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The statistics are alarming and become more so every year. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68
children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, making
it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United
States. Further, the CDC estimates that parents with a child on the
autism spectrum can have nearly a 20 percent chance of having a second
child with autism.

In How to Prevent Autism, Dara Berger
shares her personal journey with autism. She describes everything that
went wrong with her son that led to an autism diagnosis and everything
she did differently to prevent her daughter from suffering the same
fate. She interviews eight well-known ASD experts--including doctors,
nutritionists, nurses, and scientists--about the factors that have led
to the growing epidemic of autism. Based on the best practices for
preventing autism in children, each professional offers perspectives
grounded in their own research and their patients’ improvements.
The book covers every detail--from the importance of mothers’
cleaning out their bodies preconception, through common genetic
mutations that may put children at risk, to the crucial role of
nutrition in prevention.

All parents agree that every choice
counts when it comes to the health of their children. As Dara Berger
makes clear in this personal, informative, and authoritative book, the
stakes could not be higher when it comes to autism.

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June 30, 2017

An Excellent Introduction to A Complex Subject
I thought I was already well versed on this material but I surprisingly learnt many new things in the reading and rereading of this text. Also, the author's method of organizing and presenting the material made the stuff I already knew even more salient, and allowed me to make new connections and reach a deeper understanding about how multiple factors interact to create a compromised micro-biome. I will be giving copies of this book to any woman I know who is either pregnant or considering becoming pregnant. The advice this book presents is THAT crucial. I have been a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation for many years and much of the material in this book resonates with their teachings about pregnancy and nutrition. While a few online interviewers initially attempted to characterize this book as an anti-vaccine creed, such a characterization is both inaccurate and diminishes the true scope of the material presented in the book. I was dismayed in particular to learn about the recent research on glyphosate and its impact on the human body [not to mention its unfortunate presence in many vaccines]. Also, the material on the MTHFR gene and the importance of methylation as an essential metabolic process for both mother and child was new to me and cogently set forth.

August 2, 2017

What a crock!
I can't believe someone is selling a book on this. Let me put it this way - this is utter bull. You can't prevent autism, people! When I was pregnant, I ate only whole organic foods. No dyes, nothing bad at all. When she was a baby, she was only allowed organic foods and was breastfed for a year and a half. She wasn't even allowed any sugar until over 2 years old. No tv was allowed until 2.5 and even then it was barely any. No computers or tablets or smartphones. I read to her every day. She started all her milestones ahead of time, including rolling at 4 months.m, crawling at 5 months, standing up to cruise at 7.5 months, walking at 14 months, talking in full sentences at 21 months, naming all her colors at 20 months.. I followed the baby books to the T and guess what? My daughter has ASD. So get off your high horses people - I was once on one and thought I was he perfect parent raising the perfect child and avoiding this "dreaded" thing called autism but guess what? No matter what you do, you cannot prevent it. And you know what? I wouldn't change my extremely intelligent quirky kid for ANYTHING because she sees the world in such a beautiful way, unlike people trying to make money off of preventing or curing autism.

July 11, 2017

This book is offensive and pathetic. I cannot believe people actually by the book
This book is offensive and pathetic. I cannot believe people actually by the book, like autism is this disease your child can catch. Yes, there CAN be factors in the environment that can contribute to Autism but research does not prove that these things will prevent your child from getting it. Instead of trying to "fix" your child, how about you try understanding and HELPING them! So disgusted!

August 5, 2017

Vital book for preventing autism, and great tips if your child is autistic.
I've been dealing with autism in my pediatric practice for the past 15 - 20 years. We really rarely ever saw it in the 1980's and most of the 1990's. There is no question that this is an environmental epidemic - something we are doing is causing our children to loose brain function, or not develop to their potential. Everything Dara describes here is exactly how I have seen this unfold and indeed the ideas and experts she interviews are on point. This is information you need if you are to be a new parent in the future, or if you have kids now, regardless if your goal is to avoid autism for your child or to help a child who is already experiencing "autism" recover.

August 20, 2017

Important and helpful.
I wish that all parents and parents-to-be would read this. We would see a dramatic reduction in all childhood chronic illness, not just autism.

