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Lancet retracts paper that linked vaccine and autism
AFP ^ | February 2, 2010

Posted on 02/02/2010 6:32:58 AM PST by La Lydia

Edited on 02/02/2010 6:54:03 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

PARIS Medical journal The Lancet on Tuesday retracted a 1998 study linking autism with innoculation against three childhood illnesses, a paper that caused a major ethical storm and a backlash against vaccination.


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To: La Lydia

Well my cousin was a healthy baby boy, then had the DPT shot, and never recovered. First he was sick, then retarded, then he died very young. He was perfectly healthy until that DPT shot.


2 posted on 02/02/2010 6:34:28 AM PST by NEBO (Hitler, Che, and Stalin would be so jealous of Obama!)
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To: La Lydia
Yikes. Those are strong words from a disciplinary panel. They usually soften the blow.

This paper caused an awful lot of damage - causing people to chase wild geese and diverting their attention from possibly beneficial therapies and treatments.

3 posted on 02/02/2010 6:34:53 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: La Lydia
"We fully retract this paper from the published record," The Lancet's editors said ...

Yeah, that'll work.

4 posted on 02/02/2010 6:36:26 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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To: La Lydia

Three people on the news got the H1N1 shot and then developed H1N1 Guillain-Barre syndrome. One of them said she recovered after five months. I don’t know if the other two recovered yet. I had the H1N1 and I have had DPT shots and I had no ill effects. I wonder if they hit a nerve and caused nerve damage when they gave some of these shots.


5 posted on 02/02/2010 6:37:10 AM PST by NEBO (Hitler, Che, and Stalin would be so jealous of Obama!)
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To: NEBO

Do you really think this article implies that nobody ever has a bad, even fatal, reaction to a vaccine, or are you deliberately offering an irrelevant situation as if it were relevant?

Or did you share the anecdote “just ‘cause.” Sorry about your cousin; it’s terribly sad when things like that happen.


6 posted on 02/02/2010 6:38:23 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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To: NEBO
Correlation is not causation.

Many developmental disorders first manifest at the time that the DPT series is given. Autism has always begun to show itself at the same age -- long before immunizations were common. It just used to be classified as childhood-onset schizophrenia or severe retardation.

7 posted on 02/02/2010 6:38:34 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NEBO
Stop using logic, to the fear mongers logic is like holy water to a vampire
8 posted on 02/02/2010 6:40:06 AM PST by sticker
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To: All
Are there any Freepers educated in Autism, Immunology, or a related medical field that can chime in on this?

This study was allowed to stand for 12 years. Is it truly a flawed study, or are the findings being retracted due to political and business pressures?

9 posted on 02/02/2010 6:41:26 AM PST by Washi
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To: NEBO

I am so sorry for your family’s loss. But correlation does not imply causation. The fact that these two events occurred does not mean that one caused the other.


10 posted on 02/02/2010 6:44:19 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: Washi

I’ve got autisitc twins. Mrs. kevkrom is the research authority (and a trained epidemiologist), and her studied opinion of the vaccine <-> autism theory is that it’s junk science.


11 posted on 02/02/2010 6:47:00 AM PST by kevkrom (Obama's Waterloo: a "hockey mom" with a laptop and a Facebook account)
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To: NEBO

Similar story with my best friend’s youngest boy. Got the shots, got groggy, never came back. He’s institutionalized now.


12 posted on 02/02/2010 6:49:59 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: NEBO
The vaccine injury debate continues, but I think people-including most scientists-have missed the likely link: It's the mitochondria. Vaccines, especially the combined vaccines, slam the immune system and force mitochondria to work in a frenzy. If the mitochondria are weak, they die from this assault. If a lot of mitochondria die, they especially die off in the nervous system, which is where autism manifests. Epidemiologists keep missing the link because they are only looking at the whole population, not at the vulnerable subset, which includes Down’s children and other children with neurological disorders. A recent article says over 5,000 cases have been filed with the National Vaccine Injury Program alleging autism caused by vaccines. That's a lot of circumstantial evidence for “no link.” See this article or search the Hanah Poling case for more info;
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=vaccine-injury-case-offer
13 posted on 02/02/2010 8:20:05 AM PST by Missouri gal
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To: Washi

I am an MD with an autistic son. Angry parents want a scapegoat, unfortunately they are barking up the wrong tree.


14 posted on 02/02/2010 8:23:50 AM PST by hecht
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To: kevkrom; hecht
Do you folks have any theories of what does cause autism?

When I was in school in the '70s, we had a few kids who were handicapped physically, mentally, or both, but autism seems like it has just sprung up and bloomed over just the last 2-3 decades.

Something's behind it, obviously -- but what?

15 posted on 02/02/2010 11:42:45 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Washi
Is it truly a flawed study, or are the findings being retracted due to political and business pressures?

Read the CNN report at the following link -- the doctor in charge of the study was guilty of quite a bit more than flawed science, or yielding to political/business pressure, apparently. It's unfortunate it took 12 years for Lancet to retract it.

Medical journal retracts study linking autism to vaccine

16 posted on 02/02/2010 11:43:33 AM PST by browardchad ("Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own fact." - Daniel P Moynihan)
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To: Joe Brower
Do you folks have any theories of what does cause autism?

Not a clue. Neither of the twins have any of the known genetic markers, so it could be environmental, except their older (by 21 months) sibling is pretty much the definition of an anti-autistic child.

Some have theorized that it could have to do with advanced age of the mother. Probably not causal, but an additional risk factor.

Or it could simply be that, like Lupus, the rate of autism has always been there, just not properly diagnosed until recently.

17 posted on 02/02/2010 11:51:27 AM PST by kevkrom (Obama's Waterloo: a "hockey mom" with a laptop and a Facebook account)
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To: browardchad

Isn’t Lancet the one that published the study of the number of deaths in Iraq that ranged from either 5,000 dead of 500,000 dead (or something ridiculous) plus or many a few hundred thousand? The study all liberals now remember as “millions of Iraq’s personally killed by Bush”.


18 posted on 02/04/2010 1:10:02 PM PST by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds... in becoming a one term president.)
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To: techcor
Isn’t Lancet the one that published the study of the number of deaths in Iraq that ranged from either 5,000 dead of 500,000 dead (or something ridiculous) plus or many a few hundred thousand? The study all liberals now remember as “millions of Iraq’s personally killed by Bush”.

And was funded by George Soros? Yup, that's the one.

19 posted on 02/06/2010 1:18:00 AM PST by sazerac
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