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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Peggy O'Mara's Selective Memory

In all the hoopla over the last few weeks, posters at MDC finally had a chance to ask Peggy O'Mara about her association with Alive and Well.

Her response?  She couldn't recall.

I honestly didn't remember that I was on the board of Alive and Well. Christine Maggiore originally asked me to be on the board of Moms Against Mandatory Medication, which I don't think exists any more and I think the boards have been merged. I'm not ashamed to be on the advisory board for Alive and Well. I'm concerned about the issues facing HIV positive pregnant and breastfeeding moms and want to support parents making informed choices about mandatory medication in any arena. I'm not going to resign from the board.
Which goes along with other stupid statements she's made recently, framing AIDS denialism as a unique form of freedom fighting.

She throws LLL under the bus in that same entry:

Please note that Marian Tompson, one of the founding mothers of La Leche League, is also on the board. She and I met Christine at the same time and have both been concerned about the implications for breastfeeding when a mom tests positive for HIV. I think that our knowledge of breastfeeding and work in this area have contributed to increasing the choices for HIV positive moms. Marian and I began hosting workshops on HIV and breastfeeding at LLL conferences in the mid-nineties that have now attracted an international attendance. Marian knew from her work with breastfeeding that exclusive breastfeeding is not always distinguished from mixed feeding in research and she began to encourage the differentiation of exclusive breastfeeding in HIV research. This led to changing the World Health Organization recommendations regarding HIV and breastfeeding. 

I'm happy to answer any other questions you have about this subject.
Looking at the statement at Alive and Well, Peggy was not reading closely.  Thompson is listed as a breastfeeding consultant.  Not a board member.

Thompson was President of LLL until 1980.  Recently, as in, the last 10 to 15 years, Wiki says:

Mrs. Tompson is an engaging speaker, often representing La Leche League at local, national and international conferences, traveling to more than 20 countries in doing so.
When questions and concerns about breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS arose in the late 1990s, Mrs. Tompson began to ask questions about the available research.[3] This resulted in AnotherLook at Breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 dedicated to gathering information, raising critical questions, and stimulating research about breastfeeding in the context of HIV/AIDS. She is President and CEO.
 So.  There you go.

As for answering further questions, this one was posed:

Do you realize that Alive and Well argues that HIV does not cause AIDS by using out of date, incomplete or inaccurate information, and by claiming that AIDS is just the name given to 29 common illnesses despite the fact that at least one of these 'common' illnesses is not at all common in individuals with a healthy immune system?
And she hasn't answered.

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