Me: "I'm a mystery! Cloaked in an enigma!"
WH, without missing a beat: "Preceded by a marching band."
As Wonderful Husband so wittily observed, I'm not what you'd call subtle. So there may be shouty on this post. I apologize to your eyeball-eardrums in advance.
Antivaccinationists and "Green Our Vaccines" apologists make me livid.
They make me livid because they treat autistic people as broken things who have to be fixed in order to be human. And they publicize this viewpoint in popular media outlets and in political rallies around the country. Gee, thanks, THAT really helps me raise an autistic kid to have high self-esteem! And the fact that a PEDIATRICIAN, namely Dr. Jay Gordon, is one of them-- well, that really makes me seethe. It makes me despair, because he is so blindly focused on what he feels is a great cause... only his cause is ACTIVELY HARMING MY CHILD. Actively harming me. Actively harming autistics everywhere, by demonizing them in the public eye!
But more than that, he is helping Jenny McCarthy to promote her pet cause. Dr. Jay says he is not antivaccine, that he administers vaccines himself. Nonetheless, it is his support, as a doctor of children that is helping her in her campaign to bring about a resurgence of DEADLY INFECTIOUS DISEASES. How can he rationalize that??? How, how how? I cannot fathom the mindset, and the disconnect between the evidence and his opinion just leaves me wanting to scream!!!!
So, here's a website called Stop Jenny McCarthy. Please, please stop Jenny McCarthy. (Please please stop, Jenny McCarthy!) There are also extremely lively discussions on this issue featuring doctors and parents who know stuff about epidemiology over at Science-Based Medicine (here and here) and at Respectful Insolence-- the latter featuring comments from Dr. Jay Gordon himself. Even after reading them, I STILL. DO. NOT. UNDERSTAND. how he can support what Jenny is doing, and still consider himself an ethical doctor. I just don't.
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