Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They Work When They Do, Why They Don't When They Don't
'Often overlooked by professionals, dietary interventions in autistic spectrum disorders can be very helpful and more importantly, are something that parents and carers can actually do to help the children. However, many different diets have been suggested and parents/carers can waste time and money trying the wrong diet for their particular child. Dr Aitken's book gives much-needed practical advice on matching the diet to the child and clear explanations about the biochemical background involved. Essential reading for anyone caring for a child with ASD.'. - Dr Rosemary Waring, University of Birmingham. 'Given the increased interest in the relationship between diet and autism spectrum conditions, this is a timely publication which is both thorough and balanced in content. Parents and professionals alike will find this book of use by virtue of Ken's meticulous reviews of current scientific evidence for a variety of diets combined with practical advice on the application of such interventions.'. - Dr. Paul Whiteley, Autism Research Unit. 'Dr. Aitken provides a timely synthesis of diet interventions in autistic spectrum disorders set within a framework of historical and political references. This informative work offers invaluable assistance to the wider clinical team, further enabling effective support and guidance to the ASD community in its quest for a healthy future.'. - Rosemary Kessick, former CEO of AiA (Allergy Induced Autism. Following the increasing amount of scientific research relating to autism, various dietary approaches are being advocated to help those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This book provides an introduction to the clinical conditions that can cause autistic behaviour and what can be done to significantly improve many of them. The book explores the known genetic conditions linked to autism and describes various dietary interventions. For each approach, the author explores the potential benefits; evidence
Overall, a good review of the data
By Tara Marshall "Tara" - December 6, 2008
There is a considerable amount of research available showing scientific evidence for the effects of various diets on people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The problem is, much of this is scattered across various journals and research magazines, and few people have the time or energy to search through the library for these sources. This book provides a good, solid review of which diets have science supporting them, and which ones have yet to have any research studies done, but have been reported to have beneficial effects by parents and/or make sense to those who know biochemistry. This said, be prepared to wade through more biochemistry than you will have been exposed to, unless that was your major in college. Also a minor problem for the American reader will be the use of some British colloquial language, such as crisps and biscuits. Aitken's book is NOT a "how to" book for diets. It is a "why to try it, and why it makes sense" book, and does not contain much... read more
The child cannot wait, we need to act now
By Erik Gfesser - May 29, 2009
After having just recently read Susan Lord's "Getting Your Kid on a Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diet" (see my review), discovering this text by Aitken on a recent visit to the Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine bookstore was a welcome invitation to discover for myself the recent (as of early-2009) research in this field that I had yet to come across elsewhere. Aitken's exploration of the main dietary approaches that have been advocated for individuals exhibiting Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) is superb. The polyunsaturated fat (PUFA), oxalate, and phenol metabolism diagrams were what originally attracted me, due to my chemistry background, but the reason I decided to read this book was to gain the knowledge to understand from a research perspective many of the ASD diets in existence. After discussing diet in general and dietary interventions, the author presents the diets that are currently used with ASDs along with corresponding reasons for doing so: the Mackarness... read more
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