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Autism and the Power of Diet Therapy

How Does Diet Therapy Work with Autism?

This is a story about a book but behind the book is an extraordinary doctor. Dr. Martha Herbert,an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is also the director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Dr. Herbert’s methods to treating autism were formulated from her personal research. For several decades she has studied autism in her clinical work.

In a post on Psychcentral.com Richard zwolinski LMHC, CASAC and C.R. Zwolinski write about the prowess of Dr. Herbert and give a nice review of her book ‘The Autism Revolution, Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All it Can Be’.

Autism and the Power of Diet Therapy

If your child is diagnosed, if you’re having a baby, if you’re worried about your child – if you want your family to be healthy — you need this book. – Jane Johnson, Managing Director, Autism Research Institute

My approach to autism is rooted in my own research findings, in my clinical work, and in several decades of study prominently featuring systems theory and other interdisciplinary approaches.”

Dr. Herbert views autism as a“dynamic encephalopathy” (something that can change) rather than a “static encephalopathy” (something that is fixed for life). She deeply explores how vulnerabilities to the environment affect brain and body health. She has a holistic, whole-body and brain function outlook and is one of those rare and wonderful doctors who respects the intuitive knowledge and practical experience of mothers and fathers.

In essence, she teams with her patients’ parents and makes them a real part of their child’s treatment team. She even drafts them into being part of a personalized research team.

In her new book, “The Autism Revolution”, she goes further than most autism specialists. Her impressive science background merges with common sense and even intuitive sense. Fortunately, she and her co-author, medical journalist Karen Weintraub, make complex scientific and medical materials seamlessly blend with a holistic viewpoint. Understanding how the body and brain work together, and how important this is, is made accessible to the average (but committed), reader.

It features the personal stories of Dr. Herbert’s patients and their mothers and fathers and takes the reader step by step through the diagnosis and treatment process.

Part One …She devotes several pages to alleviating parental anxiety by giving an overview of steps that they can take to help their child (such as dietary measures), while emphasizing that they should “know what you can’t control and what you can.”

Part Two is divided into four chapters—Repair and Support Cells and Cycles; Get Gut and Immune Systems on Your Side; Help the Body Mend the Brain; and Calm Brain Chaos. It contains the only lesson in cell biology I ever understood on the first reading, and explains the dangers by which cells are threatened—especially two cell-supply problems she calls not enough and too much…

Part Three is called Transcend Autism: Share the Strengths and Lose the Pain. The first chapter is “Join Your Child’s World; then, From Autistic to Extraordinary; then Lead the Revolution!, and finally, Do It for Yourself, Your Next Baby, Your Family. Dr. Herbert says, “treatment successes are an untapped scientific goldmine” and encourages parents to chart their child’s progress and gives readers the tools to do so…

Read more of the review at Psychcentral.

This is an age of environmental uncertainty. Threats of global warming, genetically modified food poisoning, clear cutting of rain forests and chemical engineering penetrate the news. Any approach to curing or treating diseases should be taking these factors into consideration.

Do you agree that all of these factors combined could be leading to the cause of autistic related disorders? Moreover, wouldn’t that be the case of a lot of other diseases and chronic conditions?

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