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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
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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'!
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.
We can all tolerate some level of toxins in our environment. People with genes that provide a lot of protection can tolerate more, others not as much. As the toxic load increases, people with less tolerance get sick. Many toxins in our environment are cumulative; each exposure makes you a little weaker, a little less able to cope, until finally the dam breaks and you are seriously ill. Eventually, everyone will succumb to a high-enough toxic load. Except in rare cases, genes don't cause autism directly, but some combinations of genes can make it much more likely someone will become autistic or develop other chronic illness.
Lyons-Weiler asks us to listen to our autistic children, see them as the canaries in the coal mine, and fix our environment so that fewer kids become autistic -- and we will all benefit, with reductions in other toxin-mediated chronic illness.
Impeccably researched and clearly presented, encyclopedic in scope, the book is helpful for parents of autistic children, parents trying to protect their children from the toxins in our environment, pediatricians trying to help kids stay healthy or heal children with autism, researchers who want to reduce the incidence of disease and learn to treat those affected, and regulators and lawmakers trying to protect the environment for all of us.
Really, everyone needs to see this book! Buy it for yourself, give a copy to your pediatrician, and request that your local library order it.