The Autism Revolution

  • by Karen Weintraub, Martha Herbert
  • Narrated by Denice Stradling
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Move beyond conventional thinking about autism....
After years of treating patients and analyzing scientific data, prominent Harvard researcher and clinician Dr. Martha Herbert offers a revolutionary new view of autism and a transformative strategy for dealing with it. Autism is not a hardwired impairment programmed into a child’s genes and destined to remain fixed forever, as we’re often told. Instead, it is the result of a cascade of events, many seemingly minor: perhaps a genetic mutation, some toxic exposures, a stressful birth, a vitamin deficiency, and a series of infections. And while other doctors may dismiss your child’s physical symptoms - the diarrhea, anxiety, sensory overload, sleeplessness, immune challenges, and seizures - as coincidental or irrelevant, Dr. Herbert sees them as vital clues to what the underlying problems are and how to help.
In The Autism Revolution, she teaches you how to approach autism as a collection of problems that can be overcome - and talents that can be developed. Each success you achieve gives your child more room to become healthy and to thrive.
Drawing from the newest research, technologies, and insights, as well as inspiring case studies of both children and adults, Dr. Herbert guides you toward restoring health and resiliency in your loved one with autism. Her specific recommendations aim to provide optimal nutrition, reduce toxic exposures, shore up the immune system, reduce stress, and open the door to learning and creativity - all by understanding and truly meeting your child’s needs. As thousands of families who have cobbled together these solutions themselves already know, this program can have dramatic benefits - for your child with autism as well as for you, your whole family, and your next baby as well.
A paradigm-changing book that offers hope and healing for the millions of families who have autism in their lives, The Autism Revolution shows that there’s plenty you can do every day to give someone you love the best possible gift: a life lived to the fullest potential.


What the Critics Say

“Martha Herbert’s book gives us a new approach to understanding how autism affects many different body systems. It is essential reading for learning more about sensible biomedical treatments.” (Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Way I See It)


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Customer Reviews

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Do Your Own Homework

Would you try another book from Karen Weintraub and Martha Herbert and/or Denice Stradling?

No. Having raised a profoundly autistic child, I heard nothing new from this book except that there was more information that had been gathered through the years about treatments I had already heard of. Those parts were somewhat helpful but when the book gave positive feedback to a group that I know to be greedy, takes advantage of emotional parents and fudges the truth quite a bit, I lost all respect for the authors.
I understand how confusing autism treatments are but I have no use for people who are scammers.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Weintraub and Martha Herbert again?


Have you listened to any of Denice Stradling’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, sadness, disappointment but also, gives me more avenues to think about in solving the mysteries involving autism.

Any additional comments?

Considering the conflicts about treatments and the high emotions that are often involved among parents, the authors navigated that emotional territory pretty well.

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- J. Kirwan

A Different Approach to Autism

I have previously read about food allergies and their effect on the human brain, but this book presents an interesting view about what bad food can do, not only to the autistic brain, but to a neurotypical brain, too.
The whole body perspective should be read at least three times, so that all its information could be absorbed. It is very enlightening and informative.
The narrator had a good, not great performance. Sometimes I felt like sleeping while listening, and you should be very alert in order to really sink into this listening.
I really recommend this book for those parents / teachers who are trying to get informed, because there are things here that can be done by these people to improved the lives of those children in need around them.
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- Gilmara Lima Mendes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-27-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio