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How my son’s autism brought me to science, and how I brought science to him (Part 2)

My son started asking questions at least two years after his same-age peers, and the “why” questions would come in very much later (he is now seven years-old). At first he most needed to know about routine, expectations, and rules; … Continue reading

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How my son’s autism brought me to science, and how I brought science to him (Part 1)

The furthest I studied science was to Sixth Form Chemistry, that was so long ago that these days they don’t even call it “Sixth Form” anymore. Science didn’t feature much in my tertiary studies; the closest I got was courses … Continue reading

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“That’s science, but this is not.”

Yesterday, a story on stuff.co.nz looked at the increase in the number of New Zealand children being diagnosed with anxiety. There has been a significant increase in mental health diagnoses, particularly under the heading of “anxiety.” The story shared concerns … Continue reading

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Update to guidelines for pharmacological interventions for ASD, in NZ

In March 2011, there was a supplementary paper released updating the guidelines in New Zealand, for three pharmacological interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Those three interventions are aripiprazole, citalopram, and melatonin. This updates the 2008 government publication “New Zealand … Continue reading

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Law, Science, Burdens of Proof, and Contextual Truth.

This is another one of my posts where I am trying to sort and clarify my current knowledge and understandings. Though I do have a legal and philosophy background which I use in this post, I do not have a … Continue reading

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Review of Paul Offit’s “Autism’s False Prophets”

As I read “Autism’s False Prophets”, I found myself wishing that I’d read it years ago, so I could have been better informed and prepared to deal with all the misinformation about autism, and the dangerous therapies offered for autistic … Continue reading

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Where’s the Harm…

When a child suffers, and science can’t provide definitive answers and solutions to stop the suffering, parents turn to whatever is left, no matter how unproven. No matter how expensive. No matter how demeaning, or dangerous..? In the world of … Continue reading

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Ought to vaccine or Autism Vaccine: Part 2, Money vs Science

The following claim is easy to make, and made far too often: “Anyone who speaks out pro-vaccination, in the face of the over-whelming evidence of it causing autism, must be funded by a corporation that makes a tidy profit from … Continue reading

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Ought to vaccine, or Autism Vaccine: Part One, The Golden Mean.

My son had all his vaccinations. My son has autism. Depending on whether I think these two statements are related, I will be viewed by some as an ignorant, neglectful parent who pays too much attention to mainstream media, or … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding, Autism, and Mobile Phone Masts

I stopped breastfeeding my son at 14 months, after multiple futile efforts to stop him biting. It’s possible that the enormous difficulty I had, was related to his autism, since he couldn’t read my face: My tears and cries of … Continue reading

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