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Children with Starving Brains: A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder [Paperback]

by Jaquelyn McCandless, Jack Zimmerman, Teresa Binstock
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February 1, 2009 1883647177 978-1883647179 4th Updated
Children With Starving Brains is a message of hope in the midst of a worldwide epidemic of autism, ADD and ADHD. This is the first book written by an experienced clinician that gives a step-by-step treatment guide for parents and doctors based on the understanding that ASD is a complex biomedical illness resulting in significant brain malnutrition. Genetic susceptibility activated by "triggers" such as pesticides and heavy metals in vaccines can lead to immune system impairment, gut dysfunction, and pathogen invasion such as yeast and viruses in many children. Dr. McCandless, whose grandchild with autism has inspired her "broad spectrum approach," describes important diagnostic tools needed to select appropriate treatment programs. Her book explains major therapies newly available and identifies safe and effective options for parents and physicians working together to improve the health of these special children.

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About the Author

Jacquelyn McCandless received her M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Since the early 1990s, her interest in women's issues and sexuality has led to an alternative medicine practice with a focus on anti-aging, brain nutrition, and natural hormone therapy. In 1996, after her granddaughter was diagnosed with autism, she returned even more to basic medicine and began working with biomedical aspects of developmentally delayed children. She now utilizes the knowledge she gained searching for treatments for her grandchild to help other ASD children.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Bramble Books; 4th Updated edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883647177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883647179
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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219 of 224 people found the following review helpful
By cmw
Please do yourself, your child, or your patients the monumental favor of reading, living, and practicing this book. Children with Starving Brains is an easy to read and comprehensive guide to the painfully complex issues surounding the causation, gastrointestinal pathology, toxicity, and evaluation process of working with children with Austism Spectrum Disorders.
The book then deals extensively with the steps involved in healing the injuries. Dr. McCandless walks the reader through gastrointestinal healing measures, removing heavy metals, restoring proper immune function, and healing the STARVING brain.
You will shake your head in amazement both at the amount of helpful and hopeful information in this book, as well as in absolute awe at the lack of comprehension that most medical, dental, and nursing practitioners have concerning the contemporary state of causation, pathology, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
I work in a practice that has successfully treated almost 100 children utilizing the principles outlined by Dr. McCandless. All the children have improved to varying degrees. Some have almost totally "recovered", others have shown islands of significant improvement, but ALL have responded positively.
This is good, progressive, modern health care. It is not "alternative" treatment. It is correct treatment to address an acute illness or "insult" to a child's entire brain, body, and self. These interventions have also proven tremendously helpful in our treatment of 200 adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
I especially appeal to my nursing colleagues: READ THIS BOOK.
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91 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am an adult who is HFA December 12, 2007
High Functioning Autistic, for those who aren't yet familiar with the terminology. I have an adult diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, despite the fact that echolalia was my primary form of communication until I was 8, and I couldn't form a sentence on my own until that age.

I enjoy being who I am, and I view autism as an essential part of my personality. I do not want to be "cured". That does not mean I do not want any of my symptoms to go away. I should add that this is more a review of the treatment approach recommended by the book than of the book itself.

I started experimenting with the biomedical approach to treating myself 5 years ago. I began with what is basically the Feingold Diet - removing all artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. I stopped having seizures (except for one time, when I accidentally had some Yellow #5 and began seizing about half an hour later, I went through everything I ate and drank that day two days later after staying in bed before finding the trigger). It helped me a lot with issues of emotional lability (sudden changes in mood). I also started to sleep a little bit better, and lost 15 pounds of the extra weight I had gained (I weighed 185 when I first started with biomedical approaches).

Fast forward two years. I was happy with what I had gained from Feingold, and read Lisa Lewis' book on GFCF diet and found myself. As a child, I had consumed a gallon or more of milk per day, and as an adult, still ate cheese or yoghurt on a daily basis. Giving up all milk products allowed me to start looking people in the eyes for the first time in my life, notice facial expressions (though not process what they mean), and removed a lot of the haziness I had always experienced.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book could change your child's life forever! November 13, 2003
I have a child diagnosed with autism. We were given two books to read; one from a friend ("Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help"), and one was given to us by our Regional Center (can't remember the name right now).
I didn't like those books very much, because I felt they were dealing with MY feelings and fears. But it's my son that needs help! My first priority is to do what I can to help my son, not do what I can to help me feel better about how or why this has happened. I, and he, simply don't have time to spare, we need to start addressing his problems now, while he is still young.
"Children with Starving Brains" was a real page-turner for me. Yes, it can get somewhat technical. But it is written for parents, not doctors. Why? Because the doctors that follow the approaches listed in this book are all really, really busy with waiting lists of patients. Why? Because biomedical treatment for autism works!
When we first started down this road of autism, I wanted someone or something to tell me what to do. I found this book told me exactly that. And now that we are on this course, our son is making constant improvements. This is not the only book I've read, but this is the one that really got us started down the road to recovery.
I think every parent of an autistic child could benefit from taking a look at this book.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have For Parents of Children with Autism January 9, 2003
If you are a parent of a child with Autism this book is an absolute must-have! Dr. McCandless' book is the most up-to-date guide on treating children with Autism biomedically. Her book is easily understandable and well writtten. I have followed the recommendations within her book to a "T" with my 26 month old ASD daughter. My daughter's response to these interventions have been nothing short of miraculous. Dr. McCandless is an absolute God send! **Please remember that everyone is different and that each individual will respond differently to these interventions**, but because these are so safe and easily adaptable - it is definitely worth giving it a try! My only regret is not getting this book sooner!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My TACA mentor recommended this book
I have been using it to learn and to implement the gluten free casein free soy free diet. It is awesome.
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Biomedical for Lyme induced Autism
My son regressed into Autism after his vaccines at a very early age, I was looking for answers to how a healthy child could turn Autistic. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Rachko
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Approaches
Informative and instructional for those dealing with individuals with ASD. I recommend it for those seeking some hope for a different approach.
Published 13 months ago by William W Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good read
I enjoyed this book.It was very informative.I didnt agree w/everyrthing the author says such as her way of chelation but other than that it taught me alot and gave me alot of ways... Read more
Published 13 months ago by United1981
5.0 out of 5 stars mysterious
Mysterious may be the workings of the human body and particularly the brain, but its science not magic & all effects are preceded by cause. Read more
Published 19 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent explanation of the how and why for biomedical treatment...
As a Mom of 3, 2 of whom have autism, I can say the biomedical approach worked wonders in our household.

Are my boys "cured" from their autism? No. Read more
Published 19 months ago by GemmaNerys
1.0 out of 5 stars A lot of anecdotal stories but no scientific evidence.
A lot of anecdotal stories but no scientific evidence. The author's granddaughter never overcame autiism! But they --like all of us-- will keep on trying!! Read more
Published 23 months ago by ChicoMan
3.0 out of 5 stars Version year would have been helpful in my decision to purchase
I was expecting the 2009 version, not the 2007. I wish that was indicated in the description. There is a lot more info I could use in the 2009 version.
Published on October 9, 2011 by Gail Snail
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help for parents dealing with an ASD
This was the first book I read after my 2yr old was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. As a parent dealing with an ASD, it is initially overwhelming and this book helped me formulate a plan... Read more
Published on December 26, 2009 by Irish Kriss
5.0 out of 5 stars Children With Starving Brains Need to be Understood!
Children With Starving Brains is a wonderful book to understand the medical side of treating Autism. This book is a truly a labor of love and the book is very informative.
Published on December 4, 2009 by Rhonda Spellman, Autism Advocate
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