Saturday, December 29, 2007

New blog name

Recent visitors may have noticed that this blog has a new name and a new heading.

I have come to realize "Proud Autistic" may not have been the best choice for a name. I am indeed happy with who I am... most of the time. What readers here don't know is that I do get depressed, stressed, anxious about things, you name it. I have been in a state of depression since November. Thought about suicide early on, but reconsidered. Now I don't know what to do, or how to do it.

I have been reading Harold Doherty's blog Facing Autism in New Brunswick lately. Some things I agree with him on. Others I don't. The things we disagree on, I hope to post about later. Maybe have him answer some things for me. Hopefully to come to an understanding of each other.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and has a good New Year's Day.

Yes, even you, Mr. Best.

Good day.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Why do people do this???

I know I said I would return in January, however, this is important.

Six people, three generations of a single family, were murdered in cold blood on Christmas day. Two of them young kids, ages 3 and 6.

There is no motive.

The suspects were planning to get married soon. One of them is related to the victims.

What's more is that the one who killed the kids apologized before doing it. That makes the whole situation even worse and makes me sadder.

But the victims are now in a better place, away from this Hell hole we call Earth.

I've mentioned before that I do karaoke. I recorded one a few days ago for my upcoming autism CD, but this version is in tribute to the victims.

To listen, just click the play button. It sounds very rough, but I'm no pro.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy holidays, everyone

I'm taking the rest of the year off so I can enjoy myself. Or at least try to.

See you all in 2008!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dear Deirdre Imus:

The idiot wife of the senile Don Imus wrote a column on Huffington Post, showing how common idiocy runs in the Imus family:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deirdre-imus/missing-the-mercury-threa_b_77927.html

While some of her points are well made, the fact of the matter is that vaccines save lives. Period. I was vaccinated with everything except with the varicella vax. The MMR (which has never contained thimerosal at any time) saved my own life. The levels of thimerosal that was injected into me were therapteutic. I had no reactions to it. My non-autistic brother was also vaccinated. If mercury causes autism like these idiots believe it does, then why is he NOT affected? Also, please try to explain how the autism rates have skyrocketed in the USA and The Netherlands, despite banning thimerosal in required vaccinations. The ONLY explanation for this fake "epidemic" is increased awareness. Nothing more. In reality, there aren't more autistics being born, they simply have it in their genes.

Friday, December 21, 2007

If autism was invented in 1931 like the Mercury Militia thinks it was...

Then please explain why many of the world's greatest minds were autistic.

The term 'autism' wasn't popularized until Hans Asperger called his original patients "autistic psychopaths" in the mid 1930's, however autism has existed since at least the mid 1500's.

Sir Isaac Newton was one of the first people to show autistic traits.

Also on the spectrum were Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, his rival and former partner Nikola Tesla, and the world's first real genius, Albert Einstein.

Mercury poisoning is a serious health issue that should be properly tested for and treated. However, mercury poisoning doesn't even remotely resemble autism. Mercury poisoning is potentially fatal. Autism is not. Therefore, chelation is good for true mercury poisoning. Even then, you cannot reverse the damage already done. Chelation for autism is quackery at its finest.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

NYU has pulled that dreadful ad campaign!

http://www.aboutourkids.org/about_us/public_awareness

Looks like the complaints got to them. They admitted their own stupidity.

They hope to bring attention in less controversial means from now on, and even hope to have public involvement sometime next year.

Monday, December 17, 2007

John Best, Jr. - Pathetic Scum

If you honestly believe the current NYU ad campaign is an accurate portrayal of autism, then you are a sick and pathetic excuse for a human being.

How on God's green Earth could anyone in their right mind agree with that bullshit advertisement? I wasn't kidnapped by anything or anyone.

Autism can be challenging, but anyone who thinks it's a fucking death sentence like you do, Best, belongs in an institution. People like you are a danger to society.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Our Names Are Autism Too.

http://www.isn.net/~jypsy/AuSpin/ournames.htm

Take a look at this. If you agree with it, send them an email to add your name. Do it for not only me, but yourselves and if you're a parent of a child on the spetrum, do it for them too.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

In defense of the neurotypicals, part 2

Evidentally, some people aren't getting why I'm defending the Autism Speaks forum members.

It's simple, really.

They're willing to learn from me, and I'm willing to learn from them. Why is this a problem?

I might as well say it right now. Just because say I don't want a cure for my own autism, has never meant I was never open to one. If anyone on the spectrum wants a cure, by all means, go ahead and fund research for one.

This is how I've always felt. I'm not anti-cure. I'm not anti-biomed, either. I'm just anti-misinformation.

I also have a tip that could provide usefulness:

If you suspect your child has been poisoned by mercury, see a toxicologist and go from there. That way, if chelation is actually needed (you know, for actual mercury poisoning, not autism) then insurance would cover it. Going through DAN doesn't allow for this.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

In defense of the neurotypicals...

Oh boy, I don't know where to start.

I arrived at the Autism Speaks forums sometime in mid-November, after reading a thread on wrongplanet.net, saying that the members there were ignorant of those with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning Kanner's autism (I personally fit into the latter group). I signed up with the intent to question those "ignorant NT's", as it was put.

However, after getting to interact with the NT members, I saw none of this. There are a few who are anti-vaccine, even though Thimerasol hasn't been in most of them since the beginning of the millenium. There are some who approve of dangerous chelation therapy. However, they are the minority of the forum members. Even then, I am respectful in my disagreements with them.

Turns out, many of the neurotypicals are not ignorant. In fact, they are rather nice and helpful.

