Books on Autism & Biomedical Concerns

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Amen, Daniel G.
In order to make muscles grow, one must eat right, exercise and force the muscles to do new things; the same is true of one's brain-which is just one of the things to learn from this short but informative audiobook from one of the world's leading experts on how the brain works. Works of this sort usually aren't well suited to audio, and this one is no exception. Unless listeners are studiously taking notes while listening, they will need to find a hard copy when the time comes to apply Amen's advice. However, Amen's friendly and warm narration relates the precepts of his brain-boosting program in a way that makes them easy to understand and absorb. The audiobook becomes repetitive when Amen tries to reinforce certain points, but this production is otherwise enjoyable and will leave listeners eager to implement some of the strategies outlined. Amen is a renowned keynote speaker and frequently appears on TV, so there's no surprise that his engaging and exuberant style makes this a fascinating exploration of how the brain works. -- Publisher's Weekly

Bager, Jodi
Everyday Grain-Free Gourmet provides delectable, easy-to-digest dishes that appeal to family and guests who have food limitations which simply must be accommodated. Unlike other gluten-free cookbooks, this one offers traditional favorites in whole-foods, low-lactose, refined-sugar-free versions. Moreover, this book is ideal for anyone who wants or needs to improve their health through diet, including those with lactose intolerance, celiac disease, Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome. The benefits of a whole-foods diet are addressed in special sections of the book. The authors also include important information on kitchen tools and equipment, food storage and menu-planning, plus a list of health-related resources.

Braly, James
Food allergies and intolerances are on the rise. Headaches, fatigue, depression, asthma, difficulty losing weight, and a range of minor symptoms that come and go-all of these can be signs of an underlying food allergy. If you suspect your health problems may be related to a specific food you've been eating, there are important steps you can take to find relief "Hidden Food Allergies" offers the key to permanent allergy-free health-without the need for medication or unnecessarily restrictive diets. In this valuable book, leading medical authority on nutrition Dr. James Braly and Britain's top nutrition expert, Patrick Holford, identify the most common allergens, help you diagnose an allergy, and provide a full action plan for allergy relief. You'll discover: All about food allergies, and how they are different from food intolerances or sensitivities; How to prevent and resolve childhood allergies; The latest breakthroughs in allergy testing; How to follow elimination diets and reintroduce foods safely; and How to guard against, treat, and reverse food allergies.

Broer, Ted

Chara, Kathleen; Chara, Paul
Allergy Busters is a practical guide to help children struggling with allergy problems. It follows the experiences of Karston, who, in addition to autism-related problems, suffers from food and environmental allergies. He relates the struggles, frustrations, and disap-pointments in battling allergies, before coming up with a solution – the four Allergy Buster Keys. These effective methods for overcoming allergies are presented as a child-friendly plan leading to an allergy-free diet. The keys demonstrate how children with al-lergies can lead fun-filled lives by following simple, easily-attainable guidelines to man-age their allergies. Children on the autism spectrum suffering with gluten and casein allergies require professional services in addition to intensive family involvement. This book will be an asset to parents and professionals working with children on the autism spectrum who are struggling with allergies, as well as an informative resource for allergy sufferers themselves. The guidelines provided are both innovative and rooted in mainstream psychological principles, applicable to any child with allergy problems, not just those on the autism spec-trum. Written in a style that encourages the child to assist adults working with him or her, the authors have included a behavioural chart to track progress along the 'Allergy Buster System', as well as certificates for those children who succeed in becoming 'al-lergy busters'.

Cheney, Michelle
Climbing Out of Autism One Bite at a Time is a step-by-step manual for recovery and developmental gain. Organized in a user-friendly format, Climbing Out of Autism One Bite at a Time describes Comprehensive Organic Intervention, the two-pronged dietary and environmental approach used for facilitating autism recovery. Comprehensive Organic Intervention individually addresses biological imbalances that prevent or impede healing. Additionally, by implementing Comprehensive Organic Intervention, children experiencing autism recovery may exhibit developmental gain and normalcy in the following areas: Language development and use; Normalized sleep patterns; Normalized attention span; Reduced or eliminated tactile defensiveness; Reduced or eliminated sensory hypersensitivity; Cognitive achievement; Appropriate eye contact; Full toilet training mastery; Use of imagination; Empathy and social skills; Improved digestion.

