2017: Time for a Shift – in Perspective

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January 6, 2017 As a child, I seemed to be afraid of everything, cats, dogs, snakes, dragonflies, ghosts, kidnappers – even ordinary ducks. And one of my missions in life has been the systematic overcoming of those fears, one by … Continue reading

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Areva Martin: An “Everyday” But Disappointing Autism Advocate

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January 2, 2017 During my morning routine of IonCleanse and tulsi tea, I picked up the book The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism, by Areva Martin, Esq. from the table next to me where I had … Continue reading

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Seven Major Flaws in Zerbo et al. (2016): Association Between Influenza Infection and Vaccination During Pregnancy and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

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December 12, 2016 By James Lyons-Weiler, Bernadette Pajer, and Zoey O’Toole Summary: We describe seven major flaws in the study by Zerbo et al. (2016). The combined tactic of “correcting for” interacting and functionally related risk factors leads to the … Continue reading

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Lessons in the Storm (2016)

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December 1, 2016 I cannot believe we are a month away from closing 2016. Is it just me, or did this past year fly by in a second? For many, it is the time of the year when we dream … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know If You’re Attending the AutismOne Conference in Colorado Springs

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November 28, 2016 For those of you who have not heard yet, AutismOne announced in May 2016 that for 2017 the conference is moving from Chicago to the Hotel Eleganté in Colorado Springs, my hometown. Many of you are, like … Continue reading

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Paul Offit on “Confronting Vaccine Resistance”: “Get the F*ck out of Here!”

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November 23, 2016 On a freezing Monday morning in New York City, around 100 or so vaccine-safety and vaccine-rights advocates gathered with signs outside NYU Langone Medical Center, to exercise their First Amendment right to free assembly and protest against … Continue reading

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Post-Election To-Do Item: Make Sure Others Know They Matter

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November 11, 2016 We recently ran a review of Julie Obradovic’s new book An Unfortunate Coincidence in which we said she had a rare way with words. So it should come as no surprise that, when it comes to election … Continue reading

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Dear Mom in the Waiting Room

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November 2, 2016 I see you there. In the corner. Trying to pretend you’re not here. That you’re not at a pediatric rehab facility with your child. Trying to deny that the flapping, toe walking, and self-injurious behaviors aren’t autism. … Continue reading

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“An Unfortunate Coincidence” That Was Anything But Coincidental

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October 31, 2016 Pray, don’t find fault with the man that limps,  Or stumbles along the road. Unless you have worn the moccasins he wears, Or stumbled beneath the same load.  . . . Take the time to walk a … Continue reading

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Legal Guardianshit: What Parents of Adults with Autism Need to Know

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October 28, 2016 If you have a child with autism, you may be wondering what happens when my child turns 18 and becomes a legal adult? What if they cannot make their own medical and financial decisions or read beyond … Continue reading

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