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Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, Pediatricians Do.

Finger-pointing-time By J.B. Handley
 
Our community has been giving pediatricians a hall pass for far too long.
 
If a doctor sticks six vaccines into a child while the child is taking antibiotics for an ear infection and Tylenol for a cold, he’s not a doctor, he’s a criminal, and should be hauled into jail on the spot for assault and battery. If the child also happens to have eczema, long-term diarrhea, and has missed a milestone or two, perhaps the charge should be attempted murder.
 
As you know, pediatricians do just this and more every day. How do we stop this recklessness?
 
If my son’s pediatrician had been more careful, better informed of warning signs, less close-minded, and less AAP-party line in his approach to pediatrics, I genuinely believe my son never would have regressed into autism.


 
I’ve met many Pediatricians who belong to the AAP, but have chosen a much safer and more deliberate route to practicing pediatrics: they give fewer vaccines, they prescribe fewer or no antibiotics, they don’t throw Tylenol at every ailment, they stop vaccinating if a child develops eczema or an allergy after a vaccine or has any other reaction, they don’t give vaccines like Hep B unless the mom has Hepatitis herself and shy away from useless flu shots. They listen to parents. They practice the precautionary principle.
 
And, you know what they all have in common? You guessed it: far fewer children in their practice with autism.
 
You may have met one of these great, open-minded doctors – many towns have one, although there’s not nearly enough of them. And, you also know many of the doctors like the ones Jim Carrey described -- “Mister grab ‘em and stab ‘em” -- the ones who don’t understand why so many kids in their practice have autism, while they reach into the incubator in the ICU to make sure the preemie gets her Hep B shot. Recently, the AAP has begun advocating “firing” parents who don’t conform to the CDC’s overloaded vaccine schedule, the schedule with 36 vaccines on it, almost double the average of 30 other first world countries. The schedule that has never been tested for combination risk.
 
Really, AAP? You’re going to “fire” parents who want to be more cautious with their babies? I don’t mean to give you advice, AAP, but I don’t think that’s very good for business.  
(By the way, whenever I meet a pediatrician I ask them a simple question: what percentage of your revenue come from vaccine administration? The number always astounds me. The answers I get are that anywhere from 50-80% of their revenue comes from giving vaccines. Imagine that.)
 
So, parents, help me out, let’s turn this thing around and let’s do it right: let’s put bad pediatricians out of business RIGHT NOW. Let’s fire them for reckless endangerment of our children and our neighbor’s children.
 
If a mechanic who was supposed to fix your car actually screwed your car up worse, what would you tell your neighbors if they asked you for a recommendation? You’d tell them to stay the hell away from that mechanic!
 
Why should it be any different for your pediatrician, the one who facilitated your child’s autism? Let’s hit these close-minded, unhelpful, dangerous doctors where it hurts: right in the wallet.
 
Do Something Today, and Be Bold
 
It’s a new decade, and it’s time to put an end to this madness. If your idea of activism is making comments at AoA, I encourage you to expand your horizons, right now.
 
I’ll make it easier for you, I’ll go first. My son’s pediatricians were all based at Lamorinda Pediatrics in Lafayette, CA. He saw many different doctors there, and I believe with my heart that they made terrible decisions, showed utter cluelessness when it came to warning signs, and facilitated my son’s descent into autism. They are based in the East Bay of the SF area, and if you have a friend out there, please email them this link.
 
In no particular order, here are some of the horrible mistakes I believe my son’s pediatricians made:
 
1. They gave him multiple vaccines at every well-baby visit

2. In two years, they allowed him to get 12 rounds of antibiotics, including one round for 6 straight weeks

3. They vaccinated right through any and all rounds of antibiotics

4. They encouraged us to give him Tylenol immediately after vaccine appointments

5. When he developed eczema immediately after his first DTaP shot at 2 months old, they prescribed Cortisol and kept on vaccinating

6. They never drew any line between his constant diarrhea, eczema, extreme lethargy, and food allergies. He would come into their waiting room, leaning on furniture to ease the pain in his belly, and the doctors paid it no heed at all

7.  When my son was 14 months old and we expressed concern about many missed milestones, they told us he was fine, costing us valuable time
 
In short, Lamorinda Pediatrics was clueless and reckless, and, I believe, helped push my son over a cliff. By not being more on their game and understanding the full implications of every choice they made and by being ignorant to all the red flags my son’s symptoms should have sent up, I believe they caused his autism. (And, I was an ignorant S.O.B. for letting them do it).
 
If a doctor like Jay Gordon or one of the many other great Pediatricians out there had been caring for my son instead, I truly believe I wouldn’t be here writing this today.
 
Conversely, in Mill Valley, CA is a practice called Pediatric Alternatives. We started going there AFTER my son had been diagnosed with autism. They were fantastic. Yes, they vaccinated kids, but the precautionary principle abounded in everything they did. They believed that nature had actually figured things out pretty damn well and their job was to not screw it up. They listened closely to parents. They shunned antibiotics unless risks were extremely high. They knew vaccines had benefits AND serious risks. They were absolutely great and I recommend them highly – please send this link to your Bay Area friends for a great Pediatrician.
 
Also, Integrative Pediatrics up here in Portland, OR is equally terrific, and I recommend Dr. Paul Thomas and his staff highly.
 
Now, you can do the same thing. Let every parent you know understand the mistakes made by your Pediatrician that led to your child’s autism. Write your story down, make copies, and hand it out to parents walking in and out of the Pediatrician’s office (and film it so when you get kicked off their property you can put it up on YouTube!). Save parents from the same fate that befell you.
 
And, remember, these Pediatricians and their recklessness and ignorance are doing more than causing autism. The food allergies, ADHD, and other behavioral and learning disabilities running rampant through your town and school all start with that same pediatrician who messed up your kid.
 
At the same time, reward the great, open-minded doctors. Make sure every parent knows how great they are and encourage every one of them to quit the bad practice and join the good one. Become the loudest cheerleader for the pediatrician who really cares about our kids and understands. Contribute to helping the great Pediatricians have a booming practice.
 
Parents, the AAP claims they have 60,000 Pediatricians who belong to their organization. It is these 60,000 people who can stop the autism epidemic, but they won’t do so unless we ramp up our pressure on them dramatically. 
 
Please join me in putting bad pediatricians out of business today.
  
(Author’s note: The only list I have been able to find of potentially “good” Pediatricians is from the website of Dr. Sears who wrote The Vaccine Book. Find his list of Doctors HERE.)

J.B. Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue.

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I took took my daughter to a lafayette doctor after she had signs of skin rash from the first round of 8 vaccines! I said I'd like to wait on the vaccines since the baby has a rash and the doctor said no it's fine, we seriously got pressured to give her vaccines....like a 16 year old virgin on her first night. WTF. baby developed huge rash, allergies and had anaphylactic episodes. we took her back and the doctor was like oh my! we havent gone back to the crap doctors but the rash is still there and I read somewhere that the mother's breastmilk is what keeps babies autism free and it's only after the breastfeeding stops that most babies are diagnosed with autism. we are trying to detox our little baby as much as possible but when the skin is still showing rash, there is more going on. this is a great site, my question is how do we come together and file complaints against these bullies!

Sheila,

I just want to add that there is a long history of conflict of interest between the drug industry and the government. For example, Dr. Julie Gerberding former head of the CDC now heads the Gardisil Division at Merck. Vaccine industry defender Dr. Paul Offit was a member of the CDC's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP). Offit now holds a position at CHOPS that is paid for by Merck. Drug companies have tremendous influence over Washington.

"A third of all lobbyists employed by the industry are former federal government employees, including more than 15 former Senators and more than 60 former members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The two trade groups, PhRMA and BIO, are headed by two influential former members of Congress. PhRMA chief Billy Tauzin and BIO president Jim Greenwood were on committees that regulated drug companies and they each sponsored several bills related to the industry." (Source: "Drug lobby second to none: How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington")

In fact many former government officials have gone on to work as lobbyist for the drug industry. So you can draw your own conclusions as to who they really work for (Hint: it ain't us).

Read:

Who's who: Here is a list of former US government officials who now work for Big Pharma or vice versa
http://www.cptech.org/ip/health/politics/revolvingdoor.html

"Drug lobby second to none: How the pharmaceutical industry gets its way in Washington"

http://www.goodhealthinfo.net/cancer/fda_cozy_relationship.htm


"Government- Industry Revolving Door"
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Government-industry_revolving_door

"Washington’s Revolving Door Is Hazardous to Our Health" Bill Moyers
http://billmoyers.com/2012/12/13/washington%E2%80%99s-revolving-door-is-hazardous-to-our-health/

"FDA's Cozy Little Relationship"

http://www.goodhealthinfo.net/cancer/fda_cozy_relationship.htm

"FDA Rules Override Warnings About Drug" Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/03/AR2007030301311.html?referrer=email

Sarah: excellent points.

Shelia: I am a physician who was trained in western medicine and believed that vaccines were safe all through medical school and in residency. I believed what I was taught, just like all the rest of the physicians. So from 1996-2001(when I had patient contact) if a parent asked me if vaccines were safe, I said, “yes.” I was not trying to hurt anyone…I was just ignorant.

What changed? I started seeing vaccine injured children in my office and so I started reading outside the box. It is not that most doctors are trying to hurt our children, they just have not had the exposure some of the people on this site have had, including myself. Your doctor friends are just like all the rest…not bad, just not informed on this side of the issue.

One of my favorite quotes is from 2000 or 2001 given to the entering freshman class of Harvard Medical School by their Dean of Medicine; he said, “50% of what we are about to teach you is incorrect, the problem is we don’t know what 50%.” If this is even partially true, how could anyone be certain vaccines work? A colleague of my yesterday told me that number has been bumped up to 80%.

