Wakefield et al, and Scientific Rigor

December 15, 2014 by Shawn Siegel

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, praised and still soundly supported by the parents of the Lancet kids, is characterized as a fraud in the mainstream, virtually solely on the basis of the case series published in, and subsequently retracted from, the Lancet, but the science of the paper – the validity of the data collected and conclusions drawn – was never in question. Indeed, it was praised by Richard Horton, the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, both in interviews and in his testimony at the General Medical Council hearing.

This is from the online Huffington Post article linked below, authored by journalist Sally Beck:

“[Horton made comments] in an interview with me for The Observer newspaper, and in a written email to an epidemiologist seeking clarification on whether the science in the Wakefield study held up. [He] was quick to confirm that the science in the paper, which looked at whether 12 autistic children also suffered bowel disease, was good.

“He reiterated his statement in his evidence to the GMC, ‘There was no question in my mind that subject to external peer review and editor debate, we should publish this work,’ he said. ‘The description of what seemed to be a new syndrome and its relations to possible environmental triggers was original and would certainly have interested our readers.'”

And the following is an excerpt from a document I received from Martin Walker, who edited the books, Silenced Witnesses, numbers 1 and 2, which are the stories of the parents of the Lancet kids. Martin attended the full GMC hearing – this is his description of Horton’s testimony, corroborating and expanding on the comments in the Huffington Post article:

“According to Horton, his enquiry into Deer’s allegations left him sure that at least one of the most serious was completely fictitious. From that point onwards, in real life and in the hearing, Horton gave impeccable evidence for the defence. In fact he rose to a level of praise for Dr Wakefield the like of which I have only previously heard from parents.

“When Horton moved to talking about the paper published in the Lancet, it became clear that he had the highest regard for the method which the ‘case series’ used and the way in which it was presented. If the prosecution was expecting him to say that the paper was full of poor science, they must have been surprised when he said the absolute opposite.

“Horton said that the Lancet paper was an excellent example of a ‘case series’. That this was a standard and entirely reputable way of reporting on a possible new syndrome. He said unequivocally that the science reported in the 1998 Lancet paper ‘still stands’ and that he ‘wished, wished, wished’ that the clock could be turned back and the paper be considered in the light it was first presented, without everything that followed.”

The headlines blasted around the world vilifying Dr. Wakefield should instead have been trumpeting the success enjoyed by the team of doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in London, the families of the kids who participated, and certainly the children themselves, when the treatments for their inflamed bowels resulted in amelioration of their symptoms of autism; when kids who hadn’t been able to sleep through the night for months began getting a full night’s sleep; when kids who hadn’t spoken for months – or longer – again began speaking, and speaking with language usage commensurate with their age at the time, not at the age at which they’d stopped speaking!, demonstrating continued mental growth despite the outward appearance of absence; and when kids who’d lost emotional connection with their families once again began recognizing and bonding with their parents and siblings.

Priorities, folks – priorities.




December, 2014

“Since fiscal year 1999, HHS has added six vaccines to the vaccine injury table, but it has not added covered injuries associated with these vaccines to the table. This means that while individuals may file VICP claims for these vaccines, each petitioner must demonstrate that the vaccine that was administered caused the alleged injury. HHS is considering adding covered injuries associated with these vaccines; but as of September 2014, it had not published any final rules to do so.

The balance of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund, managed by the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) increased from $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2009 to nearly $3.3 billion at the end of fiscal year 2013 as the trust fund’s income (from net revenues from vaccine excise taxes and interest on investments) outpaced its disbursements to HHS, USCFC, and the Department of Justice (DOJ), which represents HHS in VICP proceedings. VICP compensation, funded by the trust fund, increased from less than $126 million in each of fiscal years 1999 to 2009 to over $254 million in fiscal year 2013.”

