for diagnostic evaluation and management ofgastrointestinal problems in this patient population.”


Pediatrics.
2009 Mar;123(3):1018-24. Distinct genetic risk based on association of MET in families with co-occurring autism and gastrointestinal conditions.

In addition to the core behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, many patients present with complex medical conditions including gastrointestinal dysfunction. ….. On the basis of these functions, we hypothesized that association of the autism spectrum disorder-associated MET promoter variant may be enriched in a subset of individuals with co-occurring autism spectrum disorder and gastrointestinal conditions.”

“RESULTS: In the entire 214-family sample, the MET rs1858830 C allele was associated with both autism spectrum disorder and gastrointestinal conditions.”

FROM IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON:- J Proteome Res. 2010 Jun 4;9(6):2996-3004. Urinary metabolic phenotyping differentiates children with autism from their unaffected siblings and age-matched controls.

These biochemical changes are consistent with some of the known abnormalities of gut microbiota found in autistic individuals and the associated gastrointestinal dysfunction and may be of value in monitoring the success of therapeutic interventions.”

CNN Interview – Andrew Wakefield Replies to Autism Fraud Allegations

See Andrew Wakefield responding on CNN TV to fraud allegations published in the British Medical Journal  6th January 2010 [or he tries to – if it were not for the CNN interviewer Anderson Cooper constantly interrupting, bombarding with new and different questions  and changing the subject every time Wakefield  makes a direct hit]. Anderson Cooper notably becomes less and less aggressive as the interview goes on and as Wakefield makes his points.

See also REBUTTAL OF AUTISM FRAUD CLAIMS IN BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL – NAA UK NEWS RELEASE

And it now turns out the allegations are yet another a rehash of journalist Brian Deer’s old work and not independent work of the BMJ.

Rebuttal of Autism Fraud Claims in British Medical Journal – NAA UK NEWS RELEASE & Science – Vaccines Caused Autism

The following powerful rebuttal of British Medical Journal allegations that Dr Andrew Wakefield falsified research in a paper published in The Lancet Medical journal in 1998 was issued by the US National Autism Association in a news release exclusively for the UK media.

The BMJ claim results were faked so Dr Wakefield could suggest a link between vaccines, autistic conditions and bowel disease in children.

NAA state that if the results were faked how is it that now Dr Wakefield’s work is being proven right:-

  • US Government health officials have admitted vaccines [and not just the MMR vaccine] cause autistic conditions;
  • the US Federal Court has ordered substantial compensation for children whose autistic conditions were caused by vaccines;
  • papers published independently in mainstream leading medical journals confirm, just as Dr Wakefield found in 1998, that autistic children suffer serious bowel disease when their non autistic contemporaries do not.

See also [posted 7 Jan]:

CNN Interview – Andrew Wakefield Replies to Autism Fraud Allegations

____________________________________________________

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – REBUTTAL

January 5th 2011 – Nixa, Missouri USA/ British Medical Journal claims to be published Friday 6th January 2011 that the suggestion of a possible link between vaccines, bowel conditions and autistic conditions in children was “an elaborate fraud” are directly contradicted by:-

[Full details to following in “Notes to Editors” below and .pdf attached]
  • public statements by officials of US Federal Agencies made on US national news broadcast television that vaccines in general [ie not just the MMR vaccine] can cause autistic conditions;

  • by a line of recent mainstream research papers showing that
    • instead of being rare as claimed by government health officials autistic children are more likely to have mitochondrial dysfunctions which can lead to autistic conditions following vaccination
    • and by the latest medical research [including Jan 2010 Pediatrics] and by a substantial body of prior peer reviewed papers showing that autistic children have substantially higher rates of bowel disease than other children

      • this published medical evidence confirms the early report in The Lancet medical journal in 1998 by a 13 strong team of medical experts from the internationally renowned Royal Free Hospital London.

  • by three US Federal court decisions Poling, Zeller and Banks that vaccines have been proven to have caused autistic conditions:-
    • [NB These are in addition to 1322 cases of serious brain injuries and medical conditions caused by vaccines which the US HRSA admits compensating. It is troubling that children susceptible to serious vaccine injury are not being screened out of the vaccine programmes and nothing is being done to save such children.]

