Concerns with MMR were noted before Andrew Wakefield was a part of the MMR issue. Although not connected to autism as yet,Â the mass immunization in Brazil in 1997, as noted in thisÂ study taken from the American Journal of Epidemiology, Â did confirm â€œa link between measles-mumps-rubella vaccination and aseptic meningitis.â€ TheÂ same mumps Urabe strain that was used in Brazil 9 years later, had already been used in the UK in 1988. It was withdrawnÂ from circulation inÂ the UK in 1992. One must wonder how they allowed what they knew to be a scourge to be inflicted on others in South America five years later. So, this connection to autism was only another problem, but not the first problem that apparently went fairly unnoticed as they pawned the rest of the poison off to a country with less press here and abroad. This article, Early Fears About MMR in Secret Papers, details the devastating effects of MMR before most people had ever heard of Dr. Andrew Wakefield.
In this video, the parent of one of 12 children known as the Lancet 12, treated by Dr. Wakefield, and his colleague, Dr. Walter Smith, recounts her horrendous life and that of her child, injured by MMR. The Lancet is the UK medical journal touted as the most prestigious medical journal in the world. In it, in their 1998 paper, Dr. Wakefield and Dr. Smith wrote that they had â€œidentified a chronic enterocolitis in children that may be related to neuropsychiatric dysfunction.â€ They further reported that in most cases the onset of symptoms was reported after the MMR vaccine and that further studies needed to be done â€œto examine the syndrome and its possible relations to the vaccine.â€
It was thereafter recommended by Dr. Wakefield that instead of the trivalent, measles, mumps and rubella vaccine administered in one dose, that it be administered in single doses until further studies were completed. Just six months after this recommendation, the single dose MMR was no longer available. Parents were concerned that this option had been taken away along with their individual rights.
It was therefore, not Dr. Wakefield or Dr. Smith who ever suggested that parents not vaccinate their children, but only that they vaccinate them in single dosage, thereby lessening the concern, and if there still was a problem, the isolated dosage would allow identification of the problem more readily. I'd hardly call them anti-vaxers.
I have only discussed part of this video in this post. We will discuss the rest of it in subsequent posts. What is significant here is that these parents who signed the document were the parents whose children Brian Deer claimed had been used for research purposes. All of the parents claim this is not so. They were referred by their own doctors to Dr. Walter Smith and Dr. Wakefield because of their bowel diseases and they were the specialists who could help them. So when you see comments on Gather or elsewhere that are not true, you can inform them. Iâ€™m not sure everyone who makes comments like the one below is really misinformed, though. Thatâ€™s the frightening part because I have no idea why anyone would make such statements as this one unless he or she was.
â€œThe basis for the original dismissal of Walker Smith was that he had participated in a research study without getting human subject ethical approval, a strict requirement in all civilized nations. A doctor cannot decide to research on people, and just do it, without their consent, and without approval from a review board. Walker Smith had no such approval. His argument was that he was not doing research, but was acting as clinical pediatrician and treating the patients used in the study.â€
Dr. Smith didnâ€™t even provide an argument; he provided the truth that these children were referred to him and Dr. Wakefield, his colleague, because they had symptoms of bowel disease and they are pediatric gastroenterologists.
In the next section we will discuss more of this video, including the character of Brian Deer.
The preface to this series can be viewed here.