How on earth does anyone know who or what to believe. The misinformation, corruption, pandering and spinning does nothing to help the kids and adults who just need to find out what, why, how and where to go from here. Isn’t it time for the finger-pointing, blaming and ridicule to just stop, lets put that all to bed and get on with the more important work of figuring out WHY, 1 in 6 of our kids has a developmental difficulty! I am not saying it is not important to vindicate Dr. Andrew Wakefield, if he truly did not commit fraud. It just perplexes me to think about how far we haven’t come! 13 years, and this is still a main focus of discussion, not just about the hypothesis per se, but the arguments, the rhetoric, the vindictiveness of those who try to discredit and those who try to verify… one long, long argument on who is right and who is wrong. In the meantime, more and more of the nation’s kids are being diagnosed and/or medicated! Let’s keep moving forward with the business of figuring out the puzzle, not adding smoke screens to an already cloudy discussion.
PR Newswire has this article this morning: ” … Well-known Whistleblower Calls for Withdrawal of British Medical Journal Article Alleging Fraud
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Strategic Autism Initiative (SAI), an autism research foundation, reported today that an ongoing investigation into the allegations of fraud against Dr. Andrew Wakefield concerning a paper published in The Lancet in February, 1998 is being conducted by an internationally respected scientist, Dr. David Lewis. Early results of his investigation, which were published on November 9, in The British Medical Journal (BMJ) and The Journal Nature, reveal that The Lancet paper in question accurately reported the results provided to Dr. Wakefield by the collaborating specialists at the Royal Free Hospital in London, contrary to the findings of a series of articles published by the BMJ in January 2011.
According to Dr. Lewis, “There was no fraud committed by Dr. Wakefield. The crux of the matter in Wakefield’s case, so far as research fraud is concerned, is whether Wakefield fabricated the diagnosis of non-specific colitis for 11 of the 12 Lancet children as claimed in Table 1. Drs. Paul Dhillon’s and Andrew Anthony’s grading sheets clearly show that Wakefield did not fabricate the diagnoses of non-specific colitis reported in the Lancet article.” In addition to his work as a scientist, Dr. Lewis directs the Research Misconduct Project of the National Whistleblower Center in Washington, D.C. …”