To the members of Wrong Planet who sign up to the AS forums just to cause trouble, you make us look like those Aspies For Freedom extremists.
I only have two words for you.

To everyone else, thank you.

Monday, December 10, 2007

It seems I'm severely misunderstood.

Especially when I say "I don't want a cure for autism".

There are actually things about me that I would love to change in a heartbeat.

If there were a cure for shyness, I'd gladly accept it. Everything I've tried has been a complete failure.

I have a problem with honesty. Many people think of honesty as a good thing. Most of the time, it is. However, my honesty has caused more trouble for me than I would like to admit.

On the other hand...

My intelligence level is above average, and has been since I was first tested at age 5.

I have a deep appreciation for music, and have even been told that I have a great singing voice.

I also win at trivia, especially if it involves music, sports or the Revolutionary War.

Knowing the positive aspects of autism that I have just mentioned, why on God's green Earth would I want to give it up?

I'd love to know what it's like to have friends, but at the same time, I'd rather keep my intelligence and musical abilities. Autism gave me all of these things, and I'm glad for that.

Why is this such a problem? My parents know that there's a very good reason I am what I am. I was made this way.

I respect opposing viewpoints as much as I disagree with them. I just wish they would respect mine.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Making dietary changes.

First off, I'll start by saying that the dental surgery went well, with absolutely no complications. Thank God!

Now to get to the subject of this post.

I'm making changes in my eating habits, and for the better. Instead of shark (dangerously high in methylmercury content), I'll eat rainbow trout.

Dairy is now out completely. Not because of an allergy to casein, but instead due to lactose intolerance, which has developed over the years and has gotten progressively worse.

Brown rice (and others, such as Jasmine rice, Basmati rice and wild rice) will be consumed as much as possible. I love rice!

No more wheat noodles. And unless that means I can find a noodle that can be used in spaghetti (most "egg" noodles contain semolina, which contains wheat gluten), then no more of it either :(

This will be quite tough I think, but I can do it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Expect no updates until next week.

tomorrow i have a dental appointment to remove three molars which are in terrible condition.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Well.

I'm sorely lacking in vitamin D and calcium.

Went to get both today, came back with just vitamin D as I was short on cash. If I feel like walking again, I'll go back tomorrow for calcium.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanks everyone

To those who have offered me support this past week, thanks.

My stress and anxiety are through the roof. I have a dental extraction scheduled this week.

I also might have carpal tunnel syndrome.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Off-topic: Fantasy football

Once in a while, I will make an off-topic post or two, just to keep this thing balanced.

I LOVE SPORTS. Because one of my obsessions is sport statistics, fantasy sports are also love. Going into this weekend, I am 8-3 in fantasy football and tied for first place in my league. Even as a stat/fact guy, I have NEVER done this well in fantasy sports, so I am very happy with myself right now.


And just for the record, the league I am in is a private league for members of Toon Zone, a set of forums for cartoon lovers. Not surprisingly, a number of members there are also on the autism spectrum. Most of them are Asperger's, though.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Public apology

I retract what I previously said about the Autism Speaks message board.

I was in the middle of a bad meltdown and I lost it. I realize I'm trying to promote the positive aspects of autism, but these things can happen and I don't expect anyone to be perfect.

New feature: Song of the day (or week).

I've decided to post either a link to a Youtube video or the lyrics to a song I like that relates to me.

Today's song is "Count on Me", performed by Canadian band Default.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The REAL reason we're told to wash our hair twice a week

It's not to keep it clean, believe it or not.

The real reason is because shampoo contains EDTA, which if you didn't know, is used in some forms of chelation therapy. Yep. It's another product of the paranoia-induced mercury theory.

If only autism were caused by mercury, lead or arsenic intoxication. But it's not (and has been proven time and again).

Once again, I'm in no way denying these metals are bad news, but the amount of mercury put in thimerosol isn't enough to poison you and neither is the amount of mercury added to dental amalgam fillings.

STOP THE HYSTERIA.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

For the record:

I do not "have autism".

I am autistic.

I do not have an illness of any kind (though diabetes may come soon, but that's another story), so please do not say that I have autism.

The positives of being an autie

Intelligence.
Kind-hearted.
Dedication.
Nice.
Faithful.
Patient.
Friendly.


but perhaps most of all,

Me. Myself. I.

Autism and amalgam fillings

Oh yes, another post in an autism blog regarding the "mercury causing autism" mass-hysteria that's been going about for decades.

To put it very simple, amalgam is safe. In most cases, they are recommended over extraction surgery due not only cost, but ease over what would have otherwise been an unpleasant experience.

Evidentally some states are trying to ban amalgam (among other paranoid recommendations), though I fail to see why. Mercury is very toxic in its raw form, I won't deny that. However combined with silver, it is neutralized to a point where it is considered safe. Clinical studies have proven this many times. I won't deny that something out of the ordinary can occur, but amalgam still remains the cheapest, easiest and most importantly, safest option there is in regards to dental procedures.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

To anyone who might be reading this:

Anyone know where I can possibly get a puzzle ribbon lapel pin?

I've seen a few websites, but I don't have a credit card so I can't order one online.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Recording an album

It will be an album to hopefully help raise awareness of autism from the perspective of a proud autie.

It will combine covers of existing songs as well as original spoken-word poetry.

More details to come.

Before I start, a couple of clarifications

1. I do not personally approve of Autism Speaks or their methods, but there are some nice people on the forums.

2. About the puzzle ribbon logo. Most anti-cure activists don't like it. However, I do like it. I have my own reasons for doing so. If you disagree with my stances, fine. Just don't complain.

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