In a Different Key – Interview with John Donvan and Caren Zucker

By on July 20, 2016

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Review and Video: Autism’s False Prophets by Dr. Paul Offit

By on October 17, 2008

Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Medicine, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure is a well-referenced, historical work that explains the dangerous and unnecessary controversies that have put the lives of autistic children at risk. Offit sets up his book by explaining how he has become a major player in the field of immunology. He then explores the process by which the autism/vaccine controversy has been given so much attention. He...

X-Files Star Amanda Peet Speaks Out Against Anti-Vaccine Autism Groups

By on July 18, 2008

X-Files: I Want to Believe star Amanda Peet has spoken out against the "fringe medical groups and parent advocacy groups who claim that vaccines cause autism, or that they have too many "toxins," or "viral challenges" for our tiny babies' bodies to handle." In an article in Cookie Magazine, Peet is quoted saying "Frankly, I feel that parents who don't vaccinate their children are parasites."

Peet's comments are consistent with the medical...

Study rules out vaccines as causes of autism

By on July 11, 2006

Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) like autism and Asperger Syndrome have been on the rise for years. Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccines and thimerosal-containing vaccines (which are approximately 50 percent ethylmercury) have been suggested as possible causes. A new McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) study, published in the scientific journal Pediatrics, assessed the link between childhood immunizations and PDD in 28,000 Quebec...

Area group aims to raise awareness of mercury risks

By on September 5, 2005 reports: I'm quoted in this article so I suppose I should post it. A free subscription is required to read it online, however, I have provided the article in its entirety below:
Several local families have banded together to purchase three billboards to educate people about dangers they believe are related to thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used for many years in vaccines.

A known neurotoxin, thimerosal has been...

The Age of Autism: March of the experts

By on August 19, 2005 reports: "The news that the first child diagnosed with autism got better after medical treatment -- while leading experts didn`t make the connection -- suggests how research and reality have been distorted for decades."

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In mercury/autism debate, science and logic go out the window…

By on June 19, 2005 reports: I think you could quite easily teach a class on the logical fallacies committed in the autism/mercury debate - fallacies committed quite equally on both sides.

Hopefully the result of this increased publicity is some decent research by those with the means to do it right (read: NIH). Maybe then we could finally get on with it (regardless of the outcome of said research).

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. talks about autism/mercury

By on June 16, 2005 reports: Posted today (despite the date at the bottom of the article) at
Even for scientists and doctors accustomed to confronting issues of life and death, the findings were frightening. "You can play with this all you want," Dr. Bill Weil, a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics, told the group. The results "are statistically significant." Dr. Richard Johnston, an immunologist and pediatrician from...

The Age of Autism: Mercury ascending

By on May 31, 2005 reports: "A year ago, the prestigious Institute of Medicine slammed the door on the idea that mercury in vaccines bore any relation to autism."

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The Age of Autism: Absence of evidence

By on May 30, 2005 reports: "After several weeks of looking, the prevalence of autism among the central Pennsylvania Amish still appears remarkably low, and the few cases I have found suggest an ominous pattern."

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