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In Vegas

for Memory Trends. Be back soon.


Also, Oprah is talking about autism on her show today with guests Jenny McCarthy + Holly Robinson Pete.  Hoping I can catch it on a rerun (or if my Mom can figure out how to work the Tivo). Thanks for the emails letting me know about this one.

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  1. Liz Ness says…
    09/18/2007

    I've been waiting for this one...read about her (think she's got a new book out?). Anyway, I'll be TiVo-ing it (yep, new verb) and would be happy to save a copy for you...Please let me know.
    Have a great trip!

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  2. MyEbella says…
    09/18/2007

    I tape Oprah daily & would be happy to send you the tape (VCR) if you don't mind the soap operas all around Oprah (insert embarrassed icon here)...
    Just holler if you need it
    (in Salem so should be quick to ship to you too)

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  3. Sue says…
    09/18/2007

    Hey Ali, in my area Oprah show is always repeated around 1am. try to check your listings ... maybe someone could record it for you.

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  4. paula says…
    09/18/2007

    Oh Ali...I thought of you yesterday when they said Oprah was talking about Autism. I was planning on emailing you about it but obviously you know already...I would record it for you but I don't even know how to record things for myself LOL...hopefully you get to see it though...oh and have fun in Vegas!
    Paula

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  5. april nowotny says…
    09/18/2007

    Hey Ali,
    If your mom doesn't get the Tevo working you can always go to Oprah's website and watch it online. She keeps the shows on her site.
    APril

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  6. april nowotny says…
    09/18/2007

    Hey Ali,
    If your mom doesn't get the Tevo working you can always go to Oprah's website and watch it online. She keeps the shows on her site.
    APril

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  7. suetreiber says…
    09/18/2007

    have a great time at MT!

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  8. LeeAnn Cole says…
    09/18/2007

    This was a great show. I do hope you get a chance to watch!

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  9. Robin says…
    09/18/2007

    I saw the show today. It was a tear jerker. Jenny McCarthy was great. She must have been an encouragement to people who have children with autism. Holly Robinson Pete was good too. I even learned somethings I hadn't heard before.

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  10. Susan D says…
    09/18/2007

    I watched the show and it was very informative and tearful! Jenny's book looks interesting. Anyway, thought of you when I saw the show and hoped you would get a chance to watch it!

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  11. Candi Summers says…
    09/18/2007

    It was awesome. It was everything I would say if I were on Oprah. (almost.. :) I wish I had seen it right after my son was diagnosed because it was so right on.

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  12. rachel carlson says…
    09/18/2007

    grabbed it on tivo today. we also have a tivo wireless transmitter networked with our macs, yep, chalet geek here in colorado - ha! i'll see if i can send the file in an email? or we could burn a cd for you to make sure you have it always. let me know, happy to help! hope you are enjoying MT! hugs, rach

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  13. alexandra says…
    09/18/2007

    Ali,
    I watched the Oprah show today and thought of you (obviously) so often. Loved the honesty and the hope and spirit that the show brought forward. So much important info to get out to everyone. Would love to hear your thoughts on the show - hope you'll share on your blog.
    Also hoping that you are proud of your family and all that you do - you and Chris and Simon are breaking down those walls and it's an honour to watch your progress.
    Peace,
    A.

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  14. Carole says…
    09/19/2007

    Hi Ali,
    I watched the show. I disagree with Jenny. I do not believe that autism is caused by the vaccines. My son didn't change after his vaccine at 18 months. He was always different. It just became more obvious as he got older. I hope that people don't stop having their children immunized because of what Jenny said. She is not a professional. This was her own opinion. It's not backed up by the medical community. They have researched this. They gave placebo vaccines to some 18 mth old and gave others the true vaccine. The kids who received the placebo were later diagnosed with autism as well.
    As informative as the show was, as a parent of an a boy with autism, I was disappointed with their theory.

