“This is the Worst Medical Fraud in the History of the World”
By Anne Dachel
In a recent talk Dr. Andrew Wakefield went after the media for their complete failure to honestly and thoroughly cover the issue of vaccine safety. He was speaking to a small group of reporters, but his message is meant for all members of the media.
Whistleblowing In The Public Interest by Dr. Andrew Wakefield
During his rounds at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pediatrician Paul Offit often sees patients with vaccine-preventable illnesses. In a recent case, he treated a 4-month-old baby with type B meningitis—an infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation can result in brain damage, hearing and vision impairment, even death. Vaccinations can prevent type B meningitis, but after the baby recovered, the child’s mother still refused to consider vaccination. “Although her child suffered and could have died from a vaccine-preventable disease,” Offit says, “she still believed that she was doing the right thing.”
The modern antivaccine movement can be traced to a paper published 16 years ago in The Lancet, a respected medical journal. In 1998 a team led by surgeon Andrew Wakefield studied 12 children with developmental delays, and found that eight children with autism had developed their first symptoms shortly after they received the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella). But the correlation was weak. “I could go out and produce a paper that says that eight children developed leukemia within a few months of eating their first peanut butter and jelly sandwich,” Offit says, “but it doesn’t mean anything.”
Andy described the background of the controversy surrounding his Lancet article. He emphasized that he did not do this research alone; he worked with a team of doctors, including the world’s leading pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. John Walker-Smith, among other well-credentialed physicians.
Andy recounted a conversation he had had with a researcher from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He asked Andy about his work with the children who developed autism following the MMR vaccine. Andy began by saying, “Well, the parents’ story goes like this”—the CDC doctor stopped him saying, “I don’t give a f**k about the parents’ story. Show me the data.”
Andy continued, “In medicine, what matters is what you tell me. What you tell me. What you tell me about your child.”
Regarding his research, Andy said, “There was absolutely nothing fraudulent in the Lancet paper. …Everything in that paper has proven correct, and if you doubt it, if you truly want to behave as a responsible journalist, then go to Travis County Court and look up Wakefield v. The British Medical Journal, Brian Deer, and Fiona Godley. We attempted to sue Brian Deer and the British Medical Journal for malicious defamation—We were denied on jurisdictional grounds, even though we clearly had jurisdiction in the state of Texas because the British Medical Journal sells the BMJ in Texas, but the courts decided this should really not come to trial.”
Andy revealed the stunning failure to ensure the safety of the MMR vaccine. “There was clearly concern about the MMR. My concerns about the MMR came about because I wrote a 250 page report on the pre-licensing safety studies on MMR vaccine and measles vaccine—What safety studies were done before these vaccines were put onto the market and into children? This is the time when you have the greatest opportunity to do the best study, to compare vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children, to look at the frequency of adverse reaction and determine whether the vaccine is causative or not.
“I decided if I was going to get into this as a scientist and a physician, I had a responsibility to review every single paper that had ever been published and put them together in a report. And that is what I did. And the safety studies were lamentable. Absolutely lamentable. They started with measles studies in Willowbrook, Willowbrook Hospital, [Staten Island, N.Y.]. These are children who have major brain damage, cerebral palsy, have Down syndrome. They were used as experimental subjects because, in the words of the authors of these papers, they were easy to observe. They couldn’t go anywhere. They lay in bed as vegetables. They were expendable. There was no informed consent whatsoever. This is where these studies were done….
“If you are going to extrapolate from putting a virus into people who are already brain damaged, and looking at the outcome for a virus that we know can cause encephalitis, inflammation of the brain and encephalopathy, and long term seizure disorders, then you are making a terrible mistake from the outset.
“How can you compare the outcome in those children who are already fundamentally brain damaged with those with a normal brain? It’s just ridiculous. But that’s where it was done.
In March 1972, NYSARC, Inc. was the main plaintiff in a class action suit filed in Federal Court in Brooklyn, NY, demanding that the residents of Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, NY, be cared for appropriately.
(An NPR story in 2008, covered the conditions at Willowbrook: “By the mid 1960s, Willowbrook, a Staten Island institution for mentally ill or delayed children, was filled to more than double its capacity. But crowding was the least of the horrors: Some residents of the state-run institution were reportedly used as test cases for hepatitis studies.” U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy was quoted describing conditions he observed there in 1965 as “a snake pit.”)
“It’s also done, as happens time and time again, in African-American children. These vaccines were exported to Third World Countries where they were used again in children who didn’t matter quite so much to the authorities.