Important take-aways:
* autism is epidemic, increasing exponentially. The increase cannot be explained by genetics (they don't change that fast) or diagnosis changes (the easy way to see this is to just ask your grandparents if they knew what autism was, or talk with any teacher who has been in the school system for 20+ years).
* if autism rates continue this way, we will have 80% of boys born in 2032 diagnosed with autism -- this is just 15 years away. It is not just that autism is increasing, it is going to destroy our civilization. I wish I could see some hope that we will fix it in time. We are making progress, but much too slowly.
* the risk of having an autistic child can be reduced dramatically: have the mother-to-be clean up her body, where her baby will grow, and provide a truly healthy environment for the child. The book talks about the important details.
* glyphosate is a key driver of the autism/chronic-illness epidemic. The interview with Stephanie Seneff is eye-opening. It is critical to eat organic food and minimize glyphosate (from Monsanto's Roundup).
* vaccines and the aluminum/mercury they contain cause autism for some children. (I'd suggest reading Dissolving Illusions for more details, as well as The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism)
* autism can be healed for some children, and reduced in severity for most of them
* you can't cure brain damage with behavioral modification therapy -- you have to address the root metabolic/inflammatory causes

One caveat: the SCD diet doesn't work as well for us as one oriented towards increasing metabolic energy. See How to Heal Your Metabolism: Learn How the Right Foods, Sleep, the Right Amount of Exercise, and Happiness Can Increase Your Metabolic Rate and Help Heal Your Broken Metabolism)

August 13, 2017

I don't want to be prevented
How about trying to make the world more understanding and spectrum friendly instead of wishing we didn't exist. A lot of us LIKE being on the spectrum

August 29, 2017

If You Want A Healthy Child, Born, or Yet To Be Born, Read This Book!
Dara's book is profoundly timely and useful! If the scale continues at present rate, in 2032, 50% of kids, 80% of boys, will be on 'autism specturm'!
This is the epidemic everyone should be concerned about! How To Prevent Autism should be recommended reading for every woman in junior high and high school, and for every pediatrician, and in every OB-GYN office and neo-natal hospital department! The unnecessary, disastrous health epidemics suffered today are not because of the diseases that vaccines (supposedly) prevent, but are the result of too many, too soon, too toxic vaccines themselves! If you want to be healthy, and want healthy children, clean up whatever you can clean up; the air in your home, the water you drink, the food you eat, the body you want to grow a child in. Stop childhood exposure to EMFs and electromagnetic radiation. Stop allowing yourself and your children to be barbarically injected with vaccines, often the trigger for an already over-burdened immune system. Thank you, Dara, and everyone who fight to protect our children and grandchildren, and for our right of medical freedom.

August 31, 2017

Time to wake up
We collectively cave to corporate interests. We treat pronouncements from the CDC like gospel to a true believer. Most of our politicians take lots of money from big pharma and vote accordingly. Autism is a major crisis but is largely ignored. People are waking up on this issue. Be one of them. Great book.

September 4, 2017

Well researched. I appreciate the science and all the ...
Well researched. I appreciate the science and all the medical professionals who shared their background and research.

July 16, 2018

Five Stars
Very informative. Wish I bought it when I was pregnant

December 25, 2017

Critical information for every prospective parent
This is a really great book. Dara Berger really does a masterful job of combining the personal experience of autism moms with the professional experience and research of doctors, scientists, and others. She does so in a way that makes it easy to learn a great deal about the causes of autism as well as how to prevent and treat it. She concludes with a wonderful, practical, section on overhauling your kitchen and handling minor health issues at home. A truly informative and empowering book.

I knew a fair amount about this topic going in, but learned a lot anyway. While there is a lot of important information presented, the 2 key messages I gathered for prospective parents are as follows: 1) Research the topic of vaccines carefully before getting pregnant. They can cause massive harm for a lot of people. 2) When your kid gets sick, take their illness seriously. Do not let down your guard when told by the pediatrician that it is "normal" and can be treated in a superficial manner. Health problems may be telling you that a change in diet (or some other type of change) is needed. You may need to find a holistic or functional medicine doctor to resolve the problem in a satisfactory manner.

