A Black Friday for Those Who Deny the Autism Epidemic - The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism, Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, PhD
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Every now and then a book emerges that alters the landscape of scientific, political and societal dialogue. The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism is that kind of book, from Skyhorse Publishing.
Like Rachel Carson’s seminal on the impact of pesticides on the environment, Silent Spring, Lyons-Weiler’s work will be controversial, and may well anger some of his colleagues in the scientific hegemony. This book directly confronts well-entrenched viewpoints on causality that clings with fervent faith that there is no autism epidemic, and that autism is a genetic disorder.
Lyons-Weiler confronts these topics with over 1,000 studies that scientists have published but which those in position to sway public health policy have, until now, failed, or simply chosen, to not acknowledge.
The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism delves deeply and comprehensively into the full body of past and current research. The work reflects an unbiased perspective on the various molecular mechanisms at work in autism, and it reveals how genetic predispositions and environmental factors can combine and interact to produce the diagnoses of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). An often-denied wealth of studies showing association of autism with vaccines is also reviewed.
To make this ground-breaking volume, Lyons-Weiler consumed most of the past fifty years of published research on autism, exploring subjects such as genetic variation, mechanisms of neurotoxicity of metals and pesticides, and the central and combined roles of each in causing autism. The result is a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the condition of autism, including reviews of changes in diagnoses and a look forward to plausible future treatments. The state-of-the-art medical and scientific knowledge of the root causes of all of the core symptoms and co-morbid conditions are presented in an organized and clear manner that will be useful as both a reference source and as a blueprint for meaningful future research. He provides generous comparisons and contrasts to related and similar medical conditions that will be of interest to many parents as well.
While steeped in science, The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism is also composed for those who treat, care for and love people with autism. The book will be helpful to parents and physicians in improving the treatment of people with autism.
Lyons-Weiler explains how genetic information can be used to tailor effective treatments, and sometimes reversals, of the symptoms. The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism also presents practical forward-looking suggestions on how to design future studies to facilitate the discovery of biomarkers for autism risk, and how to classify the full range of autism spectrum disorders.
While most autism researchers focus on either environmental or genetic causes of autism, Lyons-Weiler’s opus demonstrates that to fully understand the condition and to finally put its rate on the decrease, it is essential to pay attention to the science showing how the two classes of factors interact.
About the Author: James Lyons-Weiler PhD, is a former AP Sloan Foundation postdoctoral fellow and evolutionary biologist with a background in evolutionary theory, molecular evolution, genetics, phylogenetics, biogeography, ecology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and clinical research. He is the former Scientific Director of the Bioinformatics Core at the University of Pittsburgh and has participated in over 100 biomedical research studies over the past 16 years, including many in the neurosciences and immunology.
An expert in complex data analyses, Dr. Lyons-Weiler is also the author of three books: Ebola: An Evolving Story, Cures vs. Profits: Successes in Translational Research, and the Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism. For the book on autism, he reviewed 3,000 studies on autism. He is now CEO and Director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK), a research institute located in Hampton, PA. IPAK focuses on research without profit motive.