Please realize most of us do not know the true history of vaccines or of medicine in general. Do the research your self. It will not be solidified unless you do your homework.

Just a few days ago, I listed books, DVD’s, and more that have helped me understand medicine better than before. (see below) With this info you will understand vaccine history and the myths.

The other part of what I mentioned: Medical history…read about the Rockefeller Foundation and how that changed how medicine is practiced in the United States. We went from a very different medical model to a drug based model…why? $ Again, read about it.

Well, Sheila, I do blame my pediatrician. When I interviewed him for the job, he admitted that he knew that vaccines caused damage. He said that he didn't always agree with what he had to do in his job. He agreed to work with me to be as careful as possible so I hired him. When my son got sick after a barrage of vaccines (which turned out to be more than I agreed to - I don't know if it was the nurse who took it upon herself to add them or if she made a mistake) and I calmly said to the doctor that my son was fine before the vaccines, the doctor didn't deny that it was the vaccines at all. Instead the look on his face was one of mixed guilt and anguish. He definitely knew. If this had been the first case that he'd seen, then I might have more sympathy for him, but he was old at the time and it was obvious that he had seen this before. And you know what? He didn't stop hurting kids after that either. He's still at it. So, yes, I blame him and all the other gutless thoughtless drones delivering poison to children every day, for money and prestige and out of laziness in taking the path of least resistance. When it comes to the practice of medicine, "I was just following orders" doesn't cut it. I blame them because they go along to get along.

You describe medical doctors like they are all as pure as the driven snow. The reality is that they don't do their homework. They don't keep up with or question the literature. They don't question the drugs or the standards. They don't protect their patients from conflicts of interest and they have a long history of taking kickbacks from Pharma. And the few and hopefully growing number of doctors who do take the high road and practice good medicine are ostracized by their profession.

Sheila;
I had a daughter that had Kawasakis at two years old.
That alone should have been eye opening.
But I did not know; although there was some earlier suggestions in the medical literature that it could be a vaccine reaction.
I brought in my son a few years later that reacted to each and every vaccine; immediately.

I said to the Ped on the third DPT shot, "He is running too high of a fever with this vaccine".

He said, "Your son will be fine; you are behind; get that vaccine today".

With his hand now on the door knob I said, "Wait, his temperatures are really just too high, can those shots perhaps be separated, given individually".

"No it is together or nothing", he said; now pretty angry and with impatients,"Get that vaccine, today; you are behind"

With that he opened the door and left with a lot of air.

After the encephalopathy that occurred that night - stroke like event, catitonic, seizures and the next day no longer walking -- then the ped says for me not to get any more of the entire DPT shot. There is a separate ahot of only the D and the T with no P.

Now that was 26 years ago. As far as I know the peds are still in practice and vaccinating left and right.

As a matter of fact when they developed the chicken pox vaccine -- my kid's peds' office was chosen for testing it.

They had signs and posters all around. WHen I visited the peds which I did often because my kids' immmune system was ruined and we needed antibiotics to fight off ear infections and pneumonia and oh, those sinus infections -- the same ped asked with eagerness if my kids had the chicken pox.

He knew me, he knew what he had done, He and his partner had spent two on one with me after my son's encephalopathy.

See, I read his expresstion, his eagerness just right. If my children could survive the chicken pox vaccine that would be proof it was a great vaccine.

To his disappointment both of my kids already had the chicken pox.

The last time I visited them when my son was 12 - I ended up alone with them both in the lab -- some how. They both looked like sheep killing dogs. They were very uncomfortable with me alone in that room, cause I knew what they were and what they had done.

Sheila please, take a deep breath. No, I personally don't blame my pediatrician. in fact I like the man and he still is my son's doctor. that said, I think the vaccine autism issue is much bigger and more complex than the peds afterall it is the government who dictates vaccination policy in our country. It is the government, specifically the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that sets the schedule and the FDA that evaluates vaccines for safety. it is the entities whom I hold responsible. Despite the fact that many of our children have been shown to have an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction, CDC never bothers to screen babies who may be at risk for serious adverse reaction despite the fact there have been documneted cases of serious adverse reaction caued by vaccines. Regarding the safety of the current childhood immunization schedule, IOM stated that key elements of the vaccine schedule including the timing, order, number, frequency and age at which vaccines are given are "not well defined by existing research" yet the CDC promotes this schedule to peds across the country. American children are among the most heavily vaccinated children in the world, yet even CDC admits severe adverse reactions happen, immune response varies and they cannot predict how a child will react to all these shots. There are a lot of serious flaws in the US immunization program that resulting in a maiming of our children the denial among govt bureaucrats is criminal. This is what angers me. This should not be happening in our country. This should NEVER have happened to our children.

This article really upsets me. Do people honestly think that doctors purposely give vaccines without caring about the effect or without studying the effects. Really? Do you really think these people went to college, med school, and residency giving up all their time and energy and life for a min of 11 years to purposely misdiagnose a child? I don't have any of the answers regarding vaccines or autism but I will lay my money on that doctor rather than any article I read online. I know there are good and bad docs and I have run into my share of both but to say pediatrician causes autism or should be jailed -are you kidding me? Really? Honestly, I do question vaccines, but no more than the food we eat or the water we drink or what is in the chemicals we clean with or what chemicals or harmful material is carpet or paint...or the alcohol that you drink or the cigarettes that you smoke. So it think that blaming this all on your pediatrician is a bit much. I know two docs very well and I know their intent, character, makeup and reason for becoming doctors. They are just people - granted smart, educated people, but just people. They don't have all the answers for all the hundreds of thousands diseases, but most of them sure try to help you, to the best of their ability. They don't live with your child. They don't see them every day, You have input and responsibility too. I wonder if we a re seeing more cases because we have the tools to communicate more; therefore, we are hearing about more, I don't know, Today is Thanksgiving and I am thankful for the wonderful doctors that we have in this country.

KE, Looks like you have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day but I'm not sure why you chose this day to admonish those of us whose children were injured. you seem oblivious to the fact that our kids too were fully vaccintated but their immune systems could not tolerate the load. ignorance is bliss when it doesn't happen to your children. I am sitting in my room babysitting my 9 year old son who due to severe sensory issues, cannot tolerate noise so here we must dine while the rest of my family gathers at the Thanksgiving table.

I also went to a particular pediatrician at Lamorinda Pediatrics on the recommendation of two of my friends. Thinking back on it, that was pretty silly of me because my one friend's daughter died of an aneurysm at fourteen and the other friend's six-month-old was on a nebulizer. I don't think the pediatrician was responsible for the aneurysm, but still what was I thinking?

Anyway, in my interview of this guy I asked him about whether MMR could cause autism. At the time I thought that the vaccine-autism connection had been debunked. His answer was that it wasn't MMR because autism sometimes set in before that vaccine, but that it could be the hepB or Hib vaccine. So according to him some vaccines might cause autism. Yet he still thought they were a good idea, except for that hepB one. We had a lengthy conversation so there was no mistaking his meaning.

I ended up being expelled from his practice because I wasn't about to revaccinate my daughter without doing my own research and he was in a hurry to stick needles in her even though he thought vaccines might cause autism. So thank you, Dr. A-hole, you did set me on the right track. Too bad about the rest of your patients.

John
Thank you for being so PC regarding KE's note. It really is a shame that anyone would wish harm or dare harm on someone else's child.

Your other points are very good as well. All disease have a bell shape curve and ALL vaccines where introduced at the tail end of the downward slops. That data is out there. One can check out Sherri Tenpenny's lectures or others to find those charts.

KE

If you want to have a vaccine programme that's all very well but if people walk away from the collateral damage (particularly smug if it hasn't happened to your kid) then it is ethically disgusting.

Two further points to be made here. One is that high child mortality came to an end in the developed world before most vaccines were introduced, but the US which has the steepest vaccination schedule in the world, is also not doing very well on relative child mortality (only 49th I believe).

Well now that my kids are pretty much fully vaccinated at the age of 10, with zero issues. I'd like the rest of you to go ahead and not vaccinate and see what happens in this country. Go ahead, see for yourself what will happen. If you'd rather a dead child than one with autism you CLAIM came vaccines then just do it. Good luck to all of you!

Also
check
CranialAcademy.org
or
Biodo.com
for physicians who understand these issues

Julia
Read up on Tylenol. Yes it is a problem because you suppresses the system more than the toxins in the vaccines. And Tylenol is know to create toxic effects on their own.
Check out the Blaylock Reports on Tylenol or on Mercola.com or elsewhere.
And watch some of the videos and check the lit below to hear more about why not to vaccinate and more.

Vaccines

All resources can be found at the publisher’s website. Check for latest editions. Koren Publishing. 800-537-3001 www.korenpubliscations.com

http://www.korenpublications.com/kp/category/books-vaccination

Books:

Childhood Vaccinations: Questions All Parents Should Ask Ted Koren D.C.
http://www.korenpublications.com/kp/product/childhood-vaccinations%3A-questions-all-parents-should-ask

Vaccination is Not Immunization (17 ed.?) Tim O’Shea D.C. or 3rd with new format
http://www.korenpublications.com/kp/product/vaccination-is-not-immunization

Saying No to Vaccines Sherri J. Tenpenny, D.O.
http://www.drtenpennystore.com/sanotovabodv.html

Callous Disregard by Andrew Wakefield, M.D.

Just A Little Prick by Peter and Hilary Butler

http://www.whale.to/vaccines/butler3.html


DVDs:
http://www.drtenpennystore.com/vaccine-products.html
or
http://www.korenpublications.com/kp/category/vaccination-videos-and-dvds-two

Vaccines: The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices Sherri J. Tenpenny, D.O.

Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal. Sherri J. Tenpenny, D.O.

