Autism: The Scientific Truth About Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders--and What Parents Can Do Now

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From the bestselling author of Disconnected Kids, a clear and compassionate explanation of the causes of the autism epidemic—and a scientifically based approach for prevention and treatment.

As he travels the country helping parents and children cope with neurological disorders, Dr. Robert Melillo is always asked one question: Why? Why are autism rates exploding? But an equally important question always follows: What can we do about it as a ...

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Overview

From the bestselling author of Disconnected Kids, a clear and compassionate explanation of the causes of the autism epidemic—and a scientifically based approach for prevention and treatment.

As he travels the country helping parents and children cope with neurological disorders, Dr. Robert Melillo is always asked one question: Why? Why are autism rates exploding? But an equally important question always follows: What can we do about it as a society—and what can I do to help my child?

In this candid, research-based, practical book, Dr. Melillo presents the latest scientific explanation for how we got here and proven, drug-free strategies that parents can employ to help prevent, detect, and address the autism epidemic for themselves and their families.

With honesty and compassion, Dr. Melillo explains what the latest scientific research tells us about the role of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, dispelling myths and replacing them with the facts. In addition, he presents early warning signs, a prevention plan for parents-to-be, and an intervention program for babies and young children.

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Dr. Melillo, a self-described "chiropractic neurologist", is the founder of a national chain of franchised Brain Balance Centers that train people to treat autistic children. Here, he proposes that environment and genetics come together in specific ways to produce symptoms of autism in children, and suggests that the disorder called autism can be minimized by getting the two hemispheres of the brain communicating. He includes diagnostic tools of his own design and suggests medical evaluations to help parents understand their own predilections and tests anyone can do for babies too young to get a diagnosis of autism. Melillo's style of writing is clear and concise, albeit overly confident and authoritative when it comes to making statements concerning a disorder about which much remains unknown. Moreover, though he makes reference to some autism studies, he doesn't cite any of them in sufficient detail for the work to be considered, as the title implies, scientific truth. While Melillo's ideas are thought-provoking, the science to back up his approach is still lacking and the book feels too much like an ad for his brain balance centers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399159541
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 308,948
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert Melillo, creator of Brain Balance Program, is an internationally known chiropractic neurologist, professor, researcher, and expert in childhood neurological disorders. Since 1994, his program has helped thousands of children. He lives in Rockville Centre, New York, with his wife and three children. He is also the author of Disconnected Kids and Reconnected Kids.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Aristo Vojdani ix

Preface: A Public Health Emergency Dr. Joav Merrick xiv

Introduction: Stopping the Greatest Childhood Crisis in History xvii

Part 1 Searching for Causes

1 The Autism Epidemic: Controversy and Reality 3

2 The Causes: Genetics Versus the Environment 17

3 What's Happening in the Brain of a Child with Autism 32

4 Risk Factors: What the Research Tells Us 50

Part 2 Finding Solutions

5 What's Your Cognitive Style? 121

6 Measuring for a Brain Imbalance 150

7 Listen to Your Body: Assessing Your Symptoms 170

8 Your Lifestyle and the Stress Response 194

9 When Immunity Gets Out of Balance 208

10 Reducing Your Risk Factors: A Ten-Point Preconception Plan 217

11 The Brain Balance Program for Parents-to-Be 265

Part 3 Early Detection

12 Searching for Early Signs of Autism-and What You Can Do 279

Final Note: Getting Back Our "Right Mind" 296

Acknowledgments 301

Resources 302

Selected References 304

Index 311

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    This book is excellent for parents to be, parents and grandparen

    This book is excellent for parents to be, parents and grandparents.
    Dr. Melillo is an expert in his field and the book is a must read!

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