Posted by Dad
on September 21, 2000 at 06:09:01:
In Reply to: Re: getting back to the reality of this situation posted by Moderator on September 20, 2000 at 17:36:37:
And I also believe that much of the current explosion of autism has underlying medical issues.
However, the educational therapies needed to ivercome the more isolationary aspects if autsim remain in the hands of behaviora;ists, and until medical science can finally pinpoint reliable treatments for the same for the great majority of children this will not be viewed as a medical problem.
Wakefield's study holds promise, but his method was flawed. It needs to be investigated more thoroughly by a team which does not operate with a loaded sample or a predetermined outcome.
Dr. Singh too has a promising study working, and it needs to be followed through as well.
But reality is, mainstream America does not have doctors in any position to treat these children, and the mass of HMO's will reject the "unecessary" testing that is needed to pinpoint this. They view this as shooting into the dark, and getting your pediatrician to jeopardize their bonus for limiting testing is nearly impossible.