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

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Stories of hope and recovery from a nation of parents of autistic children, by the high-profile, bestselling author of Louder Than Words.

When Jenny McCarthy published Louder Than Words, the story of her successful efforts to save her son, Evan, from autism, the response was tremendous. It hit #3 on the New York Times bestseller list; and Jenny and Evan were featured on th
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Dutton Adult (first published 2008)
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Anthony
Zero Stars. So I read this knowing I would disagree with most of the content but tried to have an open mind in order to understand the anti-vaccine movement better and to learn some of the arguments, and perhaps I would find it entertaining...oh, and it was also $2. Unfortunately not so. My heart really does go out to parents of children with autism. This book does a disservice to these people however by misleading. She clearly jumps around with conflicting positions, unrelated arguments, and un ...more
Lain
Jan 03, 2009 Lain rated it really liked it
I don't have an autistic child, or a developmentally challenged child. I'm also not a fan of Jenny McCarthy's -- I've never seen her interviewed nor read a book of hers before her first book about her son's autism. But you don't have to be a fan or a parent with a disabled child. All mothers will appreciate McCarthy's story of fighting the medical establishment in order to find help for her son, Evan.

McCarthy's prose is easy to read and vivid in its descriptions. I could readily imagine the horr
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Amanda
Mar 29, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I wasn't going to write a review until I read some of the negative comments from people who insist that the debate begins and ends with whether or not vaccines cause autism. In this country (and particularly this state), where you can't spit without hitting someone with autism, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obsesity, etc, etc, etc, how can anyone think that what you put in your body doesn't matter? Really? Doctors are not smarter about diagnosing autism. Cancer is not normal, not inevitable. ...more
Jessie
Nov 15, 2010 Jessie rated it did not like it
The stories are interesting and certainly heartfelt. I was turned off by the antagonistic tone throughout. I also believe that the "Jenny McCarthy-ism" of autism is a mixed for the autism community. I am thankful for the awareness she has raised about autism, but I wish she would speak to the importance of evidence-based therapies for improvement (speech, occupational and behavioral therapy). I also hate that nearly every mom on the block has read one of her books or seen her on Oprah and now fe ...more
Mel
Jan 03, 2009 Mel rated it it was amazing
Jenny had me bawling by page three! I identified with the parents in this book so much. It was pretty informative and straight forward. I learned some new stuff I didn't know about biomedicine. A good resource for links and information. I really love what she's doing and wish more celebrities would take a stance on vaccination publicly. I need to read her other books now.
Shetal
Dec 06, 2012 Shetal rated it did not like it
Listened via Audible. I completely cringe at the thought that mothers will read this book (which is riddled with completely FALSE statements and scientific quackery regarding the link between Autism and vaccinations) and blindly accept this as truth. Sad Sad Sad!!!!
Heather Holm
Sep 08, 2009 Heather Holm rated it did not like it
Who proof-read this thing? Typos and missspellings on practically every page!! More and more scientific evidence points to vaccinations NOT being the cause of austim. "Science" seems to be a bad word for Jenny.
Staci
Feb 21, 2009 Staci rated it did not like it
Completely ridiculous. I am glad her son is doing well, but I think she is dangerous.
Stacy
Jul 25, 2009 Stacy rated it liked it
Shelves: autism, 2009
My husband dropped a bomb on me. " I think we should start the Gluten free diet for Ben."
"What are you reading the Jenny McCarthy book?" (the playboy bunny- I am thinking to myself- yeah, how's her PHD going?)
"Something like that."

He went on to ask why? Why are you reluctant? So I had to think about it. Why was I reluctant?

Well, she is a playboy bunny/ actress- why would she know more that the Dr's? Alright, so what. She made some choices in her life that I would not make, does that mean her e
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Kim
May 11, 2009 Kim rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect to like this because it's an actress who has lots of fame and found a cause in her son's illness. But while listening to it, I find she knows her stuff and she referred to others who have had experiences similar to hers, interviewed doctors, and explained facts. I think she wrote this after some other books that she wrote earlier that blamed vaccines more in depth. This book basically said that autism is not "caused" one 100% by vaccines, but that vaccines do need to have the mer ...more
Rachel Bird
Sep 08, 2009 Rachel Bird rated it really liked it
I didn't know until earlier this year that autism could be reversed. I was so curious to learn more so I picked up this book and got rocked.

