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62 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fake MMR scare - why its still important
We live at a time when our children no longer die of smallpox and are not encased in iron lungs because of polio infection. Vaccination is one of the main reasons why our children are safer from infectious disease than ever before. Oddly, we also live in a time where many well-meaning people (along with many more cranks and quacks) try to deny the fact that vaccinations...
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13 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pity people actually pay for this book
The studies done by Wakefield have been rep[eated, confirmed and validated by a number of researchers around the world such as Urlmann et al, Gonzalez et al Fulano et al, O'Leary et al, Singh et al,Kawashima et al,Horvath et and al Bitnun et al to name a few. Also and most important children are recovering and have recovered from autism by focusing on healing the damage...
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62 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fake MMR scare - why its still important, 3 Jan 2006
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This review is from: MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know (Paperback)
We live at a time when our children no longer die of smallpox and are not encased in iron lungs because of polio infection. Vaccination is one of the main reasons why our children are safer from infectious disease than ever before. Oddly, we also live in a time where many well-meaning people (along with many more cranks and quacks) try to deny the fact that vaccinations are effective. These people are busy creating fake safety issues to put people off having their children vaccinated, opening the way for children to be harmed needlessly by easily preventable disease. Vague hints that governments and pharmaceutical companies are deliberately causing damage to children for profit usually accompany these paranoid fantasies, witness a review here. Oddly, the anti-vaccine quacks who offer their own dubious services for cash have no such financial motivation in the eyes of their faithful followers.
In this book Michael Fitzpatrick, a father of an autistic child and a GP, cuts through the fake hysteria surrounding MMR to show why no scare should have started in the first place. Fitzpatrick shows that the MMR-autism link is not supported by epidemiology and has no credible, reproducible lab evidence that could provide a mechanism.
The fake MMR scare now, thankfully, appears to be fading as the media loses interest under the weight of more and more studies showing no link to autism, however, this book remains important. The lessons of the MMR fiasco need to be learnt by the government and the media so the next time a “medical maverick” questions established and effective therapies the correct questions are asked before an unnecessary panic is created.
Interestingly, following the point about profit mentioned earlier, Fitzpatrick also points out that the "medical research" that first linked MMR to autism was produced using public funding (from Legal Aid) at the request of a legal firm with an interest in starting litigation. We the public funded this baseless research to the tune of £15 million and yet the findings are yet to be disclosed or published. That this public money was wasted in this way is the only remaining MMR scandal and yet nobody is being held accountable.
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85 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive review of how autism and MMR became linked, 14 Jun 2004
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Dr M.Wilks (Barts Hosp, London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know (Paperback)
This is a very important book, which really does live up to its title, it does contain what 'every parent need to know '. In fact it contains a great deal more that they need to know and is arguably the most comprehensive and reliable discussion of the subject there, is as well as providing a useful summary of ideas about autism. ( Fitzpatrick himself is the father of an autistic child). Some may find the level of detail a bit overwhelming , but only by tracing it chronologically is it possible to grasp how the story developed and the peculiar way in which new claims have been added and others quietly dropped as they proved unsustainable even to Andrew Wakefield, the originator of the idea that autism and MMR were linked.
Fitzpatrick does not dismiss the views of those who claims a link between MMR and autisms out of hand but systematically goes through all their claims and shows how they just don't stand up to any rational analysis by which we make judgments and decisions about issues in normal life.
Yet it's remarkable how widespread these views now are, working in a hospital, I'm still amazed at the number of people who've smugly told me that there must be something in the link with autism but the advantages of the MMR vaccine outweigh the risks of not having it; well, this book shows quite clearly that there isn't anything in the link and it's not a question of balancing two opposing points of view.
In fact, the medical and political establishment doesn't come out of this story very well either and Fitzpatrick is right to point out their shortcomings. From the initial decision of the editor of the Lancet to publish what he considered at the time to be a poor paper (and launch it with a televised press conference) to Tony Blair, who gave the story a new lease of life by refusing to say whether his young son had been vaccinated, to the Department of Health and its experts, who have done their share of scare mongering with dire threats of impending epidemics yet who weren't even prepared to defend their point of view in the televised discussion after the drama 'Hear the silence' about Andrew Wakefield was screened on Channel 5. It's also amazing to note how many journalists have boosted their careers by latching on to this scare whenever it's flagged.
It may be that this particular story is now over, Andrew Wakefield has adopted an increasingly martyred posture, leaving a small group of followers to do his arguing for him, but it is still an important issue and you can be sure that there will be another issue along which will cause another panic. There are many lessons to be learnt from it and it is in this context that the epilogue to the book is particularly useful. It ranges from practical suggestions to fellow GP's on how to put a positive case for MMR without scaring worried patients, to a more general and thought provoking section on medicine and scientific research in an increasingly irrational and anxious age.
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67 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study of autism and the MMR scare, 22 July 2004
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This review is from: MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know (Paperback)
This superb book gives an extremely useful account of the current state of knowledge of autism and its causes. It also shows that parents should allow their children to be immunised with MMR. The author is a London GP, who has an autistic son James.
Dr Fitzpatrick reminds us of the dangers of measles, mumps and rubella. In the ten years before the first measles immunisation was introduced in Britain, 850 children died from measles. Since MMR immunisation was introduced in 1988, there have been only four deaths from measles, and 19 from complications. Japan, with a low uptake of MMR immunisation, has 50/100 measles deaths a year.
So the government is right to encourage mass MMR immunisation and to oppose the individual choice of separate vaccines, even though its promotion of 'individual choice' and 'personalised care' undermines all good NHS policies. The government's 'faith-based' politics - evident in Blair's refusal to say whether his son Leo had been immunised - align it against both the medical profession and scientific evidence.
The original article that sparked the MMR immunisation scare, by Dr Andrew Wakefield, only raised the possibility of a relationship between MMR immunisation and autism: it put forward no evidence of a causal link, and specified no mechanism of transmission. In the subsequent five years, he has failed to substantiate his claim.
Since then, many independent researchers have proven that there is no causal link between MMR and autism, but Dr Wakefield refuses to accept the overwhelming evidence. He even told a US senate committee that the Royal Statistical Society had damned an important study that refuted his hypothesis, although this was not true. He has now moved to a private clinic in Florida run by an evangelical Christian.
We still know too little about the neurobiological framework of autism. The one thing we do know is that whatever else causes autism, it is not MMR immunisation. The facts show that MMR vaccine is safe, and that immunisation does not compromise natural immunity.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars appalling cynicism, 6 Dec 2011
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SMcM "SMcM" (Nr ayr, ayrshire Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know (Paperback)
How disappointing to read the number of one star reviews from people about this book which, please remember, is written by the father of a child with autism who is also a GP.

