“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 450 5-star reviews
J.B. Handley is a private-equity entrepreneur, best-selling author, and autism dad. He spent his career 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 September 2018 by Chelsea Green Publishing and was an NPD Bookscan and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller. 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 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 that put them in the crosshairs of the most felonious industry on earth—Big Pharma.”
One of the primary topics from Mr. Handley’s book—that the vaccine court suppressed expert opinions about the connection between vaccines and autism—was recently validated 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 interest in public advocacy 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.
Controversy. Of course, engaging in a public debate about autism’s cause and autism recovery ensures criticism. Mr. Handley’s public advocacy was inspired by the remarkable career of the late Dr. Bernard Rimland, founder of the Autism Research Institute. Not only was Dr. Rimland clear that children can recover from autism, he was also resolute in the role vaccines were playing in triggering regressive autism in certain vulnerable children. Like Mr. Handley, Dr. Rimland spent most of his time interacting with other autism parents, and he relayed the clear, consistent stories of regression after vaccination parents were sharing with him. Of course, there are critics of this point of view, and several of the more prolific critics of Mr. Handley (many hiding behind fake names) were featured in award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s profile of “astroturfers.” For his detractors he offers a simple remedy: “Read my book or write your own.”
Moderation. Mr. Handley has offered a middle-of-the-road solution to the autism epidemic, and his book proposes a modified vaccination schedule. Also, he believes the knowledge and technology now exist to screen vulnerable children out of the vaccination program before their first vaccine. 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.”
Mr. Handley’s middle-of-the-road recommendations have caused pro-vaccine extremists like Dr. David Gorski of Respectful Insolence and Science-Based Medicine to label him an “anti-vaxxer” and caused anti-vaccine extremists to label him “controlled opposition” (implying he is working for vaccine manufacturers). Mr. Handley notes, “If you criticize the vaccine program in any way, despite the fact that U.S. children are given more vaccines than any other first world country, and despite the fact that our vaccine program has more than tripled in a generation, you are instantly labeled an ‘anti-vaxxer’ in order to try and marginalize your point of view. It’s a propaganda technique, but I think most parents see through it. I view anyone who wants to shut down open debate with suspicion.” 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.
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