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; (2) a "healing" claim: that many of the symptoms of autism can be alleviated and even possibly eliminated, mostly through dietary restrictions.
Both of these claims are controversial, and the authors acknowledge the controversy but basically encourage the reader to conclude that even if it may not be true it is worth taking the risk. I can understand the appeal of this approach and think there is something to it. On the other hand, I would seriously worry about a parent believing that this is really (as advertised) a "complete guide" and that there is no need to probe the claims made here further. This book might serve as a useful starting point but it in no way (and even the authors acknowledge this) is a substitute for consultation with a qualified physician, careful independent research, individualized controlled experimentation. Autistic spectrum disorders have been given a lot of attention over the last couple of decades but they are still poorly understood, and there are lots of questions that need to be asked. Jenny McCarthy's questions and her doctor's answers reflect both their personal experience (both have children diagnosed with ASDs) and their study of the research that addresses concerns they've discovered as advocates for ASD parents and children; but her questions and her doctor's answers only touch upon the issues that a scientifically valid approach to ASDs will need to address.
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
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...