October 23, 2008

“Please, sir. I want some more” – Oliver Twist

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Luke Skywalker called.  He wants his Landspeeder (hovercraft) back.  {sigh}  He’s such a brat!  I need to take one more spin ’round the block then, maybe, I’ll give it back to him.  {sigh}

Do you know what’s sad?

I can’t even say, “I googled it” anymore when I’m asked where I find information to blog about.

Why is that, you ask?

Seems that folks are using it as their sole source to find data, and I ain’t mentioning any names.

No!  I won’t say!

I.  Can’t.  Hear.  You.       (la la la la la la la la)

I’ll be serious for a moment.

I’m glad more of us, on the other side of the lawn, are stating that there are other contributing factors to autism… besides vaccines.

I believe that the folks blaming them for their child(ren)’s autism are actually doing us more harm than good, because now we have a whole new set of parents becoming paranoid about vaccinating their children.

I don’t think this is helping our cause at all.

In fact, I think what’s been said over the past year or so has even more people coming out, by the buttload, speaking out against the vaccine-autism connection… which means more people are looking in our direction, giving us even stranger looks.

When I say “our” I mean the autism community as a whole (it doesn’t matter if you’re on the vaccine-injured side or not).  They’re looking at “us”!

Oprah‘s talked about us.

The candidates gave us some love in their final debate. They’re pretty smart; they knew what they were doing.  It’s a political thing.

I mentioned in, an earlier post, that Good Morning America did a little diddy on autism today.

They’re bringing more attention to us… by reporting that “autism is actually a biological illness” that affects the brain’s growth and development.”

I bet the words “is actually” caused a few people to self-destruct.

Five.  Four.  Three.  Two.  One.

GMA also stated,

Amid these questions, television shows and magazines feature a barrage of stories and imagery — families rallying for and against vaccines, debates between medical experts pointing to both genetic and environmental causes, and images of individuals diagnosed with autism who struggle to speak and function independently, while others can interact with others and are able to hold jobs. For many, these competing messages may make this already complex condition even more confusing.

Fortunately, doctors and researchers are learning more about the causes and characteristics of autism.

Because of all the hoopla, researchers are learning more about the causes.  So, I guess all this controversy has been a good thing?

I’ll keep saying it until I turn blue

We need to consider all culprits and stop pointing the blame at just one.

Funding is scarce as it is, and we can’t afford to lose a single penny.

There is strength in numbers… and if we continue to increase the divide… we may lose all that we’ve fought so hard to attain.

We can help our children live better lives.  The jury gave its verdict a while ago on the whole recovery thing as I don’t see my son as “diseased” or “ill” or “possessed”.

I am curious about something else…

For those parents who talk about “recovery”, I wonder if they truly believe their children are recovered?

Have these claims been listed in a scientific journal?

Have the claims been tested?

Meaning, were the irritants reintroduced to the child, and he/she didn’t suffer any adverse reactions?

Like I said, I’m not an expert, but I think that’s how science would do it.

I’d NEVER cause my son any undo harm/stress, but I’m not always going to be in his life.  I don’t want to be sitting over here in a constant state of “what-if??  I want to be 100% certain!

Telling folks to keep breaking their already fragile bank accounts trying one therapy after another (in hopes that they too will find the miracle potion) is, well, sad.

I gotta go.  Luke just called.  {sigh}

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