Who is Katie Wright? She’s the mother of two children, 9 year old Mattias and 11 year old Christian. Christian has autism, and was the inspiration behind the creation of Autism Speaks, a foundation which creates awareness about autism and provides resources for parents and others who wish to learn more about it. The foundation has grown to be considered the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.
There is a “huge disparity that makes up the autism spectrum. My son lives on the other side, the severely affected side of the spectrum. I am so proud of my 11-year-old son Christian – no one works harder (my opinion as his Mom!). However, Christian is not a savant, not a professor, not an artist, but just a typical kid struggling with severe autism. He was toilet-trained at age nine and needs 24-hour-a-day supervision because he has no awareness of danger. More to the point, Christian cannot be interviewed on talk shows because he cannot speak,” says Wright.
Before I go any further, this is a huge point to remember when it comes to autism. It’s an extremely wide spectrum, and a lot of children at one end of the spectrum are like Christian, and there are others who are ‘high functioning,’ and don’t have the same issues as the ones on the other end of the spectrum. Personally, I believe a lot of these kids do have what we’ve come to call autism, but on the other hand I think there are many who have been misdiagnosed, that don’t have the same biological characteristics as others and could actually represent a form of evolution, but that’s another topic.
The amount of children being diagnosed with autism continues to rise exponentially, and it’s that goes far beyond genetics.
Children with autism at certain ends of the spectrum are very different from those on another end of the spectrum, and this is showcased in multiple ways.
“This wide spectrum of autism really can become a tricky issue. I want the public to see the many gifts of people with autism and how much they contribute to our world. However, it is families like mine who frequently ask for the public’s help and support. It’s important that the public understand that we need more educational supports and more research money (especially environmental research money!) because high functioning individuals are, sadly, not the norm but the best-case scenario for our kids.”
– Katie Wright (from the interview, linked below)
Autism Speaks & Vaccines
Katie has given a number of interviews over the past decade regarding the foundation, Autism Speaks, and its stance on vaccines and autism. In an interview she gave a few years ago, she explains why her parents steered away from the causation aspect of autism. What’s the reason? It’s because they trust doctors and physicians and other academics without question. Putting our trust into others has caused many problems, especially because those we put our trust in, are putting their trust in corporations.
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”
– Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard professor of medicine and former Editor-in-Chief of The New England Medical Journal
This is why today we see so much conflicting information. I’ve put more examples in the article linked below, which highlights eye-opening information about the science behind how most published research is likely false, a fact that not enough people are aware of nor pay attention to.
Dr. Peter Gotzche, co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration (the world’s most foremost body in assessing medical evidence), puts it quite nicely:
“The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don’t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life…Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors…the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their own doctors into the medicines they prescribe.”
You can read more about him, his work, and access the source (video) of his comment above, here.
He goes on to mention that, although doctors may know a lot about diseases and human physiology, they know virtually nothing about our medicines, which includes vaccines.
Katie explained that her parents had quite a simple philosophy, that doctors and PhD’s would lead them in the right direction. The funny thing about this is the fact it’s said that the majority of doctors believe vaccines are safe, but if we look at the science and the number of doctors and scientists trying to create awareness about this issue, their voice is never really heard and seems to be instantaneously shut down, something we’ll touch more on later.
She states that the general consensus is that autism is genetic, which is another issue in itself because today, there are literally hundreds of studies showing that autism is not just genetic, but can be caused by various environmental toxins, like prescription drugs during critical stages of fetal development, or agricultural pesticides, and much more. All of these have now been implicated in the development of autism, and yes, so have vaccines.
In the interview, Katie is asked at around the 9:20 mark by the interviewer:
“Here’s the part that I’m really struggling with, why couldn’t they (the parents of Katie, founders of Autism Speaks) get 20 % to go down the environmental rabbit hole, why couldn’t they get some portion of the dollars to say, ‘you know what, we’re hearing too many damn stories, our own grandson, we don’t have to make it the life mission of autism speaks but let’s to the real stuff, the vax un-vax stuff etc…Why couldn’t even that have happened?”
“I wish I knew, I’ve tried, I really really tried. I think that they were told a lot of promises, maybe lies would be the more accurate word, by some people in the science department that they were going to commit fairly to environmental science. They agreed to do some vaccine research, a million dollars was specifically raised for it…”
She went on to explain that the money wasn’t spent on vaccines at all, and instead “ridiculous” environmental research. Furthermore, she explains how he (the researcher) was from big Pharma, and he didn’t really have an interest in the children. “He became very powerful very fast. I would get phone calls from researchers and parents who tried to speak with him and he would basically just turn his back and walk away, or say something inappropriate like….ahhh, well..mmhhmmm but anecdotes aren’t science etc.”