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10th July 2018: Autism; The Plot Against Consciousness, Cognition and Language by Mike McInnes

Key in a deliberative society is the opportunity to gather in public spaces and discuss ideas. For the first time in eight years of organising events where people share their perspectives in social spaces and discussion is fostered through friendly proximity, where I as a coordinator have had to cancel an event.

Aluminium in vaccines

Instead of the advertised talk by Mike McInnes, those interested to meet and discuss what has taken place are welcome to come along to Scott’s Monument at 7pm sharp where we will go on to somewhere for a cup of coffee and conversation.

This is due to a talk offered on Autism and excipients (everything which is not the active ingredient of the medicine) in vaccines meeting with disapproval of the discussion taking place by certain members of the public. Someone felt that the event should not take place and that the discussion should not be allowed to take place in a public space as it was irresponsible.

The first venue where it was scheduled to take place was the Lighthouse Bookshop and they were approached and asked not to host the talk. Then one of the owners got in touch and said that they were not interested in hosting the discussion. As the coordinator, and having had a large number of conversations surrounding this it took a while investigating the subject matter, I sought another space to hold the event.

After booking St John’s church community hall, the person who objected to the event at the bookshop then contacted the church hall explaining their dislike for what was happening. Someone got in touch and declined the event from taking place on the grounds that he felt it might encourage people not to vaccinate.

All these things took place in the absence of any discussion, any prior communication and without any right to reply with either the speaker of the event (Mike McInnes) or the person who arranged the event (Alex Dunedin). This is unfortunate as it would have been much better to find out the objections and work through a co-enquiry about the issues (which will hopefully yet emerge).

At least two things are going on here. One which is of great interest medically and scientifically, and another which is of great interest sociologically, which warrant being examined here. Surrounding these we have larger issues of magnitude pertaining to what education and learning necessarily involve, as well as the issues of ethics which I believe should be both our means and ends.

With regards to the venues chosing not to host the talk, the view I take is that each Ragged University event is a situation where a community of individuals are gathering together in a shared space.

The Lighthouse Bookshop and St Johns church community hall are both rich, important and vibrant social spaces supporting a range of communities.  The relationship I have with venues, and more specifically, with the individuals involved in running them is very important.  I respect their decisions.

Little of the Ragged University project is possible without the generous and kind support of places like the Lighthouse Bookshop and St Johns.  Conscientious of the values which they hold they have chosen not to host the talk as it made them uncomfortable; I respect them.  As an alternative the Lighthouse Bookshop have arranged another event which people are welcome to engage in as well:


AMASE will be holding an Autism and Neurodivergent Workshop

10th July 2018 @ 7:30 pm

The Lighthouse Bookshop

43-45 W Nicolson St, Edinburgh



To read more about the thinking which informs the discussion and principles in action around this event please read through the following.  A social enquiry process is now being formulated:


Ragged University As An Agnostic, Open, Space For Discussion by Alex Dunedin


]Necessary Conditions of a Deliberative Society


Ragged University as a Mode of Practice: Filter Bubbles and Distinguishing the Intellectual from the Political


On the Autism and Vaccine Debate Piece


Neurodiversity and Me: A Personal Context


For those interested in a range of perspectives on mental health you can read various contributions to the Mad World Archive:

Mad World Archive


For those interested in looking at some of the perspectives informing the view of what constitutes scientific knowledge which have been explored in the project you can read a number of primers:

Science Primers


The resultant discussion which has happened around this topic is important and in response all the issues are being examined in public, in a shared way.  Nothing has been censured and open dialogue has been encouraged at all times.

Respecting difference and plurality has been placed central to all the happenings and people consulted before, during and after the event.  The outcome has been an elaborate accounting of what has taken place and the outsetting on a social enquiry examining the science of the subject and the philosophy of science which pertains to how arguments are laid out.

All of this takes time and I thank everyone for their patience as the work is done.  Answering everyone at once is impossible, particularly with a community project based on volunteering and without resources, however, the queries which everyone has raised will be responded to over time.  This project is about thinking through things and keeping an open house.

