One Reason I’ll Vote for McCain/Palin

September 5, 2008 at 9:52 pm (*)

In February of this year, McCain had the courage to go on record with this statement:

“It’s indisputable that (autism) is on the rise amongst children, the question is what’s causing it. And we go back and forth and there’s strong evidence that indicates that it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines.”

And of course, Sarah Palin, in her RNC speech said:

To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.  I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

A few of you will know where I’m going with this, but I’d like to share with you why this is such a big deal to me, to us.  Please understand that what I’m about to say is something I believe with every fiber of my being:

If we had not put Benjamin on the gluten-free/casein-free diet (among other things), I am 110% sure that my little boy would have been diagnosed as mildly autistic.

Furthermore, I am convinced that it was a vaccination that triggered this effect in my son.  I have no proof, and I think that it is futile for us to pursue proving it at this point in time.  My time is better spent trying to get Benjamin’s body to heal with his diet (and I am positive it can be done…and it’s happening!). 

Does this mean I am on an autism crusade?  No.  Am I on an anti-vaccination crusade?  No, though I do feel verystrongly about how our government and Big Pharma have mislead us.  Is this going to turn into a blog about autism?  Absolutely not.

And why not?

Because he’s not autistic.

I think we figured it out in the nick of time.

But many parents won’t.  I know that there are other parents out there heading down the same path we were on.  They have NO idea.  Their lives will be on the brink of disaster because they can’t figure out what’s going on.  Or they will be blindsided with an autism diagnosis.  And they will wonder why they didn’t have an advocate on their side, why someone didn’t warn them.

If McCain and Palin are elected, they’ll have that advocate.  I have every confidence that more light will be shed on this subject.

And let me be defensive for a moment: before you write me off as “one of those parents”, before you start quoting scientific studies (most of which are severely flawed), before you dare to tell me that it’s genetic, YOU walk a mile in our shoes.  YOU live a day in the life of a parent whose life is about to fall apart because they can’t figure out what happened to their precious child.  I doubt you’d feel the same.  Please excuse my passion on the subject.

Let me tell you how hard it is to write something like this.  For many months now, I’ve skirted the issue, refusing to allow anyone to associate the “A-word” with my son.  My pride wouldn’t allow it.  But let’s be honest…really.

I’m just praying that God can use our story to help even one other child.  It’s worth it.

**oh, and a little plug for WordPress comment moderation: if you happen to stumble across my blog and feel it necessary to leave me a nasty, know-it-all, inflammatory comment, I’ll have the privilege of deleting it before the masses can view it.  Thanks!**

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2 Comments

  1. sara kay said,

    Love you, girl!!

  2. Mom said,

    Hey sweetie!

    We’re sending you a giant hug via email right now! We love you and praise God you and Jarid listened to His promptings and “saved” Benjamin’s life! We’re behind you 110%.

    Give our little buddy (and honeybun) a big hug from us! Love you!

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