Here is an article:
http://articles.mercola.com//sites/articles/archive/2009/02/24/Spain-Withdraws-Gardasil-After-Illnesses.aspx


Here are two on line video's:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_3_Nv-iSd4&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrrlFGDJHBE&NR=1


There are some good points made here. I hope you take the time to do some research off the grid. Most of us read the mainstream media and that is not where you will find the truth. Here are a few sites and books and dvd’s I suggest you take a look at them. You will find some valuable information.

My hope is that you would understand the common misconception that vaccines in the past are responsible for getting rid us of disease. What most of us do not understand is that all diseases have a bell shape curve. Meaning they start out with a few cases, starts to build into the hundreds, then thousands and eventually tens and hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, then…it tops out and starts the decline naturally. Every disease does this from Small Pox, Measles, Chicken Pox and even HIV. Eventually, they will near zero out.

The drug industry starts the long process of making a vaccine but eventually gets it out by the time the natural process is already on the decline end of that bell shaped curve.

There are many sources on this and much more info on vaccines on my list above. If you read this literature and watch these videos and do even more research if needed, then you will be informed and be able to make a choice. Most of us just listen to mainstream media and don’t have all the facts. The point is that if you chose to vaccine after you have tackled this information then you have made a sound and educated choice and whatever your decision…it does not matter, so long as you and your partner agree.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbNRdx1_7aU


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrEKiOKcUOI&NR=1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkOyao2XoLs&feature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbuKaO_ieuw&NR=1


California state law does allow for exemption of this so called new law "requiring" Pertussis booster in order to get into school. Understand that over 75% of all Pertussis cases in California were people who were vaccinated...It doesn't work.

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/CtrldForms/pm286b.pdf

http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/953402/here-are-the-vaccine-exemption-forms-and-or-information-for-every-state-in-the-u-s

http://coto2.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/murdoch-and-vaccines-exposure-of-murdochs-crimes-expose-a-much-larger-story/


http://sanevax.org/hpv-vaccine-vaers-reports-march-2012/

http://thinktwice.com/flu_show.htm

http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/news-views/vaccine-exemptions-and-vaccine-registries-and-is-there-a-connection/

http://homesteadingsurvivalism.myshopify.com/collections/documentaies/products/vaccination-the-hidden-truth

I'm a bit confused. Why aren't patents taking more reasponsibility? The research is out there. You could & should always read up on vaccines, medicines and procedures!

We didn't do the hep b at birth as I felt it was unnecessary. My son is upto date with his vaccines, but I did them at my pace. We don't give antibiotics for things like ear infections, and I don't over medicate with Tylenol. Sort of common sense? Why give anti biotics when no proof that it helps an ear infection. Tylenol for a low fever? I guess I feel like I should be the advocate rather than relying on my pediatrician, who often relies on pharma, or prior cases. Not every child is the same, and you shouldn't assume that all medications will affect kids equally.

Meds are not anymore ethic but commercially acting.labs big business. Gov unable to handle the situations, inform yourselves in others countries. Trust no morr Fda

this is an incredibly informative and helpful article...wish it would go mainstream.

I'm sorry if I sound ignorant, but what is the link between Tylenol and Autism? The article and numerous comments reference it's use in a negative way and I've never heard of it referred to in this context. I dose my children with dye free tylenol before and after shots for comfort. No one told me to and wondering if you can explain why it's wrong. Thank you!

Amber;
Yes, all kinds of things have happened in different ways to our children.

The Hep B is a bad shot - and why are they giving it to little children. It is a sexual transmitted thing, or for people who work around human blood.

My very verbal and smart two and a half daughter got her 2nd hepB vaccine last week and a couple of days later started stuttering real bad. She has never stuttered before and I was actually told by he pediatrician at her appointment how advanced her speech and development was. I am concerned it is due to the vaccination. I also have a son who started showing signs of adhd at two and now is developmentally at a five year old level and he will be eight next month. has anyone else had this happen to them?

Your focus should be on the insurance companies!!! Prove that THEY are losing profits from vaccine induced injuries and tides will turn. Just like when they revealed that circumcision was unnecessary and caused more complications the circumcision rate is dropping like a fly.

My daughter's pediatrician vaxed her knowing she was sick, with multiple shots at a time, and he encouraged me to give tylenol before and after shots. When my daughter had a high fever for more than 3 days and broke out in spots after her MMR, he told me it was a mock case of the measles and that it meant the vaccine was working. When she still had horrendous diarrhea after 6 weeks, he told me it was because I gave her too much juice. When I told him I don't buy juice and that we don't drink it he just shrugged as if he didn't believe me. When I mentioned I was concerned that she STILL wasn't talking, he told me she was working on other skills. WORKING ON OTHER SKILLS?!?!?! At 23 months?!?!?!?

His name is Dr. Paul Toussaint, he is based out of Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. Do not bring your children to that practice, it's a death sentence.

My daughter was rendered autistic at the age of 15 months courtesy Dr. David Schwartz at the Pediatric Place in Schaumburg, IL. They're still practicing. I fired them long ago after they answered our concerns with "she's fiiiiiine, don't worry Dad..." he spoke to me like I was a kid. To this day I watch my daughter struggle to communicate, to cope with her overwhelming world and the promise of a life of dependency.

JB, this is why our grandson who is living with us, will be paid for out of pocket by us to go see a naturopath, and luckily enough our own GP is unwilling to vaccinate, due to our family history. He is also disgusted in what is happening to the vaccine schedule, and really believes and knows our story well. I recommend anyone to FIRE their pediatrician and seek a practice in which they are combined with alternative doctors/ND's. Also if they belong to a group of doctors who are with ACAM, even better (environmentally based phsyciains). GP's are less likely to be vaccine happy as well. But the story doesn't just end with vaccines, they must be into nutrition, longer breastfeeding, and avoiding toxins like the plague. It's time for us to learn what good health is again, and stop trusting those damn AAP members. LEt them eat it. Let them know our distrust in them will put them out of business.

Cat,
But I do admit it! It does maim and even kill.
It affects the metabolism, and vaccines are responsible for an array of diseases not just autism and Kawasakis but othere things ow present in our society like diabetis, thyroid problms, alziheimers, and the obsesity problem.

My response was to someone else, I wanted Harry to know the effects of the vaccines had on my kids - rechallenged as Dr. Wakefield says.

I'll see you your criticism, JB, and raise you a demand; that pediatricians educate, and stop vaccinating. Both the nature and extent of vaccine damage are much more serious than ever discussed in the mainstream media, as the fear of disease is terribly overblown, and knowledge and appreciation of the natural process of immune system maturation smothered by silence.

If the current rate of increase continues unabated, all young boys in the U.S. will be diagnosed on the spectrum by 2032, and within a decade later, all young girls as well. The mental acuity of the nation is at stake.

Vaccines maim and kill. You might not want to admit that Benedetta, but there are a lot of people on VAERS who will (and it is estimated that the number if adverse reactions that actually get reported is close to 1%, so even VAERS info is not accurate in just how much those vaccines maim and kill). Our government pays these people a meagerly fee while allowing the vaccine pushers and makers to go Scott free. If vaccines did not cause harm then why would our government be paying these families? Why does VAERS exist? Why does every vaccine come with a package insert and list of potential adverse reactions that, upon reading, would scare the beejesus out of anyone with common sense (and if you really want to be scared you could look up ALL of the potential reactions they do not list on their VIS on the CDC website). Don't post your vaccines save live propaganda here when the majority of people who read this site have been vaccine injured or have a child who has been.

I have not been vaccinated and now, many years later, I have no arthritis, I am very healthy. I am a RN and i see the time correlation between vaccinations and autism.
The Amish do not vaccinate their children, and they have zero autism.

I am 34, and have had exema ever since a flu shot several years ago. There is no one in my family with any skin problems. It started within 2 days of a flu shot that left my arm (injection site) swollen for a week, and fever for a few days. I ended up getting the flu anyways. Next time, I'll just take the flu. The flu is more pleasant.

I come from a family that did not vaccinate, but always knew the risks of exposure to others who were vaccinated, ie. live polio virus. My brother had extreme allergies as a child and was well on his way to recovery until he decided to get vaccinated before a trip to Europe. His eczema went into overdrive shortly thereafter, and was diagnosed with full blown Hodgkins by 27 years old. He is now a three time "survivor" of cancer and heavy chemotherapy. Although the rest of us have allergies, skin problems, gluten intolerance, lactose and casein intolerance, we have remediated our symptoms through diet and reduction of exposure to sick people! You must use family history to support your decisions to vaccinate or not. We are not all born with the same immune systems. Use the laws on the books with regards to the vaccination requirements for schools. It is all about being informed. Do some research. The information is out there.

my daughter is almost 3 yrs old with autism and finding out all this info on vaccines and autism is very scary to me since i am pregnant again and due in 2 months, should i not vaccinate my new baby and risk her gettin sick and prone to diseases? im so scared and dont know wat to do. pls help me

Vaccination schedules coincide with infant development so this cause (vaccine) and effect (autism) is refuted by medical experts not Jenny McCarthy and a bunch of upset parents. Also, the comment that 60 percent of doctors don't vaccinate their own children is a bald faced lie. Seriously, where do you get your information. I have a three year old who has never been sick either, who has been given all her vaccines, I attribute it to nursing and low exposure to others with germs. Lets leave the medical expertise to precisely those people, the experts.

I have 4 children and my husband and I had made an informed choice before their births not to vaccinate. My children have never had an ear infection, eczema, or a need for any anti-biotics in the 17 years I have had them. I also know that the most recent study shows that 60% of all doctors now do not vaccinate their own children!!!! I was told by one of them "If people knew what was in the vaccines they would choose not to as well". Pretty scary. I urge people to find a good doctor and make the decision that makes sense to you.

