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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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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
Nov 05, 2008 Lain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 27, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shetal
Dec 06, 2012 Shetal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!!!!
Jessie
Nov 15, 2010 Jessie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Staci
Feb 21, 2009 Staci rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Completely ridiculous. I am glad her son is doing well, but I think she is dangerous.
Mel
Jan 03, 2009 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stacy
Jul 25, 2009 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2009 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca
Apr 12, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Rachel Bird
Sep 08, 2009 Rachel Bird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Brittaney
Jun 04, 2010 Brittaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Torina
Mar 27, 2011 Torina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Debbie
Apr 30, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel
Feb 10, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a book. Wow. I just can't explain this one. Jenny Mccarthy and all of the mothers that she deams warriors in this book are truly amazing to me. I think she is a truly courageous woman as are all of the other people out there who have special needs children. I learned soo much from this book. It actually scared me to pieces, after having already vaccinated my daughter who is almost 21 months old. I was incredibly ignorant to Autism, but this book has taught me so much and has opened my eyes ...more
Cherlyn
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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Katie Wahlquist
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Erlyn Trinidad
Feb 23, 2011 Erlyn Trinidad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number of Pages: 248

About: The book is a result of the phenomenal success of her first book dealing with her son's autism - Louder Than Words. This book is a collection of stories of parents she's encountered who tried to do the same - fight the hard battle against the formidable opponent called autism.

What I think about the book:
Praises for Jenny McCarthy's Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds!! In a world when people are used to conforming with the crowd, In he
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Monica
Sep 18, 2011 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Jenny McCarthy is equally well known for being a well-endowed pinup, and having a son with Autism. Jenny opens the book with a brief but informative description of her appearance on Oprah that set the ball rolling for Jenny’s activism. Jenny does not delve in detail about her son because I’m guessing her previous book does that. In Mother Warriors she wants to profile other parents and share their stories. This a personal book, not meant to be medical or “hard core.” Other reviewers did not like ...more
Lareynolds
Jul 20, 2015 Lareynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kerry
Apr 04, 2009 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kellie
Sep 12, 2011 Kellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring. Jenny makes you fell like her best friend while reading her book. I cried and cried not understanding, knowing, how many emotions I have suppressed with Jansen. My favorite part was "planning a trip to Italy." You read all the books, plan all the stops, pack your bags. The big day comes and when your plan lands you find your are in Holland. You didn't want to go to Holland and you're angry and upset. After a while you start to notice how beautiful, and how wonderful Holland is. But ev ...more
jenna nims
i do not have a child with autism but i have had much experience with doctors and illness. it took me 2 years of doctor after doctor to finally diagnose me with thyroid cancer. when i would tell them of my symptoms they *ALL 5 OF THEM* would try and give me anti anxiety medications and/or antibiotics. when i went in with a list of symptoms printed off of the computer and told them that i had a thyroid problem - they laughed at me and told me i did not. "i was too young to have cancer." they told ...more
Rebecca
Inspiring ~ underscores the power of a parent's love. It does not provide definitive answers, but illustrates the complexities of what parents of children w/ autism struggle with in their search for healing. Explores the connection between a host of symptoms to increased toxins in our diet and environment. A reference is made to yellow canaries...so sensitive to toxins that the coal miners would take them into the tunnels as a warning system. If a canary died, they knew to evacuate. The book pos ...more
Hallie
May 31, 2009 Hallie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmm... what to say about a hot-headed, ego-centric, mother-of-an-autistic-boy, mother-who-is-on-a-mission... The book is not informative and she is lacking information on many of the therapies that she has used with her son that have had amazing results (RDI). No doubt her kid is affected. No doubt he reacted to vaccines. Was he "autistic" prior to vaccines? Who knows. Is he now? You bet - or at least the symptoms are the same. Could it be the result of brain/neurological damage as a result of ...more
Maryam
Mar 22, 2012 Maryam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. I amso glad that she took the time to share other mother warriors and their stories.Jenny is an amazing women who wants to help other parents to try an recover their children if possible. I am glad that she is strong enough to withstand the critisim and carry on the path of hope for all. The vaccine link to Autism is real and the medical community needs to re evaluate these vaccine schedules and the individuals that are to be receiving them. Not everyone is born as healthy ...more
Sue
Jun 14, 2011 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I'm not doing summer school this year, I thought I'd spend my summer doing a little professional reading. Unfortunately, the library I'm at right now has a crappy selection. I don't have high hopes for this book, however, Jenny McCarthy gets a lot of press and I'm sure many of my kids' parents have read this - so it's worth a read. She certainly is no expert, but if I had a kid with autism, I would do everything in my power to "cure" him, just as she did. Can't knock her for that. Some of ...more
Jennifer
Jan 27, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
The best part of the book was the introductory quote, "All illnesses have some hereditary contribution. Genetics loads the gun and environment pulls the trigger."Dr. Francis S. Collins.

Other than that, I found the story to read as if written by a young, developing writer. I do NOT discredit her story, and see first hand while working with young children with autism, the struggles families go through. However, the specifics in the book were lacking. She explained things as "stuff", "things", "a
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Sarah
I wanted to 'read' this book because I knew that many parents with whom I work would read it. Best to know all sides of the story. No surprizes. A book where Jenny McCarthy makes controversial statements about medicine. Several of her arguments ahve since been disproved by science. She does raise several controversial but interesting points.

I dislike this book mostly because of the tone. If as a parent you are unable to cure your child of his/her autism, then you're either gulible to your doctor
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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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