Thoughts on Dr. Oz’s Autism Show

18 Feb

I usually don’t watch Dr. Oz’s television show but he dedicated most of his show today to autism so I made it a point to watch. It is exciting anytime autism awareness can be raised through national publicity so I applaud Dr. Oz for giving the topic the attention it deserves.

Most of the show was dedicated to discussing the possible causes of autism. While that was the focus of the show, and a very important one at that, I believe some other important points were only briefly addressed. The topics of the importance of early intervention and providing quality educational programs for children with autism were only discussed in passing. As an educator working with kids with autism, I see the vital necessity that funding for early intervention and special education plays in making a difference for these kids.

In California and many other states, deep cuts have already been made to early intervention and education funds and the cuts are only going to get worse with the current economic climate. Community members can do their part by staying informed and connecting with their legislators to make sure state and federal legislation supports children with autism. We need our state and federal legislators to work for legislation that makes insurance companies responsible for necessary therapies and for increased public education funding.

The website is a good resource for staying up to date on state and federal legislation that affects autism funding.

Video clips of the Dr. Oz show can be seen here:


3 Responses to “Thoughts on Dr. Oz’s Autism Show”

  1. Ross Coe February 24, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    The Dr Oz show was an orchastrated denial of the vaccine autism theory. There was no balanced Town Hall debate. Oz made sure his labcoat wearing guests who he referred to as experts over and over monopolised the precedings. These are the experts who will tell you that when you child reacts to vaccination with fevers, screaming and convulsions/seizures, that its to be expected and for parents not to over react.

    • SLP12 February 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      There are still so many unanswered questions about the cause of autism. In the very least hopefully the show brought attention to the need for more money for research in that area.

  2. Ross Coe February 25, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    Several months ago the much hyped Genome Project stated that the autistic people they studied ” HAD GENETIC MUTATION THAT DID NOT ORIGINATE WITH THEIR PARENTS”. So where does that leave us? Autism strikes by age 3. What takes place in a babies life between birth and 3 that will cause genetic mutation? Diaper change? Breast feeding? Trying solid foods? Being held? Sleeping? Hmmm, I don’t believe those things can do it. Oh, here’s one, unnaturally over vaccinating them with mercury and aluminum containing vials. Both these heavy metals can cause spontaneous genetic mutation. Do a search.

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