The Myth of Autism: How a Misunderstood Epidemic Is Destroying Our Children

The Myth of Autism: How a Misunderstood Epidemic Is Destroying Our Children


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ISBN-13: 9781616081713
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/28/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Dr. Michael J. Goldberg received his medical degree from UCLA and trained at LAC-USC Medical Center. He is the president of the Neuro-Immune Defi-ciency (NIDS) Medical Advisory Board and is on the clinical teaching staff at both UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Hospitals. With seventeen years experience in evaluating and treating autism, ADD/ADHD, and chronic fatigue syndrome, Goldberg is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the connection between neuro-immune and/or auto-immune dysfunction and other conditions, such as autism, ADD, Alzheimer’s, ALS, CFS/CFIDS, and MS.

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The Myth of Autism: How a Misunderstood Epidemic Is Destroying Our Children 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
herdingcats on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Ok, this book has a really bad title and it apparantly offends a lot of people because it sounds like - if you don't read the second part of the title, that the author considers autism not to be a real condition or something.What the author means by calling autism a myth is that the huge group of symptoms that is now called the autism spectrum does not fit the original definition of autism as defined by Kanner. Kanner's autism is a developmental disorder that is present from birth. Today's autism spectrum includes children that start out "normal" and then lose the language that they had learned and stop interacting with other people. This author's theory is that Autism, ADHD, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are all caused by a herpes virus in the brain. He calls them all "NIDS - Neuro imune dysfunction syndromes, a set of related disorders characterized by complex interactions between the nervous system and the immune system." He proposes that what is diagnosed as autism today does not fit the original definition of autism. He also claims that autism and ADHD have increased at a rate in the past few years that is only seen in a viral outbreak. He uses a new diagnostic tool to look at the brain called NeuroSpect and treats autism with a combination of an elimination diet, antiviral medications, antifungal medications when needed, and SSRI medication - serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft or Celexa. He claims that many of the "treatments" that have been used on autistic children including chelation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy can actually damage a child's brain. (I can believe that.) His book ends with many wonderful testimonials, but all "snake oil" type treatments and herbal supplements etc... are sold with sparkling testimonials so I just don't trust that.I am not a doctor. I kept thinking that as I read this book and realized that I do not have the medical background to really know if what this author is proposing is medically plausible or just a bunch of medical sounding mumbo jumbo. It sounds very logical and promising, but over and over throughout my reading of this book, I found myself realizing that I don't have the medical knowledge to judge if what the author is saying is really correct and I worry that parents of autistic children may read it and think it is correct and start demanding the medications recommended in the book for their children, when in reality, it may not be correct.I found his dietary elimination ideas to be different than others that I have heard about. He claims that cow's milk and whole wheat and other whole grains are big allergens and that if cows only grazed on grass rather than eating grain, perhaps the dairy allergies and sensitivities might not be so bad, which kind of makes sense. He then claims, however, that whole wheat and other whole grains are allergens and that processed wheat - like white bread, causes less allergies - the more processed the better. That is just counter intuitive to healthy eating. I wonder if soaking and sprouting whole grains would also lessen the allergic effects? His theory and treatment sounds promising and I would like to see it examined further by the medical community.
TimBazzett on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I picked this book up at my local library because the subject of autism has always intrigued me. Goldberg's assertion is that autism is not a psychological, mental or emotional disorder, but a medical illness that can be treated and perhaps even cured. He makes an extremely compelling case for his theory here too - I "think." Because there is much medical language full of symbols, charts, brain scans and abbreviations here - some of which may prove virtually impenetrable to the lay reader, which is why I suppose I only gave it three stars. He does go into the diet part (eliminate dairy, whole grains and glutens, chocolate, etc.) of his treatment, as well as certain drugs (antivirals) he uses, and also explains that it will probably be a slow and perhaps difficult process. But the case studies and testimonials given in appendices at the back of the book seem to indicate Dr Goldberg's methods have been very successful. After decades of other theories on autism, ADD, and ADHD, Dr Goldberg's theories may be a hard sell, particularly to the medical and psychiatric communities. But I suspect families with children suffering from autism and these other behavioral disorders may take Goldberg's book to heart. I for one hope he's onto something here. There is much to think about here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of us that may have been dealing with ASD for a while we know that it is more than what the medical field tells us and now finally we have proof. Dr. Goldberg confirms that this is truly not Kanner's Autism that we are working with and that there is hope for our children. Great read I purchase hard copies for doctors, therapists, and teachers. They need to know that our kids can be helped.
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