British website ordered to remove MMR-autism claims


A British website claiming to offer parents advice on vaccines has been ordered to remove wording that suggests the MMR vaccine is linked to some cases of autism., which promotes single vaccines, said the three-in-one MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella may be causing autism in “up to 10 per cent” of autism cases in “susceptible children” in the United Kingdom.

In fact, any link between the vaccine and autism has been thoroughly discredited. The single study that started the rumour of a link, written in 1998 by Andrew Wakefield, has since been shown to be scientifically and ethically flawed.

Wakefield has since been barred from practising medicine in the U.K. He continues to defend his research and conclusions.

The Advertising Standards Authority ruled Wednesday that the claims made on were misleading and must not appear again.

The website has been ordered not to repeat claims that research “has been unable to exclude the possibility that (the MMR vaccine) is causing autism in a small number of susceptible children.”

It’s also been told not to repeat the unfounded claim that the vaccine-strain measles virus had been found in the gut and brain of some autistic children, suggesting the MMR vaccine as the cause of the autism in those children.

The website has also been ordered not to make other misleading claims about autism, including the suggestion that “most experts now agree the large rise (in autism) has been caused partly by increased diagnosis, but also by a real increase in the number of children with autism.”

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  1. this article is deeply flawed. It’s the mercury in vaccines that is shown to cause autism. I don’t understand how people can object to the idea that injecting mercury (a very neuro-toxic chemical) into infants might just be harmful. And, yes – strong links to autism have been shown, as well as epidemiological ‘studies’ by wanted criminals that show mercury does not cause autism. Here’s one book on the subject and a lot more –

    This book really opened my eyes on the whole spiritual debate
    between science and religion. It shows how both are imperfect human
    A Spiritual Autopsy of Science and Religion……

  2. The malicious lie about vaccines is one of the most disgusting things I can think of, right up there with telling AIDS-affected communities that condoms don’t prevent the spread of the disease.  It’s using blatant lies to harm and kill other human beings.

  3. For people who want erudite pursuit about vaccines please sign up for… .  I like the instructor for his chastisement of religion and other mambo-jumbos and especially of media for proliferating nonsense about vaccines.  He mentioned notorious Andrew Wakefield, Jenny McCarthy several times during his lecture.  

  4., which promotes single vaccines, said the three-in-one
    MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella may be causing autism in “up
    to 10 per cent” of autism cases in “susceptible children” in the United

    This is simply a charlatans’ sales pitch to dishonestly promote their product over the competing three in one jab!

    It’s good to see reputable ethical standards being enforced.

  5. What the hell are these people trying to attain? Do they have a product that they’re trying to flog? It’s getting to look like some kind of religious movement, in that it won’t, or can’t come to terms with reality. Really weird!

    Anyway, it’s nice to see Rod The Farmers stiill in town.

  6. Heading to Guinea, just got my Yellow Fever, Typhus, Meningococcal, Hep A/B, Tetanus (booster) and Cholera vaccines.

    And I’m feeling just fine!

    By the way, anti-malarials send you on a real trip!

  7. Well good to hear you’re still alive, but feeling “like shit” is a pleasant alternative to death for most so I’m not sure I understand whether you’re boasting about cheating death or what the purpose of the anecdote was? 
    Given the context of the article and all the countless deaths that have resulted “preferred the risk” seems to miss the point. Spreading bad advice is inexcusable. 

    My cousin after a long working trip to Africa could only be persuaded that there was anything wrong with him when his girlfriend offered to take him to the hospital with only a trench coat on.
    This was during his holiday in Scotland where handily they have a tropical disease department in the Glasgow hospital. Our flat mate’s brother in London was the original doctor that told him he was fine and didn’t have malaria. Oh how we laughed.If you don’t have any more common sense before your next trip I certainly hope you have a good girlfriend/life partner and some “luck.”

  8. Strictly speaking, malaria tabs were a bit off topic as they aren’t true vaccines, merely toxins that kill the parasites that carry the virus.  For me they had the wonderful effect of daytime hallucinations and pretty messed up lucid dreams.

  9. Chill out, champ. The discussion is vaccines-
    Malaria vaccines are an area of intensive research. However, there is no effective vaccine that has been introduced into clinical practice.

    So, what’s the point of your anecdote? 

  10. There is a huge overlap between vaccine accusers, anti-GM types and scientific illiteracy. Groups and people with views I mostly agree with start adopting rediculous positions as they simply don’t understand science.
    Look at the case of Prof Higgs (of boson fame) who had to leave both CND and Greenpeace when they came out against nuclear power and GM technology respectively

  11. You have to wonder what motivates people to make up stuff like this.  Most of the time it is short term economic benefit, e.g. selling water as a medicine, avoiding greenhouse gas reduction measures, selling religious trinkets.
    Sometimes it is ideology, e.g. asserting that abstinence works better than condoms.
    It seems to me there was some African leader who got it into his head beets or some such vegetable was all that was needed to cure HIV.  He had plenty of beets and not much else. I guess that one was wishful thinking.
    Then you get the really weird ones, like raping a virgin CURES HIV.  Maybe they are just looking for some justification for rape.

