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September 29, 2015

SafeMinds Co-Signs Pesticides Letter to EPA with Leading Environmental Groups

A letter drafted by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) was submitted today to EPA Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). The letter addresses the Request for Comment on the draft Pesticide Cumulative Risk Assessment: Framework for Screening Analysis. The autism advocacy group SafeMinds joined 28 environmental organizations in requesting changes to how EPA determines cumulative risk to […]

July 04, 2015

Take Action: Are you from Iowa or do you know someone in Iowa who has a child with autism?

Are you from Iowa or do you know someone in Iowa who has a child with autism or other disability who wanders?  If you answered yes to either or both of these, THIS message is for you!  Please send us your story like the sample below, and email it to  This will help us gain congressional […]

July 02, 2015

Finding Safer Ways to Treat an Age-Old Problem: Lice

You get the call, and the school nurse asks you to pick up your child.  It’s lice.  So you run out to the drug store to pick up a box of chemicals that will eliminate this infestation.  Now, you don’t have to.  There is a proven, safer alternative. The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center recently […]

June 16, 2015

Autism Safety Social Media Blitz Begins This Week!

By Lisa Wiederlight, Executive Director, SafeMinds SafeMinds is proud to be a founding member of the Autism Safety Coalition, a group of national organizations that have come together to support Senate Bill 163, Avonte’s Law Act of 2015.  This week, the Coalition is kicking off a social media campaign, “Yes to Avonte’s Law” to educate […]

June 15, 2015

National Groups Launch Campaign To Combat Wandering Deaths

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release June 15, 2015 National Disability & Law Enforcement Groups Launch Campaign To Combat Wandering Deaths, Support Avonte’s Law Washington, DC In light of the growing number of wandering-related deaths in the autism community, a group of national organizations have come together to support Senate Bill 163, Avonte’s Law. The group, […]

June 08, 2015

Duke University Study Finds Helminths are Beneficial to the Gut Biome Promoting More Good Bacteria and Less Bad

Acting on this discovery could have a profound affect on human health. The idea that from the ecosystem of the human body is leading to inflammation and disease is gaining widespread acceptance. This loss of diversity, known as “biome depletion”, is caused by a variety of factors in modern society and has an effect on every aspect of our body’s development and function, including our brain’s development and function. Most attention among scientists and the media alike has focused on the microbiome, the microorganisms or germs in our biome. However, a substantial body of experimental evidence points toward the presence or absence of larger organisms, helminths or worms, as having a generally more global effect on the body’s function, including alteration in the microbiome.

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