Let’s talk about when doctors’ ideas have been wrong. Bloodletting was once the norm. Sick people were thought to have tainted blood so they were bled into cups, making them weaker, of course, and increasing the likelihood of infection due to open wounds.
Did you know that many deaf people who couldn’t speak, or people with cerebral palsy or others with communication problems, were deemed to be incapacitated and were sent to institutions where they were stuck for decades.
Eggs were demonized. Now they are thought to be healthy. All fats were demonized. Now studies show that our bodies need certain fats. Red wine and dark chocolate are now heart healthy. Our beliefs regarding nutrition and diet change all the time. We learn and make necessary changes.
I have decided to become a French expert. I will learn all about “Frenchism” by watching French people. I will make theories about their habits. I will train them to be less French. But I will never teach them English or learn French myself. Then I will claim to understand Frenchism though I never consulted a French person. The world will recognize me as the leading expert in French habits.
Sound ridiculous? Not so much to me. I will keep writing until autism experts consult people with autism who can communicate. If they represent scientific inquiry, why don’t they have curiosity?