This book is presented primarily in an interview format of Jenny McCarthy having a discussion with Dr. Kartzinel about autism. Jenny is well-known as an actress and centerfold, and she has bravely used that notoriety to get her opportunities to share the information she has learned about causes and treatments of autism and related developmental disturbances. What Jenny and many others have learned is that "toxic overload" is a critical factor in the development of autism. The plethora of vaccines (which are to varying extents hazardous, despite government and medical industry claims to the contrary) and other environmental toxins are too much for some kids to handle and their body systems get thrown into dysfunction. Immune dysfunction, digestive/gastro-intestinal dysfunction, neurological dysfunction, etc. Jenny and Jerry [Kartzinel, M.D.] share what they have learned as parents of autistic children who have been success stories for recovery using biomedical healing approaches that include diet change, supplementation, and detoxification. There is a lot of information here and a lot to think about if you are caring for a child diagnosed with autism. Most doctors and health care practitioners are ignorant about most of what's in this book; some have even been misguided to discount this information and criticize those who truly are making great strides in understanding and healing autism. This is a fairly long book (close to 400 pages) as it does make an effort to be thorough... the q and a format does probably lengthen the book, but it also makes the style more informal and engaging, especially for parents reading this who aren't used to reading medical guides and prefer to read about people's experiences rather than just perusing a health manual. I applaud Jenny & Jerry for sharing with the public and helping spread awareness about what can cause autism and what approaches are helpful for healing.
The ideas and information in this book are presented as an ongoing conversation between a concerned and passionate mother (Jenny McCarthy) and her doctor (Jerry Kartzinel, M.D.). In a nutshell, the book makes two major claims (qualified but definitely asserted): (1) a "prevention" claim: that while autism may have genetic precursors it is often triggered in response to environmental conditions that can be avoided -- most notably the mercury in many of the vaccination shots that infants are given; … more
I'd give this book five stars for discussing the critical importance of nutrition and touching on many important aspects (which the average person might not be aware of) of autism. What concerns me is that people struggling to deal with a difficult health problem will not be aware of flaws in the science presented in this book. For example on page 68 it states: "Magnesium should be given with calcium to enhance absorption." Apparently Dr. Kartzinel is … more
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.
In 2006, autism became the leading disorder affecting children in the United States. While diagnoses skyrocket and parents struggle to find help, a group of innovative doctors has been pioneering therapies and treatments that are remarkably effective in healing conditions associated with autism. As word spreads about these incredible discoveries- helped in part by Jenny McCarthy's bookLouder Than Words- parents are desperate to learn about the biomedical therapies for themselves.
Since early intervention is key to a successful recovery, McCarthy has teamed up with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, the doctor who successfully treated her son, to write the first book to give parents all the necessary information about biomedical treatment. Beginning with diagnosis, Dr. Kartzinel explains the different therapies that he uses. He shows parents how to make simple changes to their child's environment and diet that can result in marked improvements and are safe and easy to try at home. And finally he explains some of the more advanced therapies that many doctors use today, and the way parents, alongside a qualified medical professional, can determine whether or not such treatments would benefit their child.
For new parents, Dr. Kartzinel provides helpful guidelines on how to...