That’s a good question and one that is perhaps impossible to answer with our current knowledge.
I think that Wakefield was correct about many autistic patients having GI problems and it’s possible that he was right about MMR causing developmental regression in some children.
Whether or not there is really a novel syndrome caused by the MMR viruses in the gut is something that I don’t know. I think some researchers have replicated his findings others have not.
One thing to pay attention to is that Andrew Wakefield never claimed that his paper had proved a link and he had never claimed that the MMR vaccine was the only cause of autism.
The paper said: “We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described”
It’s strange that we often hear he fabricated a link when the paper never claimed that they had proved something.
Parents that report their child regressed following MMR are a dime a dozen, that’s not something new or unusual. This month someone here on Quora left a comment saying that their child got the MMR and had problems ever since. That’s not the first time I read this.
Arguing that the researchers claimed to have observed an unicorn that never had existed would mean that such cases don’t exist in the real world either which would be ludicrous because you hear about them all the time.
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