  12. There is nothing worse than misdirection, it can be so subtle that most will never detect any hint of it.

    I have seen it used to good effect with the HPV vaccine, sites such as the awful ‘naturalnews-dot-com’ come out with comments such as ‘The HPV vaccine only tackles a small amount of the strains that cause cancer, leaving 80% untackled’.

    This to anyone who does not know about the HPV vaccine will leave them with a belief that the HPV vaccine is not worth the risk that the ant-vaxers associate with vaccines in general.

    The truth is however that the HPV vaccine tackles 4 out of the 40+ strains of the HP virus that cause cancer (out of over 100 in total) and these 4 account for 70% of all cervical cancers, not only that but 90% of all genital warts as well as other infections (Throat).

    whilst the articles like those in ‘naturalnews-dot-com’ may not be wrong, they do however only aim to mislead the general public and others who should know better.

  13. They would choose option 3: homeopathy.  I’m pretty sure this would involve grinding up a rabid raccoon, then diluting the rabies-paste by 10^30 : 1 with water and then drinking it.  Because “like cures like”, right?

  14. roedygreen,
    Then you get the really weird ones, like raping a virgin CURES HIV.  Maybe they are just looking for some justification for rape.

    That sort of addled thinking is quite prevalent.  The flawed concept is the “purity” will rub off on infection and make the infected pure. 

    The same sort of thinking has been applied in secretly moving hooligan disruptive teenagers to new schools, or paedophile priests to new parishes. 

    In wishful thinking it (allegedly) gives them a “clean” fresh start where the “clean” environment of unsuspecting people is supposed to rub-off on them and cure them!  Such moves are often hailed as a success until the cover-up and further misconduct are exposed.  This can take quite some time, as the culprits become more expert at hiding their activities and manipulating the system.

  15. was there some (non-causal) corrolation between gut flora and autism that had been reported? from memory (and too lazy to do a google search) Wakefields report found there was some (non-causal) corrolation between the vaccine and the gut flora.

    either way, anything thatcan lead to a headline that refers to the mythical “them” and YOUR children will be more than enough for the tabloid-reading UK public

    and that indeed is the mechanism of dark magic

  16. In this case, yes, they are selling something.

    There are some religious aspects to the anti-vax movement, though. It comes partly from the US libertarian-style thinking that distrusts all authority reflexively and partly from the popular existential consumerism which values only personal opinion and subjective assessment. For instance, if the idea of your child having a needle stuck in them makes you feel uncomfortable, that means there is something bad, possibly sinister about a needle being stuck in your child. That can override all other considerations. If someone tells you a story about their child “getting” autism shortly after they were vaccinated, that has more value and inherent truth than anything else, because it comes from emotions– the heart, the centre of truth.

    There are also purity/contamination notions relating to “chemicals”, meaning in part manufactured chemicals, but also having a subtext of being secret poisons introduced into common products as a method of oppression or subversion. Think fluoride and “chemtrails”.

    Some people can think in this way and in a rational manner at the same time, and some of those will exploit that position, but I’m not sure their desire for such opportunities (at least relating to vaccination) is the principal driver. It could be, though, and with more than the ground-level charlatan. I think such subcultures can be used by some classes as a wedge to drive people away from rational thought, with the intention of making them more malleable and to create fodder for reactionary rhetoric. Environmentalism, feminism and anti-fascism have been used this way in the past, for instance.

  17. I joke that because I dislike the taste of tonic water (everyone has their own personal taste, and I don’t think badly of those who love the taste), I’d have to have malaria to drink the stuff.

    Of course I’ve received the above mentioned vaccinations — wasn’t given a choice when I was in the military.  I’m a big believer in vaccinations, and staying healthy.

  18. It has something to do with the fact that certain forms of autism are “catalyzed” by immune system response to infection – something that would happen to these individuals eventually anyway, it’s just that the particular immune system response in some cases happened to be to the MMR injection, so many who noticed the correlation between the immunization shot and the onset of autism symptoms “deduced” that the MMR shot was the cause. But the fact still remains that: were it not for the inoculation, these poor “souls” would have developed autism after catching a cold or some other viral infection at a later date.

    This a very real-world demonstration of how difficult epidemiology can be, and the dangers of jumping to a conclusion too quickly.

  19. Well, here’s another version.

    I read that in some cases the solvent of the vaccine – so not the vaccine itself – when based on aluminum salts – and of course water… – can cause mini brain hemorrhages, which go unnoticed until, well until what ever you want to give it the blame of happens. It’s supposed to also cause SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)  shaken baby syndrome and numerous other. The guy who states these claims is called Dr Andrew Moulden. I wonder if it’s the same guy. To be honest I don’t know so I won’t state that here.

  20. Worse, the harm and death is considered collateral damage, the real purpose is to make people behave in a way that is considered moral in some twisted minds. Can you imagine?

    Millions of human beings unecessarily suffering, dying? Collateral. Damage.

  21. An important reminder of the fact that a problem you thought had gone away namely Andrew Wakefield and his anti-vaccine scare stories are never far away from rearing their ugly heads again.

  22. Are there any health reasons not to take the individual vaccines route? For someone who might be worried by all the negative publicity about the combined method but still wants to vaccinate. Does it avoid the allegedly harmful “aluminium salts” of the solvent etc. ?

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