Andrew Wakefield, apparently he’s making films to convince you that doctors think vaccines cause autism and are covering it up.

28 May

It can be very interesting to hear what people say when they are in their home element. Ken Reibel showed this when he reported back from an AutismOne parent convention six years ago. More recently, we heard Jenny McCarthy accuse parents who don’t take her advice on alternative medicine of being victim moms who love the attention they get from having a disabled child. So much so that they won’t treat their children. So, with that in mind, I took the time to listen to a talk from this year’s AutismOne convention. The talk by Andrew Wakefield.

Andrew Wakefield, the doctor behind the MMR/autism scare of the 1990’s, spoke at the AutismOne parent convention last week. His talk at AutismOne was The Legacy of Vaccine Injury. It’s much of the same non-autism talk about vaccines one reads online. But one minute of the talk stood out for me. A minute where he describes why he is making films.

Yes, in case you weren’t aware, Mr. Wakefield has a new career as a film maker. He has a documentary on the death of an autistic young man, Alex Spourdalakis. Mr. Spourdalakis was brutally murdered by his mother and caregiver. Mr. Wakefield, as it turns out, had been “helping” the family and was filming their story. That film is finished. Mr. Wakefield tells us why he makes his films in his AutismOne talk. One might ask: is it to demonstrate the needs of autistics? The challenges parents of autistics face? The lack of supports for autistics?

No. It’s best to get it straight from him (although I admit the title of this article gives it away). With that in mind, here’s my best effort at transcribing what he says. For context: he’s speaking to an audience of autism parents at AutismOne, and he’s been talking about how surveys/studies show a sizable minority of the U.S. population believes that vaccines cause autism:

“And there is no mention in these studies of the uncertain or the undecided. There was another poll* that came out, I think from the University of Chicago, in fact. Where they asked the question: ‘Do you believe doctors think that vaccines cause autism and are covering it up?’ 20% of the respondents said yes. The important number is that 36% didn’t know. And it’s that 36% that I am targeting in the films that I am making. They are not for you. You already know. I’d be honored if you watched them but they are not for you. They are for the agnostic. And for that reason they must get out into the mainstream.”

For that reason they must get out into the mainstream

“That reason”: convincing the agnostic that doctors think that vaccines cause autism and they are covering it up. Alex Spourdalakis died a horrific death, and that can be used in this campaign, by inserting him into one of Mr. Wakefield’s films.

Go ahead and listen. It’s about 9 minutes in this video (for some reason the embed code isn’t working so you have to follow the link).

And some people wonder why I am critical of Mr. Wakefield. Yeah, I know that criticizing Mr. Wakefield plays directly into the persona he has created, where he has given everything for the children. But in this case the time as well as the criticism is well deserved.


By Matt Carey

*In case you are wondering: he appears to be referring to Medical Conspiracy Theories and Health Behaviors in the United States.

4 Responses to “Andrew Wakefield, apparently he’s making films to convince you that doctors think vaccines cause autism and are covering it up.”

  1. Todd W. May 28, 2014 at 02:51 #

    It’s refreshing to hear that Wakefield is admitting openly that his purpose is to spread conspiracy theories.

  2. reissd May 28, 2014 at 15:33 #

    I hope with most doctors, the fact that this is coming from a known liar, someone who has demonstrated clearly he cares not a fig for children’s health, will make this backfire.

  3. lilady May 29, 2014 at 17:51 #

    Andrew Wakefield was part of the large group of “bio-meddlers” who visited Alex in the hospital, along with the other bio-meddlers (the crank anti vaccine group AIM-Autism is Medical), which dispensed medical advice to Alex’s murdering mother.

    Wakefield arranged for Alex to be transported from his home in Chicago to New York State to undergo bowel cleansings and scoping by his colleague Dr. Arthur Krigsman, who supposedly found some evidence of bowel hyperplasia, yet there is no evidence that Krigsman provided treatment. Krigsman is infamous for his testimony in the Vaccine Court, where he advocated scoping of all ASD children, even those without signs/symptoms of gut problems. See his testimony during the Cedillo hearing here:

    http://briandeer.com/wakefield/cedillo-krigsman.htm

    IMO, the disgraced and discredited former medical doctor Andrew Wakefield, should not be allowed anywhere near a hospitalized autistic child.

    Then we have Sharyl Attkisson, who interviewed Polly Tommey, Wakefield’s “Autism Media Channel” partner. They both have the only documentation on videotape of Alex’s final hospitalization, before he was murdered by his mother and his caretaker. During a four minute interview with Polly Tommey, Attkisson did a “nice” PR job for Wakefield, publicizing the making of this faux documentary. I’ve never seen a more disgraceful display of poor journalism, on the part of a mainstream media reporter.

  4. mark June 9, 2014 at 10:21 #

    interesting to see this controversy about vaccines continuing

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