141 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK FOR TREATMENT!!
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...
Published on April 8, 2009 by Choosy
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings
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...
Published on June 30, 2009 by Lorel Shea
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141 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK FOR TREATMENT!!,
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless to hopeful,
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This review is from: Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide (Paperback)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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative GO JENNY !!!!!!!!,
This review is from: Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide (Paperback)I bought this book when my daughter was diagnosed with autism last year.I use this as my go to resource for all things autism.I learned alot .This is by far the best.I learned we need to up her probiotics,start a yeast aid and many other things.If you or anyone you know has a child with autism this is a must read.I am seeing such promising things with our biomedical journey that i am convinced these treatments do work!My daughter went from non verbal to 20 words regularly and repeating alot too!She sings and plays with her sisters.Very aware.She also calls me Mommy!!!!!!Yeah!!!Dont give up hope.I know it sounds cliche but it is soo true.Keep fighting.No one else will fight for your child but you.People have alot of negative things to say about biomedical treatment but ask anyone who has a child with autism if they have helped and youll have your answer.Mainstream medicine has not accepted much of this but im sure in 10 or so years it will hopefully be accepted as the new generation of 1 in 88 children now diagnosed start treatments, and i want to say but not 100 percent 1 in 48 boys.Not too mention all the ADD and ADHD out there.Which has also hit my family hard.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings,
48 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I wish I had 8 years ago!,
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. As Jenny's other books have been, it leaves a feeling of validation to have what we are experiencing put into black and white print as testimony for the rest of the world to see.
A big THANK YOU again to Jenny McCarthy for lending her voice to our families and for her tireless work in helping those children affected by ASD and helping to prevent future children and families from becoming needlessly affected by Autism.
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing Autism: A Parent's Complete Guide to New Natural Treatments,
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. Kartzinel tells the story of how his adopted son's health rapidly and quickly deteriorated after a series of routine childhood vaccines administered by Kartzinel himself.
Kartzinel's theory of toxic insult," is similar to the theory of Body Burden as coined by The Environmental Working Group. Body Burden is essentially toxin overload, and is considered a potential cause of many disease states. Whether or not toxins are the sole cause for the onset of autism, there is a window in arresting the symptoms before a child reaches the tipping point in terms of toxin overload. According to Kartzinel, once the immune system reaches the tipping point of exposure, there is a potentially rapid descent into autism. It is crucial to be aware of the possible environmental toxin exposures at the moment of conception (and even before) from sources such as carpeting, paint, and furniture, as well as through childhood vaccines and food additives.
Early intervention and awareness of potential toxic burdens may be nothing short of critical in halting and even reversing the disease. In addition, many parents are on a waiting list of 6 months to a year to see an autism specialist. Since timing is crucial, McCarthy and Kartzinel lay out a step by step protocol of how to reduce significantly or even eliminate many of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, ADD, ADHD, OCD, personality disorders, even allergies and asthma. Some of these protocols include a gluten and casein free diet, and using a variety of supplements such as B6, zinc, Vitamin C, magnesium, caprylic acid, and probiotics to name a few. The protocol also includes detoxing heavy metals, fighting candida, addressing food allergies, and keeping open the methylation pathway which is a key component in moving all types of toxins out of the body.
Genetics can play a roll in whether a child develops autism or not, according to Kartzinel, but only if exposed to environmental toxins as well (otherwise it's less than 1%). This is described as a "genetic vulnerability," and there are two family trees of genetics linked to autism. The first tree is the Common Auto Immune Tree, which includes inflammatory bowel disease (a common condition in autistic children), chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus, and celiac disease among other autoimmune disorders. The other tree is the Methylation Tree. On this tree there is depression, alcoholism, ADD, ADHD, and autism, among other diseases. All autistic children belong to at least one tree, if not both. Depending on which genetic tree the autistic child comes from determines which natural treatments to pursue.
The methylation pathway in particular may be key in understanding why certain individuals become sick after exposure to toxins and others don't. Genetic vulnerability determines if methylation pathways are working properly in the body or not. If working properly, the methylation process in the body produces glutathione. Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant and detoxifier in the body and is responsible for detoxing vaccines, environmental toxins, prescription drugs, additives in food, etc. If glutathione is not produced, toxins are not only not eliminated, they are actually recirculated in the body and become even more toxic.
Individuals who are genetically predispositioned to not produce enough glutathione are then more prone to methlyation diseases, including autism, alcoholism, and depression (even fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are some other diseases linked to methylation deficit). This is one reason why diet and supplementation are so crucial in supplying and/or creating glutathione in the body, and enabling it to move out toxins effectively. Effective ways to raise glutathione levels include: supplementing with methyl B12 or methyl B12 injections, taking TMG or DMG (short for dimethylglycine; found in grains and meats), folic acid, SAME (in bubble packs only), or by eating glutathione rich/sulfur rich foods such as peanut butter (if your child is not allergic). Milk thistle and raw foods contain high levels of glutathione as well, but may not be safe or appropriate for children. Glutathione IV's, nebulizers, or transdermal crèmes are also options. Kartzinel says that about two-thirds of children are poor methylators, and will respond to raising glutathione levels.
