The bogus claims by some that vaccines lead to autism in children, has been revealed as a fraud. Another celebrity meme of stupidity shot down like a rabid animal.
A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.
An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.
“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.”
Well meaning fools with access to the press are making things worse, not better. Every day one dimwit with a cause spreads another lie by some evil or misguided creep. It’s important to question all claims of doom the media promotes. Nine times out if ten they tend to be false. It’s the problems they don’t talk about which are actually worrying.