To clarify my own, rather moderate (I thought) position:
- Jenny McCarthy needs to stop claiming that she speaks for all autism families. She speaks for herself and her son only.
- Talking about autism only in terms of a "cure" is disrespectful and reckless. What about parents whose kids don't get "cured" like Jenny promised they would? How do you think they're going to react?
- I am not against biomed, as it is generally not harmful. It didn't help my son, so we stopped everything except some of the dietary supplements. But it is incredibly time-consuming, especially for already-stressed families. I think that if parents have to make a choice, they should go with proven therapies like ABA, speech, and OT.
Trust yourself. And if you find yourself making decisions about your child's welfare out of fear or anger, take a step back and reconsider.
P.S. It has been suggested that I go on the site and state my case. I don't see the point. I suspect that arguing with Jenny's Warriors would be like arguing with the stoned cashier in Sebastopol who wouldn't let me give $5.05 instead of $5.00 for a $4.05 purchase. She understood that I wanted a dollar back instead of 95 cents, but told me I would be paying too much money and then the till would be off. Our minds were not meeting. That, like the link cited above, is a nod-and-move-on encounter.
My dear friend Liz Ditz -- with whom I have a relationship of mutual respect even though we don't always agree on vaccination issues -- informed me that Age of Autism comments are heavily moderated so as to ensure that the clucking and squawking about dissenters sticks to assumptions, screeching, bashings, and outings. Well wishers, please don't be quixotic. I'd hate for you to waste your valuable time on people who will not tolerate dialogue.
In a few years, the majority of them will realize that their kids need more than AoA & Ms. McCarthy can give them. I'll still be here, offering my hand, and listening.