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 not aware that calcium and magnesium *compete* for absorption.
As a source of omega 3s the book suggests cod liver oil. Many people will not take cod liver oil and if you do then it's likely you'll be taking too much vitamin A, if you take enough to get healthy levels of other nutrients. There are some excellent omega 3 liquids available that don't have a "bad taste" (personally I prefer pills but a child might do better with a liquid).
On page 223 Dr. Kartzinel recommends laxatives. I've seen too many children given laxatives without results and most doctors don't seem to be aware of the negative side effects of laxatives. To the doctor's credit, he does indicate he only uses laxatives initially and then suggests more natural solutions can be used. In my opinion this approach is typical of the "rush" approach of most medical care where there is a strong desire to get immediate positive results the patient can notice rather than delivering the long term healthy solution.
The Dr. says he uses x-rays to see "how backed up the child is". Forget the x-ray, the parents *know* how constipated their child is. Don't expose them to harmful radiation, just start solving the problem.
In talking about vitamin B12 the book states methylcobalamin as the name vitamin B12 commonly goes by. Cyanocobalamin is the more common form in most supplements. Many people may not realize they specifically need to look for a supplement of methylcobalamin to get the more effective form of vitamin B12 (bypassing B12 absorption problems some individuals have).
It's great that the book talks about probiotics and explains them somewhat. But in the resources section it only mentions "ThreeLac", it would be good to include mention of a couple other good products.
In the "Behavior and Remedy Chart" as the remedy for "Pale skin" it gives "Treat underlying disorders". What kind of advice is that? (as a possible cause one entry for "Pale skin" is "vascular instability" - I doubt the average person would know how to treat that "underlying disorder")
This book could be a very good start to learning about how to care for your autistic child, but hopefully it is only your start and you will go on to learn more.
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
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 … 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...