You know who Dr. Schreibman reminds me of? Helen Thomas. You know the elderly White House reporter who finally retired last year? I believe Ms. Thomas is about 90 yrs old. As a courtesy for her many decades of years of service, the White House held Ms. Thomas a press briefing room seat, far, far beyond the time she was a journalist of consequence. Dr. Schreibman also reminds me of Ross Perot, in his later crazy years. It is so very difficult for many professionals, leaders in their field, to step off the stage. Oftentimes what propels these people to the top of their professions is a strong sense of self, a healthy ego and sometimes, yes, narcissism. However, leaders can both grow and change over time or they can become calcified, zealously guarding their corner of the world, fighting change as if their life depended on it.
I was so disappointed to learn that Dr. Schreibman was leading the treatment part of the IMFAR conference. Guess who she lined up to educate parents about treatment interventions? A psychiatrist, a psychologist and a geneticist! So good luck to all you parents out there with sick kids, kids with GI problems, kids with nightmarish allergies, kids suffering from immune or mitochondrial or metabolic dysfunction. You were on your own before and now you are still on your own….But haven’t you heard the good news? Autism is a genetic disorder of the brain! Who knows if all those pesky “medical” problems even exist?
OK, I thought Dr. Nancy Minshew was the world’s angriest autism researcher. I was wrong, way wrong. Sorry Dr. Minshew, the title has now been passed to Dr. Laura Schreibman. Schreibman is hands down, no contest, the world’s angriest, most hostile, furious autism researcher.
Get ready for something special. Take a look at this video! Wow! Dr. Laura addresses the crowd as if they owe her money, stole her car and then toilet papered her house! Dr. Laura is absolutely furious. Beyond furious! Schreibman states that she has gotten to a place in her career were she feels “safe” to come out with her true beliefs about autism. So there is the threat to her ego, the field is changing, that scares Screibman, hence the need to batten down the hatches and lash out at those with new, different and more advanced theories.
Dr. Laura describes fearing for her actual physical safety at an Autism Society of America conference. You know how crazy those ASA families can get! ASA is largely comprised of mainstream Midwestern Moms fighting for the barest minimum of services and medical help for their young adult children. I don’t know do these people live with themselves, knowing their crimes. I really don’t. I think the Department of Homeland Security should investigate ASA. Maybe they have ties to Al Qaeda, organized crime or international drug cartels? Maybe there are professional killers, hit men, in their midst? Only Laura Schreibman knows for sure.
Schreibman felt her life was endangered by ASA parents! Wow, a million children living with a terribly disabling disease but it is Dr. Schreibman who is fighting for her life! Dr. Schreibman is the true victim in all this autism hysteria! Dr. Laura continued on by expresses disdain for the dangerous ASA parents she encountered. Dr. Laura complains: “they feel so strongly about autism!” Yuck! Now I totally understand! Why would an autism researcher want to spend time with those kinds of people! How horrible. A little bit later Screibman states that most ASD families probably have mental retardation somewhere in their families. Really nice.
Throughout this torturous talk Schreibman speaks repeatedly of her longtime contributions to the field. Remember narcissism is a common characteristic of professionals who cling to center stage. Schreibman was in the field long before most people knew what autism was. Schreibman has traveled everywhere for years educating doctors about autism. Dr. Laura has been bravely battling snake oil doctors for decades! Dr. Schriebman now feels brave and confident enough to speak out for the science. There is that grandiosity. Dr. Laura repeatedly says “antedotecal” as if it is the disgusting word imaginable. Schriebman uses the same speech intonation for “parental antidotal evidence” that I reserve for words like, “lice”, “toenail fungus” or “rat infestation.”
It is almost beside the point that Dr. Schreibman that gets practically every single fact about biomedical interventions and vaccine science wrong. She ridicules the leaky gut syndrome and hysterically defends vaccinations. Scrheibman argues there has been no increase in the vaccination schedule since ASD’s rise. I know, I know, what do you even say…Dr. Laura is so out of it, desperately clinging on to the most dated picture of autism, and hanging on to this picture for her life. I bet she has not spent a day with a child like mine.
I want to be clear that in disagreeing with Dr. Schriebman I do not mean “to put her life in danger.” It sounds like Dr. Laura sets the bar pretty low for life endangering circumstances, so I want to re-iterate my wholly peaceful intentions. I hope Dr. Schreibman has a long and happy life but I also wish she would step aside, retire, take her leave, get off the stage, pack it up and make room for the new generation of open- minded autism researchers. We have no need for the Dr. Schriebmans of yesterday. Our community needs skilled, humane, inspired and innovative scientists who respect for our families and have actual compassion for our children. We need autism researchers who actually care about stopping this epidemic and healing children rather than about the inflating their bruised egos.