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Stories of hope and recovery from a nation of parents of autistic children, by the high-profile, bestselling author of Louder Than Words. When Jenny McCarthy published Louder Than Words, the story of her successful efforts to save her son, Evan, from autism, the response was tremendous. It hit #3 on the New York Times bestseller list; and Jenny and Evan were featured on the covers of several magazines, including People. But what she hadn’t anticipated was the overwhelming response from other parents of autistic ...

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Stories of hope and recovery from a nation of parents of autistic children, by the high-profile, bestselling author of Louder Than Words. When Jenny McCarthy published Louder Than Words, the story of her successful efforts to save her son, Evan, from autism, the response was tremendous. It hit #3 on the New York Times bestseller list; and Jenny and Evan were featured on the covers of several magazines, including People. But what she hadn’t anticipated was the overwhelming response from other parents of autistic children, who sought her out to share their stories. No two autistic children heal in exactly the same way. And in her new book, Jenny expands her message to share recovery stories from parents across the country. Mother Warriors, shows how each parent fought to find her own child’s perfect “remedy of interventions” and teaches parents how to navigate safely through the many autism therapies. Along the way, Jenny shares her own journey as an autism advocate and mother as well as the progress of her son, Evan. Emotional and genuinely practical, Mother Warriors will inspire a generation of parents with hope.

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In Louder than Words, celebrity mom Jenny McCarthy told the heartening story of her efforts to save her son from the isolation of autism. This deeply optimistic book inspired thousands of other parents of autistic children to reach out and tell their stories of recovery. Now McCarthy incorporates dozens of stories about parents who found the therapies and interventions that best helped their child. A call to arms for a new breed of warriors against autism.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452295605
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 578,704
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny McCarthy

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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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Part 1 The Time is Now

1 Opening the Can of Worms 3

2 Imagine 20

3 "I'm Not Crazy!" 23

4 Diane Sawyer Rocks! 26

5 Stan the Man 29

6 Nothing Can Stop Me-Not Even Barbara Walters 40

7 Home Sweet Home 47

8 The Magnitude of Pain 49

9 Speaking of the Devil 54

10 At This Moment in Time, the American Academy of Pediatrics Sucks 57

Part 2 Strength in Numbers

11 Michelle Woods: Mother Warrior to Kevin 61

12 Canaries in the Coal Mine 75

13 Amazing Maisie 77

14 Lisa Ackerman: Mother Warrior to Jeff 86

15 Siblings 103

16 What a "Trip" 105

17 Becky Behnan: Mother Warrior to Jack 109

18 My Autism Whisperer 125

19 Katie Wright: Mother Warrior to Christian 129

20 The Power of Believing 140

21 Samantha Gray: Mother Warrior to Zach 143

22 God Help Us 158

23 Stan Kurtz: Warrior Dad of Ethan 160

24 Committing 182

25 Branson's Miracle 184

26 Barbara Walters Is Not So Scary After All! 190

27 Gina Tembenis: Mother Warrior to Elias 192

28 Guardian Angel 204

29 Collective Awakening 214

30 A Mother Warrior Is... 216

Generation Rescue 219

Resources 221

Biomedical Doctor Directory 223

Acknowledgments 249

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

    Child torture and murder

    This book is about one woman's quest to torture her child, and to get others to do the same. Many of the "treatments" she describes have been proven to either do nothing or cause harm, in addition to causing great pain and discomfort to those receiving them. A hyperbaric chamber is a scary, painful experience for fully-functioning adults, and she suggests throwing autistic children in them on a regular basis. This is after all the studies showing that it in now way helps with anything. It is almost as if she goes around looking for the craziest Newage crap to shove into her unfortunate child's body. Please, if anyone loves and cares for children, do not do this to them, and discourage anyone you know from listening to this crackpot. At most, following her advice will cause pain and discomfort to your child, and may even cause death. People do learn things going to medical school, and I for one would rather have a doctor help my child than a playboy playmate with no medical experience.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2010

