Just finished watching Oprah.
The show did a great job of showing people a glimpse inside the life of autistic families. Oprah stated at the beginning that her goal was to spread awareness and compassion for what families are going through. The show did a good job of that.
Oprah didn't shy away from the vaccine issue (Thank YOU!) but they had a dip-shit doctor on who claimed that the autism/vaccine link has been refuted. Refuted by who? The same folks that injected our kids with all kinds of poison? The ones who have worked tireslessly to cover it up? I applaud Oprah for giving one of the mothers on the panel a chance to discredit the doctor. This doctor, Dr. Anshu Batra, represents so many things that are wrong here. Like so many physicians, she refuses to do a little independent digging. It's even more disgusting because she has two autistic kids herself. Of course hers received all kinds of early intervention and are doing well. We couldn't get a doctor to even take us seriously until Riley was 3 1/2, and that includes a developmental pediatrician in one of Baltimore's prestigious medical institutions for children.
The doctor on Oprah also gave early warning signs for autism that included all kinds of things to look for in a one year old child. So many kids with autism are developing perfectly normal and then regress around the age of two. Duh.
This is the big problem. Most of the "experts" in the field of autism, even the ones they pick to go on international television, are not experts at all.
With advocates like them, who needs enemies?
But I digress. Overall, the show was great.
I am grateful.
I think it will help wake people up.
And we have miles to go before we sleep.