Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide

Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide

by Jenny McCarthy, Jerry Kartzinel
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Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide by Jenny McCarthy, Jerry Kartzinel

The must-have New York Times bestseller that tells you what to do now for a child with autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and other disorders

For any child with challenges, early intervention is essential and parents need a plan that they can implement right away. Jenny McCarthy, one of the country's leading autism advocates, has teamed up with top autism specialist Jerry Kartzinel, M.D., to offer a prescriptive guide to the healing therapies and treatments that have turned the lives of so many children around. While autism cases have grown a whopping 6000 percent since the 1970s, the medical community is still waking up to the epidemic and parents need tools to begin healing their children and educating their doctors, instead of waiting six months to a year to get an appointment with a specialist. In this book, parents will learn about the following:

•The biomedical diet and supplement protocol

•Where to find alternative therapies and how to implement them

•A list of tests any doctor can perform

•Studies to show your doctor that will help make the case that they need to support your efforts

•Advice for preventing autism during pregnancy and the early years by looking at family history of allergies, depression, and autoimmune disorders as well as Mom's chemical exposure

Whether your child has autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, or an autism spectrum disorder, Healing and Preventing Autism is the authoritative reference book with the tools to heal your child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101058152
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 753,406
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

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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Healing and Preventing Autism 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
AvidReaderTX More than 1 year ago
With all due respect, Jenny McCarthy's first book about autism was filled with profanities. That was not marketable for me as a local advocate in my community. Jenny should not be allowed to use a title for her new book that allows people to believe that autism can be prevented and healed. For Jenny's son, the input made a difference. I also "inputed" my son with the same foods and hundreds of thousands of dollars on speech therapy, OT, Fast ForWard, social skills therapy, music therapy, dietitians, private school, private summer camp, and most recently neuro feedback therapy. I don't believe anyone should take for granted that if they follow these regimens, their child will be "cured". This will lead to additional pain for the parents. The world's leading physicians, neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists can tell you that no one thing can cure and/or prevent autism. Some children respond differently to therapies than others. Some cannot be cured. Jenny did a wonderful job and LUCKILY the hard work paid off. I also give a lot of credit to the personality of Jim Carey. He was probably the best resource for this child. However, Jenny should not mislead people into thinking that just because her child was cured, so will all be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But...is it really necessary to go so far as to cure a mental condition? Autistics can actually be as verbal as 'normals' through things like writing and typing...they just don't like to express themselves through talking. It's hard for them. And autism is often the disorder du jour...a catchall for other problems that might not have a name yet, or for a whole bunch of problems all at once. What if...just what if...Ms. Mccarthy's son was misdiagnosed? People do that now. It's annoying. I see epilepsy in her description of what went wrong that day in Evan's crib. Which means that if it was indeed autism...it was a very severe case. I am one of these so-called unhealthy kids. My form of autism is milder but it's there..it's called Asperger syndrome. And if anybody met me they'd see I am completely at peace with it...and quite reluctant to call it a disorder. People have praised me for my insight...for my different outlook on things. People have even suspected Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison had this form of autism I have...so great idea Jenny and Jerry. Let's make EVERYONE 'normal' and destroy a great chance for genius to rise up. I have a better idea for everyone...try and love your kids for who they are. Especially...but not exclusively...if they're lucky enough to be at the higher ends of the spectrum. Maybe I should have put this review on one of her more popular books so more people would understand our stance. Oh well. I suppose I'll have to hope...ironically...that people want to check out what this ex-Bunny says about autism. Also, I dearly hope that when her son Evan is old enough to understand...he'll ask...or write if his symptoms come back...something like "Mom...you know there are people out there less lucky than I am, right? People who have tried out the stuff in your books sometimes notice it doesn't work." Because it's true. Ms. Mccarthy just got lucky. Some parents