Reading

Here you’ll find summaries and links to inspirational and helpful books, videos and websites.

Books and research papers

 

Summary of Dietary, Nutritional, and Medical Treatments for Autism

by James B. Adams, Ph. D., Director, Arizona State University, Autism/Aspberger Research Program.

This is a great document to put in the hands of your pediatrician and other professionals involved in your family member’s care. The fact that it’s a summary of autism-related research –based on evidence and over 150 published studies – makes it especially relevant. One compelling conclusion in this study is that the vast majority (at least 2 out of 3) children with Autism Spectrum Disorder benefit significantly from a gluten-free and dairy-free diet.

Autism Effective Biomedical Treatments
Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments (Have We Done Everything We Can For This Child? Individuality In An Epidemic
by Jon Pangborn, PhD, and Sydney MacDonald Baker, MD.

If there is a “bible” for using “biomedical intervention” to minimize, or even cure, your child’s autism, then this book might be it! The subtitle says it all: “Have We Done Everything We Can for This Child?” This should perhaps not be the first book you read when developing a plan for tackling the biological side of autism. It assumes a certain level of knowledge from the onset, and it will take some time and work to develop this level of knowledge. But this book definitely should be on your autism bookshelf, for those times when you need help. And if there are “three wise men” in autism-recovery research, then this book is authored by two of them; Jon Pangborn, PhD, and Sydney Baker, MD. The third is Bernard Rimland, PhD. There are many others who have written very helpful books, of course, but the work of these three is foundational.

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Recovering Autistic Children
by Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D. and Bernard Rimland, Ph.D

If ever you feel like you are alone on your journey, then read this book! There are no less than 33 case studies written by parents, documenting their “personal struggles with autism, and their successes.” And parts 3 and 4 of this book contain specific advice and information that may be very helpful as you plan and implement a remediation plan for your child.

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Children with Starving Brains:
A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Jaquelyn McCandless, MD

The most helpful books so often seem to be written by someone with “skin in the game”. Their child, their nephew, their granddaughter – someone in their immediate family has autism. This book is an excellent example. Few authors have the courage to give advice about specific dosages of minerals and other supplements, and that makes this book one of our most important resources. In addition, the book presents a logical sequence for beginning with supplements, starting with the basics. Try to get the most recent edition – as far as we know, the 4th edition is the most recent.

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Changing the Course of Autism:
A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians
by Bryan Jepson, M.D.

 

 

 

Another author with “skin in the game”, and also a medical doctor. When Dr. Bryan Jepson’s son was diagnosed with autism, he left emergency medicine and focused on studying and treating autism. This book delivers a key message, a message that is at the core of the See you later, Crocodile website: “autism can be treated as a medical disease, rather than a behavioural disorder.” This book contains a wealth of information about the biological systems involved in causing autism, and is perhaps most appropriate for those with a pretty high level of biological knowledge. It includes lots of information about important minerals and supplements, but unfortunately does not provide guidance regarding dosages. You’ll have to get those from other sources, such as other books which are included in this section.

The Kid-Friendly ADHD Autism Cookbook
The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook:
The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet
by  Pamela J. Compart, M.D., and Dana Laake, R.D.H, M.S., L.D.N.

This very helpful book specifically addresses tips for picky eaters, which so many families deal with. It provides specific details to guide you through the process of successfully introducing new foods to your child. This book is also a great resource for families interested in starting a whole-food, natural diet.

The Brain's Way of Healing
 The Brain’s Way of Healing
by Norman Doidge, M.D.

This book addresses the relatively new discovery of the life-long ability of the human brain and nervous system to heal. This should give new hope to parents of older children on the spectrum. There is no “magic window” that closes by the time your child is 4, or 6, or 8 or 10 years old! Sure, improvements may come more easily at younger ages, but this book makes us believe that it’s never too late to start. Some improvement is always possible! Chapter 8, “A Bridge of Sound”, talks specifically about listening therapy, including its use to help children on the spectrum. We are very lucky that Paul Madaule brought listening therapy technology to Toronto when he moved from France to Canada in 1979. His Toronto clinic, just down the street from famous “Honest Ed’s”, has been operating longer than any other listening therapy clinic in North America.

Nourishing Hope for Autism
Nourishing Hope for Autism, Nutrition and Diet Guide for Healing Children, ADHD, Autism, Learning and Development Delays
by Julie Matthews, CNC, Autism Nutrition Specialist

Author Julie Matthews is a “Certified Nutrition Consultant” who specializes in helping patients with autism. Of all of the books on our autism research bookshelf, this one has more paperclips along the edges than any other. About a box worth of paperclips, in fact! The author has documented a phenomenal amount of highly relevant experience and knowledge in this book. For example, this is the book that helped us identify and solve our daughter’s phenol-processing difficulties. Don’t be put off or intimidated by the flow charts detailing the intricacies of various metabolic pathways and cycles. You don’t necessarily need to learn these, and the text and tables of the book are a virtual goldmine of practical information! You may have heard of various diets that are reported to help, such as Gluten-free Casein-free (GFCF), Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Body Ecology, Feingold, and others. This book explains them all, how to choose a special diet, and how to get started.

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Websites

TACA – Talk about curing autism

Autism Canada

Nourishing Hope, Food & Nutrition for ADHD, Autism and Health Children

Video

This video explains how supplements and diet affect children on the spectrum. Make sure to also visit  the Success stories section for Dr. Edwards’ son Patrick’s story.