24 July 2021
I remember "Dr. Mercola" who is, this late July Saturday morning in the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic and Charlie's work program in continued uncertainty as to when it can fully reopen, at the top of the New York Times' website.
(Charlie received his Covid-19 vaccine back in January.)
Once upon a long time ago when seeking information about autism, the likes of the gluten-free casein-free diet and biomedical remedies. I came across the name of "Dr. Mercola" constantly. Email list serves were a mainstay of information then and his name and protocols were often mentioned by parents. My perusal of his materials suggested that he was not really talking about autism but about the sort of general against-received-medical-advice alternative health kinds of treatments that, growing up in Oakland and the Bay Area, I had heard about and seen practiced around me all my life.
Those were the days I wrote an awful lot of blog posts about anti-vaccine "advocates" who claimed, among much else, that vaccines or some substance in vaccines was the cause of autism. And once again the anti-vaccine movement has reared its head. Yesteryear's autism wars seem a precursor to the renewed vaccine wars.