By J.B. Handley
Yes, I knew, prior to writing yesterday’s post about the CEO of the AAP--Dr. Errol Alden--that he had a nephew on the spectrum. Since the information wasn’t public, I didn’t mention it. Then, the father of Dr. Alden’s nephew chose to post at AoA and here is what he said:
“Errol Alden is my brother-in-law and there could not be a more caring, selfless, knowledgeable person in that Chair. My son is on the spectrum. I saw Jenny McCarthy ripping at the AAP on Larry King several years ago and sent an email to her via TACA saying that her caustic posturing wasn't helping relations between the biomed MD's and traditional pediatricians. To my surprise, TACA contacted me right back at which point I was able to put DAN's main spokesperson at the time, Stan Kurtz, and Errol in concert over including the biomed world in the AAP's recommendations as well as pooling research, etc. Things were proceeding quite well when suddenly Stan had to leave DAN and then he joined G.R. Jenny's continual national attacks brought so much heat on Errol from the AAP's constituency that he had to back away from the whole process. G.R.'s belligerence ruined a very likely alliance and who suffers? the kids! Nice work G.R.! We were very close to having an acknowledged presence of the Biomed community with the AAP - I guess anger and publicity are more important. P.S. - your money facts are all skewed.”
- Paul Robinson
My first reaction to his post? I said to myself, “I’m sorry, is the AAP f-ing North Korea? If we get the Dear Leader’s nose bent out of joint he runs for the hills?”
Find your spine or get out of the way.
Paul Robinson, the only victims in this fight are the children. If you don’t understand why we’re so mad, you’re no help to us anyway. Your misdirection of blame is absurd. As Jim Carrey so perfectly said, and I will repeat it in all caps so you don’t miss it:
“THE PROBLEM IS THE PROBLEM.”
And, if biomed is part of the solution, let’s all get moving. Today.
By the way, in trying to be moderately civil, I didn’t mention something else about your brother-in-law, something that drives me nuts, and that’s his choice to be a published author of this study right HERE:
Lack of Association between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism with Enteropathy: A Case-Control Study
The CEO of the AAP co-authors a study saying Wakefield was wrong? This is a guy we can work with?
Unfortunately, I believe Dr. Alden’s constituency—pediatricians—are the primary problem and cause of our autism epidemic. In my opinion, our community has been giving your brother-in-law and other AAP pediatricians a hall pass for far too long.
What is your brother-in-law doing to address this recurring PROBLEM?
I’ve met many Pediatricians who actually 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 B herself and shy away from useless flu shots. They listen to parents. They practice the precautionary principle – where are the AAP publications encouraging this approach?
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.
So, your brother-in-law’s organization advocates “firing” parents who want to be more cautious with their babies?
Paul, perhaps you can pass this on to your brother-in-law, since it all happened at the hands of AAP dues-paying members. In no particular order, here are some of the horrible mistakes I believe my son’s AAP pediatricians made that led him to develop autism:
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, my AAP pediatricians were 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.
Paul, do you believe the same things I believe? If you do, you haven’t done enough to effect change. There is a moral duty that binds those of us in a position to help: we HAVE to help, for the sake of all the kids. Lisa Ackerman, the President of TACA, was diplomatic enough to respond to your comment at AoA, here is what she said:
“Paul & I had a very collaborative and wonderful email exchange full of ideas & good efforts in 2008. I still have the email exchange. From those efforts, we had Carol Berkowitz from the AAP at DAN in 2008. It was fantastic. Amazing! Hopeful.
This conversation is appropriate the day after the elections. We have to drive change for children and their families - regardless of the party affiliation. If the AAP did not have success one route - take another route. Don't ignore the problem.
Paul- invite the folks back to the table. Utilize ARI for that conversation. Co-morbid features tend to come with autism. A lot of kids with autism are sick. Just think if treatments were made available how many kids would have a better life!
Whats happened in the past is the past. Answers are needed for the children suffering.”
Respectfully - Lisa Ackerman – TACA
In our community, there are plenty of moderate voices, you don’t have to look very hard. My own guess is that your extremely well-paid brother-in-law was never particularly interested in how we have been helping our kids and why we have so much autism. If he was, he’d have found the moderate voices and forged ahead, and we’d all be in a different place right now.
1. I borrow from other things I have written, so some of my words may seem familiar because they are. Sometimes I feel like I’ve said all I have to say--so I say it again!
2. Paul Robinson claimed my “money facts were skewed.” We included a copy of the AAP’s 990 in my post, and anyone can confirm that every number I reported in my post is clearly printed in the AAP’s 2008 990 HERE Mr. Robinson should feel free to provide support for his comment, I stand by every number as factual and supportable.
JB Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue.