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Sun Sep 14, 2014, 03:41 AM

29. Thank you for sharing

I wish your son all the best.

Although no one in my family has autism, several family members have had serious illnesses undiagnosed for a long time, and I myself have had Crohns disease since early childhood: another condition that Wakefield and others have suggested might be caused by the MMR vaccine (which didn't even exist when I was a small child). I fully understand, and have in some situations experienced, the desperation of patients, parents and other family members looking desperately for treatments. One reason that I am so against the 'vaccines cause autism/Crohns/etc.' propagandists is precisely that they play on desperate family members' hopes and fears, and also that they divert resources from research into the possible real causes and treatments for these conditions.

I think that the authorities over-reacted in the case of the parents of the child with the brain tumour, who were undoubtedly acting out of desperation rather than malice, and who were not preventing him from getting medical treatment. There was a big petition against their incarceration, which I signed. The parents have been released, and the boy is now receiving the proton beam therapy which they wished him to have. I hope he does well.

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