038: The MMR Vaccine Deception | A Fraud of Epidemic Proportions

Person drawing vaccine contents

In 1998, a 6 page report published in the Lancet that would later be described as one of history’s great science frauds. The article was titled “Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive development disorder in children” but the news headlines ran with a much shorter version: the MMR vaccine causes autism.

The article was written by Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist turned researcher, who had taken it upon himself to deceive the medical community and general population at large. Fortunately, investigative journalist Brian Deer uncovered the truth behind this ‘study’ through hard work, significant obstacles and persistence.

Although Wakefield’s claims have been thoroughly discredited, we still feel the impact of this fraud to this day and he has become an icon of the anti-vax movement.

Our special guest is Brian Deer who is an award winning investigative journalist and bestselling author for The Doctor that Fooled the World, published in 2020.

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