By Dr. Yazbak
During the last year, agenda-driven politicians introduced laws, rules and regulations that went against the wishes of parents in many states. Suddenly, parents who had always been free to make decisions concerning their infants and young children’s faith, health, diet, activities and everything else, lost their right to be concerned and selective when it came to the many mandated and ever-increasing pediatric vaccinations.
A few pediatricians, now immune from vaccine-related liability and litigation suddenly started getting cranky and disagreeable with parents who dared question them about the need, timing or safety of certain pediatric vaccines. Some pediatricians put threatening notices in their waiting rooms or on Facebook, some requested parents to sign affidavits and some simply discharged from their practice those parents they deemed too time- consuming. All those pediatricians, presumably Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) seemed to ignore the Academy’s responsible advice: “Although pediatricians have the option of terminating the physician-patient relationship, they cannot do so without giving sufficient advance notice to the patient or custodial parent or legal guardian to permit another health care professional to be secured. Such decisions should be unusual and generally made only after attempts have been made to work with the family. Families with doubts about immunization should still have access to good medical care, and maintaining the relationship in the face of disagreement conveys respect and at the same time allows the child access to medical care. Furthermore, a continuing relationship allows additional opportunity to discuss the issue of immunization over time."
For personal reasons, I became interested in everything related to Autism in 1993.
Since then, I noticed that gradually, my busy colleagues who obtained their sporadic autism information solely from medical journals, were having different ideas and reaching different conclusions that I thought were flawed. I have no doubt that some of them similarly thought that I was misguided.
Although prevalence and incidence of Autism/ASD should have been easy to agree upon, it is clearly evident that this did not happen. For decades, parents thought that we had an autism epidemic while psychologists, psychiatrists and the CDC disagreed blaming the tsunami of cases on criteria used, diagnostic substitution, flawed study designs and other mumbo jumbo.
On March 9, it was simply wonderful to go to Age of Autism and find “There Is No Denying the Autism Epidemic” by Professor Jonathan Rose.
The remarkably well researched report had originally been published on The History News Network on March 6, 2016.
Having reviewed medical publications and reports on autism for years, it was suddenly very clear to me that History Professors research, prepare and write better reviews than certain medical authors, particularly those with hidden agendas.
Readers also differ. Busy pediatricians burdened by ever-increasing new duties, rules and regulations have only limited time to flip through a few Medical Journal reports that often contain a whole lot of confusing statistics with sometimes limited but often biased information. In general the more important the subject, the more likely it is to be stated in some unusual circuitous fashion.
In general, physicians tend to trust the accuracy of what they read in reputable medical journals because they have always been assured that anything published has been carefully examined and peer-reviewed.
Peer Review is indeed the “Quality Control” of a medical publication. A careful peer reviewer, most often an experienced practitioner from the same field, must scrutinize the proposed information for completeness, relevance, accuracy and overall fitness for publication. One of the editors will usually then examine the manuscript and the reviews before deciding to reject, request revisions or accept and publish any manuscript. Read the full post at Vaccination News.