Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Study Linking Autism to Vaccines Proven False

The 1998 study published in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, which linked vaccines and autism cases, was recently proven to be an "elaborate fraud." After an investigation was conducted, the study was proven to be misleading, due to altered medical histories, which Dr. Wakefield is responsible for. This fraudulent report is now said to have a lasting damage to public health.

"It's one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors," says Fiona Godlee, BMJ's editor-in-chief. "But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data."

As a result of these fraudulent findings, Dr. Wakefield was stripped of his medical license. Due to Dr. Wakefields actions, vaccination rates for children plummeted, reportedly having dropped as much as 80% by 2004. With a decrease in the number of children vaccinated, the number of preventable diseases skyrockets, such as measles cases. In fact, the number of measles cases in the United States in 2008 where far greater than any other country. Of these cases, an estimated 90% had not been vaccinated.

With this latest information, the question is raised, how reliable is our current knowledge throughout the medical field? With medications constantly being recalled due to harsh and unknown side effects and studies about condition being revoked, can we trust the medical community for reliable information?

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