Harry;
I did vaccinate my two kids.
Each of the eight times my kids reacted to their DPT shot. Each and every time the reaction was worse. Each and every time the ped said all was fine.
The last DPT shot my son had after the first reaction left him with a heart murmur the second passing out with 106 temperature. After my daughter had Kawasaki's, after she passed out with 106 - the last shot he had a stroke! He is now an epileptic.

So we did vaccinate. Thank You for your kind words and advice.

the real crime would be not vaccinating your child. The facts are there that vaccines and autism are in no way related, and to continue the blatant fear mongering, and that is what this is, should be seen as more of a crime. Vaccines protect children and adults from a wide spectrum of diseases, all of which have the potential to be fatal, and to choose not to vaccinate your child based on pseudo-science and things you read on the internet(which is not the best source of information) is a naive and dangerous step to take.

People should always be careful about the medications and vaccinations that they give their child.

Kim,

I'm not an expert. Other readers here may be able to give better information if they see your question.

My understanding is eczema may indicate allergies/food intolerances, and a tendency towards immune-overstimulation. I know of a child in my neighborhood who lost his when his mother essentially implemented a gluten-free/casein-free (and I believe a removal of other allergens) diet.

Having eczema (or a family history of such) may also indicate a greater risk for adverse vaccine reaction. Anecdotally, at least, there seems to be a higher correlation with autoimmunity, eczema, allergies in the family history and neurological damage following vaccination. Some vaccine ingredients may be causal as well.

Maybe try something like a search at www.nvic.org on "eczema" as a starting point in researching vaccination concerns?

In addition to Age of Autism, www.14studies.org is a great place to start.

www.talkaboutcuringautism.org

www.adventuresinautism.com

http://mercury-freedrugs.org/

I am a new mom and I'm trying to dive into vaccines: good or bad? research. It is so hard to find the facts.

My baby girl has eczema - I noticed it a couple of weeks before her 2-month check-up. This post mentions a link between eczema and vaccinations ... what is it?

Almost terrifyingly, exactly...what happened to my precious baby daughter, who is now brain-damaged for life after the horrific "well baby care" she received at Dr. Max Kahn's group office in Scarsdale, NY. Every time I pass that office, I want to die. J.B., did you sue for malpractice in addition to filing suit with the NVCP (a joke if there every was one). Every "doctor" there who routinely destroyed my child's brain and life (and the lives of her immediate family), should pay in so many ways...

JB Couldn't agree more. If it helps the cause and you consider the content bold enough, please feel free to use the article I wrote that appeared in Age of Autism and is now on my blog: Safer Ways to Vaccinate....if there is such a thing. The blog is RaisingHealthyKidsNaturally.blogspot.com. One parent wrote in that we should make copies of it and secretly leave them in pediatrician's offices and public restrooms. She called it "guerrilla marketing". It all comes down to our PR strategies (based in truth) have to be smarter and more creative than theirs (based in out right lies). Thanks, Maureen
Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet www.SOKHOP.com
Blog: www.RaisingHealthyKidsNaturally.blogspot.com

I found an amazing Dr in Charleston.

The Center for Organic Medicine
843-767-7650

In Florida, 10 yrs ago I allowed my child to get his 2 month shots.. I nursed him immediately afterward and got the hairy eyeball from the nurse.. Um.. natural pain management.. After making all his next visit for shots.. something felt wrong.. I never took him back. I thank God every night.

What makes me angry is what happened with my daughter, in 2006. She was born at 25 weeks weighing 1 pound 12 pounces. At 7 weeks old she developed a fairly common intestinal infection, NEC. Very scary. She weighed 2 pounds 5 ounces the day of her surgery. Whilein the NICU at Florida Hospital SOuth, my daughter recovered from her surgery and was doing well, I was approached at every visit, several times a day to begin her shots. I tried the smile and nod method, until ultimately that method was TOO NICE.

They assured me that it was fine (they used the word safe, over and over). I had not done as much research as I have now. I knew the ingredients and had done some light reading. Basically enough to reassure my son.

Before her surgery the nurses began asking to sign consents for the shots and giving me info on them. I accepted the information from the nurses, several colorful sheets, one vaccine for each color, all touting what the vaccine would prevent and how deadly each one of these diseases were.

After several days and then weeks of politely accepting the colored packets. I got a phone call from the Head NICU Nurse at FL Hospital Orlando. She was wanting to know when I would swing by the NICU to sign the consents for my preemie's's vaccinations. This was 2 days after her surgery.

I asked her why we would do the shots so soon after her surgery and that she was fighting an infection (a big contraindication, if you read the package inserts).
She informed me that it was vitally important to keep my preemie on the Vaccine Schedule and she was 2 months old and needed these shots.

I told her " I do not vaccinate and that I would not sign the consents, today, tomorrow, or next yr." Her tone immediately changed, growing very terse, she said that my preemie would not be able to attend daycare, or public school ect.

I stopped her right there. I said to her in my big girl voice" How dare you attempt to intimidate me? I know my rights and I am fully informed. I will not be bullied into giving these shots (5 in total) to a baby who is on a ventilator. And for your information children who do not receive vaccinations can go to public school. My son is sitting in class right now in Seminole County, and he is not vaccinated."

She didn't have much to say after that. But in my gut I know, had I allowed those vaccines, my daughter would not be the same girl I have now.
Her therapists are amazed at her health considering she has a feeding tube and has cerebral palsy. No ear infections, no meds, I am blessed to have a resource like AoA.. Thank you JB.

Well your starting to catch on JB but you are not there yet. You have to sue the pediatrician not fire them sue them. They have a responsebility to treat your child individually and not just follow directions from the CDC. They must also be ethical and know the literature that is their job. They cannot just fall back on "the vaccines are recommended".

You hit the nail squarely on the head, pediatricians mostly get paid to give vaccines so they will NEVER see the relationship between autism and vaccines because they are paid not to, they are complicit. They are chasing a dollar and hurting children.

Use your money to put together a legal team with the help of physicians like myself to discuss the ethics of medical fraud, for example like giving a baby girl or boy a hep b shot for a sexually transmitted disease predominately of male homosexuals and IVDA'S that only last 10 years at most.

The pediatricians are willful particiapnts in this scam and all scams come to an end and once you start sueing people and making the insurance companies pay out for malpractice suits they will no longer cover the pediatricians or they will be made to pay much higher premiums and they will stop giving vaccines that are "recommended".

You can also go after univerisies that fund these bull shit studies like Brown University in New York. That get paid millions of dollars in grant money to publish fraudulent studies. A little bad publicity goes a very long way JB

Then you will see vaccinations go away like a bad dream and maybe people will wake up to what they have done to our children

From Shot in the Dark......

The "less serious" long-term sequelae resemble the more severe cases but are milder.

Instead of having epilepsy or seizures, the children suffer from what are called "staring spells" or "absence seizures."

Instead of being mentally retarded to the point of incapacity to function in society, they suffer loss of IQ: many function at the 80 or 90 IQ level -- just above subnormality.

Instead of paralysis or cerebral palsy, they may lose a degree of muscular control -- "atony" -- especially of the hands. The parents will say that the baby doesn't use his hands for crawling, or that he picks up objects with his feet instead of his hands.

They manifest all the cranial nerve palsies, but in a less severe form.

Instead of being blind, they have astigmatisms and nystagmus (involuntary and jerky repetitive movements of the eyeballs). They can be cross-eyed. They may have trouble moving their eyes from side to side. Or they are dyslexic, cannot read letters, cannot spell, cannot understand numbers, and the like. A peculiar feature is that they sometimes have obsessions about people's eyes, are afraid to look others in the eyes, etc.

Instead of being totally deaf, they have mild loss of hearing. Or they have chronic earaches -- otitis media. This is called in the United States "glue ear," and it is a kind of buildup of water in the ear, often requiring the installation of little tubes for drainage.

At least half of all U.S children have had otitis media by their first birthday. By age 6 90% have had them. This condition accounts for 26 million visits to physicians every year. In addition, about 1 million children have tubes inserted in their ears every year, at a cost of $1000/operation. Thus $1 billion is spent each year on this operation. Just imagine what it means if this is all, or mostly all, caused by the pertussis vaccine.

This particular "glue ear" type of otitis was not known in American medical practice before the late 1940's or early 1950's -- in other words, the time when the pertussis vaccine was being introduced.

Instead of being completely dumb, they may have a peculiarly harsh or dull or inexpressive voice. Often they stutter and have other speech impediments.

The child will have asthma or other breathing difficulties. The incidence of asthma has been steadily rising in the United States for the past several decades -- especially asthma in very small children. Children now are dying of asthma, whereas in the past doctors always used to say that "no child ever dies of asthma."

Migraine headaches are also very common in this population.

] They have sleep and appetite disturbances -- anorexia and bulimia. In the latter case, they will often put on weight.

Another long-term effect of this vaccine is tendency to allergies, especially allergy to milk. Needless to say, a large proportion of the population in all of the industrialized countries of the world today suffer from allergies. We found that newborn infants with colic -- meaning an allergy to milk-- tend to react more strongly to the vaccine. Undoubtedly colic should be considered a counterindication to vaccination.

Another long-term effect is disturbance of sleep rhythm; the child turns night into day and day into night.

They are often hyperactive. They have an extremely short attention span. Their behavior is dominated by impulses.

They have lowered resistance to infection -- due, presumably, to defective operation of the immune system.

Other serious disorders are: seizures and epilepsy, blindness or loss of speech, paralysis or palsy of one or several limbs, and mental retardation. These are all possible effects of the vaccine.

So one finds the same kinds of physical disabilities as in the more profoundly affected children, but everything is somewhat milder. "Mild" here is a relative term. After all, hyperactivity, dyslexia, and short attention span are very serious social problems -- leading, in fact, to the collapse of the American educational system today.

Indeed, the physical disabilities are only part of the picture. Much more important are the mental, emotional, and moral dimensions of vaccine damage.

