Autism, Brain, and Environment

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, May 11, 2006 - Psychology - 288 pages
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The increasing number of people being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) cannot simply be explained by changes in diagnostic criteria or greater awareness of the condition. In this controversial new book, Richard Lathe contends that the recent rise in cases of ASDs is a result of increased exposure to environmental toxicity combined with genetic predisposition. Autism, Brain, and Environment proposes that autism is a disorder of the limbic brain, which is damaged by toxic heavy metals present in the environment. Lathe argues that most ASD children have additional physiological problems and that these, far from being separate from the psychiatric aspects of ASD, can produce and exacerbate the condition. This important and groundbreaking text provides a closely-argued scientific case for the involvement of both environmental and physiological factors in autism. Lathe's argument will also have a direct impact on treatment strategies and options. It will be of great interest to the scientific community, professionals, researchers, political and environmental lobbyists, teachers, psychologists, and parents and people with ASDs.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
15
An Introduction to the Problem of Recognition and Diagnosis
20
Diversity and Insufficiency
37
Rising Prevalence
48
Focus on the Limbic System
61
Chapter 6 Limbic Dysfunction Correlates with the Autistic Phenotype
73
Chapter 7 Environmental Factors Heavy Metals and Brain Function
87
Physiological Dysregulation in Autism
117
Impact of Physiological Changes on Brain and Behavior in ASD
153
Typing and Correction
181
From Autism and ADHD to Alzheimer
197
REFERENCES
212
ABBREVIATIONS AND GLOSSARY
272
FURTHER READING
278
INDEX
281
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Richard Lathe is director of Pieta Research, a biotechnology consultancy based in Edinburgh. He has extensive experience of academic and industrial research, his most recent area of interest has been in brain research and neuroscience, particularly focusing on the limbic system, autism and Alzheimer's. He has previously held professorship at the Universities of Edinburgh and Strasbourg. He is the author of over one hundred peer-reviewed journal articles.

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