Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders
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Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders

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Autism is an epidemic: It has spiked 1,500 percent in the last twenty years. ADHD, asthma and allergies have also skyrocketed over the same time period. One of these conditions now strikes one in every three children in America. But there is hope. Leading medical innovator Kenneth Bock, M.D., has helped change the lives of more than a thousand children, and in this importa...more
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Published April 29th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 2007)
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Professor
From the start when it includes information that claims that vaccines cause Autism, to the diet-book style inspirational stories of people who have overcome these problems on this program, to the insanely involved series of testing, dietary rules and chelation that it prescribes, I had no use for this book.
Lisa Wuertz
This book was recommended in another book I read, The Unhealthy Truth, as well as on a couple of allergy and gluten-free blogs I read. I think this book is an excellent read even if you don't have a child that suffers from one of the 4-A disorders.

There is so much information in here about our food and our world that really applies to everyone.

I guess some of the controversy of this book is that it references the Wakefield study which has now been discredited. I would be really interested to k...more
Pgmstr
I thought some of this information was very interesting, but I didn't like Bock's dramatic style. It was a complete turn off to read one example exploited over and over as a great tragedy that could be happening to lots of kids but was just a fluke accident that happened to one known child in the US. Also he doesn't even comment on people with genuine problems. People with "classic autism" aren't even considered. He says they are rare. That's it. There's nothing he can do for them, and he basica...more
Jen
Didn't read the entire book, BUT what I read I felt was very worthwhile. My 3 year old daughter doesn't have any of the 4-A disorders, but a friend of mine with a little boy (also 3) who has had severe reflux/gut/allergy issues for his entire life recommended this book to me for the vaccination section part of the book in preparation for our next baby. I loved the foreword. And, yes, what I found MOST useful was the information on delayed vaccination (ie: the delayed vaccination schedule)- as I...more
Laura
So I only read the first half. The second half goes into very specific detail about the Healing Program and how to put your kid on it with a doctor's help and I'm not interested in doing that.

This book was hard for me to read because half of me is a nurse with a science background and the other half is a mom who takes a very "granola" approach to mommyhood ( little to no electronics, whole foods, books and balls instead of plastic). I was rubbed the wrong way when almost every anecdotal story c...more
Rebecca
August 7
My head is spinning from all the information crammed into the first 186 pages. This first section is full of case studies and a sort of history of the author's development of his Healing Program. His belief/theory that each of these diagnoses is related to the others makes sense to me as I'm just beginning my journey with a son diagnosed with all four of the 4-A Disorders (Aspbergers, not autism).

August 9
And I thought there was a lot of information in the first section! Today I "read" th...more
Dcboux
Full disclosure: I have a son with a PDD-NOS diagnosis.
I think the author's premise that current approaches to treating the 4-A disorders focus only on symptoms and not root causes is correct. I value his quest for revealing the root causes of an individual's particular disorder. Unfortunately, Bock cites the research of A. Wakefield on more than one occasion, which, I think, throws the validity of any of Bock's arguments into peril. Also, Bock's authorial tone was very self-serving, which was...more
Sarah
I'll admit up front that I only skimmed the highly medical portions of the book, though I'm sure those portions are helpful for those who are looking for it. What I really gained from this book is the realization of how incredibly important my role as a parent is in being an advocate for my child with any health or mental issues he may have. And for parents of children who may be suffering intensely from any of the 4-A disorders, this book is very hopeful.
Emily Cerda
I loved this book! I recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about healing the body, as opposed to medicating symptoms. This is a very balanced, well-written approach with some amazing outcomes. Dr. Bock has opened my mind and changed my life.
Cyndi
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I want it to be THE book I can point people to whose children have issues that I think are related to food or chemicals. It's worth reading, but this is not that book.

