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Scientists fear MMR link to autism

by Sally Beck, MailOnline

New American research shows that there could be a link between the controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children.

The study appears to confirm the findings of British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link.

Now a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease – and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus.

Last night the team’s leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: ‘Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles.

‘This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus.

‘What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct. That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.’

The 1998 study by Dr Wakefield, then a reader in gastroenterology at the Royal Free Hospital in North London, and 12 other doctors claimed to have found a new bowel disease, autism enterocolitis.

At the time, Dr Wakefield said that although they had not proved a link between MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism, there was cause for concern and the Government should offer the option single vaccines – instead of only MMRs – until more research had been done.

The paper – and the confused interpretation of its findings – caused uproar and led to many parents withdrawing their co-operation for the triple jab. Ten of the paper’s authors also signed retractions on the interpretation but stood by the science.

This is the second independent study to back up Dr Wakefield. In 2001 John O’Leary, Professor of Pathology at St James’s Hospital and Trinity College, Dublin, replicated his findings.

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Rather then this being evidence of a link between MMR and autism it would seem to be the opposite. Most children in Western democracies get the MMR so therefore a control group should have about 250 out of 275 children testing positive for measles vaccination. DUH!

I think it is the carrots! 100% of those children who have autism have eaten carrots. There you have it. Proof positive that carrots cause autism.

Militant Libertarian

“All are vaccine strain, none are wild.” Did you miss that bit? Did you miss the “70 of 82 so far” part?

The autism rate is currently 1:100 in the U.S. That’s an epidemic by WHO and CDC standards. It began rising in the mid-90s about the time we moved to recommending over 20 vaccines by age 2…

Another “coincidence?”

Liz Ditz

Unfortunately you have been had by the Daily Mail’s sloppy online presence. The article you reference was published on May 28, 2006. The “study” was never published. The two vaccine court petitioners who relied in part on the Walker et al. study had their claims denied.

Details, including abstracts from the vaccine court, at

Militant Libertarian

“Vaccine court.” Gotta love that. Yes, I realize it’s a fairly old article. I did some research when this study pre-published as an abstract. It was denied publication because a bunch of (pharma-funded, no doubt) “science” websites lobbied and petitioned to keep the study from publication. This was about the time the whole b.s. getting Wakefield’s study removed from the Lancet was going on. Reading the board’s reasoning for citing Wakefield, you see a lot of bullshit and little justification for their actions. The reasons for the removal from Lancet were not what they were reported, but stemmed from the board’s findings. Which were dubious at best.

The whole thing smacked of a political maneuver rather than anything to do with science.

Paul Turner

It is interesting how fast articles which contain vaccine truth attract attention. I really like the summation of the NaturalNews article vindicating Dr. Andrew Wakefield, “There is fraud taking place in the vaccine industry today, of course, and the medical journals are the point men who push their distorted disinformation into the minds of doctors, journalists and anyone they can reach with their scientific distortions. At stake is the future of the vaccine industry, which is of course a multi-billion-dollar industry that thrives on misinformation and the ongoing scientific censorship of the facts surrounding the health risks posed by vaccines.”

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