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Hoax Revelation Won’t Change Mother’s Mind About Autism And Vaccines

— A Poway mother says a new report that further discredits the link between autism and vaccination won’t change her belief that her son’s autism was caused by immunization.

Rebecca Estepp’s 12-year-old Eric was diagnosed with autism when he was nearly 3 years old. But Estepp says her son’s health issues began immediately following routine vaccination when he was 9 months old.

“He hit all the milestones and then he got vaccinated, and within three hours he developed terrible diarrhea. He had a fever and was non-stop screaming and arching his back,” Estepp said.

Poway mother Rebecca Estepp and her son Eric.
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Above: Poway mother Rebecca Estepp and her son Eric.

In 1998, British researcher Dr. Andrew Wakefield published research claiming there was a link between the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and autism. His work has since been discredited. Yet the belief that there is a connection lingers among some parents.

A new investigation, published yesterday, examined medical records of the children in the Wakefield study and found some of their information had been altered by the researcher and his colleagues.

The report is published in the online journal BMJ.

Estepp says she rolled her eyes when she heard the news of the report.

Estepp is a member of the San Diego chapter of Talk About Curing Autism -- a group that supports Wakefield’s research.

“Are they going to try and find his dog and run over him too? How much more could they do to him?” Estepp asked sarcastically.

Estepp believes the report will just cause parents on both sides of the debate to “dig in either further.”

Following Wakefield’s highly publicized report in the late '90s, immunization rates in Britain dropped from 92 percent to 73 percent, and were as low as 50 percent in some parts of London. The effect was not nearly as dramatic in the United States, but researchers have estimated that as many as 125,000 U.S. children born in the late 1990s did not get the MMR vaccine because of the Wakefield splash.

In California, parents can choose not to vaccinate their kids if they file personal exemption waivers. In San Diego County, 2.6 percent of kids entering kindergarten in 2009 have personal exemption waivers on file, slightly higher than the state average.

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Schools & Vaccinations: Personal Belief Exemptions

Above: By clicking on the map, you can see kindergarten enrollment and the number and percentage of personal belief exemptions for each school for 2008 and 2009, which are the most recent data available. Map by the Watchdog Institute.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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jwjones1979 | January 7, 2011 at 9:24 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

So she is going to continue to believe something that has been proven to be untrue? We call that "stupidity". She is probably a God fearing Christian too, no doubt. They also believe in things that aren't true. This woman is using her son as a Good Guy Badge and that is WRONG!

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tony_bateson | January 7, 2011 at 1:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Nothing has ever been proven to be anything in the vaccines/autism issue. For my part I have sought to find unvaccinated people in the autism community over the last fourteen years. My enquiries have reached thousands indirectly via broadcasts and the media and many hundreds directly through written and face to face enquiries, attendances at twenty conferences etc. I have never found one, even a single example. As there are three million unvaccinated people in Britain (childhood vaccines since 1966), this is very odd. In fact I challenge any person to debate the question of whether there are unvaccinated autistic people in any public, open forum
anywhere in the world. I will attend at my own expense. Let's hear from you.

Tony Bateson, Oxford, UK.

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bepatienz | January 7, 2011 at 2:26 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Tony Bateson, have you yet awarded anti-vaccine activist Kim Stagliano the $1,000 that you offered to anyone who has an unvaccinated child with ASD? As you know, since it's been pointed out to you numerous times when you've posted this sort of comment, Stagliano has two vaccinated daughters with ASD and a third, unvaccinated daughter with ASD. You've also been provided with numerous other examples of unvaccinated children with ASD. Are their checks in the mail?

It's too bad that despite the abundant scientific evidence that Wakefield is wrong, and even despite the evidence that he is not merely wrong but is a fraud, some people still prefer to believe him. That clearly indicates that their belief is not related to the evidence.

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Michael_Polidori | January 8, 2011 at 9:01 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

The only thing new in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) news is the enthusiastic support it gets from editor Fiona Godlee who has undoubtedly given up her integrity to drug money or threats to her job.

The "article" in the BMJ is not written or co-authored-by anyone with medical or scientisfic qualifications. It is by Brian Deer, a free lance reporter who works for James Murdoch (owner of The Sunday Times). Murdoch is a paid director of Glaxo Smith Kline (MMR maker), (75,000 pounds a year).

Deer simply repeats old stories from 2004. Dr Andrew Wakefield refutes Deer here-
http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/100709_autism.pdf

Fiona Godlee has sold out. Not only does she permit a reporter to publish lies in a medical journal, she co-authors an editorial slamming Dr Wakefield based on Deer's lies & nothing else
Godlee goes further claiming the GMC did a forensic dissection of the 1998 paper. They did not. At the outset the GMC declared they were not persuing the science of the paper, only the ethical conduct of 3 authors.
Godlee enthusiastically lies about Dr Wakefield, both with apparent venom & sheer delight

That vaccines injure many children & adults is undeniable fact.

Vax are correlated to Gulf War Syndrome -
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10640454
Squalene is banned in the USA, but many of our soldiers were vaccinated with it

Vaccination in farmed salmon causes autoimmune disease - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20553770
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18802084

Adjuvant oils used in vaccines cause Lupus-like symptoms in rodents
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15194169

There are scores of other studies supporting/related to these, yet the FDA/CDC refuse to do human clinical studies or require clinical studies be done by vaccine makers to determine what long or short term effects vaccines & their toxins have in the most vulnerable --- infants & children with immature immune systems, developing brains and other susceptible organs.

The unregulated/poorly-regulated drug industry is the greatest threat/crime ever perpetrated against children or people... surpassing even the Holocaust in the measure & length of suffering it is causing WORLDWIDE to hundreds of millions of people including immediate families taking care of the disabled.

1999-204, just one drug, Vioxx, was pushed to market through fraud and bribes by scientists, regulators, media, politicians & drug executives. Over 6 years of fraud threats bribes & fake journals Merck manged to kill an estimated 60,000 with an additional 120,000 maimed... JUST IN THE USA (according to The Lancet). Worldwide the #s are not even estimated. Merck sold $11.5 billion dollars worth of Vioxx & can never be punished enough for the murders it committed. They refuse to repent, admit fault, or properly compensate their victims.

Merck makes 12 vaccines

Dr Wakefield is a hero of modern medicine &d deserves our full support, encouragement & thanks

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