“Then there was a vaccine called Urabe, the MMR vaccine containing the Urabe strain of the mumps vaccine. It caused meningitis.
“This is one that particularly concerned me because this vaccine was used, it was developed in Japan. It was used in Canada and very quickly it was recognized that the vaccine caused meningitis. It was withdrawn. But the British wanted to introduce this vaccine. Why? Because the strain was owned by GlaxoSmithKline—SmithKline Beecham, as they were at the time. …
“In the same month that it was withdrawn in Canada for causing an unacceptable level of meningitis, it was licensed in the U.K. The only difference is they changed the name from Trivirix in Canada to Pluserix, to disguise the fact that they were using the same dangerous vaccine. This is all fact. This is all on the record. Please check everything I say…
“Likewise in the U.K., despite repeated warnings from a doctor, Alistair Thores, who was a whistleblower who came to me in 1997, from the British government, a senior medical practitioner in the Department of Health. He had warned them time and time and time again that they were now seeing cases of meningitis related to this vaccine. They were concerned only about keeping it out of the media and their own liability.
“So on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation… their only concern was about their own personal liability. It continued to be used for four years, and then it was dramatically withdrawn overnight when SmithKline Beecham said we’re not going to use this anymore because we’re worried about our own liability, and the government panicked and had to go to Merck to get the MMRII. Of course, at that stage, it was destroyed. The vaccine was destroyed.
“No, it wasn’t. It was boxed up and it was shipped off to developing countries, like Brazil, where it was used in a mass vaccination campaign, and there was an epidemic of meningitis. And the people who wrote the paper about this vaccine, that as clearly dangerous, …[said] that maybe we should not do mass vaccination campaigns because it reveals the true adverse reaction rate of the vaccine. …”
Andy said that how this has been handled has been to protect individuals like David Salsbury, the Director of Immunisation at the Department of Health of United Kingdom, and the vaccine industry.
Andy described how his coauthor, John Walker-Smith, had been exonerated by the English High Court. They were very critical of the General Medical Council that had stripped Wakefield of his medical license. None of the High Court’s comments ever made the newspapers, according to Wakefield. Andy said, “These papers are largely owned by the pharmaceutical industry.
“In America, the networks are entirely dependent on the pharmaceutical industry.”
Andy went on to say that former CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, had told him how her work was censored by the network. He went on to say that CNN was “news for sale. You could buy your own headline [at CNN].”
Unfortunately, Andy wasn’t able to appeal his conviction because he was financially strapped, and “it would have count me 500,000 pounds. I was effectively bankrupt at the time. I did not get to appeal my case.”
Andy described Brian Deer, his chief accuser, as “clearly a psychopath.”
A photo of a severely disabled, autistic child damaged by the MMR vaccine was shown. “Rather than admit we didn’t understand the disease, we blamed the parent, anyone but ourselves.”
Another photo showed a child who self-injured himself, “in order to render himself unconscious to get free of the pain that he was in [from the bowel damage].”
“A simple diet changed this child’s life forever. He never did this again.
“The medical profession had allowed this to continue unabated.”
“Because the bowel disease was synonymous with vaccine injury in the minds of the authorities, it had to be negated. It had to be discredited, and that was Brian Deer’s job.
“Now, bowel disease in children with autism is the commonest finding worldwide. …”
This is what Wakefield found in his patients and reported in the Lancet paper. He cited the findings of a top autism expert, Dr. Irva Hertz-Piccicotto at U.C. Davis MIND Institiute. “Our data clearly show gastrointestinal problems are very common in children with autism.”
Andy: “This is why they’re in pain.” He pointed out there are the researchers who agree with his findings. He stated that vaccine strain of the measles virus was found in the intestines of these children, and that there is a connection between the gut and the brain.
Andy talked about the 2004 MMR vaccine scientific fraud at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as revealed by Dr. William Thompson. Top scientists decided to cover up their findings of susceptibility, especially regarding African-American children. Documents were destroyed under orders from those in charge at the CDC.
Melinda Wharton, Walter Orenstein, Coleen Boyle, Frank DeStefano, and Julie Gerberding were named as officials who knew what was covered up.
Andy said that DeStefano presented fraudulent study results at the 2004 Institute of Medicine Meeting. These findings were used to throw 5,000 cases of vaccine-induced autism out of vaccine court.
Andy went on to call autism as a “new disorder.” “It was not described until Leo Kanner picked up on it in ’43.” It’s not “diagnostic substitution.”