don't. Also that vaccination crap has been disproven. So...after Evan learns about vaccines at some point in his general education (because he's cured. All better. All normal. All BORING.) I hope he says something like,"Mom, why do you want people to get sick and die of preventable diseases instead of having a unique mindset that comes with treatable symptoms?" If this review ever reaches Ms. Mccarthy's notice, I suggest she reads a book by Temple Grandin... one of those people afflicted by this "disease". Maybe I should write a book... I certainly had a lot to say and I have more still, but I have less than a thousand characters left for my review. I thank those who read this review and learned from it. And if you read it and learned nothing...well...I can't exactly state my opinion of you here where everyone can see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Jenny's first book and I found it to be very informative until I started hitting road blocks. Yes, Jenny this treatment might work for your son, but not all autistic children are alike and not all children will respond to therapy as did your son. I thinks she gives families false hopes and needs to concentrate more on fighting the insurance companies who do not pay for autism treatment. I also am tired of hearing that there is a cure. If there is a cure then how come other doctors are not seeking her advice to healing all these autistic children. She had money for this kind of treatment, but when you do not have that kind of money there is not much you can do.
pstrychf22 More than 1 year ago
I'd like to tell Jenny that not all autistic kids are the same. My daughter is autistic; however, she has no "gut issues" or medical problems commonly associated with autism. She is lucky in that respect, but at the age of 6 she still cannot speak. I am disappointed that Jenny does not study any strategies that are not associated with biomedical treatments. What about speech therapy, occupational therapy, ABA therapy? Why doesn't she help parents navigate the system, where so many kids are denied state funded therapy due to state budgets? My daughter cannot recover because she was denied state funded therapy. I cannot pay for private therapy. Why doesn't Jenny fight for insurance companies to pay for autism treatments? No, she just focuses on the biomedical treatments because that's what worked for her and she was able to pay for it. It disappoints me that she is ignoring what I'm sure is a large percentage of autistic children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is stupid.
Cheryljp More than 1 year ago
First, I want to commend Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Kartzinel for their hard work and dedication to helping families battling autism. Jenny's intelligent, insightful comments have been such a strong, invaluable voice for many of us who believe in the biomedical approach and that recovery is possible. I am incredibly thankful she has become such a visible, vocal advocate for autistic children. We have a six year old autistic son who is currently in recovery. Through implementation of a gluten, casein, soy, egg, dye, and preservative free diet and hyperbarics, supplements, listening therapy, speech therapy and more he has made tremendous progress. Jenny is clear in her advice that not all therapies work for all children. We are fortunate they have made a remarkable difference in our son's life. I believe all of them are worth trying. Her advice on eliminating toxins is also of great value. We have done this as well. Her ability to share her pain and progress with Evan has helped our family cope with the daily challenges of autism. She has given us hope for our son's full recovery something that no one in the medical community was willing to do. The DAN network is a network of angels - working deligently, tirelessly and compassionately to improve the lives of our children. I believe all of Jenny's books about autism are a worthwhile investment. I also applaud Dr. Kartzinel for his hard work and his commitment to helping families battling this epidemic. THANK YOU Jenny and Dr. Kartzinel - keep fighting for us!!!
Amy79 More than 1 year ago
What a great book yet again :) Jenny knew what she was doing by creating a "manual" so parents can now take matters into their own hands when turned away by their dr's. When parents are offered no hope, when parents feel in their heart that something is medically wrong with their child, they can now easily see a road guide through this journey we call autism.
TOM-N-POLLY-NJ More than 1 year ago
As parents of a recovered child, we experienced the overwhelming feeling of confusion in trying to figure out the best treatment plan for our child. 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. Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide is a must read for any parent with a child on the spectrum. The book covers it all from A-Z, easy to read, and long over due! 5 STARS
anjellicagrace More than 1 year ago
