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Foothill Autism Alliance (FAA) and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Family Resource Meetings are Free
The Age of Autism ‐ Mercury, Medicine, and a Man‐Made Epidemic
Authors Dan Olmsted
and Mark Blaxill
will speak about their groundbreaking new book “The Age of
Autism”. Foothill Autism Alliance (FAA) and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) are teaming up to make
this exciting presentation possible.
For centuries, medicine has made reckless use of mercury, one of the earth's most toxic substances,
with the tragic consequences often ignored. Today environmental pollution, including global emissions of
mercury as well as other toxicants, is also of great concern. This book traces the long overlooked
history of mercury poisoning – from “general paralysis of the insane” arising from mercury treatments for
syphilis, to Sigmund Freud's first cases of hysteria – from baffling new disorders in 19th century Britain,
to the modern epidemic of autism.
Dan and Mark will present their investigation of the first cases of autism diagnosed in the 1940s, in which
they found links to the novel use of mercury in seed disinfectants, lumber fungicides and vaccines. They
will demonstrate how chemical and environmental clues may have been missed as medical "experts"
instead placed blame on parental behavior or children's biology. By exposing the roots and rise of The
Age of Autism, this book attempts to point the way out – to a safer future for our children and the planet.
They will also be signing copies of their book, for sale at the reduced price of $20 (retails at $27.99).
is editor of the web site Age of Autism (www.ageofautism.com). An award-winning journalist, he
has 35 years of experience in the field, including as a senior editor at United Press International (UPI), and as assistant
national editor of USA Today. A graduate of Yale, Mr. Olmsted has overseen various investigations including UPI's
reporting on suicide-related problems with the drug Lariam. He is a member of the National Press Club. Mark Blaxill
is the father of a teenage daughter with autism, editor-at-large for Age of Autism, a SafeMinds board
member, and a frequent speaker at autism conferences. He has been involved in autism advocacy for over a decade and
has written widely on the scientific controversies surrounding autism. He is also managing partner for 3LP Advisors, a firm specializing in intellectual property transactions. He has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and a
bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton
When: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Where: Pasadena Child Development Associates (PCDA)**
Networking 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
620 North Lake Avenue, 2nd floor
Speakers 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Pasadena, CA 91101
Please RSVP to [email protected]
with name and number attending.
FAA is a non-profit 501(c) 3
, all-volunteer organization of parents, professionals, and care givers who are dedicated to
providing education, resources, and support to the autism community.
For more information on the FAA, visit www.foothillautism.org or call (818) 66-AUTISM.
** PCDA is not affiliated with the Foothill Autism Alliance but has graciously allowed the use of its facility. All topics and speakers
are presented for informational purposes and do not constitute an endorsement of any intervention, therapy, or treatment.
Unfortunately, childcare is not available at Resource Meetings.
Out of respect for the speaker and fellow attendees, please do not bring any young children.
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