The forces are in motion against Andrew Wakefield, who is an iconoclast, a destroyer of public health myths, that vaccines can be consumed without risk. There’s mistrust by a swelling population of parents of vaccine-injured children, which has been growing steadily over the past two decades. Vaccine-injured children are now a global phenomenon.
Recent attacks on Andrew Wakefield, a medical doctor, make it painfully obvious that the pharmaceutical industry is getting very nervous and desperate. This is merely the next phase in the pharmaceutical industry’s attempt to isolate and discredit Andrew Wakefield per its own blueprint for physicians and researchers who do not interpret vaccine science according to Big Pharma, which believes that hazardous materials, e.g., mercury and toxins like formaldehyde and aluminum, are not harmful to a child’s central nervous system.
The general populace now has front row seats in seeing the systematic efforts of a well-oiled propaganda machine at work. This may be a last-ditch effort at saving a failed vaccine policy due not to Dr. Wakefield’s discredited work but to the damage vaccines cause in healthy children.
Why is this?
Believe it or not, there is more riding on whether vaccines cause autism. The argument is very complex and here are a few salient points to consider:
Lie #1 – Vaccines do not cause Autism.
If it is not already obvious, Andrew Wakefield is being made a scapegoat for the MMR vaccine link to the autism epidemic, which is becoming ‘pandemic’. If vaccine makers and peer review journals can discredit him and his work , anyone—researcher, scientist, or medical doctor—making a similar claim can—and probably will be discredited.
What are the implications of Andrew Wakefield’s findings? This man—as a medical doctor—simply made an observation that children with autism have gastrointestinal disorders, a clinical and diagnosable medical condition. Even more importantly, Wakefield’s work implies that autistic children are afflicted with much more than some type of mysterious social disorder.
As you can imagine, many parents have now been alerted that medical tests are available for their autistic children.
Autism currently is labeled an incurable psychiatric and social disorder as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV). The condition is managed medically by many of the anti-psychotic medicines created by the same pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines. These psychotropic drugs just happen to be one of the larger profit makers for the pharmaceutical industry. In 2001, $17.83 Billion in psychotropic drugs were sold. (http://www.macfound.org/atf…)
Why is this important?
If vaccines are shown to cause autism spectrum disorders, then vaccines will immediately become a marketing liability. Also, an enormous market share of drugs will be cut out of psychiatric medicines used to manage autism.
Lie #2 – The Media is Unbiased
It stands to reason if the major media outlets speak out against pharmaceutical products, the financial support for the network will be immediately dropped. Make no mistake, there is a major profit motive.
Anyone who’s ever watched television in the United States can vouch for the first-hand influence that pharmaceutical companies have on our media. A half-hour segment may contain up to ten to fifteen pharmaceutical advertisements in that short period of time.
Lie #3 – Industry Influenced by Pharmaceutical Interests
Where do we start with this? Historically speaking, if we look back at the landscape of organizations and journals, we can see that they are littered with the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. This is nothing new.
One of the most recent examples is former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Julie Gerberding, MD, signing on as President of the Vaccine Division at Merck Pharmaceuticals after her tour of duty at the CDC.
Regarding medical journals, it is the opinion of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) that industry conflicts of interest abound in these journals. They concluded that
“Publication of industry-supported trials was associated with an increase in journal impact factors. Sales of reprints may provide a substantial income. We suggest that journals disclose financial information in the same way that they require them from their authors, so that readers can assess the potential effect of different types of papers on journals’ revenue and impact. ” (http://www.plosmedicine.org/article…)
These are just two very short examples. However, in the interest of time they should serve as a good starting point.
Parents realize that their autistic child is sick, needs proper medical help, and there are services and treatments available, which conventional medicine seems to be ignoring if it does not include psychotropic drugs. Treating autism’s other health problems, including bowel syndrome anomalies that Dr. Wakefield identified, apparently is not in the best interest of helping an autistic child. One has to wonder what will happen if it’s determined that the viruses causing autism are the same strains that are in vaccines.