We have a child that is 5 years old that is RECOVERED from autism. Thank goodness for books that are looking at autism from a different perspective. It took 2 years for our little boy to fall over the edge into autism, full autism and it took us 3 years to pull him back out of that horrible world with the help of diet, supplements and chelating. Thank God for the internet and the DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) information on the web. I'm disappointed that most pediatricians don't recommend the wheat-free, dairy-free and soy-free diet to more parents (which are the world's top allergens next to peanuts). Most pediatricians will tell you that the "diet" might hurt them. I ask this, how can you nutritionally hurt a child that only eats cheese puffs, french fries, chicken nuggets, pizza and milk? That's one of the problems that these kids have, food aversions. This diet only improved our situation from being stuck on 5 foods to eating all foods when those with wheat, dairy and soy were taken out of the diet. Imagine that, the food aversion went away, not with the help of some specialized therapist. If our kids were diagnosed with diabetes, all of the parents and pediatricians wouldn't hesitate to go on a "diet". But what modern medicine doesn't understand is that autism is a gut disorder that affects the brain, not a brain disorder that affects the gut. If you want to help your child recover, then think outside of the proverbial "he'll catch up" pediatrician box and take back your child. Go on the internet, be skeptical but be smart. Parents are so much smarter than what we are given credit for and physicians now are so less educated than they should be with this world's biggest epidemic, that you cannot afford to not educate yourself. And when your child has recovery, recovery to what ever point they are able to get, then try educating your pediatrician. Thank you Jenny & Dr. Kartzinel! Go TACA!
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pookasmama More than 1 year ago
We've been doing biomed for 4.5 years and it's nice to see another doctor's perspective and protocols. We find this a useful reference book for our son's care and enabled us to look into avenues we have not yet explored. I just wish it didn't read like an infomercial in some chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our youngest son (age 10) has an Aspergers diagnosis and is currently working with several therapists. My husband purchased this book and found it very informative and helpful our son saw it and was very offended by the idea that he needed to be "cured" from something...he said it made him angry and that he didn't need to be "cured" he just needed some help learning how to manage himself but that he was "just him" and wouldn't want to be any different. I was really surprised by his comments, very adult comments for a 10 year old boy, but I have ready that there are many adults with Aspergers who feel the same way. However I think there are alot of good points made by this book and really great information for new parents especially. I think that in some cases Autism spectrum disorders are genetic but in a vast number of cases are preventable and are caused by an outside source after birth. All in all a really great read for any parent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has great info on the problems that kids with autism can (and many do) have. It offers ideas on how to cope with them as well as guidelines for treatment. It is also a wonderful way to implement biomedical intervention on your own if you can't afford to see a DAN! doctor. I am so disappointed in other reviewers who say Jenny claims that autism can be cured - she does not. She says "RECOVERED" and because these things have not worked (because they perhaps were not properly implemented?) it is sad that people attack. Also, Dr. Kartzinel is an MD - he's a pediatrician who is implementing these very principals not only on his own son but also, on the patients he sees. This is not a "look at me I fixed my son" for Jenny. She is trying to help the rest of us who know that our children can get (and do) get better! PLEASE read this book and REALLY try what is suggested whole-heartedly; it definitely won't work if you "cheat" on the diet or don't give things a proper time frame to see results. This is an EXCELLENT reference book!!!!!!!
clk4 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book hoping that it would give me some clarity regarding my infant's immunizations. I thought the format was nice. She asks questions and the doctor answers, but the further in the book you get the more complex the answers get. You need to have a doctor type dictionary to understand/comprehend what is being said. Also, there are references made to other books, that unless you have read these books, really just starts to confuse and frustrate. I finally decided that reading this book was too tiring and complicated without access to a medical library. I felt very overwhelmed. When I went to my child's pediatrician with questions I did get the pat answers that she said these questions would receive. I was disappointed in this book. I was under the impression that it was written for anyone to understand and I just didn't find that to be true.
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youngeryou More than 1 year ago
It is a masterpiece of science and great medicine. Obviously ignorant and unconscious critics such as Earthbound do not appreciate at all the information provided. This is real medicine. The comprehensive approach to care of children with real disease and biological dysfucntion is urgently needed in this country. Physician leadership and courage is required to gradually improve a damaged medical care system in the USA. Congrats Jenny and Dr. Kartzinel for this publication and thank you very much.
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