Mostly this book is an account of how the author treats children in his practice. He starts off with several case studies (some not his patients) with a variety of outcomes. Then he goes into details about various types of treatment, including diet, supplements, and drugs. If drugs...more
Statia
Let me start off by saying, I fully believe that there are two types of Autism. The genetic kind, and the environmental kind. I think that those who are genetically wired can't really be saved by the practices in this book. Who knows, I could be wrong. I think that kids who suffer from the environmental Autism can be help by some of the practices in this book, but I think it comes with a very steep price and I have to say that once I figured out that he was a DAN! doctor, I was largely turned of...more
Christy
A quote from Publisher's Weekly says, "According to the authors, genetics "load the gun, and environment pulls the trigger": bodily toxins like heavy metals, exposure to viruses through vaccination and poor nutrition create "a veritable perfect storm of physical and neurological insult" that hits hardest those still developing their immune systems. In case studies, Bock approaches each patient like a puzzle waiting to be solved, a refreshing, multi-pronged strategy to healing: finding and treati...more
Christina Dudley
Despite having (thank God!) kids without any of the epidemics mentioned, I wanted to check this book out as a companion to THE PANIC VIRUS. Honestly, I have no idea what has caused the surge in childhood epidemics, and to venture an opinion on the whole thimerasol-preserved vaccine issue is to take your life in your hands. Dr. Bock recounts many success stories from his practice, and when I read about what the parents and kids were going through, I can understand being willing to try anything. I...more
Readyourselfhealthy
First of all, please try to get through the self-aggrandizing beginning of the book where the author paints himself as the savior of autism and related disorders. Please do get past it because the connections that the author makes and the information that he provides is amazing. This book is the one that ties it all together. Try to find a family with autism that isn't also affected by allergies, asthma or ADD/ADHD. They are almost always co-morbid conditions and this doctor explains why--and th...more
Kathleen Tallent
This book was written in a way that any parent or professional can relate to. I was able to get a ton of information, resources, and feel motivated while reading the stories of families suffering from the 4-A childhood epidemics. It's easy to read because the important information is presented in the cases of children that you become invested to by reading their stories. I think it is so important for people to see that autism, asthma, allergies, and ADHD are connected and that they ALL can be t...more
Jeniann
In this book, Dr. Bock talks about how allergies, asthma, autism, and ADHD have the same root causes, which to me was quite interesting. Then he talks about what you can do to help them. He gives a long list of various treatments and helps, most of which you would want to work with a doctor on anyway, but it's helpful to know the reasoning and background for some of his ideas.
The focus of the book really is around biomedical treatments for autism in particular, although the same principles woul...more
Melinda
My youngest son has asthma and life threatening food allergies, which is what led me to reading this book. Most of the book is related to autism and ADHD, but there is some interesting info about asthma and allergies. I just wish there was more. There's no real info about food allergies, that someone dealing with it wouldn't already know. Complete avoidance of anything you have a serious allergy to, and children with known serious food allergies probably have other not so serious allergies that...more
Lisa
This is the most fascinating book on childhood health issues (and I've read many over the years) I've ever read. Some of his case histories are like reading all about Cody's battles with childhood asthma, chronic recurring ear infections and allergies. I plan to implement some simple strategies with Anna to see if I can help boost her immune system. I put her on a completely gluten and casein-free diet just a few days ago and have already seen some marked improvement in areas, including increase...more
Megan
I am very passionate about this book! For years I have wondered and worried about why so many more kids now seem to have autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies/food allergies. After two of my boys developed asthma and the experiences we have had, I became pretty desperate to find solutions to help them. I can't stand that my one year old and four year old are taking daily meds, (more meds than I have ever taken), to control their symptoms, and even then they still have asthma attacks every 3-4 weeks...more
Mendy
I'll be honest, I didn't finish this book, I skipped the actual healing section. After starting it I knew that it wouldn't fit into our lifestyle. I do realize that I need to be careful of what my children eat but just can't go to these extremes nor do I think my children's ADHA is severe enough! If my child had Autism or more severe ADHD I would proabably try this program or parts of it at least!
I did read the first part about the author's "theory" about the casues of the 4-A epidemics and real...more
Alex
I liked the part on Autism and agree America needs to come together and through parents reaching out we can help children living with autism. I have a big beef to settle with the ADHD writting. You cannot just drug up children with medications and hope all will be good. It takes the parents, the child's teachers,friends, and others who are part of the child's life to find out his weaknesses and strengths and figure out tactics and strategy's to take the affects and ADHD, and use them as an advan...more
Ellen
This book is great because it ties all these disparate labels together when the author shows the common denominators for these conditions. This knowledge was 'out there' before he wrote this, but it is nice that someone put it in a book so that more people can see the connections. I didn't like two things about this book--1) that the author seemed too puffed up about how HE was doing this great work even though others are doing it and are more well-known and 2) the author doesn't stress ennough...more
Makenzie
I didn't read the entire book. I read the beginning and skipped to allergies and then skimmed parts of the healing process. Some information was new, but much of it was not no didn't like the way it was organized. If the other 3-As all Abe allergies, why not put that first and explain how to help that and then move into the others? I feel like there should have been an abridged version and practical advice as well. List specifics. No mention of eating organic or non-GM food, though said toxins w...more
Uriah
There are two points that are repeatedly made clear in this book.
1) autism, ADHD, allergies and asthma are related. They are often caused by vaccinations.
2) most of these parents had given up until they were told about "a doctor that helps people no one else can."

While he gives a lot of case studies and details different parts of treatments he uses, he also makes it clear that you should get a qualified doctor and be willing to travel to get one you'll like. I saw the book as really being aime...more
Angela
A MUST READ! This is a life changing book
Amy
This man is amazing and claims to be able to "cure" some children with autism. This is a must read for anyone with a child on the autism spectrum. Between this book and The Unhealthy Truth, it is becoming very clear to me why these things are so much more prevalent now than they used to be. He also has an interesting take on vaccinations that all parents should read. Now no more nonfiction for awhile so I can go back to sleeping at night.
Chantelle
My mom told me about this book in light of Carmody's ongoing health problems. The premise is that some immune systems get overwhelmed by environmental pollutants, leading to the escalating childhood epeidemics. The second half of the book describes this doctor's system of detoxing and healing through diet. Makes a lot of sense to me. A watershed book for me in changing my view of disease.
Katie
There are some interesting theories and info that are worth looking into here. When you have gone as far as you can with traditional medicine, there is nothing wrong with trying other ideas. I like that he combines traditional medicine with his other strategies. I am going to use his diet advice and supplement advice for my son's and my allergies and asthma and see if it helps.
Michelle
This book wasn't what I expected it to be. I picked it up at the library after it was recommended in The Unhealthy Truth. It focuses on how autism, asthma, allergies and ADHD are all related and how change in diet can help to decrease or even erase the symptoms. I buy into the food thing but when the author started focusing on how vaccinations are also a cause he lost me...
Heidi
I really wanted to finish this book, but had it on interlibrary loan and took too long! But, it definitely is an interesting book where the author is convinced that Autism, Asthma, Allergies, and ADHD are all connected and can often times be cured. Too bad I didn't get to the in-depth treatment part! I have to wait a few months to check it out again :(.
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