    Not autistic

    For all those who read this, did you also know that there has been recent evidence and news that came out saying that Jenny's son is not actually autistic? He was simply a child who developed and learned slower than others. The behavior which they found to be autistic that Jenny "cured" was later determined by doctors to be behavior that was just typical of a child. I do not think Jenny is a hero in any way...if she felt this strongly about autism, why not publish her books earlier? She is just someone who wanted attention and felt sorry for her son. And after the doctors told her her son was not autistic, she believed she had "cured" him with home remedies. News flash Jenny, there is no cure for autism.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2010

    This is idiotic

    First of all, Jenny McCarthy should not talk about things she really knows nothing about. This book is premised on the fact that Jenny thinks she "cured" her son of autism. Every health professional, occupational therapist, special ed teacher, and professional who has adequate training and expertise can tell you that this is absolutely bogus. It is nothing short of fabrication and misrepresentation to say that these "inspiring" stories are real. For instance, Jenny's child most likely was misdiagnosed with autism when he likely really had a form of epilepsy. Furthermore, Jenny McCarthy's crusading to get rid of miracle vaccines is based on an entirely false premise that vaccines cause autism. The Lancet, the British medical journal that first published a poorly conducted study in which the author claimed a vaccine link to autism retracted the study in February 2010 because the study was fabricated. Furthermore, the doctor (Andrew Wakefield) that made these claims from his "data" was recently banned from practicing medicine in the UK. All in all, a book like this simply giving false hope to desperate, sleep-deprived, hurting parents. It is nothing short of misleading and ethically unacceptable. Read a book about coping strategies, progressive therapies, or something else useful instead.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    MOTHER WARRIORS is the perfect title

    This book was well written, touching, heartwarming and sorrowful. I am a retired Teacher-Assistant who at one time worked with a pre-school class of 3-4yr.olds who were autistic. They started the year boucing off the walls, in diapers, stemming, crying, screaming,many couldn't feed themselves. By June without exception they could sit, listen, walk in a line,follow instructions, were out of diapers and were happy little people.I am not saying there were not little fall-outs along the way but it was remarkable at their progress because 2 teachers really cared and the parents worked with them. So much of this book had me in tears because I know how frustrating Jenny must have been through those years she wrote about in her book but I could also celebrate with her the many major steps her son has made. Thanks for writing this book, it will help so many parents as they struggle.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Jenny McCarthy became my hero the day I bought this book

    We all know we're constantly being lied to by advertising, mainstream media, the FDA, and the medical establishment, to name a few. It takes real guts to do your own research and make your own plan in a family medical emergency, especially when it would be so much easier to get "expert" advice and follow other people's instructions. This book is important and people who have not been touched by an autism event in their own lives should read it too. Jenny sets a great example for bringing your own intelligence to bear on your own medical crises and developing your ability to smell a rat when someone's trying to sell you one. I couldn't put this book down and finished it the night I bought it. I immediately had a copy mailed to my best friend, who has an adult high-functioning autistic child. She had done a lot of research too, centered on excellent nutrition, and felt very validated by the book. Everyone needs to know that heavy metals, including mercury, are definitely damaging to the body and mind, and informing yourself can help you guard again being bamboozled into accepting them in your food and medications. Reading this book gave me the courage to keep on standing up for myself in my own battle with a nasty disease accepted as permanent by everyone but me.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2008

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    As a seasoned mother of a 14 year old I felt this was needed...

