Today I got this article
from a friend posted on my Facebook page.
I know she had every good intention when she sent it. I am not in the least upset at her. However, the article did make my blood
boil, as do most that come out about Autism. Because I am seriously now just calling BULLSHIT on
most of the medical community and the media on their ridiculous claims about
Are they afraid to say, “We
really and truly don’t have any idea what causes this”? Because for the love of Pete, that is
the honest to God’s truth. NO ONE
KNOWS 100% WHAT IS CAUSING AUTISM.
There are a lot of theories, claims and minutia thrown out and the media
spins it in a new way every 2 – 3 months.
Let me tell you what these little 200 word articles do to the parents of
children with autism, it is the equivalent of ripping their hope and hearts out
of their bodies and throwing it in a huge bucket of shame and pouring acid on
Let’s look at all the
“articles” that I have had well meaning people send me in the last 4
years. What causes autism?
- Refrigerator mothers, cold, unfeeling women that
do not bond with their child that causes the social ineptitude in the
kids. I’m Italian –
that is INVALID immediately
- Age of the mother,
- Age of the father,
- Living too close to a freeway,
- Living near a farm that used pesticides.
- Lifestyle choices of the parents,
- Mitochondrial abnormalities (GENETIC)
- Vaccinations, (ENVIRONMENTAL)
Shall I go on, or do you get
my point? I have also gone
to Doctors, well respected Doctors in the
autism community who told me that because I had breast cancer that could have
lead to higher causes in autism, and after that little gem that made me feel
like I had been punched in the stomach- he also decided to tell me after
looking at my kid for 5 minutes in a tent at a picnic that my child was having
seizures while we were sitting there. You must know, I wanted to punch him in
the throat (after I spent 5 days in Children’s Hospital getting an EEG on my 5
year old too make sure he wasn’t having seizures, which he was not). I also had this other hippie patchouli
oil smelling Doctor tell me because I had drank even one Diet Coke in my life
could have been the environmental cause to my kids autism.
This particular article has a
variety of things that are pretty much put in perspective as to what autism
families are forced to wake up to frequently.
Melillo does believe that autism is often a result of
environmental factors combined with genetic predisposition. The most
potent lifestyle factors are diet and exercise and inflammation in the body.
Wow!! That’s ground breaking Doctor. Autism is a result of environment and
genetics influences. Almost as original as
designing a floral dress in the Spring.
Melillo identified numerous preventative
measures parents can take to better ensure their child will not be born with
autism. All of these measures are included in his book, Autism: The Scientific
Truth About Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder --
and What Parents Can Do Now.
of the things that we looked at are things like… pre-natal vitamins,” Melillo
said. “Taking pre-natal vitamins three months before and for the first
month of pregnancy lowers the risk of having a child with autism by 60
Did you pick that statistic up? If you take your prenatal vitamins in
your first month of pregnancy – Do the majority of women even know they’re
pregnant the first 3 weeks? And the last 3 months of pregnancy you decrease
your risk of autism by 60%. So you
have a 40% chance of autism if you DO take those prenatal vitamins? Honest to God????? That’s the best you
can come up with? You have got to
be kidding me. All to publish a
book, this is what you are offering people? Why don’t you say it like this okay 40% of you women
religiously taking your pre-natal vitamins you still have a chance of having a
kid with autism? My God, isn’t
that some sort of malpractice?
Doctors have to name some kind of cause of autism that blames the
mother. It’s INSANE. It couldn’t possibly be the mercury
filled, preservative laced vaccinations that are given at a ridiculously fast
pace to a tiny little body under 20 lbs., could it?????
And for what I agree with on this article is this:
where the future of autism reearch is going, he said it will delve more into
the mechanisms behind the disorder.
think it's going to go towards understanding what is really happening,” Melillo
said, “and understanding how the brain regulates the body. You know, people
don't realize that the brain regulates the immune system, your digestive
system. Most food sensitivities and allergies and immune problems really
start in the brain, and I think all of this is going to go towards understanding
the brain, how the brain affects the body, how this can affect somebody you
know before they are having a child, and how this is actually affecting the
So, all of you Doctors and your over weaning egos need to
address this, and work together, I have been to and watched and heard way too
many doctors dismiss treatment, therapies, and parental observations of their
autistic children because frankly it didn’t fit into an agenda they want to
promote. You all need to work
together and come up with a variety of treatments and things that will help
autistic children. You have to
have heard the phrase “If you have met one kid with autism, then you have met ONE kid with autism”.
I have 2 kids with autism and
they couldn’t be on a more different places on the autism spectrum. 1
vaccinated and 1 not. One is
severe, and one is mild/moderate on the spectrum. One verbal, one
non-verbal. One is social (mostly
inappropriately) and the other has no idea there are any other people on the
planet than just a few of us.
So I feel like Autism x 2 24/7 has given me a voice, a rather newly
intolerant voice for the CRAP that is thrown out at families with autism. The way our world is rocked and changed
forever the minute we get the diagnosis is enough. To be forced every 6 – 8 weeks to look at a RIDICULOUS
article stating and placing blame on everything that may or may not cause
autism because some Doc or Researcher paid a Public Relations firm to get their
name in the paper or their book some sales (I’m not trying to speak for any
other autism families, just mine – but I think a lot of families share these
So to the medical autism
community, can you do all us autism families a favor and GET ON THE SAME PAGE,
or at least don’t poo poo every possible idea that doesn’t agree with your
beliefs. Some stuff is working
even if you roll your eyes about it.
Moms and dads of children with autism have done more to bring awareness
and action to this horrible epidemic and to have your smugness thrown at us is
infuriating. We all need to work
together – NO MATTER WHAT IS WORKING FOR THEIR KIDS. Parents know what it working for their kids, be it diet,
TMS, therapy, biomed, Son-Rise…. Ad infinitum. Get on Board for the kids and their families, we are with them
24/7 not just the 20 minutes you see them every 6 months.
Thanks for the rant.