The Un-Prescription for Autism

A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
304 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2018
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Author Biography

I'm a special needs mother, author and clinician. I donate my time at my clinic, Autism Health, where I see patients from almost 20 states. The invisible health challenges of the autism spectrum can dramatically affect behavior, language, sleep and learning, and I share the non-prescription approach I use at my center to support vibrant health for autistic children and adults.

I speak from coast to coast, have a non-profit, and have been appointed by the Governor to the WV State Rehabilitation Council, where I serve as Secretary.

As a mom to three Eagle Scouts, I'm a big fan of scouting, and volunteer at the disAbilities Awareness Challenge at National Jamborees, which are held about 10 miles from our home.

In my spare time, (now that I am empty nest and have some spare time!) I enjoy reading, hiking, cooking and traveling with my husband, Alan.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child by Janet Lintala is a wonderful tool for parents, guardians, and teachers handling kids with autism, a book written by a professional in the field, and the founder of the Autism Health center. This book offers non-medical tools that can dramatically transform the lives of children with autism. In this book, readers will learn to understand the underlying conditions affecting the behavior of autistic kids, determine the best protocols to apply to them, and correct the disregarded health conditions with probiotics, digestive enzymes, anti-fungal, and other treatments. The explanations are so clear that they provide a wealth of knowledge to readers.

It is interesting to notice how the author weaves personal experience, the most recent research in the field, and her clinical expertise into this informative book to provide clear answers to readers with children who are autistic. Janet Lintala’s voice is both sympathetic and eloquent, charged with authority and confidence, and the reader has the clear feeling that they are dealing with an expert in the field, someone writing from their own intimate experience with autism. The language is accessible and it flows beautifully. Readers will enjoy the manifold examples that are provided, the convincing facts that corroborate the author’s insights and practical advice. The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child is an invaluable tool to help readers successfully deal with autism in kids and the protocols and solutions offered tackle the underlying issues behind this condition painlessly.

Rabia Tanveer

The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child is a book on how parents can help their autistic children to live a healthy life as it is possible. Written by Dr. Janet Lintala, who is mother to an autistic child, this book details how parents can support the health of their ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) children without giving them medications that just simply cloak the symptoms. The medications make the child “submissive;” however, Dr. Lintala believes that is unnecessary.

Instead of feeding the parents of autistic children medical jargon and information that is not useful for them, the book gives sound advice and a plan of action that they can actually work on. This book can help parents with nonverbal autistic children and children displaying varying levels of issues. This is not a cure! This book gives parents a chance to heal their children so that they can grow and function better. This is a natural method of support for autism that helps to make aggressive children calmer, helps them with their speech and to simply get better with time, patience and the loving care of their parents.

What I really appreciated about this book was the fact that it did not give any false hope, saying that autistic children will be cured and be like other children of their age. The book is informative without being too complex and helps parents really understand what they should do rather than jam their minds with ideas and procedures that don’t actually work. Sound advice from a professional and it shows!

Vernita Naylor


What is autism? Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects the social interaction and communication skills of the individual. Celebrities from Sylvester Stallone, Holly Robinson Peete and Ed Asner to Dan Marino all have family members that are autistic. The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child by Janet Lintala is more than a book; it's a self help resource where you will have assigned reading and action plans to be accomplished throughout the book to help you to better understand the disorder. This book was developed as the author and her husband went through the challenges of raising their sons. Janet Lintala is also the Autism Health! Founder, a center which provides the formula and encouragement that all is not lost. Her son, Evan, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, was able to reduce 80% of his difficult behaviors within three weeks by being given a special diet. Despite a few small challenges, Evan is now in college and achieving many accomplishments; and the family has now been able to settle into a more comfortable and relaxing family pattern. Regardless of where your child’s circumstances fall within the spectrum, Janet Lintala has thought of everything from the financial effects and the various levels of discord to the challenges that your child will experience.

This book was extremely informative and confirmed my suspicions of why autism is so prevalent in today’s culture. Our lives are centered around a variety of things, from what we eat to our environment, and there is a cause and effect syndrome that occurs. Children diagnosed within the autistic spectrum are no different. For me, it was interesting to learn that there are different types of Autism Spectrum Disorders, from Autistic Disorder and Asperger Syndrome to Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Janet Lintala provides some explanations as well as clarity from her own experiences about not only its effects, but in providing support. She has also created a website dedicated to the continued effort of supporting those that either have children or family members affected by autism. In this book, you will read parent testimonials, find a list of healthy resources from liquid supplements and helpful articles to locating a specialist, learn a glossary of terms and abbreviations, and see charts and graphs to make the material easy to read. The Un-Prescription for Autism can definitely be useful for understanding the path and the journey that you, your family and your child are experiencing.

Gisela Dixon

The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child by Janet Lintala is a break-through book for autistic children and adults. Janet Lintala, herself a mother of a child on the spectrum, as well as a medical professional, brings her personal and professional experience to this book. The Un-Prescription for Autism covers several important tips, strategies, and information about how to support good health on the autism spectrum. Some of the important points covered in this book are the connection between physical ailments and irritability and behavioral issues in ASD, including common physical conditions found in people with ASD such as gastrointestinal issues, colds, runny nose, sleeping problems, immune system dysfunction, irritable bowel movement, and the ways to manage these using probiotics and altering the body chemistry naturally. Also included are case studies and examples with some short questionnaires and exercises interspersed throughout the book.

I thought The Un-Prescription for Autism was an excellent book for anyone who has autism, or knows someone who has autism or any of the disorders on the Autism Spectrum. This book is unique in my experience in the sense that it actually provides some illuminating insights about the connection of the GI tract and the immune system to some of the behavioral and attention problems associated with ASD. I don’t know how many people are aware of this fact, and that not only can this be managed with probiotics, etc. but it actually provides results! Although this book predominantly discusses ASD in the context of children, it does devote a chapter to adults, and these support protocols are certainly applicable to both. Janet’s humorous and engaging writing style makes this an easy and extremely educational read. I highly recommend it.

Romuald Dzemo

The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child by Janet Lintala is an invaluable tool for families and parents with children diagnosed with autism, a book that offers answers to the pressing questions that most readers face when it comes to determining the best way to help their children with autism. It is interesting to note that the author of this book is an autism mom herself and the founder of Autism Health center. In this book, she shares the natural and best protocols to help improve the well being of children with autism, making relevant references to recent research and developments in the field. Readers will learn to walk past the easy fixes — dishing out medications to suppress the problems — and focus more on handling the underlying issues.

Janet Lintala’s expertise, experience with patients, and wisdom come across powerfully in this book. She writes with simplicity, a style that makes her work accessible to a wide audience, and her voice comes across as sympathetic and understanding. The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child is a compelling, information-packed book that offers clear explanations and advises parents with autistic children on what to do to help their children. If you are looking for a book that will help you understand the factors that affect the health of your autistic child most, then this is the book to read. The confidence with which the author writes is clear proof that she has mastery of the subject. This book is a great gift for families with autistic kids.