Sunday Critters in the Garden and Thoughts on Anger and Woo in the Autism Community

 Grasshopper watching me closely.
 Spider above the back door.
Thought you'd appreciate a break from the critters.
 This little bugger wouldn't still long enough for me to get a clear shot!
 Roly-poly up the wall!
 A slug? A snail without its shell? Above me! 
Who the heck cares what it is, I just want to know is it gonna fall on my head?
 Another flower break!
Caterpillar under the ivy I had just pulled off the house.

Okay, so this was three hours of my morning, working out in the garden, disturbing the critters as I neatened and tidied up the garden while Rick tackled the front garden. It was good, hard work for the both of us, and we've plenty more to do. I know this for sure, it beat the heck out of dwelling at the angry places.

AoA put up pieces over the weekend on two books that get most of what autism is completely wrong. Not fair, you say, if I haven't read them yet. Ah well. Should I waste my time, read Olmsted and Blaxill's book before declaring it wrong? I don't think I should; I don't think I should line their pockets with one cent. So far (just about) everything else they've written (that I've read and can recall) has been factually incorrect. Should I read the book that Dachel's raving about, the one whose proceeds will go to Thoughtful House, the place that charges parents around 400 bucks an hour? I think not, as well.

What worries me is just how many of these inaccurate and potentially dangerous books are out there for parents new to an autism diagnosis to get their hands on, how scary it is to think that these angry places like AoA and various yahoo groups are the first experiences parents will have of the online autism community.

You might think that the critters up above are icky to come across in the garden unbidden, but think of how much ickier the experience will be for brand new, worried parents who come across comments like the ones that can often be found brand new each day at AoA dealing with things like the belief that the government and  pharmaceutical companies are intentionally poisoning our children, that the vaccination program is eugenics, and all sorts of other nonsense. Some folks at AoA now apparently think that chemtrails are responsible, as well. 

Where are people supposed to turn for good, solid information regarding autism? How are they supposed to know who to trust, where to go, who to listen to? Do an Amazon search for books on autism and most of the top hits are woo.

I'm not sure there are a lot of answers when many doctors don't know enough about it and so many supposed professionals like the ones whose book Dachel reviewed are promoting the mercury nonsense as fact. It's scary, far more scary than any of the insects in my garden.


Roger Kulp said...

It's not just online.There is a woman I talk to every now and then,at the only sane online group for autism.She told us a few weeks ago,that she tried joining the local support groups in her area,she lives in Florida,after her (now) four year old daughter was diagnosed with autism.Most of the parents there have gotten a diagnosis of metabolic disease before they did autism,as her daughter had.She said she wanted to go to support groups,because she thought it was best to meet people face to face.She went on to say every one of these groups was only willing to talk about vaccines,nothing else.They all told her that she was a bad mother,who should have her daughter taken away,because she wouldn't do GFCF and chelation,so she stopped going to these meetings.

Once you learn it's all genetic,it puts you in a very different place than the angry screamers over there.It is acceptance,and trying to do the best you can,but there is also a realization you've been dealt a genetic hand that pretty much sucks.You/your child,are genetically disabled,not "different".

As I have said,I first noticed the chemtrail angle popup a few weeks back,on the Autism-Mercury list,it seems to be a real talking point, now that the vaccine myth has been killed one and for all.Another one,is the one that I saw first at RI,that vaccines don't protect you,because viruses,and bacteria don't cause disease in the first place.

I went to very disappointing plant sale yesterday,where I had bought collected wild trees,avacados grown from pits from old trees.(Have you tried to grow one from a commercial fruit from the last ten years or so?),60-70 year old American Rose Society annuals,and other goodies,and was very disappointed, it was just a disappointing bunch of over priced mums,and 20gallon nursery trees.I spent much of today repotting,I'm only half done.I learned my wood rose that's yet to bloom,decided to divide instead.I spent $200 last week on a new digital camera,that turned out to be defective,so I can't send pictures.

Autism Mom Rising said...

"Once you learn it's all genetic" -Roger, where is your source showing that they having proven that it is all genetic? Last I knew current genetic research explains nearly 20% cases and that's it. Now, a genetic or epi-genetic basis may be found for more of it in the future, but it hasn't yet. If this is about sticking to what science knows, which is what AofA is always accused on not doing, then your is too broad of an assumption.

KWombles said...


I hope you get the camera issue worked out; I'd love to see some of your bonsais.


Roger rarely comes back to answer questions.

Lyn said...

Those insects and critters aren't scary.
They are cute and adorable. I love critters.
Plus they have their own place in the world, they do their thing, they're lovely.

Inaccurate information is not nearly as useful though.

kathleen said...

Yes..I do worry about the newly diagnosed..to come across some of this "Life is hell-woe is me" right off-is damaging. We need a better way to support each other-a better way to reach those parents straight away..
Lovely pictures as always! :)