“When I was at medical school, we weren’t even taught about autism. We were told later in our medical careers, we’d never see a case. So please don’t tell me this has always been there. …It’s a pathetic lie that’s been told for a long time.”
“By 2032, one in two children born will have autism….And yet there seems to be no concern.”
Andy solemnly told the reporter present, “This is the worst medical fraud in the history of the world. These people were charged with the protection of healthy children.”
He asked reporters what they were going to do with this story, adding, “You could sell two editions a day on the newsstands, but the newspapers would rather go broke than publish anything like this. …Are we really owned to that extent? We’re prepared to sacrifice our own children?”
Andy said he was raised in a family of doctors, and he was taught to put the patient first, and that’s all that mattered. “If I find redemption in this life is utterly irrelevant.”
State exemptions from vaccination are being overturned on the basis of vaccines being ‘safe and efficacious,’ according to Andy. But are they? He talked about a whistleblower from Merck who came to him a few years ago and showed him documents on the mumps vaccine. This researcher was asked to “commit scientific fraud” by Merck.
“This was reported in the Wall Street Journal and then removed from the Wall Street Journal.
“It was reported again, ‘Merck accused of stonewalling in Merck mumps vaccine antitrust lawsuit.’ So mumps vaccine was never needed. This comes from Donald Henderson from the CDC.”
Andy quoted Henderson speaking on the mumps vaccine. ‘That was another Merck ploy that was rather clever.’ Experts at the CDC and in public health in the U.K. didn’t see a need for a mumps vaccine. He went on to describe how the CDC was pressured by Maurice Hilleman to recommend the MMR.
Regarding the mumps vaccine, Andy said, “The mumps vaccine doesn’t work. It is not efficacious.” While Merck claimed on the package insert that the vaccine was 96 percent efficacious, but it’s not true because all over the world there are outbreaks of mumps even though the population is highly vaccinated against it. This is a very dangerous situation because “mumps in children is trivial; mumps in post pubescent males is not. It can cause testicular inflammation. It can cause ovarian inflammation in girls. It can cause sterility.” The vaccine actually puts more people in that high risk group.
The problem for Merck is that if they lose their license for the mumps vaccine, they also lose it for the MMR vaccine, because mumps is in combination with two other viruses.
Andy explained how Merck fraudulently covered up the data on the efficacy of the mumps vaccine. In addition, when the whistleblower at Merck went to the FDA to expose what Merck had done, the FDA colluded with Merck to hide the evidence.
All of the fraud and corruption will eventually be exposed, according to Andy, and when it does, the public will lose all faith in the medical/pharmaceutical industry “across the board.” Public health authorities will be held responsible because they lied.
Andy talked about his upcoming film to be released later this year. It will cover all the things that he discussed in this lecture.
During the Q and A at the end Andy said that what he talked about was also available on Autism Media Channel.
(**Willowbrook is reminiscent of the government’s syphilis experiments on African American men starting in the 1930s. It was officially called the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.”)
Dr. Saul Krugman of New York University conducted studies of hepatitis during the 1950s and 1960s
Krugman S, Hoofnagle MD, Gerety RJ, Kaplan PM and Gerin JL. Viral hepatitis type B: DNA polymerase activity and antibody to hepatitis B core antigen. New England Journal of Medicine 1974; 290;24:1331-1335. NYU Medical Center, NY 10016.PMID: 4827643; UI: 74161717
“Under US army contracts, Saul Krugman from the New York University Medical Centre (another Army biological weapons contractor according to US Congressional Record) injected hundreds of mentally retarded children with cancer causing hepatitis B viruses.”--Len Horowitz (p219 Healing Codes).
Willowbrook State School-Dr. Saul Krugman of New York University conducted studies of hepatitis during the 1950s and 1960s on the severely mentally retarded . He systematically infected newly arrived children between the ages of three and eleven with strains of the virus obtained from the feces of Willowbrook hepatitis patients. This was done to study the natural history, effects, and progression of the disease. Franz Inglefinger, who later became the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine said, “By being allowed to participate in a carefully supervised study and by receiving the most expert attention available for a disease of basically unknown nature, the patients themselves benefited . . . How much better to have a patient with hepatitis accidentally or deliberately acquired under the guidance of a Krugman, than under the care of a rights-minded zealot.” — Carol Rutz’s Lecture at Indiana University in November 2003
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.
-- Quelle: Age of Autism, 01 March 2016 (offline, Waybackmachine).