Brain Right BrainLet’s just jump right to the video clip. Because it needs no introduction, it is just so wrong:The speaker is Polly Tommey. Polly Tommey has a long history of bad autism advocacy. When people think of the autism parents who just do advocacy wrong, they are thinking of people like Polly Tommey. She’s been a voice in the “vaccines-cause-autism” movement for a long time. She’s worked with Andrew Wakefield (whose unethical actions in relation to disabled patients at his hospital lost him his medical license. To name one of his many failures). This in itself demonstrates bad judgement and poor reasoning. Recall that Andrew Wakfield fictionalized an account of a parent murdering her autistic child, framing it as an act of love.But the low point of Polly Tommey’s advocacy career came when she and Andrew Wakefield “helped” a family in crisis. They were working on a reality…View original post 1,055 more words
This blog post is titled “Another Pro-Vaxer Watched Vaxxed” because a pro-vaxer has already watched Vaxxed. Actually, more than one, because the feathery dinosaur and the blinky box have already covered this subject.
And what is it with people not understanding how British titles work? Dr. Wakefield is equivalent to calling someone who works for a living ‘sir’.
“In most other parts of the world all medical practitioners, physicians and surgeons alike, are referred to as Dr while in the UK surgeons are usually referred to as Mr/Miss/Ms/Mrs. This is because, from the Middle Ages physicians had to embark on formal university training to gain possession of a degree in medicine before they could…
View original post 302 more words
The truth about anti vaccine nutcases. All their abuse, rage and so forth promoting their delusional beliefs.
In the interest of promoting more robust discourse around the importance of regular vaccinations for serious but preventable contagious conditions, MHA@GW is hosting a guest post series in honor of…
Who the F#ck follows this pathetic excuse of a man. If you think vaccinations are so safe how about we give you the full dose a baby would receive in the first year and see what your motor skills a…
Menstruation is a peculiar phenomenon that women go through on a roughly monthly cycle, and it’s not immediately obvious from an evolutionary standpoint why they do it. It’s wasteful &m…
Source: Why do women menstruate?
Yesterday, Disability Scoop published an article stating that Autism Speaks has discontinued its use of the word “cure” in its rhetoric.
Previously, Autism Speaks spoke of unifying the autism community to address what it called an “urgent global health crisis.”
“We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. We strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society: and we work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder,” the old statement indicated.
Well, that’s good, right? It’s good to not be talking so much about a cure anymore, right?
The new version, which the nonprofit says has been in the works since at least late last year, takes a decidedly different tack.
“Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the…
View original post 441 more words
Warning: Some gory pictures ahead. Not safe for work or children.
While this subject borders on the macabre, I believe that taking an unflinching look at natural extremes can provide us with important insights into how God, or nature, works.
Such unique traits are fascinating because, on the one hand, we see the miracle of creation, but on the other hand, we see that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. Something unexpected has happened, and nature seems unprepared to handle it. And this leads us to ask some interesting questions about the existence of the individual soul, and questions about who, or what, is behind the formation of these bodies.
Dicephalic Parapagus Twins
Let’s start with the inspirational twins Abby and Brittany Helsen. While in the womb, God or nature knitted them together in an amazing patchwork of organs and bones. The way these twins are joined, it smacks of design, almost as if someone carefully crafted their two bodies so that they could continue to operate in this way.
View original post 1,853 more words
I think it’s great that people want to analyze the neurodiversity movement. But sometimes they open their mouths without knowing a damn thing about the subject.
[Author’s Note: In the seven days since this post was published, an astonishing number of people have crawled out of the woodwork to argue against the aims of the neurodiversity movement…without understanding what the aims of the neurodiversity movement are. Those comments have been summarily deleted.
All commenters are reminded to acquaint themselves with this blog’s Comments Policy before commenting on this or any other post.]
There’s a piece by Gwendolyn Kansen in Pacific Standard called “I’m High-Functioning Autistic. Here’s What the Neurodiversity Movement Gets Wrong About Autism.” [link is to pdf]
Like every other anti-neurodiversity-movement piece I have read to date, this one gets the fundamentals of the neurodiversity movement very, very wrong. So wrong that it doesn’t even function as…
View original post 1,902 more words
[Trigger warning: mental illness] Dear Parent/Carer, I’m writing to you in my capacity both as the parent of a little girl awaiting assessment for autism, and as an adult autistic woman, and …