Actresses on Autism: Holly Robinson Peete Debates Amanda Peet

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autism, vaccinesThanks so much heidi1439 for letting the CM community know about this interesting online debate and discussion about autism.

Call it Peete vs. Peet.

On essence.com actress Holly Robinson Peete, Autism Speaks boardmember and mother of an 11-year-old son whom she believes developed autism after receiving vaccinations when he was 2 1/2, forcefully takes on comments made by Amanda Peet, actress, mother and spokesperson for vaccinateyourbaby.org who recently affirmed what a Federal court ruled-- that vaccinations don't cause the developmental disorder.

Remember, this is just one mother's perspective. Here it is in its entirety...

I'm really disappointed to hear people like Amanda Peet—who have never been affected by autism—make public allegations like vaccinations don't cause autism. It makes me angry because it's so disingenuous to have this kind of public discussion, especially when World Autism Awareness Day is coming up on April 2. But I know exactly what she is trying to do and that's to instill fear: if your child doesn't get vaccinations, you're going to make every other child sick. Believe me, I understand both sides of the argument because I have four children. Although I have total respect for what any mother feels is best for her child, you can't tell me what is right, because it's not necessarily going to work for my kid. I know because I've experienced it with my eldest son.

When my son was 2 1/2, he was just recovering from an ear infection and had been on antibiotics, therefore his immune system was suppressed. He had already missed several appointments for his vaccination so his pediatrician wanted to catch him up on all of them in the same day. Although I asked if he'd consider waiting or breaking up the cocktail, which contains three viruses, he laughed me out of the office and belittled me. I firmly believe that it took my son to a place of no return and his body could not handle it. He had a violent reaction with convulsions and then he stopped talking and slipped into a silence. He no longer said, "Hi, Mommy," he no longer responded to his name and he no longer made eye contact. And to think that today there are more than 30 vaccines  that children are required to receive is scary. I don't know why boys are five times more likely to become autistic, but they are.

I respect Amanda Peet for advocating for her children by trying to keep them safe with vaccines. If I could talk to Amanda Peet, I would say that, I'm glad your child was able to tolerate that level of toxicity, but don't expect me—after witnessing what vaccinations did to my son—to inoculate my other children under the same circumstances. So who's to blame? Is there some pre-genetic predisposition? Do genetic and environmental factors load the proverbial gun and the vaccines pull the trigger? Since you claim all the studies and conclusions have been drawn, how do you explain the thousands of families that have received millions of dollars from the  Vaccine Injury Court? So clearly, the jury is not in and the independent studies on susceptibility and genetic predisposition have not been done.

Knowing all this do you think it's okay to make a judgment about me based on what I know about my son and the rest of my children physiologically? If your mission is to gain the public's trust, then you're not going to get parents to do it by fearmongering. Until you've experienced the physical, emotional and financial toll you simply can't make such public statements.

Despite what happened to my son, I'm not anti-vaccine. However, if the government wants to make me and other parents who have autistic children feel comfortable with vaccinations then there needs to be some independent studies done regarding these treatments. Not only would it make me feel comfortable, but it'd make me feel like I'm being listened to and heard.

Lastly, to Amanda Peet: I would never ever wish what we've gone through in our family on her and her family or anybody. I would just ask her to give the respect she has on her position to mine. It's not about reading so-called studies online; it's about living and learning. My study is my son.

Do you know a child that has an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

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Homes... Homeschoolmom99

I have a child with Aspergers syndrome I think HFA. I agree my study is my son. What works for my child may not work for another child.

MoonL... MoonLover06

I think there is a genetic predisposition to Autism and that vaccinations can help trigger them.  I selectively vaccinate my daughter.  I know the risks and I feel that it's ok to have her get certain things to protect her from the side effects of the shot.  I also think we need to cut down on chemicals in food and through products like couches, carpets, plastics, cleaners, etc.  I think some kids can only handle so much and then the vaccine tips them over the edge.