Jenny's son got autism right after a vaccination but doctors disregarded the connection. She had to fight every step of the way to make her son better and she had to fight to share her story. She has so much to say and there's so much for us to learn.

Kid's can get better from autism and it should be common knowledge. The stories of these mother warriors touc
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JSou
Mar 09, 2009 JSou rated it really liked it
Shelves: autism
I loved this book. I read it in one night and it had me laughing at some parts, and crying my eyes out in others. I know the debate over vaccinations is still raging on, but I believe more than anything that my son's vaccinations are responsible for his autism. The very same day he received his shots, it was like a part of him vanished and it has never come back.

Instead of focusing on the negative aspects, and the exhaustion of arguing with doctors about my son, I am very thankful that this book
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Rebecca
Apr 12, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
WOW!
This was a very eye-opening book. Not that anything was real new - I mean I have heard the theories out there about healing Autism. Though the statistic of 1/54 boys are on the spectrum was VERY SHOCKING! This book opened up the reality of the mind-gut connection my sister has been talking a lot about. Which applies to us all - not just Autistic persons. Environmental toxins really do make a difference in our lives!!! - especially the toxins in our foods!! Also another sad tale of how red ta
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Nicole
Dec 31, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Once again Jenny McCarthy sheds a lot of light on the autism/vaccination controversy. She nevers says autism can be cured, but she does say her son and many children like him have recovered from the symptoms through diet control and supplements. It is incredible to read her story and the story of other "mother warriors" who fought for their children even when doctors told them there was nothing they could do. I admire that she is giving power back to the moms who feel powerless (and I find it in ...more
Tubaville
Mar 31, 2011 Tubaville rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
I was very skeptical going into this book. After reading it, I would recommend it for anyone who is parenting a child with developmental delays. I am totally inspired to look at how I care for my daughter in a different way. People that work with her comment frequently that her disabilities resemble autism. Because it is not one of her many, many formal diagnoses I've never looked into to. When you are already drowning, the last thing you need is more water. Well, this book is oxygen. My favorit ...more
Melissa Brown
Jan 14, 2009 Melissa Brown rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely powerful book and one that is very near and dear to my heart. Jenny McCarthy, once again, is able to give a voice to the parents who KNOW in their hearts that their children were harmed by vaccines, and what they have done in order to help their children recover from autism. We are not crazy, we are not delusional....we know our children better than anyone else and we know when something has changed in them. Leaky gut syndrome is real and the vaccine schedule must be changed ...more
Brittaney
Jun 04, 2010 Brittaney rated it it was amazing
Mother Warriors was the second book by Jenny McCarthy that I read. Like Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds central focus is ASD (or autism spectrum disorders). I loved reading every page of it! So much so that I finished it in a few hours!
Barb
Jan 25, 2009 Barb rated it really liked it
I do not have an autistic child and I have not had to deal with development issues for my child, but I found this book interesting in the demonstration of how the consumer (patient) has to fight to be heard when dealing with healthcare, As a nurse, I marvel at what I have to do to get what I need in the healthcare arena - this book showed how we all need to be involved and invested in family health needs on every level. What do people do who are unable to navigate the system? Thanks to Jenny McC ...more
Cherlyn
Feb 23, 2009 Cherlyn rated it liked it
An interesting book. Jenny writes in an "in your face" style, stating her facts, challenging her antagonists, and tossing the gauntlet to anyone who calls her bluff. The real life stories are compelling and give hope to those who's children have been diagnosed with autism.
She states it's like a cancer, in that sometimes the chemo and radiation will cure, but not always. If I had a child with autism, this would certainly be an avenue I would follow up on. She includes a bibliography of Doctors,
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Debbie
May 06, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
Every mother should read this book. It doesn't matter whether your child is on the spectrum or not; it's an amazing lesson in advocating for your child and going against the mainstream thinking and getting results. It really hit home for me as the parent of a child with food and chemical sensitivities -- you've got to search to find what works to heal your child, no matter what anyone says. Every child needs something and it's your job as a parent to get them what they need. Such an inspiring, e ...more
Lareynolds
Jul 28, 2015 Lareynolds rated it really liked it
What amazing stories of healing for children with autism! Society associates autism with "problems of the brain" or a mental disability. This book brings a whole new wave of information! It was fascinating to read how environmental toxins and the heavy load of vaccinations given to small infants, whose bodies are not capable to handle yet, can effect the developmental process. It blows my mind that doctors give no credibility to these mother's stories when they repeatedly state, "My child's beha ...more
Katie Wahlquist
Nov 19, 2014 Katie Wahlquist rated it it was ok
OK, I enjoyed this book and am happy that more awareness is being brought to the issue of autism. While I liked the personal stories and found a lot of great advice, I also think it gives a lot of misinformation and false hope in many circumstances. Autism is SOOOOO broad and so different in each person it affects, however, so I guess I shouldn't judge. I've read better books on the subject.
Kfooshee
Jul 14, 2009 Kfooshee rated it it was amazing
Every American household should be required to read this book....read it and you will see why...it was RIVETING....would have read it in one sitting if Claudia would have continued her nap. I am inspired and in awe of Jenny McCarthy's strength and her purpose.
Sane Cecil
Jun 07, 2014 Sane Cecil rated it really liked it
Love her books about her son but my one problem with it is, she assumes like many that all our roads are the same. never understanding some of us have much more severely autistic children or dont have the money she has to give the child what they truly need or to afford their damages to home and posessions. I wish I could get the help for my son she did, but some of us just cant since most of its experimental and not covered by insurance and very costly. plus no one listens to us about our kids ...more
Mindy
Mar 26, 2016 Mindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: autism
In this memoir, Jenny reiterates her own battle to conquer autism in her own son (as told in Louder Than Words) then goes on to provide the struggles of numerous other mothers. This book is another informational resource for autism; however, I enjoyed reading Louder Than Words more than this newer release. I applaud Jenny for her crusade and will continue to check out any further books she may release to better understand the autism crisis and to further educate myself about any possible new dis ...more
Kerry
Apr 04, 2009 Kerry rated it liked it
As a mother of an autistic child, I was hoping to gain much more insight from this book than I actually did. I understand that the author has had to fight for everything she's achieved with her son, but I didn't need to read the f-bomb all the time. And I couldn't help but think throughout that I'm sure she comes across as a hot-tempered warrior mom, and I don't think that's a wise approach.

