Autism-Vaccine Author Defends His Research

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who published a study in 1998 about the possible link between autism and vaccines which was subsequently questioned and discredited by the medical community, has defended his work in an interview on CNN.

Dr. Wakefield’s work has been discredited over the past several years, and ten of the eleven doctors who were involved in the study have removed their names from it. The Sunday Times reports that Dr. Wakefield “changed and misreported results” in his research, according to “confidential” medical documents and interviews with witnesses.

Dr. Wakefield’s study was published in February 1998 in The Lancet medical journal, causing widespread concern among parents that the MMR vaccine—for measles, mumps, and rubella—was linked to autism. According to The Sunday Times, the impact of the article was “extraordinary,” with vaccination rates decreasing from 92% to less than 80%, while “herd immunity” from measles occurs when 95% of the population has been vaccinated.

After a British journalist, Brian Deer, published the results of his investigation calling Wakefield’s study an “elaborate fraud,” Wakefield denied these allegations as false in an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Wakefield continues to stand by his findings, saying that the results have been replicated in studies in five other countries and that Deer has received financial support from a pharmaceutical company. Check out the link below to see the interview yourself.

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Tina Turbin


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20 Responses to Autism-Vaccine Author Defends His Research

  1. Nadia says:

    Ah Anderson Cooper, geez what a disappointment to Americans he is with his poor journalistic skills. This video on CNN was truly shocking to me about what passes for journalism! Mr. Wakefield needs to be reinterviewed in my opinion by someone unbiased!

  2. Sharon says:

    First of all this is such an unfair interview. I mean, the interviewer didn’t even let the guy talk! I did immunize my kids and I’m not anti-immunization, but I’m seriously disappointed in this interview. You should at least let this guy talk though!

  3. Mina says:

    What a hot debate this is! People on either side of the spectrum seem to be particularly passionate about their opinions, as either side sees the health of their children at risk. Obviously you want the population to stay free of these debilitating childhood diseases, but are our vaccines as safe as they can be? I doubt it!

  4. Alyssa says:

    This is a touchy subject in my family! We have actually come up with a family rule at holiday get-togethers and in general: No talking about politics, abortion, and vaccines! I think these last two subjects really get people passionate because they have to do with our children.

  5. Meg says:

    Hi Tina I’m really that you have posted this on your blog. Here’s a great resource for parents looking for alternatives to vaccinations: There are SO many incredible recommendations here for preventing childhood disease. The author raises a good point here that vaccines aren’t proven to be 100% safe for kids. They’re really not.There are so many additives in there, you guys have no idea what you’re giving your babies and children.

  6. Kelly S says:

    This is one of those issues that I’m so torn over, but my motto is and always has and probably will always be: When in doubt, don’t! It doesn’t seem beyond belief that there could be really dangerous chemicals in our vaccines. After all, we really DON’T know everything in American medicine, although there’s a strong appearance of authority and knowledge, but really there’s just still so much that we don’t know!

  7. Nina says:

    All right, so my opinion is pretty strong that you really don’t know what they put in vaccines. I’ve heard about mercury and other harmful chemical additives. That’s crazy! Do you really want your kids to have that in their systems? We’re lucky we don’t live in a country with widespread child diseases. Why unnecessarily put toxic substances in their bodies?

  8. Sylvia Sylmar says:

    Hi Tina what a fun debate this is! I make sure not to take things so seriously. It’s really tough sometimes on blogs and radio shows when you chip in with your opinions because there are people out there who really have a hard time looking at other people’s viewpoints. If we could just calmly and rationally listen to each other and look at the data I’m sure we could come to a common sense agreement on this issue. -S.S.

  9. Gina McClure says:

    I just wanted to let you know how much we love your Danny website. I LOVE how you can order autographed copies on it which is just so special! Our other favorite children’s books authors do not have websites that remotely even compare. I wish they did because the kids love it!

  10. Susan McClinton says:

    Hey Tina glad to see someone posting on this issue. Today I’d like to not comment on the autism and vaccine issue but express instead how much I dislike Anderson Cooper’s so-called journalism. I hate to lump people together in one group but I continue to be tremendously disappointed in journalists. On the other hand, I love bloggers! I have hope for the future only because the power of communication and persuasion seems to have been taken from the journalists and is now held by independent-minded bloggers. Granted, many blogs are NOT to be relied on but several ones are and if anything they offer a unique and refreshing perspective on things and pass on news that we might not otherwise hear on the radio or on TV.

