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Posted on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

David Finch to discuss Asperger syndrome at Nicola's Wednesday night

By Staff

David Finch, an engineer-turned-author who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome 4 years ago, will appear at Nicola's Books (at 2513 Jackson Ave.) on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. to give a short, humorous lecture about living successfully with Asperger's (detailed in his new memoir, "The Journal of Best Practices"), and how his life changed for the better after his diagnosis.

When Finch was diagnosed, his marriage was teetering on the verge of failure, but he and his wife Kristen (a speech therapist who worked with autistic children) used the diagnosis as a starting point to repair their marriage and earn back each other's friendship. 

"Journal" was published in early January by Scribner, and the book has already appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list and earned positive reviews in People magazine, ELLE, More, and The New York Times.



Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 3:35 p.m.

Impressive reviews on Amazon. Consider reading the free Kindle sample before buying the dead trees version at Nicola's. If anyone goes, ask Finch if he's been tested for heavy metals. Mercury poisoning is extremely common in autistics. Point him to There are some dangerous tests and treatments out there so be careful. Fixing that and switching to an artificial-free Paleo diet can moderate some of the more annoying symptoms.


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 3:52 p.m.

neighbor: I know this because that's what's helped me. Unfortunately most people blindly follow authority, especially if it's been "peer reviewed", so expect the autism epidemic to continue unabated for decades to come. It would be much too embarrassing for authority to admit the mass poisoning they've caused.


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 2:23 a.m.

Metals are not common in people with autism (people first!). Who's your resource? Jenny McCarthy or AutismOne? I'd point you to peer reviewed journals and warn you of the fads and dangers associated with fringe treatments for autism. Also, such a late diagnosis begs the question as to its purpose. This is compounded when considering his wife worked with children on the spectrum and found renewed friendship following the diagnosis. And those familiar with ASD should wonder how 'humorous' fits into someone's repertoire when dealing with an ASD. No, I haven't read the book. But I'd divorce Heidi Klum if it helped secure a platinum record or five. Marketing is an extremely powerful and ruthless engine. Given the 'fad' of ASD and all the 'fringe' products being marketed, so called 'success stories' are bound to proliferate. Spend your time and money on ASD research and intervention, not reveling on 'marketed hope'.