By Kim Rossi
Thanks Facebook friends including our own Ginger Taylor for this find. Check out the URL for Dr. Peter Hotez's forthcoming book defending the lifeblood of his career, vaccines. Someone at Amazon created that URL - and forgot the "not." I'm sure Johns Hopkins Press will go to bat for the good Doctor and fix this ASAP. For the moment, there it is online and saved here at good old AofA! We might think it's funny but it's... well, you know the childhood joke.
Kidding aside, Dr. Hotez is a Yale educated man so we can't impugn his intelligence. Oh wait, Dan Olmsted was also Yale educated and his intelligence was mocked and derided constantly once he took on the topic of vaccines and autism. Such a quandary. Funny, Dr. Hotez looks a bit like our Dan. Dr. Hotez' Wiki states the following:
Hotez leads an international team of scientists working to develop vaccines to combat hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and other infectious and neglected diseases, including Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, and SARS.
Together with Philip K. Russell, Hotez founded the Human Hookworm Vaccine Initiative (HHVI) in 1999. Hotez writes extensively about vaccine diplomacy, i.e., the opportunity of using vaccines as instruments of foreign policy and to promote global peace, especially among poor countries seeking nuclear weapons technology.
We each have a right to earn a living. I had a very nice career before my unpaid fuller than full time job became managing the stacks of IEPs and Medicaid waivers and DDS paperwork and social security proof documents and therapists and caretakers. He also has a daughter with autism. And that's one area where we can relate. Unlike the ND, Troll and ProVax Injury pharma-based sites, I try to keep our conversations about fellow autism parents above board and at least civil - even if I disagree with most or even all of their work. I treated Alison Singer with kid gloves in my book, although she'd probably cross the street if she saw me coming. So be it.
Thanks to an article in Texas Monthly last December, Dr. Hotez shared a bit about his daughter. There's a photo of her and she is a lovely young woman. Just like I have three lovely daughters with autism. Rachel shares a trait in particular with my Gianna, who was injured by her birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccination and began screaming a loud, keening cry when she and I came home. From the article: Rachel is the third of Hotez’s four children. She was a colicky infant, unlike her older siblings, who were three and four at the time. Ann noticed other differences too: Rachel had an unusually high-pitched cry, and when Ann would pick her up to comfort her, her tiny body would remain stiff rather than nestling into her mother’s arms.
I was an exhausted Mom of a 19 month old when I had Gianna. I was also a marketing and sales professional, not a physician. I did not recognize Gianna's cry as possibly vaccine induced encephalitic crying. But Dr. Hotez is a Yale and Cornell trained pediatric expert. Is it possible that vaccine injury has never crossed his mind as a possibility? So impossible that he is compelled to write this book with the title that was turned inside out by a URL error.
I hope Miss Rachel Hotez is doing her best. That her autism isn't keeping her as far out of the game of life as it is for my daughters. Including Miss G who is "graduating" (aging out) of school today and headed to a day program for the mentally disabled. Vaccinations DID cause her autism. Birth dose Hep B changed my newborn infant in less than 48 hours.
I'm hopeful Dr. Hotez will support my parental point of view and maybe he'll even buy MY book! Unless he has more than he can handle.
Kim Rossi is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.