Wendy Fournier of the US National Autism Association said:

Despite mounting scientific evidence worldwide confirming the presence of serious bowel disease in some children diagnosed with autism and evidence of a causal association with vaccines, health officials and medical professionals internationally continue to spin, deny and suppress the evidence,” said NAA president Wendy Fournier. ”This latest attack by the UK medical profession through a journalist, who apparently has no source of income besides stories about Andrew Wakefield, is a continuing denial and failure to investigate either the contrary evidence that exists or the clinical histories of millions of children currently diagnosed with autism worldwide.”

One in 64 British children and one in 110 children in the US are now diagnosed with autism. ”Increasing rates of autism in children are out of control,” commented Ms. Fournier. ”Despite this pandemic, health officials and medical professionals continue to bury their heads in the sand while children and families suffer. The link between vaccines and the development of autism in susceptible individuals is not going away, because the children are not going away.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

Now follow

  • Public Statements By US Agencies And Officials confirming autistic conditions are caused by vaccines
  • Details of US Federal Court cases finding autistic conditions caused by vaccines
  • research confirming the 1998 Lancet paper early study highlighting a link between autistic conditions and serious bowel conditions was correct

________________________________________________
Public Statements By US Agencies & Officials:-

1) The current President of Merck’s Vaccines Division, Julie Gerberding confirmed vaccines can cause autism to CBS News when she was Director of the US $ 11 billion pa budget US Centers for Disease Control in relation to the case of Hannah Poling [a 9 year old US girl awarded US$ 20 million compensation in 2010 over her lifetime for autistic condition caused by 9 vaccines administered in one day] that:

Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.

HOUSE CALL WITH DR. SANJAY GUPTA – Unraveling the Mystery of Autism; Talking With the CDC Director; Stories of Children with Autism; Aging with Autism – Aired March 29, 2008 – 08:30

A new paper in Journal of American Medical Association confirms [contrary to US health officials claims] that mitochondrial dysfunction is not rare but common in children like 9 year old US girl Hannah Poling. The new paper confirms these children:

were more likely to have mitochondrial dysfunction, mtDNA overreplication, and mtDNA deletions than typically developing children.

Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism JAMA. 2010;304(21):2389-2396. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1706

That this can occur was also confirmed in a peer reviewed medical paper about Hannah Poling’s condition in the Journal of Child Neurology which 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.

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

It was conceded by US officials that Hannah Poling had a mitochondrial dysfunction.

2) That Autistic conditions can result from vaccination was confirmed by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News in relation to 1322 cases of vaccine injury compensation settled out of court by the US Government in unpublished settlements [see text of email exchanges between US HRSA and Attkisson – attached]:-

We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.

Vaccine Case: An Exception Or A Precedent? – First Family To Have Autism-Related Case “Conceded” Is Just One Of Thousands – CBS News By Sharyl Attkisson WASHINGTON, March 6, 2008

It should be noted that the US Government admits to compensating 1322 children who developed very serious medical conditions following brain damage caused by vaccines.

3) Dr Bernadine Healy a former Director of the US National Institutes of Health, responsible for US$ 30.5 billion annual budget expenditure on health research stated to CBS news:-

“I think that the public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as irrational,” Healy said.

“But public health officials have been saying they know, they’ve been implying to the public there’s enough evidence and they know it’s not causal,” Attkisson said.

“I think you can’t say that,” Healy said. “You can’t say that.”

CBS News Exclusive: Leading Dr.: Vaccines-Autism Worth Study Former Head Of NIH Says Government Too Quick To Dismiss Possible Link – WASHINGTON, May 12, 2008

Dr Healy is is a Harvard and Johns Hopkins educated physician, cardiologist and former head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has been a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins, professor and dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at the Ohio State University, and served as president of the American Red Cross.

4) And the large increases in autistic conditions cannot be being caused by genetics was confirmed by Dr Francis Collins the current 16th Director of the US$ 30.5 billion annual budget US National Institutes of Health and a leading medical doctor and geneticist who led the Human Genome Project.

