The Bloomington Alternative Presents Part 3 with David Kirby
Read Part 3 of Steven Higg's Bloomington Alternative Blog with David Kirby.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Anyone with a passing knowledge of Indiana’s political and business cultures would not be surprised to learn state leaders played feature roles in one of the first great scandals of the George W. Bush administration. Or that the episode involved perhaps the greatest environmental disaster of the postmodern age -- the intravenous exposure of an entire generation of children to a powerful neurotoxin.
After all, “leaders” like Dan Quayle, Evan Bayh and Mitch Daniels have led their state to the No. 49 ranking in Forbes magazine’s 2007 comparison of state-by-state environmental quality. Of Indiana and other bottom-dwellers like No. 50 West Virginia, the business magazine said, “All suffer from a mix of toxic waste, lots of pollution and consumption and no clear plans to do anything about it. Expect them to remain that way."
Can we create a web channel (some sort of videos in you tube about what all the doctors do, not only pediatricians, gynecologysts, dentists...all the stuff that it is causing so much harm, something similar to MISTERY DIAGNOSIS (Discovery Health).. it is ridiculous the amout of ignorance in the Medical Community, it looks like they wear the wrong prescription glasses, whatever they see it is unreal and deceptive.
Posted by: DC | January 21, 2010 at 06:53 PM
"What irritates me most is how these doctors, who know nothing of Autism because they refuse to treat it, take credit for an increased awareness of autism. I can just seeing them patting themselves on the back, "well old fella, there's not really an increase in cases, we just got better at diagnosing it."
If you think about it, this explanation actually makes doctors look realllyyy stupid. Come on...who are these doctors, anyway? 5 year olds that don't talk or make eye contact, flap their hands, are still in diapers, etc.? Yeah, sure thing...that's real hard to miss! (eye roll) If I were a pediatrician, I'd be downright embarrassed, and maybe even a little angry at the suggestion that I might have missed something that was so painfully obvious.
Posted by: Jen in TX | January 21, 2010 at 01:08 PM
I know Dan. And there has never been a study done that says autism has increased do to better diagnosis only. Yet they get on TV, in newspapers,and magazines and present this guess as if it were established scientific fact. Yet if we were to do something like that they'd just accuse of being scientifically illiterate.
What irritates me most is how these doctors, who know nothing of Autism because they refuse to treat it, take credit for an increased awareness of autism. I can just seeing them patting themselves on the back, "well old fella, there's not really an increase in cases, we just got better at diagnosing it."
I don't think the general public is truly aware of how neglegent the mainstream medical community in bothering to treat this condition which affects 1 in 100 children. How many of us despite our telling our pediatrician something is wrong, had our children's Petite Mal seizures go undiagnosed for years, resulting in excruciating physical pain and stalled development, because our pediatrician said it was "just the autism" and cannot recognize when an Autistic child needs a neuro consult? And, how many of us have taken our children, who are in severe bowel distress, to GI doctors only to be refused examination? The emperor wears no clothes and it is time we speak that truth from the roof tops!
Posted by: AnaB | January 21, 2010 at 10:17 AM
Read Alan Kirby (no relation to David) on autism and contemporary society in chapter 7 of "Digimodernism" (Continuum). I think you'll find it interesting.
Posted by: sgp | January 21, 2010 at 08:55 AM