The medical community doesn't get that these kids have medical complications such as ongoing bowel issues that present with chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, and reflux. They are quick to label the symptoms they see, such as the constipation as "willful stool withholding behavior" or the diarrhea as "toddler's diarrhea." It seems that excuses are far easier to come by, especially if you only have a ten-minute appointment. But basically, it boils down to this: Doctors (and teachers, I might add) are being taught today on Autism from textbooks that are outdated. They have not been able to keep up with the current trends. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report/toolkit called Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians in for the first time in November of 2007! There had never been a tool like this for doctors. In other words, they finally caught on to the fact that their board-certified pediatricians had no clue how to diagnose and manage autism.
Today, the number of children being affected by autism is staggering. It is going to require a major paradigm shift of thought for the medical community to consider that it may have caused, through mandatory vaccine programs, a massive iatrogenic (medicine-induced) disease called autism and most probably contributed to the huge increase in children being diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, allergies, asthma, and learning disorders, just to name a few. It completely violates the "first, do no harm" mentality that is ingrained in most physicians. They have literally exchanged one possible epidemic (such as pertussis or measles) for this very real, lifelong epidemic of autism. It is just too horrible to consider. So it isn't. Those who do know about this at the CDC -- and I believe there are those who really do know -- will, well, have to answer, eventually to a higher authority.
Other people take their children to the doc and so they can blame somebody. Moms will say, "It was that stupid doctor's fault." And then they could follow that with, "I should have known better." But I'm actually the one who slipped the needle into my son. I did it to him. I changed his life forever in doing that. But you can't go through life regretting things. You can't go through life being angry with yourself and telling yourself, "I shouldn't have done it," because it doesn't help things. We've all wished we could roll back the clock so we didn't do this or that or another thing, but we can't. I've always been a positive person. The glass has always been half full not empty in my eyes. So, since I'm stuck with this, how do I make the best of it? Not only did I want to make the most of Josh's life, I wanted to learn how I could help other children with autism. And that's where we're at today. How can I help other people? I have to walk this road, anyway, with Josh and I'm going to do it hand in hand with him. But if I'm going to go down this road, I'm not going to be angry and upset with myself. I'm going to use my energy to make the best of my situation and help other people who have been pushed down this road unwillingly.
Excerpt from HEALING A PREVENTING AUTISM by Jenny McCarthy and Jerry Kartzinel, M.D. © 2009. Published by Dutton, a member of Penguin Group (USA).
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