You sometimes have to wonder how those of us born just after World War Two, or before, have lived so long. According to the our health authorities we live in a world full of dangers, we can’t eat butter, chips and many other foods in case they may kill us, we are told to drink miniscule quantities of alcohol in case it does us serious harm and when it comes to germs and viruses, well, we shouldn’t be allowed to breath in case we become infected and start a pandemic. If that lot doesn’t bump us off then worrying about it certainly will.
When I was a kid mothers had measles and chicken pox parties to get the inevitable infection over and done with. Us nippers used to cough and scratch our sore bits for a few days, enjoy the time off school and that was it - over for good.
Sadly, in these over regulated nanny state days kids are not allowed to have measles, mumps, chicken pox and other ailments, they have to be inoculated against them and woe betide any parent who questions the bullying attitude of the authorities - their concerns are of no matter to the state, parents have to obey and get their kids pumped full of drugs and bugger any after effects.
As we all know a very large number of parents have serious concerns about the MMR jab and its links to autism, they simply asked for the freedom of choice to have their children inoculated for each infection seperately rather than in one go as they worried about the effects of this cocktail of drugs being thrust into their children's small bodies. Many parents who were intimidated into going ahead are convinced the MMR jab triggered autism in their children with days of the inoculation - they were ignored and their complaints written off - they had no one to turn to but each other for support until the arrival of Dr Andrew Wakefield.
Andrew Wakefield highlighted the problems they were having and gave them hope that there could be a better way so other parents would not have the trauma they were suffering. Because of their very valid worries many other parents either chose not to have the MMR jab or asked for separate inoculations. And what was the states response to this? It stuck two fingers up to all parents and told them it was the MMR jab or nothing and if their kids became sick it was their fault. Considering the state is run by people we elect to represent us and act on our concerns, the attitude of this and past governments can only be described as crass.
Sadly, still refusing to listen to worried parents and give their electorate the freedom of choice regarding MMR, the authorities chose to launch a full scale attack on Dr Wakefield and to ridicule and undermine him - they really did set out to do a hatched job on this chap because he did not tow their line. The result was an action taken against him by the General Medical Council who on Thursday 28th January ruled that Dr Wakefield broke research rules and acted unethically - naturally those parents now caring for autistic children would disagree with this verdict. Dr Wakefield himself stated the ruling was “unfounded and unjust”.
The crux of it all is that the GMC have not discounted his findings on MMR or judge if they were right or wrong, they they have taken him to task on the way he went about his research into the link between MMR and autism - which ironically adds to his findings. He now faces being struck off the medical register for standing up for the majority of concerned parents. In these over regulated and controlled days Dr Andrew Wakefield is a very brave man indeed, all parents should boycott the MMR jab and let nanny jump up and down and have as many tantrums as it likes - parent power should come to the rescue of Dr Wakefield - after all they are only asking for the freedom of choice.