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
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
Award-winning journalist Brita Belli is the editor of E - The Environmental Magazine, an independent magazine dedicated to green issues. Her articles have appeared in Plenty Magazine, MSN.com, Treehugger.com, Fairfield Magazine, Colorado Springs Independent, Black & White City Paper, Illinois Times, and Monterey County Weekly. She has appeared on numerous TV programs as an eco-expert, and maintains a blog on autism and the environment at www.autismandtoxins.com.
"The Autism Puzzle unlocks many alarming truths about this worldwide epidemic and raises the deeper question: What are you going to do about it?”
-Dr. Bob Sears, author of The Autism Book
"This book is essential to awaken parents about the relationship between environmental toxins and autism. If you have a kid, you are thinking of having one, or know anyone who has kids, you should read this book! But more importantly, you should give a copy to your pediatrician. This book is a very important one, spread the word!"
-Alejandro Junger, M.D., author of best-selling Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself
"In order to truly understand the struggles of Autism, we need to start looking at the root, which is exactly what The Autism Puzzle does. This book is critical to the health professional, parent, or interested party, who is interested to look more deeply into the causes of the staggering autism rate among our children. I highly recommend this book."
-Anni Daulter, author of The Organic Family Cookbook, Organically Raised, and Sacred Pregnancy