I hope that people can respect that, should what individuals offer sit within the law and the ethos of human rights, there will not be the practice no-platforming taking place; a civilisation should be equipped with what it takes to openly examine issues around which manifests a divide in perpectives…


Best wishes,

Alex Dunedin (Coordinator)


Title of talk:

Autism: The Plot Against Consciousness, Cognition and Language by Mike McInnes


Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

For the first time in our evolutionary history children in colossal numbers are non-linguistic – around 35 million today and rising. Autism is a preventable condition caused by two principles – sugars in foetus and later, if that is not sufficient, by aluminium in vaccines – see Q/A below:

Autism exits only because the health establishment opted for the view (in 1973) that fats are toxic and sugars benign. The result was an explosion of diabetes/obesity/dementia – all of which are driven by the same mechanism – sugar suppression of glutamine synthetase – the enzyme that drives glucose into the brain – the hungry brain upgrades the appetite hormones and the cycle repeats…..endlessly……the more we eat the hungrier we become…

The role of the health establishment in this tragedy has been hidden for more than half a century. As diabetes/obesity/dementia exploded across the western world – a new condition appeared as if from nowhere – previously unknown in history – autism – it tracked these other conditions – but seemed initially not to be directly related. In 2011 Michael Stern at Texas University showed that foetal insulin was the key factor – this was particularly illuminating because it showed that maternal sugars were the driving influence.

The conclusion from this (not made by Michael Stern – he identified the pathway)) is that glutamine synthetase is key – in other words the foetal brain was damaged before the infant emerges from the womb. In the few cases where glutamine synthetase is genetically compromised, the infant emerges with a scrambled brain, and lasts but a few days – we are inflicting the suppression of this enzyme in foetus – and later post-birth on children/juveniles/adults/elderly every day in life.

The health authorities (with the help of the media) scratch their heads and knit their brows and mumble absolute rubbish that autism is a complex disease – oh no it is not – every metabolic disease is complex and affects many pathways/hormones/enzymes/receptors/genes and so on – but the initiating influence here is stunningly simple – the prevention of energy entering the brain – the complexity is downstream from the cause!

Some scientists claim the genes are involved – yes they are – how could they not be – but that is a total diversionary tactic to hide the truth – there is no such thing as a genetic epidemic – however environmental activated epigenetics can influence entire populations in one or two generations – such as a radioactive cloud – genetic mutations take thousands of generations to spread in a given population.

There are 40,000 studies on autism – not one has been able to identify why boys are four times at greater risk than girls – but if you understand that autism is a sugar driven condition (which it is) – it is easy to explain the differential – girls are protected by oestrogens – they process sugars much more efficiently than do boys.


A few paragraphs on your subject:

  1. What if historically aluminium had never been tested for neurotoxicity in vaccines?  Yes – it was not.
  2. What if historically aluminium in vaccines had only ever been tested for its immune stimulating function?  Yes it was so.
  3. What if the BMA attack on Dr Andrew Wakefield was a stitch up? Yes – it was.
  4. What if countless thousands of mothers who observed their child being brain damaged by a vaccine were/are telling the truth?  Yes – they were/are.
  5. What if the exponential rate of increased autism means that one in two boys will be autistic by 2050?  Yes – it will be so.
  6. What if one in four boys will be non-verbal by 2050?  Yes – they will.
  7. What if maternal sugars in foetus are suppressing glutamine synthetase – the enzyme of consciousness/cognition and language?  Yes – they are.
  8. What if millions of children are already primed for autism (undiagnosed) in foetus, and are later further brain injured by aluminium in vaccines?  Yes – they are.
  9. What if scientists, such as the group at Keele University, who found high levels of aluminium in autistic children’s brains, and the group at Warwick University, who found toxic sugar end products are diagnostic for autism, are frightened to expose the conspiracy of silence by the vaccine manufacturers, governments, and the media?  Yes – they are.  They are terrified.
  10. What if the vaccine manufacturers were/are indemnified by the US tax dollars paid out for vaccine injury to the tune of $4 Billion, by a hidden Special Vaccine Court?  Yes – they were/are.
  11. What if a decent scientist at the Center for Disease Control (Dr William Thompson) exposed data falsification at CDC, regarding the MMR vaccine causing autism.  Yes – he did.
  12. What if the double brain injury via sugars and aluminium before children reach school age, is directly correlated to the major increase in childhood mental health disorders?  Yes – It is so, how could it not be?
  13. What if the continued increased consumption of sugars by children/juveniles/adults/elderly results in dementia/Alzheimer’s disease – considering that sugars suppress the enzyme of consciousness/cognition and language – and that only a small proportion of Alzheimer’s patients express the gene ApoE4?  Yes – it is clearly so.
  14. What if the accusation that mothers who are opposed to aluminium in vaccines are not anti-vaccine (as the vaccine manufacturers constantly claim) – but only anti-unsafe vaccinations?  Yes – the accusation is patently false and that is exactly the case – these mothers are intelligent and caring and would not make such a stupid claim.