Side note, funny....or not....my three BOY grandchildren, unvaccinated, certainly with a clear genetic predisposition to autism, HAVE NONE OF THESE THINGS, NEVER....if autism is so genetic...then wouldn't there be SOME form of this in them? come on? I mean, what pediatric office doesn't see a slew of these illnesses EVERY DAY? Vaccines are a BUSINESS for themj, the business is to derail the immune system to such a point, that the CNS crashes, the metabolic immune system crashes, the response to allergens crashes...

What - A - Rackett....

I spend too much time on the internet and facebook but i find there really are two different types of people that i am friends with the AOA, EWG etc ppl and then the farmville types kind of wonder why I am even friends with people who spend there day fertilizing imaginary crops. I guess its an escape and who am i to judge but we have so many things that need to be done. Here is to the passionate warriors who are willing to look at reality straight in the eye.

PIA
PEDIATRICIAN INDUCED AUTISM

I agree wholeheartedly with blaming the peds. I expect more from these who we consider to be "the best and brightest". All of that aside, what CAN we do to educate the young pediatricians about autism and treatment? I can assure you as the wife of a ped resident that we cannot trust the major medical centers to do this. My husband knows much (much more than his colleagues) about autism and treatments but this is because of his experience with our son and Jepson's book. Medical training currently doesn't leave much space for independent research and again NO ONE is telling these young doctors about autism (except maybe how to administer a quick m-chat and how to refer to a devt'l ped or child psych). Why don't we bring these DAN conferences to many cities, put them on a webcast, make them FREE. Have a mentor program? My husband would love to go to a DAN conference but he would have to plan his vacation days a year in advance (they may or may not coincide with the conf dates), he would have to pay $700 for DAN registration fees plus transportation (flight?) and hotel costs. That's a lot to ask of someone who is making $40k per year and has three kids, one with severe autism. I'm just using him as an example of how we need to do a better job of making this information accessible and free. Should we, as the parents, have to do this? Of course not. But that is what has a higher chance of success than trusting the AMA and AAP to actually do their job.

Sigh. My first-born son was a "colicky" baby -- hours of inconsolable crying (Hep B at birth? Hmm). He seemed to overcome that as an older baby, and had several good months, then at 15 months, he got eczema, soon after I weaned him and introduced cow's milk. Of course, his pediatrician didn't connect the two (I figured out when I took out the milk, the eczema went away) and gave us cortisone and steroid skin creams to try. This was when the ear infections, started, too. No problem - give him antibiotics. And he's due for shots, so let's give him those, too, and be sure to give him Tylenol afterward. And, no surprise to all of us autism parents, the milestones stopped -- he took months to progress from cruising to walking, didn't add to the few words and baby signs he used...

I still didn't make the connection, and when my second son was born, he had the hep B at birth, and went for his "well baby" check ups and shots for two months. Then I finally started to figure out what was going on, as my older son received his autism diagnosis, and switched to a naturopathic pediatrician for my younger son, who told us the only vaccine he usually recommended was tetanus, but we opted out of that anyway. Even so, my younger son has not had any reason to go to the doctor in almost 5 years (knock on wood), with only colds and possible food allergies to deal with. Just wish I could redo that ill-fated 15 month checkup for my older son!

Not one pediatrician in the state of Maryland on that list. Not one pediatrician in the Sacramento area, where I live. I can't take my kid to San Francisco for his pediatrics appointments. We need more doctors on the "good docs" list!

I am fortunate to work with 2 amazing, caring practitioners. Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, a board certified pediatrician and founder of the first holistic pediatrician organization and genius and Dr. Alan P. Sherr, chiroprator. Autism Practitioner and extraordinary human being. Google them, they don't get Amy better.

Back in 2003 when I questioned whether or not my son was vaccine-injured our pediatrician made a cross with his fingers and backed across the room from me like I was a vampire. He said "I'm pro-vaccination" and I said "well, I'm not anti-vaccination, I just want to know if this was possible and what has happened to my child" (and could explain his weight loss, his loss of language, his gut problems, stranger anxiety, etc.). He never answered me and acted insulted I'd ask such a thing. He told me my son was fine.

Thank you, JB.

someone recommended ratemds.com which i had never heard of, but there's also angieslist.com where this type information could be listed.... and could truly benefit others. she's also fighting against a gag order being pushed by Dr' which i thought was very interesting.

Thanks again J.B.! www.tinyurl.com/kalebsstory
The pediatrician that pointed at me and told me to vaccinate or my child could die has since moved to Kalebs current pediatric practice. I contacted him and sent him a copy of Kalebs story as well as an into in which I told him I blamed him in part for Kalebs medical problems. I received an email back from him with an apology and an admission that he should have been more flexible with the vaccines. He also admitted that there had been some reaction that caused my childs regression. Both pediatricians attended Maine's groundbreaking conference last spring read here on AOA about it: http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/05/the-maine-event-cdc-and-dhha-hosts-groundbreaking-autism-conference-for-doctors.html
Both pediatricians looked a bit shocked as I checked in the medical staff attending the conference hosted by the Maine CDC and DHHS. DHHS at the federal level being the defendant in my son's Vaccine Injury Compensation case. I'm not sure what was more shocking to them....that connection or the fact that I am sure at least one time or another they have both thought I was completely off my rocker and may need to be medicated for my delusions about the cause and treatments of autism.

When I questioned the link between vaccines and autism, our pediatrician laughed. She then proceeded to order a DtaP, Hib and HepB for my 4 month old daughter who had a previous adverse reaction to her 2 month vaccines (didn't make eye contact or sounds for 2 weeks and developed eczema), had a severely autistic almost-3 year old nonverbal, nonresponsive brother spinning pot lids on the floor of the exam room, and an active cold. She'd had a fever that morning, but they assured me since she didn't have a fever at that moment, it was not only safe, but the best thing I could do for her future health. 36 days later, she finally stopped screaming; an accidental ingestion of my son's beverage containing Peptizyde and Zyme Prime at 16 months, a full year later, resulted in her first day without projectile vomiting or multiple bouts of diarrhea, and first sounds (babbling) since that day.

Devin Houston personally has guided us through a lot of this nightmare, and David Miller, MD is a Chicago physician who is not only a licensed alternative medical practitioner with a vast knowledge of treating the factors contributing to autism, but a member of the FAAP as well. I am hesitant to post the names of the many doctors who mocked my concerns, offered me prescriptions for valium because I was "too nervous" about my son's development, and told me things like "there is no such thing as food allergies" or "that rash has nothing to do with his shots, you must just not be cleaning him up well enough after he eats," but I will say that they, and bad media, have convinced my ex husband that the only "problem" my kids really have is my refusal to see conventional practitioners. Then there was the relative pediatrician who insisted "there's no mercury in thimerosal, that's just a rumor started by hysterical parents."

I can't believe most of the pediatricians I saw in those days got through medical school. With respect to those with critical thinking skills and actual compassion, most of the ones we saw during my kids' vaccine years seemed like complete idiots with no ability whatsoever to listen to me with anything beyond authoritarian contempt for my ridiculous questions and imaginary concerns.

Now, too late, I have two kids on the spectrum, and finally have found ways to get our school forms filled out that don't involve visits to conventional pediatricians - ever.

Jenny W., I feel your pain. My story is exactly like yours. The eczema, rashes, reflux, and high fevers. This all sounds like my oldest son's life story. I'll have to also add head banging, violent temper tantrums, unconsolable crying(what they called "colic" but I am now questioning that)and bowel obstruction, etc. He is doing much better now after 10 years. Speech and occupational therapy helped. Special Olympics was a positive turning point in his life, also. Now when someone questions as to why I don't vaccinate anymore, I say that my son is sick. I am considering his Autism a sickness. If he had an illness like Diabetes or Cancer, I would want to do everything I can to help him get better. I blame myself for much of this, but do doctors feel any remorse? Are they all that ignorant or just plain greedy? I will be looking for a new doctor soon because all three of my children are due for vaccinations and there will be none. I refused all flu shots and got a look like I was insane. Then I asked for information regarding side effects and ingredients of vaccines and all the info. she gave me was from Paul Offit-so I threw it in the garbage where it belongs.

Jb, I suggest a web site (call it a registry) where parents can list the Pediatricians that are recklessly harming our kids. I know we have three different practices to contribute. I'll even post the letter from one who dismissed us from his practice for refusing to follow recommended vaccine schedule.

I think the main reason pediatricians do not want unvaccinated children in their practices is so they won't see the contrast. My grandchildren go to a family practice which does not enforce vaccination, although they certainly offer it. When my granddaughter was three she had an ear infection and the nurse practitioner recommended an antibiotic. Looking through the file, she said in amazement, "this child has never had an antibiotic!" She is 10 and has still never had one.

BTW - docs actually can't "fire" patients. they work for us. They are QUITTING their job...which they weren't actually doing in the first place if their job was to protect our health instead of treating illness.

Don't you wish they would quit their job and spare kids who DON'T have autism, too?

I would love to do what is suggested here. However, the biggest problem lies in the fact that when you've taken children to clinics and hospitals years ago--the doctor turnover is great and the same doctors are not there any longer who treated your kids.
But I suppose it doesn't matter since the new doctors are still vaccinating the little ones in droves. This is something I will seriously consider. Thanks.
Maurine

Thank you for the informative article. SOmetimes I sound like a blundering idiot when I'm talking to new parents. Actually I foam at the mouth almost!! my friend is expecting to Grand kids. God bless you and keep you.

I have long thaught that Peds should wear a sort of "badge" like the bbb that states or signifies that they ARE trained in the new childhood epidemics and that parents rights and informed consent come first. And on their website or PRE apointment they know just how this Dr. and staff is going about additional training ie. attendance record to NAA, Autism One, ARI conferences and think tanks.

The guy working on your car has his continuing education on the wall and boasts his updated credentials. Why do we have to assume or find out after the appointment has happened with a bill in hand?

