- A true skeptic is now a true believer Review by A.L.H.
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Much like a child with diabetes is not "cured" with insulin and dietary changes, those with autism are not "cured" by biomedical intervention. However, in having these treatments, so many of these children may go on to live healthy, functional, and independent lives; studying in "normal" schools, enjoying friendship and close family bonds, and so many might have successful careers, thus giving back to society rather than being a burden in some cases.
I have heard and read many different theories as to the cause of autism but Dr. Amy Yasko PHD has illustrated such a resoundingly credible theory in weaving together the myriad complexities of this neuroimmune disorder that I was absolutely astounded. And yet in retrospect, it is so patently obvious when one considers biochemistry, immunology, genetics, and toxicology--many of which are subjects of intense yet brief study in the pursuit of a medical degree. It truly takes an academician in such exceedingly broad, esoteric fields of study to grasp something this complex while making it appear so simple. Autism appears to be the perfect storm and Yasko expounds upon all of the known and possible contributing factors in a cogent, plausible format while utilizing her formidable scientific background. And make no mistake about this, she appears to be a scientist first and foremost.
Furthermore, it is a rare gift to have the ability to comprehend a scientists's academic knowledge while also applying this in clinical practice. Many long for this ability while only the lucky few have this capacity for in-depth knowledge and application. I am truly pleased at having received this education and as the field of Autism expands and evolves, I hope that more traditional and nontraditional practitioners will have the ability to receive emerging research and accept the fact that we don't know, what we don't know. In doing so, we may recover more of these lost children.
I highly recommend Dr. Yasko's book for parents, physicians, clnicians, and professionals practing in or studying the field of Autism. It was an informative account of just how thoroughly "Genetics load the gun and the environment pulls the trigger".
(Posted on 9/13/10)