Every once in a while a reader leaves a comment letting me know that my writing about healing from or preventing autism is offensive to them because they are autistic and lead a happy, fulfilling life. The comment always ends with saying their autism makes them who they are, and they wouldn’t change a thing about themselves, and basically that I need to get over myself.
And I’m listening. I don’t want to insult people with autism while fighting to prevent the next 100,000 kids from developing autism. The 20-year-olds in college, sitting at a computer and leaving comments, aren’t the kids we’re fighting for. We’re fighting for the kids who have 20 seizures a day. The eight-year olds with rancid diarrhea running up their backs when it explodes out of their diapers. The kids with helmets on because they can’t stop banging their heads on the walls. The kids who are nutritionally starving from malabsorption and suffer all the consequences of missing key nutrients and minerals. The kids whose head circumferences shot up from the 50th percentile to the 99th overnight after vaccination. The kids hanging over the arm of the sofa in pain, looking to put pressure on it, but unable to tell their parents what hurts because they lost the ability to speak at 18 months old.
It’s a wide spectrum, which does a disservice to everyone on it. Mothers of severely vaccine damaged children who see comments from autism/neuro-diverse self-advocates say, “You can get online and advocate for yourself? You go! We’re thrilled for you, but we’re busy trying to potty train our kindergartners. We’re not talking about you.”
But it must feel like we’re talking about them or they wouldn’t be leaving comments about hurt feelings, and I want to validate that. Maybe these readers were the classic “little professor” type of kids that were experts on a favorite topic. Maybe they went on to become wealthy computer programmers in the dot-com boom by taking company stock in lieu of a salary. Maybe they don’t have any of the gastrointestinal issues, which isn’t to say they don’t have any struggles at all. Many of them subsist on the “classic autism white diet” that severely effected kids self-limit to– bread and milk products– without being able to recognize that their bodies treat wheat and casein like a drug. Many suffer from debilitating anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviors, and social problems that keep them from making friends and leave them feeling lonely. I know one person on the spectrum who is financially successful but is constantly exploding personal relationships and asks for help in repairing them. I knew two high functioning college kids a few years ago who were in a supported living program but they both had terrible anxiety, couldn’t relay information without getting off track, and couldn’t tell left from right. Would any of them want to be different than what they are? I don’t think so.
One autism mom says, ” I wish that the neuro-diverse population would understand that if my son functioned in society as well as they do that I would do a Julie Andrews on a mountaintop.”
Do those with Asperger’s or high-functioning autism have a walk in the park? Not by any means, but if you’re happy with yourself then we’re happy for you. The kids we’re fighting to heal are severely neurologically damaged by vaccines. They suffered from encephalopathy after their “well baby” visits. The autism we’re fighting to prevent– not that there aren’t other causes from pregnant mothers taking vaccines, antibiotics, antidepressants, rhogam shots, having mercury fillings, eating mass quantities of herbicide, or kids born near mercury or coal processing plants– is caused by vaccines.
It is Vaccine Induced Neurological Damage Associated with Autism.
It’s VINDA Autism, and we should be calling it by what it is. It is damage to the brain and central nervous system. If your kid doesn’t have VINDA Autism, that’s super, no need to join our fight. You don’t identify with VINDA Autism? Excellent. That’s how you know we’re not talking about you, and hopefully your feelings don’t get hurt while we try to prevent VINDA Autism in the next generation.
Will a doctor recognize VINDA Autism if you take your two-year-old in and ask for an evaluation for it? No, they won’t. But keep pushing. Use the words. Use the acronym. You have the power to make VINDA Autism be a recognized condition just by pushing it forward. If you take part in the Twitter events, start hashtagging #VINDAautism.
Maybe your kid doesn’t have VINDA Autism but they have VINDA Diabetes or VINDA Epilepsy or VINDA Food Allergies. Vaccine Induced Neurological Damage. Go with it. Don’t let anyone stop you from speaking your truth. Maybe your neighbor claims that her kids didn’t develop anaphylactic food allergies from vaccination because they have a family history of anaphylactic food allergies. Good for her, she doesn’t need to use VINDA. She knows her truth, you know yours.
If you think you don’t have the power to make VINDA Autism become a household word, think again. Just four years ago “leaky gut” was ridiculed as a quack phrase for a syndrome that supposedly didn’t exist. The thought of intestines with weak cell junctions that allowed undigested food to escape into the bloodstream and cause autoimmune disease? Absurd!
Everyone living in autoimmune hell knew it was true, but mainstream health media forcefully denied that leaky gut was even a condition up until 2012, when it was finally adopted by the medical community as… “high intestinal permeability!”
A search on Google Scholar shows that “high intestinal permeability” didn’t exist in the literature at all until 1992, when a paper about dogs and gluten sensitivity was published in Gut, a gastroenterology journal published by the British Medical Journal Group. In the years that followed there were a couple of papers about it, maybe eight in 2000, then 16 in 2006, and suddenly there were 40 papers referencing it published in 2012. I first read the phrase “high intestinal permeability” in the mainstream media in early 2013 and about fell out of my chair. There are now 444 papers on leaky gut. It’s real. It’s recognized. And the media doesn’t mock it anymore.
So let’s do this together. I’ll use VINDA Autism from now on, and you use it too. Maybe, with the success of VAXXED and the movies that will be produced in its wake, and the turning tide of vaccines in the media, and the general public waking from their great slumber, in 2020 there will be 444 studies published on VINDA Autism.
Autism sister Natalie Palumbo said it best: if you can argue against a cure, you don’t need one. And I agree. If you don’t have VINDA Autism, no one is trying to change you.