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Should the Doctor who initiated the controversy about Vaccines and Autism have his license taken away?

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 medical study was the first in the world to suggest a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The British doctor has since influenced the lives and stirred the passions of millions of parents worldwide looking to solve the mystery of what causes the complex developmental disorder.

But Dr. Wakefield's theories have also raised serious questions from the media and the medical community. Lauer interviews investigative journalist Brian Deer who wrote a critical report for London's Sunday Times in 2004 detailing what he said were potential conflicts of interest that Dr. Wakefield had never revealed. Lauer also talks with Dr. Paul Offit, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and expert on vaccines who has spoken out on behalf of vaccine safety in the United States.
msnbc.com

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:45 PM on Aug. 31, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • For whoever posted the Southwest College study...thanks.

    BUT...it's too small.

    If anyone should be blasted, it's NOT the doc. It's whoever went crazy over this when it was published.

    He studied TWELVE CHILDREN. That's fewer people than are studied in FDA clinical trials of drugs. And have you noticed how many drugs are pulled OFF the market AFTER the FDA approved?

    There is SO much research still to be done.

    Sure, withhold vaccines if you think it will work. Of COURSE moms should question.

    But understand that this is STILL all being researched...and we could soon see a LARGE study that says Wakefield's theory is valid...or that it's a bunch of horse puckey.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:01 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • OP here. The information above is from a recent August 30, 2009 article and interview from Matt Lauer from Dateline NBC.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Oh and what about the person who first challenged the concept of "bleeding" those who were sick? That person was DEFINITELY a nutcase! *Sarcasm*
    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 2:48 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • I think the person who thought it was a good idea to put thermisol in Vaccines should be prosecuted, for causing mercury poisoning to several children some resulting in death.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:54 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • dedicated: nice comment! but seriously don't you think that this doctor is challenging the whole medical group as well as numerous studies. And he still comes to TV announcing that he is not going to stop. OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • I think the person who thought it was a good idea to put thermisol in Vaccines should be prosecuted

    Great Idea. Let's try to go against the big pharma.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:56 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • No. I don't agree with him, but if we took away licenses for hypothosizing and being wrong lots of doctors wouldn't have their licenses. I believe that he caused a hysteria, I AM NOT CALLING PEOPLE HYSTERICAL THAT DON'T VACCINATE THEIR CHILDREN, however, we all started thinking about what exactly our doctors are giving our children, and we made better decisions for it.
    urkiddingright

    Answer by urkiddingright at 2:57 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • I'm disgusted that he used such a small study to state "FACTS" then ran with it because a bunch of Moms made him a "celebrity" for their cause
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:00 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • I'm disgusted that he used such a small study to state "FACTS" then ran with it because a bunch of Moms made him a "celebrity" for their cause

    But isn't it really on us to question facts with regard to our children, or ourselves, that are given to us no matter who they are from? Teachers, Doctors, etc?
    urkiddingright

    Answer by urkiddingright at 3:01 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • My point is, if no one ever challenged anything that they think could be harming people, where would we be today? Do you think it is acceptable to silence every person who challenges the status quoe? How many harmful things, within the medical community and elsewhere, have been ended by someone challenging the very things that had previously been widely accepted and normal, safe, and the thing to do?
    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 3:02 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

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