Anyone watch Private Practice last night? If you did, you’ll know why I feel rather insulted by it. If not, let me catch you up on what happened.
The show was about a mother of three sons. Her eldest has autism and the other two kids are typical. They’ve just returned from Europe where her son with autism was getting some new treatment. She’s in the dr’s office because her 2nd son is sick and she just wants to make sure everything is ok.
Turns out her son has the measles and the whole clinic goes nuts about the outbreak. They start pressuring the mom to immunize her third son and they’re on her really hard about not giving her boys the MMR. They end up wanting to call child and family services and calling her abusive, etc. She’s crying because she’s seen what the MMR has done to her son with autism and it would kill her to vaccinate her other two boys, she’s terrified of it.
They end up killing off the boy with measles. Right before he dies the Dr. RUNS at her other son and sticks him with the MMR “saving” his life and then the mother watches her son die while I get up and walk away because I can’t watch anymore. The second time I’ve had to turn that show off because it was too sad.
Anyway, what do you think about that? I found it super insensitive and over-dramatic. It really bothered me a lot.
I chose to delay Isaac’s immunizations long before we found out about Silas’ autism. Isaac got his first shots on schedule and my gut just said no. I will immunize Isaac but not when he’s so little.
The MMR also did NOT give Silas autism. He’s up to date on all vaccinations and I never noticed a change. Silas was actually more withdrawn and hollow as an infant/baby than he is now, he’s bright and alive now. I must have done something right without knowing it.
I don’t even know if I agree that the MMR causes autism. Yes the parents see a change but 18 months is also when most cases of autism show up. Is it the immunization or just when it starts happening anyway? I don’t know. In my case, it was so different.
As parents we’re put in this really hard situation, who to listen to? So many factors to think about. In Canada, immunizations save our government a lot of money. In the USA immunizations make the drug companies very rich. Yes they’ve worked wonders for getting rid of diseases but we’re still a very very unhealthy nation. Yes measles, mumps and rhubella cause complications and sometimes death but ALL of our ancestors have had those diseases and obviously most have been fine from it.
There’s lots of side effects from the vaccines as well. From rashes to fevers to severe allergic reactions to blood disorders and…perhaps…autism. There’s lots of other things in vaccines that you don’t really want in your body either.
Pardon my french but you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. You cannot say I’m an abusive parent by not immunizing Ikey. I’m an educated parent that’s going with her gut, I’ve learned my gut is 99% right.
Anyway, Private Practice last night took a hard stand for vaccines. It caught me off guard and I found it to be really, really, really rude. They were pushing a STRONG point but did they have to call her abusive? Did they have to make the mother look like a dough-eyed idiot? Did they have to kill that boy off? No.
Another case of the media taking things WAY too far.