The Autism Puzzle

The Autism Puzzle

Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates

Book - 2012
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The alarming spike in autism in recent years has sent doctors and parents on a search for answers. And while many controversies have erupted around the issue, none have gotten us any closer to a definitive explanation, and many key concerns remain unexplored. Moving beyond the distractions of the vaccine debate, The Autism Puzzle is the first book to address the compelling evidence that it is the pairing of environmental exposures with genetic susceptibilities that may be impacting the brain development of children.

Journalist Brita Belli brings us into the lives of three families with autistic children, each with different ideas about autism, as she explores the possible causes. She interprets for readers compelling evidence that environmental toxins—including common exposures from chemicals mounting in our everyday lives—may be sparking this disorder in vulnerable children. Belli calls for an end to the use of hazardous materials—like toxic flame retardants used in electronics and furniture, which have been banned elsewhere--insisting that we cannot afford to experiment with our children. The Autism Puzzle puts a human face on the families caught in between the debates, and offers a refreshingly balanced perspective.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the evidence that it is the pairing of environmental exposures with genetic susceptibilities that may be impacting the brain development of children.

Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: viii, 213 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781609803919
Branch Call Number: 616.85882 Bel

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Aug 18, 2015

This is one of those interesting but depressing books; interesting because the author presents a sound argument for her logical thesis, depressing due to the subject matter. Since Reagan's administration [which razed the FDA, BTW], over 60,000 synthetic elements have been introduced without having ever been check for toxicity! Serious stuff, that. I just heard that Monsanto is introducing nanoteched pesticides which are so small they can enter the nucleus of your individual cells - - and how can they be certain it won't?
They can't!

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