Other news sources will sometimes showcase their top stories toward the end of the year, so I thought we’d also showcase some of our accomplishments.
They, as well as our other Contributing Editors and guest writers, added hundreds of articles to the website. Here are just a few of the top articles that we featured:
Adriana Gamondes kicked off the beginning of 2014 with a post about the Man Flu
Julie Obradovic’s Public Enemy Number One: White Suburban Educated Moms
Katie Wright’s recap of one of the IACC meetings
Dan Olmsted’s Weekly Wrap about the MMR vaccine, the CDC whistleblower and a torrent of leaks
J.B. Handley wrote a short and sweet message to the CDC whistleblower and his lawyers telling them to speak up!
Natalie Palumbo’s response to Elizabeth Cohen
Kim Stagliano’s response to Jerry Seinfeld’s interview on NBC
John Stone’s article that connected the dots between the CDC and a fugitive
Kent Heckenlively’s The Hammer Falls! post
Anne Dachel’s reminder to the media that they won’t be able to ignore us for too much longer
Cathy Jameson’s letter to Nancy Grace
Teresa Conrick’s Part 1: The Epicenter, which began a series of articles on the Microbiome
AofA’s Top Conversations
Conversations we had on the blog and on social media included these people and topics:
Autism wandering leading to death
Internet trolls and the Chili’s debacle
The autism rate (1 in 68)
Justina Pelletier and medical kidnappings
Alex Spourdalakis’ murder
A-list supporters: Rob Schneider and Aidan Quinn
The Hear This Well campaign
The CDC whistleblower: William Thompson
AofA’s Book Reviews
Besides the Skyhorse Publishing books we featured in December (see the image below for those titles), these are the books we’ve reviewed, recommended or included in posts in 2014:
Karen Kain’s A Unique Life Fully Lived
Ken Siri and Tony Lyons' Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism
Sharyl Attkisson’s Stonewalled
Dr. Amy Yasko's newest book, Feel Good Nutrigenomics
Patricia Lemer’s Outsmarting Autism
Marcia Hinds’ I Know You're in There: Winning Our War Against Autism
Shirley Blaier-Stein’s Autism Mom
Kent David Hammond’s new book, Mercury Poisoning – The Undiagnosed Epidemic
Julie Obradovic referenced Malcom Gladwell’s David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants
Jonathan Rose reviewed Elena Conis’ Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization
AofA’s Movie Picks
We've reviewed, recommended or are patiently waiting for the following movies to debut:
Eric Gladen’s Trace Amounts
Jeff Hayes and Bobby Sheehan’s Bought: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma, and Your Food
Beth Lambert’s Canary Kids: A Film For Our Children
Here’s what we’re keeping our eyes on in 2015:
The Ebola vaccine
All vaccines list one, if not several side effects. Word is that the human trials for the Ebola vaccine trials have halted due to volunteers experiencing reactions. We’ll be keeping our eye on what will be reported and how things will play out for this fast-tracked vaccine.
Our own Teresa Conrick has offered extensive reporting on the microbiome. We look forward to reading more about it microbiome and its role in autism.
The Promised Congressional Hearings
The original hearing was in 2001. Yes, 2001. We saw another hearing in 2012 where autism and vaccines were discussed in the same sentence. Many questions were asked of the witnesses. The witnesses promised to provide answers. Congress promised us another hearing.
Dear Congress, We’re still waiting for that hearing. Love, Cat
Protecting Personal Health Rights
Accessing medical health care has changed. Medical kidnappings and talk of denying vaccine exemptions have made recent news headlines. With personal health care rights being attacked, we’ll be keeping tabs on how those threats will change the health care landscape. We’ll rely on Health Choice http://healthchoice.org/ for updated information and invite you to bookmark the groups’ website as well.
As Our Children Age Out
The Mainstream Media
As always, keeping tabs on the MSM’s agenda and on the cozy relationship they seem to have with certain government agencies and how their reporting affects our personal health care rights will be on our radar.
Now, a request to you, our loyal readers. What would you like to see us share in 2015? Is there a certain topic or interest that you’d like to see us share? Is there an event we should check out? Is there a person in the autism field that we should get to know? Let us know what you’re keeping your eyes on and why it’s important to you.
As we wrap up 2014, we’d love to know one more thing. What is your hope for 2015? Is it personal, or is it something you’d like to see accomplished personally as well as within our community? Let us know what it is in the comments below.
To all of our readers, supporters, sponsors and visitors, here’s to a new year. Here’s to you. And here’s to dreams coming true!
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
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