The Autism Puzzle
Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates
By Brita Belli
(Seven Stories Press, Hardcover, 9781609803919, 224pp.)
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
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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.