Best of Dan Olmsted Upon The Debut of Denial
Note: While we were offline taking care of behind the scenes tech issues, Dan was at the forefront of our work. After all, Dan Olmsted WAS and IS the driving force behind Age of Autism. We carry on his work and legacy as best we can, but none of us can replace or duplicate or even approximate his sharp, pithy take on the state of the autism epidemic and how it relates to the world. Below is a post he wrote to tell you about his and Mark Blaxill's third book together. Denial: How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future available now from Skyhorse Publishing. Please honor Dan and thank Mark Blaxill by purchasing a copy and sharing it with family and friends. And leave a review anywhere you can, especially Amazon. This book shines a light into the dark corners of the genesis of neurodiversity and its intent to obfuscate the reality of a crippling epidemic. Haters will trash it, because autism is a parallel universe diagnosis. But you, dear readers, know that. Enjoy these words from Dan. And thank you to Mark Blaxill for making sure the book was finalized under the most difficult circumstances. A lesser man, a less dedicated father and community leader, might have walked away. Kim
By Dan Olmsted, December 2016
Last week I said adieu to old acquaintances and was touched by the comments I got both on- and offline. This week it’s time to move forward into what promises to be a big year for AOA and its allied enterprises. There’s even more to come than I’ll talk about here.
But first let me say, did you ever work on a big project over a long period of time that you cared a lot about – but still had a moment of, “How did I ever get myself into this?” Or, even worse, how do we translate an important but overlooked paper from 1907 in a journal called, I kid you not, Zeitschrift fur die Erforschung und Behandlung des jugendlichen Schwachsinns.*
Well, that moment has come and gone as regards the book Mark Blaxill and I are finishing up this month. Although the title is not set yet, the topic is autism epidemic denial – how it hurts kids, families and our future. AOA readers always come to the rescue, and Birgit Calhoun translated a trove of useful documents from German that are crucial to understanding the whole issue. Thanks, Birgit.
The book, our third together and something of a bookend to the first (The Age of Autism) and second (Vaccines 2.0), will be out in a few months. It has been a fascinating and deep dive into the history of mental disorders in children, which of course is a dark topic, but what we came up with makes hash of the “better diagnosing, awareness, substitution/these kids were always there” mantra we are all so sick of. One more time: No these kids were not ”always there”! We aim to present the definitive account of why autism instead must be a man-made epidemic (the subtitle of our first book) that needs to be stopped. As we say in the book, epidemic denial is not just improbable or implausible; it is, based on both facts and logic, impossible.
We quote our redoubtable colleague J.B. Handley on Paul Offit and his ilk of deniers: J.B. calls epidemic denial the “original sin” of autism. “In Offit’s world, there is absolutely no problem here. Things are as they always were, we just understand it better. Of course, we all know, if there’s no epidemic, there is no environmental trigger, because why have a trigger if something hasn’t actually grown? Said differently: Denying the autism epidemic is to deny the suffering of millions of children and their families and also to deny the exploration into the true cause so the epidemic might end.”
Amen. That’s all I’ll say for now. We have some finishing up to do but are grateful that Skyhorse is again proving a hospitable publisher for our cause. Oh, and we dedicate the book to Bernie Rimland, who “sought the truth and helped sick kids.” Like all of us, we hope to in some small way to further that effort. And we think the timing could be good, eh?
I’m also far from done writing about polio, so expect to see that topic resurface before too long. Last year I wrote a galactic-sized opus about the great northeast epidemic of 1916 and its possible connection to arsenic used for the first time in sugar cane growing, and I warn you I’m just getting started. This year I plan to broaden the horizon quite a bit. If you want to catch up on the stories (the first of which was conceptualized and co-authored with Mark), they are linked in the right hand sidebar.
I get a fair number of blank stares when I tell people about the significance of polio even today, but it has to do in part with vaccine idolatry – the polio vaccine being a supposed triumph when the real story was the creation of a man-made epidemic, not unlike autism. Not unlike autism at all. Sometimes I think the best approach is indirect – I was quoted a way long time ago in the Columbia Journalism Review as saying I came in through the basement window when I first started reporting about autism, looking for clues in the past and in parallel epidemics. Plus, there is the strange new disorder paralyzing kids after what starts out as a polio-like common cold. This bears watching and reporting – we were the first last year to report the CDC notified states that cases were once again soaring in the summer. It’s scary, frankly, and the worst may be yet to come. This is one disease that I think the CDC is not paying enough attention to because it is exactly the way polio began, in fits and starts as an environmental co-factor emerged, and then in epidemic proportions when that co-factor exploded. (Once again, like autism, and for the same reason.)
I keep a copy on my desk of an e-mail from Linda1 who wrote me following a moment of self-questioning (a la “how did I ever get myself into this”): “If there’s anything we can learn from history, it’s that historians, especially when they are medical historians, often don’t get it right. So it’s very good that you are reexamining the polio epidemic from a fresh perspective. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from looking back 100 years. It’s an important exercise. Look at Egyptologists. They spend their entire careers trying to figure out what happened 5,000 years ago.”
Thank you Linda1! I also have to thank the cookie that, I kid you not, delivered this fortune with Chinese takeout last year: “You could prosper in the field of medical research.” Prosper, of course, means many things, and I’ll take “coming across unexpected riches through looking carefully at conventional wisdom” as my first definition. It’s what we try to do every day.
Of course, straightforward attacks on the Death Star of vaccine injury (and epidemic) denial are good, too, and Kim does such a great job of blasting out articles (and the perfect visuals/videos/music to match) every day, many by our great group of contributors who, like all of us, are in this for the long haul and trying to figure out ways to make it shorter – for the sake of our kids, our families and our future. Please give us any suggestions to improve – we’re not touchy!
