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Unfortunate coincidence : a mother's life inside the autism controversy / Julie Obradovic.
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9781510704626
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New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2016]

©2016
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xvii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
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"In her poignant account, Julie Obradovic discusses her heart-rending struggle with her daughter's autism and her subsequent quest for answers. She reveals the feelings of depression and helplessness brought on by the diagnosis and her initial inability to find help. Unwilling to give up, however, Obradovic began fighting, finding a treatment for her daughter and going on to campaign on behalf of others. An Unfortunate Coincidence is the result of this fight. The account takes its readers through the political, historical, and scientific developments behind the greatest medical controversy of our time"--Flyleaf.
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In her poignant account, Julie Obradovic discusses her heart-rending struggle with her daughter's autism and her subsequent quest for answers. She reveals the feelings of depression and helplessness brought on by the diagnosis and her initial inability to find help. Unwilling to give up, however, Obradovic began fighting, finding a treatment for her daughter and going on to campaign on behalf of others. An Unfortunate Coincidence is the result of this fight. The account takes its readers through the political, historical, and scientific developments behind the greatest medical controversy of our time, including:

The findings of the vaccine injury compensation program
Investigations of CDC fraud and the subsequent congressional hearings and findings
The identical symptoms of autism and mercury poisoning
Eyewitness reports of families and educators
The author's struggle to present her point of view and the backlash intended to silence it

Ultimately, An Unfortunate Coincidence will ask the readers to take a closer look at the evidence uncovered by ten years of research and decide just how many coincidence claims they are willing to accept.


Author Notes

Julie Obradovic is a teacher, a writer, and an advocate. She has spent almost twenty years in education and more than ten years advocating for families and children affected by autism. Her work has been featured in the Autism File magazine, GRAND magazine, the Age of Autism blog, and a number of other publications. She previously worked as an assistant to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on the Go Mercury-Free project. Obradovic and her husband reside in Chicago, Illinois, where they cohost the annual Rescue Our Angels fundraiser for Generation Rescue.


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