By Lisa Blakemore Brown, Psychologist
06 December 2010
For whatever reason – and I can think of quite a few – vast numbers of professionals in legal, health and educational circles misconstrue symptoms of Autism, ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and related disorders as child abuse and parents, usually mothers, are accused of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP/FII). I first came across this problem in 1995 and was so concerned that the entire system could be duped by this approach that I began to write about it in 1997 after a mother lost all four of her children, two of whom were ASD/ADHD. See My Letter of Concern published in The Psycholgist, Journal of the British Psychological Society, September 1997.
Over time I also saw an emerging pattern in MSBP cases – many children changed after reacting to vaccines.
My not so outrageous observations, that parents with children suffering from disorders such as Autism and ME/CFS were being wrongly accused of MSBP and that vaccine damage may well underlie their illnesses in many cases, are still not accepted, presumably because there would have to be an admission of error and/or incompetence and/or deliberate efforts to dramatically shift the focus away from the real issues on a vast scale. Yet increasingly more and more examples emerge and there is some evidence that despite the so called rarity of MSBP (1 in a million) vast numbers of parents whose children suffer from these disorders are accused of it in every country in which a vaccine programme exists.
In a recent news item on FOX in the United States, a case was reported in which the parents of a child with a mitochondrial disorder were accused of MSBP as they attended hospital very frequently with their ill daughter and the hospitals could not detect the mitochondrial condition. See HERE and published below.
Now this is an interesting case because mitochondrial disorders are suspected as being at the root of many cases of ME/CFS and indeed Autism and recently the family of a young autistic, vaccine damaged child with a mitochondrial disorder, Hannah Poling, won considerable damages for the harm done to their child. See HERE
To demonise parents of ill children whose conditions are iatrogenic by accusing them of MSBP adds insult to injury, is grossly immoral and unethical, destroys families and prevents recognition of children’s real problems thereby preventing them getting the help they need, possibly forever. Could we get it any more wrong?