Mothering Magazine is at it again
Mothering is all over the Al-Bayati "rebuttal" of the L.A. County Coroner's report concluding that Eliza Jane Scovill died of HIV, and not in a good way:
Still, Christine has long been politicized by the mainstream as an AIDS dissident. Earlier this year, when daughter Eliza Jane died suddenly at age 3 1/2, critics were quick to assert that the Maggiore-Scovill family's longstanding, informed, AIDS drug-free approach to their health was "irresponsible" and ultimately to blame for their tragic and stunning loss. Despite the fact that none of the Maggiore-Scovills but Christine have ever tested positive for HIV, a September story in the LA Times reported that the official cause of the girl's death was "AIDS related pneumonia." The story garnered much attention, and hype quickly overshadowed fact. It also prompted in-depth discussions on many discussion boards, including Mothering's own MotheringDotCommune. To those familiar with the family, the AIDS related pneumonia conclusion just didn't make sense, given Eliza Jane's general health, medical history, presentation of illness, and rapid demise (she was diagnosed with a garden variety acute ear infection and died within days). A new review of the case by pathologist Dr. Mohammed Al-Bayati concludes that in fact, Eliza Jane died of an allergic reaction to the amoxicillin prescribed to treat her ear infection. Further, evidence has been gathered attesting to the unreliability of one of the two signatories to the original LA County Coroner's Report, Dr. James Ribe. More general information about this case and its evolution is available here.
Fortunately, I know that my two rebuttals are being discussed on the Mothering discussion boards, because I've seen some referrals from them in my logs. I wonder what they're saying. (Registration was required, which is why I didn't follow the links.)