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Warrior_mothersBy Katie Wright

Like millions of moms and dads of autistic kids I absolutely adore Jenny McCarthy. Jenny had the courage to share her own devastating experience with autism with the world and inspire and empower parents in the process. No one in the public eye was talking about hope for our kids beyond early intervention until Jenny. Jenny McCarthy traveled around the country listening to parents and shared their struggles with the mainstream autism world that had been dismissing our stories, minimizing children's pain and ignoring successful biomedical interventions. We watched on "Larry King" as the president of AAP claimed he had never had seen one bad vaccine reaction in his practice and that injecting anti-freeze or aluminum into babies was as safe as "breathing air." The president of the AAP was so soundly out-debated by Jenny in their last "Larry King" appearance it was almost embarrassing to watch.

After "Louder Than Words" and the historic "Greening the Vaccines" march the paradigm of autism as a hopeless genetic disorder was changed forever. After decades of ignoring the subject of vaccines, suddenly the mainstream research community was forced to reckon with the fact that this issue is NOT going away. For too long stories of kids regressing and becoming sick after receiving multiple vaccines had been dismissed as "coincidence" or "parents looking for something to blame." Jenny asked how many hundreds of thousands of parents have to be wrong for a dozen vaccine researchers to be right?

For years parents had been strongly advocating that the NIH and Autism Speaks to investigate the role of vaccines as a trigger for autism. It is well known that the safety testing on our infant and toddler vaccine schedule is wholly inadequate, even as more vaccines are continually added to the schedule.

I was honored to be interviewed for Jenny's amazing new book, "Mother Warriors." In that book I am one of the many voices expressing frustration with the pace and scope of autism research. I am happy to report that we have seen some very positive changes in the past year, thanks, in large part, to Jenny McCarthy's leadership and advocacy on behalf of parents of autistic kids everywhere.

Autism Speaks recently awarded over $3 million in grants to some really exciting environmental research studies. Grants were made to innovative biomedical researchers such as Noble, Van de Water and Rissman. There is even a grant to Dr. David Baskin to study mercury. Geri Dawson, AS' new science chief is putting together a GI/ autism conference and an autism/toxicology conference. No, the change is never as fast as I would like, but I feel we are witnessing a sea change. I want to give credit where credit is due and encourage Autism Speaks to continue down this exciting path via their commitment to environmental and vaccine research.

So while the political climate of autism research has improved since my interview, children are still being diagnosed every 20 minutes. The sense of urgency could not be greater. I wish all pediatricians and autism researchers would read "Mother Warriors" and come to a different and more inclusive understanding of what autism is, how sick our kids can be and why we are fighting so hard to for their recovery.

Katie Wright has two young boys. Her oldest son, Christian, is severely affected by autism. He developed normally; smiling, talking, walking; only to lose every skill and every word by the age of 2 and a half.  Upon the advice of medical professionals Katie and her husband were advised to pursue only high quality behavioral therapy, speech and OT for Christian. It had no meaningful impact on Christian until his parents sought help from DAN! doctors who treated the underlying causes of Christian's descent into autism. Christian has improved but still has far to go. He has Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the measles virus in his gut and an immune system akin to a late stage AIDS patient. Christian does not have a psychiatric disorder. Before autism, Katie Wright was the Clinical Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Stamford Connecticut. Katie is proud to serve on the Boards of NAA and SafeMinds.

Comments

Zina

To ALL Mother Warriors and especially to Katie -- I applaud your tenacity and the will to follow your instincts. There is nothing more courageous than a mother protecting her child -- and no one knows their child better than a mother. Speak loud -- follow your passion. It all makes perfect sense -- medications and vaccines carry potent side effects -- grow your numbers and your voices will be heard.

Your work is an amazing story and you are a worrior to many. May 2009 bring you many successful discoveries.

Bobbi Miller-Moro

Watch Jenny McCarthy talk about her son's autism.

In light of the recent Hannah Poling decision, in which the federal court conceded that vaccines could have contributed to her autism, we think the tide is finally turning in the direction of parents like us who have been shouting concerns from our rooftops for years.
Autism is a debilitating disorder, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is suffered by 1 in 150 kids, making it more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.

Recently, England and Ireland reported that autism is affecting one in 58 individuals.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/02/mccarthy.autsimtreatment/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

My personal story:

I have five children. With my first three children I followed the Government issued schedule of vaccines from the first day, in the clusters they suggest. I was young, and I was trying to 'be a good parent' and do the right thing for my children.

