I just received an email from a reporter at RTE Irish Television. On the bottom of this page is a copy of her email and here is my public and personal response to her:
April 2, 2015
Dear Rita O’Reilliy:
I have decided to follow Jim Humble’s example and also respond to your request publicly so there can be no question as to the content of my response. If you (or anyone else reading this) have not already done so, please read Jim’s response first.
My response to your statements would mostly duplicate what Jim has already said. So, instead I would like to say the following and you can do with it as you wish:
I am a mom who loves her children deeply. I would never dream of doing anything to harm them, or anyone else’s children.
My younger son developed the signs of autism within hours of receiving a vaccine at the age of two—I’m not getting into the vaccine debate—I’m just telling you what happened.
My family and I spent night after night dealing with a child that was sick, out of control, and would barely sleep. All parents know how difficult it is when a child is sick and won’t sleep. That usually only lasts a few days and life goes on. But, for a parent of a severely autistic child, that stressful time lasts for years, if not a lifetime! There are no breaks from the challenges.
The thing that no parent in such a situation wants to hear is:
“Just love your child the way they are.
They are a gift and you should not try to change them.”
Anyone who suggests such a thing has not walked in my shoes or those of countless other parents around the world with a similar situation.
Let me be very clear here. I AM NOT talking about someone with Asperger’s syndrome. I AM talking about a situation where a child is out of control, hurting themselves and others, no eye contact, often unable to speak, etc.
The only thing I could do was to search for a solution. I turned over every stone at great expense. Some things worked a little bit, while most things were of no use.
Along the way I shared what I learned with other parents in the same predicament. That’s what autism parents do… they compare notes to learn from each other—hoping just maybe another parent has discovered something that works. You see, the medical establishment says there is no cure… live with it. I was not willing to live with the hopelessness of that diagnosis and neither should anyone else.
Long story short… we learned about CD (MMS as Jim calls it) and tried it very carefully. I didn’t hold out for any great hope, but figured it was worth a try. To my shock and amazement, my son started showing important behavioral changes within days. Over time he continued to show significant improvements that anyone around him noticed as well.
I shared my experiences with other parents and they tried it with similar, and sometimes with better results.
It was never my intention or desire to be in the spotlight of autism, but life has an odd way of taking you to places you would never intentionally go. Over time, word spread and I was invited to speak at conferences and share what I had learned. Eventually, I found myself repeating over and over again how to do things. This was too much and lead to the development of a book which was further refined to the 2nd edition, and is now out in paperback form and also available for free as a comprehensive 594 page downloadable e-book. The goal of this book was never to get rich, but rather make it easier to share what I had learned.
The only reason why this controversy has come to light is because CD works. If it did not work or if it was hurting people, then tens of thousands around the world would not be using it to help their children reduce and eliminate the symptoms known as autism.
My journey in this world of autism has been bittersweet. On the one hand, I receive daily compliments and appreciation from parents I’ve helped; and on the other hand, I’m attacked daily by people I don’t even know and who obviously have not bothered to really learn anything about this.
Ms. O’Reilly, you have a choice. You can either take the easy road and produce yet another distorted “bashing bleachers” news program; OR, you can actually learn and report about the truth–the truth that the symptoms of autism can in fact be altered for the better.
The choice is yours.
PS: I am available for interview through Skype.
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