The real lessons of the MMR debacle
It was a widespread mood of anxiety and hostility to reason that allowed an insubstantial figure like Andrew Wakefield to have such an impact.
|Tuesday 25 May 2010|
Censorship is not the answer to health scares
The only way to challenge the pseudoscience of Andrew Wakefield and others is to have more debate, not less.
|Monday 1 March 2010|
Turning a blind Eye to the truth
Private Eye’s feeble apology for its support for Dr Andrew Wakefield reminds us of the media’s uncritical complicity in the MMR-autism theory.
|Tuesday 2 February 2010|
The war on Dr Wakefield: only 12 years too late
Yes, Dr Andrew Wakefield’s MMR-autism theory was dishonest, but he’s not the only one to blame for the great vaccine scare of the past 12 years.
|Thursday 5 November 2009|
Autism: moving beyond the quest for a cure
The author of Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion challenges both those who want to cure and those who want to celebrate autism.
|Tuesday 15 September 2009|
Are we all autistic now?
Lumping Mozart and Einstein in with those who have severe socialisation problems is no help to sufferers or science.
|Monday 11 May 2009|
Asking questions is
not an ‘Inquisition’
When Michael Fitzpatrick criticised the Autism File he was branded a ‘backwoods doctor’ who should shut up. Why?
|Tuesday 14 April 2009|
An open letter to Gordon Brown
If you want to help families affected by autism, you shouldn’t be inviting Polly Tommey to No.10.
|Monday 6 April 2009|
It’s time to stop this ‘miracle cure’ madness
In his speech to the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick said the ‘war on autism’ is dehumanising people with the condition.
|Monday 23 February 2009|
MMR-autism scare: the truth is out at last
The ‘vaccine court’ in the United States, and its excellent expert witnesses, have finally slain and buried MMR junk science.
|Tuesday 10 February 2009|
The MMR scare: from foolishness to fraud?
The latest shocking revelations about Dr Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 Lancet paper suggest there was more to it than skewed science.
|Friday 23 January 2009|
‘Autistic children are now seen as a burden’
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick talks about how raising an autistic child is made infinitely harder by the charlatans waging the ‘war on autism’.
|Thursday 4 December 2008|
False prophets in the ‘crusade against autism’
The author of Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion exposes the powerful quackery movement offering dodgy ‘cures’ for autism.
|Monday 24 November 2008|
The ghost of the ‘refrigerator mother’
The author of Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion challenges the quackery and religiosity of the ‘crusade against autism’.
|Wednesday 29 October 2008|
‘Crusade against autism’: doing more harm than good
The author of the new book Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion asks why autism has sidelined even Joe the Plumber in the US election.
|Monday 31 March 2008|
I’m backing Boris for London mayor
Where Ken Livingstone cynically postured against MMR, risking the health of London’s children, Boris Johnson at least defended the vaccine.
|Friday 1 February 2008|
The rise and fall of anti-MMR mania
Journalists once fawned over ‘brave’, ‘glossy-haired’ anti-MMR crusaders; now they denounce them as quacks. What happened?
|Monday 3 September 2007|
Measles: the bitter results of a rash panic
When middle-class parents turn their noses up at the MMR vaccine, it increases the risk of disease for everyone's children - especially those in poorer families.
|Tuesday 17 July 2007|
The dark art of the MMR-autism panic
As Andrew Wakefield appears at the GMC, spiked traces the efforts of a shabby scaremongering caravanserai to continue peddling a panic.
|Wednesday 4 July 2007|
‘The MMR-autism theory? There’s nothing in it’
Michael Fitzpatrick talks to Stephen Bustin, whose devastating testimony in a US court demolished the last shred of evidence against vaccines.