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This review is from: Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy (Hardcover)Reading this book was not easy for me as it made me extremely angry. I am a parent of an autistic boy and our experience matches many of the examples and cases outlined within the book. Firstly I must make it clear we have never sought to attribute blame for our son's autism or have taken any legal action regarding the MMR debate. What we have done as parents is concentrate all our efforts on strategies that work in helping our son develop hopefully into what one day will be some form of independence.
Our Son developed perfectly for the first 18 months of his life meeting all the milestones you would expect. He started talking early and was an absolute joy to be around. Always laughing and very rarely upset. However 2 days after the MMR injection after being unwell and having a high temperature he had a seizure at home. At one point his eyes rolled up into his head. At this point we immediately took him to see an emergency doctor. While in the waiting room he regained conciousness and seemed OK again and the doctor showed little concern at what we had experienced.
Over the subsequent weeks our son withdrew into himself. All speech and eye contact stopped and he would spend several hours a day just screaming uncontrolably. He also went from a normal sleep pattern to just a couple hours a night. The net effect on him and the family was terrible. This went on for a few years and the medical professionals could not offer any real help. Then my wife found out how bowel conditions can potentially lead to severe autistic problems and with the help of a number of parents, the net and certain experts in this area we were able to develop a regime that helped our son.
Today he is still autistic we have not found any miracle cure. But he has good eye contact, is very loving, sleeps well (up to 10 hours per night) and can talk and his language ability is still improving. There is now hope for him but we still have a long way to go.
The reason I am sharing this information with you all in a book review is the research that Andrew Wakefield conducted with a number of other professionals is vital to fully investigate and understand the link between the bowel and the autistic brain irrespective if the MMR is the cause of the problem. There are 100's if not 1000's of parents of autistic children out there who have seen first hand and recognise the benefits in overcoming the bowel problems our children face and the resulting lessening of many of the most severe autistic behaviours. The BMA and all the relevent authorities by taking the actions they did against Wakefield have basically stopped all meaningful research into this area. No medical professional out there would now touch this subject with a bargepole in fear of losing their medical license and career. What were the authorities so frightened of? Wakefield in his paper for the Lancet stated that there to-date was no medical evidence to show a link between MMR and this bowel condition.
I feel that money and politics have taken over the debate rather than finding the answers we all need as parents as to why perfect children regressed so dramatically at the age of 18 months to 2 years. If not due to the MMR, serious research is needed to understand what was the cause and what strategies can be used for treatment. All that is left now is parents grouping together and using information of people like Andrew Wakefield to follow strategies independently without any help from the medical establishment. Surely this is morally wrong in every way.
Finally I must add to set a National Newspaper reporter on Andrew Wakefield and to use him to draw up the evidence used at the BMA hearing is unbelieveable. The reporter in question I believe has no medical training and his reports were inaccurate at every level. The facts were wrong and distorted in a terrible way. In my opinion such behaviour where childrens health is at risk is far more serious than the recent Newspaper phone hacking scandal. It is also interesting to note that the reporter in question works for News International the owner of the Sunday Times. I have also read somewhere that the head James Murdock of News International is a non executive director of Glaxo Smith Kliene one of the manufacturers of the MMR. If true this really is alarming.
Andrew Wakefield states in his book that although his work and this vital research has been stopped there will be no hiding from this problem as Nature cannot be fooled and will always present itself. I sincerely hopes this is the case and this man who has now lost everything for standing up for something he thought was right is finally vindicated and allowed to continue with his medical career.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2013 09:53:49 GMT
Philip Dawes says:
I support David's review of Dr Wakefield's 'Callous Disregard' wholeheartedly, although he was tip-toeing his condemnation of the orthodox medical industry, whose sole interest is profits with power; they are not interested in actually curing disease, for if they were we would have seen established nutritional cures for cancers and many other so-called incurable diseases seven decades ago. And of course, along with the closed ranks of the corrupt medical establishment came the full support of one of the most corrupt prime ministers Britain has had in the last two centuries: Tony Blair. Without Blair's direct intervention to destroy Dr Wakefield and his findings the corrupt medical establishment would not have had a chance.
That aside, what I find is the most serious concern and accusation of corruption and collusion for financial gain against the orthodox medical establishment, is the mindlessness of injecting vaccines into the developing bodies of young babies and children. This is criminal!
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D. A. Meredith says:
Thanks for your review! I strongly agree with everything you say! What continues to amaze and infuriate me is the blind misguided allegance of these so called doctors and medical experts constantly paraded in the media spewing out their spurious deceptions. They're so quick to blame Dr Wakefield for new outbreaks of measles but in reality it's the previous government's fault not to provide parents with the sensible option of single vaccines.
Posted on 2 Sep 2013 13:13:15 BDT
I am very sorry to hear what happened to your son. I am glad you have been able to find some help for your son.
I feel angry that children are damaged and parents and families are left to cope. It seems doors are shut in your face the minute a parent suggests it could be the MMR that caused their childrens' problems.
This is of course, why Dr Wakefield got involved in the first place. he was a gastroenterologist and did not deal with paediatric care, but got involved cos parents had nowhere else to go. Now they dont even have him. Grrrrhhh. We must never give up the fight to stop this injustice. Thank you Dr Wakefield for continuing the fight although you have suffered greatly and been disabled to a point in the process.
The sad fact that Dr Wakefield cared a great deal that children should not be damaged or suffer is a credit to him. It is very sad that Drs like him get should be hounded by their peers, for telling the truth. Money is the only reason for this and the sad reality is that many in the medical profession care more for money than their patients.
I have experienced similar problems with getting treatment for hypothyroidism. It stirs up just as much emotion and I know of four Drs in the UK who have been hounded by the GMC in a similar way as Dr Wakefield, for telling the truth and making their patients well again!!!!
I hope your son continues to make some progress and can achieve as best he can in his circumstances.
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