Chivers, Maria
This comprehensive book offers clear and balanced information on a range of alternative therapies for individuals with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or ADHD. The author provides an overview of each therapeutic option, method of use and case examples, covering nutritional supplements, massage, acupuncture and hypnotherapy, among others. She also includes contributions from experienced alternative therapists, offering an insider's view of what works and what does not. Her objective approach will enable the reader to make an informed choice from among the many available options. A bibliography and a list of useful contacts are also provided. This book is a key resource for anyone interested in exploring alternative therapy approaches to dyslexia and related difficulties, particularly for parents of people with dyslexia, dyslexics themselves and the professionals who work with them.

Christensen, Larry
In the midst of confusion and misinformation in both public and professional circles, there is a small but growing body of scientific literature on the effect of diet and various specific nutrients on behavior. Psychologist Larry Christensen has written Diet-Behavior Relationships to summarize the research in a form that will be useful both to researchers in this relatively new field (listing issues and methodological concerns that must be addressed in future research) and to practitioners who wish to understand how the current state of scientific knowledge can be applied in the therapeutic context. In this book, Christensen examines the historical context; strategic and methodological approaches; neurobiological and psychological mechanisms underlying the behavioral effects of food, focusing on depression; and recent findings on a number of specific nutrients and dietary components (including L-tryptophan, caffeine, and sucrose) as they relate to physical and psychological conditions such as premenstrual syndrome, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, seasonal affective disorder, autism, and Down's syndrome. He concludes with recommendations and caveats for applying current knowledge about nutrition as an adjunct to more conventional therapy.

Compart, Pamela
Provides gluten-free milk-free substitutes and recipes, and uccessful suggestions for feeding the picky eater. Secialty ingredients are explained and extensive sources provided.

DeFelice, Karen
Enzyme therapy is one of the fastest emerging successful alternatives for people on the autism spectrum as well as other neurological conditions. Reports of significant improvements in health, pain reduction, language, food tolerance, socializing and other benefits emerge daily. Drawing on long-standing scientific research and trials by a wide range of families, Karen DeFelice deals comprehensively with all the information on enzymes that parents or those new to enzymes need: how enzymes work, who may benefit, what to expect, practical tested advice on selecting and introducing the right kind of enzymes, and how this can be combined with other approaches and therapies.

Edelson, Stephen
Discusses the linkage of environmental toxins and childhood autism and provides advice and recommendations of how parents can talk to doctors about the latest advances and treatment options for autism. Also illustrates how to remove or reduce toxins in the home environment and addresses why Ritalin masks symptoms.

Exkorn, Karen Siff
With extensive appendices, including the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Diagnostic Criteria for the Five Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and carefully selected lists of Internet resources, recommended readings, and top autism organizations worldwide, The Autism Sourcebook is the single most comprehensive, practical resource available to parents and loved ones of children with autism.

Fitzpatrick, Michael
With eloquent and persuasive writing, Fitzpatrick uncovers the political agendas that lie behind current fears of an autism crisis, and challenges the epidemic of unproven and expensive treatments. He shows us that our children are indeed being helped tremendously, not by unscientific autism treatments that falsely promise cure or recovery, but by educators, scientists, evidence-based therapies, and new understandings of what it means to be human, and different, in the twenty first century. If my child were diagnosed with autism today, I would turn to Dr Michael Fitzpatrick for guidance. -- Roy Richard Grinker, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University, USA and author of Unstrange Minds

Fitzpatrick, Michael
Autism: disease, disorder or difference? What causes autism - genes or environment? Can biomedical treatments cure autism, and are they safe? An increased public awareness of autism has resulted in a rising trend of diagnoses, creating the impression of an 'epidemic'. Many parents of children newly diagnosed with autism have been impressed by plausible theories blaming vaccines and other environmental causes. Many have also been captivated by claims that 'biomedical' treatments - including special diets and supplements, detoxification and medications - can achieve dramatic results.In "Defeating Autism", Michael Fitzpatrick, a family doctor and father of a son with autism, questions the scientific basis of environmental explanations of autism and exposes the incoherence of unorthodox 'biomedical' theories and therapies. This book reveals that these therapies are far from pioneering interventions and they remain unsubstantiated by scientific authorities. Campaigns promising to 'defeat or cure autism now' have attracted much support among parents struggling with their difficult children. But the crusade against autism risks dehumanising and stigmatising those who are identified as autistic and their families. This compelling book is essential reading for students and professionals working in the field of autism, as well as academics concerned with the public understanding of science and the treatment of scientific and medical controversies in the media.

