About my Book…
I am so excited to tell you that my book, The Un-Prescription for Autism, has been out since March of 2016! (The Kindle version was out even earlier – March 1st!) It is published by AMACOM Books in New York, and has lots of endorsements from healthcare professionals. It’s available for order now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million!
With this book, I’m hoping to change the conventional medical approach to children and adults with autism. Don’t get me wrong, nothing in this books tries to treat, prevent, “fix” or cure autism, but instead, gives parents specific protocols to relieve the daily discomfort of gastrointestinal dysfunction and erratic sleep patterns which can lead to irritability and even aggression. Invisible health challenges like these, and more, lead to children and adults being medicated with antipsychotics such as risperidone, or medications with sedating properties such as clonidine or Seroquel.
My book explains what is making them irritable, and gives helpful suggestions for providing relief at the source. This can reduce or eliminate the need for unnecessary medications. Medications are great tools, but even the American Academy of Pediatrics states (in its guide to managing children with ASDs) that medications do not address the core deficits of ASD, and should not be the primary treatment. I suggest you address the underlying health issues with natural supplements, use prescriptions sparingly, and save the medications for when they are really appropriate. Remember, prescriptions are a great tool to have in the toolbox, but shouldn’t be the first thing we reach for!
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About 70 percent of children on the spectrum take prescription medications, but according to Medscape.com, “only limited evidence exists that the beneficial effects outweigh the adverse effects”. I’m not against medications, but I definitely feel they shouldn’t be the first thing doctors reach for. Why? Because the side effects contribute to problems our children already struggle with:
Stomach Aches and Nausea
Poor Sleep Patterns
Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
Sound familiar? I call it “side effect hell”.
I’m an autism mom, and I don’t suggest anything for your child that I wouldn’t give to mine. I want everything to be safe, simple and scientific, too!