Researcher Wakefield in LaCrosse Oct. 4 to Detail UK Reporter’s Fraud
Posted Oct 01 2012 12:00am
ST. PAUL, MINN. – Researcher and patient
advocate Andrew Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath, will hold a press conference
with Midwest autism families at a public park in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on
Thursday, October 4 from 1-1:45 p.m.
The information session will be at the Myrick
Park Gun Shelter, 2020 Myrick Park Drive, just north of the University of
Wisconsin-LaCrosse off Highway 16/LaCrosse Street.
Wakefield, an academic gastroenterologist and
author of more than 140 scientific articles, will correct false reports on the
1998 Lancet MMR vaccine case series
he co-authored with 12 other researchers. Freelance writer Brian Deer will talk
Oct. 4-5 at UW-LaCrosse; in 2003 Deer was asked by a newspaper editor to come
up with “something big” on the MMR.
Examples of Deer’s inaccuracies and unethical
behavior are posted on the Internet, including a nine-part “Elaborate Fraud”
series at the Age of Autism. Editor and former UPI investigative reporter Dan
Olmsted interviewed more Lancet
parents than Deer, whose deceptions include:
obtaining confidential medical records that patients’ doctors couldn't even
lying to parents by interviewing them using a fabricated name;
lying about what was said in an interview with a parent;
falsely claiming that children from the Lancet case series “didn’t have bowel
disease” – though doctors’ records prove they do.
In March Wakefield’s colleague Dr. John
Walker-Smith was exonerated by the High Court, with testimony under oath
stating tests undertaken in the Lancet
paper were clinically indicated and not for litigation purposes. Mr Justice
Mitting criticized the U.K. General Medical Council, stating its judgment had
been "based on inadequate and superficial reasoning."
In the United Kingdom:
pathologists who made the final disease diagnoses and produced the
"unremarkable colonic histopathology results" support the Lancet case series findings;
College London has terminated its fraud investigation of Dr. Wakefield, on advice
from the UK Research Integrity Office.
Books by Wakefield (Callous Disregard) and U.K. parents (Silenced Witnesses I & II) detail children’s post-vaccine
regressions and symptoms – painful lesions, cramping, nutritional
insufficiency, chronic diarrhea and constipation – which often defy treatment.
Research that could help these sick children is being discouraged by copy-and-paste
journalism denying these gastrointestinal problems even exist, despite clinical
documentation proving otherwise.
“Government agencies and corporations pour
enormous resources into manipulating science to support their policies and
practices,” said Dr. David Lewis, Director of the National Whistleblowers
Center Research Misconduct Project in Washington, DC. “The scientific community
should support scientists who report findings that industry or government find
threatening, and encourage research to reduce suffering no matter where the
intellectual inquiries take us.”