Avoiding the temptation to ponder why he was blogging at 10pm on Valentine's Day (mustn't pry), The Salted Slug has posted an eloquent article, nicely roughing up MMR vaccine scaremonger Andrew Wakefield, whose greed led to a massive increase in measles, and at least two child deaths.
Anyway, it turns out that whilst some have given Wakefield the benefit of the doubt regarding whether he was incompetent or knowingly fraudulent about his 'study', Brian Deer at the Times has found out that his biased and bullshit study results might have been fiddled to suit his scaremongering.However, our investigation, confirmed by evidence presented to the General Medical Council (GMC), reveals that: In most of the 12 cases, the children’s ailments as described in The Lancet were different from their hospital and GP records. Although the research paper claimed that problems came on within days of the jab, in only one case did medical records suggest this was true, and in many of the cases medical concerns had been raised before the children were vaccinated. Hospital pathologists, looking for inflammatory bowel disease, reported in the majority of cases that the gut was normal.
This was then reviewed and the Lancet paper showed them as abnormal.
If true, this would lend credence to the theory that he was less misguided as he was a lying murdering bastard spreading anxiety in the minds of concerned parents everywhere in order to turn a buck.
This is all after he discovered that Wakefield had patented his own 'alternative' MMR vaccine prior to conducting his research, and would stand to make a massive profit if he could reduce confidence enough in the existing vaccine. After this was revealed all his co-authors disowned the paper and the Lancet printed a retraction. But the damage has been done now.
But hey, at least Andy is alright.
Meanwhile, in less outright fucking stupid places, Measles has been eliminated altogether.
What is damaging about shits like Wakefield is that they further taint the battered integrity of medical science. At least in this case, once his financial interest had been identified, his 'research' was unceremoniously dumped. However, his greed has already added more weight to those who increasingly argue that we are being fed junk stats on a regular basis. In other areas, of course, such conflicting interests are routinely ignored, and even used aggressively by weak government to promote their own particular one-sided agenda.
The only solution would be a completely independent research facility to produce medical statistics and science, but then, who would fund it? No matter where the money comes from, those producing the information are beholden to whomsoever is responsible for providing the grants.
It's a toughie, isn't it?