The Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who, in June of 2007, equated those people criticizing mothers of autistic children who believe that thimerasol in vaccines causes autism with those who ‚Äúonce blamed autism on ‚Äėbad parenting,‚Äô and ‚Äėuninvolved‚Äô moms”—with those who believe that”bad parenting” causes autism?
Being myself (as I wrote back in June of 2007) an “involved mother” of an autistic child, I appreciate this concern about public perceptions of mothers of autistic children. Once upon a theory of autism causation, mothers were held accountable for being cold ‚Äúrefrigerator mothers‚ÄĚ whose extreme emotional reserve was thought to make their children autistic. Now, as Kennedy writes, scorn is cast upon some mothers of autistic children for being ‚Äútoo involved.”
But based on what he wrote back in June of 2007 and also in his 2005 Rolling Stone piece, Deadly Immunity: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. investigates the government cover-up of a mercury/autism scandal—-it might be said that Kennedy’s somewhat extensively “involved” in putting forth a certain hypothesis about what causes autism that is not substantiated by the latest studies? A hypothesis that has perhaps heralded the rise of dubious autism “treatments” such as chelation?
Seed Magazine endorsed Obama for his “embrace of transparency and evidence-based decision-making, his intelligence and curiosity echo this new way of looking at the world.” Here’s hoping this is not just a promise, but the reality for the next four years.