By Anne Dachel
Emily Willingham wrote the story, 10 Weirdest Things Linked To Autism, on Sept 4, 2013.
"9. Vaccines. It's dead, Jim. Stop flogging the poor, dead hypothesis. Let's just bury it in a simple, private ceremony.
"10. Mothers. Not that mothers are necessarily strange, but everything we do seems to be linked to autism: Having children close together, having them in a certain order, being a certain age, having antibodies, having children in summer, having wombs and gestating embryonic and fetal humans in them, using Clomid, IVF, terbutaline, or labor induction, being pregnant near freeways, donating bad mitochondria to offspring, partnering with older fathers, passing genes to our children, eating, treating depression, getting an infection during pregnancy, including the flu, not getting an infection, being depressed, or behaving like refrigerators."
I posted comments reminding her that all the studies linking autism to everything imaginable are reported by the mainstream press, including Forbes, as legitimate science. Most of the research is from grant money and tax dollars. Millions and millions have gone into this dead-end stuff. I said that the vaccine studies from the government have a direct trail to pharma. (I see that comment isn't up.) I also said that officials and mainstream medicine have never called autism A CRISIS.
She wrote a comment in response: "...I'm looking at my boy right now, and I don't think 'crisis.' Your mileage may vary."
I posted back about the parents who lead lives of quiet desperate dealing with a severely autistic child. I brought up the tragic death of Alex Spourdalakis and the coverage by CBS and the Daily Mail (UK).
She wrote back and slammed those who would cover Alex's mother sympathetically. And this led to her writing a whole piece today on the death of Alex where she described his mother as killing him in "cold blood" and blamed the autism community for the false idea that he had "a gut condition."
In her world, autism is never a real problem, (even though she's a parent herself). Parents linking it to vaccines and other health conditions like gut issues and seizures are simply wrong.
I did find something about the form of autism her son has. In this article, Willinghams described her son as someone who "excels at his grade level academics, and did not need extra resources or "care" to participate in a typical classroom setting."
This doesn't sound like the world of Alex's mother and godmother.
And what will Willingham, with her cold hearted attitude in the Spourdalakis case, have to say about yet another parent driven to desperation dealing with an autistic teenager? September 4, this story came out from the Traverse (MI) Record Eagle: Charges loom for Benzie woman in murder-suicide attempt.
"A Benzie County woman who for years desperately battled insurance companies and bureaucrats to secure help for her acutely autistic, physically abusive daughter could face charges of trying to kill the girl in a failed murder-suicide attempt.
"Kelli Stapleton, who penned a blog, "The Status Woe", to chronicle her experiences with daughter Issy Stapleton, 14, remained hospitalized in Grand Rapids late Wednesday after she allegedly tried to kill herself and Issy on Tuesday in Elberta, near Frankfort.
"Benzie authorities said they expected to charge a woman with attempted murder. Police found and rescued Kelli and Issy from a van. Both already were unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning."
"Issy often attacked her mother and a sibling, and her parents continually ran into roadblocks with insurance companies, treatment facilities and various government agencies in a quest for help that devastated them emotionally and financially."
I expect this story will appear in Willingham's next piece about a parent attempting cold-blooded suicide as well as murder. Will she also blame the autism community for this one?
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.