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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345527194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345527196
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This is a remarkably sane overview of the biomedical side of autism. It should be in the library of, and actually read by, everyone involved with autism (and probably everyone else as well).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SonyaDohertyND on April 4 2012
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Dr. Herbert has written one of the most incredible books that I have ever read. She talks about her research and experience with autism spectrum disorder and how the traditionally held view of a genetic disorder is being challenged. Research, including her own, is showing the world that autism is a "whole body disorder" involving the gut, immune system and brain. This is a brave and paradigm shifting book. A must read for all health care providers and parents with children on the spectrum.

Sonya Doherty
Burlington, ON, Canada
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Simply Excellent! A Bridge between the "what" and the "why"! March 31 2012
By my_1_point_five_cents - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Herbert has written a fantastic book about the "whats" and "whys" (and also "why nots") of addressing autism spectrum disorders using approaches that are not usually part of the standard clinical repertoire. In a nutshell, the book reviews stories of individuals on the autism spectrum that either improved or got off the spectrum entirely, through methods that are not usually included in the standard family physician's to-do list. The beauty of the book is that it reviews these methods from several angles, in a simple, common sense way: (1) What is involved (2) What are the risks, (3) What are the costs, and perhaps most importantly, (4) Why might it work (or not work), from a scientific perspective.

Dr. Herbert advocates for low-risk, low-cost, potentially high benefit appraches to autism, which revolve mostly around specific proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. Yes, we've all heard this before, in many other contexts. And yes, this approach IS relevant well beyond autism (which is why I'd recommend this book to parents of children with a variety of issues, not just autism). What makes this book special is Dr. Herbert's careful and meticulous explanations. For instance, she discusses *why* diet affects your child's brain, and why the autistic brain might be more vulnerable. She walks the reader gently and in great detail through relevant complex scientific concepts, from gut bacteria to the inner workings of various types of brain cells, and their interactions, and in doing so she explains why (for instance) having a pizza might trigger a terrible tantrum in certain sensitive children.

Perhaps most importantly, while staying realistic and grounded, this book is written with amazing compassion and emphathy and offers real hope. Dr. Herbert doesn't think of autism as a static disorder and a lifetime label. She tells stories of those who are no longer labeled, she has met individuals who "developed out" of this developmental disorder, and she has seen many who improved well beyond the bleak prognoses they were originally given. And as every parent of a child on the spectrum knows, even small improvements are big victories. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a child on the spectrum, to anyone with a child who has other diagoses such as ADHD, and to every clinician in the field (but especially to those who tend to think of autism as a static state).
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Hopeful, Fantastic Big Picture, The Next Steps Aug. 21 2012
By Caroline Writer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been working with a family member to reverse his autism symptoms most of his life, using the DAN approach, gluten free-casein free diet, and many other techniques one reviewer here scoffs at. Guess what --THEY WORK! I am a highly educated Mom who had the luxury of time to research all of this back before it was mainstream. I read the pub-meds. I read the science. It's all true.

I'm so glad I never saw the doctor who wrote the negative review here *(one star) and that I didn't listen to those like him.

Instead, figuring they would have the motivation and integrity to tell the truth, I listened to doctors who were recovering their own autistic children, toxicologists, and OTHER PARENTS. Thank God I did because if I had waited for the consensus of those whose lack of imagination could not envision any path but the current thinking, my family member would not be about to start mainstream school this week. Whether that reviewer wants to believe it or not, treating my family members condition AS IF it were caused by toxins in our current world (ochams razor) rather than as if it were some weird coincidental thing that was rarer than rare in the previous generation but oddly 1 in 20 boys in this one---was the key to bringing him back. Listening to people who pretend it is normal to have exploding diapers, that we just didn't "notice" the hand flapping kids in the 1960-s--brought me no answers. Instead, I listed to those who said "obviously these children are the canaries in the coal mine and something is wrong NOW" "Obviously these kids were fine and then they weren't--SOMETHING happened to them".

This book, by a mainstream doctor out of Harvard, is going to help many, many, many parents of autistic children dissolve the mask of autism that obscures their child's expression, the fog that clouds their brain, and midwife them back to the world we are all in, to much joy.

And my favorite line in her book is "autism is a state" meaning they can shift OUT Of this state. Very, very hopeful message. I can't wait to try those suggestions I have not yet tried. I can't wait to see my family member "all the way back".

THANK YOU DR HERBERT! ! ! !
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is an important book! May 2 2012
By K. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite over forty years of research connecting symptoms to the disease process that we call autism it is still considered a psychiatric disorder that is not medically treatable. This book explains in very readable language why autism is a disease and a treatable disease. It is not a medical book for practitioners to use to treat the disease but it does give changes, and why they might be helpful, a parent can make in their child's life that might prove beneficial. It also discusses some treatment options that are currently available for children with autism that are harmful and why they are harmful. The first part of the book is about the science and the second half about rehabilitation. Autism occurs at critical stages of child development and stops or greatly retards development. Medical Treatment can make the child healthier but the child has to be taught what he has missed. Parents sometimes think it as an either/or proposition; either I go the ABA route of the medical, when in actuality it is the combined approach that will give the best outcome. Dr. Herbert did include the fact that agents are being developed that might be very helpful in the treatment of this disease in the future. This information has been available for some time for people who know where to look but somehow, it is never in the media. I wonder how many families give up in despair because they have absolutely no hope? This book will give everyone hope!
This book is a step (and I hope a huge one!) in changing the way we think about autism in this country. I am telling all of the families in our clinic to read this book, putting it on our website and every listserve I am on.
Thank you Dr. Herbert!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Plugging brands? Oct. 9 2013
By Allison - Published on Amazon.com
This book basically says there is hope of recovery because a tiny percentage of people on the spectrum have improved drastically and to try anything, fringe science or not, in order to make it happen. Hope is a great thing, but when you are plugging Mona Vie by brand name and even saying that any cheaper brand doesn't work, there is something seriously SERIOUSLY wrong. If you don't know what Mona Vie is, just start typing it into google and "monavie scam" will be the second choice to pop up. It is a pyramid scheme that sells a vitamin juice that is geared towards weightless but since its just vitamins they can sell it to anyone hoping to improve anything health-related. This is just one example of the author plugging specific and questionable for-profits, but it was the red flag for me. I am no conspiracy theorist, but having dealt with psycho "Body by Vie" cultists I think anyone who would plug the brand name of a wildly successful pyramid scheme is an extremely questionable source.

I am a behavior therapist and work with kids on the spectrum and I have families that stick to a very healthy, unprocessed diet and are trying anything and everything out there. Adding more speculative therapies to their list of possible treatments and listing the barrage of unproven possible causes for autism while plugging name brands of institutions and products is just disgusting to me. Its hard for me to believe that someone with these kind of credentials would stoop to such tactics to make money.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A must-read for parents and clinicians March 28 2012
By AJ Ryland - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Herbert has written the book that should be given to every family when their child receives an autism diagnosis. Understandable, well researched, and practical, this book provides critical information to allow parents to ask critical questions. Parents new to autism should read it to establish a solid foundation of knowledge, parents of older children should read it to ensure they have looked at their child's care from all perspectives, and physicians and clinicians should read it so they are prepared and informed and can best serve their patients.

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