Thursday, October 23, 2008
My friend posted a story about how PETA sent a letter to Ben&Jerry's requesting that they start using human breast milk in their ice cream instead of cow's milk. It reminded me of their latest publicity stunt--a billboard attempting to spook parents into believing that milk causes autism. So frustrating to me as a mom, school psychologist, and, oh yeah, a person with a BRAIN.
Autism is so difficult for parents to accept and understand. I'm working with a family right now that are in such a cycle of grief and denial about their kiddo's significant problems that they are refusing valuable treatment services and wasting precious treatment time.
The "immunizations cause Autism" issue continues to lurk and scare parents away from protecting their children from other PREVENTABLE diseases. The study that made that claim has been rescinded, dismissed, and proven incorrect numerous times but it remains in the hearts of those who cannot face that maybe their hurl of the biological dice didn't go their way.
Jenny McCarthy is making me nuts with her claim that she "cured" her son of Autism. She could be such a strong voice for early intervention, parent education, loving your child no matter what, etc. but she insists on spouting non research-based information about something I'm pretty sure they don't teach Playboy bunnies.