JimK wrote, "We need to have a clearinghouse of statistics for percentages of autistics for each pediatrician. The medical services consumer can then see which pediatricians have higher autism rates so that they can be checked by the power of the purse. Those pediatricians that start losing clientele can then look around and see why. Their colleagues who don't administer vaccines indiscriminately will be the ones rewarded in the marketplace because they will have the better autism statistics."

So true! People now have access to hospitals' cesarean section rates. People should also have access to every pediatrician's autism rates.

Mary,

So basically there is no increase in autism, just "better" health care and insurance, meaning more diagnoses so parents can get those awesome services. Hey, I guess we shouldn't worry after all since the number of autistic kids must be the same as always. These parents with their superior cognition are able to identify autism and not just write it off as something else. I suppose that college educated parents always had higher percentages of disabled kids, although labeled differently before. Is that what you are implying? It sounds like something that is a bit unlikely, especially with the admission by govt. that autism is actually on the rise.

Rebranding disgnostic substitution does not make it something different, and especially does not make it true. The truth that folks may not want to hear is that autism is increasing, and increasing more in families with with a history of intelligence and education. Since even the govt. is looking at environmental factors, and smart folks are not all living on toxic landfills, maybe there is something linking genetic susceptability to toxins.

Maybe folks whose bodies have more sensitive nervous systems, glutamate pathways, and faster neuron firing, may be more sensitve to any sort of neurotoxin or immune system imbalance. Or maybe everyone is the same and it's all better diagnosis, and we should just all shut up and be happy.

It's funny how brave these doctors are in "firing" patients who don't accept their vaccine dogma yet when it comes to their responsibility for the massive overuse of antibiotics, they blame patients for pressuring them into it.

Thanks to Palm Beach Pediatrics "Grab em and stab em" policy, my son regressed in 1999 into autism following his 12 month vaccinations. Their web site today has the following posted: "We feel very strongly about immunizing all of our patients according to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. Please discuss your apprehensions with your provider so that he/she may answer all your concerns. There are very few instances in which we will exempt a child from these recommended vaccines, even if parents have strong preferences or “philosophical or religious objections.”

In other words, "We know don't give a rats ass what the parent has to say because we know what's best for your child and if you don't like it, fuck off!

If your child is a patient of Palm Beach Pediatrics, I urge you to fire their asses like we did!

Thank you JB for this excellent article. Change is happening at the grass roots level with parents and now with pediatricians. Its way past time for peds. to start thinking for themselves and not just following the party line of the AAP.

JB is spot on that pediatricians are firing parents who do not follow the AAP schedule.

We moved to a new town last year...actually a new state. We had a GREAT doctor back home who fully supported the decision not to vaccinate our second child based on our first child's adverse reaction to vaccines. He actually provided medical waivers for both children.

When we moved I settled on a practice, in the short term, that I knew was not going to share the philosophy of our previous Ped. When I told the new Dr. that we had medical waivers on both kids because they were contraindicated for vaccination she took no interest in learning exactly what the contraindication was or why the previous doctor felt it necessary to provide medical waivers. She simply focused on the fact that she believed vaccines don't cause autism. She actually said to me, without taking a full history of on either of my children, "I will go along with any decision you make regarding vaccines as long as you agree with me that vaccines have been proven not to cause autism."

Well, several months later and before I could find a more reasonable doctor (and by reasonable I mean one who was at least interested in hearing the nature of my child's adverse event and reasons that we held a medical waiver from another state) we received a letter stating that they would no longer provide medical services because we "choose" not to follow the vaccine schedule and we had 14 days to find another doctor.

I contacted the state chapter of the AAP and while they said that they do not "recommend" that pediatricians fire parents they do make them aware that this is the practice of some doctors and that they offer a form letter that pediatricians may use if they would like to employ the same policy.

The good news is that we found a family practice with a very, shall I say, seasoned pediatrician who was happy to provide us with medical waivers. When I told him we had been kicked out of the last practice he said, "You know what their problem was. They think they are supposed to give you mandates and you are not supposed to questioned them. You had the audacity to question the medical establishment, therefore you must be squashed like a bug." I thought he put that very well as I felt like I had been treated no better than a common roach. Another plus, this man has been around long enough to know what a case of measles or whooping cough looks like and how to advice a parent in appropriate treatment.

However, I must say I am still utterly galled when I think about he fact that a doctor would show no interest in the nature of a vaccine reaction in a specific patient. Has she never read an insert inside the box of any given vaccine. Has she never read the adverse events list on the adverse events table provided by VAERS? It's the most reckless, obnoxious thing I have ever experienced. What I think is at play here is that if this doctor acknowledged that my daughter might have actually experienced and adverse event then she might have to question how many kids in her practice have autism thanks to vaccines and that prospect scares the ever living shit out of all of them. Better to just stick your head in the sand and transfer responsibility to the parents. I call it Willful Ignorance.

I like Kendra's idea, but also that of samaxtics. We should definitely start filling up www.ratemds.com with our opinions, both good and bad. That site gets a lot of traffic (and not niche traffic like this site) and the docs hate it because patients are allowed to post anonymously.

My son was diagnosed w/ Autism at 3+ years, by then he had received all his vaccines (except flu shots because I never saw the point of those). After much research I concluded the vaccines were a major contributing factor to his Autism. He has not received ANY vaccines since then (at age 5 we did the titer test for MMR and he passed w/ flying numbers).

My son turned 14 years old this month and saw his pediatrician today for his annual check up; the same pediatrician he's had since birth. This was our conversation about vaccines today...

Dr. - "now, you don't do vaccines, right?

Me - "that's correct"

Dr. - "He's due for Chicken Pox and Tetnus booster and we have the Menengitis vaccine too

Me - "No, he's not getting any shots today.

Dr. - "We can give him just one, he doesn't need to get them all"

Me - "No thanks, not today...I respect you a great deal but I disagree w/ you on this issue

Dr. - "I have parents on both sides, if you change your mind just call"

We then proceeded with my son's check up.

There are pediatricians out there who do
give parents a choice...our pediatrician gives us a vaccine choice and provides our children with exellent care!

My son received 5 shots all in one day (MMR, Flu & chicken pox) and I asked, begged for information, talked about Autism and my pediatrician assured me that Autism was not caused by vaccines. (I know stupid me - I cry thinking if only I had information or had gone with my gut). I tell EVERYONE I meet to be very, very careful. Some have listened carefully, others that ignored me now have their kids in EI with various issues. Sad, so very sad that we trust doctors - What does Do No Harm really mean?

I want a bumper sticker that says "The AAP Causes Autism"

I have written before about my Dad who was an internist and would of been 82 if the hospital hadn't killed him 2 years ago (wish I was kidding) and he was horrified by the vaccine schedule and the last 3 grandsons he had after 1992 all are on the spectrum luckily mildly. one is aspergers and the parents are in total denial. But I was an RN and until my son was dx'd we never questioned vaccines. I dutifully took my youngest to the pediatrician and never asked what they were giving him. I had 3 kids under 5 I was lucky I was dressed some days. I had no idea they had added so many shots since my daughter had been born in 1990. I had no idea the first shot they gave him was for hepatitis B.. Why don't they do a better job of educating parents? you know why is they don't want to be bothered with us and they think they know better like a condescending parent.
Now that my youngest is about to drive (yes biomedical works) I am thinking about going back to become a nurse practitioner bc I AM SO FUCKING SICK OF TRYING TO GET WHAT I NEED FOR MY FAMILY FROM THESE FUCKING STUPID DOCTORS WHO DONT KNOW WHAT THE FUCK THEY ARE DOING..... my Dad looking down from heaven would agree..my oldest son had a goiter which I discovered couldn't get his doc to order a full panel of thyroid levels had to have my BFF's neurosurgeons husband do it... just ridiculous oh btw iodine took care of it he was a lifeguard and he cleaned up a chlorine spill.

What if the clustering around better educated parents isn't an effect of better health care, but an actual effect: if you have the brain chemistry and drive to get through a higher education, your offspring have brain chemistry more susceptible to the environmental cause.

Mary,
That was just the point I was trying to make when I said that if I had been an unemployed teen mother maybe my son wouldn't have autism. Only you said it much better. The irony.

Can GR do a page where people can post good and bad in every state. If more than one person had seen the same doc we could have multiple inputs. Seems like you could do an opinion disclaimer and not have any defamation issues.

JB,
I've been in amazement FOR YEARS thinking about the doctors who've been in practice for 25, 30 or more years.
THEY'VE SEEN THE DRAMATIC INCREASE IN VACCINES.
THEY'VE SEEN THE EXPLOSION IN THE KIDS WITH REACTIONS---SEIZURES, ALLERGIES, REGRESSION.
What do they call these things?
How do they explain it when a normally progressing child regresses into autism following a vaccine reaction?
How do they account for the waiting rooms full of learning disabled kids?
Does the "better diagnosing" mantra also extend to diabetes, arthritis, and bowel disease present in overwhelming numbers in our children?
Aren't they at all concerned or even just curious about where all these sick kids are coming from?
Does making a living off the damage persuade doctors that all these things are normal and acceptable?
MOST OF ALL: How do they live with themselves?

Anne Dachel
Media

When I brought my son back 1 week after having his MMR at 14 months the doctor prescribed anti biotics for his condition and never wrote down anything in my sons medical records that I was worried he was so unwell after the MMR, fever, high pitched crying, very pale and lethargic,no appetite and wanted to be held all the time.
WRONG!!

Yep trythis, written on your medical notes "this child is not ill" at this time temp of 41 ,a river of green puss coming out of the ears,nappy rash that had to be seen to beleive,and inbetween no sleep for 48 hours and a high piched scream that would scare the Wolves....

Hang Em High !!!!!

