By J.B. Handley
Our community has been giving pediatricians a hall pass for far too long.
If a doctor sticks six vaccines into a child while the child is taking antibiotics for an ear infection and Tylenol for a cold, he’s not a doctor, he’s a criminal, and should be hauled into jail on the spot for assault and battery. If the child also happens to have eczema, long-term diarrhea, and has missed a milestone or two, perhaps the charge should be attempted murder.
As you know, pediatricians do just this and more every day. How do we stop this recklessness?
If my son’s pediatrician had been more careful, better informed of warning signs, less close-minded, and less AAP-party line in his approach to pediatrics, I genuinely believe my son never would have regressed into autism.
I’ve met many Pediatricians who 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 herself and shy away from useless flu shots. They listen to parents. They practice the precautionary principle.
And, you know what they all have in common? You guessed it: far fewer children in their practice with autism.
You may have met one of these great, open-minded doctors – many towns have one, although there’s not nearly enough of them. And, you also know many of the doctors like the ones Jim Carrey described -- “Mister grab ‘em and stab ‘em” -- the ones who don’t understand why so many kids in their practice have autism, while they reach into the incubator in the ICU to make sure the preemie gets her Hep B shot. 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.
Really, AAP? You’re going to “fire” parents who want to be more cautious with their babies? I don’t mean to give you advice, AAP, but I don’t think that’s very good for business.
(By the way, whenever I meet a pediatrician I ask them a simple question: what percentage of your revenue come from vaccine administration? The number always astounds me. The answers I get are that anywhere from 50-80% of their revenue comes from giving vaccines. Imagine that.)
So, parents, help me out, let’s turn this thing around and let’s do it right: let’s put bad pediatricians out of business RIGHT NOW. Let’s fire them for reckless endangerment of our children and our neighbor’s children.
If a mechanic who was supposed to fix your car actually screwed your car up worse, what would you tell your neighbors if they asked you for a recommendation? You’d tell them to stay the hell away from that mechanic!
Why should it be any different for your pediatrician, the one who facilitated your child’s autism? Let’s hit these close-minded, unhelpful, dangerous doctors where it hurts: right in the wallet.
Do Something Today, and Be Bold
It’s a new decade, and it’s time to put an end to this madness. If your idea of activism is making comments at AoA, I encourage you to expand your horizons, right now.
I’ll make it easier for you, I’ll go first. My son’s pediatricians were all based at Lamorinda Pediatrics in Lafayette, CA. He saw many different doctors there, and I believe with my heart that they made terrible decisions, showed utter cluelessness when it came to warning signs, and facilitated my son’s descent into autism. They are based in the East Bay of the SF area, and if you have a friend out there, please email them this link.
In no particular order, here are some of the horrible mistakes I believe my son’s pediatricians made:
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, Lamorinda Pediatrics was 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. (And, I was an ignorant S.O.B. for letting them do it).
If a doctor like Jay Gordon or one of the many other great Pediatricians out there had been caring for my son instead, I truly believe I wouldn’t be here writing this today.
Conversely, in Mill Valley, CA is a practice called Pediatric Alternatives. We started going there AFTER my son had been diagnosed with autism. They were fantastic. Yes, they vaccinated kids, but the precautionary principle abounded in everything they did. They believed that nature had actually figured things out pretty damn well and their job was to not screw it up. They listened closely to parents. They shunned antibiotics unless risks were extremely high. They knew vaccines had benefits AND serious risks. They were absolutely great and I recommend them highly – please send this link to your Bay Area friends for a great Pediatrician.
Also, Integrative Pediatrics up here in Portland, OR is equally terrific, and I recommend Dr. Paul Thomas and his staff highly.
Now, you can do the same thing. Let every parent you know understand the mistakes made by your Pediatrician that led to your child’s autism. Write your story down, make copies, and hand it out to parents walking in and out of the Pediatrician’s office (and film it so when you get kicked off their property you can put it up on YouTube!). Save parents from the same fate that befell you.
And, remember, these Pediatricians and their recklessness and ignorance are doing more than causing autism. The food allergies, ADHD, and other behavioral and learning disabilities running rampant through your town and school all start with that same pediatrician who messed up your kid.
At the same time, reward the great, open-minded doctors. Make sure every parent knows how great they are and encourage every one of them to quit the bad practice and join the good one. Become the loudest cheerleader for the pediatrician who really cares about our kids and understands. Contribute to helping the great Pediatricians have a booming practice.
Parents, the AAP claims they have 60,000 Pediatricians who belong to their organization. It is these 60,000 people who can stop the autism epidemic, but they won’t do so unless we ramp up our pressure on them dramatically.
Please join me in putting bad pediatricians out of business today.
(Author’s note: The only list I have been able to find of potentially “good” Pediatricians is from the website of Dr. Sears who wrote The Vaccine Book. Find his list of Doctors HERE.)
J.B. Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue.