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1. Love, Lust & Faking It: The
2. Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about
3. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth
4. Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About
5. Healing and Preventing Autism:
6. Louder Than Words: A Mother's
7. Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents
8. Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy's Open Book
9. Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents
10. All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother
11. Playboy Magazine June 1994 (Playmate
12. by Jenny Mccarthy (Author)Love,
13. Jenny McCarthy (Author) Belly
14. Belly Laughs
15. Playboy Magazine / September 1997
17. Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About
18. Genesis Magazine January 1999
19. Healing Our Autistic Children:
20. Callous Disregard: Autism and

1. Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance
by Jenny Mccarthy
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2010-09-28)
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Asin: 0062012983
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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New York Times bestselling author Jenny McCarthy returns to her comic roots in this candid, wise, and witty look at women, men, sex, romance, heartbreak, love, and how (not) to fake it.

In Belly Laughs, Jenny McCarthy told you what you could really expect when you're expecting. In Baby Laughs and Life Laughs, she gave you the unfiltered ups and downs of motherhood and marriage. Now, in Love, Lust & Faking It, the inveterate truth teller turns the lights on for a funny, often poignant, and no-holds-barred look at the essence of relationships: love and sex.

Jenny explores the intensity of first love, introducing us to Tony, the boy of her teenage dreams, and Tubby, her dirty, sexy stuffed teddy bear. She takes us on a whirlwind tour of the world of aphrodisiacs and fetishes, explains the importance of playing doctor and other nice and naughty fantasies, and gives thanks for the pleasures of chocolate. And she sets the story straight on STDs, man junk and lady bits, why we really cheat, why women are master manipulators, the virtues of sex with the lights off, the power of a "loving no," the satisfaction of the perfect booty call, and so much more.

Filled with humorous stories about her own out-rageous exploits—from becoming a Playboy Miss October to the pain of getting a discount boob job to meeting Brad Pitt—as well as the lessons she's learned from family, friends, and fans, Love, Lust & Faking It takes on a subject the sex symbol, mother, television star, comedian, and divorcÉe can be trusted to examine with nothing but unvarnished honesty and earthy humor. Throughout, Jenny reminds us to aim higher, believe in true love, and, most of all, be kind to ourselves. And to have lots of fun and sex—without faking it.

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Customer Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love It!!
I saw Jenny on Oprah and she had me laughing so hard I had to buy the book to see what it was all about.I ended up buying one for me and one for my BFF for her birthday too.She loved it also; I also recommended it to another girlfriend and she loved it too.Jenny is soo funny and REAL...I think if she lived in my small town she would be one of my friends.I love the book and recommend it to anyone that I think would enjoy it. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love this book, it is funny and I think it is a great book for anyone to read. I have suggested it to several friends. I really hated having to put it down!

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book!
As usual Jenny McCarthy's books do not disappoint! I have read every one of her books and love them all and this one is just as great as the others!

5-0 out of 5 stars A title for your review ;)
Cliche or not, I have never written one of these before but after reading the negative feedback here I felt compelled. First off, I did like the book and thanks to a 3 year old who still wont sleep through the night, I read it in 2 nights. I thought it was funny and informative and would like to thank Jenny personally for the re-affirmation that my husband will never... Ever go to Vegas without me!
For all the haters. I find it strange that people say that they rushed out to buy this book after seeing Jenny on Oprah but then seem to be surprised about it's subject matter. In my opinion, the book was exactly what she portrayed it to be, a book about love, lust and merkins ;) I mean really? I get some people read all of Jenny's Laughs books and loved them for the same reason I did. Not only can you relate to them but who else would have the ***ahem*** balls to write about it so honestly, right? Now, years after these belly laughing books, her life has significantly changed and because she didn't dish any dirt on Jim Carrey people are disappointed? And some people so much as to say that they were "disgusted" and she must have had a miserable childhood, what has the world come to, blah, blah, blah? Anyone who reads any magazine cover knows where she got her start, what magazine she posed for, who she dated, and more importantly, that her son suffers with autism. She's written books about a topic that only pregnant women can relate to and books about mother warriors. Obviously two very different topics.God forbid she write something about figuring out how to love herself (literally and figuratively) and wanting to share it with others who are not afraid to admit that they may not be perfect.
Keep writing them Jenny. There are many of us out here that are just as dysfunctional as you are and we wouldn't have it any other way!

