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Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds Hardcover – September 23, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525950699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525950691
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Comedic actress turned autism activist, McCarthy returns with another emotional and personal book that details other parents' struggles to heal their children with autism. McCarthy explains to doubters that no two children heal the same way and offers plenty of evidence to prove her point. Tavia Gilbert gives an inspired reading that brings a human face to the amazing recovery stories. Never editorializing or overly emotional, Gilbert relates these stories without sounding manufactured. The stories speak for themselves, and Gilbert is the perfect conduit to relate the complex medical language that pops up throughout. A Dutton hardcover. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous books, including Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

Very inspiring book.
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The more that people know and understand, the more that we will get done to help our children recover!
Lynn S.
When I read your first book it opened my eyes so wide.
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277 of 382 people found the following review helpful By Common Sense Mom on October 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As I began reading Mother Warriors, the beginning of the book was initially harrowing and inspiring - it was moving to see her talk more extensively about parents' personal experiences with seeing their children regress in their developmental milestones after immunization and slip away into the autism spectrum. However, as I read on, it became apparent that it is a thinly disguised infomercial and that she has now carved out a new lucrative career as an autism spokesperson.

Jenny McCarthy does not disclose in her book that she is a paid spokesperson for Kirkman Laboratories, a supplement manufacturer, that has financial ties to the autism organization Defeat Autism Now (DAN). She was quoted on Kirkman's web site as saying the Kirkman products are the best supplements for autism. She frequently mentions Kirkman products and exclusively promotes Defeat Autism Now organization. She flat out says that every parent with an autistic child must go to a DAN conference. There was also a public announcement in September that she is launching a celebrity brand of autism products.

McCarthy, who has brought Hollywood glamor and marketing tactics to a health issue, has been known to shove people out of the way at autism conferences when pictures are being taken, McCarthy's thin bibliography does not mention other organizations or products, which are often more helpful than the protocols she publicizes.

McCarthy also paints a black and white picture of the Defeat Autism Now organization as being totally helpful, while giving a black eye to the Autism Speaks organization because they primarily fund genetic research into autism instead of the vaccine connection. There is value in determining the genetic links to autism as well as researching the direct impact of the vaccines.
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64 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on September 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am one of the thousands of Mother Warriors who Ms. McCarthy spoke with during her tour. In fact, it was one year ago that my son was diagnosed with autism. At that time, I had no knowledge of autism or the possibility of treament. Fortunately for my son, Jenny went on Oprah shortly after he was diagnosed and gave us hope and the information we needed to start the healing process for my son. Our story of autism began when my son went for his 12 month well check. It was December in the NW and he had a bad flu and a high fever. I called to cancel his appointment but the nurse assured me that it was more important to keep his vaccines on schedule and it would be perfectly safe. They told me to give him tylenol and bring him in. He recieved his vaccines including the live virus MMR vaccine along with a flu vaccine containing mercury. That was the beginning of my son's demise into autism. I do not believe one single influence caused my son's autism, however I do believe my son was genetically predisposed (we had some strange markers in his ultrasounds.) I believe his immune system was compromised at the time he recieved the MMR. (His blood work shows he carries abnormally high level of Measles titers.)I know what Jenny talks about is controversial and not all cases of autism are the same, however many of us, a large majority share very similar stories. I wish I could vaccinate my children but it is just not safe for me to do so. I wish they would develop tests to see if a child is more likely to react to a vaccine. I wish there was more funding going towards research and programs for autism.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kk on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This was an easy read. Had a lot to relate to. I liked how it wasn't just about her, but about other moms who have children with ASD
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. N. Grieshaber on May 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I do not have a child with autism, but like everyone else I have come into contact with autistic children, so much so that in the last few years it has looked like an epidemic to me. Jenny says that 1 in every 92 children will be autistic. This is outrageous, and little comedian Jenny McCarthy, who didn't have to do anything, decided to take on the world and fight back.
It is simply shameful that mothers and fathers who notice a child suddenly developing autistic symptoms are being told to prepare the child for a lifetime in institutions, it is hopeless, and there is no cure.
Something I didn't realize is that these children have immense physical probems, as well, vomiting, diarrhea,sleeplessness,reflux. Their behavior is tantrum-throwing every minute, so they disrupt anything they are involved in and alienate all the other children, teachers, and neighbors. The parents go through what is worse than hell dealing with this. And to top it off insurance does not pay for autistic treatments, tests, or therapies. Most marriages can't survive this onslaught, and doctors take very different stances on theories to help, leaving the already exhausted parents totally lost.
Jenny McCarthy suggests therapies that helped her own son, frequently qualifying herself as a non-medical person, and simply letting people know that there might be hope for a recovery from this mind-blocked state. If the body experiences all these physical symptoms, and they can be cured or contained, it APPEARS to follow that the mind heals as well. What was thought to be a miracle( after these "alternative" treatments) can be explained as an overload of metal in the body, infection, virus, and other tangible, workable problems. Once the body is taken on this course the mind seems to follow.
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