By Robin Hausman Morris
Punch drunk as I am, required to read every alert regarding vaccine injury, I was struck by the facts issued on WKRG.com News 5. Reported by Kesshia Peyton, who interviewed Dr. Paul Offit, there is a surge of parents who are very angry at the diversion that anti-vaccine activists have created.
Tina Brown, mother of 2 boys with autism, decided not to vaccinate son Dylan because his brother Dalton had been inoculated and was subsequently diagnosed with autism. Sadly, even in the absence of vaccines Dylan demonstrated symptoms of autism at 4 months of age. (video interview is below). Mrs. Brown believes that there is great need for research in environmental, genetic, and DNA reasons for the onset of autism. She is part of a growing number of parents who want answers, other than the constant mention of vaccine injury.
Dr. Offit, author of Autism False Prophets, believes that “those who oppose vaccines have taken the autism story hostage”. He agrees that there is profiteering and quackery in this arena. It is the fundamental action of false prophets, to entice and recruit vulnerable families. Frankly, I agree, but “snake oil” medicine is not relegated to autism. Parents need to be vigilant and at the same time practical about the information that is presented. Sometimes it is very painful to tease our emotions from clarity of thought. We so desperately need a reason, a cure, a miracle, our focus is skewed, and ultimately our children are victims again. I don’t have the answers, but I sure want them. Now.