1-0 out of 5 stars plain lousy...
I was so excited to get this book and WOW is it bad.... it is rediculious and pointless reading...and I am a fan of hers( so I feel bad writing this ) but this book is a waste of time... dont bother buying it .. it may end up in your local Dollar Store... sad but true ... Read more

2. Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On
by Jenny McCarthy
Paperback: 240 Pages (2007-03-27)
list price: US$13.95 -- used & new: US$6.48
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Asin: 0452288290
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Jenny McCarthy, New York Times bestselling author of Baby Laughs and Belly Laughs, speaks candidly about the challenges and the humor to be found in balancing motherhood and the ups and downs of marriage.

Jenny McCarthy’s honesty has made her a bestseller.In Life Laughs, Jenny opens up about all of the things no one told you before you got married and had kids.Of course there’s plenty of Jenny’s outrageous humor, but she also writes openly and for the first time about doing your best when marriage falters and about her own divorce, which made headlines when it was announced in the summer of 2005.Jenny doesn’t pretend to be an expert in her books; she is instead something more valuable—a good girlfriend.Catch Jenny’s take on growing older, finances, PMS, sex, dating . . . and again, mommyhood.

Jenny McCarthy is a trusted, brand-name, bestselling author, and Life Laughs is poised to be her biggest book yet. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (82)

4-0 out of 5 stars Fair-to-Good
A causal, easy, entertaining read. You'll like it if you enjoy peeking into a celebrity's life. The topics are very random and it doesn't cover much about motherhood. I would rate it a 3.5

5-0 out of 5 stars Honest and funny
Loved this book, in fact it makes me want to read more of her books.She is honest and real.Makes me admire her even more that she is able to laugh at herself and realize that "life happens"!

5-0 out of 5 stars You just gotta love Jenny!
Her series of the 3 "Laughs" are a must have for anyone, even if you aren't pregnant and don't have kids. I'll pick up one of Jenny's book any day!

4-0 out of 5 stars Life Laughs
A wonderful "in your face" Laugh out loud, snort and giggle book. Well written and full of wit and wisdomthis follow up to Ms. McCarthy`s Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirthcontinues to provide her readers with a realistic and hilarious look at many of the fun, funny, challenging, and sometimes embarrassing moments of Motherhood, marriage and moving on. © Bobskatie Enterprises for Amazon.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Is definantly a "Life Laugh"
I love this book, simply because it tells it like it is. You may not have grown up with the same religous back ground, have no sisters (or other siblings), have not been married, never moved to LA, and never had more than 1 or 2 sexual partners, but you will find this book dead on! This was the case for me, but I still related to Jenny. She makes you see that you in the senario "When is rains, it pours" you are not alone, and she gives you a laugh as well. Its nice to know that in you are not alone in the world, and even seemingly perfect celebraties get saggy and stretch marked. They have to be single parents and deal with all the craziness of their families.

Anyway quite reading my review and read the damn book already!! ... Read more

3. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Jenny McCarthy
Paperback: 192 Pages (2005-12-13)
list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$5.24
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Asin: 0738210072
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The acclaimed national bestseller-a no-holds-barred account of what you can really expect when you're expecting

Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gassiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion, the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared the discomforts and humiliations of pregnancy, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy!

In the New York Times best-selling Belly Laughs, actress and new mother Jenny McCarthy reveals the naked truth about the tremendous joys, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. From morning sickness and hormonal rage, to hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant, or indeed, has ever been born! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet!
This is a great little book. It's not an educational book really. She gives some insights but mostly it's entertaining to hear the stuff your going through with some humor.

5-0 out of 5 stars No desire to be pregnant but wanted to read it anyway
Growing up, you hear that rebuttal, "You say that now, but you'll want children later." Nope, not me. I have no desire in being a mother and definitely not being pregnant. I would've never thought I'd crack open a book about pregnancy, and when the librarian tried her best not to stare at me, I know she wanted to ask me did I have a little one on the way. The guy at my car dealership glanced at my baggy sweatshirt a little harder when he saw the cover of this book, too, but nope, there are women who don't want to have children who can get quite a kick out of this book.

I decided to read it after seeing Jenny McCarthy on CNN's "Larry King Live." She talked about how pregnant women love it, and I think Jenny is hilarious so I wanted to check out her take on motherhood. I laughed from the beginning until the second-to-last chapter. Jenny has always been quick with the comebacks, but her style of writing about having a bowel movement during delivery, doggystyle sex in the ninth month, her nipples changing color, constipation, specialists and Kegels had me literally laughing out loud.