The good news, according to McCarthy and Karztinel, is that children can indeed heal from autism. McCarthy emphasizes that positive thinking may be the most important step of all to take. There are many biomedical treatments to try, and if one doesn't work, move on, she says. Try another, and another, and another until you finally find what works for your child. Not every child may heal completely, and the treatments vary depending on to which genetic tree the child is related. And healing does not mean being "cured," McCarthy and Kartzinel emphasize. Much like being in major car accident, the child may heal from the wounds, but the original scars of toxic exposure may remain. Nonetheless, Kartzinel is cautiously optimistic that full recovery is possible if toxin exposure is greatly reduced or eliminated, toxins are removed from the body, and homeostasis in the body is restored. He says that about 20 percent of children recover, but are "managed" with diet and supplements. Another 30 percent will end up with a much milder version of autism, and another 20 percent will have moderate persisting symptoms. Kartzinel says 20-25 percent may still have ADD, but their neurological tests will show up as negative for autism, and about 5 percent will recover entirely.
A note on mercury:
"Symptoms of autism in children are identical to symptoms of mercury poisoning in children: loss of speech, social withdrawal, reduced eye contact, repetitive behaviors, hand flapping, toe walking, temper tantrums, sleep disturbances, and seizures," (Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide).
Contrary to what has been reported, mercury has in fact not been removed in vaccines. Since 1999, it has been only reduced. In its place, more aluminum has been added. The underlying issue of using known toxins as cheap preservatives in vaccines remains.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting set of suggestions, but should not be treated as a substitute for independent research,
Both of these claims are controversial, and the authors acknowledge the controversy but basically encourage the reader to conclude that even if it may not be true it is worth taking the risk. I can understand the appeal of this approach and think there is something to it. On the other hand, I would seriously worry about a parent believing that this is really (as advertised) a "complete guide" and that there is no need to probe the claims made here further. This book might serve as a useful starting point but it in no way (and even the authors acknowledge this) is a substitute for consultation with a qualified physician, careful independent research, individualized controlled experimentation. Autistic spectrum disorders have been given a lot of attention over the last couple of decades but they are still poorly understood, and there are lots of questions that need to be asked. Jenny McCarthy's questions and her doctor's answers reflect both their personal experience (both have children diagnosed with ASDs) and their study of the research that addresses concerns they've discovered as advocates for ASD parents and children; but her questions and her doctor's answers only touch upon the issues that a scientifically valid approach to ASDs will need to address.
32 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who to believe?,
That question is a crucial exercise in critical thinking. Before you defer to an expert, you have to know how to pick one. The simple answer is this: follow no one person. Follow the consensus of those using time tested, rigorous research and treatment methods. The consensus among doctors and main-stream researchers is overwhelming. Autism is an as yet incurable, genetic disorder. The consensus among advocates in the same camp that Jenny McCarthy is in is that the main-stream scientific establishment is under the control of Big Pharma, and they don't want you to know the real truth since it would lose them money. To understand why large scale conspiracy theories like this are fallacious, simply do a search for conspiracy logical fallacy.
While I'm no fan of the sales branches of pharmaceutical companies since they obviously engage in heartless price fixing, I am a huge fan of the countless researchers and doctors across the world who fight every day to better understand and combat problems like autism. No company, group of companies, or government has the power to silence so many researchers and doctors. It has been tried before. To call these people sellouts is as despicable as it is to call McCarthy and parents like her sellouts. The difference is that one side uses transparent and uniform methods that have lead to countless medical breakthroughs, and the other relies on anecdotes, mistrust, and comforting false hope.
36 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anti-vaccine agenda, based on disproven science,
The concerns I expressed in this original review are more relevant in light of recent revelations that the "research study" linking autism and vaccines--a link McCarthy fully advocates--turns out to have been bogus. The paper has been withdrawn, and the findings found to have been fabricated. And yet the 5-star reviews for a book promoting those findings abound, and reviews expressing grave concerns are found generally voted "unhelpful" by customers. Critical reviews of this book seem to have been vindicated, and ought to be more seriously considered.
38 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jenny McCarthy is really starting to bug me....,
The blurb for this book states - "Jenny McCarthy--whose bestselling books Louder Than Words and Mother Warriors told the stories of healing children with autism--teams up with a preeminent autism doctor to write the first book on a remarkably effective treatment."
OK, so what's this FIRST BOOK NONSENSE. This book was published fairly recently. So what about these books then? Is McCarthy suggesting these are not relevant, or is she just unaware... or is it her marketing department at work. Either way, it's annoying and egocentric. Other authors in this field are more than willing to share credit and acknowledgements of others work in the field. All of the below in fact.
Children with Starving Brains: A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders
Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physiciansor
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Mother's Story of Research & Recovery
And there's quite a few more. I just used these as examples. Like I said, no real argument about the content, altho as with her book on pregnancy, it's not advice you'd want to follow, more of a light read, but it's the way she promotes herself that annoys me.
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Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide by Jenny McCarthy (Paperback - March 30, 2010)