Every couple planning on having children should read this book beforehand. I have already bought a couple copies for relatives. Pregnancy, childbirth, and childhood are natural and should be joyous experiences. But, in our current medical and political environment, they can be treacherous for the unprepared.

November 25, 2017

So, so helpful
Thought I had it all in hand. Read the Sears doctor book about vaccines and decided to go with them, albeit slowly, at the holistic pediatrician’s pace but after reading this book have decided to give it a rest. The insights are amazing and after reading all the concurring opinions of medical professionals and parents with children who’ve developed autism, I see with enough of the mitigating factors to promote autism (C-section, colic, high allergy load) in my son. So grateful I had already taken precautions to lighten my toxic load pre-pregnancy but wow! I had him taking baths with me in epsom salt wondering if it was harmful and have learned it is helpful as pregnant women’s bodies have the prooensity to detox onto their babies. So much ch good info here!!!!!

December 27, 2018

Straight-up ableism.
Hi, I am #actuallyautistic, and this is the reason why it took me so long to accept myself as an autistic person: society taught me to HATE myself. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with me! I just see things from a different perspective! You’re telling me that I should fix that? Wow. I hate using the word “ableism”, but that is the perfect word to describe this entire book.

February 19, 2018

Will update after trying the recommendations for longer
Information seems good, yes, this is sadly the highest available evidence currently.

I purchased this book to try to keep from having kids with autism. Although it is not a genetic disease (can be), a mutation happens somewhere in the gene pool. Since I know that the mutation for Down Syndrome can happen pre-pregnancy (for certain strains, when the woman has kids at an older age), I wanted to read this book in advance.
As someone with Asperger's I am trying out the recommendations to see if they will help with my recurrent GI infections and slow thinking/ forgetfulness. As the recommendations are simple, harmless things, like take vitamin C, zinc, methylfolate, an Epsom salt bath, avoid your allergens, etc., so if they end up not working it is certainly not the end of the world. I am also going to try removing gluten from my diet to see how that goes. I have heard from other experts that that is "just nonsense" about gluten being potentially harmful for the gut/putting one at risk for allergies, but, they also did not provide any information to show that this statement is false. I have started eating more citrus (since I know that is the best way to get vit. C), but I am getting methylfolate & zinc supplements.

So far I have been a week off gluten, and I have seen some changes, whether or not they are random or not I do not know. I have been previously eating foods I am somewhat allergic to (some lightly or unprocessed corn & soy), in as much quantities as I can eat without feeling physical pain or difficulty breathing, because I had read about experts recommending that. I did not understand why they would recommend that, since I knew that my body was attacking itself in response to the food (severe sharp pains if I ate a whole corn tortilla or certain amount of chips), but I trusted their judgment without evidence. Even though I was not feeling pain, I would feel a sort of, vibration in my stomach after eating small amounts of the food, a LOT of gassiness, and/or slight difficulty breathing. I was able to eat 20 corn chips yesterday without ANY symptoms, and a day before that, and I had some soy 2 or 3x during the week, including some more processed soy one day, also with no symptoms; but they do say allergies can come and go. (even IF this is because of the gluten, it would probably be safest to quit foods I am allergic to during pregnancy, as they do say in this book it puts your child at risk for allergies and chronic conditions). I accidentally ate some gluten today, from an organic "Ancient grains" bread. I read the ingredients before purchase, it did not say "wheat" or "vital wheat gluten" or "white" anything, so I assumed it was fine, but missed the "contains: Wheat" below, so I have to watch out for it. It is complicated to buy both organic & gluten free, especially since I would also like to eat whole grains, but I am focusing on this one new aspect for now and I had previously switched over to organic food, with the exception of eating out, sadly. I will request that my health food grocery get an organic gluten free and hopefully whole grain bread if they do not already (I did not see one but I may have missed it). I did get gassy/upset stomach shortly after eating it, which was a problem I had noticed with soy &/ wheat, but I had assumed it was the soy. I also feel a light fatigue &/ mental fog, but whether or not that is a placebo effect I am not certain, I have had those symptoms/feelings before. My mom is sensitive to gluten and soy as well, so I knew it was a possibility that I may develop these as well. I will try to update here if I notice any other changes, and I will try to note whether they may be coincidental.

