A new autism disease identified in a flawed paper linking a common children's vaccine to autism may not exist, new research says.
A dozen years ago, British surgeon Andrew Wakefield and colleagues published a study in the journal Lancet on a new bowel disease and proposed a connection between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella.
The study was widely discredited, 10 of Wakefield's co-authors renounced its conclusions and the Lancet retracted the paper in February. The research set off a health scare, and vaccination rates in Britain dropped so low measles outbreaks returned.
In research published Friday in the medical journal BMJ, reporter Brian Deer examines whether the illness described by Wakefield and colleagues — autistic enterocolitis, a bowel disease found in autistic people — actually exists.
Again, the studies linking vaccines and autism were faked.
Why? "In 1996, Wakefield was hired by a lawyer to find a new syndrome of bowel and brain disease to help launch a lawsuit against drug companies that made the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, according to BMJ article."
In other words, there was never a legitimate scientific study of the connection between vaccines and autism.
Rather, the study was faked after the fact to support a lawsuit with phony "expert testimony"!
And, thanks to idiots like Jenny McCarthy and Oprah Winfrey and other self designated but uneducated "experts" spreading this bogus science, thousands of children weren't inoculated for preventable diseases. How many will suffer or die?