From, the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. October 25, 2012

Our belief is that all autism approaches should mirror the physicians’ credo “First, do no harm.” But how do you determine when benefits outweigh potential damage? The pseudoscience so often promoted as “autism treatments” has a handful of consistent identifying characteristics. Ask yourself:

•Does this practitioner or vendor promise miracles that no one else seems to achieve?

The hat dramatically improved the condition of two autistic children who wore it every night for 12 years. Both children were declared hopeless autistics in 2000. They stopped wearing the hats in 2012. The boy, now 23, is doing well in a local college. The girl, now 22, attends a state university. Their cousins also tried the hat for less than a year and had some results but the mother did not persevere and her children stopped wearing their hats. Parents must train their children to wear the hat for hours at a time and the hat must be worn consistently to work. The hat also helped a mute autistic girl to speak in 2003. After wearing the hat for three months she started to speak.

•Is the person promising the outcome also asking me for money?

I give the hats to people to try for free. I have never charged anybody for a hat. The hats now take about 5 hours to make. I sew them with a $1,600 industrial sewing machine for durability that I purchased with my own money.

Inventor Michael Menkin sewing a Neruo Hat

Inventor Michael Menkin sewing a Neruo Hat or “Thought Screen Helmet” with an industrial sewing machine which he bought with his own money. He gives the hats to people for free. Each hat takes five hours to make and costs about $25. He also makes baseball caps lined with velostat.

•Do I find any scientific research supporting their claims, or are there only individual (often emotional) testimonials of effects?

EEG research studies electrical activity coming from the brain.

EEG research studies electrical activity coming from the brain. All scientific studies of brain electrical activity measure activity coming from the brain. There is no hard data about the healing effect of the hat but there is an abductee who was also an epileptic with Grand Mal Seizures. After wearing the hat for three months his EEGs returned to normal and his seizures stopped several months later. He is now allowed to drive a car. His EEGs are hard data but his doctor does not believe the hat helped him. Written records of autistic children who were helped by the hat are available to an established scientific source. For alien abductees wearing the hat to stop their abductions, the aliens physically hurt people who forget to wear their helmets.

There are no studies using a hat with a conductive plastic

There are no studies using a hat with a conductive plastic that puts the brain’s electrical activity back into it. The hats on this website are the first hats to do so. There is no scientific research on the electrical activity of the hat and how it helps heal the brain.

György Buzsáki, M.D., Ph.d.  Biggs Professor of Neural Sciences

(left) György Buzsáki, M.D., Ph.d. Biggs Professor of Neural Sciences, NYU School of Medicine

Neurophysiologist Gyorgy Buzsaki’s book, Rhythms of the Brain, discusses some of the electrical-neural processes in the brain which function rhythmically. His research focuses on the Hippocampus and may provide insight into the healing properties of hats lined with electrically conductive plastic for people with certain types of neurological disorders and brain injury. The hat may return some of the person’s electrical impulses back into the brain at the brain’s own rhythm.


•Does the practitioner or vendor promise a blanket “cure” for unrelated disorders, such as grouping together allergies and autism; or autism and ADHD; or autism, diabetes, cancer, and allergies?

The hat has to be worn consistently for a long time to work. It took years for the hats to help autistic children. The hat began to help an epileptic after three months and eventually cured him of his grand mal seizures. The total time frame for that cure is unknown. It also cured a person with migraine headaches after three years of wear. It helped a person with a brain injury from an auto accident. As of 2017 it is also helping nineteen brain injured persons.

I will respond to any established scientist who is interested in the hat.

•Does the practitioner or vendor have strong credentials as an expert in the therapies they’re promising, or in the field of autism?

I have no credentials in any kind of therapy. I have worked for many high technology companies as a technical writer and I also edited scientific papers in neurophysiology as a publications editor for the department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington. I retired in 2014 as a regulation writer for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Thinking critically is one of the most important actions we can take for those we love, and for ourselves. Thinking critically starts with listening critically: You will find frank autistic voices on the site, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism. The site shares opinions, insights, and experience on a wide range of topics. They deserve your full attention, consideration, and respect. You may also notice that many autistic contributors appear in dual or triple roles as autism parents and/or autism professionals, and that some prefer to capitalize the term Autistic.

Michael Menkin also has multiple roles as an inventor, UFO investigator, and independent medical researcher.


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At Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, we believe organizations that support autistic people must adhere to the following five principles:

1.Support, not cure: autism is a naturally occurring human neurological variation and not a disease process to be cured. Medical or health issues that may accompany autism should be addressed independently.

Autism is the fastest -growing developmental disability; it has a 1,148% growth rate which is not naturally occurring. This website now has sections showing that the epidemic of autism is caused by alien abductions. Alien activity to produce a new race that is part alien and part human has produced a global breakdown of the human genome. The annual growth rate of autism is 10% to 17% per year.

2.Evidence-based medical and clinical interventions: from our inception, we have advocated for helping autistic individuals in ways that are based on peer-reviewed empirical studies and which have been deemed effective by the wider scientific and academic communities.

I wrote to 70 scientists, research institutes and universities about the hat. Nobody was interested, not even the scientists whose papers I edited as a publications editor at the University of Washington Medical School. I am working with the traumatic brain injury support groups at Swedesh Hospital in Edmonds, Washington and Providence Medical Center in Everett, Washington, to have brain injured people try the hat and report progress to their doctors. As of early 2017 there are 40 people from the several groups trying the hat.