    Jenny utilized the stories to explain the very rational way these different families chose to proceed with their child's diagnosis despite those who felt they were being irrational & unconvential. It did not promise cures but demonstrated the very relatable struggles that we as families of children with Autism Spectrum disorders face with this diagnosis. She targeted a variety of ages and abilities being blunt to the real issues, concerns, and dilemas we face daily as we walk this unknown path of where we are going or why it is happening. Ironically, half way through reading this book my son's epilepsy resurfaced after being seizure free for 9years. This book became a comfort knowing I was not alone and that my feelings of terror (as his lengthy gran mal seizures just wouldn't stop), were responses so similar to hers & others who had gone through it too. For once in my life during this journey of 14yrs I didn't feel like I was lost in my own little world of just being a parent of a child with autism-Others had been there with me too!! I think if you are not a parent or caregiver of a child with autism this book will give you a real flavor of the magnitude of emotions, roller coasters, and decisions that we must face. If you are a parent, I believe it will bring you comfort knowing you are not alone in your struggle. Although, Jenny does describe her brief experiences as she faces some celebrites head to head before interviews as a strong advocate for individuals with autism, you now clearly understand the true stand she is taking despite the politics. This a great read about the journey through Autism, not a "fix it" book, but she does offer valuable links if you chose to explore the DAN! protocol.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    At it again

    The author continues to spread misinformaion about autism spectrum disorders and their treatments. I feel badly for her son.

    A poorly written book designed to promote the author's agenda.

    P. S. A large percentage of us who were those cute little autistic kids are now not so cute AUTISTIC ADULTS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    STOP IT! U KNOW NOTHING ABIUT AUTISM!

    Honestly i would have given this awful book no stars if i could. WHEN I WAS IN MEDICAL SCHOOL? how do people actually beleive that? she was NEVER in medicak school. She knows NOTHING about autism. I am glad shes not my mom. AND HER SON IS NOT EVEN AUTISTIC? THE Y SHOULD TAKE THESE BOOKS OFF THE STORE!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Shadow

    Evil eye. What I did was join them and betrayed them. Join under a different name. Like your old one, Nightpaw. Then ask how you can prove your loyalty. Do whatever they say. If they ask who your mentor is, say that you dont have one. Be on every day for me. I will be gone for a couple of weeks, maybe the whole summer. See you in the morning, maybe. See you! ~$}{@|)()\/\/ (Shadow)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2008

    YOU YOU HAVE ENLIGHTENED ME!

    I am a special education teacher and have been in the field for over 35 years. My training and experience is very limited in the area of Autism. I was unaware of the physical health problems and was uncertain about how vaccines entered into the picture. You have opened my mind. <BR/><BR/>I have a 13 year old ADHD grandson and am convinced that there are some bio-medical connections that need to be pursued more with this disease. I am looking for more natural means of improving his attention and behaviors. You have given me the incentive to do more searching for a means that is not tied to PILLS and the pharmaceutical industry. THANKS!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Encouragement to Comrades in Arms

    I appreciate Jenny using her celebrity and her big mouth to bring attention to a serious subject.  As one of the warrior mothers she profiles pointed out, we have no Ronald McDonald houses we have no wing in St. Jude's.  I certainly feel like a warrior in the crusade to improve my son¿s life and I enjoyed reading the profiles of some of the moms 'and a dad' that she has encountered in her travels who are fighting for their kid's well-being.  I certainly support the personal choices that each family makes about the care of their child but I can't for the life of me understand why people 'especially doctors' would be against things like specialized diets and supplements that can't hurt and often help. Why can¿t vaccines be made safer and given on a slower schedule? I don¿t understand why the medical establishment ignores it¿s own findings about the links between toxins, infections and autism. ¿In the medical literature I found 31 peer-reviewed articles discussing infections in autism.¿  I also don't get why the anecdotal evidence of 100,000 families is not considered 'real' evidence.   The biggest thing that I like about Jenny is her 'wake up call' to the medical establishment that parents, and especially moms, are THE expert on their own child.  It doesn't matter how little education they have or if they even can speak proper English, doctors do not know what's better for your child then you do. Your gut instinct as a parent gives you information about your child that should never be discounted.  I feel so blessed to have found a doctor at last who believes this too and is willing to combine her expertise with mine to help my son. She ran mainstream tests on my son that had never occurred to his previous doctors to run and found a body that was essentially attacking itself by overproducing white blood cells. After a few short weeks of taking vitamins and minerals, he is already better. This book is a testament to hope!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    To this is idiotic

