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The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism Hardcover – November 29, 2016
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"With over one million new cases per year, a current incidence of one in 45-68 children, and a projected incidence of one in two children within two decades, this is more than an epidemic - it is a national crisis. At this rate, our entire nation will be crippled, as eventually all of us will either be autistic or caring for one. While nearly all efforts and public pronouncements are about management and care, very few are exploring cause. The most we hear from the medical community, perhaps with a sad shrug of the shoulders, is that autism is a genetic disorder, blamed on parents and ancestors, a tragic but inevitable outcome at the genetic roulette table. They vigorously cross vaccines off the list of possible causes, and state that science has settled that question for all time (as if that were possible in science). Dr Lyons-Weiler, an impeccably-credentialed biologist, with this important book, has authoritatively dispelled this myth, and clearly explains the manifestations and environmental causes of this terrible spectrum of disorders. In so doing, he provides much-needed hope for its prevention and cure. With scientific rigor that will satisfy the strictest researcher, and accessible language that welcomes the untrained, Dr Lyons-Weiler makes a compelling case for action, steps that will change our future and avert catastrophe. If you are a parent, health professional or scientist, and care about our collective future, this is an essential book to read and take action on." Michael Gaeta DAC, MS, CDN, clinician and educator
Dr. David Brownstein, MD, medical director, Center for Holistic Medicine
Dr. Lyons-Weiler is an inspired American scientist. . . . I can say without reservation that this learned person has the ethics of a true teacher, the type idealized from the roots of Western Civilization. He analyzes scientific data for the sake of improving the human condition without monetary influence. . . . His work is encyclopedic.”
Dr. Edward Ted” Fogarty, MD, chair, Department of Radiology, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
With over one million new cases per year, a current incidence of one in 4568 children, and a projected incidence of one in two children within two decades, autism is more than an epidemicit is a national crisis. At this rate, our entire nation will either be autistic or caring for someone who is. While nearly all efforts and public pronouncements are about management and care, very few are exploring cause. We hear from the medical community that autism is a tragic but inevitable outcome of genetic roulette. Dr. Lyons-Weiler, an impeccably credentialed biologist . . . clearly explains the environmental causes of this terrible spectrum of disorders. In so doing, he provides much-needed hope for its prevention and cure. If you are a parent, health professional, or scientist, this is an essential book to read.”
Michael Gaeta, DAc, MS, CDN, clinician and educator
This book is a Bible for anyone who wants to understand the deep science behind the autism epidemic in America. Dr. Lyons-Weiler shows us convincingly that autism is not a mysterious disease with no known cause and no known treatment: it is the expected outcome when you expose a child with a certain genetic makeup to multiple neurotoxins simultaneously.”
Dr. Stephanie Seneff, senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
[Dr. James Lyons-Weiler’s new book is a call to action] for the pediatric community to awaken from its dogmatic slumber.’ . . . Until our understanding of [autism spectrum disorders] (and their environmental, genetic, and immunological underpinnings) is secure, we must all be willing to evolve as practitioners and scientists and, thusly, light our own candles in the darkness, lest we fall into an abyss.”
Dr. Anthony Kovatch, MD, pediatrician, Pediatric Alliance
Lyons-Weiler has done us all an immense service by putting together this well-documented and highly informative overview of autism. Those who are really seeking answers and a way forward will welcome this book. Those whose interests are threatened will not. Indeed, Lyons-Weiler will be able to measure just how much he has stung big pharma by the number of pharma-paid negative reviews in the media, and by the troll attacks, and the denunciations by the CDC. He should wear all these as a badge of [honor] for ultimately the truth will come out. This book will help the truth emerge.”
Christopher A. Shaw, PhD, author of Neural Dynamics of Neurological Disease
From the Author
I offer this book as a stimulant for free and open consideration of the effects of policy based on science that is bent by the overwhelming agenda of profit. Each individual in society has to face their individual responsibility in the debacle - not for themselves, but rather for future generations. The future of our society, and indeed that of our species may well depend on this generation's ability to identify how to bend the curve of the increases in the rate of autism, yes, but also the myriad additional conditions that fall into vague classes of autoimmunological disorders.
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On a little reading binge, this is my 14th book in the last 2 months relating to autism, infectious disease, immunology... the history and politics. But, this ONE book reveals a depth of study that makes most others look like they're in the sandbox eating bugs. The devil is truly in the details.
Even the most exceptional scientific minds will be challenged to assimilate the depth and breadth of this examination in translational research. James Lyons-Weiler has written THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK IN PEDIATRICS right now and for the foreseeable future. I am only half way in as I read and re-read sections trying to wrap my head around his interpretation of over 3,000 peer reviewed studies. A warning to those without a high capacity for complex scientific analysis, it may not be the first book you should read in understanding the complexity of the 'debate' on autism. I would suggest 'Age of Autism' by Dan Olmsted and 'Dissolving Illusions' by Dr. Suzanne Humphries.
I'd seen VAXXED and knew very well the story of Dr. Andy Wakefield's crucifixion by the medical community and media. So much vitriol over a little study suggesting a possible link between a vaccine and immune system disregulation. Where are we as a society, as a scientific community, if we attack a person who publishes a study recommending more research on the issue (as nearly EVERY scientific paper does). Frankly, I thought the movie VAXXED barely scraped the iceberg on the possible link between vaccines and autism. You'd be better served by first watching the hundreds of testimonials being captured and posted on YouTube as part of the VAXXED bus tour. This is perhaps THE MOST IMPORTANT story in medicine right now. The public needs to know whether vaccines are safe for each and every individual. A vaccine schedule that has accelerated from 12 to 72 vaccines in the last 30 years without any collective research as to the possible effects of not just Mercury and aluminum, not just the additives like polysorbate 80 and mono sodium glutamate, but the viral strains themselves. Presuming viruses as static entities, unable to mutate into more dangerous and virulent strains denies all we know and have learned about infectious disease in the last 300 years. Finally, Dr. Paul Offit, an apostle of the darkest nature, who has done more damage to scientific discovery and public health than any medical professional in history, who states that you can safely have 10,000 vaccines on the same day (revised from his original 'scientific' estimate of 100,000), I say 'TRY IT YOURSELF'!
Lyons-Weiler also discusses the evidence supporting a link between vaccines and autism, particularly the controversial MMR vaccine. He emphasizes the connection between gut dysbiosis and autism, and proposes that peptides entering the brain cause autoimmune responses that result in inflammation leading to brain injury. This book is very accessible to the general audience while at the same time being comprehensive and well documented, with a long list of references to the research literature to back up his claims and inform the scholar who wants to probe more deeply into the topic. This book is arguably the most comprehensive resource available today to answer the mystery of autism.
Citing more than a thousand studies, CAUSES holds nothing back, defying political and corporate pressures to reveal the truth by showing HOW environmental exposures can and do cause autism. This book needs to be read by parents, doctors, pediatricians, politicians, and journalists, and immediate action must be taken to end the epidemic.
Tina M. Wise, RPh
Pediatric hospital pharmacist & mother of an autistic son