A Medical Treatment Guide
Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Jaquelyn McCandless, MD

4th Edition / 2011


In the midst of a worldwide epidemic of autism, ADD and ADHD, this book is a message of hope to parents embarking on the challenging journey of finding proper medical care for their Autism Spectrum Disorder children. This is the first book written by an experienced clinician that gives a step-by-step treatment guide for parents and doctors based on the understanding that ASD is a complex biomedical illness resulting in significant brain malnutrition. Genetic susceptibility activated by “triggers” such as pesticides and heavy metals in vaccines can lead to immune system impairment, gut dysfunction, and pathogen invasion such as yeast and viruses in many children. Dr. McCandless, whose grandchild with autism has inspired her “broad spectrum approach,” describes important diagnostic tools needed to select appropriate treatment programs. Her book explains major therapies newly available and identifies safe and effective options for parents and physicians working together to improve the health of these special children.


Parents and physicians alike will welcome this timely book, treasure it, and consult it often. Jaquelyn McCandless is a widely experienced physician and the grandmother of Chelsey, an autistic child. Her book provides a wealth of authoritative, useful and easily understood information. If you are interested in effective biomedical treatments for autism, you need this book.

Bernard Rimland, PhD
Director, Autism Research Institute
Founder, Autism Society of America

We are living within an epidemic of autism spectrum disorders, and the few doctors knowledgeable in the biomedicine of autism have long waiting lists of anxious parents. The diagnostic and treatment protocols described in Children with Starving Brains provide an excellent guideline for physicians wanting to understand autism’s emerging biomedical approach and for parents whose children are likely to be helped. The book is heartfelt, practical, and scientifically sound. I consider it required reading.

Amy S. Holmes, M.D.
Baton Rouge LA

This urgently needed book offers easy-to-read, logical guidance through the maze of exciting new biomedical treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder. An inspired grandmother-physician, McCandless gives new hope to parents and a road-map for doctors. Highly recommended!

Hyla Cass, M.D.,
author of Natural Highs
and St. Johns’s Wort: Nature’s Blues Buster
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,
UCLA School of Medicine

What an invaluable map through the intricate maze of autism! Children with Starving Brains will empower all who are willing to proactively explore the promising new biomedical treatments for their ASD child or patient. I thank you for personally guiding my granddaughter through the complex minefield of autism. She has made wonderful progress…Starving Brains is certain to become the resource that families around the world will turn to as we all face the enormous challenge of healing our children.

Emily A. Chappell,
Executive Director
Southwestern Autism Research Center
(SARC) Phoenix, AZ

Dr. McCandless regards Chelsey as her primary teacher about autism. Love, dedication and inspired knowledge led her to write Children with Starving Brains, called the “bible” by thousands of autism families worldwide and for good reason. CSB is absolutely the best written guide on the recovery path for heartbroken parents who want their children back and for doctors who want to help. Without doubt this new edition is even better than ever and is required reading for all families who work with me.

Jim Neubrander, MD




ISBN-13: 978-1-883647-13-1
List Price: $29.95
432 Pages, 6x9


Jaquelyn McCandless received her Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Doctor McCandless has been in private practice in Southern California since 1966. Since the early 1990’s, her interest in women’s issues and sexuality led to an alternative medicine practice with a focus on anti-aging, brain nutrition and natural hormone therapy. In 1996 after her granddaughter was diagnosed with autism, she returned even more to basic medicine and began working with biomedical aspects of developmentally delayed children. She now utilizes the knowledge she gained searching for treatments for her grandchild to help other ASD children.