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Natural Medicine Guide to Autism (Healthy Mind Guides) [Paperback]

Stephanie Marohn

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1 Nov 2002 Healthy Mind Guides
As autism rates in children continue to rise parents are scrambling to find effective treatment methods.

THE NATURAL MEDICINE GUIDE TO AUTISM offers answers by exploring a range of effective treatment options and the possibility of a positive outcome via natural medicine therapies.

The book covers the basics of autism what it is and what causes it and the factors that are often involved in the disorder: heavy metal toxicity, nutritional deficiencies/imbalances, food allergies, digestive problems and fungal overgrowth, viruses or viral overload, immune dysfunction, problems in the birthing process, energetic legacies from unresolved family issues in previous generations and vaccines. It, also, covers a range of natural medicine treatments, including elimination diets, listening and learning skills, nutritional supplements to correct imbalances, cranial osteopathy to reverse birth trauma and more.

A chapter is, also, devoted to the deeper question of what makes a child susceptible to autism. Included in this discussion is the work of William J. Walsch whose research may well have pinpointed the genetic component of autism that has previously eluded scientific inquiry.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Co ,U.S. (1 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571742883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571742889
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 12.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,298,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephanie Marohn is a medical journalist and non-fiction writer and the author of What the Animals Taught Me, as well as The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder. She runs an animal sanctuary in Sonoma County, CA. Visit her at --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Alternative to Psychotherapeutic Medicines 7 Jan 2003
By Vicky Edgett - Published on
Being a parent of an autistic 14 year old, this book has been a lifesaver. We are doing one of the options that is listed in the book after much research. The book triggered an option that we have not considered before. Our son has been aggressive since starting puberty. The natural medicine alternatives is allowing us to wean him off his medicines. I have been a PICU nurse for 22 years and believe in the medical field. As a mom who has tried everything, I believe in the alternatives especially if they work. All medicines have untoward side effects and never a cure. I wish this book was written ten years ago when our son was young for him to have a chance of full recovery. A must read book for everyone with a child with autism.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Service 8 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Stephanie Marohn has done the autism community a great service. Considering autism is by and large an iatrogenic disease it is Stephanie's great luck never to have received formal training in medicine. In place of the common medical text where much is written and little said, Stephanie researches and reports on the underlying causes, and most importantly, on those rare physicians and practitioners who are safely and effectively treating autism.
Rarely has a disease been held hostage by the medical establishment to such a degree. Instead of psychiatric punditry and academic sophistry "The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism" provides parents, families, and professionals a ready reference to those individuals and protocols making a difference.
Children with autism do recover. Flat-earth physicians mired in the teaching and practice of hopelessness and prescription medications do not help. As a parent I know the road is bumpy and difficult. It is a road littered with obstacles from outdated theories to ongoing medical practices.
You can make a difference in your child's life. Read this book and let one criteria be your guide when following any of the protocols. Is my child better today than yesterday? There is every chance the answer will be yes.
Edmund C. Arranga
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice compliation of alternative approaches to treating ASD 3 Oct 2003
By Lisa Ackerman - Published on
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This is a good book for parents as an overview of alternative treatments for ASD children. Note, it contains some approaches not all approaches of alternative medicine. I would sincerely recommend this book but if you are a parent looking at all alternatives, including Children with Starving Brains by Dr J. McCandless as well. These two books will provide you all the information you need in evaluating next steps with a good, thoughtful, forward thinking doctor.
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful and authentic! 6 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on
I am very excited by this book! As a professional working in the field it has been difficult to recommend books to parents of this client group. While it's wonderful to read heartfelt stories of parents struggles and them finding answers BUT I often feel uncomfortable if a particular 'brand' of therapy is seen as the 'answer'.
This book shares many 'answers' and feels like parents are at last getting the parts of the jigsaw. It's up to them which part they place down first! For professionals the book is educational and informative.
The chapters on vaccination, nutrition and detoxification particularly encouraged me. Many times I hear people approaching these subjects as 'alternative' and by association are seen as somehow being invalid.

I found the author's research impeccable and her authentic way of writing made it hard to put the book down.
Chapter 11 is a wonderful chapter talking about Levels of Healing using a structure I am slightly familiar with. The tone of the writing makes me interested and curious to follow up on these ideas and approach. Even I would normally dismiss some of these methods as 'far out'
The symbols 'See also' and ?Resources? are very user friendly as are the endnotes and references.
There is a chapter on the method I employ. I found was an excellent description and a clear understanding of how the work can help autism. After all the reading I've done in this area, this must be the best! The author is an excellent interviewer. Such depth of understanding of the various treatments- it's as if she has experienced them all!
I intend to email the details of this book to parents of autistic children I know. I believe it to be a must read for all parents and professionals associated with autism.
Thank you Stephanie!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most well-developed overview to causes & treatments of autism 4 July 2007
By Jed Shlackman - Published on
Stephanie Marohn's books on mental health issues are all excellent and this one on autism is a good starting place for anyone wishing to find out more about Autism and how to effectively treat it. One challenge in writing this book was that there are multiple factors contributing to the development of autism, and the most prevalent factors happen to be iatrogenic - standard medical practices that cause illness. A recent study survey in 2 Western states showed that children who were vaccinated were more than twice as likely as their unvaccinated peers to have autism and other developmental disorders. The medical establishment and those indoctrinated by the cult of modern medicine don't want to acknowledge that they are causing unneeded harm to millions of people. There are financial and psychological reasons why many people won't face that reality. Thus, Marohn's book looks honestly at those issues and quotes doctors who oppose vaccinations and certain unnatural child delivery practices. One has to accept the validity of the factors cited in the etiology of autism to appreciate how the treatments discussed in the book work. A spectrum of treatments is explored (and the focus is on the most cutting edge and effective approaches, not the more mainstream approaches that most people investigating the subject already have exposure to). Most children will benefit immensely from a combination of the approaches discussed in this book. There is a growing body of evidence to support many of these approaches and much evidence that standard drug therapies cause a variety of side effects and impairments. Wouldn't it be logical to try the natural approaches first? Well, much of modern psychiatry and allopathic medicine are concerned more about conformity to dogma than using critical thinking and sensibly looking at all options. Stephanie Marohn looks at nutritional therapies, allergy clearing, osteopathy, homeopathy, sound therapy, and even family therapy and shamanic type interventions to help resolve issues contributing to autism. That's a lot better than just giving a child drugs, external behavior manipulation, and hiring someone to make sure the child gets physical and social stimulation (typical conventional approaches to autism). While this book doesn't cover every alternative therapy or go into great depth on each topic it discusses, it offers a good overview of the types of treatments that are working and it explains them in a clear manner. At present this is the ideal book for people looking to begin to understand autism and how to treat it - it's time to look beyond the DSM (the psychiatric diagnostic and statistical manual) and learn to really help those with developmental impairments.
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