A Parent's Guide to the Common Immune System Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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As the incidence of autism soars, it is evident that a subset of children with autistic behaviors are suffering from treatable, physical illness. Up to 20% of children are recovering and experts cannot explain why. The immune system's health or state of dysfunction deeply impacts neurologic function. This book guides parents to be conversant about infections & immunity with healthcare providers. More

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About Melinda Sharma

Dr. Melinda (Borrello) Sharma is an immunologist and holistic nutrition consultant. She is a published author and inventor whose work has appeared in Immunology Today, Nature Medicine, the Journal of Immunology and many other prominent scientific journals and books. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from the National Institutes of Health. However, her most important achievement is being a mother who struggled to reach her child severely affected with immune dysfunction that was labeled “autism”. By scouring the earth to find practitioners who look beyond the autism label to treat physical illness, Dr. Sharma has opened the door to recovery for her own child and later, others. In 2012, she established Autism Spectrum GPS, LLC, to assist other parents and prevent them from having to travel the difficult road that her family did to healing. She encourages her large Facebook following with inspirational posts to give them tangible hope for each day.

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Review by: MarciaHinds on May 02, 2016 :
This book is a MUST read!

Thank you for writing this life-changing book for families with children on the autism spectrum. Dr. Sharma understands that Autism Spectrum Disorders are the result (in most part) of an immune system not functioning properly. This book explains that the causes and medical conditions that cause autism symptoms are different for every child. In this comprehensive guide, Dr. Sharma shares her extensive knowledge about how the immune system functions with the rest of us in terms we can all understand.

Dr. Sharma lists the medical tests and how to interpret the results to determine the subset of autism a child has developed. Then she steers the parent toward the type of physician who can best treat their child’s kind of autism.

This book also explains that medical treatment alone is not enough. Once the immune system functions better, children must then be taught what they couldn’t learn before. That’s when the rehab programs like Son-rise, ABA, RDI, Floortime and all the rest are most effective in catching a child up on all they missed.

Dr. Melinda Sharma has been my "go to" person for years whenever I have a question about how the immune system works. Dr. Sharma’s book is the medical companion to my book, about my son’s recovery from autism, “[[ASIN:0996103902 I KNOW YOU'RE IN THERE: Winning Our War Against Autism]]”. Ryan is now an engineer at a major aerospace company. Ryan’s recovery was not miraculous, but the result of receiving proper medical care.

Dr. Sharma’s book will make you RETHINK Autism. I thought I knew a lot about how the immune system works, but this book opened my eyes to so much more.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

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