Wakefield’s warriors still in denial

A unique court case has been reported in Great Britain. An anti-vaccine activist whose son was one of the twelve children used as part of Andrew Wakefield’s study linking vaccines to autism was recently brought before an English court for endangering the life of her child. Not only was the woman’s son used in Wakefield’s research she continued to further the idea that vaccines cause autism claiming her son got autism from the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

However, according to the The Telegram out of Canada, the mother’s son exhibited autistic symptoms long before her son was administered the vaccine and no bad reactions to the vaccine were experienced by her son when he was given the vaccine. As it turns out, it looks like the woman in question believed her lies to the point where she had given her son remedies used in the field of alternative medicine. Her confrontational, deceptive and erratic behavior toward healthcare workers prompted the hearing before a family court where the judge told her she had change her ways or face restricted access to her son.

The woman in question is typical of many of the true believers of the anti-vaccine movement. Despite being disgraced by the British medical community for submitting a fraudulent study to the prestigious English medical journal Lancet, Andrew Wakefield still laughs all the way to the bank, appearing and speaking at gatherings in the US continuing to profit from his debunked views. Despite his claim of being defamed in Britain, fortunately US courts rejected his request to sue the British Medical Journal that did a write up on him for defamation (correctly) stating that Wakefield’s work was an elaborate fraud.

The Telegram‘s headline for this news report is entitled: Quack science and its collateral damage. It is not just an autistic boy’s mother who turned to quack science while clinging to her irrational beliefs that vaccines cause autism (they do not) and Andrew Wakefield is innocent. But also Wakefield’s quackery continuing to market himself and his work, to this day, making himself out be the victim of some elaborate conspiracy. The worst part about it is that people still believe him.