3.Inclusiveness: Autistic people must have significant, meaningful, and primary roles in all aspects of the organization, especially at board and executive levels with regards to planning and decision-making. Displaying autistic individuals in advertisements, or claiming to support autistic self-advocacy in cases where autistics have no power within the organization is manipulative and exploitive.

The parents of autistic children who wore the hats have a working relationship with me, as do abductees who wear the hat to stop alien abductions. I do not advertise any person or device. All of my work is a public service. I participate in the meetings of the traumatic brain injury support groups at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, Washington, and Providence Medical Center in Everett. I also recruit people to try the hat through websites on the internet.

4.Acceptance, not stigmatization: All aspects of the organization's financial cycle, from advertising and fundraising through grants and programs, must be driven by values of inclusion and acceptance of autistic people across the spectrum. Using fear or negative imagery to promote autism awareness degrades and isolates autistic people and their families.

I do not have an organization. I’m one person making hats with my own resources and giving them to persons with selected neurological disorders and to alien abductees to try. This website explains that aliens from space are abducting children, what I think the source of the autism epidemic is, and what we can do about it. I have a separate nonprofit website with instructions for making hats.

5.Advocacy for the human and civil rights of all autistic people: Clear positions must be publically expressed on issues that affect the well being of autistic individuals. Such issues include the use of physical and chemical restraints; the lack of full inclusion in education, work, and housing; and funding for programs that address the immediate needs of autistic people in their communities.

This website is addressed to the world. The hat has helped autistic people and it has stopped aliens from abducting humans. I give the hat to persons who want to try it for free. Those messages are clear. Anybody can make a hat from the instructions on

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Robert L. Park Professor of Physics and former chairman of the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland and author of “Voodoo Science: The Road From Foolishness to Fraud,” wrote of the seven “warning signs of bogus science” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

• The discoverer pitches his or her claim directly to the media, bypassing scientific review. Particularly beware of paid infomercials.

See Jacque Vale’s book Challenge to Science. Competent UFO researchers did not bypass science. When they approached science, it was the scientists who ignored them, and still do. Professor David Jacobs of Temple University in his book, The Threat, states that science has turned its back on UFOs and related phenomena. I wrote to 70 scientists and research laboratories in the United States and Canada about the hat with only one reply from a scientist at UCLA who did not believe me. I went to every autism organization in the Puget Sound Region in person and gave them information about the hat and none were interested. I went to Children’s Hospital in Seattle to tell parents about my work and I was kicked out. As of early 2017 I have 40 persons in several brain injury groups trying the hat.

• A powerful establishment is supposedly trying to suppress the work.

Not true. I can’t get any scientific establishment interested in what I’m doing and I’m still trying. The hat is offered for free to any scientific establishment interested in it.

• The scientific effect is at the limit of detection (and stays there despite decades of improvement in scientific methods).

Not true. For alien abductions, you can see the results in implants retrieved from abductees, unusual marks and scars on the body, children physically missing from their environment, children’s trauma, and in children’s drawings of their experiences. I had a separate page showing how trauma signs in children indicated that they were being abducted by aliens from space but The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children threatened to sue me if I did not remove it. Many of the trauma signs of children, such as fear of sleeping in their bed, can be caused by alien abductions.

The effects of the hat lined with conductive plastic for autistic children can be seen in their dramatic improvement in behavior, which takes years to achieve.

• Evidence for a discovery is anecdotal. The plural of “anecdote” is not “data”; data need to be collected in a thoughtful, reproducible way.

Implants retrieved from people are real objects. Although alien abduction reports are anecdotal, NORAD tracks over 70 UFOs a day entering U.S. Airspace alone, according to Raymond Fowler. There are many recorded radar intercepts of UFOs from many military and civilian sources.

The improvements in autistic children who wore their hats is documented by their counselors. However, the counselors refused to recognize that the hats were responsible for improvement. They merely labeled the improvements “alternative medicine.” Several brain injured persons who had dramatic improvments in their health have their doctors interested in the healing ability of the hats.

• The discoverer claims a belief is credible because it has endured for centuries.

Not true. Alien abductions are a new phenomenon. The possible electrical effect on the brain of a person wearing a hat lined with conductive plastic is very new. Research was just begun on the hat’s possible electrical activity on the brains of persons with neurological disorders and damage.

• The claim requires new laws of nature, often in serious contradiction to well-established knowledge.

Not true. Hans Berger recorded the first human EEG in 1924. He discovered the electroencephalogram in 1929 which was endorsed by Edgar Douglas Adrian and Bryan Harold Cabot Mathews of the Cambridge Physiological Laboratory in 1934. The hat, which is alternatively called a thought screen helmet or a neuro hat, is lined with an electrically conductive plastic called velostat by DESCO Products, its manufacturer. Interaction of the brain’s electrical activity with velostat is just being investigated.

The thought screen helmet demonstrates that alien communication is electromagnetic. Velostat is used to stop static electricity damage to electronic components in manufacturing and to store explosives because it does not hold a static charge and grounds easily. Thought screen helmets work better for stopping alien abductions when they have double grounds, which indicates that they do receive a signal.

• The person making the claim is trying to sell you something.

Not true. All of Michael Menkin’s work is a public service. He make thought screen helmets for people for free and sends them all over the world using his own money. All helmets are a gift.