I got an interesting call yesterday. A friend of mine, who has read Jenny McCarthy's book, took her healthy baby into the pediatrician and began asking questions about vaccine safety. Her doctor got annoyed and told her that they were safe and had no link to autism.
Then she mentioned Jenny McCarty. "Medical people do not like Jenny McCarthy", my friend said to me.
Her doctor, now much more annoyed, then told her that Jenny's son Evan was not autistic, he was epileptic.
(I suppose since they can't argue with Evan's recovery, they want to argue that he was never had autism to begin with?)
She didn't believe the doc, and I further told her what the evaluation process is like to try to get services for a child in California (we were living there when Chandler regressed). An autism diagnosis costs the state a great deal of money (I added it up once and Chandler got almost $100,000 worth of services from the state that year), and they don't give 299.0s (the diagnostic code for autism) out capriciously.
So I am curious about this... is this the denial process of just one doctor, or was this information offered to said doc as some sort of 'talking points to counter the McCarthy vaccine backlash'.
Has anyone else heard anything like this from the medical professionals in their life?