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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951032
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,032 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.

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.

Customer Reviews

If you or anyone you know has a child with autism this is a must read.
Jenny McCarthy's and Dr. Kartzinel's new book provides you with an action plan and all the details to put you on a path of hope and recovery.
Tom & Polly
This book contains information that I couldn't find anywhere else and is presented in an easy to read format.

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160 of 200 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 26 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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29 of 41 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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50 of 72 people found the following review helpful By L. Barli on April 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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