10 Things I’ve Learned about Autism after 14 Years

March 15, 2016

1. It’s not genetic. Oh, it’s genetic to the same extent that being tall is a genetic risk factor for banging your head on low doorways. The doorway? That’s environment.

2. They know we know. And we know that they know we know. Who? Anybody who could lose money or the good faith of the American public.

3. It’s just a matter of time before the “wrong” kid takes the hit.

4. It’s a whole body issue, not just a “different” brain. Stop romanticizing the handful of nerdy kids who made fortunes. How about the high-functioning-but-chronically-under-employed-and-socially-isolate at best or the violent-and-uncommunicative at worst young adults who cannot care for themselves? Romanticize that.

5. Vaccines are the fastest-growing pharmaceutical profit center in the most profitable industry in the U.S. Look it up. I’ll wait.


“The global vaccines industry was valued at $24 billion in 2009 and is expected to reach $52 billion in 2016 at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.5%. The vaccines market, which was once considered a low-profit segment of the top players’ portfolios, showed a turnaround after the resounding success of Prevnar, the first blockbuster vaccine. The ability of vaccines to generate high revenue and profits despite being priced at a premium has proven attractive to both existing players in the market and to big pharmaceutical companies who have been watching the development of the market with interest.

“The surge in revenues and growth rates came at a time when the pharmaceutical industry was under huge pressure from patent expiries and weakened pipelines. The pharmaceutical industry has been intent on strengthening their revenue streams and streamlining operations through lay-offs and shutdowns of manufacturing and R&D operations. The success of premium priced vaccines such as Prevnar, Gardasil, and Cervarix has prompted big pharmaceutical players such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca to invest in the vaccines industry which promises safe revenues due to a lack of threat from generics….”

“…The authors analyze that licensing and co-development agreements are characteristic of the global vaccines market where technologies and development platforms are highly dispersed amongst small and big companies. Smaller vaccine companies that do not have the financial muscle to compete against the top vaccine players make use of their technologies to generate revenues through royalties and through other revenue sharing agreements. Also, a number of public-private partnerships help the vaccines industry develop interventions for new diseases‘

”The global vaccines industry is a difficult industry for smaller companies to succeed in due to the high development costs required for licensing, acquisitions, marketing and manufacturing. Vaccine companies with promising candidates in the pipeline engage in out-licensing agreements with the top players, who in turn provide marketing, sales, and regulatory support. However, the vaccines industry remains an attractive one for large and small companies alike due to its potential to generate revenues from smaller disease populations too. Hence, the vaccines industry is expected to remain highly active in the future fuelled by the encouragement and financing from governments and other health organizations.” (Source)

6. While a gluten-free diet may not help your kid, a crappy diet will actively hurt your kid. Get the crap out. Go as organic as much as you can afford.

7. I’m not crazy. Mad, emotional, stressed, frustrated, and kind of broke . . . yes, that I am. But crazy? No.

8. Moms and dads will be the ones to crack the “mystery.” Actually, we probably already have. We just need to stop trying to build empires and cultivate influence and cooperate with each other.

9. The child is the gift, the autism . . . not so much.

10. We can’t be a world leader with more than 2% of our boys affected by autism.

~ Zorro

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7 Responses to 10 Things I’ve Learned about Autism after 14 Years

  1. Liz says:

    Yes! But also talk about the neurotoxins we accept as “normal” like pesticides(bugs and lawns) and fragrance chemicals.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Yes, it didn’t make this list, but we discuss toxic overload and the kinds of things we NEED to change in order to bring it down. If you watch our Facebook page, we frequently post about glyphosate’s effect on the gut and how that is part and parcel of what is happening to keep our kids (and us!) sick. We’re also advocates of essential oils instead of fragrance, and we’ve got someone working on a “make your own cleaning products” blog.

  2. Gemma says:

    Love em all, but especially #9 🙂

  3. Tim Lundeen says:

    I love your analogy: “It’s not genetic. Oh, it’s genetic to the same extent that being tall is a genetic risk factor for banging your head on low doorways. The doorway? That’s environment.”


  4. Lu says:

    I read all the linked articles–esp. the one on violence among autistics, with its horrifically tragic comments from real parents living real( awful) lives with their out of control kids, and getting no help nor understanding whatsoever from professionals nor others– and I am in shock. Thank you, Zorro, and TMR , for steadfastly telling the truth. Although it was likely my daily tuna fish consumption ( read ” Mercury”) during pregancy PLUS genetics ( poor methylation) that led to my son’s difficulties ( he wasnt vaccinated) and to our struggle as parents, the data on the vaccine industry’s mind boggling profits is nonetheless just shocking and infuriating. . And our government’s complicitness in this scenario leaves me scratching my head: why in the world does our govt want to mandate this situation? What is in it for them to be creating a generation ( or more) of disabled people? I agree with you: they are not stupid; they know what they are doing, and now they lnow we know what they are doing. But with few or no pharmaceuticals that actually help autistics in any way, why in the hell is our govt going along with this ? What are the kickbacks from pharma to the CDC , FDA, and other govt agencies who are supporting this travesty?? This madness, with its attendant measles hoax , crazy legislation, bullying, and herd- immunity myths , took iff like greased lightning two or three years ago. As i meet more and more parents weekly who KNOW their own child’s weirdness started after one of the barrages of vaccines( or whose teenaged daughters menses were fine until they got painful and irregular after Gardasil) , I expect we will reach a critical mass, a tipping point, soon, of people who KNOW. And so much damage has been done to our society , in the meantime. I get the profit motive part, on the part of Merck, Pfizer, et al; but what is in it for our government? Why has it granted Pharma such sweeping immunity from damages?

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Most of the people in government who really push the vaccine agenda either truly believe in them (without really checking the evidence for themselves) or are getting direct or indirect support from them, people like Julie Gerberding who ran the CDC when a number of crucial (and badly manipulated) studies on the autism/vaccine link were released and then left to run the vaccine division at Merck. HUGE conflict of interest revolving door.

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