- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (January 8, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767907981
- ISBN-13: 978-0767907989
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Mother's Story of Research & Recovery Paperback – January 8, 2002
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What can be more devastating for parents than to learn that their child is autistic? The severely debilitating neurological disorder, which affects social and language development, can be difficult to treat. When her son was diagnosed with autism at 19 months, Seroussi, a small-business owner and wife of a research chemist, determined to do everything in her power to help her child achieve normal functioning. In addition to pursuing recommended speech and behavior modification therapies for her son, Seroussi devoted her considerable energies--often against medical advice--to researching alternative approaches. Her own experience and a growing body of scientific evidence pointed to connections between autism and diet. And though the theory has not yet been proven, Seroussi says, research now suggests that autism may be an autoimmune disorder triggered in rare cases by an infant's measles-mumps-rubella immunizations. Convinced that the inability to digest certain proteins was contributing to her son's condition and that his autism was related to his reaction to MMR vaccines, Seroussi eliminated suspect foods from his diet; he made such dramatic improvement that, by age four, he was functioning normally. Now a crusader for dietary intervention, Seroussi has written a book that will give hope to many families--though she cautions that not every autistic child responds to such treatment. She includes a FAQ section, gluten- and casein-free recipes and resources, and a list of organizations and readings. Agent, Kathi Paton. (Feb.) FYI: Seroussi is co-founder of ANDI (the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention) and co-editor of the ANDI News.
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Lisa S. Lewis, Ph.D. author of Special Diets for Special Kids Karyn Seroussi's good sense and her ability to sort out fact from fiction make her the perfect person to tell the story of autism research. Add to that a son who got better and a scientist husband who helped figure out why. -- Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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CON: The book is old (~10 years) and the science has moved on. Unfortunately, she refers to the infamous (now mostly debunked) vaccine-autism link. I'm no doctor/scientist but I read a lot about autism. It now seems there's 0 link between autism/celiac but there is likely some link between gluten-sensitivity and a subset of autism cases (it's likely there are several types of autism with different causes). So a GFCF diet may help some children (especially if they have GI issues) but most will probably not be helped. I'd recommend DR. Sears' "Autism Book" or Martha Herbert's "Autism Revolution" instead for a more up-to-date look at alternative treatments.
Unfortunately, because much of the narrative is about her son's early development and her thoughts at the time- this book can't really be revised to update the science.
Those didn't seem like promising answers, but a lot of hygiene and "tell us when it hurts" therapy went in to trying to prevent infections, to no use.
So when Seroussi suggests in this book that intestinal yeast overgrowth can produce symptoms of autism, it made so much sense.
This is only one example of the groundbreaking information in this book.
This is not a book about therapy or habilitation; if you need a book to give you tips on teaching your child to bathe himself, or stay out of traffic, this book won't help. It's a completely different kind of book.
This book addresses causes of autism-- not genetic causes that can't be changed, but environmental, mostly dietary causes that can be changed. Seroussi details, day by day, the changes that came over her austistic son when dairy and gluten were removed from his diet. He still needed some therapy to catch up on what he had missed during his "autistic days," but for the most part he became a typical little boy.
The process was much more cumbersome and complicated than my simple summary. Seruossi's son took certain medications that had never been used for autism before. He was subjected to numerous (necessary) tests. But in the end, he was no longer labeled autistic, or developmentally disabled at all.
Seroussi deserves numerous plaudits for her persistence and her own intelligence; what she managed for her son is no less than another Lorenzo's Oil.
She is also a good story-teller. Even people without a personal interest in autism would find this book fascinating.