Why the Push to Discredit Dr. Wakefield?

Recently I was reading a piece on autism, and the fact that an advertisement for the drug Concerta was placed directly below the article, says a lot about this question.   See, if we the public are conjured into believing (through slick ads) that the only tool available to us when we are ill is a hammer (vaccines and drugs),  then all that’s left to do is for the pharmaceutical industry to convince us that all of our illnesses and disorders are nails.   It’s brilliant, and  this is exactly what the the propaganda created by the profit driven drug industry does:   Don’t believe me?  Here’s an example: Your child has ADD:  basically you are told: don’t look at their chemically laden, sugar rich diet that may be an underlying cause of their  behavior and attention issues, just use the Concerta hammer.  If there is a possibility your child might develop an illness, don’t worry about making their immune systems strong through good nutrition, fresh air and exercise (and God forbid don’t use vitamins or herbs), just think hammer…..more vaccines!

Come on folks,  it’s time to take our critical thinking beyond the sound bytes  this industary is feeding us and look at the real motives at play here. If we buy into the distorted messages sent through the media regarding the complex issue of vaccine safety and autism without doing our own homework, the campaign to dumb us down will  have worked..

Although it would be easier to accept that  Dr. Wakefield (a pediatric gastroenterologist and researcher) is a fraud and the case is closed.  It’s just not that simple. The vaccine autism connection has not been put to rest just because the powers that be want us to believe that “all” the studies have proven there is no connection or that Wakefield’s work is fraudulent.  There’s so much more to this story:  The world is polluted with 87,000 chemicals, most of our food is void of nutrients needed to support health and  create strong immune systems, and vaccines although they might have their place, are not completely safe for every child and should not be the main solution offered for keeping our kids healthy.   Making Wakefield the villain by destroying his reputation is  part of the strategy to convince us that vaccines have nothing to do with autism.  However besides his 13 years of research and the fact that his work has been replicated by researchers in 4 other countries,  there are thousands of parents who know their children regressed after vaccines.    They know they had a normal child at one point and now every day of their lives their having to live with the repercussions of having a child with autism.  Do you think these parents can be silenced?  Wakefield is the sacrificial lamb here.   But the bottom line is: better research, (not the personal and professional persecution of  someone who challenges medical practices) is what’s  called for.

Before becoming a nurse, I was a history major.  Doesn’t the public lynching of Dr. Wakefield remind you at all of the Spanish Inquisition?

Maureen H. McDonnell, RN
Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet www.SOKHOP.com

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Maureen H. McDonnell, RN

I am a registered nurse with a strong interest in helping to reverse the escalating number of children affected by chronic illnesses. After coordinating the Defeat Autism Now! Conferences for 10 years, I joined forces with Jill Urwick to form Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet. This website and our conferences focus on the role nutrition and toxins in the environment are playing in Autism, ADHD, childhood cancers, etc. More importantly, our goal is to offer solution-based information that is both practical and affordable.

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