A few paragraphs about you:

I am retired pharmacist who is interested in cerebral energy metabolism and its modern sugar driven impairments. I recently found that aluminium activates the same toxic (glutamate) pathway in the brain that sugars do.




I take it this refers to non-verbal severe autism? It is nothing like the more recently understood able autism, which is totally verbal. Care with how you use the word.

Chris Hutchings

Autism is caused by sugars and aluminium? Absolute unscientific rubbish. Citation please. (Note that “It is so, how could it not be?” is not a scientific argument)

Andrew Wakefield was not “stitched up”. He conducted an unethical study, on a miniscule group, with falsified results, overgeneralised implications, and the consequences have included multiple preventable deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Ragged University and St John’s should not be hosting this event or promoting it.


The entire outline for this talk is written in very reductionist and inflammatory language.

For an establishment such as Ragged University that claims to want to promote education and enlightenment among the general public, it is disheartening to see topics discussing autism as some nefarious epidemic caused by vaccines and other conspiracy theories. It is, frankly, quite insulting to the many autistic people (verbal and non-verbal) as their own thoughts and life experiences are rarely solicited on these matters, and instead they are talked about as an abstract homogenous group that is deformed, deficient and pathological in some way simply because they are different from the narrow confines of what society deems to be ‘normal’ and ‘healthy’.

In the past, children and adults who were neurodivergent might have been locked up in mental institutions and away from public consciousness. Thankfully, at least in countries like the UK, we now take a more humane approach to understanding such complex conditions, and with better diagnosis it is not surprising that reported numbers will increase – because medical practitioners, educational institutions and parents are more aware of it.

Modern scientific discourse acknowledges that autism is a spectrum and there is wide variation in how it presents in individuals, although there are common underlying themes.

Like a number of healthcare issues, the medical community has historically ignored or misdiagnosed women, and there is growing evidence that many girls and older women haven’t been diagnosed as autistic because the diagnostic criteria used so far was developed only using boys and men. Different social conditioning between the genders means females can present slightly differently from their male counterparts, and the still pervasive myth that only boys/men can have autism has seen many autistic women misdiagnosed with other mental health conditions like bipolar, anorexia etc.

I have been informed the Autistic Mutual Aid Society, Edinburgh (AMASE – will be holding an autism and neurodivergent workshop on 10th July 7:30pm at the Lighthouse Bookshop on West Nicolson Street. If anyone has an interest in understanding autism from those who are best placed to share their knowledge and experiences, feel free to come along. 🙂

Andrew Smith

I ws very bdly bullied at secondary school due to my academic ability. It wasn’t exceptional, but my determined nature allowed me to plough through it, as I did at university, then teaching myself to successfully interact with people when in business. I was only diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome a few years ago. This enabled me to develop coping strategies.

Mike McInnes

Two venues have recently refused to host the Ragged University talk: Autism: The Plot against Consciousness/Cognition and Language, scheduled for July 10th..

This is unfortunate, although perhaps not surprising.

For half a century the health establishment has succeeded in hiding its role in presiding over the greatest health tragedy in human history – obesity/diabetes/dementia and autism – essentially the reversal of human cognitive evolution, first by advocating the use of sugars against fats, and secondly by imposing the use of the neurotoxin aluminium in vaccines.

