Who is James Lyons-Weiler?

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Are you aware that there is a new darling in the antivax movement? James Lyons-Weiler.  I have been fascinated with him for a few years, when I found him on disqus comments. He is on both disqus and Twitter as lifebiomedguru.

Here is his linkedin

As you can see, he started off with a pretty decent education, doing work on genetics and statistical modeling. He was at the University of Pittsburgh for a long time and then left and founded his own company: IPAK.
He wrote a book on Ebola and now has written one on autism.  He sent me a copy of it last year. It is called The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism.  I will be writing a review of it this weekend.
Earlier this year, he got into a public spat with Leslie Manookian, which ORAC chronicled.
He keeps saying his own children are vaccinated just fine so I have no idea where this all comes from. But, he is truly now the darling of the antivax world. If you look at his Facebook pages (he has at least three profiles and two pages), you see he’s been to the anti CDC rallies and met up with the Vaxxed team and all the key players in the AV world, including Marcella Piper-Terry.  Mary Holland, the attorney, is on the board of his company.  He is also very involved in supporting two Michigan mothers who are in custody trials that involve vaccination considerations.
He has an alias: Jack Knight  (yes that is definitely him, apparently, this is his nickname).
He has teamed up with the Vaxxed team to give pediatricians copies of the Vaxxed movie along with his new book on autism. I never did hear if any peds actually read it.
Check out the rest of the ipak website. He has a database you can buy access to and is planning a vaccine safety conference for this year and you can donate to support his research.
He also has a personal website.
I have been working on debunking his citations for the “CDC ignored” chapter of his book. I have read the book but I was busy with my own studies (special education) and got waylayed. I now have a break and will be blogging more!
I have a pet theory that something happened at his last job and he had to leave in disgrace. Finding this niche, in the antivax world, is his last ditch attempt at making a living.  Yes, that is a tad conspiracy-ish of me, but I enjoy my theory.  I did write about him once already and he actually posted in comments.
Happy reading and remember, #vaccineswork

 

Kathy
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