By Kim Stagliano
Is Miss Hannah Poling patient #1 in the new paradigm for "The disorder formerly known as autism?" Perhaps we'lll come up with a really funky sign like Prince did? Was Hannah misdiagnosed with autism, when she actually had a mitochondrial disorder that was triggered by her childhood vaccines? If so, there may be tens of thousands of children who have been misdiagnosed. That opens up rather a large can of wigglers, doesn't it?
I begged doctors to test my oldest child for metabolic disturbances when she began having intractable seizures at age six. I presented testiing from THIS company to my neurologist (who was an MD, PhD like Dr. Poling.) I was told "I don't work with that lab. We're not that aggressive with autism." I begged for a spinal tap for my child in the ER of two major Children's Hospitals during seizure visits because the seizures came when she was sick and had a fever. One resident said to me, "What kind of a mother wants a spinal for her child? It's very painful."
Painful? The child was seizing 10 - 15 times per day for days on end. Anti-epileptic drugs did nothing to stem the onslaught. The spinal tap might have given us detailed biological information. My daughter was denied treatment at every turn because of her "autism" diagnosis. Was yours?
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.