That said, I asked my husband to read the book also. We've debated on whether to put our son on the gluten
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Crystal
I picked up this follow-up book by Jenny McCarthy and it is just as good!

She tells others' stories about what they've gone through. There is a chapter titled "Gina Tembenis: Mother Warrior to Elias" that I think everyone needs to read. That's all I will say about that, I talk about it more down below.

I again found lots of quotes that I wanted to remember.

“All illnesses have some hereditary contribiution. Genetics loads the gun and environment pulls the trigger.” – Dr. Francis S. Collins (Directo
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Cathy
Oct 11, 2008 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents, people who love children
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
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 w ...more
Luci
Dec 31, 2008 Luci rated it liked it
An extremely fast read. I admire Jenny's dedication and determination to help her son; she is a remarkable mother. From reading this book I believe there is a extremely strong link between digestive problems and autism. People need to realize that in order to get a child mentally healthy you have to get them physically healthy (Maslow's hierarchy). I also think there is some kind of link between immunizations and autism. I believe children that have a weakened immune system, or a hereditary diso ...more
Lisa Wuertz
Oct 05, 2009 Lisa Wuertz rated it really liked it
This book took me exactly a day to read. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year. I was putting off reading it because I didn't want to go down the "crazy" anti-vaccine path.

I picked it up because I've been mulling over my daughter's reaction to her recent vaccines. It took her about 10 days to recover from that set. She's never had a reaction to vaccines before so aside from a slowed down schedule based on Dr. Sears' The Vaccine Book, I didn't give it much thought. I’ve always fe
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Jennifer McCarthy is an American model, comedian, actress and author. She first appeared in Playboy magazine in October 1993 and was named Playmate of the Year in its June 1994 issue. She later began a career in television and film and has recently started writing books dealing largely with her pregnancy and motherhood of a child with autism.
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