About the Book

A groundbreaking book, THE AGE OF AUTISM explores how mankind has unwittingly poisoned itself for half a millennium

For centuries, medicine has made reckless use of one of earth's most toxic substances: mercury—and the consequences, often invisible or ignored, continue to be tragic. Today, background pollution levels, including global emissions of mercury as well as other toxicants, make us all more vulnerable to its effects. From the worst cases of syphilis to Sigmund Freud's first cases of hysteria, from baffling new disorders in 19th century Britain to the modern scourge of autism, THE AGE OF AUTISM traces the long overlooked history of mercury poisoning.

Now, for the first time, authors Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill uncover that history. Within this context, they present startling findings: investigating the first cases of autism diagnosed in the 1940s revealed an unsuspected link to a new form of mercury in seed disinfectants, lumber fungicides and vaccines. In the tradition of Silent Spring and An Inconvenient Truth, Olmsted and Blaxill demonstrate with clarity how chemical and environmental clues may have been missed as medical "experts," many of them blinded by decades of systemic bias, instead placed blamed on parental behavior or children's biology. By exposing the roots and rise of The Age of Autism, this book attempts to point the way out – to a safer future for our children and the planet.

Book Tour

September 20th
Wrentham, Massachusetts
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Chapter
7:00 - 8:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Senior Center
400 Taunton Street
Wrentham, MA 02093


September 24th
Providence, Rhode Island
National Autism Association
6:00 pm
Brown University Book Store
244 Thayer St. Providence, RI


October 1st  
Mt. Kisco, NY
SafeMinds & Bedford Autism Spectrum Support (BASS)
7:00-9:00 pm
Mt. Kisco Public Library—Community Room
100 East Main St. Mt. Kisco, NY 10549


October 2nd
Yonkers, NY
Navigating the Spectrum/SafeMinds
35 E. Grassy Sprain Rd. (Hudson Valley Bank Building)
Yonkers, NY 10710


October 8-10
Long Beach, CA
ARI/Defeat Autism Now Conference
All day event Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Long Beach Westin
333 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

October 12th
San Diego, CA
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Chapter
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church
17010 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92128

October 17th
Woodland Hills, CA (Los Angeles)
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Chapter
6:30 - 8:30 pm
6800 Owensmouth Avenue, Suite 180
Woodland Hills, CA
(Corner of Vanowen and Owensmouth)

October 18th
Visalia, CA (San Joaquin Valley)
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Chapter
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Fuggazzi's Italian Restaurant
127 W. Main Street
Visalia, CA 93291


October 20th
Sacramento, CA
Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT)
7-9:00 pm
MIND Institute Auditorium
2825 50th St.
Sacramento, CA 95822


October 23rd
Chicago, IL
True Health Medical Center & Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
3:00-5:00 pm
Northern Illinois University--Naperville
Meeting and Conference Center
1120 E. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563

October 24th
Winnetka, IL
2:00 pm
The Book Stall
811 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093


October 26th
Durham, NC
Autism Society of North Carolina,
Durham Chapter and SafeMinds
7:00 pm
800 Watts Street
Durham, NC


October 27th
Lynchburg, VA
Rimland Center
5-7:00 pm
Givens Books
2236 Lakeside Dr.
Lynchburg, VA


October 30th
Peachtree City, GA
Maggie's Hope
The Campus
300 Tivoli Gardens
12:00-3:00 pm





October 30th
Peachtree City, GA
Maggie's Hope
Books A Million
The Avenue at Peachtree City
6:00-8:00 pm


October 31st
North Atlanta, GA
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Chapter
Hilton Garden Inn/Alpharetta
4025 Windward Plaza Dr.
Alpharetta, GA 30005
12:30 – 3:00 pm

November 5
Philadelphia, PA
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Chapter
7:00 pm
16 Campus Blvd, #200
Newtown Square, PA 19073

November 6
Lawrenceville, NJ
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Chapter
10:00 am
The Lawrenceville Library (Mercer County Library)

2751 Brunswick Pike (Rt.1)
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

November 13
Tampa, FL
National Autism Association (NAA) Conference
All day event
Trade Winds Island Gulf Resort
5600 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

December 4th
St. Paul, MN
Parents United Against Autism
1:00 pm
University of Minnesota--St. Paul Student Center Theater
2017 Buford Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108


December 9th
Richmond, VA
Talk About Curing Autism
6:30-8:30 pm
Glen Allen Library
10501 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060


January 15th, 2011
Houston, TX
Houston Autism Disability Network/NW Houston Chapter Autism Society of America & Katy Autism
9:00 am -12:30 pm
Graceview Baptist Church
25510 Tomball Pkwy (South Entrance)
Tomball, TX


January 17th, 2011
Dallas, TX
National Autism Association (NAA) North Texas Chapter & Warrior Parents of Dallas
7:00 pm
A Real Bookstore
113 Prairie Road
Fairview, TX 75069


March 9th, 2011
Pasadena, CA
Foothill Autism Alliance & Talk About Curing Autism
7-9:30 pm
620 N. Lake Ave
2nd Floor
Pasadena, CA 91101


March 12th, 2011
Costa Mesa, CA
1:00-3:00 pm
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
3070 Bristol St. Ste 340
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


April 7th, 2011
Bethesda, MD
Talk About Curing Autism
7-9:00 pm
Bethesda Library
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20817