Study Linking Vaccine to Autism Completely Fabricated by Doctor on Law Firm's Payroll

The debate whether autism is caused by childhood vaccines has raged for decades, with countless parents suing for compensation while most medical practitioners believed the idea was hogwash. But all that can end now. A new investigation has shown that not only was the original autism-vaccine study wrong -- it was “an elaborate fraud.” Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who composed the study, changed the medical histories of his subjects, according to British medical journal BMJ. CNN:

"It's one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors," Fiona Godlee, BMJ's editor-in-chief, told CNN. "But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data."

The falsified report endangered the lives of children, as fearful parents passed on vaccinating for measles, mumps and rubella. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008 yielded the highest number of measles cases in America since 1997. Even more explosively, while Wakefield conducted the study, he was on the payroll for a law firm that wanted to sue vaccine manufacturers, receiving over 435,000 pounds ($674,000). According to the BMJ, of 12 cases in Wakefield's paper, five children exhibited developmental problems before they were vaccinated... and three never even had autism. Read more at CNN.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at January 6, 2011, 5:29am

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