Managing Editor's Note: Dr. Vince Iannelli is an about.com blogger for pediatrics who is trying to deflect the powerful segment in a new PBS program about autism that featured Alison MacNeil, her family and vaccine injured son Nick - who has severe GI problems. Parents are schooling the good doctor in the comments. Perhaps he will be comforted by his AAP "mention Autism's False Prophets and get a free lollipop" prize. Ginger Taylor is shooting fish in a barrel. With her eyes closed and her hands tied behind her back. Head over to About.com PEDS to read more and comment yourself. Play nice, I think he has a headache. Here's a bit of his post.
...The fact that Nick's mother thinks that the MMR vaccine was the cause of his autism shouldn't be a surprise to many people, even if they have read Autism's False Prophets and know that the Wakefield report that started much of the talk about a link between MMR and autism was falsified. They don't talk about that in the show, but do mention that 'public health authorities say there is no scientifically valid evidence that vaccines cause autism.'
Part of the show went towards Nick's gastrointestinal problems. Although he had diarrhea and was crying inconsolably, those symptoms were dismissed by his developmental pediatrician as simply being a part of they symptoms of autism. That changed when they went to see Dr. Timothy Buie, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Because this followed the comments about vaccines, some people are associating Dr. Buie's treatment with Wakefield's falsified results, but it is important to note that in an article in Pediatrics, 'Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders in Individuals With ASDs: A Consensus Report,' Dr. Buie was part of a group of doctors that said that 'there are inadequate data to establish a causal role for intestinal inflammation, increased intestinal permeability, immunologic abnormalities, or food allergies in ASDs.'