From the article:
Think about this. If kids are showing signs of Autism around age 2-3, and vaccines are given by age 2, there will be some overlap. There will. Some kids will get vaccines and the next day start showing symptoms. Some kids will get vaccines and the next day start showing signs of potty training readiness. Some kids will get vaccines and the next day be able to stack six blocks and climb stairs without difficulty. It would be absurd to suggest that the vaccines cause these developmental milestones to happen, and yet, for many, this exact same type of overlap justified a “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” explanation* about Autism.
So people believed Wakefield’s study. Never mind that the study was performed on only 12 kids, and could not be reproduced, even though there is no shortage of kids with Autism or kids who had received the MMR vaccine. Never mind that Wakefield was, at the time, applying for a patent for the alternative vaccine to the MMR; his study would potentially drive terrified parents to choose his vaccine over the recommended MMR vaccine, potentially making him boatloads of money. Never mind that he chose children in his study that were already involved with a lawsuit against the MMR vaccine, or that he was getting paid in conjunction with that lawsuit – never mind that everybody involved had a vested interest in specific results being found.
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