So, it turns out that the study linking Vaccines to Autism was an outright fraud. This outcome has been a long-time coming, as the original study was retracted almost a year ago and in May the researcher behind the study was stripped of his medical license.
I’m troubled that it took so long to discover, given the damage done by the subsequent furor, the errors and data falsification in the study. It speaks to a lack of good follow through by mainstream media, as well as the damage that can be done when they try to give a “balanced” perspective on a story. In this case, giving vaccine skeptics such a prominent role lent credence to their claims, which were based on little or bad science. These finding will do nothing to change the minds of the die-hard believers either.
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“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,” Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, told CNN. “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.”
Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds.
HT: The Fraud Behind Autism-Vaccination Scares
This is the "science" methodology behind anti-vaccine research.
In January, Britain's medical council ruled that Wakefield and two other doctors acted unethically and showed a "callous disregard" for the children in their study. The medical body said Wakefield took blood samples from children at his son's birthday party, paying them 5 pounds (today worth $7.20) each and later joked about the incident.
The Associated Press: Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine
If you read one article about the ingredients in Vaccines today, it should be this one. While it starts out as a bit of a rant, I did learn about the importance of dosages of supposedly harmful ingredients. And, some of these “toxic chemicals”, including NaCl, are in other everyday things that you may already be eating/drinking. Cue the scary music!
This is just plain ignorant. If you want to see the difference between an education over a weekend or two at Google University and actually understanding medicine, look no further than the above. Neomycin and polymixin are indeed antibiotics. They’re used in the manufacture of vaccines. Specifically, antibiotics like this are usually used to prevent bacterial contamination and overgrowth during cell culture and the growth of the viruses. After the manufacturing process there often remain trace amounts of these antibiotics.
All the facts are made more entertaining by wonderful gems like the following.
Not only did Dawn not stop digging when she was in a hole, but she got out a freakin’ backhoe. Heck, she did more than that. She got out the dynamite and started blasting. No, even that’s not enough. She actually decided to start digging by detonating thermonuclear weapons of stupid.