When she said she did Kegels so her husband wouldn't feel like he was throwing a hot dog through the hallway, I almost fell off my bed laughing. Same goes for this nutcase weighing her own breasts to find out they were five pounds each. She clearly wanted to smack women with some reality about what pregnancy is really like, but she did it in such a funny way that it was a delight to read. The only downside was the catty comments about slimmer women, but I kind of got where she was going with that. And as for the brown nipples, I didn't see the problem, but if mine turned pink I'd scream and go hysterical so I understood that one, too.

This was a book I'll probably read again just for kicks.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Fee like i know her now.
I bought this book because i didnt want another pregnancy book i feel my mom would enjoy telling me only the good things about pregnancy. I wanted to know the cold hard truth! Im not much of a reader but i read this book in two sittings! Its a very easy read and it made me laugh in every chapter. Its not a story book just chapters about different stages in pregnancy so you can skip around or just read it straight through. It was also comforting that even though those Hollywood stars seemed perfect Jenny lets you know their not! I would recommend this to any women that has a sense of humor! great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funny, Charming and Awesome
If you are an expecting mom and you want a read a book that is NOT sugar coated and completely honest then I recomend this book. Jenny McCarthy is HILARIOUS!! The way she discusses pregnancy is exactly how everyone feels but doesnt say it out loud .. Its a fantastic book and made me laugh and I totally understand where she is coming from !!!
Love it !!

1-0 out of 5 stars book worm
i can't believe i paid money for this book. this book was not even close to funny.true at times but not funny.for those that think it was laugh out loud funny, you really need to read more.again, i am actually ticked i paid for this book. ... Read more

4. Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood
by Jenny McCarthy
Paperback: 224 Pages (2006-04-04)
list price: US$14.00 -- used & new: US$7.30
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Asin: 0452287197
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Jenny McCarthy’s hilarious, no-holds-barred personality has made her an instantly recognizable TV personality and a bestselling author. In Baby Laughs she examines the full range of challenges that new mothers face, including:

• The humiliations of postnatal "numbing spray," Tucks medicated pads, and adult diapers; jelly belly, balding, and gum disease; and becoming a "five-foot puke rag" for the baby
• Heart-stopping terrors, such as baby manicures, breathing checks, and burp failures
• Inadequacies, such as lullaby illiteracy and the need for a "heavy rotation" of toys, videos, and mobiles
• Daddy antics, such as infant wrestling, home-movie mania, sleeping like a log, and expecting sex
• Dueling grandmas, germ-ridden guests, Olympic-class competitive mommies, anorexic pets—and much more.

Mothers and fathers will find much-needed relief and insight in this sometimes touching, sometimes gritty, but always perceptive and outrageously funny account of what it truly means to have your very own small bundle of joy. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (124)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious!
After reading "Belly Laughs" I knew I had to read the follow up book.It was just as funny, actually even dare I say funnier.I was laughing so hard I couldn't stop.A must read for anyone pregnant or with kids.Actually, a must read for anyone who wants a good laugh!

5-0 out of 5 stars Jenny made me laugh & cry all at the same time
I love the fact she doesnt hold back and she doesnt mind cussing in her books. I have all of her baby laughs books. I read them while i was pregnant and it made things that i was going through easier to laugh at. Its nice to know even celebs are "real" people. Some just seem so perfect and to know that other moms struggle with their 1st timer stuff like imagine and labor and all thats good and bad about pregnancy and the little surprises that are really unexpected.

Its really refreshing. I will buy these books for every expecting mom I know in the future!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book and price
This is a great book for the first time moms to follow you through the first year of your baby's life. The price was great and the book arrived quickly.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just ok... would probably borrow instead of buy
This book was ok. I really enjoyed Jenny's voice, but as far as laugh out loud funny, that only happened maybe 3 times. I expected it to be funnier. It seemed more geared toward people who are still pregnant. I read it when my son was almost 4 months old so not much of the advice helped me. I did however relate to a lot of what she said, but like the title says I would definitely borrow this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mommy laughed
I loved Jenny's first book, Belly Laughs, and I was so happy to read Baby Laughs once my son was born.I think all parents feel like they could write a book after the first year of raising a child, and so we laugh along to Jenny's memories.Great book, will pass it on to the next new mom in my family. ... Read more

5. Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide
by Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
Paperback: 416 Pages (2010-03-30)
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Asin: B0040RMEI0
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The must-have New York Times bestseller that tells you what to do now for a child with autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and other disorders

