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Most well-developed overview to causes & treatments of autism

  • Jul 4, 2007
Stephanie Marohn's books on mental health issues are all excellent and this one on autism is a good starting place for anyone wishing to find out more about Autism and how to effectively treat it. One challenge in writing this book was that there are multiple factors contributing to the development of autism, and the most prevalent factors happen to be iatrogenic - standard medical practices that cause illness. A recent study survey in 2 Western states showed that children who were vaccinated were more than twice as likely as their unvaccinated peers to have autism and other developmental disorders. The medical establishment and those indoctrinated by the cult of modern medicine don't want to acknowledge that they are causing unneeded harm to millions of people. There are financial and psychological reasons why many people won't face that reality. Thus, Marohn's book looks honestly at those issues and quotes doctors who oppose vaccinations and certain unnatural child delivery practices. One has to accept the validity of the factors cited in the etiology of autism to appreciate how the treatments discussed in the book work. A spectrum of treatments is explored (and the focus is on the most cutting edge and effective approaches, not the more mainstream approaches that most people investigating the subject already have exposure to). Most children will benefit immensely from a combination of the approaches discussed in this book. There is a growing body of evidence to support many of these approaches and much evidence that standard drug therapies cause a variety of side effects and impairments. Wouldn't it be logical to try the natural approaches first? Well, much of modern psychiatry and allopathic medicine are concerned more about conformity to dogma than using critical thinking and sensibly looking at all options. Stephanie Marohn looks at nutritional therapies, allergy clearing, osteopathy, homeopathy, sound therapy, and even family therapy and shamanic type interventions to help resolve issues contributing to autism. That's a lot better than just giving a child drugs, external behavior manipulation, and hiring someone to make sure the child gets physical and social stimulation (typical conventional approaches to autism). While this book doesn't cover every alternative therapy or go into great depth on each topic it discusses, it offers a good overview of the types of treatments that are working and it explains them in a clear manner. At present this is the ideal book for people looking to begin to understand autism and how to treat it - it's time to look beyond the DSM (the psychiatric diagnostic and statistical manual) and learn to really help those with developmental impairments.

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Drawing on interviews with doctors and several patient histories, alternative health writer Marohn (Natural Medicine First Aid Remedies) recommends natural medicine and a controlled diet as "cures" for children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). While examining environmental factors, pollution, and vaccines as possible causes for ASD is perfectly valid, Marohn posits that they are the main causes and, in turn, provides an unbalanced and unsound approach to treatment. The 14 alternatives that she suggests (e.g., targeted therapeutic nutrition, homeopathy) are rarely supported by more than anecdotal evidence and create unrealistic expectations. Marohn ignores behavioral, speech, and occupational therapies, which are considered critical to the successful treatment of children with ASD. In addition, she makes the ludicrous assertion that preventing autism is as easy as disregarding physicians and protecting your child from our toxic environment. Marohn risks shifting blame for the rise in ASD back to the parents, who supposedly control their child's environment. A better choice for libraries is Mitzi Waltz's Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Understanding the Diagnosis and Getting Help, which presents a more evenhanded section on alternative remedies. Not recommended.
Corey Seeman, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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ISBN-10: 1571742883
ISBN-13: 978-1571742889
Author: Stephanie Marohn
Publisher: Hampton Roads Pub Co

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