If anyone genuinely believes that he is not in an ideal position to guide worried parents through the swathe of misinformation about MMR then I dont know who is.

An excellent book and the reason that it is relatively one sided is that the case against MMR has been completely demolished
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42 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still essential reading, 4 Jan 2006
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Fitzpatrick picks apart the pieces of the false MMR scare from quiet start to total media frenzy and shows how a non-existent "risk" to children became a real risk as confused parents left their children unvaccinated and open to genuine diease.
Despite the weight of new data confirming that MMR has no link to autism and the resultant decline in media hysteria, this book remains essential reading, not just due to the importance of vaccines like MMR, but as an educational case study that could prevent future media panics.
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13 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pity people actually pay for this book, 24 July 2010
This review is from: MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know (Paperback)
The studies done by Wakefield have been rep[eated, confirmed and validated by a number of researchers around the world such as Urlmann et al, Gonzalez et al Fulano et al, O'Leary et al, Singh et al,Kawashima et al,Horvath et and al Bitnun et al to name a few. Also and most important children are recovering and have recovered from autism by focusing on healing the damage done in the gut by the MMR and cleaning the measles virus out of the lymph nodes. If vaccines don't cause damage this approach wouldn't work- AFRAID IT DOES! Us poor deluded parents with completly recovered kids!
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7 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Medical (Allopathic) propaganda, 28 Feb 2011
This review is from: MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know (Paperback)
Dr Fitzpatrick: "In the medical world, the weight of opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of MMR."

No surprise there, the vaccinators (medical world/Allopaths) are in favour of their own medicine! To paraphrase Mandy Rice Davis---'they would say that wouldn't they?'

They are hardly likely to open Pandora's box and say vaccines cause autism when we have 500,000 people with autistic spectrum disorders in the UK alone. The whole vaccine programme would collapse, along with all the vaccine drug companies! Not to mention the government health departments looking more than foolish.

they have even awarded vaccine autism, so that shoots a huge hole right through the centre of this book, eg Hannah Polling. And there are dozens of studies showing vaccine autism, along with many children who have recovered when they have had mercury (given in vaccines) removed from their body.

all studies showing vaccines don't cause autism have been taken apart as, at best, junk science []

And to finish it off read Silenced Witnesses: v.II: The Parents Story: The Denial of Vaccine Damage by Government, Corporations and the Media along with Callous Disregard Callous Disregard: Autisms and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy Autisms and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy

as to the myth we have all been saved by vaccines read: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins and Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners: Guide to Immunization Risks and Protection
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22 of 101 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The jury is still out and will be for a long time to come, 8 Sep 2006
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This is a well written book but being a doctor does not give you chapter and verse on what may or may not trigger autism. Vaccination may be desirable for society as a whole but may not be desirable for a minority of people who react adversely to it. Why everyone is so desperate to put people's minds at risk over MMR when the vaccines are available separately can only be financially inspired. Autistic children cost far more in their life time than separate jabs. Fundamentally nobody yet knows categorically whether MMR plays a part or otherwise but with thousands of parents noting signficant change in their children immediately following MMR we may not choose to abandon the vaccination programme but we should certainly ask questions. It's only comparatively recently that it was acknowledged that smoking caused cancer. Cause and effect - a long process. In this instance, as in smoking, a great many people stand to lose a vast amount of money if a causal link is established surely. Books about autism should promote debate at this juncture, not attempt to close it down.
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14 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hopelessly one sided, 9 Jun 2008
This review is from: MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know (Paperback)
If you are looking for a balanced evaluation of the risks vs benefits of MMR you won't find it here. No explanation of the rising rates of autism or why so many parents think MMR is responsible.
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19 of 105 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly written, 30 Sep 2006
This review is from: MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know (Paperback)
Dr Fitzpatrick presents many arguments which are very useful weapons for pharmaceutical companies who need to defend their shareholders' interests.

Very large sums of money and political capital have been invested in mass-vaccination programmes in the UK and other countries. This book is a clever attempt to restore confidence in such programmes in the face of doubts that have surfaced in recent years.
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