Any researchers who opposed this have – up to now – been savagely attacked, marginalised, and largely (although not completely) silenced.

This is not sustainable.

The science is clear – each of these principles suppress the enzyme glutamine synthetase – the enzyme of consciousness/cognition and language. For those who claim that one enzyme cannot possibly account for the infinitely complex metabolic events that characterise this condition – yes it can do so – it is the brain’s only fuel pump – as with any complex engine (which the brain is) – if the fuel pump is suppressed the engine cannot function optimally – – all the more devastatingly so as it is being formed in foetus.

Sugars do so in foetus and beyond, and aluminium in vaccines.

There are many other potential causes of autism – heavy metals/glyphosate/herbicides/fungicides/genes/epigenetics/nutritional deficiences, and so on…..but none of these compare to the two main agencies.

They crushed the work of dedicated researchers such as John Yudkin, who wrote the book Pure, White and Deadly, and who showed the toxic role of sugars in human metabolism.

They silenced the work of Christopher Exley, a leading international researcher in aluminium, who found in 2017 excessively high levels of aluminium in the brains of autistic children.

They met the work of Michael Stern who in 2011 showed that maternal sugars in foetus are a driving force in autism with momentous silence, a warning to those scientists who may have followed up on this ground breaking work, that their careers would not flourish.

They did likewise with the work of a combined team at Warwick and Bologna Universities, who found in 2018 that toxic sugar metabolites are diagnostic for autism.

Since they were unable to show these studies are incorrect or unscientific, silence is an effective weapon in the scientific community – it says “DO NOT GO THERE!”

They have accused mothers who viewed their child being brain injured by aluminium in vaccines, of being anti-vaccine – a monstrous lie.

The media have been largely complicit in this affair.

The Flynn Effect showing steady increased intelligence across the world, during the 20th century, is now in reverse.

A recent Offsted Report showed that 4 year old (non-autistic) UK children are linguistically compromised, unable to dress themselves, and cannot perform basic toilet hygiene.

Modern humans face many challenges – climate change/nuclear holocaust/acidification & plastic despoilation of the oceans/terrorism/antibiotic resistance/the rise of anti-scientific and anti-democratic forces, and so on – none compare to the exponential advance of declining cognition and non-verbalism.

Homo sapiens is now 200,000 years old.

I believe we are moving beyond the half life of human cognition, speeding rapidly towards the species Homo insapiens.

I invite those who participated in the cancellation of this event to reflect on their decision to inhibit Freedom of Expression.

Mike McInnes


Any who choose the AMASE meeeting need to find out from AMASE whether it is, or is not, a damagingly purge-happy organisation that instantly rejects or falls out with folks who its leaders have any difference of view with. That would be a character of gagging, and not a character of mutual aid.

Both AMASE’s leaders have accused me of hostility to them, just because I told the first venue on its Facebook page that on its own stated grounds for not wanting to host this it must also adopt a position of not hosting any autism events promoting Autistic Pride Day (a thing with directly hateful origins, invented by a high-control and purge-happy group that is gone but whose leaders are still seeking influence for other projects.) Any autism events doing that, organised by anyone – see that’s quite impartial. Because AMASE’s meeting on 10th is not promoting APD (and thanks to AMASE for saying so), my action has nothing to do with its meeting and can’t possibly be an act of hostility to the meeting or to AMASE.

Yet its leaders have not yet acknowledged this common sense, not yet withdrawn the stance of accusing me of hostility to them by taking that action. To accuse hostility for something that does not attack their meeting at all, and to leave a common sebse reply unacknowledged and leave the hostility charge standing, IS AN ACT OF PERSONAL DISTANCING + PUSHING AWAY, of intolerant hostility by them, therefore of quick-fire PURGING. Instant falling out and rejecting for a difference of view. To lead an autistic group in that way us emotional danger to all.

So DELETE THIS POST IF AMASE itself posts or otherwise gets in touch to acknowledge the common sense + state consequently that we are not on hostile terms.

