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Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders Paperback – April 29, 2008
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Advance praise for Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies
“An easy-to-read commonsense guide to beneficial biomedical treatments such as diets and supplements. Dr. Bock clearly explains the different options and provides case histories of treatment successes.”
–Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
“Superb . . . Encyclopedic but accessible and easy to read, this book will tell you all you need to know–and all your doctor needs to know but probably doesn't. An expert in the field, I learned a lot by reading this fascinating, extremely useful book.”
–Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction
“This remarkable and timely book provides a truly invaluable resource for parents, guiding them toward positive steps they can take to rescue their children. Bock and Stauth have done an outstanding job of removing the barriers to understanding these conditions and getting children started on the path to recovery.”
–Richard Deth, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, Northeastern University
“This book provides readers with the tools to defend and restore their children’s health. It is well written and comprehensive, and tackles the controversies organized medicine would prefer to ignore. If you are concerned about the futures of all our children, this is a must-read.”
–Jeff Bradstreet, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., director, The International Child Development Resource Center
“This groundbreaking book is sure to change the face of pediatric medicine. It’s a remarkable and practical work by a fine physician and an excellent science writer. I highly recommend it.”
–Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., author of Brain Longevity
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Kenneth Bock, M.D., is the co-founder and co-director of the Rhinebeck Health Center and The Center for Progressive Medicine, and a clinical instructor in family medicine at the Albany Medical College. He lives in Woodstock, New York, with his wife and two children.
Cameron Stauth is the author of twenty-two books, including several national and international bestsellers. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two young children.
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The research and information indicating that some people are more susceptible to environmental toxins is compelling. He recommends that the first place you start is going to a gluten-free and casein-free diet. This is something anyone, (with some considerable effort, extra cash for groceries and a local store with gluten-free options available) can do at home. However, from there you enter an entirely new world of homeopathic medicine that is rarely, if ever, covered by insurance and quite expensive. Many of the treatments require a doctors supervision, blood work and other tests and expensive supplement treatments. I took his advice and looked in my local area for a doctor associated with Defeat Autism now and the first three visits, which are all just evaluation with no actual tests or treatment, was going to cost over $2000, and they don't take insurance. (It may be different in your area, but this is an example, since some would find that amount accessible.) This simply is not feasible on my family's current income. Dr. Bock does give some good ideas on how to minimize the cost and possibly get insurance to cover some of the blood work and tests, but at this point in time his methods are an expensive proposition. Of course, now I am fighting the urge to be guilt ridden for not "finding the money" to help my child. What price can you put on that??!! The truth of the matter, though, is that insurance doesn't pay for the treatments because it is still considered to be unproven. I have no doubt that in time the traditional medical community will get more on board with many of these ideas. However, that is a lot of money to lay out when the level of chance that this MIGHT work is still so high. Honestly, I was hoping for something a little more doable when I picked up the book. That said, the gluten/casein free diet does seem to be helping my son to better manage his ADHD inspired angry outbursts. It is still not clear if this is psychosomatic for him or real, as he has reintroduced gluten/casein a couple of times without any of the dramatic responses Dr. Bock describes in his book.
In terms of the book style itself, it does get a little preachy at times. I found, though, that if I kept reading he would eventually get off the soapbox and present more balanced views. He uses case studies to help show the type of work he does. I believe he is hoping that the reader will recognize one of these children in his/her own child, and thus add a level of relatability. He does do a pretty good job of explaining some higher level medical concepts in an easy to understand format, and there is a pretty extensive list of supplements and their descriptions included in the book for reference. His book seems to be a little different from other books on bio-genetics because he attempts to go beyond just focusing on autism. However, the majority of cases are when the other 3 "A"s are presenting with autism.