Managing Editor’s Note: Ginger Taylor gave us permission to reprint her post on the AAP, autism and her notes from a conversation she overheard at the DAN! conference between pediatricians. Please mark her blog Adventures in Autism in your favorites. Thank you, Ginger.
November 6, 2010
by Ginger Taylor
On Wednesday, JB Handley wrote a piece for Age of Autism called AAP’s Errol R. Alden, MD: The Worst CEO in America, Looking to Target “Vaccine Opponents” and “Celebrities”. In it, he chastened the leadership of the American Academy of Pediatrics for their vaccine/autism stance and focusing in on the AAP CEO Dr. Errol Alden.
In the comments section of the post, Paul Robinson, Alden’s brother in law, responded to Handley, disclosing that he has a child with ASD, and claiming that Handley and Jenny McCarthy’s group, Generation Rescue, had sabotaged the relationship between AAP and DAN!, that was burgeoning in 2008, by criticizing AAP too harshly. Handley responded with another post the following day called, “Dr. Errol Alden, CEO of the AAP, has a Nephew with Autism“, in which he addresses Robinson’s comments.
Handley expresses a sentiment, which I share, that references the difficulty of the idea that victims of malpractice should be deferential to those who have caused life long damage to children, because those public health officials are too sensitive to be criticized for their malpractice.
He then points Robinson back to the actual problem, which is that the American Academy of Pediatrics, under Alden’s leadership, is encouraging physicians to commit widespread malpractice, and away from the fake smokescreen problem that the AAP is trying to distract the world with, the fact that parents and minority physicians are complaining about the actual problem.
So now that this is being put out in the open, I think it is appropriate to ask, what happened in 2008? As I am witness to a small piece of the puzzle, I will share what I know here.