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Will a new IACC be seated soon? by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The United States has a committee enacted by law called the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee or IACC. The IACC describes itself on its web page as: The Inte ... Read on »
D.A.I.R. Foundation 2013 tax form, about $100k in revenue, $20k in program expenses by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A few years back Andrew Wakefield decided to sue the BMJ and Brian Deer.  This followed a series of articles and public statements that Mr. Wakefield’s work was an “elabor ... Read on »
Hey Jimmy Kimmel, thanks from your autism community! by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Jimmy Kimmel, member of the autism community (he has an autistic family member) took on the anti-vaccine movement in a segment of his show: He starts out with a ... Read on »
Bay Area Day of Mourning: Program Information and List of Names by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Sullivan (Matt Carey) : I was unable to make the Bay Area Day of Mourning in person. Here’s an account, including a list of those named. This list is long ... Read on »
Was autism ever a first advocacy priority for those promoting the idea that vaccines cause autism? by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Years back the evidence was rolling in debunking the hypotheses that the MMR and/or thimerosal in vaccines causes autism. At that time I naively wrote some colleagues in ... Read on »
Is Andrew Wakefield’s Strategic Autism Initiative failing? by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum When Andrew Wakefield left Thoughtful House he set up a charity, the Strategic Autism Initiative.  Interestingly even now, years after it was founded, it appears to have n ... Read on »
Katie, you should be twelve by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Katie McCarron, you were beautiful and wonderful and loved by your father and grandparents and I’m sure so many more. Here’s what your grandfather had to say shortly afte ... Read on »
Why vaccination uptake matters to the autism community by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum With the recent outbreak of measles in California (and spreading elsewhere), we are seeing a lot of new coverage of vaccine related questions. We are also seeing a number ... Read on »
Comment on: Examination of the Safety of Pediatric Vaccine Schedules in a Non-Human Primate Model:... by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum There is a common myth one hears from one group of autism parents: there is no research on autism and vaccines being performed. Usually this is combined with the insinuat ... Read on »
Andrew Wakefield discusses “his war with vaccines” by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum For many years Andrew Wakefield put forth the image of the reasonable scientist who has been persecuted for merely asking questions about vaccines. Over the past year, th ... Read on »
National Geographic, “The War on Science”, includes discussion of vaccines and autism by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I just got my copy of the March 2015 issue of National Geographic a couple of days ago. Imagine my reaction when I saw this cover ( click to enlarge ): In case ... Read on »
Yes, the video “who killed Alex Spourdalakis” video whitewashes a murder by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Consider this review of on Examiner.com. The review is bad. Really bad. But it shows that at least some of the people watching this video are coming away with the idea ... Read on »
Movie review: Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Alex Spourdalakis was an autistic youth. An autistic youth who faced the sort of crisis we all hope never happens. And that is even before he was killed by his mother an ... Read on »
Shannon Rosa: Vaccine Advocates: Please Don’t Discriminate Against My Autistic Son by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Shannon des Roches Rosa, of the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism team, has a new article up on her Squidalicious website that is well worth reading: <a href=" and it has ... Read on »
Shannon Rosa: Don’t Use My Autistic Son as a Reason Not to Vaccinate by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Shannon Rosa is one of the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism team. Her son Leo is extremely cool, and is autistic. The has a great perspective on the autism/vaccine questi ... Read on »
Over $20k in donations to Congressman Posey and now people expect another hearing by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Remember a few years back when Representative Darrell Issa held autism hearings? One in 2012 and one in 2014. As chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government ... Read on »
CNN: The money behind the vaccine skeptics by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum CNN Money has a short video up that makes a point that a few of us have been making for the past few years: much of the vaccine antagonistic message is funded by a few wea ... Read on »
Jenny McCarthy tells the story two different ways…again by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Yep, this doesn’t have anything to do with autism. Well, aside from the fact that we will discuss how one public face for autism is once again showing that her stories don ... Read on »
Measles are back but where is Jenny McCarthy? by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It takes a lot of courage to stand up and make yourself heard on unpopular topics. But it’s only really courageous if you are willing to accept responsibility for being w ... Read on »
Autism and mercury: never held a lot of interest, and now almost none by Kev Leitch Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum 10 years ago if one went into online discussions about autism, one would find those discussions dominated by parents and one would find a few parents in those discussions ... Read on »