GENETIC EXPLANATIONS: Sense and Nonsense – Headers from Dr. Herbert’s chapter in new Harvard U Press book

Here is the citation for my new chapter:
Herbert, M.R.,  Autism: From Static Genetic Brain Defect to Dynamic Gene-Environment-Modulated Pathophysiology. Chapter 10 of Genetic Explanations: Sense and Nonsense. Krimsky, S. and Gruber, J. eds, Harvard University Press (2012).
The chapter covers similar material to what is in the book THE AUTISM REVOLUTION…, but pitched to upper-division undergraduate college students.
Here are the chapter’s Section Headers. Please get the book to read more

Canaries, autism and sensory overload – Blog by Jessica Solodar

“I believe that when the science is in, we will see that people with autism are ‘canaries in the coal mine,’ the most susceptible, who are affected first by problems that may eventually reach us all.”
–from The Autism Revolution… by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, with Karen Weintraub (Ballantine Books, 2012)
Martha Herbert reasons in her remarkable book that the rapidly increasing prevalence of autism indicates the disorder can’t possibly be due to genetics alone.

CHE call 6/21: Expanding our Understanding of Autism: Beyond Genetics to Whole Systems Approaches

Expanding our Understanding of Autism: Beyond Genetics to Whole Systems Approaches

Jun 21, 2012
Dr. Martha Herbert
Dr. Phil Landrigan
Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp

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When autism was first described in the 1940s, it was thought to be unusual, if not rare, and perhaps attributable to poor maternal parenting skills. During the decades that followed genetic heritability became a more popular explanation, and with the advent

PsychCentral Review

Lovely sensitive review  5/22/2012 on PsychCentral Therapy Soup blog… of The Autism Revolution, by By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski.

I wouldn’t have missed it –

Blog – Notes on a life punctuated by autism…. Mentions The Autism Revolution and its author and writer.

Dr. Herbert quoted in WebMD story about obesity and diabetes while pregnant linkage to autism risk

Prenatal Care Improves Health of Mother, Baby
“Given what we are learning about immune and metabolic problems in [autism], it is not surprising that the mother’s condition could affect the infant,” says Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, in an email. She is a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston and the author of The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be. “This is not only a…

IMUS IN THE MORNING on 4/2, live, 8:35am, Autism Awareness Day

Don Imus will interview Dr. Herbert Monday morning April 2, Autism Awareness Day on Imus in the Morning….  Imus asks his guests for their five favorite songs.  Here is Dr. Herbert’s list:
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Doobie Brothers – Takin it To The Streets
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace

How parents are changing the course of autism research

The Boston Globe featured Book co-author Karen Weintraub’s article… , How parents are changing the course of autism research: Families push for deeper view of the developmental condition.  It includes comments from major autism researchers in the spirit of The Autism Revolution.


Library Journal: Autism Short Takes

Publication Date: Feb. 29, 2012
Herbert (neurology, Harvard Medical Sch.), after years of research and treating children, has developed a new way of seeing autism. Here, she discusses possible causes of autism and strategies for limiting its negative impact and increasing its positive impact on an individual’s development. She looks at the body as a whole system and considers how the environment, food, viruses, and stress can affect the body and brain. She uses many…

Temple Grandin

“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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