Hersey, Jane H., Editor
Parents are seeking information on behavior & learning problems, including Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Developmental Delays, as well as the day-to-day issues they face in dealing with their child's behavior. Written in layman's language, WHY CAN'T MY CHILD BEHAVE? describes the newest information on the biochemical basis for behavior & learning problems. It also provides parents with practical everyday steps to identify the most likely triggers for these problems, & empowers them to help their child. This book takes up where the best-seller, WHY YOUR CHILD IS HYPERACTIVE left off (by Ben F. Feingold, M.D., published by Random House, 1974). Parents & doctors who worked with Dr. Feingold, have accumulated 20 years of successful experience helping children, & share it in this practical, often humorous guide. The reader begins with the basics of the diet/behavior link, & goes on to learn about food processing, synthetic additives, & how to locate foods without harmful chemicals. Adult issues, including environmental sensitivity are also covered, as are the double-blind studies connecting foods & food additives with a host of problems.

Howson, Christopher P., Editor; Howe, Cynthia J., Editor; Fineberg, Harvey V., Editor
A comprehensively documented assessment of the risk of illness following immunization with vaccines against pertussis and rubella; evidence suggests that in a small number of cases, vaccination may cause such conditions as encephalopathy and other central nervous disorders, sudden infant death syndrome, autism, and arthritis. (c) by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Jackson, Luke; Le Breton, Marilyn
What is the glueten and casein free diet? Does it work? What's it like to go on it? Luke Jackson, who is 12 years old and has Asperger Syndrome, tells you everything you need to know - both good and bad. He offers encouragement and practical advice on what to expect when beginning the diet, how to alleviate any initial discomfort, and how to live with the diet. Appendices by Luke's mother provide some of the family's favorite recipes, extensive lists of useful addresses, a food diary for an average week, and suggestions for packed lunches, making the book a really practical source of information.

Korn, Danna
Wheat-Free, Worry-Free answers the many questions that people have concerning the unique challenges faced by people on a wheat-free or gluten-free diet. It helps take the fear out of eating, and teaches and encourages people to deal with the wheat-free or gluten-free lifestyle in an optimistic yet realistic manner. Loaded with practical tips, recipes, menu suggestions, and ideas for traveling and eating out, it also delves into emotional issues and psychological implications of the dietary restrictions. This book includes extensive research on several medical conditions that require a wheat-free or gluten-free lifestyle, as well as in-depth nutritional information, and a comprehensive, up-to-date Products and Services Guide that lists contact information for hundreds of companies providing products and services for people on a wheat-free or gluten-free diet. With a humorous, easy-to-read style, Wheat-Free, Worry-Free is a single source of information for anyone interested in leading a happy, healthy gluten-free life.

Korn, Danna
Want to create tasty gluten-free meals and snacks? Gluten-Free Cooking For Dummies is loaded with more than 150 wheat-and gluten-free recipes. These sweet, spicy, and aromatic dishes prove that living the gluten-free lifestyle can be not only fun and easy, but delicious and nutritious too! This practical, guide shows you how to select the right ingredients and prepare classic healthy dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. You'll find out what you can and can't use in gluten-free cooking, learn to spot the hidden gluten in foods, discover surprising ways to 'save money when you go shopping, and even manage your weight. You'll also learn how to convert your current favorite recipes to gluten-free delights using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

Kurtz, Lisa
Offering a balanced overview of complementary and alternative therapies, this book will be useful for parents of children with autism, ADD or other learning disabilities. The book covers a wide variety of mind-body interventions and manipulative techniques, as well as energy therapies, biologically based methods, and alternative medical systems. For each approach, the author provides a detailed description of what the treatment involves, which professionals will be working with the child, and an explanation of the rationale behind the therapy. She also offers advice on who to approach for treatment, and includes a list of recommended resources and useful contacts for further information. This book will be a valuable source of information for parents and professionals working with children who have disabilities that impact their learning or behavior.

Le Breton, Marilyn
People with autism often are intolerant of gluten and casein. This book explains the benefits of a gluten and casein free diet, gives practical advice, and includes a wide selection of recipes.

Le Breton, Marilyn; Kessick, Rosemary
Containing over 400 gluten and dairy free recipes, the book will be invaluable to all those whose diet is restricted due to food intolerances. An increasing number of people on the autism spectrum are turning to the gluten and casein free diet and finding that many of the more troublesome symptoms are significantly alleviated. Coeliacs, and those with lactose and other intolerances, will also find a wealth of useful ideas for cooking without gluten or dairy products and expanding what may initially seem a very restrictive repertoire of possible meals.

Legge, Brenda
Finding out that your child has Asperger Syndrome can be devastating enough, but when you discover that he or she won't eat 99.9 per cent of all food and drink in the known universe, the fun really starts. The author found herself in this situation when her son first took a dislike to milk, then to virtually every other food. Her book was written to reassure other parents in the same boat, and to suggest practical methods of dealing with the problem. The experience of other parents, children, and professionals with first-hand knowledge of dietary difficulties, and their advice and comments, are also included.

