A groundbreaking approach to preventing autism—from a renowned pediatrician.
Something is happening to our children, and Dr. Jay Gordon is determined to stop it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eighty-eight children in the United States is being diagnosed with developmental disorders on the autism spectrum (ASD). The accelerating ASD epidemic parallels industry’s increased use of untested chemicals in manufacturing and our food supply. Preventing Autism identifies the toxic environmental triggers that can cause autism in susceptible children. Dr. Gordon presents a practical plan for safeguarding the neurological development of your children, from pre-pregnancy preparation through your baby’s first twenty-four months.
When you are pregnant, everything you experience—the air you breathe, what you eat and drink, the chemicals to which you are exposed, your emotions—is shared with your baby. Your child’s health depends on creating an optimal environment for growth before and after birth. Preventing Autism presents a comprehensive program that covers:
- The latest research on the causes of ASD and the relationship between genetic factors and toxins that trigger developmental delays.
- How to reduce toxic exposure from your food, home, clothing, and cleaning and personal care products.
- The male biological clock. Recent research shows that mutations in older sperm contribute significantly to the incidence of autism. The book includes advice on keeping sperm healthy.
- Planning a nursery that is a healthy nest.
- Dietary guidance for moms-to-be, babies, and nursing mothers.
- Dr. Gordon’s sensible approach to decisions about vaccinations.
Preventing Autism offers a plan for eliminating harmful chemicals from your everyday life that can disrupt the development of your baby. Dr. Gordon believes we can combat autism one family at a time.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
JAY GORDON, M.D., FAAP, is a prominent pediatrician practicing in Santa Monica, California. He is a teaching and attending faculty member at UCLA's Medical School. As a resident, Dr. Gordon completed a Senior Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City. For a complete biography, visit www.drjaygordon.com.
Table of ContentsForeword xi
Introduction: You Can Reduce the Risk of Autism 1
PART ONE The New View of Autism
Chapter 1 The Autism Epidemic 13
Chapter 2 The Changing View of Autism 17
Chapter 3 No Two Children with Autism Are Alike 20
Chapter 4 The Autistic Brain 26
Chapter 5 The Genetic Factor 33
Chapter 6 Genetics Loads the Gun, but the Environment Pulls the Trigger 38
PART TWO Protect Your Baby before Birth
Chapter 7 Risk Awareness 51
Chapter 8 Get Started the Minute You Think about Having a Baby 63
Chapter 9 What to Do When You Are Expecting 80
Chapter 10 Home Detox 120
Chapter 11 A Wardrobe Not to Die For 159
Chapter 12 Beauty Does Not Have to Hurt 166
Chapter 13 Planning a Nursery That Is a Healthy Nest 204
PART THREE Protect Your Newborn
Chapter 14 Feeding Your Newborn 227
Chapter 15 Your Baby Is Changing Every Day 240
Chapter 16 Vaccines: The Middle Ground 257
Afterword: Better Living without Chemicals 266
Appendix: Milestone Tracker 268