A friend sent me this story from The Daily. (I’m not sure if he wants to be h/t-ed, and no one is reading this anyway.) The lede implies that a Nobel prize-winning physician is teaming up with the ostracized Dr. Andrew Wakefield and saying that simple antibiotics cure autism.
You can read (hopefully with a vat of salt) the story; I’m not interested in spending a ton of time on this crap anymore. Pardon the vulgarity, but it’s a circle jerk, and I’m nearly blind. Hopefully, readers will be discerning and wonder to themselves, “Hey, how would such a smart man come to such a bizarre conclusion? Maybe I should settle down and investigate his rationale for himself.”
They would learn Dr. Luc Montagnier has a theory about infective agents being involved in autism. Ms. Gifford snarks that Dr. M is saying, “A single antibiotic pill each day, he believes, is enough to cure the devastating ailment.” A statement that’s contradicted elsewhere in her own article.
What’s happening is Dr. Montagnier is proposing a possible treatment that might be used with other treatments. For some patients. After further research. And much careful thought from caregivers and doctors.
Her opinion (I really hope this article isn’t intended to serve as responsible reporting) is backed up by a couple quotes from Paul Offit whose sole purpose in life has become to be the Luke Skywalker to Wakefield’s Darth Vader. (Or vice versa. I don’t care anymore.) Paul Offit could give a shit about helping people with autism, in my opinion.
Gifford is quick to mention that Dr. Montagnier’s remarks were made at a Generation Rescue event and that Generation Rescue is the headquarters for Jenny McCarthy’s activism, and that Jenny McCarthy has posed for Playboy, as if that’s relevent. It isn’t.
All that is annoying, but it’s nothing new. What’s infuriating is the tone of the rest of the article, and hundreds of other articles, which imply that parents are so stupid as to forego all other treatments and opt to give their kids an antibiotic and call it a day.
That’s absurd; Offit, Gifford and their ilk know it. They think it’s cute. Maybe as cute as a short bus full of non-verbal, stimming kids with chronic GI issues being driven to anyone’s home but theirs.