Have you ever heard of the phrase “Beating a dead horse“? It goes a little like this:
It basically means that you keep at something that is futile, worthless, not worth doing. Unfortunately, there are people who keep beating a dead horse. Except that this “dead horse” is very serious, deadly even. The person doing the beating is Andrew Wakefield.
Yes, I know my policy is not to mention any names. But he’s just asking for it.
As it turns out, there is a new blog, Facebook group, and Twitter feed that beats the dead horse that the MMR vaccine causes autism, that Andrew Wakefield did not commit a fraud in his retracted Lancet “study” (it was a case series), and that anyone stating otherwise must be dragged to court in Texas to face the law (aka a “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation“).
Warning: There is a picture of Wakefield and his wife in their posh living room. Wakefield is wearing no shoes and has a smug smile about his face. People have told me that they lost their lunch at the sight. You’ve been warned.
Anyway, I for one am glad that they are deciding to blog and post his every move. A threat to public health like the idea that the MMR vaccine should not be administered out of some fear of autism must be watched carefully, monitored. It must be countered.
And we will.