Asking Frauds to Testify

Asking Frauds to Testify

There is a bill being considered in the Oregon Legislature to tighten vaccine exemptions, limited to those with a medical indication. A good idea, since Oregon, my state, has a 9% unvaccinated rate, highest in the nation. Go Oregon.

As part of the response to the bill, Oregon chiropractors brought in Andrew Wakefield to testify. Yes. That Andrew Wakefield. Wakefield was going to be hosted at the home of a Oregon Chiropractic Association lobbyist and his visit was requested by the Oregon Chiropractic Association.

 

Yet another reason chiropractors should not be primary care providers. As my father always noted, you can judge an organization by the company it keeps.

However the meeting with Wakefield was subsequently canceled.

As it should be.

Some of the headlines are covering the issue were curious:

Author of controversial vaccination/autism study shunned by Salem

and

Vaccine researcher Wakefield to testify in Oregon

Calling Wakefield controversial and a vaccine researcher is like calling Lance Armstrong a controversial bike rider.

The articles do mention the issues with Dr. Wakefield

Wakefield’s study was later retracted from the British medical journal The Lancet and was discredited. Wakefield lost his medical license and was shown to have committed various ethical violations.

and

The Lancet, the journal that published Wakefield’s original research, retracted his paper and his medical license was revoked. An investigation by the BMJ, formerly British Medical Journal, concluded that Wakefield’s study was unethically funded and fraudulent.

Not really doing his misdeeds justice, perhaps due to space limitation. As the BMJ series makes clear, the Wakefields Lancet study was based on “bogus data.”

If Wakefield is the best spokesman for your cause you are in a world of hurt.  

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