Wakefield the idea that the MMR vaccine is the cause of autism. She introduced quack diets for autistic people which lead to "Allergy Induced Autism" group. She says it "improves them." She is not as well known but just as dangerous.
She says she watched her son, William "deteriorate" from a bright and active toddler to a "destructive eight year old who cannot talk, play or feed himself and who lives in a frantic, rushed world of his own." She needed something to blame so she blamed the MMR vaccine for him being neurodiverse. He did have infammatory bowel disorder. The IBS did make him suffer. That is the difference.
In 1995 Kessick approached former gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield . She came to him as a parent of an autistic child. She was seeking help with her son's IBS and him being autistic. In 1996, he turned his attention to the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. With out her he would not have made the false connection! She volunteered her son to participate in Wakefield's study of 10 children at the Royal Free Hospital in London. It was trying to find the link between the MMR vaccine and Crohn's Disease. Later the study moved onto autism, with Kessick's help.
Rosemary Kessick is the CEO of Allergy Induced Autism (AiA). It is a United Kingdom based charity. It is dedicated to identifying the causes and biomedical effects of being autistic. It gained its chartity status in 1997. One doctor's observation along with a group of parents that noticed common food and chemicals that "exacerbated their condition." AiA has grown exponentially since its inception. They hold international seminars, presentations and conferences. They are served to spread misinformation about autism, provides a platform for medical research and a focal point for scientists and parents.
She says she gave up her job as a business manager to care for William. He was the second born out of three children. "Within weeks of the vaccination, his development slowed down, then it stopped, then it stopped and regressed. Seeing what has happened to him has broken our hearts. It means so much to finally be listened to and find people to stand up and say the safety of these vaccines must be investigated."
The concern resurfaced when the British government had a campaign to introduce a MMR booster for all four year olds. Most of these children had their first booster at around fifteen months old. This is the same age signs of being autistic are noticed.
The British department of health did dismiss the links because it was the work of only one researcher. They stated that children were at a much larger risk to these deadly diseases than the vaccine itself. They then launched a campaign to stop the rise in unvaccinated children. It lead to a sudden outbreak of measles.