The Next Revolution?
For years, the various organizations representing the chelationistas have been telling parents that they are their advocates, that they respect parents, listen to parents and learn from parents. It's the "other side" - the doctors, "the government" and, worst of all, Big Pharma (cue spooky music) that lies to parents, disrespects parents, ignores parents.
Now, it turns out, the chelationistas are admitting that they don't respect parents - they don't even trust the parents' intelligence enough to tell them the whole truth. And telling less than the whole truth is....that's right; lying.
The chelationistas are now claiming that they knew all along that autism wasn't just mercury poisoning - despite earlier claims to the contrary (see here, also). The fact that they didn't tell parents is explained as "not wanting to confuse the issue". Or, it could be argued, not wanting to risk losing parents' support on a complicated and complex issue.
So, the chelationistas respect parents, but not enough to tell them the truth.
And the chelationistas listen to parents, but don't hear them when they say, "we want the facts".
And the chelationistas learn from parents, but only in order to better market their product.
Many people may now find themselves unsure when the chelationistas are telling the truth (hint: only when their lips aren't moving).
After all, if it is true - as the chelationista revisionistic propaganda says - that the chelationistas hid the full scope of possible causes of autism from the parents, then those parent have the right - no, the duty - to ask a simple question:
In other words, they are claiming that they lied to parents in order to further the chelationista movement.
Funny - that's pretty much what the chelationistas accuse the government and "mainstream medicine" of doing.
Of course, another possibility is that the chelationistas really did believe that mercury caused autism (and may still believe so) but are afraid that parents will start to doubt them as the mountain of data refuting the mercury-causes-autism hypothesis bears down. So, in order to keep from looking like uninformed dolts, they lie about having known "all along" that autism was "more complex than just mercury poisoning".
Either way, the chelationistas have been caught in a lie.
Now, the majority of parents caught up in the chelationista's web will buy the "clarification" and will not be offended by the blatant condescension that it contains. A few will have their eyes opened and will leave. Most will leave quietly, burning in silent resentment, but we can only hope that a couple of parents are angry enough at this travesty to lead a revolt.
After all, the only way to bring down a cult is from the inside.
I have a theme song in mind for this revolt:
Devo, Jerkin' back 'n' forth
(from the album "New Traditionalists")
I know I let you tell me what to do
You were confident, you knew best
Now things aren't working like you want them to
Your confidence is what I detest
You got me lookin' up high
You got me searchin' down low
You got me - I know you know
You got me jerkin' back 'n' forth
That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?
It's time for parents of autistic children to stand up and say they won't be manipulated, deceived or dismissed - not even by organizations that claim to represent them. It's time for parents of autistic children to demand the truth - especially from organizations that claim to represent them.
It's time for a new revolution.