Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds

Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds

by Jenny McCarthy


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Across the country, parents are fighting Herculean battles against an intransigent medical community that refuses to believe that autism can be healed. Mothers are going into battle for proper diagnosis and effective treatment, often at great personal cost. Jenny McCarthy knows what it's like-she put her career and personal life on hold when she realized something was wrong with her son, Evan. Her sacrifice has brought national awareness to the controversy over the causes and treatment of autism. Now, Jenny wants everyone to know that there are other warriors out there, and their stories will inspire and inform anyone facing a similar struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780641982057
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 09/23/2008
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the New York Times bestselling author of Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth, Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood, Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide, and Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life.

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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Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
LawmanJH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
musicVA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
greytfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty much everyone who knows me knows that I do NOT do serious books, movies, or even TV. I feel that life has enough challenges to justify my entertainment being purely entertaining. Or at least subtlety disguising the thoughtful stuff in between the adventures or humor. But I started out reading Jenny's books long before anyone, certainly Jenny herself, ever considered that she would have so much serious information and so many life-changing experiences to convey, and I knew I had to stick with her. And I'm glad I did. I admit it, I cried my eyes out several times while reading this book. And I don't regret a moment. The basic concept that so many children have serious physical illnesses that are contributing to their developmental delays and problems is a critical concept that everyone who loves children should consider. And the journeys of so many families through the morass of autism and childhood illness should be honored. Jenny is an amazing spokesperson and a real inspiration, as are the others Warriors presented in this book. Please read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
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