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#71 - occamsrazor
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(02/08/2013) [-]
In 1998, dimestore scientist Andrew Wakefield and 12 other scientists published a paper on 12 kids who had varying illnesses. According to their own parents, these issues showed up after the kids got an MMR vaccine. After a crazy battery of tests Wakefield concluded that there might be some link between the vaccine and the ailments that had befallen the children.
Just like that, he became the champion of the anti-vaccination movement, spurring a generation of parents who forgo vaccines for fear of giving their children autism or other developmental disorders.

How it's a con: first, to be clear, the science shows that vaccines do not cause autism. If you don't believe the CDC, you can look at the pretty much equal ratios of non-U.S. children whose autism hasn't been tied to vaccines because they never got vaccinated. However, the subject has been the source of controversy over the past few years, and what is so terrifying about the sudden drop in vaccinations is that most of the controversy came directly from Wakefield.
For starters, Wakefield's own scientist couldn't duplicate the results. There is also overwhelming evidence Wakefield manipulated his data to ensure that children who were sick before getting the vaccine were reported as only being sick after. He flat-out changed results he didn't like or that didn't completely agree with his hypothesis, all while performing needless, painful tests on children.

So why would he do all that?
Well, there's the patent for a new MMR vaccine that Wakefield himself filled out before he published his paper, and the money he accepted from a legal aid fund that was trying to sue vaccine manufacturers (it's almost as if he had a massive financial stake in scaring people into believing that the MMR vaccine was dangerous).
The paper was so flawed that 10 authors and the publisher of the journal it appeared in have retracted the work. That's right -- the people who helped create and publish the paper now say that it's ********.
#294 to #71 - ICEDgrunge
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(02/09/2013) [-]
Didn't this man release these test results at the same time with Jenny Mcarthy's tirade on vaccines or was that a different story?
#121 to #71 - byposted
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(02/08/2013) [-]
There are two sides to the story. There are examples of scientific studies, mainstream ones, being manipulated, on the opposite side.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpF9CRApAOo
#123 to #121 - byposted
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(02/08/2013) [-]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxrVPOaC2PQ

The second part is where he gets into the studies
#93 to #71 - herecomesjohnny
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(02/08/2013) [-]
yeah that was the article that proved again how jenna macarthy was the stupidest idiot alive
#76 to #71 - anon
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(02/08/2013) [-]
love the username mate
#77 to #76 - occamsrazor
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(02/08/2013) [-]
right back atcha
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#72 to #71 - occamsrazor
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(02/08/2013) [-]
credit to Cracked (didn't have any more space)
#75 to #72 - Nonada ONLINE
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(02/08/2013) [-]
I added the link, but saw that you sourced yourself and deleted it.