BMJ had secret financial ties to Merck during publication of articles attacking Wakefield

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 by: PF Louis
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(NaturalNews) When a corrupt medical group wants to discourage dissidence from within, it targets a high profile figure to disgrace. This intimidates others from doing the right thing if it disrupts the lies and profits of Big Pharma.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield was a high profile scapegoat, smeared with lies from the media and medical journals to protect the UK from vaccine injury payouts while maintaining high profits for the vaccine industry.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield's Research

Dr. Wakefield arrived at Royal Free Hospital in London to coordinate and record research that had already started for seven children. This number increased to twelve and consequently was called the Wakefield 12 two years later. The gastroenterology treatments and study had started on the original seven and was headed by Dr. John Walker-Smith.

Parents of those twelve children took them to the Royal Free Hospital because of its reputation for Pediatric Gastroenterology. Their family doctors had failed to diagnose and/or treat their kids. The kids were suffering terribly from bowel disorders and exhibiting autistic behavior, pushing the parents to the limit. These were not mere tummy aches and diarrhea.

After Dr. Wakefield joined them, he published his findings in a paper for the 1998 British medical journal Lancet. A few years later, Wakefield's Lancet paper's conclusion was intentionally twisted by journalist Brian Deer in order to launch a government/vaccine industry attack on doctors Wakefield and Walker-Smith.

Claims that Dr. Wakefield and his team concluded that MMR vaccinations are totally responsible for autism are completely inaccurate. Wakefield's Lancet paper simply advised that measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations should be done separately instead of all at once until further research is done on the safety of MMRs.

The parents had voluntarily mentioned that their children's unusual and intense bowel disorders as well as autistic behaviors occurred shortly or immediately after the kids received their MMR vaccination. Dr. Wakefield simply included the parents observations in his Lancet report.

Dr. Wakefield also included the medical fact that the same viral strain of measles was found in all of the children's intestinal tracts in his journal report. These discoveries were made after the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) shots were given to those twelve children and their symptoms were apparent.

Wakefield's Published Findings Confirmed by Others

The viral measles discovered by the Wakefield/Walker-Smith team of doctors were not wild virus measles. They were of the type prepared for MMR vaccines. Recently, even the London Mail reported similar results from other studies of children with autistic behaviors and strange, severe bowel disorders.

One study was in Dublin, Ireland in 2001. The other report was from Wake Forest Medical School in the USA in 2010. In the USA study, 70 out of 82 autistic children were found with the same unusual bowel disorder, autistic enterocolitis, and the same non-wild measles strain.

You'd think this would create a public vindication and restore Doctors Wakefield and Walker-Smith's right to practice medicine in the UK. But it hasn't. That's the tragedy. The vaccine industry/government conspiracy succeeded.

The Point Man for the Conspiracy Against Wakefield and Walker-Smith

Brian Deer is a self professed independent investigative journalist. He is not independent, according to Age of Autism He has over a decade's history of working for different vaccine industry front groups, both in America and Great Britain. And he doesn't really investigate. It appears he fabricates.

Yet, he is the author of articles condemning the Wakefield Lancet 1998 paper, publishing in both the London Sunday Times and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) starting in 2004 and continuing into 2010. Brian Deer also filed a formal complaint to the GMC (General Medical Council), the group responsible for medical licensing in the UK.

Not one of the parents filed any complaints anywhere. They all praised the Wakefield/Walker-Smith team for the understanding and relief that medical team had provided. But they complained bitterly about being denied their testimony on the Wakefield/Walker-Smith team's defense in the GMC hearings, which Brian Deer attended daily for several weeks.

The Lancet was compelled to publically retract Wakefield's paper. The GMC removed both Doctors Wakefield and Walker-Smith from medical practice in 2010. The BMJ and Brian Deer defend their lies to this day by accusing Wakefield of lying. Screaming sensationalism seems to get the mainstream media's attention over calmly delivered facts.

For more on Brian Deer's nasty aggressive manner against the Wakefield 12 children's parents, who speak their version of events, see the short version of the documentary "Selective Hearing" here:

The full documentary is viewable from the sources section below. It is compelling.

So how does one sociopath vaccine industry shill hack journalist manage to pull this off? He was supported by friends in high places.

Big Pharma's Vaccine Hit List

The pharmaceutical industry has hit lists, and apparently Brian is one of their hit men to stir up trouble with the help of vaccine industry supporting medical journals and public media publications. A lawyer in an Australian class action suit against Merck's Vioxx spoke of threats from Merck to intimidate critics or cut off research funding.

The attorney read the following from a Merck internal memo: "We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live." There was also memo content that mentioned "neutralizing or discrediting" doctors who spoke out against them. Merck is a major provider of MMR vaccines in the UK and USA.

Following the Money

High Court Judge Sir Nigel Davis wouldn't permit parents who wanted to testify on Wakefield's behalf. Nigel's brother is a board member of the publishers of the Lancet who is also on the Board of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GSK is a pharmaceutical giant also heavily involved in vaccine manufacturing.

GSK now has James Murdoch on its Board. He's the son of Rupert Murdoch and editor of the Sunday Times . This was Deer's first platform to launch attacks on Wakefield. The Murdoch family has strong financial interests with GSK.

Deer used Medico-Legal Investigations to gather information for his evil spin. This private company seems to be a front group for Big Pharma, since their only source of funding is the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

Reuters is a news agency rivaling the Associated Press (AP). The head of Reuters is a Merck Board member. Miriam Stoppared's husband, Christopher Hogg, was Chairman of GSK in 2004. Miriam is feature writer for the Daily Mirror.

Dr. Kumar, the chairman of the GMC Fitness to Practice Panel that ruled against Wakefield would not answer questions about his known GSK holdings. He declared that there is no such thing as vaccine damage and parents who claimed such should be treated with scorn.

There have been allegations of financial connections between Merck and BMJ and its editor Dr. Fiona Godlee. It's certain Merck funds award to BMJ's selected MDs and researchers. Both the BMJ and Lancet journals serve as advertising forums for Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.

Meanwhile the UK medical system, which is completely supported by government financing, can breathe a sigh of relief for not having to be held liable for vaccine injury complaints by parents of MMR shots or other vaccinations.

After all, purchased and promoted vaccines are already paid for. They don't want them to go to waste. And no need to add the expense of awarding compensation for vaccine injury if it's been declared they don't exist.

Regarding the Wakefield case, Fiona Godlee recently announced: "Many other medical frauds have been exposed but usually more quickly after publication and on less important health issues."

Really? How important is childhood measles or mumps?

What is important is evidence from several international sources have determined a causal link to unusual bowed disorders and autistic behavior. The real fraud is denying this research. The real crime is profiting heavily while causing enormous suffering for millions of children and their parents.

Sources for this article and your perusal include:

The full Brian Deer vs. Wakefield 12 parents documentary "Selective Hearing"

Recent Daily Mail report on findings similar to Wakefield's

Exposing the Murdoch Empire's crimes and vaccine industry investments

Natural News Mike Adams on what Wakefield actually did at Royal Free Hospital

Mike Adams on documents proving BMJ and Deer's lies against Wakefield's innocence

Merck hit list memo

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