Originally Posted by Proverbs31
I'm a bit new to the Wakefield controversy, so I am confused about the point of the retraction... his 1998 study didn't implicate the MMR, so what was there to retract?
The paper stated there was no link found, but they put out this retraction anyhow.
"We wish to make it clear that in this paper no causal link was established between (the) vaccine and autism, as the data were insufficient
. However the possibility of such a link was raised, and consequent events have had major implications for public health. In view of this, we consider now is the appropriate time that we should together formally retract the interpretation placed upon these findings in the paper, according to precedent."
In the paper, it is stated that several parents told the doctors that their children were healthy and normal until the shots and regressed after that. This was mentioned as was the idea that more research should follow.
I guess that was way too much for the medical/pharmaceutical establishment to swallow, so it was all out professional war on the authors. Ten backed off, hence the retraction, because they knew what would happen to them professionally and financially. Wakefield won't back off. This is what happens when you dare to question the establishment.
If autism and the host of health issues that go with it, including all the gastrointestinal issues, is ever found to be associated with vaccination we're talking trillions and trillions of dollars in losses. This would be akin to what the cigarette companies went through. There are so many powerful mechanisms in place, that I personally don't see how this would ever happen even if the thousands of parents who are convinced that the shots were a trigger for the autism turned into millions. Just like how for decades the cigarette companies held off, with creative research, the angry hordes.
Like I wrote before, what is happening to Wakefield and his two colleagues is a warning to those doctors who may wish to question the role of vaccination in all the serious health issues popping up in children.