By Kim Stagliano
God in heaven will you just look at this cartoon. Jeff Piraro, whose Bizarro has been a staple of newspapers (ha ha remember those) forever has decided to attack, make fun of, deny, ridicule, shame, abuse and basically sh*t on families like mine. Like yours. Like countless thousands of families for whom vaccine injury lead to brain injury that lead straight to an autism diagnosis like the yellow brick road leads to Oz - the PRISON, not the magical land of unicorns and mermaids.
Cartoons as political (and now pharma) propaganda are nothing new. And they aren't always terrible. They offer a concise way to let characters we know and love share information. They can also serve a purpose for governments trying to propagate, dare I say it, myths that protect money, power, influence, agendas.
I invite you to leave a comment telling Mr. Pirarro ONE truly "bizarro" thing about autism in your home. I'll compile them and add them to this post. And I'll start first.
1) My 22 year old carries reams of paper with Charlie Brown cartoons on them (oh the irony.)
2) My 20 year old can not leave the house if she knows "The Wonder Pets" is on Nick Jr.
3) My 16 year old has never uttered a sentence and shakes beads in front of her face most of the day.
Bizarro World? You want to come to see Bizarro World? Any of us would open our doors to you, so that you could meet and fall in love with our vaccine injured kids. I want to scream at him and call him ugly names, but I won't. Instead, I'll try to educate him into realizing we are are real men and women, Moms and Dads facing the unreal challenges of helping our kids with vaccine induced autism SURVIVE, let alone thrive.
To reduce us to a single cartoon that denies our existence is cruel beyond measure. We deserve an apology.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.
"To reduce us to a single cartoon that denies our existence is cruel beyond measure. We deserve an apology." Dear Mr Piraro, I would like to tell you about my autistic grandson, now in his mid twenties. His problems began when he was administered the MMR vaccine at a year old. He was six years old when he was referred by his GP to renowned Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Professor John Walker-Smith at the Royal Free Hospital, London, for his dangerously impacted bowel problems. The excellent treatment he received, from Professor Walker-Smith's team, including clinical colleague, Professor Simon Murch, almost certainly saved his colon, if not his life. Before this, his frantic mum, my daughter, was blamed by a visiting health visitor for a previous bowel blockage. 'How could you let him get into this state?', was the admonition, although there was no advice about how to prevent it. Indeed, professional treatment was needed for her son's condition. Yes - parents of vaccine damaged children soon learn they will always get the blame for their childrens' ill health. They also become accustomed to insults, vilification and nasty insinuations, including cartoons like yours. As far as I am aware, neither my daughter nor her son ever met Dr Andrew Wakefield at the Royal Free Hospital, and why should they have? Dr Wakefield's research team was based in laboratories, well away from clinical treatment facilities. This did not stop the General Medical Council, egged on by UK Health Minister John Reid (now Lord) , and Murdoch's Sunday Times via Brian Deer, from dragging these two excellent Clinicians before a protracted 3 year hearing (costing an estimated £8million), alongside Dr Wakefield. All three were found guilty, but Professor Murch was 'permitted' to keep his medical licence, being junior to Professor Walker Smith, who had been retired for nearly 10 years before his now obsolete in any case Licence to Practise was withdrawn. Three years later, a High Court Judge took three days to 'quash' all the GMC charges and completely exonerate Professor Walker-Smith, restoring his medical licence. The Professor, in his memoir, called the GMC process an 'inquisition'. In medieval times they would all have been tortured and burnt at the stake for 'heresy' , since vaccines have now become a religion, never to be questioned, and fanatically patrolled by the 'thought police', financed by political and corporate interests. My unfortunate grandson is in constant pain and has to be very careful about his diet. He also has epilepsy. He never complains. The autism is the least of it.