Originally published January 12 2012
Dr. Andrew Wakefield sues BMJ, journalist Brian Deer for defamation
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The man has been shamelessly mocked, repeatedly lied about, and cruelly defamed for his legitimate scientific research into the combination measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism in children. But Dr. Andrew Wakefield is now fighting back against those responsible for viciously denigrating his work and his character by filing a lawsuit against the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which published lies about him, and journalist Brian Deer, who authored many of those lies.
The lawsuit cites several articles and editorials published in BMJ that include "false and defamatory allegations" about Dr. Wakefield and his work. Secrets of the MMR scare: how the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed, an article written by journalist Brian Deer that was published in BMJ, and an accompanying editorial by Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of BMJ, are two of the defamatory writings named in the suit.
BMJ and Deer, not Dr. Wakefield, have spread lies and misinformation to the publicContrary to what the UK's General Medical Council (GMC), BMJ, Brian Deer, and the host of whoring media outlets continue to claim, Dr. Wakefield's original study was a case series that made no actual claims about a definitive link between MMR and autism. And the observations, which do happen to suggest a link between MMR and autism regression, are not just unique to Dr. Wakefield's research. Professor Walker-Smith and Dr. Amar Dhillon together documented their own independent research that also points to a link between MMR vaccine and autism (http://www.naturalnews.com/031116_Dr_Andrew_Wakefield_British_Medical_Journal.html).
But it is facts like these that BMJ, Brian Deer, and the rest have conveniently ignored in their witch hunt to destroy the career and life of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who has hardly been given the chance to present his side of the story before the public. This is why many still falsely believe, for instance, that Dr. Wakefield fabricated his research data. This accusation was entirely made up by those that Dr. Wakefield is now suing -- or that he is no longer a doctor just because the GMC banned him from practicing in the UK.
Such malicious slander against a man who dared to conduct honest science about a condition that afflicts more and more children every year is outrageous. But it is precisely because Dr. Wakefield's science conflicts with the medical status quo that the full arsenal of hatred and vilification was drawn upon to destroy him. In reality, though, it is the false information written and spread by the likes of Brian Deer, and published by BMJ, that deserves such relentless scrutiny and punishment.
Be sure to watch this powerful interview between Dr. Wakefield and Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, that took place earlier this year:
"It is Deer, Godlee and BMJ who have provided misleading information regarding 12 children's histories with the malicious purpose of injuring Dr. Wakefield by falsely making it appear that [he] altered, manipulated or misrepresented data for the 12 cases," says the suit. "In fact, all of the facts and findings in the Lancet paper are supported by the documents for these 12 patients."
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