  • US DHHS Decree: Immunity under U.S. law against legal claims related to the manufacturing, testing, development, distribution and administration of three experimental Ebola vaccines (Yahoo Finance)
  • CDC announces to doctors that the current flu vaccine may not protect against today’s predominately circulating H3N2 influenza virus (CBS This Morning)
  • Dec 4, 2014: European agency clears Novartis vaccine in Italy scare (France 24)
  • Novartis flu vaccine on hold in Italy after suspicious deaths (CIDRAP)
  • Study: Epidemic of complicated mumps in previously vaccinated young adults in the South-West of France (Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses, December 2014)
  • Study, Tdap vaccination during pregnancy: small but statistically significant increased risk of chorioamnionitis (1-Medscape, 2-Dr. Halvorsen)
  • Petitions Received for Vaccine Injury Compensation Program  (Federal Register)

Latest News

  • 11/28/2014: Novartis flu vaccine suspended in Italy after deaths: Swiss drugmaker stresses that “no causal link” has been discovered between vaccine and deaths (Telegraph, UK)
  • Pathogen evolution and the immunological niche (Annuals of the NY Academy of Science, 2014)
  • Lawsuits claiming Merck lied about mumps vaccine efficacy headed to trial (read more…)
  • 11/16/2014: AP IMPACT: ‘Vaccine court’ keeps claimants waiting
  • Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Enhances Colonization of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus in Mice http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/1/e01040-13.full (this is an animal study on the flu vaccine which is now recommended to all babies and children.)
  • 11/18/2014: New study strongly suggests hepatitis B vaccination in ‪‎France‬ sparked a wave of new cases of MS <!–more–>
  • Why is vaccine choice so important? Download our brochure, here.

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  • What Kind of Life is a Lifetime of Vaccines? (Read more).
  • Post-MMR “Febrile seizures represent a serious adverse event…” (Nature Genetics, 2014)
  • Example of major differences in opinion between those who support choice based on the science, and those who support mandatory vaccination for MMR, DTaP, IPV, HIB, PCV, HepB, ChickenPox, and anything new the Vermont CDC plans to add (meningitis, HPV): Vermont parents are required to read the Dept. of Health’s vaccine education document before “opting out” of any one of the 30 vaccines they will be asked to get to attend preschool (see VT schedule up to 18 months). Here is one coalition parent’s annotated version of the education document.
  • Costly chronic disease in children is exploding. Pre-Order your video of Explore the Facts Lecture.
  • Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV) – San Diego Protest on 11-01-2014 
  • Concerned Vermonter Responds to Brattleboro Reformer
  • CDC wants VT children to have 49 vaccines before kindergarten.
  • Read the Vermont-reported injuries/hospitalizations from last 5 years here.
  • Vaccine Ingredients and Manufacturer Information via www.procon.org
  • Anaphylaxis to diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines among children with cow’s milk allergy (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology).
  • Drug Makers Seek Indemnity for Ebola Vaccines (London South East).
  • “The public and the media need to be more skeptical of industry claims and be wary of hype that over promises.” – (from: Corruption of the Health Care Delivery System” by Doctors Glyn Elwyn and Elliott Fisher of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice).
  • Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease (British Medical Journal).
  • Is Enterovirus D68 Behind The Mysterious Paralysis In Children? (www.NCPR.org).
  • At the end of 2013, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil had generated nearly 30,000 adverse reaction reports to the US government, including 140 deaths (www.Medalerts.org).

September, 2014

  • Congressional Briefing on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (attended by staffer of Peter Welch).
  • Vermont’s Gubernatorial candidates support parental authority on vaccine decisions, unless uninformed on the issue… (VPR, listen from 1:16:50-1:18:05).
  • 9/24 Fearless Parent Radio ~Are Vaccines Safe? ~  Barbara Loe Fisher with Larry Palevsky, MD (LISTEN)
  • Environmental Health 2014: “Among the suspected toxins surveyed, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, aluminum adjuvants, and the herbicide glyphosate have increasing trends that correlate positively to the rise in autism.”
  • Timeline of events on CDC Whistleblower Dr. W. Thompson from healthchoice.org
  • Parents who believe that vaccines induced autism in their children launch massive video campaign (more).
  • Explore the Pro’s and Con’s of Vaccination at Procon.org.
  • Statement of William W. Thompson, Ph.D., Senior CDC Scientist, Regarding the 2004 Article Examining the Possibility of  Relationship Between MMR Vaccine and Autism (via his attorneys –link).
  • Maine Voices: Breakdown in accountability at heart of decline in vaccinations (Portland Press Herald).

