It's bad enough when we naughty, histrionic Mommies buck the vaccination system and claim a mere diet has helped our kids, but when "Americas Most Trusted Doctor" (Dr. Oz) who is backed by America's wealthiest woman and media empire owner (Oprah) says that he also bucks the system, well, that simply won't do. Dr. Oz admitted to Joy Behar that not all children have to follow the AAP vaccination schedule, his wife did not vaccinate his children for H1N1, and he has promoted dietary interventions as treatment for autism. That's when a doctor like Paul Offit, infectious disease specialist and vaccine patent holder might call on friends to print an article like the one that ran yesterday in a faltering metropolitan daily, knocking America's most trusted doctor down a few notches in the hopes of obfuscating the fact that your message is failing. If you can pour salt in the wound of families and children facing autism during autism awareness month at the same time, that's just an added bonus I suppose. We ran three posts recently featuring Dr. Oz:
If Dr. Oz Spreads out the Vaccine Schedule for His Kids, Why Can't We?
Dr. Oz Promotes DAN! Style Dietary Intervention to Treat Inflammation in Autism
Yesterday, I was in a Barnes & Noble in Connecticut and found an autism awareness month display. Three of the seven books were about autism treatment, healing, recovery and prevention. (Did I mention a failing message?)
Dr. Bob Sears The Autism Book: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Early Detection, Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention
Here's the transcript from Dr. Oz's conversation with Joy Behar:
BEHAR: We`re back with Dr. Oz. I have some questions on Twitter.
OZ: Fire away.
BEHAR: Well first of all, someone want to know there`s a rumor that your kids did not get flu shots or swine flu shots is that right?
OZ: That`s true, they did not.
BEHAR: Do you not believe in them for the kids or what?
OZ: No, I would have vaccinated my kids but you know I - I`m in a happy marriage and my wife who makes most of the important decisions as most couples have in their lives.
OZ: Who absolutely refuses. And listen the kids are pretty healthy. We actually think two of them caught swine flu very early on anyway. So there`s no point vaccinating them again. And you know -
BEHAR: What do you, on that same subject, what do you think about this controversy that`s going around about vaccinations and autism and other little things that happens to kids?
OZ: I think kids like the canary and the coal mine. That they are more susceptible to some of the toxins maybe our generation was able to overcome. That`s why we have a lot more allergies now. Perhaps one of the reason why we have more autism. But I don`t think it`s just the vaccine.
OZ: Although, I don`t want to ignore the potential role they have. So what we do with our kids is we spread the vaccine out.
BEHAR: Right, so why don`t the doctors just do that?
OZ: It`s a lot more expensive and kids fall through the cracks.
OZ: It`s hard enough to get in there once a year for the shots and imagine if you have to bring them in every other month. And those two factors are a big issue.
BEHAR: I see.
OZ: Plus, we have no evidence at all, Joy, none, that they actually cause autism.
OZ: And a lot of doctors very reasonably say, listen, why you want to spend more money, cause more hardship for the kids and their families, if we don`t think it`s really a problem. But you know if you want to be cautious, you can do what we did.
BEHAR: Well, I don`t remember getting this many shots when I was a kid. Or my daughter getting as many shots.
OZ: We did Joy. When you and I were -
BEHAR: She got the measles on her own. She got chicken pox on her on, so what?
OZ: We got exposed to ten vaccines when we were kids. Children today are now getting closer to 30. So there`s a big difference between the exposure amounts and, plus, we have a much purer environment that we grew up in and compared to what kids are exposed to today.
See the full transcript HERE.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.