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Watch when Anderson Cooper DESTROYED the father of the anti-vaccine movement on live TV

Evidence is continuing to mount that shows parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are contributing to recent disease resurgences.

According to a study published in September 2014, parents who did not vaccinate their children for whooping cough were linked to outbreaks of the disease in California back in 2010.

As a result of the growing misinformation being disseminated about the risks of vaccines, other preventable diseases such as measles have seen a climb in rates recently, especially in California.

But what’s easily forgotten is that this current wave of anti-vaccine hysteria can be traced back to a single study that appeared in the Lancet medical journal — a study that was outright debunked in the science world.

In a 2011 issue of BMJ (the British Medical Journal), investigative reporter Brian Deer slammed the infamous Lancet study linking vaccines to autism as fraudulent, pointing out that key facts were distorted to support the autism link.

The 15 year-old study claimed that 8 children developed “regressive autism” after getting a combination of vaccines to prevent mumps and rubella. The study was led by Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor who had his license revoked in May of 2011 as a result of “serious professional misconduct.”

After reviewing the health records of the subjects involved in the study and interviewing their families and doctors, Deer found numerous inconsistencies, some of which were recounted in a 2011 piece by NPR:

  • Only 1 of 9 kids said to have regressive autism clearly had it. Three had no form of autism.
  • Contrary to the paper’s assertion that all the kids were normal before vaccination, five had some sort of preexisting developmental problems.
  • According to the paper, Behavioral problems popped up days after vaccination didn’t actually appear for months in some kids, a fact that undercuts the causality of vaccination.

It was well known that Wakefield’s conclusions were questionable from the beginning. But the Lancet study is now widely believed to be the source of what eventually sparked widespread anti-vaccination paranoia — now being blamed for the recurrence of diseases that were once brought under control by the proper vaccinations.

An editorial accompanying the BMJ piece argued that “clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare” for good.

Watch CNN’s Anderson Cooper confront Wakefield back in 2011:

Part 1 (the Wakefield interview begins at about 3:43):

Part 2:

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45 Comments

45 Comments

  1. jade4142

    December 4, 2013 at 3:00 am

    A friend of mine has two boys and two girls, one of each from different marriages. The older boy is on one end of the autism spectrum; he as Aspergers syndrome which manifests in his case as a complete lack of emotion. The younger boy is on the other end of the spectrum with severe learning disabilities and complete ineffectiveness in communication. He rarely eats, still wears diapers at 8, and hurts himself when he’s angry. She tells me both boys got this way after those shots. I suggested to her that the shot theory has been debunked and she demanded to know, then, how two boys from different marriages, with different fathers, could both be on the autism spectrum. I said simply, they both had the same mother. I think she might speak to me again someday.

  2. Jay Tei

    December 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    The article doesn’t mention the thimerosal issue.

  3. Donna Lack

    January 11, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Let’s also not leave out the idiot Jenny McCarthy, who popularized Wakefield in America. Before she claimed vaccines caused her son’s autism, she was sure her son was an “indigo child”(something to do with auras), which made him exceptionally brilliant, and she was planning on opening schools for other indigo children. Boycott her for the damage she’s done!

  4. alli

    January 11, 2014 at 4:42 am

    It is called genetics, that is why you find autism throughout families. He is a fraud who has damaged so many people and caused parents to give up early intervention and look for this elusive cure. There is no cure, autism is not a disease. My child was autistic from birth, it was all there laid out for us to see. No vaccination caused my child’s autism, or my brothers, or my partners uncles. We vaccinate for everything.

  5. Vicki

    January 11, 2014 at 5:12 am

    the FDA addressed the thimerosal issue here, however, I did not see a date on the article.
    http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228

  6. Juliet

    January 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Jay – Plenty of other articles mention thimerosal, which hasn’t been used in vaccines for decades, yet diagnoses continue.

  7. Rachel Jacobs

    January 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    There is no Thimerosal issue.

  8. RisingPhoenix

    January 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    BS. Follow the money. All I saw here was Anderson conducting a Sean Hannity style bully rant overtalking Mr. (Dr.) Wakefield and just being a rude ass by not letting the man speak or explain anything in order to defend himself. Anderson Cooper has absolutely ZERO credibility IMO. He’s no better than the rabid, vapid bullies on FAUX SPEWS. Big Pharma has a lot at stake. Of course they will stoop to NOTHING to discredit anyone who gets in the way of their highly successful profit making scheme. They’ve done the same thing to virtually EVERYONE in the REAL field of medicine … you know, the one that has existed for MILLENIA and has proven treatments, research studies and cures that have been forcefully suppressed because there is no “profit” for them to make and lifelong customers (VICTIMS) for them to lose if the truth were every available to the general public.

  9. Choppo

    January 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Because it is irrelevant. There isn’t a scientifically sound thimerosal “issue”.

  10. Timothy Favelle

    January 12, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I have yet to hear a well thought out link between “big pharma” who make billions selling you things you need to take daily and vaccinations. I guess if you get vaccinated you will live longer so they can sell you drugs, antibiotics and vitamins, but I never thought of living longer as a thing to be against. I can draw an easier line between not getting vaccinated keeping you in poorer health and relying on “big pharma”.

  11. Rhiannon Edge

    January 12, 2014 at 3:55 am

    man sounds like a psych patient with illusions of granduer

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  13. Red Scorpian

    March 18, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I agree with your statement

  14. Kim

    March 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Keep drinking the kool aid of big pharm people!!!

