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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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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 (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,476 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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186 of 233 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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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Edie Summers on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on August 3, 2011
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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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44 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Stephen R. Scheffler on November 19, 2009
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I have two children that have been diagnosed with high functioning autism so this is a very personal matter for our family. We are very fortunate to have a friend who is a PHD/expert/national speaker on the brain. We've also been able to work with a research university regarding high functioning autism.

We would all like easy clear answers for autism. The medical field is definitely lacking clear treatment options for people with autism. What really aggravates me about this book is the strong opinions stated without credible research or evidence to back up their opinions. I would not be surprised after research comes out that some of the opinions in this book detrimental, a waste of time, and resources. We all need to push the envelope and look outside the box for answers. Jenny has approached this problem unconventionally and shared some of her insights. Please don't be fooled that this book is a complete guide. How can it be a complete guide with so much research going on?

If you want to read this book for an alternative perspective go ahead but keep a pound of salt next to you while you read.
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