For any child with challenges, early intervention is essential and parents need a plan that they can implement right away. Jenny McCarthy, one of the country's leading autism advocates, has teamed up with top autism specialist Jerry Kartzinel, M.D., to offer a prescriptive guide to the healing therapies and treatments that have turned the lives of so many children around. While autism cases have grown a whopping 6000 percent since the 1970s, the medical community is still waking up to the epidemic and parents need tools to begin healing their children and educating their doctors, instead of waiting six months to a year to get an appointment with a specialist. In this book, parents will learn about the following:

•The biomedical diet and supplement protocol

•Where to find alternative therapies and how to implement them

•A list of tests any doctor can perform

•Studies to show your doctor that will help make the case that they need to support your efforts

•Advice for preventing autism during pregnancy and the early years by looking at family history of allergies, depression, and autoimmune disorders as well as Mom's chemical exposure

Whether your child has autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, or an autism spectrum disorder, Healing and Preventing Autism is the authoritative reference book with the tools to heal your child.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You Jenny McCarthy!!!!ONE STRONG ADVOCATE FOR AUTISM!!!
Jenny McCarthy's books are all wonderful resources towards recovery leading from the start of biomedical treatment for those families affected by autism.She speaks the truth and it is such a threat to the majority of the medical community who mostly want to push vaccines for profit.Please ignore the greed and get the help you need to help your child.Genetics was the trigger, HOWEVER (in the majority of cases) vaccines are the bullets.

2-0 out of 5 stars Biomedical Intervention DOES NOT CURE AUTISM
Seriously.... I loved Jenny McCarthy's books on Pregnancy and Motherhood, but she should have STOPPED there.
Do you people realized that SHE CAN AFFORD all these treatments MOST people whose kids are on the Spectrum, can't?I know parents who have lost thier homes reading this book thinking thier child would be recovered and cured and while thier child has made progress, they are not cured or recovered, but still in the poor house stressed to the nines.

I am a firm believer in ABA and therapies services. I also think the GFCF is a great idea. I tried it on my daughter who has classic, but high functioning autism, and it didn't work for us.

Some of the supplementing and stuff is just a bit much to me.If you do through research, there is a lot of questionable stuff out there about DAN Dr.s and Biomeds.

All I am saying is do your homework... don't just run out to a DAN dr. and assume they are god and spend hundreds of dollars they charge you for these irrelivant tests, which a high percentage of the time, won't change anything about your ASD kiddo. Try ABA and any other additional therapy for a FEW months FIRST.

The only GOOD thing about this book is it did a decent job of explaining the different biomed procedures and testing, supplements, etc.

I personally don't believe in a lot of the biomed stuff and the route they take.To each his own.ABA therapy and me working with her just in the past 6 months... has made life altering changes for the good and I didn't pop shots and pills into my kid. I tried the medication/supplement free route first and it has worked.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hope in a book for parents of children with autism
I have an autistic son. When you hear that diagnosis, it comes crashing down on you like a tsunami, threating to wash all hope for your child's future away. But you can't give up hope, and that's what this book is about.

Most of the controversy around this book comes from the medical community saying a certain vaccine couldn't have caused a single child's autism, the diets and other treatments in the book don't really cure autism, and that the evidence of both things is only anecdotal. Maybe they're right. I know my son's autism wasn't caused by a vaccine--it was caused by an citrus allergy--but when I hear a parent say that's what caused their child's autism, I believe them. A parent knows. The medical community wasn't there when it happen, so how could they know better than the parent? And maybe it's only the cause in 5% of cases, but that doesn't mean the parents who experienced it deserve to be treated like they don't know what they're talking about. I can also tell you that when I put my son on a gluten-casein free diet, he answered a question without prompting for the first time in about six months. Is my son cured? No. But I have hope for him, and I don't care how many times the medical community says these things don't work: I refuse to give up hope.

The book goes into this diet and other treatments, and it does it in a friendly, chatty, funny, and easy to absorb format. It's probably not the best book on these treatments on the market, but it is a book parents can read, understand and use. It offers a choice of suggestions without making any promises. Sometimes these treatments work, and sometimes they don't. Every child is different--but every child deserves a chance.

