This is my 200th official blog. Yay.
There were several reasons that I started writing back in 2011, and why I continue to produce these stories.
- To aid the constant Internet search that families go through in order to assist their developmentally-affected children. The reader’s ability to scrutinize the authority and basic science of medical information is proportional to the knowledge gained by “seeing it on the web.” Surfing is not research. I hope to provide a venue where readers can trust that the material is well researched and presented in a palatable form. Hyperlinks to the original articles are provided whenever possible. “Don’t argue with me,” I tell my skeptical colleagues. “Discuss it with the professors who wrote the paper!”
- My competition is the Internet. “My esteemed neurologist colleague,” who hasn’t changed his views on autism in the past 20 years, is still a respected professional. So, I write to enlighten and, hopefully, entertain, while making sure that TheAutismDoctor.com is accurate and up-to-date. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
- Producing this blog is homework. Days, and sometimes even weeks, are spent thinking about, researching, writing and editing each story. I am encouraged to organize my thoughts and to learn about new subjects. To teach is to learn.
- I can refer to these discussions for patient questions and clarification. These stories can provide a valuable aid to understanding some very complicated subjects. Plus, I invite readers to ask their pediatrician and other medical specialists to examine this information.
- The Child Development Center is a single practitioner private practice. With a small, but interesting and interested support staff, we are busy taking care of the patients, not studying them. This is an effective setting to tell our stories.
- Through this website, families from all over learn about this enigmatic epidemic and explore effective treatment options. TheAutismDoctor.com reaches a worldwide audience. More than 150,000 visits have been recorded, there are now nearly 10,000 views per month, and the site remains high in Google searches. Importantly, I have the honor of caring for patients from around the globe.
My favorite posting is “Joe the Plumber“, one of my first literary attempts in this digital venue. It was an attempt to convince parents that there were doctors willing to assist in the recovery of their affected children.
The most difficult work was the HBOT series. Such a complicated topic cannot be understood by advertising, testimonials or word of mouth.
My most emotional stories are on Mothers and Fathers Day. One Dad told me that he keeps a copy of the 2011 posting by his desk whenever he needs a healthy reminder about how lucky he is.
The busiest single story is not even mine! I’m not sure how she does it, but this mother warrior tells a great tale and has attracted many readers.
The most popular over time is the information about methyl B12 injections. I continue to refine and update that page; as well as to report that, under professional direction, this is one of our most effective medical therapies.
I am rarely at a loss for words about the epidemic of childhood developmental issues. Loyal readers, have no fear: I have over 60 blogposts ‘in the can’, ready to be fleshed out, awaiting more information, and/ or more interest. There will be more conferences to report about, and new research to be presented and explained.
To me, these are more than just stories.