From February 6th, 2009

Scientific Review of the Immunization Action Coalitions Guidelines to Vaccination Policies

The issue of whether vaccines are related to autism in any manner remains a controversial and divisive one. The tremendous financial and public health ramifications of the issue render it difficult to imagine that individuals from any community, be it scientific, pharmaceutical, governmental, or parental, can remain unbiased while addressing it. The following article, which is slated to be published soon, is by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of the most active and controversial players in the debate, and consists of a response to the document entitled “Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots” by Dr. Ari Brown, published…

Shedding Light on Autism

presented by SIDNEY MacDONALD BAKER, MD May 15-17, 2009Big Sur, California Spend a weekend at Esalen with Dr. Baker, Former Director of the Gesell Institute of Human Development, co-founder of DefeatAutism Now! and co-author of Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments, and practicing physician. Treating the Unique Child: Private Options, Public Policy and the Autism Spectrum will be an intelligent conversation leading to the ultimate question faced by parents, teachers, physicians, therapists: “Have we done everything we can for this child? ” This is a question Dr. Baker learned to ask in Nepal in 1959 when he apprenticed with Dr. Edgar Miller…

Lawmakers Poised to Write New Chapter in State School Saga

By Corrie MacLaggan AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF AT THE GROUP HOME:Mac Olive had been on a waiting list since 2000 but moved into a Home and Community-based Services program house in Austin after a few months at the state school, his sister Missy Olive said. When Missy Olive moved her brother Mac to Austin State School, an institution for Texans with mental retardation, it wasn’t because she wanted him to live there. It was a way to avoid a very long waiting list.Since 2000, Mac Olive, 29, had been on the list for the Home and Community-based Services program (HCS), which helps…