There's an old Latin maxim which states, fiat justitia ruat caelum, which translates roughly as, "May justice be done though the heavens fall."
It's a testament to the eternal nature of humanity that the things which endure are not the trappings of wealth, fame, and celebrity but simple truth. We want to know what people did when confronted with great issues. Did they act with courage or cowardice? It's the standard by which we judge them.
In my role as a writer for Age of Autism I've tried to find the truth. Some truths have made themselves clearly known to me through my own experiences as well as those of others in this community and my own research. Simply stated, I know vaccines were responsible for the decline of my daughter into autism and the near-miss of autism for my son.
The truth which eludes me is how exactly the vaccines are causing autism. The array of possibilities are truly mind-boggling. Consider how many theories you've heard. The mercury, the alumminum, the live viruses, the supposedly dead viruses, unknown animals viruses in the vaccines, unknown human viruses, bacteria, parasites, a misguided immune system response, or other chemicals which we haven't yet focused on.
And this truth is important to me for a simple reason. My daughter is still severely affected. I have no issue with those who advocate that they way to avoid problems like autism is to go to a significantly reduced vaccination schedule, or even forego vaccinations until such time as the answers to these questions become clear. That will work for the next generation of children. The problem is it still leaves me with a severely affected daughter. I want to make sure her future is as bright as that of any other child.
This search for truth however is hampered by the pharmaceutical and governmental interests who will have much to answer for if vaccines are linked to autism and other developmental problems. In my role as a writer on autism there have been numerous instances in which I've talked to researchers and other advocates who have told me of exciting projects which may end up being of enormous benefit to our community, but have asked me to refrain from writing about them until such time as they can be properly presented. I have honored every request. I'm well aware of the strength of the opposition arrayed against us and often think of Winston Churchill's maxim that sometimes "The truth is so important it must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies."
So while I can tell you that the autism underground is alive and well and doing great things, I don't believe that alone is enough to get us where we need to go. Our victory will only come when those in charge of the medical and scientific communities turn their hearts toward our children.
I recently read a book by one of those at the very top of our medical establishment, Dr. Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project and current head of the National Institute of Health. In his book, The Language of God - A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief he spends a good deal of time discussing C. S. Lewis' view of the "moral law" inside of every human being as an argument for the existence of God.
The moral law view simply states that inside of each human being is an intrinsic sense of right and wrong and this is a reflection of the God who created us. No other animal we have observed seems to possess this moral sense. Thus, human societies have a general aversion to murder, kidnapping, robbery, and other crimes, while at the same time valuing things like truth, charity, and mercy.
I go through times when I believe our community is being closely monitored and others when I believe we're ignored. I have no answer to that question. But on the off-chance that Dr. Collins or other similarly-minded leaders of the medical community might read this article I have a challenge.
You are now in possession of abundant scientific evidence that something has gone seriously wrong in the immune systems of our children. You have known some of these findings for years. I understand that what I ask is no simple thing. It may well be the most difficult decision of your professional careers. But you need to follow the clues of autism genesis wherever they may lead.
I hope that in this effort you will consult the moral sense within you which is a reflection of the God who created us all. Merry Christmas to you, happy Hanukkah, or however you might wish to celebrate the holiday season. I hope that in the New Year we might truly join together to help our children.
Kent Heckelively is a Contributing Editor to Age of Autism