  15. Steve M

    March 19, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Autism with people who got vaccines happens at the exact same rate as those who don’t get vaccines. Of course some kids get autism after getting vaccinated, but they would have gotten autism anyway, just plain old dumb bad luck coincidence. Meanwhile Measles, Polio, Whooping Cough, and other long wiped out diseases are making a comeback.

  16. Jamie Carter

    March 19, 2014 at 3:39 am

    whoopsy however your still correct

  17. ndjinn

    March 19, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    There is no Thimerosal issue.

  18. Carmen Alvarado

    March 19, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I did not watch it in its entirety. At the moment he said that mercury is no longer used in vaccines he lost my attention. He needs to get better information. Mercury is still in use in vaccines!!!!

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  20. buricco

    April 2, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Follow the money indeed. Wakefield stood to make a lot of money from getting MMR vax banned.

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  22. Michael Barber

    June 26, 2014 at 5:54 am

    That kind of story always makes me wonder how stupid the general public really are.

  23. Pete

    June 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hit the nail on the head, as painful as it might be

  24. Pete

    June 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Yes, the REAL field of medicine….like the REAL chemtrails, the REAL story behind 9/11, the REAL lie behind global warming

  25. Marc

    July 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Ahahahahaha!!!! If you don’t even know the correct term….your opinion probably doesn’t matter, sorry.

  26. Marc

    July 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Absolutely….Cooper acts like a punk kid who can’t let the very intelligent Dr. even finish his sentences. He “destroyed” Wakefield??? Nah, he just made a royal ass out of himself. Clearly all the people here who follow popular media blindly have never heard of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Do some research before you spew uninformed sarcasm.

  27. Marc

    July 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    She’s not alone. MANY parents have reported extremely bad reactions to vaccines by their children. Reactions that ended with disabilities. And yes….there is STILL Thimerosal in vaccines. Look it up people…before you assume you know everything.

  28. Marc

    July 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    How do you people sleep at night spouting nonsense like, “…thimerosal, which hasn’t been used in vaccines for decades”???? Yes sheeple, it’s still being used in vaccines!!!! If you pro-vaxxers can’t get the simplest of details right, how can we possibly take you seriously!?!?

  29. tmcrumpet

    February 16, 2015 at 12:50 am

    So you don’t have to bury your kid from measles!

  30. Gary Williams

    February 16, 2015 at 2:35 am

    No ,you are wrong, and YOU ought to try looking it up before making false claims -there has not been thimerosal in routine childhood vaccines included in the birth to 5 schedule since 2001.
    There are a few flu vaccines that still contain thimerosal. Most pediatricians use thimerosal free flu vaccines (fluzone, fluarix), not because we are concerned about thimerosal, but because we want to avoid all the bad reasons people might give for not getting a flu shot.

    Check the table1
    http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228#t3

    The standard immunizations, and variations in how they can be given- to age 5
    Pediarix (Dtap-hepB Polio)
    or
    Pentacel (Dtap-Hib-Polio
    Prevnar
    Hib
    Hepatitis B
    Polio
    Hepatitis A
    MMR
    Varivax

    NONE contain thimerosal, even trace amounts.
    .

  31. Gary Williams

    February 16, 2015 at 2:40 am

    No, you are wrong, and YOU should look it up.
    Of the standard routine immunizations given to age 5, NONE contain thimerosal
    There are some flu vaccines that do, but most pediatricians use fluzone or fluarix – not because we think thimerosal is dangerous, but because we want to avoid giving people a false reason to not get a flu vaccine.
    See Table 1.
    http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228#t3
    Standard vaccines- Pediarix or Pentacel, Prevnar, Dtap, Hib, Hep B, Polio, Hepatitis A, Varivax, and MMR, Rotavirus

  32. Lauren Connelly

    February 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Not in childhood vaccines. Some flu shots and other things contain it. But the link between thimerosal and autism has been debunked as well. It was removed from childhood vaccines to ease parental fears, not because there was any danger to it. Didn’t I read somewhere that a tuna sandwich contains more mercury? And stop nattering about “sheeple” as if you’re some kind of independent thinker.

  33. Lauren Connelly

    February 16, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I know; least he could’ve done was let the good (ex) doctor promote his book!

  34. tom

    February 16, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    But Thimerosol! Remove your head from your ass and look it up, before you assume you know anything.

  35. Rasec Adnarg

    February 17, 2015 at 6:21 am

    i am not in favor of not vaccinating kids, but being impartial, I don’t think A. Cooper “destroyed” this guy as claimed. This was more of the word of this guy against the word of the journalist A. Cooper was citing. Who is lying? You cannot tell unless you biasedly pick a side..

  36. Sue Tretter

    February 17, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Marc is correct about “spouting nonsense” imo.
    I believe that thimerosal will be an issue in the US for as long as those who may have been harmed by it are still living, and until/unless the true cause of their disease is found.
    Thimerosal was removed from most vaccines in about 2002 but remains in the anti-flu vaccines. It’s also in some of the eye medications I’ve used.
    Source: Seth Mookin’s THE PANIC VIRUS, various pages including page 243: Kirby “… failed to mention that the last doses of childhood vaccines had been used up in 2003 …”
    Imo, there are many good books which recount the good as well as bad history of various vaccines. Mookin’s book is just one.

  37. David McGraw

    August 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    If you are a real doctor and are citing Mercola as proof of anything I feel very sorry for you as you wasted a perfectly good education that could have gone to someone who would actually use it for good.

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