Lot to answer for these Dr ******

Here is what most childhood vaccine package inserts say today:

"The decision to administer or delay vaccination because of a current or recent febrile illness depends on the severity of symptoms and on the etiology of the disease. According to the ACIP, all vaccines can be administered to persons with mild illness such as diarrhea, mild upper-respiratory infection with or without low-grade fever, or other low-grade febrile illness. However, children with moderate or serious illness should not be immunized until recovered."

So, how many people here had a child vaccinated, despite having "moderate or serious" illness? Perhaps that is the question that epidemiologists should be asking.

Dear JB,
Thanks for the great endorsement for my autism eradication action plan. No seriously, this is exactly what autism families need to hear, that is, the concrete actions they can take to send out the message that business as usual in medical care is no longer acceptable. There must be financial consequences for the medical ennui in regard to autism.
I hope you or someone else here does a piece on the known pharmacuetical kickbacks in medicine, the low rates of self-reporting of vaccine and drug side effects to the CDC, and a loud and clear call is sent out for public debates on vaccination and for political solidarity in the autism community. Wishful thinking will not end the autism carnage.
To restate, the autism eradication action plan is:
1) Boycott all physicians who will not forgo pharmacuetical kickbacks, will not honestly track drug and vaccine side effects, will not explore alternative autism remedies, and will not allow parents to refuse use of drugs or vaccines.
2) Demand of public health representatives, pharmacuetical representatives, and elected government officials, public debate over the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
3) Run for public office to "clean up and reform medicine". There should be a demand for public debate of vaccines during any campaign. All autism mothers should run, but not only those, but also any one in any way harmed by any artifically compounded drug or anyone with a child having a "rare" disease (or not so rare disease), diagnosed following vaccintion.

God bless you all in this new year of our Lord, 2010.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If your child isn't sick, why go to the doctor? Yes, it's time for parents to recover control of their children's health. Parents in my practice are always so surprised to learn that their pediatrician has no liability for ill effects caused by vaccines. Pediatricians don't have to learn about those because they DO have that hall pass, thanks to Pharma's handwriting on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in the mid 1980s. Let's say you're a bad driver. Every time you total your car, the insurance company tells you it's not your fault. Not only do you get a new car for free, you get paid every time you cause another wreck! Would you bother to learn to drive, or would you keep wrecking cars? Peds are totaling kids everywhere by wantonly vaccinating. They get to walk away from the wreck scot free every time.

To Jeff C.--I have another explanation for the "college educated have more autism" finding of late. It's pretty simple: those with at least a college education, not to mention those who've been to graduate school, are the most likely to have good jobs with steady health insurance coverage! It's the lack of gaps in health insurance coverage that makes it highly likely that the baby will get all of his/her shots on schedule. College graduates tend to be organized and responsible as well; without those attributes they wouldn't have graduated from college. So it's a confluence of two factors: the responsibility which enabled the parents to get the college degrees, and now impels them to make sure their child is protected against each disease that's supposedly preventable, and the good job with steady health insurance which pays for the shots. And that's really all there is to it, as far as I can tell.

At the end of the day the responsibility of our children's health belongs with US!!! and somewhere along the way in the last century we gave that power away to doctors. It use to belong to mothers that was handed down to them by their extended family. Let's face it we didn't like not being a "good mom" and having the nurse giving us that disapproving look oh ur one of them you knew she was thinking. We didn't want to stand out in the neighborhood expressing our concerns about vaccines. Of course we didn't know we were just lining up our kids for slaughter but now we do. AND BOY DO WE STAND OUT NOW. STOP taking your kid to the pediatrician believe me they aren't driving to ur house to vax them. and when they get sick go to a doc in the box and when they ask if the are up to date on vax say "of course". saves you being treated like a piece of shit.

Great idea. Fire 'em. Parents have more control than they realize. Doctors and vaccine makers exist only at the will of those who purchase a product.

Doctors who vaccinate, whether according to the actual schedule or on a modified version, have no motivation to examine what they are doing because they CAN'T BE SUED. That is the basis of the existence of an uncaring physician. If we had been able to sue, vaccines would now be a thing of the past. So firing is all that is left.

My idea of an open minded physician would be one who never vaccinates. I truly wish there were more of them.

We need to have a clearinghouse of statistics for percentages of autistics for each pediatrician. The medical services consumer can then see which pediatricians have higher autism rates so that they can be checked by the power of the purse. Those pediatricians that start losing clientele can then look around and see why. Their colleagues who don't administer vaccines indiscriminately will be the ones rewarded in the marketplace because they will have the better autism statistics. Perhaps this is yet another reason to ensure that single payer health care never comes to pass because the marketplace will be destroyed.

Bendetta said:
“I still think it is the medical schools and colleges - even undergraduate colleges that need to held as criminal. Because if I had not gone to college and heard this bunch of bull for 4 years plus another 2 years I would not have been dubbed. I have always been proud of my college education but the real truth of it - it just made me dumber.”

What a fascinating comment. I have been thinking along these same lines ever since reading news accounts of a study linking increased autism rates to the parents with a higher educational status:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_93735.html

In the article, AS trotted out the apparent party line that improved diagnosis is the explanation as educated parents have more access to resources. You see, less educated, poorer parents think it's perfectly normal for their kids to not speak, walk around flapping their hands, and have hour-long tantrums. The condescension is unbelievable.

I think the opposite is much more likely. People are taught in college to cite experts and peer-reviewed studies. There is nothing wrong with this in and of itself, but it can foster intellectual laziness. Paradoxically, as people attain more education they often engage in less critical thinking. They outsource the critical thing to others, as they cite the work of those before them. Thus when the American Association of Pediatrics says a newborn must get a Hep B shot at birth or the sky will fall, the educated mother or father blindly follows as the “experts” must be right and they don't want to be seen as one of those unfit, lower-class parents. It never occurs to them that they never had a Hep B vaccine and they turned out fine.

It took my older son’s ASD to shock me out of that mindset. We aren’t making the same mistake with our second child.

Looking back I am horrified at our pediatrician. My son would get blazing mad and throw up for two straight years. We kept hounding our ped for a answer. He told us our son would grow out of it. Come to find out he had a milk allergy. My poor child was suffering and he had no answers period for us!! We had to go to a child psych to finally get a clue that this thing might be physical!! Thank goodness she was familiar with food allergies and behavior!!!

The first page of my child's chart says"mother is calling because she is concerned about child reacting to vaccinations her baby received in Africa." He totally ignored everything I told him even from the very beginning. My premature baby just couldn't handle vaccines like others. Where did just plain common sense go???

It is very difficult to believe that these "pediatric medical geniuses" did not see a problem in the early 90's as their number of "well baby visits" nearly tripled with the expansion of the CDC vaccine program. I would suppose the pediatric nurses saw many, many, problems as they continued to give out seven to nine vaccines per child on any given day....

The CDC was holding secret meetings on Thimerosal two years before my son was born, and now ten years later, they still have no damn clue as to what is causing the problem.

The Vaccine Industry controls the IACC, who hope to someday find an "Autism gene" and maybe a test for Autism abortion options. They cannot do simple studies that will quickly and clearly show where the hell the problem is.

They continue to poison children with the current "free / four-dose" toddler flu vaccine program. Anyone public official who can be bought out, has been bought out. They now hope to pull off the same disaster in Africa and around the world.

Between the CDC, the drug industry, and the American banking system, that has already recently borrowed and gambled away the money from three generations, it is far beyond time to quit being so damn nice to many of these career criminals.

The Ped for our boy/girl twins, our firstborn children, was Dr. Michelle Singer of Pavillion Pediatrics in Baltimore, MD area. We liked her personally, but she was a traditional shot freak. We'd get the little sheets that told you "when to call the doctor", high fevers, etc.. Our son always became very ill after his shots. We'd call and be told it was "normal" for him to have a fever of 101 and be listless and unresponsive for hours. Like big dummies we believed. We brought to her our concerns about his plagiocephaly, asked if he needed a corrective helmet. She said it would straighten out by itself..It didn't. We asked her about his delays, his odd behaviors, she said it was because because he's a boy, because he's a twin, because he was early..Guess what? At 3 he was finally dx'd as autistic by a different doctor, and we could have started therapy SO much earlier if she'd listened. Once we had a new doctor we found out he also had torticollis, which she'd missed entirely (he just always tilted his head because of the plagio, she said)so we got a tort collar and fixed that ourselves. I blame myself for my son's autism, for not educating and researching enough before I had children, for being a blind follower. My eyes have been opened. However, that doesn't mean I don't hold her accountable for being a poor excuse of a doctor in general.

When my son was born in January 2009 my husband and I had already done the research and decided against vaccinating him. The pediatrician's office that we chose for him was a small 2 doctor practice with really nice nurses and office staff. We liked the office aside from the fact that they insisted we vaccinate Griffin in order for him to remain a patient in their practice. After 2 "well baby" visits with Dr. Catherine Chidester in Germantown, TN we were told that his next appointment would be his first round of shots. When we declined and explained why she told us that she was Griffin's doctor and she worked for him alone and was looking out for his best interests. She provided us with the scary literature to take home and the # of pertussis cases in Shelby county last year. She told us that they wouldn't continue seeing Griffin unless he was up to date on his shots. We bundled up our baby, didn't make a follow up appointment and never went back. Griffin hasn't been to the doctor since. There's been no need, he hasn't had a sick day yet. He's hitting all the developmental milestones appropriate to his age. I fear that may not have been the case if we followed through with his vaccines. I don't think that all doctors are looking out for our kids best interest, as suggested by Dr. Chidester, so we have to.

"If my son’s pediatrician had been more careful, better informed of warning signs, less close-minded, and less AAP-party line in his approach to pediatrics, I genuinely believe my son never would have regressed into autism."