Fergus Murray

My neurochemistry isn’t up to assessing what role, if any, glutamine synthetase plays in autism (or in obesity, diabetes and dementia, which are obviously very different conditions) but I know enough about autism, and the history of the autism/vaccination controversy to know that many of your other claims are *highly* dubious. I would not have objected to an event giving you a chance to air your views if I was confident that there was an expert on hand to explain the evidence against many of these claims.

In the spirit of reflecting on my ‘decision to inhibit Freedom of Expression’ by asking venues to think twice about hosting a talk resting on dangerous myths which there is plentiful scientific evidence against, I wrote this:

Fergus Murray

My neurochemistry isn’t up to assessing what role, if any, glutamine synthetase plays in autism (or in obesity, diabetes and dementia, which are obviously very different conditions) but I know enough about autism, and the history of the autism/vaccination controversy to know that some of the claims here are highly dubious: not just outlandish, but convincingly disproven.

There is a place for the airing of far-out ideas, even ones that many people consider to be actively harmful, and I understand that Ragged University is partly discursive in nature (although I note that events are generally billed as talks, with no actual mention of discussion). However, where there is educational intent, and there are well-established reasons to believe that some of the ideas being put forward are simply incorrect, it is imperative that the most questionable claims are robustly challenged.

This event would have taken on quite a different hue if there had been an invited speaker ready to correct any scientific inaccuracies, or if Ragged University was simply a space for airing any old theory, and not something set up to help people share each other’s learning.

In the spirit of making a genuine attempt to discuss and share thinking, and reflecting on my ‘decision to inhibit Freedom of Expression’ by asking venues to think twice about hosting a talk resting on dangerous myths, and in response to Alex’s long explanation of his invitation policy, I wrote this:

Mike McInnes

Hi Fergus,
Thanks for your comments.
If the event had gone forward I would have been happy to explain the role of glutamine synthetase (and its suppression) in all of these conditions. In answer to your point about aluminium – its neurotoxicity is not controversial in the slightest – it is only when it’s role in vaccines is questioned that it becomes controversial – this is exceedingly odd. Why if so many mothers say they viewed their child being brain damaged (thousands of them) by vaccination – would they say so – are they confused or stupid or something else – and also why has the Special Vaccine Court payed out nearly $4 billion for vaccine damage if it is safe? Why is there no public/government/media discussion on this question? This is bizarre. Why not call for such a discussion? Below is a lovely Czech study that outlines many of the potential causes of autism including aluminium – they miss the role of sugars – but if you can find the expert that you posed should be present if/when I discuss the critical role of sugars in autism – am more than happy to be supervised by your expert – we may both learn from each other.
The defining characteristics of Homo sapiens are social kinship/communication/language – from that beginning we advanced to farming/civilisation and all the other stuff.
Each of these are impaired in autism – we are reversing human evolution at breakneck speed – before the end of this century, if the current rate continues.
Is it reversible? Yes.
Is that likely? No.
People used to give their children alcohol/opiates/tobacco.
They no longer do so.
Can we reduce the intake of toxic sugars to defend our cognitive future?
I do not know.

Not if the discussion continues to be suppressed.

John Stone

This is, of course, what ” they” really don’t want talked about. Last September the diagnosed rate of autism in Scottish schools was 1 in 46, up from 1 in 51 the previous September, an 11.5% rise not just for they year of entry but for entire school population (I am using Scottish executive figures):

Many children will have a delayed diagnosis so the figures will not be complete. According a new survey by the Northern Ireland Department of Health (the first to be carried by any UK health body since the middle of the last decade) the rate rose in the province’s schools from 1.2% in 2009 to 2.9% this year (that’s 1 in 35). But rates varied between town and country and economic classes, and in Belfast it was 4.7%. A report by the BBC from London last year ingenuously reported that 5 SW London boroughs that already facilities for diagnosing 750 children a year was faced with nearly double the referrals (perhaps a rate of 1 in 10).

To explain this we certainly have to consider the medical assault on children both in the womb and in the months following birth. There is absolutely no reason why discussion of such matters should be placed out of bounds: it should the greatest public issue of our time and to shut down legitimate discussion is an outrage.

You are of course right about Wakefield: something like the full disgraceful history can be read here:

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