I will note that, as far as I know, I was not allergic to THESE foods during childhood. I was SEVERELY allergic to red meat, so I quit that because even it touching my food/the residue would have had me in severe pain in & out of the bathroom for about 8 or more hours, depending on how much I ate. In high school, I started noticing (/developed) lesser allergies to corn (could eat some without severe pain/diarrhea), milk (acne was only symptom I know of), & eggs (nausea if I ate 2, I would throw up if I ate 3). In my early 20's I developed a mild allergy to soy.

I also picked up some unscented epsom salt for baths, I do not know how to know for sure if using that could be causal or reversal of anything, but if I notice anything that may be relevant I will try to update. I specifically wanted unscented because if the fragrance does not say all natural fragrance or 100% pure essential oils, it is either synthetic or partially so. If it does not say pthalate free, the synthetic fragrance used in most products was rated an 8 on EWG's Skin Deep database for toxicity (out of 10), being both a pthalate and formaldehyde releaser.

The experts in this book seem to be in pretty much agreement for the most part, and if you read the book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations" the author shows similarities in symptoms between mercury poisoning & autism, and it is pretty eye opening. The author of that book also says that all of the required childhood vaccinations in the States (I do not know about elsewhere) have mercury free versions available UPON REQUEST, but the ones taken/given during pregnancy may be harder to find mercury free (if you do choose not to get vaccinated, please do fill out the paperwork, it could save you losing your child).

I cannot rate it higher until I see the results, personally. I know that there is no solid evidence (the gold standard of studies; double-blind placebo controlled studies employing over 1000 people with and without vaccinations), so I need at the very least, both expert opinions, the highest form of evidence available, and my own personal experience. I will say though, from what I have seen here, and elsewhere, the arguments made by experts here have more available evidence in higher forms (forms meaning anecdotal all the way to double blind placebo controlled studies), and what appears to be more trustworthy procuring of evidence and/or more trustworthy sources.

I also did not appreciate the author's story, as I think she may drive readers away for a number of reasons. I wanted to quit the book because it felt like pages and pages of over emotional complaining and a lot of what seemed sort of fringe lifestyle, maybe anti-medicine/anti-vaccines. While I would not call myself pro-vaccine or even necessarily pro-medicine, I understand that there are times when these things may be needed. However, I also do not like the idea that everyone should be forced to be vaccinated & I know that all vaccinations come with risks, including the mercury-free ones, of autoimmune conditions.

I also don't know if recommending spending 100$+ on genetic testing (and the 100$ is assuming you only do ONE test, when there are so many listed in the book!) is going to drive people away. Upon first reading that, I was like oh, one genetic test, that is not bad, but then you keep reading and it feels like several are recommended. That is intimidating to begin with, and who has the money for that all at once? And if you want to have a certain number of kids, or if you are aging and running out of time to have kids at all, or running out of time to have healthy kids, I feel like that's going to be hard on those people.

The way the book is set up is hard to use, hard to refer back to. I understand why she set it up as interviews, but there is a lot of repetitive stuff and jumping all across the board. It honestly feels like there are too many recommendations, and I feel like the book could have been far more condensed, it just feels like a lot of information is repeated. Altogether, in the end, I think she did present it well overall, but given that she started out with her "personal story" and not information, expert advice, or the best available information, I think that will lead away readers.

December 9, 2017

Five Stars
A book that should be read by all first time Mothers.

September 10, 2017

Five Stars
Excellent book with great medical diagnosis to include both medial and natural recommendations

March 19, 2018

How to keep yourself and your children (born and planned) healthy. A must read.
This is an excellent guide for everyone to understand preventing Autism but also to understand how to help yourself and your family stay healthy in this increasingly toxic environment -- how to eat better, recognize problems, and make better medical decisions for yourself and your children.

June 1, 2018

A good stepping off guidebook for starting on a pathway of ...
A good stepping off guidebook for starting on a pathway of finding individualized effective health practices that are out there, but not widely promoted as options.

April 19, 2018

Wish I had had this resource when I was pregnant ...
Wish I had had this resource when I was pregnant, I and my child could have avoided a lot of heartache and suffering.

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