Some people just don’t learn

There is a pediatrician to the stars that just won’t learn. He has released a book titled “Preventing Autism.” Here’s the description (my emphases in bold):

“Something is happening to our children, and [the pediatrician to the stars] is determined to stop it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eighty-eight children in the United States is being diagnosed with developmental disorders on the autism spectrum (ASD). The accelerating ASD epidemic parallels industry’s increased use of untested chemicals in manufacturing and our food supply. Preventing Autism identifies the toxic environmental triggers that can cause autism in susceptible children. Dr. [so-and-so] presents a practical plan for safeguarding the neurological development of your children, from pre-pregnancy preparation through your baby’s first twenty-four months.

When you are pregnant, everything you experience—the air you breathe, what you eat and drink, the chemicals to which you are exposed, your emotions—is shared with your baby. Your child’s health depends on creating an optimal environment for growth before and after birth. Preventing Autism presents a comprehensive program that covers:

– The latest research on the causes of ASD and the relationship between genetic factors and toxins that trigger developmental delays.
– How to reduce toxic exposure from your food, home, clothing, and cleaning and personal care products.
– The male biological clock. Recent research shows that mutations in older sperm contribute significantly to the incidence of autism. The book includes advice on keeping sperm healthy.
– Planning a nursery that is a healthy nest.
– Dietary guidance for moms-to-be, babies, and nursing mothers.
Dr. [so-and-so’s] sensible approach to decisions about vaccinations.”

I don’t even know where to begin. Yes, you may say that I haven’t read the book and, thus, I’m in no position to opine. But I say that’s bull. He has been told over and over again that his “sensible” approach to vaccines is not sensible at all. He has been told what the 1 in 88 statistic means. He has been told that autism is not caused by “environmental triggers” or dietary diferences. I mean, the guy is taking every little thing that comes out about autism and using the opposing “research” as a way to “prevent” autism.

You can’t prevent autism any more than you can encourage your fetus to be the next Albert Einstein. And he’s been told this over, and over, and over, and over, and even Ren explained to him how causality and randomness works in a lengthy post.

I will bet you anything that the pediatrician will publish a book or blog post stating how you can and should avoid spaghetti if some random study shows an association between eating pasta and autism. But I’m not going to lose my cool over this. And I’m not bothering to counter his claims one by one. It’s a waste of time. He just won’t learn.

I mean, healthy sperm? Really? HEALTHY SPERM?!

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2 thoughts on “Some people just don’t learn

  1. I couldn’t improve on what you stated about “the pediatrician to the stars”, Reuben. Most of my comments that I posted on the Ho-Po blog that he is using to pimp his new book about preventing autism, are out of “moderation. Odd that…the only comments of mine, that posed questions directly at him, are still stuck “in moderation”.

    BTW, he has attempted to mend fences with that notorious anti-vaccine blog by sucking up to the U.K. editor. I gave him credit for FINALLY disavowing Andy and his fraudulent research…but true to form…the Star’s Pediatrician has flip-flopped again.

    At his latest posts on that notorious blog…he again is crediting mommie (and daddy) intuition and anecdotes for his own anti-vaccine, anti-science stance on vaccines.

    Really Reuben, what do you expect from this so-and-so doctor, who is a publicity hound, and who caters to D-List celebs and other parents who can afford his exorbitant fees, and pay the full freight charges, because so-and-so doctor doesn’t accept insurance payments?

  2. I wonder what the good doctor will say to people who follow his assertions but still have a child with autism. Like with many other things, there’s an implicit “well, it’s your fault” behind this because the parent wasn’t careful enough. Will the good doctor admit that maybe his claims are false? That doing those things won’t prevent autism?

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