When Director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute Collins confirmed in public to the US House of Representatives in May 2006 that recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity and autism must have an environmental [external] cause and cannot be purely genetically [internally] caused conditions:

Recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity or autism cannot be due to major shifts in the human gene pool as those changes take much more time to occur. They must be due to changes in the environment, including diet and physical activity, which may produce disease in genetically predisposed persons. Therefore, GEI will also invest in innovative new technologies/sensors to measure environmental toxins, dietary intake and physical activity, and using new tools of genomics, proteomics, and understanding metabolism rates to determine an individual’s biological response to those influences.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.,
Evidence to US House of Representatives Committee May 2006

________________________________________________
US Federal Court Cases
The US Federal Court has found in three cases made public that vaccines can cause autistic conditions in children. Brief summaries appear below and .pdfs of the court decisions are attached.

Summaries:-

1) Hannah Poling – The US Department of Health and Human Services settled the US Federal Court claims of this 9 year old girl in a sealed [secret] settlement in 2008. The DHHS experts conceded the case without a hearing claiming her mitochondrial dysfunction was “rare”. Recent research shows that mitochondrial dysfunction is not rare but common in autistic children compared to non autistic children.

Hannah Poling developed an autistic condition after being administered 9 vaccines in one day. She has recently been awarded US$ 20 million over her lifetime. Her father Jon is a medical doctor at Johns Hopkins University USA and her mother is a former nurse:-

Court Awards Over $20 Million for Vaccine-Caused Autism – PR Newswire (press release) – ?Sep 15, 2010?

Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award – CBS News September 9, 2010

2) Bailey Banks:-

Autistic conditions can result from acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following MMR vaccination as held by the US Federal Court in the case of Bailey Banks. British Health Minister misled the English Parliament when she claimed in a written Parliamentary answer that Bailey Banks did not have an autistic condition.

Bailey Banks developed PDD-NOS – an autistic condition following from his MMR vaccination. Bailey Bank’s diagnosis follows US terminology under DSM IV for what is called in the rest of the world “Autistic Spectrum Disorder” under the International Classification of Disease. [Banks v. HHS (Case 02-0738V, 2007 U.S. Claims LEXIS 254, July 20, 2007)].

In his conclusion, US Federal Court Special Master Abell ruled that Petitioners had proven that the MMR had directly caused a brain inflammation illness called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) which, in turn, had caused the autism spectrum disorder PDD-NOS in the child:

The Court found that Bailey’s ADEM was both caused-in-fact and proximately caused by his vaccination. It is well-understood that the vaccination at issue can cause ADEM, and the Court found, based upon a full reading and hearing of the pertinent facts in this case, that it did actually cause the ADEM. Furthermore, Bailey’s ADEM was severe enough to cause lasting, residual damage, and retarded his developmental progress, which fits under the generalized heading of Pervasive Developmental Delay, or PDD [ED NOTE: an autism spectrum disorder]. The Court found that Bailey would not have suffered this delay but for the administration of the MMR vaccine, and that this chain of causation was… a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to Pervasive Developmental Delay.

[Banks v. HHS (Case 02-0738V, 2007 U.S. Claims LEXIS 254, July 20, 2007)].

But here is what British Health Minister Dawn Primarolo stated in the English Parliament:-

Ms Primarolo claimed Bailey Banks whose autistic condition was caused by vaccines and won his case in the US Federal Court on that basis was not diagnosed with autism. Minister Primarolo is also reported to have been sending out the same information in written replies to enquiries from British MPs made on behalf of constituents.

The written answer: MMR Vaccine appears in Hansard, the official record of proceedings in the English Parliament of 18 Mar 2009 : Column 1229W. The full text of the exchange from Hansard:

MMR Vaccine

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the implications of the decision in the US case of Bailey Banks v. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for his Department’s policy on the MMR vaccine. [263933]

Dawn Primarolo: In 2007 the United States Court of Federal Claims made a ruling in favour of compensation to the father of Bailey Banks for his non-autistic developmental delay as a result of Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following receipt of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. ADEM is an extremely rare condition that has been reported after rabies, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, smallpox, MMR, Japanese B encephalitis, pertussis, influenza and hepatitis B vaccines. The Bailey Banks case has no implications for MMR vaccine policy.

