You also have to be very sceptical of the lawyers and the “expert witnesses” in all this; you have to remember that they get paid handsomely whether there’s any real danger or not, and whether they win their case or lose it.
That’s the problem with capitalism; anyone can be on the make, in fact everyone has to be on the make or they aren’t “successful”.
Paul, did you get to the bit in Bad Science about patient groups, and how they get funding and support from PR companies from the manufacturers of alternatives to the current standard treatment? This was exactly what Wakefield was involved with; he was helping a legal firm to discredit the MMR “three in one” jab while being involved in the development of another vaccine of a set to be administered separately.
Mammon corrupts everything, and just because the big wolf is bad doesn’t mean the smaller wolf is your friend.