Those three children suffered these side effects. I have one child who has mild Asperger Syndrome, a form of Autism. I have another child who suffered Selective Mutism and severe Asthma until the 8th grade, where she did not speak in public. And my third child suffered severe Eczema and where she scratched until she bled, hives, and childhood Anemia. Plus, they were always sick, always with colds, it seemed they had a low immune system.

I did not link the two, I thought it was genetic. However, in looking at both sides of the family, I saw no correlation. When I decided to have children again after 9 years, I studied, read and researched everything I could about vaccines. What I found out scared me to death. The cover-ups, the pharmaceutical kick-backs to the medical community, doctor and pediatric lies, the public schools with their kick backs and rewards. I could not believe what I discovered. The Mercury in the vaccinations (which causes causes neurotoxicity in humans, especially in fetuses and small infants and is illegal in CA now), the Mercury from thimerosal in vaccines is linked to increase in autism in a confidential CDC study. It is used for preserving the vaccination when it is made in the laboratories in large vats.

You could link all non-independent studies-which shows that there is no Mercury in vaccinations, and that it has no correlation to Autism directly to Pharmaceutical companies who paid for the study.

Story after story from parents who saw their normal child go in to get a series of shots in one visit, and 'lose' their child to the horrific side effect of Autism. This is no joke, and I was taking no chances. My last two children are healthy, smart and vibrant. No Autistic symptoms, and no side effects. My older children are almost fully recovered, but still have traces of the disorders. Here's what I did differently. I demanded no shots when my babies were born, and I signed a waiver. Their little 7 lb bodies should not be subjected to early vaccination. I waited almost a year before they had their first shots. I chose the shots (Polio, Rubella, Measles, Mumps). They did not get the DTP until over 18 months. (The DTP shot is a combination inoculation against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. It is given at 2, 4, 6, and 15 to 18 months of age-This vaccine is recommended for immunizing children 6 weeks of age through 6 years of age). I never took them in within a month of being sick or with a cold. I refuse the chicken pox vaccine, and still have yet to get caught 'up to date' on the Government schedule. And I am thankful.


I have gotten into heated arguments with pediatricians, nurses, and doctors. I have questioned them, I have presented facts, I have demanded them to break up the shots and not give so many clusters of vaccines in one 'series' or 'clump'. And I am glad I did. They fought me every step of the way. (However, I have discovered pediatricians who do not believe in scheduled vaccines).
I know I saved my children by a healthy diet, being educated and refusing to be following blindly what pediatricians, doctors and nurses say to me about anything. I have turned down antibiotics when they are sick, and in any high fever emergencies, which they almost rarely get, I grill the doctor that wants to administer a shot, and ask what are the ingredients, what are the side effects, what are the preservatives? I even have them give me the information pamphlet that was included with the drug when sold to the doctor.

I tell the preschools I have chosen, that I follow A Parent's Right to Choose. We have a right to say no to vaccines.
Be weary if you hear from a nurse or doctor, "No, she needs ALL of her 15 and 18 month vaccines at the next appointment." Survey: 98% Say Parents Should Have Right to Refuse Vaccination. If you hear a parent defend the vaccination schedule, ask where they received their information from. If you read a pro vaccination article, read the fine print. Follow the yellow brick road, see who wrote it, who was quoted and do research. It all goes back to the laboratories, a huge $58.8 billion industry that is very powerful.

I hope this story has helped a mother or father to encourage you to study, be informed, know what people are putting into your children's bodies.

Follow your heart, and do what is best for your child, you could be saving their life.
Recommended reading: Jenny McCarthy's new book: Mother Warriors will force America to wake up. * I strongly believe critics of Jenny McCarthy's outspoken, and public views are protecting the CDC, and are not educated in the reality of Autism, or are in denial.

Bobbi Miller-Moro
http://www.BobbiMillerMoro.com


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Beth Anne

I want to go to her event in Dana Point on Oct 3 - does anyone know how?

I see it here on the middle column: http://www.causecast.org/leader/jenny-mccarthy

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Go Jenny Go!

Terri Lewis

Miling Mcphee,

Welcome!

Thank you for joining us; this is becoming a large, worldwide community.

Jenny McCarthy has been able to reach tremendous numbers of people and point them to the information they need.

I hope you'll stop back again, and as often as you would like, to let us know how you're doing, the overall situation in the Bahamas, and anything else you care to add!

I'm sorry that your son has autism--we should be ending this man-made epidemic, not letting it go on and on--but you have found a wonderful source for news and support.

