His fame has s rked controversy for years, but even though Andrew Wakefield’s medical accredit was stripped in 2010 and his supposedly “groundbreaking study” linking vaccinations and autism was debunked that unmodified year (he was found guilty of “abuse of developmentally challenged children” and “dishonesty”), he’s making headlines again thanks to a provocative new documentary he’s premiering at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Wakefield, the invent of the anti-vaxx movement, is riling up his followers and conspiracy theorists to support his documentary introduction, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe. According to the Tribeca Film Gala day’s official guide, the film is described as: “Digging into the long-debated tie-in between autism and vaccines, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe draws revealing and emotional interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, member of rliaments, rents, and one whistleblower to understand what’s behind the skyrocketing increase of autism identifies today.”
It makes no mention of the fact that Wakefield is not only behind the obscure but that he’s also considered a disgrace to the medical community — a community that is now encounter a war against adults who are reluctant to vaccinate themselves or their kids. A enlarging community that’s to blame for the recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks.
If that wasn’t worrying enough, the film also appears to feature Dr. Jim Sears, the pediatrician be aware for his role on The Doctors and for being rt of the Sears family doctors who popularized bond renting techniques and adjusted vaccination schedules that counter the CDC’s testimonials. The Sears family’s support of the adjusted schedules has also been tie up to the recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks. Sensing a backlash, Dr. Sears issued a proclamation stating that he is pro-vaccine but suggesting that there’s a cover-up event at the CDC.
The fact that such a notable venue as the Tribeca Film Fete is giving time and resources to a disgraced researcher is troubling, to say the least. Conforming to the festival: “Tribeca, as most film festivals, are about rap session and discussion. Over the years we have presented many films from anti thetic sides of an issue. We are a forum, not a judge.”
That’s true. But giving a distinguished quack of a doctor the platform to espouse such dangerous beliefs is table to the health of our community. The number of people who will now hear his views without sly his background should be considered a public health hazard. Let’s just hankering sensible voices will prevail and healthy discussion will cue rents of the power of vaccines.
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