05/30/2017 / By Amy Goodrich
The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine controversy started with the 1998 publication of a research paper in the medical journal The Lancet. Former gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his team found a link between the MMR vaccine and inflammatory bowel disease. The paper was eventually retracted under the weight of an organized vaccine industry assault, and Dr.Wakefield was meticulously disparaged as a scientist and doctor.
Ever since, Dr. Wakefield has been labeled a fraud while vaccine activists keep reassuring the public that vaccines are safe, preventing millions of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths among American kids. However, a new rigorous peer-reviewed study comparing the health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children found the opposite to be true.
The study, published in the Journal of Translational Science by epidemiologists from the School of Public Health at the Jackson State University, reported no reductions in the incidence of measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, or rotavirus among vaccinated children. Furthermore, the team of scientists, led by the renowned epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Mawson, concluded that vaccines may be the culprit of the dramatic rise of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and chronic illnesses such as allergies, autism, and ADHD.
For their study, the Jackson State scientists analyzed data from Homeschool organizations in four states. They compared the incidence of a broad range of diseases in more than 650 children, 39 percent of whom were unvaccinated.
Compared to unvaccinated children, vaccinated children had an increased risk of autism (4.2 times), ADHD (4.2 times), learning disabilities (5.2 times), eczema (2.9 times), and allergic rhinitis (30 times), reported the researchers. Though vaccinated children had a lower likelihood of two vaccine-preventable illnesses (chicken pox and pertussis), they found NO reduction of other vaccine-preventable illnesses such as hepatitis A or B, measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, meningitis, or rotavirus.
Furthermore, they noted that preterm birth itself is not associated with NDDs. However, when preterm birth is combined with vaccination, they found a 6.6-fold increased risk of NDDs. As noted by the authors of the study, fully vaccinated children may be trading the prevention of certain acute illnesses (chicken pox and pertussis) for chronic illnesses and NDDs such as ADHD and autism.
Writing for the World Mercury Project, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a well-known vaccine skeptic, explained that despite the numerous requests from parents and vaccine safety advocates for just and honest research regarding the safety of vaccines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has failed to act. Therefore, the Jackson State scientists are calling for more trustworthy scientific studies to help explain and clarify their findings to protect the health and wellbeing of our children.
Shortly after the publication, Mawson’s study was targeted by Retraction Watch to keep the study out of the eye of the public, reported GreenMedInfo in a newsletter. Retraction Watch is an online blog for the Center for Scientific Integrity which receives funding from The MacArthur Foundation.
The blog has been used to discredit scientists and their research regarding the safety of vaccines. According to GreenMedInfo, Retraction Watch falsely claimed that Mawson’s study had previously been retracted by another journal.
Sayer Ji, the founder of GreenMedInfo, added that the only way honest research will be performed in the future is through independent, citizen-supported science, adding that Mawson’s study was funded by The Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute. The public charity has no ties to the vaccine industry and is on a mission to fund critical safety research on vaccines and neurotoxic exposure.