Tomorrow at the General Medical Council will start the case against Dr Andrew Wakefield and two other Doctors who raised concerns about children they assessed in the nineties, very worried that the problems they found were linked to adverse reactions to the MMR vaccine.
As there has been an almighty reaction by the Pharmaceutical lobby there has
been NO public debate on exactly what has been going on.
In my book, Reweaving the Autistic Tapestry, having seen too many children
with what I called 'tapestry impairments' many of which developed following
the DTP and in fewer cases, the MMR, I suggested there may be a 'tapestry'
causal effect with vaccines as one thread.
I mentioned Thimerosal and included some lawyers details here and in the US.
The launch of the book was at a CHADD conference in Anaheim California in
October 2001. Eli Lilly were on the next stand and bought a copy of the
On my return to the UK there was no contact from the publisher.
Within weeks of my book being published parents were being told by Amazon
that it was a 'rare book' and that it would take a year to get and would
cost $79 plus post and packing!!!
There were none in the shops.
There were none in the warehouses of the retailers.
There were none in the Distributors.
The UK National Autistic Society carry all the books on Autism - except
Probably nothing to do with my concerns about the vaccine, a small part of
the book incidentally, or about my concern about the use of the label
Munchausen Syndrome by proxy when children were genuinely ill - many had
suffered reactions to vaccines. The fact that during the time my Editor was
working on the book he was invited to change jobs and work on the MSBP/Factitious
Illness Guidlelines at the RCPCH - Royal College of Paediatrics and Child
Health, I am sure was total coincidence.
Guess I'm just paranoid when it comes to the things done by the powerful
vaccine lobby and the need to protect the vaccine programme more than the
Prior to the documentary My Family and Autism being aired on the BBC, over a
year after the trip to Anaheim, in which I am seen undertaking an
assessment, I was able to at least get the book made more accessible.
If just one person is allowed to speak about their concerns without being
leapt on from a great height, I might have confidence that the vaccine
programme is safe - but I think they have gone too far and protested too
We all now want to know WHY???