Explore the Facts


Lecture: Important Facets of Infant Immunity – Sat., October 18

* 4 CEU credits pending

Join us on Saturday, October 18th from 1-5 pm, in the Great Room at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center on Lake Champlain, to explore the facts and take fresh look at the science on how we can we keep our infants and children safe and healthy.

Chronic disease is skyrocketing in children & adults. We are witnessing an epidemic of allergies, asthma, eczema, autism, ADHD and other chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders. Parents want to know:

  • How do vaccinations affect the infant immune system?
  • What are the long-term health implications and unexpected consequences of universal vaccination?
  • Do vaccines promote health?

Thanks to generous donations, we are able to offer free admission. DETAILS:


Suzanne Humphries, M.D.

– Recent scientific publications on the development of fetal and infant immune systems will be reviewed, including:

  • Connections between the immune system and nervous system.
  • Aluminum and infant immunity as related to vaccination.
  • The importance of inflammatory pathway regulation.
  • Developmental windows and impact of breastfeeding, nutrition, vaccination and other medical choices.


Ginger Taylor, M.S.

– Considerations for parents and consumers.

Vermont Doctors: Lynn Madsen, M.D. | Bradley Rauch, D.C. | Sandy Reider, M.D. | Bill Warnock, N.D. 

– Q&A, Doctors’ and Parents’ panel.

Free childcare, refreshments and appetizers.

Made possible due to generous donations from those who support vaccine choice and health choice.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014  (1-5 pm) – Burlington, VT

The Great Room, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center | Limited Seating – Pre-register HERE |

Invite your friends, lawmakers and healthcare providers (or we can send an invite for you – click here)

suzanne-headshot-2-217x300Suzanne Humphries, M.D. earned her BA in physics from Rutgers University and after running a research biochemistry lab, she earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1993. Dr. Humphries is board certified in Nephrology. She has 3 years experience as an associate professor (teaching students, residents and fellows) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and 11 years experience in conventional practice in Nephrology and Internal Medicine at Easter Maine Medical Center, also teaching medical students and medical residents. After witnessing unexpected health effects of vaccination on her kidney patients, she began to ask questions and research the history and science of vaccine effectiveness and safety. She left conventional medicine to research the many problems with mainstream medical theory and co-authored (with Roman Bystrianyk) the book, Dissolving Illusions: Diseases, Vaccines and the Forgotten History, which paints a historic portrait with quotes from the pages of long overlooked medical journals, books, newspapers, and other sources to reveal a startling history that has been disregardedRead more about her transition from hospitalist to independent practitioner here.
gingerGinger Taylor, M.S.
 holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in child development and an MS in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration if adolescent and family therapy. She is media director for HealthChoice.org and co-author and contributing editor of, Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, which makes the argument that informed consent in vaccination is a fundamental human right. Ms. Taylor served on the steering committee for the 2009 Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism Conference to educate medical professionals on the current state of the research and treatment of Autism. She is the founder of Greater Brunswick Special Families, and the mother of a child who regressed into autism following the simultaneous administration of the DTaP, Hepatitis B, Polio, HIB and Pneumo vaccines.VERMONT DOCTORS:Lynn Madsen, M.D. earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2003 and she practices family medicine in Townshend, VT. Bradley Rauch, D.C. earned his Doctor of Chiropractic in 1980 from the New York  Chiropractic College and has been a practicing chiropractor for 32 years. He was a founding member of the New York Chiropractic Council, taught technique at New York Chiropractic and is currently a partner in 3 offices in the Dominican Republic after selling his practice in 2009. Dr. Rauch lives in Stowe, Vermont with his wife Michelle and 4 children.

