What You Need To Know About the Big Pharma-Vaccine Act of 1986
In this interview, Dr. Andrew Wakefield discusses the documentary1 “1986: The Act,” which he produced. He also co-wrote and directed Del Bigtree’s film “Vaxxed,” which discloses the conspiracy within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to withhold information about vaccine harms.
Wakefield is now doing a tour promoting “1986: The Act,” which is the best documentary I’ve ever seen on this topic. It’s also one of two full-feature films included in the ticket price for the National Vaccine Information Center’s international public conference on vaccination,2 which will be held online October 16 through 18, 2020.
If you haven’t signed up for that event yet, I encourage you to do that now. If you want to watch the film now, it’s available online at 1986theact.com. A trailer is provided at the end of this article.
The Wakefield Controversy
Wakefield, as many of you know, has been a controversial character within the vaccine field. He’s been vilified like few others, to the point of losing his medical license — all because he, together with 12 other doctors, published a case paper suggesting there may be a possible association between measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and development of autism in some children. In the interview, Wakefield gives his side of the story:
“I graduated in 1981 from Royal Free Hospital in London. I had trained as a surgeon and went into gastroenterology. My principal interests were inflammatory bowel disease, and I ended up running a large research team, about 19 of us at the Royal Free Hospital in London, which is part of the University of London.
I became interested in the possible viral origins of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and that led me to looking at measles virus. After publishing a paper in The Lancet in 1995, I got a call from a mother who said her child was developing normally, then had his MMR vaccine and regressed into autism very, very quickly after [experiencing] what turned out to be encephalitis.
He also had terrible bowel symptoms, gastrointestinal problems, failure to thrive, pain, bloating, diarrhea, and that was the reason she was getting in touch with me. She was convinced there was a link between the bowel and the brain …
So, we took that very seriously. We investigated her child, and she was absolutely right. We investigated a whole lot of children, and they indeed had an inflammatory bowel disease, and that was fascinating. The medical profession had dismissed it and said no, that’s just part of autism. In fact, it wasn’t.
It was a genuine pathology, but more importantly, when we corrected or ameliorated that pathology with diet or anti-inflammatories, then not only did the gastrointestinal problems improve, but the behavior and the autistic symptoms improved as well …
We did it 180 times and it happened virtually every single time. So, the parents were absolutely right.
We had to therefore take the proposed link between the MMR vaccine and the regression very, very seriously, and that of course was anathema to public health, to the Royal College of Pediatricians, to the CDC, to just about the entire world of medicine, and certainly, of course, to the pharmaceutical industry responsible for making these vaccines …
But that was neither here nor there. We had an obligation to the children and fulfilling that obligation led to an attenuation of my career prospect … We had a job to do and we did the job. After they prevented me from doing the job that I set out to do, I decided to become a filmmaker … I had these extraordinary stories, and I thought now is the time to start telling those stories in film, and that is where I find myself now.”
The Power of Film
Another film made by Wakefield is “Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?” It’s the tragic story of a child destroyed by the medical system. After being prescribed 28 psychotropic medications and being chained to his bed, the boy was ultimately killed by his mother when she took his life to spare him further pain. The film turned out to be so powerful, after the state prosecutor in Illinois saw the film, he decided to release her from prison.
“That was the first time in American history that a film had ever commuted what was in effect a life sentence,” Wakefield says. “It was extraordinary, and that made me realize that film is something that can convey to a lot of people an extraordinary set of truths that can change their thinking about a certain topic.”
1986: The Act
“1986: The Act,” is a historical description of how the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 came into being, and how it radically changed the vaccine landscape forever. It’s meticulously documented and, like a detective story, takes the viewer through the many twists and turns that brought us to where we are today. As explained by Wakefield, it’s a complex story of legislation, litigation and medical science.
“You’ve got this extraordinary challenge as a filmmaker to deliver that to the public, many of whom know nothing about this, in a way that they will understand. That was a real challenge … because it could’ve put even the most ardent fan to sleep in 10 minutes trying to tell that story,” he says.
The film follows a husband and wife as they’re expecting their first baby, late in life, and takes the viewer on the journey they go through as they begin their investigation of vaccines.
“Initially it’s the same debate that so many families around the kitchen table every night are having in every country of the world right now, and that is: What do we do about vaccination? There’s so much controversy, there’s this for, and that against, and my friend says this, and my sister says that.
Now, we, the audience, are suddenly engaged because this couple are us. They are where we have been. They are asking the questions that we have asked, and suddenly we care. We care because their journey is our journey, their outcome is our outcome. So, we’re sitting forward in our seats, wanting to know more, and it becomes so much more engaging.
There are two elements to the story. One, it’s a story of what happens when you take an industry and products out and away from the constraints of the free market. The free market operates to promote the success of good products and where a product is bad or unsafe, it will sink to the bottom and either the companies improve or they perish.
When you take a produ
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