Has Generation Rescue disbanded?

3 Aug

It looks like Genertion Rescue has shut it’s doors. If so, make no mistake, this is a very good thing for autistic people and the autism communities.

Their website down. GenerationRescue.org. Follow the link. Or, take this screenshot:

Websites go down. But the GR website has been down for at least a week. And they haven’t posted to Facebook since May 2nd.

We’ve written extensively about Generation Rescue over the years here at Left Brain/Right Brain. GR was founded by JB Handley, now known as one of the main sources of vaccine misinformation.

GR is commonly known for their anti-vaccine stance. Within the autism communities they are known for their focus on denigrating autistic people in order to support the “parent first” narrative of autism as a source of despair. Also, they were known for promoting fake therapies such as chelation. They started out with the message that autism was a “misdiagnosis” for mercury poisoning. They were wrong. Very, very wrong.

But JB believed. He fell for the mercury poisoning lie hook, line and sinker. Generation Rescue’s first website included this quote:

“It is the elimination of this “spark”, i.e. mercury, for which we now have an easy and effective solution. Along with some supportive therapies, autism and certain other neurodegenerative diseases can be fully and permanently reversed. This is NOT a theory but rather, a protocol that has already been clinically validated and the evidence is irrefutable.”

That was 2005. Autism is clearly gone now, right? Mercury was removed from vaccines. The “clinically validated” protocol with “irrefutable” evidence has cured all autistics, right?

Autism as mercury poisoning was a lie. Chelation as a cure was a lie. And that lie was behind how Generation Rescue was born.

It’s surprising they lasted this long.

Good riddance, Generation Rescue. Autistics are better off without you. The autism communities are better off without you. The world is better off without you.


By Matt Carey

15 Responses to “Has Generation Rescue disbanded?”

  1. Broken Link August 3, 2020 at 01:10 #

    Thanks for following this Matt. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  2. wzrd1 August 3, 2020 at 02:15 #

    Honestly, there are two probable causes for the loss of the domain.
    Either the owner is laying low during the pandemic or, the owner is deceased, likely from the pandemic and reissue has legal issues encumbering that intellectual property.
    Yeah, that’s my dim view of things.

  3. Dorit Rubinstein Reiss August 3, 2020 at 03:06 #

    They have done a lot of damage by being the gateway into biomed for families seeking answers.

    It’s good that if they dropped out, but the damage they did to the autism community already is considerable.

  4. Lisa R August 3, 2020 at 05:44 #

    The worst of a bad bunch. They should be ashamed of themselves, but that would take a level of self-awareness they have not demonstrated to date.

  5. Eve Reiland August 3, 2020 at 12:19 #

    Celebrating their downfall here. Bye Bye.

  6. mysterybear August 3, 2020 at 17:50 #

    The Facebook page is still up, but nothing’s been posted since May 2, 2020.

    • mysterybear August 3, 2020 at 17:52 #

      Could be simple incompetence, but we can hope….

  7. Broken Link August 5, 2020 at 02:36 #

    JB Handley is still at it, and in a new field. I’m sure you are not surprised to find it is the medical crisis of the moment. I could not believe it a couple of weeks ago when my SIL sent me a link to his blog post about how coronavirus is not really dangerous. Fortunately, I only needed to point out that he’s an anti-vaxxer, and so she let it go, and I was not forced into going into all the details I know about that little scumbag.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) August 5, 2020 at 03:05 #

      Mr. Handley is doing what he always does–compile other people’s ideas (other people in the counter-science world) and then shout loudly that he’s right and everyone else is wrong. He desperately needs people to think he’s smart. I learned that from his rather mercurial emails he sent me. One would be pleading, “oh, please, come and talk to us and see that we are smart”. A short time later the profanity laced tirade.

      From what I’ve seen of his latest writings, he’s the same. “Here are ideas that other people came up with. See, I can do the simple math that they did. It goes counter to what everyone else says. So if it’s true, I’m really smart. If it’s false, I’ll just pretend it didn’t happen and never admit it or apologize”.

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) August 5, 2020 at 03:08 #

        remember when he apologized to autistics (lol, like he’d ever do that) or autism parents (more likely but never happened) for promoting chelation? Autism was just a misdiagnosis for mercury poisoning and he’d “get his kid back” in a couple of years.

        Turns out that chelation may actually harm cognition in people who don’t have high levels of mercury (which is nearly every one, and possibly every one, of the kids who were chelated on his advice).

        But JB just went into hiding for a few years. Gave GR to Jenny McCarthy to rebuild her “career” with it. And came back to show us all, once again, how brilliant he is.

    • wzrd1 August 5, 2020 at 04:01 #

      I’ve ran into the “Common Flu” type a few times, online and in person. I simply advise them that they’d be beaten down hard if they said that in front of our youngest daughter, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 acquired from the COVID floor of the hospital she was working at and required convalescent plasma treatment to shake off the infection.

  8. Paul Wady August 5, 2020 at 11:00 #

    It is as if, finally, reality put it’s foot down and said enough! Here is a global pandemic! This is the truth.

    People like Handley relied on certain conditions to be permanently in place in order to keep up what they were doing. Along came a virus, alien to all our bodies, which has the potential to kill us. Even if it does not you can spend months suffering it. I know two women personally who have and do. These are people who looked after their bodies and had no illness in the first place, in their 40’s.

    It’s quite simple in the end. Handley is arguing with a real thing instead of a concept. He could literally get infected, suffer or even die. Or his loved ones could…

    Picture a world in a years time, assuming a vaccine is delivered globally by the end of this one? Handley and his kind, refuse it for their families (children) and themselves. Then what? They live happily ever after, right about everything? My point is that I have ALWAYS believed that an element of the anti Vaxx/Autism is only a disease creed is that the people who devoutly follow it – and they always do 100% with no fear of being wrong at all – won’t get sick or die due to not being vaccinated. Now they would deny that. But think about it. Would Handley deny his family or himself a vaccine, if he were certain it would be the only thing to save their lives? OH WE WILL ONLY RECOVER, HAHA!

    Tick tock.

    • Dorit Rubinstein Reiss August 5, 2020 at 22:47 #

      Handley is now on version 3.0 of a series of blog posts, months apart, that announce each time that “it’s over” (referring to the coronavirus pandemic).

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) August 5, 2020 at 23:18 #

        According to Handley only 20% of a population an get sick. Well, except for those places where that limit has already passed. And I guess summer camps in Georgia are exempt.

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