Friday, May 26, 2006


As I write this, we’ve been through one full day of the Autism One conference in the suburbs of Chicago, and it has been an amazing experience thus far. I’m “meeting” people I’ve already come to know well through the internet. I’m exploring and learning and having a great time.

After this is over, I’m going to take a little time to process everything and put it all into perspective. Some time in the next week, I expect to post something about my impressions. In the meantime, you can listen to some of the sessions on Autism One Radio.

I can make a preliminary observation. There are a lot of very bright people who share my opinions on the existence of an autism epidemic, and the reasons we have the epidemic. We’re not stupid; we’re not gullible. We are an interesting combination of angry and hopeful. And we are intent on creating miracles.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you see Mary Beth Palo speak please ask her why she just continually promotes her videos and does not speak of Chiari One screening, which is obviously important when a child is diagnosed with autism. Although they thought her son was autistic, it turns out he had Chiari One and fully recovered after the surgery. It seems he wasn't autistic at all. She's quite adamant in promoting screening and I wonder why she doesn't take the opportunity at the Autism One Conferences to inform people of this. You have to wonder about her motives. I'd be cautious of some of the people who "claim" expertise.

5/27/06, 8:16 AM  
Blogger ballastexistenz said...

It is a myth that you have to be stupid or gullible in order to be misled.

5/27/06, 11:23 AM  
Blogger Craig Westover said...

Nice meeting you, Wade. All the best --


5/28/06, 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are far more people who agree with you that autism is an epidemic and that there is great hope through treatment.

The fact that less of them choose to spend their time blogging will never change that.

I can't wait to read your summary of Autism One - not all of us have been able to get there for money or other reasons.

Cheri M.

5/28/06, 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being bright does not mean you are right. Plenty of bright people are still waiting for some crediblle evidence.

5/29/06, 3:40 AM  
Blogger Ian Parker said...

Mike Stanton wrote:

"Plenty of bright people are still waiting for some crediblle evidence."

True, but many of them are also willing to accept the need for and validity of the search for evidence.

5/29/06, 9:57 AM  
Blogger María Luján said...

Mike Stanton wrote

"Plenty of bright people are still waiting for some credible evidence."

True, but the definition of credible evidence , beyond objective parameters at population levels of high quality science and at scientific level through peer-reviewed papers, is different for each (parent or not) depending on personal experience.

María Luján

5/29/06, 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no better evidence than the recovery of my child.

There is no one more blind than those who will not see.

5/29/06, 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so glad you're having a good time there. sounds fascinating. and yes, you are NOT stupid or gullible. you are a interesting group investigating something extremely important! here's to miracles!

5/30/06, 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wade, I can't wait to hear about everything when you get back. Everyone pioneering any kind of new frontier has been called stupid and gullible. I don't care as long as our kids keep getting healthier, more capable, and more independent. Let the parade of insults continue!

5/31/06, 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its so easy to accuse or invalidate people, thoughts, research, etc.... under the protection of anonymity. People who aren't afraid go public... and we should praise them for their courage and not degrade them for being different or not having the "perfect" information...

Ignorance is bliss - a place where cowards are very comfortable! You should challenge yourselves and dare to educate others.

6/27/06, 11:50 AM  

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