Friday, October 16, 2009

Pediatricians, WTF?

From a comment left at Orac's blog.

Quiz: How many stoopids can YOU find in the text below?


I miss all of you.

I just saw an eight-month-old boy who got two vaccines then lost his language, motor skills, reaction to his own name and responsiveness to his 3 year old sister. This all happened three hours after a DPT/HIB combination. All previous observation and video of this little boy is normal. Lots of great video of a vibrant, talkative happy baby.

He has autism now. No proof, but the temporal proximity of the regression to his vaccines is daunting to those of us who would like more rigorous proof rather than just a collection of hundreds of pieces of anecdotal evidence. Tempting to assume causation even if only this one case/child.

Just thought you'd want to know. I usually see these kids in my office months or years after the event the parents think caused the problems. I have read hundreds of emails and spoken to thousands of parents who are certain that vaccines triggered or mightily contributed to their children's autism.

Not this time: This family came to my office just days after the vaccines, distraught that he was no longer talking,smiling, acknowledging his sister or his mom and dad and was flapping his hands a lot.

What do you think?


Posted by: Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP | April 27, 2009 3:44 AM

"FAAP" means "Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics."

1 comment:

  1. My first suspiscion arose when they mentioned the kid was only 8 months old - kids don't really start forming coherent words until at least 13 months although some have managed this in about 9 or 10. How this kid lost his whole language is very suspicious indeed

    The rest is too full of toooopid to even begin to comment.