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  15. Lisa Spiegel says…
    09/19/2007

    Okay, I was just going to post a yay Jenny and Oprah post but the last poster got me on my soapbox...I watched the show and wanted to applaud and hug Oprah, Jenny and Holly for being brave enough to speak the TRUTH. SOMETHING is injuring our children. Most children have vaccines within the first week of life...of course, if your child was damaged early on he would have "always been different". Many mothers also have Rho gam while pregnant or another immunization (flu shot comes to mind) while pregnant and the damage could have been done prenatally. Vaccines aren't inheirently bad...Jenny said that, but the way they are administered and the fact that there are damaging substances in them makes them all too dangerous in their current standard. JMHO

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  16. sara says…
    09/19/2007

    Hi Ali...
    As a long time reader of your blog, it occurred to me that I don't think I've ever read anywhere where you mention if you think it was a vaccine that triggered Simon's autism? Or maybe you don't presume to say?
    I'm pregnant with my first and it sure is a lot to think about. I plan to read Evidence of Harm. Have you read that? Are there docs that will delay the schedule?

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  17. Lindsay K. says…
    09/19/2007

    Rho gam shot?
    OMG. I had them during both of my pregnancies. My son has been dx with Autism, but my daughter hasn't been. Is thimerosol in that as well?

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  18. sprizee says…
    09/19/2007

    Oh, I hope you're able to catch the Oprah show. I just happened to run across is last night and I thought of you. Very interesting.

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  19. Amy Hummel says…
    09/19/2007

    Have fun at Memory Trends. Wish I could go just to look... but alas, I'm not a retailer so I can't go... blah, blah, blah...
    Say hi to my good friend Cheryl. She's one of the 10 finalists for SOY, so I'm sure you will run into her ;)
    Have fun!

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  20. Madeline R says…
    09/19/2007

    I was so grateful that they were allowed to talk about the vaccination/autism connection that i cried. I don't have a child with autism but have talked to many mothers who noticed changes in their kids soon after a vaccination. If there is even a possibility it should be talked about. I feel lucky to have been given info. when I was pregnant ten years ago that helped me to choose not to vaccinate across the board. We need pediatricians to be more respectful of the mothers' gut feelings. People are sometimes so harassed and frightened into it.
    On another note, I thought it was great that the moms got to ask people to see their kids as people with autism, not as autistic; to move away from labelling and judging and not seeing the whole child. And they mentioned how many amazing people (fo those who don't know) are on the autism spectrum.

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  21. S Bassett says…
    09/20/2007

    Ali,
    I have it recorded to DVD and will be glad to send. The show was really good and focused on hope, faith and recovery. I don't have a child with autism but do have one with a rare kidney condition that seems to be more prevalent since all these vaccines. I totally agree with a mother's intuition and the thing that I loved most was the message of hope and options to help your kids.
    My hat is off to you and Chris for your role in bringing more focus on this topic.
    I definitely will read the book as I was very impressed with Jenny's viewpoint and dedication to helping her child first and then other moms.
    Stacy B.

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  22. Candi Summers says…
    09/20/2007

    I felt that Jenny and Oprah were very conscientious with their comments about immunizations. As far as calling our children Autistic instead of saying their HAVE Autism... if you remove the stigma, the label doesn't matter.

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  23. Jacquie Veach says…
    09/20/2007

    Hi Ali...I totally agree with what Stacy said above. This show was all about hope, faith and recovery. Those were Jenny's words...I LOVED her energy. What a inspiration and enthusiastic advocate for autism. It was a great show and I tvoed it too and would be glad to send it off to you. I was also impressed with the response Oprah received from the CDC saying that the current case studies did not see a coorelation but they are still investigating. Yes, still investigating...so, the door is still open :)

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  24. julie says…
    09/21/2007

    Thank you so much for posting about the Oprah show! After watching it, I went out and bought Jenny Mcarthy's book and am in awe of her and what other mothers like her do for their children.

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  25. katie scott says…
    09/21/2007

    I don't think my son has autism but he does have some issues with sleeping and probably ADHD, he hasn't been officially diagnosed although we've seen a psychologist & psychiatrist / the psychiatrist though he was sleep deprived by his own doing & prescribed blood pressue medication that helps him to fall asleep. I saw the thing on Oprah & I'm going to try the the gluten free / dairy free diet. My son is so smart but he definately has some issues and I don't know exactly what it is but I'm excited to hear about alternatives to medication like diet and I'm going to try that. Jenny was also on 20/20 btw & I also just watched that. I've always loved her b/cs I think she is very geniune & has a lot of great things to say.

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