    You said it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Shade

    Gtg. Ill bb tommorrow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Link

    Can you advertise this please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Haru and ellie

    Haru:Welcome to the warrior cup! My name is haru. I am a fighter with a big quest to save the world with my friends. You might meet them. Ellie: and i am one of them! Haru:this right here is my girlfriend. Just a bit of advice, don't make her mad. Ellie: i have been wanting to try out my new tofo cannons! Haru:just don't make her mad. I am the referee an surveyer of this tourney. Have a great tournament! The results are in the next book!

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    Excellent reading.

    I first read Belly Laughs, because I am always reading baby books, and because I enjoy memoir style books. I wasn't impressed, but I bought Baby Laughs and Life Laughs when they were on the clearance shelves, and had a similiar impression. I get it, Jenny McCarthy, you're an every-woman! But then I read Louder Than Words, partially because of my experience with autism and mostly because I'd read the previous three and was very interested in seeing the author's transformation from silly author to crusader for autism. I found her story of Evan's diagnosis and treatment interesting and appealing. Jenny McCarthy continues her fight for safer vaccines and accountability of the medical community with Mother Warriors, as in warriors for their children, whom the majority of the medical community would rather cast aside than change the status quo. Most appealing I found where the personal accounts of other mothers describing their own children's diagnosis and treatment. I will certainly be reading her new book. I would recommend both Louder Than Words and Mother Warriors.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    The Same As Her Other Book

    I read Jenny's other book, "Louder Than Words," first. And when I got to this book all I could think was, "This is the same book." McCarthy doesn't give you any additional information in this book. She doesn't tell you anything you haven't already read. And If you haven't read her other book, I would buy that one instead of this one. Also, this book is more of a manifesto against vaccines. And the jury is still out on whether or not they have anything to do with Autism. I have still yet to find a book about Autism that focuses more on the genetic possibilities than the vaccines argument. It is like being an Atheist surrounded by Mormons. I have nothing against the argument, but as a mother who does not believe vaccines are the cause of her son's Autism, it is a little frustrating not to be able to find a book that maps out the scientific and genetic possibilities.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    MUST READ EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE A LOVED ONE WITH ASD

    This book completely exploded my perception of Ms. McCarthy as a blonde bombshell. Her determination and insight, not to mention her fighting spirit, are enlighting, inspiring and humbling. As the teacher of a young child with ASD, I found the research and findings tremendously useful in the classroom and in my interaction with parents and therapists. What a powerful tool for parents of these remarkable children, and what a gift it is to those of us whose lives are simply touched by their presence. You can't read this book without being impressed and touched by this powerful story of victory, no matter how you define it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2009

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    Good for women who need to feel empowered. This book assures mothers that we are not crazy when it comes to doing the best for our children no matter what.

    I'm a mom of two young children both still in the stages of receiving their vaccinations. This books assures us that we should ask doctors more questions and keep pushing until we get straight answers. I enjoy Jenny's writing style and have found this book to be great for new mothers. It made me feel like I was not alone in my quest for always wanting the best for my babies. The families Jenny writes about in this book have gone through so much-it must haunt them and strengthen their spirit at the same time.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    A mother who wouldn't give up on her child

    This book is a MUST READ for anyone interested or concerned about the issue with autism and the connection to vaccines. I did cry at times feeling the pain and needless suffering that children with autism go through. It made me recognize the strength that each parent and family goes through once a diagnosis is confirmed and it made me angry when I felt the lack of compassion coming from the Pediatric Assoc. and the sheer greed displayed by the pharmacutical companies that are not regulating the purity of the vaccines and are only wanting the BIG BUCKS and how bucking the system has its challenges as well.
    I salute Jenny and all the other parents who didn't give up on their children, even when it all seemed so bleak. My heart goes out to the ones who didn't make it. They are the "Angels" guiding families to make more informed decisions and giving them all a VOICE.

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