Synopses & Reviews
When their nineteen-month-old son, Miles, was diagnosed with autism, Karyn Seroussi, a writer, and her husband, a scientist, fought back with the only weapons at their disposal: love and research. Consulting medical papers, surfing the Web, and networking with other parents, they traced the onset of their child's problems to an immune system breakdown that coincided with his vaccinations. As a result, his digestive system was unable to break down certain proteins, which in turn led to abnormal brain development. So Karyn and her husband got to work -- Karyn implementing their program at home while her husband tested his theories at the scientific lab where he worked.
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder is an inspiring and suspenseful chronicle of how one couple empowered themselves to challenge the medical establishment that promised no hope -- and found a cure for their child.
Here are the explanations and treatments they so carefully researched and discovered, a wealth of crucial tools and hands-on information that can help other parents reverse the effects of autism and PDD, including step-by-step instructions for the removal of dairy and gluten from the diet, special recipes, and an explanation of the roles of the key players in autism research.
Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. Director, Autism Research Institute Effective treatments are available -- but you are not likely to learn about these treatments from your child's doctor. You will learn about them, however, in the pages of this book.
Jane M. El-Dahr, M.D. Head of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, Tulane Medical Center/Tulane Hospital for Children Evidence is increasing that children with autism have defective immune function, and that an external "trigger" seems to lead to the onset of the autistic symptoms. Although the view that autism is a neuro-gut-immune disorder might seem far-fetched, I believe that Karyn Seroussi is right on target.
Jeff Bradstreet, M.D. Director, Autism Research Center, Palm Bay, Florida, and the father of a five-year-old recovering from autism Karyn Seroussi offers us a researcher's insight, with a mother's touch, into what may be the greatest issue for America's children -- the reasons for the recent epidemic of autism. The book reads as much like a detective novel, a personal diary, and an Internet chat room as it does a fine, critical assessment of this complex disorder.
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.
About the Author
Karyn Seroussi, a freelance writer, has spoken at conferences around the world, helping other parents understand what is beginning to be known about the nature of, and the treatments for, autism. Her goal is to see parents and professionals working together; to have autism diagnosed early and treated appropriately. You can visit her website at KarynSeroussi.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Bernard Rimland, Ph.D.
PART ONE: MILES'S STORY: Hunting the Jabberwock
ONE The Diagnosis
TWO A Plan of Action
THREE The Importance of the Diet
FOUR Science's Questions, My Answers
FIVE Red Flags
EIGHT Moving Forward
PART TWO: THE DIET
NINE Questions and Answers
TEN First Steps: How to Get Started
ELEVEN Going Gluten-Free
TWELVE So, What Can I Feed My Child?
THIRTEEN Basic Recipes
Appendix A Recommended Reading, Resources, and Organizations
Appendix B Mail Order for Gluten-Free Foods