James B. Adams is a President’s Professor at Arizona State University. He is the director of the autism/asperger’s research program (that is what it is called, not my words). He currently holds a post at the South West College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is also president of the Autism Society of Greater Pheonix. On top of all that, he is also the co-chair for the Autism Research Institute‘s advisory committee. He has received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award from President George Bush in 1996. He has been trying to cure autistics for years. He has also was a speaker for Autism One.
In 1984, Adams earned his bachelors degree from Duke University in physics. He also earned his Masters of Science and PhD in materials engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Adams was a former assistant of engineering and associate professor of engineering from 1989 to 1996 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1989 to 1996. He then became an associate professor at Arizona State University.
He hypothesized that heavy metals, especially cadmium and mercury, played a role in the development of autism. He advocates the treatment of chelation therapy. He goes on to say that elevated testosterone levels are linked to the depletion of gluthion. He said it resulted with increased susceptibility to heavy metals. He cited a study by Simon Baron- Cohen that had “major logical and factual flaws,” according to some researchers.
In 2015, Adams Founded Autism Nutrition Research Center. This non for profit puts out more supplement marketed to autistic children. There has already been an adverse effect from his supplements.
In 2019, Adams and a group of researchers published a study that claims that Fecal Microbiota Transplant therapy has success with autistic people. He has a hard time getting funding for his research, he has a go fund me campaign to fund his research! https://www.gofundme.com/f/microbiota-transplant-for-children-with-asd
He presented this study at Autism One:
In a 2006 NBC News interview, Adams stated that acrodynia, a condition that affected children more than a century ago, was caused by mercury containing teething powder. He claimed that the “symptoms of acrodynia were pretty similar to the symptoms of autism.” A paper published in the medical journal Pediatrics, notes many major differences between the two conditions.
In 2016, Adams posted an advertisement for the anti vaxxer documentary Vaxxed on of of ASU’s offical Facebook pages. After receiving some well recieved clap back, he added the disclaimer “represents only one side of the MMR-vaccine controversy.” He later admitted that he had not seen the movie before making this post! It was later deleted by ASU’s request. He continued to promote the film as president of Autism Society of Greater Phoenix. He denied that he is an antivaxxer but says he believes in rare cases it may cause autism. This is despite replicating results numerous times in different studies that proves quite the opposite.
He has been trying to cure autistic people instead of listening to them. He is very dangerous to the autistic community.
Endorsed by Autism Speaks
The FMT results sound promising for a martyr or warrior parent but the study was not nonbiased. There are connections between Adams and Jeff Bradstreet, the anti-vaxxer movement, the abandoned chelation therapy study, Generation Rescue, Autism Research Institute and Autism One
Connection between Adams and Bradstreet:
Adams and Jeff Bradstreet were investigators in at least three previous studies together:
These studies are always to find the cure or “fix” autistics. They research biomedical or pseudoscience methods to “treat” autistics.
Connection between Adams and the Antivaxxer Movement
Connection to the Abandoned Chelation Study in 2006
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Connection to Generation Rescue
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Connection to the Autism Research Institute
Connection of Adams, Bradstreet, and Swedo with Autism One
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“Higher Levels of Several Toxic Metals Found in Children With Autism”. ScienceDaily. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
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Adams JB, Baral M, Geis E, Mitchell J, Ingram J, Hensley A, et al. (October 2009). “Safety and efficacy of oral DMSA therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders: Part A–medical results”. BMC Clinical Pharmacology. 9: 16. doi:10.1186/1472-6904-9-16. PMC 2774660. PMID 19852789.
Adams JB, Baral M, Geis E, Mitchell J, Ingram J, Hensley A, et al. (October 2009). “Safety and efficacy of oral DMSA therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders: part B – behavioral results”. BMC Clinical Pharmacology. 9: 17. doi:10.1186/1472-6904-9-17. PMC 2770991. PMID 19852790.
Boris M, Kaiser CC, Goldblatt A, Elice MW, Edelson SM, Adams JB, Feinstein DL (January 2007). “Effect of pioglitazone treatment on behavioral symptoms in autistic children”. Journal of Neuroinflammation. 4: 3. doi:10.1186/1742-2094-4-3. PMC 1781426. PMID 17207275.
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Adams JB (2019). “Vitamin/Mineral Supplements for Children and Adults with Autism”. autismparentingmagazine.com. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
“Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50 percent two years after fecal transplant”. ScienceDaily. April 9, 2019. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
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Stuart E (April 25, 2016). “ASU Autism Professor Promotes Anti-Vaccine Film Despite Doctors’ Protests”. Phoenix New Times. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
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“Decision to vaccinate can be major dilemma for nervous parents”. Arizona Daily Star. June 24, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2019.