J.B. Handley is the co-founder and chairman of Generation Rescue, a non-profit organization focused on helping children recover from autism that was inspired by the journey of his son, Jamison, who was diagnosed with autism in 2004. In the first half, he offered an explanation of what's causing the autism epidemic, and the steps parents and society can take to end it. The severity of autism, he remarked, has been "whitewashed" as most of those with the condition will be heavily impacted and grow up barely able to take care of themselves. One of the confounding issues of autism, he continued, is that it can't be diagnosed through either blood or genetic tests. Rather it's identified through behaviors around communication and socialization which manifest on a spectrum.
Published research shows that neuroinflammation is associated with autism, he stated, and impairs the processing functions of the brain. While Handley pins the cause of autism on certain vaccinations, he believes that some children are more susceptible to damaging reactions from the shots and can be screened ahead of time to see if they're at risk. Some of the red flags that indicate a greater risk include a maternal history of autoimmune problems, mutations of the MTHFR gene, mitochondrial disorder, and physical maladies such as ear infection or eczema. Handley said that in some cases autism can be recovered from, especially if countermeasures are started earlier in life. The approaches he cited included changing diet, removing heavy metals from the body, and improving immune system function.