Jackie McMillan

August 27, 2013

Restoring Health — Or Not.

The Story of Mike and Jackie Mike was born on August 18th, 1958.  He was one of my dearest friends from July 1988 until his death on May 15, 2013.  The day before he died, he had spent hosting a mother’s day celebration for his family, his parents living a […]
August 23, 2013

Why Do Autistics Tune and Script?

First, I may need to explain what the words tuning and scripting actually mean, when you’re speaking about people who live with autism.  Autistics will sometimes sing the same melody over and over again, for minutes, for hours, sometimes for a whole day.   We don’t just sing all of […]
August 20, 2013

Jenny McCarthy is a Hero

When a friend sent me this link from the local paper, I simply couldn’t refrain from writing a reply. http://www.therecord.com/whatson-story/3912114-popsmacked-jenny-mccarthy-s-autism-views-don-t-merit-exposure-on-the-view/ This Record article is a poorly researched and cynical emotional diatribe.  Jenny’s doing a good job with the incomplete information she has.  I deeply respect her unwillingness to swallow the […]
August 20, 2013

Edible Cities

Autism and many other health challenges arise because food is neither local, nor fresh; processed and canned foods simply do not offer enough nutrients to sustain body repair and maintenance.  I find it so delightful that more and more communities are creating edible landscaping on public property.  One of the […]
August 16, 2013

Why do autistics rock, bounce and swing?

For many people working with those who have an autism spectrum condition, autism behaviours can be difficult to understand. This lack of understanding often translates into lack of empathy. I explain the reasons behind rocking, bouncing and swinging in the hopes that a better understanding of these behaviours will assist […]
July 8, 2013

Curing Idea Resistance in the North American Medical System

My heart goes out to Dr. Peter Attia for the experience he gained from his own error, and the life challenges that left him questioning all of his assumptions. I can’t thank him enough for voicing the problem of Idea Resistance in our North American medical profession. Licensing boards seem to […]
June 27, 2013

Autism First Words: Please Listen to Carly’s Voice

If the first word that a teenager ever expressed, slowly and doggedly poking at a keyboard, was ‘hurts’, what would you do?  Would you think it was a mistake?  Or an accident?  Or would you go deeper into the reasons for that word being the first and painstaking connection?   […]
June 25, 2013

Adults with Autism: Crazy, Lying Hypochondriacs?

Sometimes people ask what drives me.  Why do I push so hard to make things better, when life is already so many more degrees of difficult for me?  Why am I not content with just helping a few parents, a few educators, a few adults here or there?  Why can’t […]
June 25, 2013

The Tragedy of the Ramps

In the city where I live, the popular edible native plants are going extinct.  Why should you care?  If you can get them at the farmer’s market, what does it matter, if the ecosystem in the park is getting disrupted? In Quebec, the use of ramps in restaurants is now […]