Terri Lewis

Miling  Mcphee

I live in the caribbean on the island of beautiful Nassau Bahamas. I have a 4 years old son with autism. The people of the USA and other countries that's not 3rd world should thank God they could get the help and resources they need for there autistic children. We on the other hand have a long eay 2 go! I do get therapy 4 him 2 hours a week and once a month ABA therapy. Thank God 4 people like Jenny McCarthy and Google!

christine

Katie,

Thanks for your post and all that you do. I look to you for acceptance of Autism Speaks' behavior. If you agree with something they have done, then so do I. I trust you a hell of a lot more than old Naaristas.

I wish you and your family all of the best!

Anne Tucker

Dear Katie,

I am so happy Autism Speaks is donating money to research to help our kids recover. I am a mom to two boys, ages 7 and 6. My older son is very close to recovery because of the "alternative" interventions we implemented when he was a toddler. My 6 year old has a way to go, but I remain hopeful. He has chronic strep, lead poisoning, and gut dysbiosis.

A big thank you to Jenny and to DAN! for advocating and helping these children. Children with autism do not have a mental disorder, they are very sick on a cellular level. I am behind you "fighting the good fight" and I am inspired by your courage. Children with autism can and do recover! All my very best to you, precious Christian, and all the other warrior moms!

Warm Regards, Anne

THE TRUTH ALWAYS COMES OUT IN THE END

Anne Dachel

I'm so grateful to Katie Wright and to Jenny McCarthy getting the message out there.

I've been following the press coverage of autism for nine years now and I can confidently say we're winning.

I can remember searching the news for stories on autism and vaccines back when I started and maybe there would be one or two articles out a day. Most often this would be a press release from the CDC saying vaccines don't cause autism; only some ignorant, desperate parents are saying that. The same story would be picked up everywhere in the news. There was no real controversy back then. The CDC was right--parents were wrong. Editors and reporters showed no real interest in any information I sent. Their mindset often was vaccines couldn't cause kids to become autistic. Everyone gets vaccinated. How could parents know more than doctors?

The climate is so different today. The heated controversy is everywhere. The press takes us seriously because they have to. They may not want to write about the debate, they may provide very slanted coverage, but it's unavoidable now. Whenever a story comes out, it causes more parents to question the safety claims.

There are now so many organizations of parents and there's a growing number of scientists and doctors who are speaking about research that does show a link and about recovering kids from vaccine damage. And there just too many kids everywhere with autism. Officials can only stammer about no known cause or cure. The CDC doesn't even know if autism has really increased or if it just seems like it has.

For years the media has told us that officials don't know anything about autism except that it's not linked to vaccines. Their ignorance isn't impressing anyone. No one's really listening anymore. There are too many credible voices like Katie and Jenny out there all saying the same thing. No parent I know is ever going to stop until the truth is finally recognized.

Anne Dachel
Media editor

Go Katie!

"So while the political climate of autism research has improved since my interview, children are still being diagnosed every 20 minutes."

I thought Jenny and Jim were great on Oprah yesterday. This time it was the AAP with the disclaimer not the CDC. Oprah was plainly apologetic of the fact that she even had to read the disclaimer. A far cry from the time you were on and just about allowed to say vaccines and autism in the same sentence.

Times have changed and YOU Katie, opened that door for the very first time. Whilst the world watched with bated breath. Keep going, we *all* need you. You HAVE to speak up some more and make that change come about. You have the power, *use* it!!

Andrea

Katie,

Thank you for being a warrior mom.

I hope the research that Autism Speaks is funding is not merely a smokescreen to appease the masses that have been clamoring for this kind of research for years.

It's hard to believe their interest into vaccines and their association to autism is real since they have been so resistant to explore this area up until now.

Time will tell.

karenatlanta

Katie:
Praying for Christian's complete and total recovery.
No child should have to endure the laundry list of symptoms Christian after being immunized for an non-life threatening disease.

Good to see more balanced research coming out of Autism Speaks.
Every kid like Christian, deserves honest answers, not politically correct AAP/CDC rhetoric.
Hang in there, every day we get a little closer to sound science that is helpful to our kids.

Kathy

Katie, thanks for the update on Autism Speaks funding some worthwhile research to help our kids now. It's been really hard to support their walks and other fundraisers by my friends and family - I just couldn't bring myself to hand over any money to support them. I try to explain why and everyone looks at my like I'm crazy. I'm so sick of people looking at me like I'M CRAZY! My son is doing really well after biomed and a year of chelation, he's DAN! doctor met with him yesterday and said he didn't appear autistic at all. The school personnel tells me they were always confident he'd *outgrow* it. Wouldn't it be nice if kids outgrew autism? I wish only further health progress for your little guy Christian ... they are the true warriors! Our little heros.

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