3) Ben Zeller

In the US Federal Court case of Ben Zeller, this boy was proven to have suffered a 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

________________________________________________
Research confirming

  • that Hannah Poling’s mitochondrial dysfunction which can result in autistic conditions following vaccination is not rare but common in autistic children
  • the 1998 Lancet paper early study highlighting a link between autistic conditions and serious bowel conditions was correct

________________________________________________
1) Mitochondrial Dysfunction Not Rare

A – New Paper 1st December 2010 – Journal of American Medical Association:-

Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism JAMA. 2010;304(21):2389-2396. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1706

This confirms [contrary to US health officials claims] that mitochondrial dysfunction is not rare but common in children like 9 year old US girl Hannah Poling. The new paper confirms these children:

were more likely to have mitochondrial dysfunction, mtDNA overreplication, and mtDNA deletions than typically developing children.

This paper was reported by Reuters –

Cells’ ‘power plants’ damaged in some autistic kids – By Frederik Joelving NEW YORK | Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:15pm EST

B – Journal of Neuroinflammation. 2010 Nov 17;7:80. – Mitochondrial DNA and anti-mitochondrial antibodies in serum of autistic children.

Abstract

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by difficulties in communication, cognitive and learning deficits, as well as stereotypic behaviors. For the majority of cases there are no reliable biomarkers or distinct pathogenesis. However, increasing evidence indicates ASD may be associated with some immune dysregulation, and may have a neuroimmune component. We recently showed that the peptide neurotensin (NT) is increased in autistic children. We now show that NT induces release of extracellular mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that could act as “autoimmune” trigger. We further show that serum from young autistic patients contains mtDNA (n = 20; cytochrome B, p = 0.0002 and 7S, p = 0.006), and anti-mitochondrial antibody Type 2 (n = 14; p = 0.001) as compared to normally developing, unrelated controls (n = 12). Extracellular blood mtDNA and other components may characterize an autistic endophenotype and may contribute to its pathogenesis by activating autoimmune responses.

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2) Bowel Illness Far More Common In Autistic Children

PUBLISHED 4TH JANUARY 2010 – Pediatrics – Medical Consensus Report –

PEDIATRICS Vol. 125 Supplement January 2010, pp. S1-S18 (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1878C)
Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders in Individuals With ASDs: A Consensus Report

“Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are common and clinically heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorders. Gastrointestinal disorders and associated symptoms are commonly reported in individuals with ASDs, but key issues such as the prevalence and best treatment of these conditions are incompletely understood. A central difficulty in recognizing and characterizing gastrointestinal dysfunction with ASDs is the communication difficulties experienced by many affected individuals. A multidisciplinary panel reviewed the medical literature with the aim of generating evidence-based recommendations for diagnostic evaluation and management of gastrointestinal problems in this patient population. “


Pediatrics.
2009 Mar;123(3):1018-24. Distinct genetic risk based on association of MET in families with co-occurring autism and gastrointestinal conditions.

“In addition to the core behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, many patients present with complex medical conditions including gastrointestinal dysfunction. ….. On the basis of these functions, we hypothesized that association of the autism spectrum disorder-associated MET promoter variant may be enriched in a subset of individuals with co-occurring autism spectrum disorder and gastrointestinal conditions.”

“RESULTS: In the entire 214-family sample, the MET rs1858830 C allele was associated with both autism spectrum disorder and gastrointestinal conditions. “

FROM IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON:- J Proteome Res. 2010 Jun 4;9(6):2996-3004. Urinary metabolic phenotyping differentiates children with autism from their unaffected siblings and age-matched controls.

“These biochemical changes are consistent with some of the known abnormalities of gut microbiota found in autistic individuals and the associated gastrointestinal dysfunction and may be of value in monitoring the success of therapeutic interventions.”