The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism

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The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism
Author: Stephanie Morohn
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
Price: $15.95
Over the past 15 years or so, the rate of autism in the U.S. has exploded by as much as 1,000 percent. In some areas of the country, the diagnosis has been assigned to as many as one in 150 children; however, satisfactory explanations and successful treatments continue to elude researchers.

Autism, widely believed to be a genetic disorder, has been treated with such practices as harmful psychoactive drugs, institutionalization, and a form of therapy in which the child is told to repeatedly destroy a clay model of his or her mother. In the past, these treatments were seen as the norm, even if they rarely, if ever, were successful.

Prolific medical journalist and author of The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism, Stephanie Morohn uses extensive interviews with ground-breaking physicians and real-life patients and looks to natural medicine therapies to treat the mysterious symptoms of this disorder. In addition to genetics, the author examines environmental factors, such as exposure to heavy metals, toxin and vaccine overload, nutritional deficiencies, and even trauma suffered during birth, as possible triggers of autistic behavior. She hypothesizes that removing these possible causes and undergoing several different forms of nontraditional homeopathic therapies might be able to diminish or eliminate symptoms of autism; such a benefit would allow autistic children to experience a normal life.

The author cites several case studies, such as the story of Scan, a seven-year-old boy from northern Africa with a diagnosis of a severe form of autism. Scan did not speak, made no eye contact with others, and possessed no simple social-interaction skills. After two weeks of a specialized listening treatment known as the "Tomatis Method," Sean began to form syllables and became aware of his surroundings and other people for the first time in his life.

A diagnosis of autism can be a terrifying scenario in any parent's life. It had been long held that an autistic child would be automatically relegated to an institution and would require constant care and often expensive attention. The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism shows that there is always hope.

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