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Changing the course of autism : a scientific approach for parents and physicians

Author: Bryan Jepson; Jane Johnson; Katie Wright
Publisher: Boulder, CO : Sentient Publications, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Sentient Publications edView all editions and formats
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Describes autism as an epidemic, examines its potential causes, and argues that it can be treated as a medical disease rather than a behavioral disorder, discussing specific treatments.
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan Jepson; Jane Johnson; Katie Wright
OCLC Number: 1029288105
Notes: "A paperback original"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 358 pages : illustrations)
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.
Responsibility: Bryan Jepson with Jane Johnson ; [foreword by Katie Wright].
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Describes autism as an epidemic, examines its potential causes, and argues that it can be treated as a medical disease rather than a behavioral disorder, discussing specific treatments.

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