May the rebel alliance prosper in 2017.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.
*Modern translation: Journal for the Study and Treatment of Intellectual Disability.
During a bit of debate on Twitter re measles etc., I got the usual 'better diagnosis' argument. I responded suggesting they read 'Denial'. One response I received was as follows:
'Their theories have been disprove by actual scientists'
I have asked (politely) for information about the 'actual scientists' proof that Dan and Marks' diligent research (not theories) has been disproved and will let you know when I hear.
Just thought I'd share!
Posted by: Susan Welch | August 22, 2018 at 09:22 AM
I will watch the links you provided. Interesting that Elon Musk worries about AI but the venerable (sarcasm intended) Zuckerberg loves it.
Posted by: @Linda1 | August 21, 2017 at 05:27 PM
All this "science is real" messaging seems to be lost with the push for child transitioning and genderless education. Someone in Canada recently got to declare their child as neither F or M but U for 'undecided.' Oh but now my transphobia and anti-feminism is showing.
Posted by: @Linda1 | August 21, 2017 at 05:21 PM
My memory could be failing me, but I don't remember a solar eclipse being hyped like this. I don't remember media driven mass eclipse migrations either. No doubt boosting economies is part of it. But I think the bigger picture is our attention is being directed to the cosmos and certain parts of science. Why?
I know I'm cynical, but all things considered, I can't help it.
Posted by: Linda1 | August 21, 2017 at 04:10 PM
It's even more insidious than that. If you question anything "they" promote: open borders, vaccine safety, pedophilia, destruction of historic statues, you will be called something ending in phobia, ist or ism. It's conflating any extreme positions with normal questioning. It is psychological warfare and is scary.
Posted by: @Linda1 | August 21, 2017 at 02:42 PM
Thank you, I wasn't aware of 'slow rabies' in India until you mentioned it, sounds like yet another side effect of over vaccination. It would be nice if well designed studies were conducted to measure these effects and parents were given true informed consent and choice regarding vaccinations. Until that day comes and the lying stops, I reject all in order to preserve health.
Posted by: kws | August 20, 2017 at 02:38 PM
Smart meters led me to 5G which led to IoT which opened up the big picture.
Research transhumanism and the singularity. A couple more to share:
The coming transhuman era: Jason Sosa at TEDxGrandRapids
Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us | Jay Tuck | TEDxHamburgSalon
This guy is all for what is in store. Notice the list of jobs that robots will do:
'AI could be the last invention we do as humankind'
Posted by: Linda1 | August 20, 2017 at 10:39 AM
Linda 1, you're absolutely right. See also my comment on "AofA. We now return to ......"
Posted by: Grace Green | August 20, 2017 at 07:23 AM
To kws, Since you are interested in measles, I wonder if you have ever investigated IDDM (hope I have the acronym right) IDDM seems to be something like a child having a slow case of rabies. If you read American literature on this topic, they will give the impression that IDDM is a result of wild measles. However, in an Indian textbook on Vaccines, they readily admit that this can be a result of measles vaccine. Nevertheless, the textbook's author somewhat angrily insists that it is still a good idea to give the measles vaccine because more lives will be saved, even if a few fall by the wayside with IDDM . Somehow one feels that parents might best be the ones to make that decision.
Posted by: cherry Misra | August 20, 2017 at 03:32 AM
Linda 1: If you're trying to scare the hell out of us, you're succeeding. Are magnets effective against them? Drenching them in water? Sabot's?
Posted by: Gary Ogden | August 19, 2017 at 05:09 PM
My comment this morning didn’t post for some reason (it showed “Posted by,” but otherwise was blank). Here is an attempted reconstruction: I well remember reading this post last December, and reading it again brought tears to my eyes, thinking of Dan and the vitally important work he did for humanity. Polio, the defining disease scare-story from my childhood. Still hungry for more knowledge. I’m partway through “Denial”. It is a powerful work, a meticulous, thorough demolishing of the autism propaganda/spin machine, and thus will be ignored by the media. The work of Age of Autism is so crucial to our future that I’m going to attempt to send a contribution every month, and urge others to do so, as well. Thanks, Kim, for posting this piece again. One of his best.
Posted by: Gary Ogden | August 19, 2017 at 05:01 PM
I'm grateful we have had Mr. Olmsted "looking carefully at conventional wisdom," and grateful to Mr. Blaxill and all who've had and hand in making sure the important work of Denial has been entered published!
Conventional wisdom in medicine seems anxious to forget history. Here's a list of several vaccine adverse vaccine events & findings compiled by Jon Rappoport:
Posted by: Jeannette Bishop | August 19, 2017 at 03:28 PM
I look forward to reading the book. But now considering the big picture, we see artificial intelligence being rolled out under the radar with mass surveillance and installation of millions of mini cell towers and sensors to be placed in and around every home and in every single product and even in us and it's here now. Meanwhile, there is also a feverish move to disable and poison the humans. This is not denial. It's deliberate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCP2iiP7YTg (at the end of the debate, the scientist explains that the robots will all be connected via wi-fi and the cloud - what one learns, they all learn simultaneously)
Posted by: Linda1 | August 19, 2017 at 02:27 PM
Well, Barnes in my neighborhood didn't have 'Denial' so I ordered it online. I'm fascinated by the Polio investigation since the two things I hear the most from pro-vaxxers are 1) herd immunity and 2) polio.
Nevertheless, my son's life was collateral damage in the War against Measles. #FrazierJackal
Glad you guys are back online.
Posted by: kws | August 19, 2017 at 01:11 PM