Medical Management of Autism

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Medical Management of Autism

Postby Dani » Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:44 pm

I wish I could get my money back for this book. Medical Management of Autism by Dr. Michael Chez was a complete disappointment and a waste of time. This book touts itself as an excellent resource for parents with children on the spectrum. As a parent of a child on the spectrum I didn't find this book to be even a good resource. I've read many books on autism (it's my new hobby :lol: ) and this is one book I'll be glad to give away to the used book store.

If I had read this book and followed his recommendations before we started on the biomedical path my child wouldn't be where she is today. Today my child who is not yet 4 years old is in a typical preschool, can speak in sentences, is fully potty trained for day and night, and is very affectionate with her family. Chez dismisses many things that have worked for us as "quackery" and in turn he offers a lot of pharmaceutical medicines as remedies. Please know that I'm not against pharmaceutical drugs. They have their place in the arsenal of treatments and one should use them when the situation warrants. But the DAN biomedical approach has helped us so much. It has helped my good friend's autistic child get to the point that he lost his autism diagnosis. Not everyone will have such dramatic results as my friend did but nothing ventured nothing gained. People like Chez want a double blind placebo controlled randomized study for everything. But does everything need such a study? What about we can observe with our senses? What about the rapid improvements that my child had that even her teachers noticed? When they tell us to "keep doing whatever it is you're doing" I know we're doing something right. I don't need a double blind placebo controlled study to tell me the sun will rise tomorrow morning. The same way I don't need a big study on the simple supplements and special diet to tell me what we're doing works.

If you do pursue the DAN protocol you should know there are people out there who call themselves DAN doctors but they're not fully trained in the protocol. They're trying to make a quick buck on desperate parents. If you are interested in the DAN protocol please talk to other parents of children on the autism spectrum in your area so that you can find someone reliable and qualified. Or, go to and look for parents in your area who have either recovered their own children and/or are currently treating their children biomedically.

Instead of wasting your money on Dr. Chez's book consider buying one of the following books written by medical doctors. The following books are well researched and they offer hope for parents new to the biomedical approach.

Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments by Sidney Baker, MD and Jon Pangborn, Ph.d ... 442&sr=8-1

Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians by Bryan Jepson, MD ... pd_sim_b_4

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders by Kenneth Bock, MD ... gy_b_img_b

Children With Starving Brains by Jacqueline McCandless, MD ... pd_sim_b_2
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Re: Medical Management of Autism

Postby bookwurm » Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:21 pm

To provide a different opinion, I think this is a good book and well worth reading. It is NOT a DAN biomedical book, nor does it claim to be, so for information about DAN biomedical techniques you should consult DAN books. But even the most avid DAN fan should find something of value in this book.

For example, the book discusses the use of L-Carnosine, a substance that many DAN doctors shy away from. (It was through the use of a controlled studies that the DAN doctors' fears of L-Carnosine were found to be overblown.)

So, I would say, read this book, but read other books also.

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