Here’s another data-point that should highlight why I’m so gobsmacked that “Dr.” Bob Sears has disappeared all mentions of his years of anti-vaccine pandering from his re-designed website:
If there’s a patron saint of the modern-day anti-vaccine movement, it’s Andrew Wakefield; one leading anti-vaccine activist recently compared Wakefield to “Nelson Mandela and Jesus Christ rolled up into one.” (This Daily Beast piece has some history on Wakefield’s role in this controversy, as does the front-flap copy of my book.) In 2010, Andrew Wakefield’s name was officially struck off of the UK’s medical register for his fraudulent 1998 paper linking the MMR vaccine to autism. The ruling of the UK’s General Medical Council that led to Wakefield’s defrocking including findings that he’d been “dishonest,” “irresponsible,” “misleading,” and “in breach of duty,” and that he’d “showed a callous disregard for the distress and pain that you knew or ought to have known the children involved [in Wakefield’s experiments] might suffer.”
Less than a week after Wakefield lost his license, Sears posed with Wakefield at the largest anti-vaccine conference in the country:
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