Autism activist faces disciplinary hearing (UK)

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    Daily Telegraph

    "I'm being driven out says second expert to link autism and jabs"

    By Daniel Foggo
    02/10/2005

    A former government adviser who has controversially linked infant
    vaccines to autism in children claims she is the victim of a
    disciplinary action "witch-hunt".

    The child psychologist Lisa Blakemore-Brown believes that her
    outspokenness has made her enemies in the pharmaceutical business
    and in the Government.

    Ms Blakemore-Brown, 57, has expounded the theory that diphtheria,
    tetanus and pertussis innoculations routinely given to babies at
    two months could be linked to autism and a range of allergies. She
    is facing disciplinary charges after being officially accused by
    the British Psychological Society of being potentially unfit to
    practise and of being paranoid.

    She says she is the victim of a "witch-hunt" and believes her
    situation echoes that of Dr Andrew Wakefield, the
    gastroenterologist whose research linked the measles, mumps and
    rubella vaccine to a national rise in autism.

    This resulted in a widespread campaign to discredit his work and
    culminated in his being forced out of his job.

    Ms Blakemore-Brown has been ordered to attend a confidential
    hearing later this month where a panel will decide on her future.

    Until last year, the DTP innoculations given to British babies
    contained a perservative called thiomersal, which is made of 50 per
    cent mercury.

    Ms Blakemore-Brown has backed the stance of several scientists who
    claimed that excess levels of mercury in an infant's body could be
    a precursor for autism.

    She has also widely criticised the medical establishment for
    falsely accusing cot death mothers of murder.

    She has denounced what she says is a tendency within health
    agencies to label the parents of genuinely autistic children as having
    Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy.

    This is a controversial condition widely diagnosed by the now
    disgraced professors Roy Meadows and David Southall.

    Between 1996 and 2002 Ms Blakemore-Brown repeatedly wrote to Tony
    Blair, the prime minister, and ministers warning that miscarriages
    of justice were happening to women convicted of killing their
    babies as a result of having MSBP, when in fact the fatalities
    were cot deaths.

    A number of women jailed for this have now had their convictions
    overturned on appeal.

    Now Ms Blakemore-Brown, who has works as an independent educational
    psychologist assessing the needs of children and adults with autism
    and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, says that a
    whispering campaign against her has caused her to lose business.

    As a member of the BSP - of which she is also an associated
    fellow - since 1987, if she is deemed unfit to practise she will
    be stripped of her chartered status and will in effect become an
    outcast within the profession. "I have made enemies in the past 10
    years, of that there is no doubt," she said last night. "Things
    have gone on which seem beyond coincidence, such as people hacking
    into my e-mail account and some years ago a woman stole documents from
    my house and tried to access my bank account."

    The decision by the BPS to bring Ms Blakemore-Brown before a
    "fitness to practise" hearing stems from a complaint made by a
    client who alleged that she failed to liaise properly with her
    after assessing her son for ADHD.

    Last night, the BPS refused to comment.
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