Lewis, Lisa
Combine 1 part research with 2 parts practical, hands-on Information, add a dash of humor and season well with years of experience. Within the pages of this book Lisa Lewis explains, in an easy and readable manner, a complex yet intriguing intervention strategy for helping children and adults with autism. Drawing upon her own success with removing gluten and casein from her son's diet, she answers the many questions parents and professionals might have about choosing a dietary intervention. Why choose a special diet? Are there tests to help me decide? Is there research to support this type of intervention? Will my child starve? What do I cook? Also within these pages are over 150 good-tasting recipes to get started on the diet…everything from Spaghetti & Meatballs to Holiday treats and sweets to edible clay! A MUST-HAVE book for anyone thinking about the benefits of a special diet.

Lewis, Lisa
This long-awaited sequel to the best selling first book is loaded with helpful information and over 175 new recipes. A 'must-have' for anyone who uses the first Special Diets for Special Kids!

Lidle, Agi
Now, a book that offers you a new perspective on improving attention deficit disorders and disruptive behaviors, WITHOUT prescription drugs, by an authority on natural health and nutrition. This book contains real life personal stories of struggles and triumphs. It also contains the life-altering "Triumph Over Paradigm". This easy-to-use, 3-step model shows you "How To" get started and achieve positive results in 30 days or less by: Adopting Open Thinking, Manifesting The Power Of Words and Acting On A Healthy Food Program.

Lieberman, Sheri
Struggling with weight gain? Plagued by fatigue? Suffering In The Gluten Connection, Dr. Lieberman presents a simple questionnaire to help readers assess their risk for gluten sensitivity and provides a 14-day eating plan to start them on the path to improved health and vitality. She also recommends nutritional supplements to support and maximize the therapeutic potential of a gluten-free diet.

Medlen, Joan Guthrie
This one-of-a-kind book is the first to provide information, strategies, and tools to promote healthy living for people with Down syndrome, their families, and those who support them. Using her knowledge and expertise as a registered dietitian and experiences as a mother of a son with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and celiac disease, Joan Guthrie Medlen has blended intricate science with practical use to create a book that is indispensable. Medlen encourages parents and professionals to start teaching healthy habits early, yet stresses it is never too late to make changes. The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook describes the connection between healthy lifestyles and nutrition for people with Down syndrome and hands-on strategies for nutrition education. Chapters cover: . Introducing food textures and new foods. . Creating successful mealtimes. . Strategies for weight management. . Ideas for fitness and exercise. . Cooking and menu planning. . Activities for nutrition education that with accommodations for all students. Using visual cues and tools to teach and create healthy, independent lifestyles. The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook is the perfect tool for parents, teachers, and professionals to create general nutrition education and wellness activities for anyone. The nutrition concepts described and offered in activities meet or exceed learning standards for nutrition in most states for general education.

O'Brien, Susan
A groundbreaking cookbook, combining both special diets for healthier, allergy-free eating. Millions of Americans have health conditions like celiac disease, fibromyalgia, or food allergies that require a gluten- and/or dairy-restricted diet. In addition, going vegetarian/vegan is fast becoming mainstream, and many vegans are also looking to cut gluten from their diet. The Gluten-Free Vegan offers solutions for anyone seeking a tasty approach to healthier eating. Quick, easy, and delicious recipes: Written by a food-allergy sufferer and gourmet cook, this collection includes more than 150 healthy recipes for a wide range of dishes that are both gluten-free and vegan. The cookbook also includes guidelines of each dietary restriction, information on sugars, raw foods and organic foods, advice on ingredient preparation, quick-cooking tips, and resources for easily finding ingredients.

Offit, Paul
A London researcher was the first to assert that the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine known as MMR caused autism in children. Following this "discovery," a handful of parents declared that a mercury-containing preservative in several vaccines was responsible for the disease. If mercury caused autism, they reasoned, eliminating it from a child's system should treat the disorder. Consequently, a number of untested alternative therapies arose, and, most tragically, in one such treatment, a doctor injected a five-year-old autistic boy with a chemical in an effort to cleanse him of mercury, which stopped his heart instead. Children with autism have been placed on stringent diets, subjected to high-temperature saunas, bathed in magnetic clay, asked to swallow digestive enzymes and activated charcoal, and injected with various combinations of vitamins, minerals, and acids. Instead of helping, these therapies can hurt those who are most vulnerable, and particularly in the case of autism, they undermine childhood vaccination programs that have saved millions of lives. An overwhelming body of scientific evidence clearly shows that childhood vaccines are safe and does not cause autism. Yet widespread fear of vaccines on the part of parents persists. In this book, Paul A. Offit, a national expert on vaccines, challenges the modern-day false prophets who have so egregiously misled the public and exposes the opportunism of the lawyers, journalists, celebrities, and politicians who support them. Offit recounts the history of autism research and the exploitation of this tragic condition by advocates and zealots. He considers the manipulation of science in the popular media and the courtroom, and he explores why society is susceptible to the bad science and risky therapies put forward by many antivaccination activists.

