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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295926
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the New York Times bestselling author of Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth and Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood.

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Jenny McCarthy is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs, and Louder Than Words, among others. The former host of MTV's hugely popular dating show Singled Out, McCarthy began her career as a Playboy model, before launching a high-profile comedic television and film career. She has been featured everywhere, from Time magazine to the cover of Rolling Stone; has appeared on virtually every television talk show, from Larry King Live to Howard Stern; and is a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also served as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers.

In addition to her work in the world of healing and preventing autism, she is the co-creator, with practicing speech/language pathologist Sarah Clifford Scheflen, of Teach2Talk, a series of DVDs for children.

Born in Chicago, McCarthy currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her son, Evan. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyMcCarthy.

Customer Reviews

If you or anyone you know has a child with autism this is a must read.
United1981
This book contains information that I couldn't find anywhere else and is presented in an easy to read format.
KatieF
Thank you Jenny and Dr. Jerry Kartzinel for writing such an important book!
A. Davis

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152 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Choosy on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For those that wonder if this stuff is TRUE or junk science. ok, here is some FACT for you. My child was completely nonverbal from 13 months to 7 years old. At 18 months she got OT and speech therapy an hour a day 3 days a week until she was 5. Still NO words. ST and OT didn't help at all. I worked with her everyday after the therapist left for hours doing EVERYTHING I was showed and more. She stopped getting OT and speech at 5 because of funding. Still having low functioning autism at seven years old and not being able to afford other therapies I decided to try the GF/CF diet w/ a full spectrum enzyme, magnesium w/ Vitamin D, codliver oil, Calcium, GABA and B6 etc and in 4 YES I SAID 4 and ONLY 4 months she went from NO WORDS to 50 well understood words with NO speech, OT or ABA at all. We continued this adding more supplements/ vitamins and now at nine she is speaking in long sentences, answers and asks who, what, when and where questions and has a HUGE vocabulary of wow 2,000 or more words. Reads well and oh did I forget to say she could not be potty trained and was still using pull ups at 7 years and when her speech came in and "tummy" felt better so did her understanding of the potty and was potty trained within 5 months and 6 months she didn't even need a pullup on at night!!! It was getting to the point I seen myself changing her diaper for life. That's how hopeless it felt, but THANK GOD I tried bio. It was the best thing we ever done for her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT I will say this. If you do not take out ALL the GF/CF from EVERYTHING. It WILL NOT WORK. You can't go to restaurants, ordering off the menu because of contamination from the Gluten coming out of even a cleaned pan when heated. If you want it to work you MUST go all the way. Make it, take it meals.Read more ›
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lorel Shea VINE VOICE on June 30, 2009
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I am very appreciative of how much public awareness Jenny McCarthy has brought to autism and the spectrum disorders. I have to say though, that I don't enjoy her frenetic style in prose format, and I have concerns that she is out of touch with how much income most American families can devote to the myriad remedies and treatments that she advocates. There is an incredible risk to be taken with costly treatments which do not have any reliable studies to condone them.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lisa V on March 10, 2011
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I am a family nurser practitioner trained in traditional medicine. A few months ago I came to the excruciating realization that my son, 3 1/2, had autism spectrum disorder. My first inclination was to learn everything I could about ASD. I recalled Jenny McCarthy working with autism awareness a few years ago, but it was Jenny McCarthey, not a pediatrician. I spent hours searching through articles in well-renowned medical journals. They were all the same - the signs, how to diagnose, early treatment (referral to speech therapy and applied behavior therapy.) Yet, only 15% of autistic people will ever live independently. Every hope and dream I ever had for my precious son was ripped from me. This is what every parent will tell you.

Then, I typed the name "Jenny McCarthy" into a Google search. God Bless You, Jenny McCarthy. I ordered her 3 books, read them all in a weekend and unlike my medical journals, I was given hope. Started GF/CF diet 2 weeks later. Within days, my son's stimming ended. Not slowed, ENDED. When he's had any gluten, stimming will start before he's even left the table. I brought him to a biomedical dr a month later (soonest we could get in), with this book in hand, well-informed. We started a probiotic and fish oil. Within days, he could answer a question for the first time in his life. (He is also getting speech therapy which is not to be discounted.)

Although the layout of the book (the interview form) is kind of cheesy, this is a must-read/must-own book for any parent of a child with ASD. Dr. Kartzinel gives wonderful explanations, in layman's terms, of how damage was done to your child's body resulting in ASD symptoms and how to treat them. It's not expensive, so PLEASE, please give it a try. Your child is worth it. Your dreams for your child are worth it. Healing and recovering are possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Leikona on June 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
The basic premise of this book is that autism, adhd and a few other disorders are caused by pollution of our bodies through an altered food supply, certain insufficiently tested medicines (including certain vaccines), and our environment. The authors assert that children with autism are the environmental equivalent of the "canaries in the coal mine," manifesting the dangers of our modern culture through their symptoms.

Though some of the information seems to be based more on one doctor's experience, than medical or scientific research, he claims great success in treating autism and his own and the co-author's son are touted as two examples of his success. I will caution though, that it was very unclear to me by the end of the book exactly how "success" was defined and quantified. Clearly, further research and testing of the doctor's methods, treatments, and theories would be appreciated by caregivers of children with adhd or autism.

For parents who have a child with autism or adhd, it is well worth reading and discussing any interesting parts of this book with their child's doctor. What I have found most useful, is talking to my daughter's developmental pediatrician about her digestion and diet. Her doctor explained that many times celiac disease (a sensitivity to gluten) and other food sensitivities can mimic adhd and autism symptoms. So, reading this book may lead to explorations of other causes--more easily treatable causes, for a child's symptoms.

I think the dangerous part of this book, is that some frustrated parents may view it as an invitation to exclude the counsel of their doctor, and try some of the treatments on their own.
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