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Opednews Policy on Vaccinations, Autism, and Disease Prevention

In 1998 Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a short paper in the British medical journal The Lancet on a small study in 12 children linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to colitis (bowel inflammation), and subsequent development of autism.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(97)11096-0/abstract

From the beginning the research was questioned not only for the small sample size of only 12 children, but for the very uncertain links to autism. Later it was revealed that Dr. Wakefield was working on an alternative measles vaccine raising issues of conflict of interest. Eventually, based on an exhaustive re-analysis of Wakefield's data it was determined that the stated conclusions of the study were invalid, and The Lancet retracted the paper.

http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7452

Wikipedia summary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Wakefield

OEN has published a number of articles on links between autism and vaccinations that relied on the Wakefield paper, which has now been discredited. In addition, OEN has published articles that have made other claims about vaccines and vaccinations that are not supported in any way by the scientific literature, including claims that the H1N1 swine flu was manufactured to create a pandemic for the purpose of reaping large profits on the vaccines. The scientific literature clearly indicates that variants of the H1N1 virus have been in the human and domestic pig populations for decades, and that the recent swine flu virus acquired new genes in the context of large scale, industrial pig farming before being passed on to humans.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19516283

OEN has a very open policy for publishing articles on topics that are often overlooked by the mainstream media. Over the last several years OEN has published a number of articles calling into question the safety of modern vaccinations against various diseases. In light of new revelations concerning the fraudulent behavior of Andrew Wakefield with regard to the MMR vaccine and links to autism, OEN publicly disclaims any validity to allegations against MMR vaccinations, and other standard childhood vaccinations for serious and deadly diseases.

Vaccinations against diseases like polio, smallpox and measles have prevented hundreds of millions of illnesses and deaths, and in the case of smallpox have literally eradicated the disease from the human population. The evidence for the efficacy of vaccinations is overwhelming, and the incidences of serious side effects are rare when compared with the number of people vaccinated around the world each year.

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OEN will no longer publish articles that call for avoiding important childhood vaccinations, including MMR, smallpox and polio. This is a topic that every person should discuss with their doctor, rather than making the decision based on articles posted on the internet. OEN welcomes articles that bring to light new information on drug safety (or lack thereof) as evidence becomes available, but we will not pursue the discredited links between MMR vaccinations and autism.

Recent research has implicated an auto-immune component to the development of autism, and exciting work is indicating that modulating immune system activity may be a promising avenue of treatment.

http://www.the-scientist.com/2011/2/1/42/1/

 

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A spy? Gordon Duff, recently on Veterans Today, s... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 4:21:37 PM
here is OEN's solicitation of its members' suggest... by GLloyd Rowsey on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:01:35 AM
I think that not only should OEN refuse to publish... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 2:15:41 PM
Just remember, my quavering friend, it is not alwa... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 7:11:35 AM
The debates on effective/safe vaccines has never ... by Richard Gale on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 11:36:07 AM
I read 2-3 scientific blogs regularly and skim a h... by Wayne Turner on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 11:51:31 AM
I'm glad to see you venting Richard, but perhaps y... by John Moffett on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 12:25:26 PM
John, thanks for graciously responding My origin... by Richard Gale on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 1:53:10 PM
The science behind vaccinations is very sound, and... by John Moffett on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 2:28:22 PM
You don't get a lot of 'recommends' do you, Dr. J?... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 2:38:42 PM
No Ned, what would we do without you?... by John Moffett on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 2:59:02 PM
Indeed.A certain man went to a certain (wise) King... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 6:56:25 AM
The man exemplifies character and integrity. He ha... by Mike Preston on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 8:17:19 PM
John, I expected more than waving soundbytes &... by Richard Gale on Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:51:48 AM
This is another case where common sense, clarity, ... by InterceptMedia on Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 8:44:13 PM
This article is a classic case of projection and o... by Mike Preston on Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 10:18:12 PM
"and on the face of it we are told we are to live ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:30:07 PM
No doubt about it.... by Mike Preston on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 4:31:25 AM
This site is a news and opinion site. We have poli... by Rob Kall on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:36:06 PM
It is a very bad decision on the part of the OEN '... by Ned Lud on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 6:34:23 AM
Who are you and what have you done with Ned? This ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 7:46:49 AM
Trem(bly), you do not know what you are talking ab... by Ned Lud on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:11:51 AM
"Trem(bly), you do not know what you are talking a... by J. Edward Tremlett on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 6:16:27 PM
I seem to remember a time before a time, when.Rob ... by Ned Lud on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 6:48:02 PM
John and Edward,We are grateful to OEN for posting... by Richard Gale on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:40:08 AM
Richard, I am not going to spend any more time on ... by John Moffett on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:31:55 PM
John, thanks, you answered our questions. It i... by Richard Gale on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:36:50 PM
or simply wanting more information and food for th... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 6:06:38 PM
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ummmm....never again....never again....never again... by Ned Lud on Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 at 8:22:16 AM
seem to be referring to stem from a lack of unders... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 at 11:27:51 AM
Rob, thank you for responding succinctly to my que... by Richard Gale on Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 at 9:40:18 PM