Doctor behind vaccine-autism link loses license

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It took nearly six months but the General Medical Council (GMC) in the U.K. has pulled Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s license to practice medicine in the United Kingdom.

Wakefield is the researcher who nearly single-handedly fueled parental concerns about the link between vaccines and autism. In 1998, he published a paper in the medical journal Lancet describing eight children who showed signs of autism within days of being inoculated for measles, mumps and rubella. A gastroenterologist by training, Wakefield went on in further studies to suggest that the virus from the vaccine was leading to inflammation in the youngsters’ guts that then impeded normal brain development.

Further investigations by other researchers in the decades since have failed to confirm his claims, and in January, the GMC ruled that Wakefield had acted “dishonestly and irresponsibly” in conducting the experiments that led to the publication of the paper. According to the BBC, among his alleged acts of misconduct were conducting those studies without ethical approval of the hospital at which he practiced, and paying children at his son’s birthday party for blood samples. He also served as a paid consultant to attorneys of parents who believed their children had been harmed by vaccines.

In February, editors of the Lancet retracted Wakefield’s controversial paper, telling the Guardian “It was utterly clear, without any ambiguity at all, that the statements in the paper were utterly false.”

Defending his career on the Today show on Monday, Wakefield, now in the U.S., vowed to appeal the decision and maintained that “there are millions of children out there suffering, and the fact [is] that the vaccines cause autism.” Without a license to practice medicine, and the growing evidence to the contrary, it’s going to harder for him to prove that claim.

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fnook1331
fnook1331

autism is a genetic developmental condition that only occurs when there is a genetic disposition at play. the odds of a child gaining it after birth is impossible as it is starts in the fetal stage before the child is born. autism runs in families in the majority of the time. the websites that everyone else listed on this thread are not reputable domains nor are their info anything but a witch hunt for info that simply is not plausible or possible.

CutTheNonsense
CutTheNonsense

@TrippedOverWords lmao "Take the word of this obviously anti-science website!!" The article linked has absolutely nothing to do with vaccines, you ignoramus. Try reading. It's literally about the autistic children with gastrointestinal disorders. I even searched for the word "vaccine" to see if I could find it, and it was not even in the article.

The court case states that the vaccine *aggravated* a mitochondrial disorder. The child very well may have began exhibiting autistic behavior without the vaccination. 

Also, those articles are from well over a year ago. Here's one from Forbes from the same time period about the same case: http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/08/09/court-rulings-dont-confirm-autism-vaccine-link/