Rapp, Doris
In this breakthrough book, Dr. Doris Rapp offers a simple yet effective approach to handling 'problem' children. Is This Your Child? shows parents how to identify the common foods, chemicals, or common allergic substances that could be the culprits that cause some children or adults to feel unwell or act inappropriately. If your child is always sick, hyperactive, a slow learner, or cranky, the first question you should ask is not 'What drug should be prescribed?' or 'What have I done wrong as a parent?' Instead, find out the cause. Dr. Rapp gives sensible suggestions about how these reactions to foods and environmental factors can be recognized, prevented, and treated. With this information, many affected children should feel, act, behave, and learn better. If you can detect unsuspected environmental illness in your child--or yourself--you can change your lives so you're more content, happy, and free of illness.

Seroussi, Karyn
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder is an inspiring and suspenseful chronicle of how one couple empowered themselves to challenge the medical establishment that promised no hope -- and found a cure for their child. Here are the explanations and treatments they so carefully researched and discovered, a wealth of crucial tools and hands-on information that can help other parents reverse the effects of autism and PDD, including step-by-step instructions for the removal of dairy and gluten from the diet, special recipes, and an explanation of the roles of the key players in autism research.

Shaw, William
Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD is an authoritative, comprehensive, and easy-to-read resource guide to a wide range of therapies that have been useful in the treatment of autism including antifungal and antibacterial therapies, gluten and casein restriction, homeopathy, vitamin therapy, gamma globulin treatment, transfer factor therapies, treatment of food allergies, and alternatives to antibiotic therapy. The information in this book may be useful not only in the field of autism but also in virtually any disorder in which some of the symptoms of autism are sometimes or frequently present.

Stratton, Kathleen; Gable, Alicia R.; Shetty, Padma; McCormick, Marie
First in a series of reports from the IOM Immunization Safety Review Committee, presents an assessment of the evidence regarding a hypothesized causal association between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism, and the committee's conclusions and recommendations.

Thompson, Tricia
From now on, a gluten-free diet doesn't have to mean taste-free, nutrition-free, and convenience-free. Yes, you must avoid a host of foods containing wheat, barley, rye, and even most oats. But nutritionist and gluten-free-diet researcher Tricia Thompson has assembled an army of food choices for you that are not just gluten-free but also tasty and packed with nutrients! The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide is filled with new gluten-free eating strategies, the latest research, and dozens of tips on living better with celiac disease. Inside you will find: * Fifty delicious gluten-free recipes, many from noted celiac disease experts * Advice for living with and controlling celiac disease * Information on safe and delicious foods that boost your fiber intake * The best ways to avoid the common pitfalls of a gluten-free diet, such as high fat intake and low intakes of B vitamins, iron, and calcium.

Worman, Howard
Approximately 25 million people in the United States suffer from some type of liver disorder, including cirrhosis, hepatitis, gall stones, cancer, and autism and inherited diseases. The Liver Disorders Sourcebook delivers comprehensive information on the symptoms, therapies, and prevention of liver diseases.

Zimmerman, Andrew
Creative thinking and collaborative scientific research have advanced our understanding of autism, and we are now beginning to synthesize the data into evidence and theories. Autism: Current Theories and Evidence presents current theories about autism and the evidence that supports them. The goal is to show how the scientific method is revealing the biological bases of this spectrum of disorders, thereby leading the way to their treatment and prevention using evidence-based medicine. This book has 20 chapters divided into 6 sections: Molecular and Clinical Genetics; Neurotransmitters and Cell Signaling; Endocrinology, Growth and Metabolism; Immunology, Maternal-Fetal Effects and Neuroinflammation; Neuroanatomy, Imaging and Neural networks; and Environmental Mechanisms and Models. The subjects cover a wide range of current scientific work in the field of autism, with strong and growing evidence to support them, and demonstrate both the breadth and depth of current autism research. The reader is encouraged to consider how theories and the scientific method, in the hands of these and other dedicated researchers, are leading to greater knowledge and continued progress in autism research.

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