"Vaccines Cause Autism" Doc Andrew Wakefield Loses Medical License

Jeanne Sager

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Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor responsible for convincing thousands of parents that a link exists between vaccines and autism, has been kicked off the register of doctors in his native England.

Wakefield's study claimed the MMR vaccine was causing autism, but it was found out last year that he fixed his data, and the resulting investigation prompted the medical journal The Lancet to retract the study completely.

But this is the final -- and perhaps the biggest -- blow against Wakefield for his shoddy "medical" practices.

According to the BBC, Wakefield's name has been stricken from the medical register, based entirely on his methods of research.

Among the faulty practices, Wakefield was found to have paid the children at his son's birthday party to supply blood samples, and he failed to garner both ethical approval and relevant qualifications for the tests he was doing. Not to mention he was paid for the whole thing.

In all there were 30 some charges Wakefield was found guilty of, and two of his former colleagues were also sanctioned for their actions in the autism study.

Wakefield has proven himself to be the most polarizing of figures in today's parenting world -- he's revered as a god by non-vaccinating parents who credit him with finally offering a door into the mysterious world of the autism spectrum.

Published in 1998 in The Lancet, the study claimed 8 out of 12 children vaccinated with the MMR inoculation began showing symptoms that fall somewhere on the autism spectrum within days of getting the shot.

But the deep flaws of the study and the myriad studies that have debunked any link between autism and vaccines have angered health officials and parents alike. Some have even labeled him a killer for encouraging parents to opt out of life-saving vaccines.

Now Wakefield is getting his comeuppance -- at the very least for his lack of ethics. He'll have 28 days to appeal the verdict.

He says his study is valid -- chances are this isn't the last you'll hear of Andrew Wakefield.

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