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The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates

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I found this book to be a compelling and thoughtful look at the potential links between environmental toxicity and the alarming rise in the rates of autism. Without hysteria or straying into speculation, Belli provides a wide range of evidence for "our chemical world" as she puts it as a root cause (if not the only cause) of autism. The most convincing  examples explore "autism clusters" where children (or their pregnant mothers) were exposed to exceedingly high levels of pollutants. I recently read "Raising Elijah" by Sandra Steingraber, and found them to be a well-matched pair. Both argue for the application of the precautionary principle, which is the concept that we should protect our children from potential harm until a product or chemical has been proven safe, rather than exposing our children to that product until it has been proven dangerous. Both also remind us that try as we might to protect our own families from harm, environmental toxicity is not something that can be addressed on an individual basis. Every single one of us, however we eat and wherever we live carries a body burden of toxic chemicals. In order to change this, we must fight for systemic change. That's a message well worth considering.

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The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates
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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.

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AuthorBrita Belli
BindingHardcover
EAN9781609803919
ISBN1609803914
LabelSeven Stories Press
ManufacturerSeven Stories Press
PublisherSeven Stories Press
StudioSeven Stories Press
TitleThe Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates
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Item Height8.27 inches
Item Weight0.82 pounds
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Languages - Original LanguageEnglish
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NumberOfPages224
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Package Length8.35 inches
Package Weight0.75 pounds
Package Width5.59 inches
PublicationDate2012-03-27
Item Length5.51 inches
ReleaseDate2012-03-27
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