Sandy Reider, M.D. has been a physician in Vermont for 43 years. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School in 1971 and has a general practice in Lyndonville, Vermont.

Bill Warnock, N.D. received his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr College of Medicine and his BS in Botany from the University of Washington. Dr. Warnock is a family practitioner in Shelburne, Vermont with expertise in treating childhood illnesses, obesity, and chronic debilitating diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, and chronic fatigue, as well as preventive health. When he set up his practice in 1985, he was the first Naturopathic Doctor in Vermont. He served as president of the Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians for many years, and now serves on the Executive Committee for Vermont Blueprint for Health.


August, 2014

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July, 2014

June, 2014

Dose 6 Dose 7 Dose 8 Dose 9 Dose 10… I guarantee GrandMa did not have a chart like this.

  • The drug lobby vs. Hobby Lobby: Pharma lobbyists and the contraception mandate (Washington Examiner 6/30/2014)
  • Is the Institute of Medicine (“IOM”) ‘Above the Law’?  (medpagetoday.com article 6/27/2014)
  • Pregnancy Vaccines, Are they Safe? Everyone got one in this clever new study (JAMA)In this study, Dr Munoz reported serving as a speaker for Sanofi
    Pasteur; serving as a consultant for Novartis,
    GlaxoSmithKline, and Novavax; and conducting
    clinical trials sponsored by Hoffmann-LaRoche,
    GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, and Gilead Sciences.
    Dr Swamy reported receiving consulting and
    lecturing fees, grant support for vaccine-related
    studies, and payment for advisory board service,
    lectures, and development of educational
    presentations from GlaxoSmithKline; and receiving
    grant funding from GlaxoSmithKline specific to
    influenza vaccine and human papillomavirus
    infection. Dr Walter reported serving as a
    consultant and advisor for Merck; serving as a
    speaker for Sanofi Pasteur; and conducting clinical
    trials sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis,
    and Pfizer. Dr Englund reported receiving
    research support from Novartis, Gilead, Chimerix,
    and Roche; serving as a consultant for
    GlaxoSmithKline in 2012-2013; serving on a
    GlaxoSmithKline data and safety monitoring board
    in 2012-13; and receiving travel expenses from
    Abbvie (part of Abbot) in 2013. Dr Edwards
    reported serving as consultant for and receiving
    grants from Novartis Vaccines. Dr Healy reported
    conducting trials with grants from Sanofi Pasteur
    and Novartis and serving as advisor for Novartis
    Vaccines. Dr Baker reported serving as consultant
    and advisory board member to Novartis Vaccines
    and as an advisory board member for Pfizer Inc.
  • Public Attitudes Toward Science in 2014 ~45% think the risk may outweigh the benefit (Report)..
  • The $1 bn Novartis and Medicago facilities were built in partnerships with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority – See more at: (PDF) http://www.ncbiotech.org/article/novartis-nc-vaccine-site-gets-fda-ok/15586
  • University of Milan Study: “possible causal relationship between a previous hexavalent vaccination and the sudden infant death” – Current Medicinal Chemistry http://www.eurekaselect.com/115921/article
  • Contamination of live attenuated vaccines with an infectious feline endogenous retrovirus (RD-114 virus) – Archives of Virology 2014  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00705-013-1809-1#page-1
  • Study: Flu vaccine caused seizures in up to 1 in 143 kids under age 5 yrs. during 2010 – CIDRAP, June 11, 2014 http://bit.ly/1mJvW3S
  • Study: Risk of seizures after MMRV combo vaccine was twice as high as with MMR+V – Canadian Medical Association Journal, June 9, 2014 http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2014/06/09/cmaj.140078