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Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines--The Truth Behind a Tragedy [Paperback]

Andrew J. Wakefield , Jenny McCarthy
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July 13 2011
As Andrew Wakefield states in his prologue, “If autism does not affect your family now, it will. If something does not change—and change soon—this is almost a mathematical certainty. This book affects you also. It is not a parochial look at a trivial medical spat in the United Kingdom, but dispatches from the battlefront in a major confrontation—a struggle against compromise in medicine, corruption of science, and a real and present threat to children in the interests of policy and profit. It is a story of how ‘the system’ deals with dissent among its doctors and scientists.”

In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Wakefield lost his job in London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country of birth, his career, and his medical license. A recent General Medical Council ruling stated that he was “dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain of children.” Maligned by the medical establishment and mainstream media, Wakefield endeavors to set the record straight in Callous Disregard. While explaining what really happened, he calls out the organizations and individuals that are acting not for the sake of children affected by autism, but in their own self-interests.

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“I'm so glad Andy Wakefield finally has the chance to tell his story. . . . For hundreds of thousands of parents around the world, myself included, Andy Wakefield is a symbol of strength and conviction that all parents of children with autism can use to fight for truth and the best lives possible for their kids.”

“Meeting Dr. Andy Wakefield changed our lives and . . . we are forever grateful. His wise and measured advice about vaccinations helped us dodge a bullet . . . Our fourth son [had] multiple allergies and repeated infections . . . We now fully realize [he] would have been a victim of immune overload had we followed the regular vaccine schedule. . . . [He] is [now] bright and healthy . . . This book provides a terrifying insight into what has been happening behind the scenes as efforts redouble to silence Dr. Wakefield . . . It is a wake-up call to those who think [he] is anything other than a modern day hero fighting for all of our children.”

“Dr. Wakefield sets the record straight. It was not he who showed callous disregard towards vulnerable, sick children with autism. It was the British medical establishment, the General Medical Council, the media and the pharmaceutical industry that threw the children under the bus to protect the vaccine program. This is a book for everyone who cares about our future.”

“Andrew Wakefield has been subjected to extraordinary criticism and condemnation from professional colleagues and the wider community since he first questioned the safety of the MMR vaccine. In this book he answers his critics—powerfully and comprehensively—and sets the record straight. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to know the truth behind the MMR debate and the politics of vaccination policy.”

“As a mother of a boy who regressed into autism immediately following his MMR vaccination, I welcome this book unreservedly . . . Whatever your thoughts on the issue, if you read nothing else at all on the vaccine-autism debate, this has to be the most crucial book you read.” --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Andrew J. Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath, is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London) in 1981, and pursued a career in gastrointestinal surgery with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He has published over 130 original scientific articles, book chapters, and invited scientific commentaries. He and his wife, Carmel, live in Austin, Texas, and have four children: James, Sam, Imogen, and Corin.

Jenny McCarthy is a world-renowned autism activist, mother, and bestselling author. She splits her time between Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, and California. Her books include Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs, Life Laughs, Mother Warriors, Healing and Preventing Autism, and Louder Than Words.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Sept. 4 2013
By Yvonne
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Excellant book. The truth comes out at the expense of little children. Dr. Wakefields research is finally being brought out. See article of Sept 3, 2013 where courts have now confirmed that MMR vaccine causes autism ..... "in fact, everything that Dr. Wakefield found back in the late 1990's concerning the MMR vaccine .... findings that cost him career and reputation, by the way .... are proving to be undeniably true." .... A must read for every parent
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars corruption requires a hero to reveal it April 10 2012
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after seeing that " The Nature of Things " would be doing an episode on "Autism the Enigma " , I was very interested in watching , but I would be working the night it was to air , I don't watch much t.v. , but this was something that I was very interested in watching , I had asked several people to record it for me ( just in case ) , and , though they all tried , the night it aired , it was wiped out , completely , across Canada , I searched for it on the internet , and managed to get a written breakdown of what the episode was to expose , but the makers of the program were saying that they didn't know what actually happened , and that it had been wiped off of the hard drive , so for days I tried to find a link or something regarding the program , however , a couple weeks later , I finally found it , but it had nothing to do with the original written breakdown I had seen ,which suggested that gut flora , especially effected after the MMR vaccine , had been proven to be linked with autism , this only fueled my desire to know what was being purposely hidden from the public , which led me to purchase this very insightful book by Dr. Andrew Wakefield .
He put his career in jeopardy to reveal his findings , and although , I'm sure , many times over , he must have believed himself beaten by the financial "powers that be" ,he held true , forfeiting his career and home for something he believed to be right , not something that many would have the stamina to do.
What makes his whole belief ring true for me , is the fact that he did indeed vaccinate his first two children , when he had no reason to doubt that good intentions were the sole purpose of vaccination , but did not vaccinate his last two children , this act alone speaks volumes to me .
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but the Truth June 18 2010
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I have followed the scapegoating of Andrew Wakefield for months and I have been ashamed of the General Medical Council in UK. The antics of Brian Deer are beyond belief and I wonder who has been paying him. Lost in all the fracas is the tragedy of our children. This account by an honorable physician puts the whole sorry story in perspective. Wakefield compares the recalls by Toyota of faults in their product with the lack of recall of dangerous vaccines; indeed governments go to great lengths to deny responsibility for the destruction of children's health by vaccines. Wakefield describes his "trial" by the GMC. The main point I gleaned was that he conducted a case series, not to be confused with experiments, and yet he is accused of experimenting on children without ethical approval, which he had anyway. He was really put on trial because he had the temerity to challenge the safety of a vaccine.
Mercifully for us all he is fighting back. Way to go, Andrew, may a fair wind be at your back.
Jennifer Craig, author of Jabs, Jenner and Juggernauts: a Look at Vaccination
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars courageous man Aug. 19 2011
By pen
Please treat yourself to the other side of the story. Even if you have not been affected by autism will find this book interesting and disturbing. When held in contrast to the 30 sec sound byte media truthiness we are constantly fed you gain a deeper appreciation for how much more there is to the story. The sad part is that Dr. Wakefield acted on behalf of his patients and was selectively held to a standard, that If applied to the current pharma junk (ghost) science would negate most big pharma articles; too bad. Learn more about vaccine safety.
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rewriting history March 29 2011
Somewhere in an alternate universe, parts of this story might be real and true. As it stands, this is a massive attempt to rewrite history from the viewpoint of a man who has been thoroughly debunked and should, in all honesty, be relegated to the delete bins. Unfortunately, he has manipulated the truth time and time again, and used the parents of children with Autism to further his agenda. It's surprising how little time was spent putting this book together when Brian Deer had to spend over seven years researching his investigation into the tactics of Mr. Wakefield, exposing the reworking, and sometimes outright fabrication of data to support his claims.
Unfortunately, as in Wakefield's experiments, autistic children continue to be the victims here. Jenny McCarthy, too, has a lot to answer for. Here's hoping that someday she realizes the truth.
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