Andrew Wakefield needs a wheelbarrow for his balls

Sorry for the language, but it must be true. It takes big balls to do and say the things that Andrew Wakefield has done and said. First, he writes up a fraudulent study where the evidence is plentiful that he misled everyone around him and then a whole bunch of people into thinking that the MMR vaccine was responsible for cases of autism. Before that, he had filed a patent for a single measles vaccine, so it was probably important for him to discredit the MMR. But, you know, it’s us who defend science that are the Big Pharma shills.

Next, Andy decides to state that the current measles epidemic in Wales “proves him right.”

“In a statement posted on Thursday on  the US website Age of Autism, he blamed the rise in measles in the UK on the Government’s decision to withdraw import licences for single vaccines in September 1998, six months after the Lancet paper appeared.”

In other words, he lost money on the whole thing, and that caused the rise of measles? And, Age of Autism, you guys really need to make up your minds. If it’s thimerosal that causes autism, then Wakefield is wrong. The MMR vaccine has never had thimerosal in it. It’s a live virus vaccine. Thimerosal would have killed the viruses in it. If Wakefield is right, then thimerosal doesn’t cause autism. Get it together, guys!

On the other hand, don’t get it together. Keep posting Wakefield’s crap so we can slap it down:

“The US government has paid out millions of dollars to children whose autism followed vaccine-induced brain damage.  A recent government concession in the US Vaccine Court confirms that the parents’ claims were valid all along.

In a recently published December 13, 2012 vaccine court ruling, hundreds of thousands of dollars were awarded to Ryan Mojabi, whose parents described how   “MMR vaccinations,” caused a “severe and debilitating injury to his brain, diagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder (‘ASD’).”

Later the same month, the government suffered a second major defeat when young Emily Moller from Houston won compensation following vaccine-related brain injury that, once again, involved MMR and resulted in autism.

The cases follows similar successful petitions in the Italian and US courts (including Hannah Poling, Bailey Banks, Misty Hyatt, Kienan Freeman, Valentio Bocca, and Julia Grimes) in which the governments conceded or the court ruled that vaccines had caused brain injury. In turn, this injury led to an ASD diagnosis. MMR vaccine was the common denominator in these cases.”

Someone said recently that it’s a good thing that we don’t decide science in the court, because we’d be stuck in a world without evolution or a heliocentric solar system. Yes, millions of dollars were given to those children, and, yes, the Italian courts had similar rulings, but nowhere did they decidedly conclude that the vaccines had caused autism. The vaccines only, apparently, caused autism-like symptoms. But, you know, if a child looks sleepy in a picture, it must be because they are mercury poisoned and/or autistic. That the courts admitted to anything like what Wakefield states is patently false, false, false!

What this man does and says and writes is pathological. He was caught lying and now he says that his lie is true because his lie led people away from vaccinating? Seriously, what the [expletive]? How can people be so blind?

Wakefield walking around (Artist's rendering)

Wakefield walking around (Artist’s rendering)

One has to wonder, though, why did Andy not carry through on his patent if he was so sure that it would work and that children would not get autism from it? Like conspiracy theorists like to say, “Follow the money.”

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9 thoughts on “Andrew Wakefield needs a wheelbarrow for his balls

  1. Pingback: At least I’m not a hypocrite like Andrew Jeremy Wakefield | The Poxes Blog

  2. I’ve been having a “ball” posting on “The Statesman” blog at the founder of that anti-vaccine group in the U.K., which referred clients to the lawyer who was getting set to sue the MMR vaccine manufacturer. That organization also posted Andy’s press release

    I’ve also posted at the U.K. editor of that notorious anti-vax blog, because his other *super secret* blog posted that same press release.

    I *think* Andy’s press releases backfired. It couldn’t happen to a *nicer* guy.

  3. Two comments – A. I think it’s self delusion, not balls. He really believes what he says. In both cases. B. The two cases in the U.S. were consent decrees, not court decisions – the government agreed to pay, and the government agreed to pay based on the table injury of encephalitis, not the autism. In fact, for young Ryan, we have reason to think he was not autistic, as summarized by JusttheVax: http://justthevax.blogspot.com/2013/01/mmr-encephalitis-nvicp-decision.html. But great summary of Wakefield’s outrageous claims and conduct.

  4. Great post as usual. Here in Wales measles is *the* story on the nightly news. Until the last couple of days it seemed the whole conversation about vaccines had moved on…then someone goes and wheels out Wakefield, balls and all.

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