Monday, July 21, 2008

Michael Savage Says He Was Taken Out of Context

Well, as I tried to explain in the post I tried to leave through Jott, Michael Savage was trying to say that his comments about autism were taken out of context - that he merely meant to say that there's a tremendous amount of overdiagnosis of autism going on.

Uh huh.


He seems to be saying that autism is being overdiagnosed for the same reasons ADD and ADHD are being overdiagnosed - in order to give the drug companies the opportunity to push their wares on kids as young as 4.

Interesting idea - but I was unaware that the first-line therapy for autism was drugs.

Now, I suppose there may be other lines of business that are improved by diagnosing more and more children with autism.

Actually, at this point, I suppose I need to get educated.

Yes, I'm one of those types quick to label my own father as having a scorching case of Asperger's, and myself with something even milder.

However - fill me in -

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with autism, particularly in the last few years, what symptoms got your child's physician thinking along those lines, and what course of treatment had your child's physician recommended?

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Michael Savage defends autism remarks -
Radio host Michael Savage incites protests with autism comments - NY Daily News
Protesters Decry Radio Commentator Michael Savage's Remarks About Autism - Fox News
Apology to Michael Savage - Hating Autism
Savage Stands By His Autism Slam; Invites Parents to Call In And Speak Their Mind. Will You Accept His Invitation? - Lisa Jo Rudy @

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At July 22, 2008 at 1:54 AM, Blogger jonathan said...

actually i think michael savage is best ignored, those hypersensitive people in the autism community seem to want to ignore the don't feed the trolls sign. They are giving him exactly what he wants, attention, exposure and increased ratings. Had they ignored him, his ruse for ratings would have failed and his nasty autism comments would have backfired on him.

However, I agree, you need to be educated a bit. ABA programs make huge profits, people make thousands of dollars from them. Special education attorneys since the passage of IDEA have made thousands of dollars. Special ed schools such as Higashi school charge $100,000 annual tuition. So autism diagnoses is big business, so that point does stand.

There is no temporal relationship between anything in the environment and increased autism diagnoses, including thimerosal as I have written extensively.

Is it a coincidence that when autism was added as a diagnostic criteria to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1991 that diagnoses skyrocketed, also after Lovaas institute for early development became a commercial enterprise and after Glen Sallows one of lovaas' disciples went into business a coincidence? No, I don't think so.

At July 22, 2008 at 11:22 AM, Blogger Jeff Deutsch said...

Hello there,

Just as you said, Michael Savage seems to have serious trouble making friends lately.

He seems to have difficulty showing empathy for autistic people, Aspies* and those who care for them.

He has trouble phrasing his sentiments in ways that please, not annoy, other people.

He also expects others to phrase their advice to autistic and Aspie children in ways many, if not most or all, will find offensive.

As I've already posted...maybe he's a closet Aspie himself? =|8-}/2


Jeff Deutsch

(*) Aspies have Asperger Syndrome, considered a less severe form of autism.


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