“Triumphant! Captivating! I echo every other 5 star rating on this book! Thank-you JB for all your painstaking effort, and determination to get your family's story on paper. Recorded to help those who seek truth, and never stop asking questions. I sobbed reading the epilogue. You can feel the love he has for his son on every single page. This book is a true act of personal sacrifice. My favorite quote amongst the many fabulous quotes in the book is at the beginning of the introduction; ‘There really are places in your heart you don't even know exist until you love a child’, Anne Lamott.”
- Amazon customer, one of over 500 5-star reviews
J.B. Handley, Jr. is a private-equity entrepreneur and autism dad. He spent his career in San Francisco in the private equity industry and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University. His book, How to End the Autism Epidemic, was published in 2018 by Chelsea Green Publishing. Mr. Handley has never received any money from his autism advocacy work, and has donated 100% of the proceeds from his best-selling book to autism charities.
Mr. Handley’s April 2018 blog post International scientists have found autism's cause. What will Americans do? has been praised by scientists and doctors all over the world for its focus on published science and for promoting the debate about the role that immune activation events in the brains of infants are playing in the development of autism. As Mr. Handley notes, “I think the published science shows we are much closer to understanding the cause of regressive autism than many appreciate. I’m grateful there are so many courageous scientists willing to publish peer-reviewed biological studies in prestigious medical journals.”
One of the other topics from Mr. Handley’s book—that the vaccine court suppressed expert opinions about the connection between vaccines and regressive autism amongst children with mitochondrial dysfunction—was recently highlighted in the mainstream news in this article in The Hill and on the T.V. Program Full Measure:
January 13, 2019: The Hill: How a pro-vaccine doctor reopened debate about link to autism
January 6, 2019: Full Measure: The Vaccination Debate
“Now—we have remarkable new information: a respected pro-vaccine medical expert used by the federal government to debunk the vaccine-autism link, says vaccines can cause autism after all. He claims he told that to government officials long ago, but they kept it secret.”
Autism recovery. Mr. Handley’s primary advocacy interest has been the recovery of children with autism through a process known as “biomedical intervention.” In 2009, he and his wife produced a movie, Autism Yesterday, profiling the journey of five families undertaking biomedical intervention for their children with autism. Today, three of the five children from the movie are attending college and no longer have an autism diagnosis.
Moderation. Mr. Handley has offered a middle-of-the-road solution to the autism epidemic, and his book proposes a modified vaccination schedule. (Since measles is the topic of the day, it’s worth mentioning that the modified schedule includes the MMR vaccine.)
As he points out, “I think it really is attainable to end the autism epidemic. Eliminating several of the more recent vaccines from the schedule, like Hepatitis B, and screening for vulnerable children before their first vaccine could, in my opinion, drastically reduce the number of children with autism without any sacrifice to public health.” Mr. Handley notes that a book written by a pediatrician—The Vaccine Friendly Plan—did exactly this in a large pediatric practice and saw a dramatic reduction in the autism rate.
As he points out, “One-size-fits-all is an arcane approach to medicine. Penicillin saves many people’s lives, but it can also kill some with a deadly allergy. Vaccines are no different, and biological diversity guarantees that some babies will have a negative reaction, like my son. It may be a small percentage of children who should never receive a vaccine, but our health authorities should determine who they are before subjecting them to unnecessary risk. This would increase parental trust in the vaccination program.” He accepts that proposing a solution to a debate fraught with so much emotion will produce plenty of criticism, and hopes people will read his book with an open mind.