I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I just don’t understand it. I just don’t understand how anyone can take the charlatan Andrew Wakefield seriously anymore. If anyone had any doubt that there is a cult of personality around this discredited vaccine fear-monger, whose shoddy science and undisclosed conflicts of interest managed to ignite a false hysteria over the MMR vaccine, wonder no more. Observe the support that he still commands from parents as he is finally called to account for his misdeeds:
“What do you think about second hand smoke?” he asked me. I sensed ulterior motives behind the question, but I wasn’t sure. I suspected that he was just looking for an argument. “It’s bad,” I joked. “Some have told me that the studies don’t show any health problems from second hand smoke,” he replied. “I’m sure ‘some’ have,” I retorted somewhat sarcastically. “No, really, is there any evidence,” he replied. “I’m open-minded about this topic.” Somehow I doubted this, but I figured, what the heck, and did a little reviewing. It makes for some interesting reading.