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Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide Hardcover – March 31, 2009

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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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; 1st ed edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951032
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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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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I LOVED this book, it is a must read for any new mother to be or anyone for that matter, especially if you have a child or children on the spectrum, allergies, ADD or ADHD.

I wish I would have known about and read this book prior to getting pregnant, and I would have avoided so much! I actually buy this book in packs of 5ea at a time, to give to my friends, family, especially if they have children on the spectrum.

My son was completely non-verbal and diagnosed at 2 1/2 with autism, with bio-medical treatment, he has now caught up to his age in speech, and I am hopeful for complete healing very soon.

Children on the spectrum are trapped inside their own bodies, they need our help to be themselves. Without bio-medical treatment, they can't be themselves.
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April is Autism Awareness month and the National Institutes of Health just released funding of $60 million dollars for research. Although autism is now considered an epidemic by many, modern medicine claims it lacks hard scientific evidence as too how autism initially onsets. In the 1970's, autism occurred in 1out of every 10,000 children. Today, that number is 1 in 150 in the United States, even less in the U.K. Cambridge University just came out with a study where 1 in 60 children were diagnosed with autism. For boys, it was 1 in 38. Our children are getting sicker more often at younger ages. Jenny McCarthy's latest book on her son's battle with autism, Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide, addresses this issue in depth. McCarthy calls autistic children the new canaries in the coalmine, due to extreme reactions to cheap preservatives (like mercury and aluminum) in vaccines and environmental toxins. According to Jerry Kartzinel M.D., who co-wrote the book with McCarthy, her son, Evan, is now healed from autism. Not cured, but healed. To distinguish the difference is a comprehensive guide to natural, biomedical treatments that claim to greatly manage, reduce, or even eliminate many of the conditions that accompany an initial diagnosis of autism.

These conditions include frequent ear infections, immune system dysfunction, allergies, candida, digestive disturbances, seizures, rashes, obsessions, anxiety, and aggression, among other symptoms. Kartzinel hypothesizes that these conditions may in fact "coexist" as part of the same disease state as autism, and may in fact not be distinguished from autism. He theorizes that massive "toxic insult" brought on by exposure to vaccines and environmental toxins is the main catalyst that triggers the onset of autism.
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This is the book I wish I had when my son was a baby. I have this painfully vivid memory of going to our local bookstore when my son was a year old. He sat in his stroller (fixated on the fluorescent lights on the ceiling and chewing vigorously on his pacifier) while I went through every book on the shelves looking for answers to what was happening to my baby. I knew he was slipping away even though I had been told repeatedly by his doctor that he was just fine. Back then there were no books on the shelves about autism (the explosion in material has only happened in the last 2-3 years). Had this book been on the shelf I would have been able to identify what was happening to my child (the onset of regressive autism), why it was happening and what to do to reverse it and prevent it from happening from any more of my children. We could have halted his illness extremely early and had less of an uphill battle to climb toward recovery.

New Parents and Autism Mommies/Daddies, you can hit the ground running with this book. It answers the questions that the general public as well as newly diagnosed families often ask. It also covers a wide range of biomedical treatments giving you information about them, why they may or may not be appropriate for your child and how to determine if things are helping or not. It is an awesome springboard for beginning treatment and coming up with your own game plan.

Veteran ASD Mommies/Daddies, as Jenny's books always are, this book is hysterical. It is set up as an interview with a back and forth honest/raw conversation between Jenny and Dr Kartzinel. It also includes a lot of cartoons in each chapter which are very funny.
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