Will that fit on a bumper sticker? This one sentence says it all. I questioned giving my preemies vaccines on what should have been their 2nd day of life and was told it was fine, no need to wait another two months. When my daughter had stomach pain (didn't know it at the time) and would fall to sleep struggling to hold her legs up in the air, I was told that was just something she liked to do, when my son stopped saying words, I was told it was fine, he had said them before and that was what counted. They ignored my sons horrible sensory issues and low muscle tone. They didn't think eczema was a problem. They vaccinated my son when he had "water on his ear". They told me since it wasn't an actual infection, that was fine. Oh, they even supplied the Tylenol at their first vaccination. Criminal is absolutely right. Doctors should be held accountable for their actions when they are so grossly negligent. I asked my doctor why they have to consider my child's medical history and my family medical history to give a prescription, but they give a vaccine with known neurotoxins to kids showing signs of neurological problems or an immature immune system without a second thought. I was told "Those are the guidelines." It's time to change those guidelines!

Thanks for this.

You know, you may have something here. I can't but help to see the correlation. I do not think the MMR shot caused her autism, however I think the combination of medications + MMR shot may have triggered it.

I credit my pediatrician with early detection. She was VERY diligent. Every month she went over a checklist - my daughter passed each one. I was on top of it. My daughter was fine until 16 months and at her 18 month check up, her doctor told me to call Early Intervention and get a diagnosis from a neurologist.

However, Ava did have her MMR shot while she was on antibiotics AND she had a bad reaction to the antibiotic as well. She was zoning out and withdrawing. She had her MMR at 15 months, by 16 months she lost her eye contact, stopped responding to her name and lost her words.

I would love to know why this happened. Why is my daughter autistic? Why did she lose her skills and regress? I hate to think it was something I did, but I would like to know why.

You can rate your doctor(Canada and USA) and read reviews of other doctors here:
http://www.ratemds.com/

Pediatricians FIRING patients??! I never even thought of it that way. We should FIRE them!! They are hired by us to perform a service for us, not the other way around!!!

They are highly paid servants. Just like I am a teacher, I am a lowly paid servant to my students.

Thank you JB. On so many levels do we need to change the system. I am all about civil disobedience, but then there is a real fear in me that this isn't just a short trip to the brig, it is where the money behind all this comes after you and your reputation your job, and possibly worse?? (Hello, Dr. Wakefield anyone? All he did was write a paper!)

I also think we need to get organized in spreading the word. I’ll pitch in for more ads in national papers, online. Make people see the valid questions we pose.

We must remind ourselves, that we are the paying customer, seeking for expert medical opinion. Let us repeat that....we are the customer paying for THEIR expertise. We can fire, and hire at will. We have plenty of options. We can go to a GP doctor. GP doctors GENERALLY do not siren call the vaccine schedules, and oft have to be reminded that the child needs one. But I would prefer the bulk of us to never walk into such situations again, UNLESS, they are afflicated with ACAM which is an organization built on the premise that environmental things can cause illnesses. They are more of the bent, that we can alter the schedule (and yes, they have a website with a searchable engine), and may even be into chelation, vitamin therapies, and bio identical hormones, etc. I personally have that just so that we have a primary care person for insurance referral purposes. Then, for the bulk of my biomed stuff, we go to a naturopath who is versed in lyme disease, autism, chelation, etc. Most of our prescriptions are written from the GP MD, but most of our natural things are from the ND. With a little care, one can forgoe all vaccines in children, by only visiting doctors when your child is sick. Well baby visits are to make your child unwell by vaccines. Going back through tons of records, I would note, everytime my kids were vaccinated, they were back in the office within weeks with ear infections, impetigo, other infections. Little by little, chunk by immune chunk, my kids were disappearing by the hands of my trust, and my pediatric so called doctor.

It's high time we put these people OUT of business...this is the only thing they are concerned about, clearly. Maybe interview an ACAM doctor, holistic type for your doctor, instead of the pediatrician that vaccinates to hell and back?

Can someone with cyber-skills do a blog by state/city to give parents a structure to post "our kind" of doctor info? Link from AoA? The DAN practitioner listing is great but many practitioners without this label are out there to help. Pediatrician selection is the primary concern expecting parents present to me but things have changed a lot since we went to the wrong pediatrician. I don't have updated info to pass on. I know of 2 new parent/couples who just went through the process and got tossed out of one practice. They did find a receptive doctor willing to alter the regimen so we could spare other couples from repeated distress.

HELP - where to post? It would be so great.

Thanks for posting this, JB! Yes, it is time these pediatricians are held accountable for their part in the autism epidemic. Here is the letter I wrote, firing my pediatrician right after our diagnosis. While I don't stand outside their office handing out fliers, I advise anyone who asks strongly against joining Town and Country Pediatrics. Subsequently, we joined Pediatric Alternatives, and it has been such a blessing. A pediatric practice with its head on straight! A place where you are not made out to be over-reactive and crazy. A place where your concerns are heard. A place where they believe autism is preventable!! That's what should be going on in EVERY SINGLE pediatric practice in America!

And lastly, with the help of DAN!, Generation Rescue and lots and lots of homeopathy, the child described in the letter below is not the child we have on our hands today! He's a success story...but had we stayed put things might not have turned out the way they did.

August 2, 2004

Town and Country Pediatrics
61 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to inform you that my children will be leaving your pediatric office. Until recently, I was generally satisfied with the level of care my children and I received while we were at your office. We were always offered same-day appointments if the children were sick, someone always got back to me in a timely manner when I had questions and most of the people we came in contact with at your office were very nice to all of us. In light of Ryder’s recent autism diagnosis and the nonchalance I received from Dr. Saffa when I repeatedly voiced my concerns over Ryder’s behavior and development, I feel as though it is best if we switch offices. I do know that diagnosing autism in a child under three is a difficult thing to do (and not something that a pediatrician does), but we have been having ongoing issues with him that stretch back to last summer, including: seizures, abnormally fierce and lengthy tantrums, regressive social behavior, slow language acquisition and the prolonged inability to move to the next level in his preschool class. We did see a behavioral pediatrician whom you recommended last October and she thought that Ryder was just a “tough kid,” but my concerns were raised in your office a number times after that throughout the winter and spring. I feel as though my concerns should have been taken more seriously since we now have a very real problem on our hands. Given Ryder’s history, instead of being told in April that I should come back when Ryder is 2 ½ to discuss these issues further (which would have been the end of June) I should have been advised to set an appointment immediately, as I now know that early intervention is key to a good prognosis. I do not have any ill will; I am just a parent who feels that she did not hear what she needed to hear regarding the health and well-being of her child.

Please send all records for Ryder DeMaria and Skye DeMaria to:

Pediatric Alternatives
Lindy Woodard
10 Thomas Drive
Mill Valley, CA 94941


Thank you,


Jennifer DeMaria

I have heard so many stories all with the same opening words..."My child was always on antibiotics" How can so many ignore this?
Not only was our boy on antibiotics 24 time's during the first 2 years of his life, we were given the samples of Tylenol as he got immunizations right on schedule. Oh and a valuable coupon for our next purchase of that tasty red syrup. We just changed Doc's for our son, after he told us he couldn't get just tetanus for our son, and that it only comes as DPT. Bye Bye to him.

J.B.,

I haven't read the other replies yet but I am guessing that I am not the only one who will say, "That sounds just like my son, and what his doctors did to him."

When Gavin was getting dx'd around Christmas in 1998 they sent us to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. We sat through a day of testing to tell me what I already knew. --at the end of the day one of the team of idiots came in the room and sat me down and talked to me like I was a child.

She said that she noticed some of the things I wrote down on the history form and, "You know, we really do not know what causes autism but we do know that it's nothing that you did...." blah blah blah...

She was referring to the extensive medical history that I provided for them. All the ear infections, all the allergic rxns, all the antibiotics, all the rashes --the eczema, the reflux, the vaccine rxns, the 106 fevers after vaccination (indicative of poisoning) etc etc etc.

I looked at her, all pissed off and said, "I KNOW!"

I went on to chew them out --the were so quick to condensed and so quick to write off what we, as parents, were witnessing.
I asked them if they thought it MEANT ANYTHING that every parent of an autistic kids had the SAME story. THE EXACT SAME STORY.

I know they wrote me off that day.
Here it is 12 years later and it is probably the same canned answers from the same talking heads.

It is fucking criminal at this point.

Dr. Jeffery Simmon in Montgomery AL missed all the warning signs with my daughter (now 8) so that she did not receive a diagnosis until four. He comepletely missed it the only thing that he knew about kids with Autism in 2004 was that the stacked things in a line.

Also, he missed a hypothyroid condition in our son (now 5) at birth that he was notified about by the health department. We only learned about it two years later when we requested our children's medical records. He was also the doctor that administered the vaccines at 20.5 months that sent him into autism. We delayed the 18 month shots to 20.5 months to try and prevent any adverse reation. He did not even take into account some possible problems with his older sister. Dr. Simmon just knew that our son had met every deveolpmental milestone and so it did not matter that he had had a round of antibiotice for an ear infection 1 month prior to the vaccinations. Needless to say I fired him and went to another pediatrician much much later who wanted to Catch Up on all the vaccines we had missed. I told her that we could not do that today and I never went back.

I have not taken my children to another one since. We use a wonderful family doctor. His first son has ADD the second has ASD and the third is neurotypical. What is the difference you ask? He did not vaccinate the third son. Infact, I know tweleve other mothers who have had similar results...vaccinate Autism, didn't vaccinate.... no Autism.

I also have a friend who knew but somehow could not tell me. We are no longer friends. With friends like that who needs enemies. She is one of the tweleve Mom's with a ASD kid and one without.

I DO NOT PLAN TO EVER TAKE MY KID TO ANOTHER PEDIATRICIAN. HOW'S THAT FOR THE BOTTOM LINE!

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