Healing Autism Naturally by Becky Cash, A Review by Christine Hebert
Let me preface by saying that I do not have any children on the Autism spectrum, but that I have several friends who have children on the spectrum.
This book is not a one size fits all do-it-yourself guide. It is, rather, a gentle leading through a personal journey and the roads that Becky Cash and her family have taken to get there. Becky frequently points out that what works for one child or one family may not be the answer for another child or family. Becky starts the story of their journey in helping to heal their children with a background of her upbringing and how she and her husband Chris met as well as a bit of Chris’ background. She tells that she learned that everything has a quality standard from her father, and compassion from her mother. Knowing the quality standards of a product is important when looking at what we eat and what we feed our children.
Becky tells us about her first two children and the health issues that began when they were very young. She writes passionately about questioning conventional wisdom when it does not help the situation. She details issues related to immunizations that her children received and the reactions that occurred. She explains celiac disease and the problems her children have had because of the stress celiac put on their systems. A series of respiratory problems plagued her second child.
Nutritional supplementation seemed to make a difference after their third child became ill. When probiotics helped to clear some issues and both her father and pediatrician said, “Oh, I could have told you that,” but had not told her, Becky decided that she realized it was time for her to take control of her family’s health. Because of all of the different health issues her children have endured, Becky has taken the time and energy to “dig deeply into the field of autism and autoimmune diseases.”
There is a chapter that is exclusively an overview of autism and all its forms. Becky gently tells parents to question and get testing done if there is any question that something may be wrong. There is discussion of traditional western medicine and non-traditional approaches to autism, as well. Becky takes on the topics of nutrition, food allergies, supplementation, and diet and how to handle the system. She notes that if your child receives early intervention, you want to be sure that when they “graduate” from that program that you have a public school program in place. If your plan is in place, you do not need to reinvent the wheel.
I found the book to be well researched and quite easy to read despite the weight of the topic. There is one chapter on supplementation that read like an advertisement for a particular brand to me. I found this a bit off-putting. The information regarding which supplements to use was sound, however I was more than a little irritated that she continually mentioned only one brand.
I mentioned the book to a friend who has children on the autism spectrum as well as issues with gluten and epilepsy in her home. She laughed and told me she was reading the same book!
I found that the book was well laid out, and that particular topics were presented in such a way as to make the information easy to understand and easy to find again if I wanted to go back to it. I will definitely be recommending the book to several friends.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for purpose of review. It is available for purchase through Amazon.