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Title:
Changing the course of autism : a scientific approach for parents and physicians
Author:
Jepson, Bryan, 1967-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Sentient Publications edition.
Publication Information:
Boulder, CO : Sentient Publications, [2007]

©2007
Physical Description:
xx, 358 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A paperback original"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction : coming to terms with autism -- 1. An important note to readers -- 2. The rise and fall of the "refrigerator mother" theory -- Kanner's diagnosis -- The refrigerator mother theory -- Progress in behavioral intervention -- 3. Autism isn't purely genetic -- 4. The autism epidemic -- Concern in California -- The MIND Institute study -- Diagnostic substitution? -- What about the rest of the country? -- What about other countries? -- Changes in the diagnostic criteria -- Other explanation? -- The hidden horde theory refuted -- California update -- The autism crisis -- 5. Autism is a disease, not a disability -- Autism : an environmental illness -- Disease, not disability -- The multiple hit hypothesis -- 6. Basics of the immune system -- The first line of defense -- The non-specific or innate immune response -- The antigen-specific or adaptive immune response -- Antigen-presenting cells (APCs) -- T-cells -- B-cells -- Th1 vs. Th2 response -- Other immune cells --

7. The problem of immune dysregulation -- Do individuals with autism have immune dysregulation? -- Excessive inflammation -- Autoimmune reactions -- Food reactions -- Abnormal response to infections -- 8. Measles and the MMR controversy -- The epidemiology wars -- Biological plausibility -- Confirmation -- 9. Is autism a gut disease? -- Diagnostic confirmation of upper GI disease -- Abnormal stools -- Autistic enterocolitis -- Leaky gut syndrome -- Intestinal dysbiosis -- 10. Why can't they detoxify? -- Detoxification 101 -- The methylation cycle -- The importance of glutathione -- Impaired methylation in autism -- 11. Does mercury cause autism? -- The mercury cycle -- The toxicity of mercury -- The EPA reports concern about mercury -- Mercury and autism -- What is thimerosal? -- Thimerosal studies --

12. Further evidence against mercury -- Where does ethylmercury go? -- Is ethylmercury as bad as methylmercury? -- Cell death in the brain and the immune system -- Thimerosal inhibits glutamate transport -- Thimerosal affects nerve differentiation -- Can you be genetically at risk for thimerosal injury? -- Other effects of thimerosal on the immune system -- Thimerosal inhibits methylation -- Thimerosal depletes intracellular glutathione in brain cells -- Other effects of thimerosal -- Autistic children and mercury exposure -- Environmental mercury exposure and autism -- The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report -- 13. Autism and the brain -- Neuroanatomy (brain structure) -- Abnormal neurochemistry -- Seizures -- Sleep disturbances -- 14. The autism web, making sense of the disease -- 15. Treating autism -- The multi-tiered treatment approach --

16. Correcting nutritional deficiencies -- Vitamins -- Minerals -- Omega fatty acids -- Essential amino acids -- Other nutrients -- Providing a good diet -- 17. Treating the gut -- Treating dysbiosis -- Digestive enzymes -- Fixing a leaky gut -- Treating constipation -- Treating reflux -- Treating autistic enterocolitis -- 18. Detoxification -- Preventing oxidative stress -- Supporting the detoxification pathway -- Removing toxins -- 19. Treating the immune system -- Immune system support -- Removing immune triggers -- Breaking the inflammatory cycle -- 20. Treating the brain -- Removing false neurotransmitters and neurotoxins -- Modulating neurotransmitters -- Neurohormones -- Supply the brain with oxygen -- Treating seizures -- 21. Lessons from Israel -- Appendix A. Parent ratings of behavioral effects of biomedical interventions -- Appendix B. DSM III-R and DSM IV criteria for autism -- Notes -- Glossary.
ISBN:
9781591810612
Format :
Book