Every author, every seminar promoter and every doctor touting the latest and greatest strategy to “cure” autism should be looked at with as much scrutiny as we skeptically view vaccine manufacturers because if you look at each of these entities you will see one thing in common, Money.
I could be wrong believing that most of them are NOT non-profit but I doubt it. There are of course exceptions whose profits are donated to research or an autism charity and I certainly don’t begrudge an author earning a decent living wage but don’t get on TV and say “I said, “God, show me the way to heal my boy, and I will teach the world how I did it.” I don’t remember the end of that sentence being if you buy my book.
It is in our nature as parents that we want to do better for our children as should always be the case. So we obviously look to the one that we believe has the best of intentions. Who would not believe that a parent who has gone through a nightmare scenario themselves would have anything but good intentions? I actually believe that the passion is there and the belief that the answer has been found is ingrained in her soul, but please don’t talk down to those of us who have been there, done that, been there and done that again. Are we to believe that because our child is not improving that we did not do it the right way? Maybe the more likely scenario is that our child does not have the same affectedness as yours so this strategy is not what will work for us.
It’s the money that always clouds the issue for me, be it a pharmaceutical company pushing their latest lifesaving vaccine or a website promoting product under the autism label. I owe it to my kid to look at everything up one side and down the other before I implement any sort of protocol and I owe it to my family not to go into debt on a hope and a prayer without evidence beyond a televised testimonial.
It’s always my first inquiry when I answer the phone and the voice on the other end is unfamiliar. I ask, “Are you trying to sell me something?” I think it’s a fair question.
So all I’m saying is that if you genuinely feel that something has been helpful to your situation, by all means, share it with the world and if we have not tried it already we will take a look at it. But if you come knocking at my door with something to sell just know that I’m not buying it.