  11. Kitty says:

    Hi Tina I’m really happy to be signed up now for your newsletter and am really enjoying your blog. Our kids really love your new website design.. They just love printing coloring pages online and can literally color and draw for hours.

  12. Denise Murphy says:

    I was raised just fine without vaccines and so were my kids with the help of of the Bible on natural medicine, Prescription for Nutritional Healing. Please pick up this book and use its amazing home remedies, which are MORE effective most of the time than drugs and antibiotics. For instance, my son has had acne so badly and was prescribed antibiotics immediately,which did NOTHING that we could see. Then we switched to probiotics and took sugar out of his diet and within two weeks his skin was so much better. You really have to be kidding yourself if you rely 100% on everything the medical “authorities” tell you about your health and the health of their kids. Money and greed is at the root of this all!

  13. Faith says: This is a good article for parents interested in natural medicine for kids. I have my kids do yoga with me and they already get a ton of physical activity at school (where they actually have phys. ed. daily plus lots of time for play during recess and lunchtime. They also see a chiropractor/ nutritionist when they’re ill. I’ve only used antibiotics twice with one child and my other one has never had to use them. I think that western medicine seems to know a lot about our health but they don’t really and you’re also really kidding yourself or in denial if you don’t think money has a large part in the way we handle illness.

  14. Nancy S. says:

    Tina, I’m very pleased to see this article. Heavens knows I have been worrying about this subject so much but finally decided not to go ahead with vaccinations. What kills me about this presentation here is that in the end you’re still left not KNOWing either way for sure who is right. I suspect it’s Dr. Wakefield and not that slimy Anderson Cooper because I just distrust the media, but am I being overly distrustful? I don’t know…Anyway, it’s great to raise these questions.

  15. Shawna says:

    Speaking of natural remedies and alternative remedies, I just wanted to recommend an amazing website, They have pretty much any supplement you need and also some grocery items too and their products are SO cheap I can’t even believe it sometimes, like more than 50% of health food store prices. The shipping is also really cheap and fast, like $5 flat fee for a huge amount of vitamins and sometimes they even have special deals where shipping is free. Anyway, with alternative medicine and prevention so reasonably priced, why not give it a try? I think you’ll find your kids getting sick much less often.

  16. Drew says:

    Thanks a ton for this amazing blog. You seem to post things that have been on my mind for a while like homeschooling and cooking and now this, the autism/vaccine debate. Some bloggers just don’t ask the right questions and seem to hold the medical community as an unquestionable authority on children’s health and this really disturbs me.

  17. Apple says:

    Hi Tina this is great info but I really feel strongly that Dr. Wakefield’s research could have been better as he didn’t use enough patients in my opinion. I actually do support his hypothesis and I do believe autism is caused by environmental factors and that vaccines are terrible, but I wish Dr. Wakefield’s study had been more expanded because I don’ t think this debate would be going on to this degree.

  18. Samantha Sherring says:

    Hi Tina always a pleasure to read your blog. I think it had been a little while since I dropped a comment on your page, and since I’m a little overdue, I thought now was a perfect time since coming across a post that strikes a chord deep within me. There are so many intelligent comments that have been left already on this issue, and I just wanted to say I think that we need to look beyond the medical community and acknowledge that they’re not the authority on health that they say they are and recognize how much the government (FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is influencing our health. I would (being the libertarian I am) not allow the government EVER the ability to tell me what to do with my body or my children’s bodies.

  19. Charina says:

    I’m happy to see you addressing this issue and I see that it’s really struck a chord with a lot of people. If anything, even though we don’t all agree on it, at least we’re talking about it and passionate.

  20. Britney Stryker says:

    OMG I think this is one of the longest comment threads to a post that I’ve seen on your website! I feel that there isn’t even a point in talking about this issue because my opinion has been stated in so many well-expressed comments! @Kelly S and @Susan McClinton I totally agree!

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