I can’t believe this – a report by Dr. Andrew Wakefield published twelve years ago linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism has been formally retracted by the medical journal that originally ran it. And here I thought this widely discredited theory propounded solely by crackpots and people who don’t know what science is was as obviously true as 2 + 2 = 4. My world has been upended. It’s like Haiti in my brain.
The [formal retraction] came less than a week after the U.K. General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel concluded that Wakefield had provided false information in the report and acted with “callous disregard” for the children in the study. The council is now considering whether Wakefield is guilty of serious professional misconduct. A positive finding could cause him to lose his medical practice.
No, forget it, I refuse to accept this. There is simply no other reason that Jenny McCarthy’s son is not a genius.