DanaWar DanaWar

true.  I am glad to see you write that and see those debate ladies say it.   the more rigid anyone involved gets, Austism awareness becomes very offputting, to really listen to each other and not vent is productive.  (I live everything I just wrote.  I have been in rooms that were supposed to be support groups, yet were total battlefields, and attendance dropped off quickly.  does not help the children.)

zombi... zombie_mommy

my oldest brother has Aspergers Syndrome.  He's turning 34 this month.  My neighbor's granddaughter is Autistic and she's 5.

mnt_2... mnt_2_b_mommy

I think there has got to be some kind predisposition to autism. Otherwise, how come most vaccinated children don't have autism? And unvaccinated children do get it too, so it can't be the vaccine's fault entirely. I believe that in some cases the vaccine triggers it. Not everyone tolerates things the same way. I don't like to hear people say one way is the "definite" because we DON'T know the real cause. No one does yet. Hopefully one day we will know for sure what causes Autism. Until then, people should make informed decisions and do what they believe to be best.

teamq... teamquinn

I find this debate pointless.  There have been countless studies about vaccines never has one proved a link.  Now while we sit and debate and spend countless millions on study after study children with autism aren't recieving service or arn't recieving enough service.  Unless finding a cause is going to lead to a cure then why keep looking?

roach... roachiesmom

My kids were spared.  But I discovered last year, I am on the spectrum.  Yeah, the ways autism makes me "special" has made my entire life hell.  Knowing there is a reason does nothing very helpful.  Had I known before I had kids, I would probably have opted to not take the chance on causing anyone to have to live like this.  How can finding a cause NOT lead to a cure?  Or if not an all-out cure, at least a reduction in the mind-shattering numbers that only keep increasing?  I think it is also a mixed bag of causes, and that certain people are more predisposed than others to the triggers.  Nothing good can come of feuding, but nothing good can come from people who have a lot to lose if there is any more admission on the involvement of vaccines refusing to help stop the madness because covering their own asses means more than protecting children.  Maybe what is needed is some sort of amnesty program so no one would get the hell sued out of them for coming forward to genuinely look into all sides of the issue.  Yes, if vaccines are related to any part of the astronomical Autism numbers, and people knew it, someone should be punished, and it's a shame to let them get away with it.  But on the other hand, the way it stands, the people punished now are the ones who have Autism.  That's not right. 

DawnA72 DawnA72

All parents need to know that if your child has the slightest illness, even sniffles, the child should not be vaccinated at that time.  All the vaccine inserts (which you can find online) will tell you this even though many Pediatrician's offices fail to tell you.  They often also fail to point out what persons should not receive certain vaccines.  For instance, there are some vaccines that people with chicken, egg and feather allergies should not receive. 


Holly Robinson Peete's son never should have received a single vaccination the day he did, let alone playing "catching up" on ones he missed.


If you are going to have your children vaccinated, please go into your appointments educated and well informed just in case you have one of those Doctors that fail to disclose all the necessary information.  And if you catch the Dr.'s office failing to disclose information, call them on it.  You could save the health of yours or another child.  The greatest gift we can give our children is being an Informed Parent. 

Morga... MorganBrooke

Honestly, I'm so sick of hearing that vaccines cause autism. If that were the case, why don't the MILLIONS of children who have received vaccines, have autism? And why is it that some children with autism never received a single vaccine? No correlation. I believe it's genetics. Parents are just looking for somewhere to place the blame. I'm sorry if I sound harsh, but that's the way I feel. I do not have children with autism, but I do empathize. We all have personal issues.

auror... aurorabunny

Honestly, I'm so sick of hearing that vaccines cause autism. If that were the case, why don't the MILLIONS of children who have received vaccines, have autism?


Honestly, I'm so sick of hearing THIS being used as some type of reasoning.


Why can someone die from a beesting but another person just gets a little bump?  Why can't some people eat one piece of fish without their throat swelling closed but others could eat all they wanted and be fine?  Why can I take certain antibiotics but my friend has a life threatening reaction to them?  WHY can we not accept that human bodies have different reactions to chemical substances when we know all of the above things I mentioned to be 100% facts?!?


I've said this a million times over but I'll say it again, it's none of my business whether people vaccinate their children or not.  I have not a clue if my son's earlier shots contributed to his autism or not.  I can tell you though that it will be a cold day in hell before I walk up to a mother who watched her typical child turn into a shell of his former self overnight, who believes it was caused by shots and tell her "Sorry lady, you're just nuts."  Anyone who WOULD do that, I wonder where exactly you get off.

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