There is hope for children with autism. Maybe only 5% of children will get better because their parents read this book (from my experience, I think it's much more than that), but that's 5% better that the autistic children of parents who didn't even try because doctors told them nothing works. If you find yourself in that situation, read this book. There are other doctors out there, ones like Dr. Kartzinel. You and your child deserve a doctor who will listen to you and offer you hope. Don't give up until you find it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Approach with an open mind
As a new parent who knows several people with children who are on the spectrum, I was eager to read this book to see if there was indeed some way to prevent autism. While I found the authors' personal stories regarding their own children very interesting, there was little in the way of hard-core science to back up the claims in the book with the most controversial being that vaccines may trigger autism in children with weak immune systems. (Indeed, the current studies say there is not a link between autism and vaccines.)

With that said, most of the diet and health advice probably couldn't hurt most children who are on the spectrum. Indeed, the diet advice may even help those who are not on the spectrum, but suffer from multiple allergies.

My biggest problem with this book is the anti-vaccine agenda. While McCartney states that she is not anti-vaccine and feels it is up to the parents to vaccine or not, Dr. Kartzinel is clear that he is anti-vaccine. He does not vaccine children in his practice and only recommends a single vaccine for parents who want to vaccinate their children. I truly wish there had been some space given to the pros of vaccination, but it is not to be found.

Still, there is no doubt that the authors truly are speaking from the heart and their goal is to help children and families who are dealing with autism. I just wish it wasn't so anti-vaccination.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome book
gave this as a gift to autistic family members parent and got a very favorable review from her.Very helpful info. ... Read more

6. Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism
by Jenny McCarthy
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2007-09-17)
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Asin: B003F76DPG
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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If someone you love is diagnosed with autism, LOUDER THAN WORDS is the first book you should read.

One morning, Jenny McCarthy was having a cup of coffee when she sensed something was wrong. She ran into her two-year-old son Evan’s room and found him seizing. In that moment, Jenny went from being the mother of an average toddler to being in the midst of a medical odyssey. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed Evan until—after many harrowing, life-threatening episodes later—one amazing doctor discovered that Evan is autistic.

Though Evan finally had a diagnosis, Jenny didn’t know what to do next and she soon found herself alone without any resources except for her determination to help her son. Jenny eventually realized that she’d have to become a detective. She spoke with many doctors, parents, governmental agencies, private foundations, and essentially earned a Phd in “Google Research.” At last, she discovered an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving Evan from autism.And, now in this book, she creates a roadmap for parents who are concerned about their own child.

Jenny does more than just reveal the winning formula that worked for Evan. Her story shares the frustrations and joys of raising an autistic child and shows how with love and determination a parent can shape their child’s life and happiness. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not about authentic autism
I was very disappointed to read this vague, abstract book. As a mother with a severely autistic son, I found it more than difficult to believe her story. In fact, I think it's a case study in deceptive publishing. I would have had more respect for her had she written a book about seizures in children, as that is what her son's primary diagnosis was, and where the etiology of his regression began. That is not true autism. Very misleading book.

4-0 out of 5 stars louder than words very interesting book
Louder than Words is a very interesting book written by Jenny McCarthy about her family's experiences with her son's diagnosis with autism. She has some intriguing theories about the environmental causes of autism and the "window of opportunity" for viable treatment of the illness. I would like to see a follow-up book that reports on his progress in the years since the first book was written.

5-0 out of 5 stars mom of a newly diagnosed autistic son
I bought this book the day after my 3 year old son was diagnosed with autism. I want to thank Ms. McCarthy for sharing her story and journey. You have given me hope for my son.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed...
My daughter has Asperger Syndrome and I have purchased quite a few books, poured over dozens of websites, talked with the professionals. I was excited about Jenny's book when my mom told me about it. Maybe finally I would find down to earth answers on where I was headed or what to expect, especially since I knew she had become a single mother along the way, something we shared in common.

Now, I must say, with complete thankfulness, that I did not face Ms. McCarthy's nightmares that stemmed from her son's seizures. Still, I cannot imagine speaking to doctors and nurses with the language she used. I am protective of my child, but the pros are there to assist you with finding resolution. I certainly do not believe every dr./nurse is perfect. In fact, one brought me to tears with his harshness and he was out of line. I would have loved, been thrilled to tell him off but to what end? It would not have changed the situation. What it did was help me to set a standard that was a line between acceptable/unacceptable for future visits & to know when my anger was justified & when it was simply the bi-product of what we were dealing with and too easily misdirected. The language in this book was very uncomfortable. I finished the book but it was also donated to a second hand store shortly thereafter. One of the few books on AS that I tossed aside. My second concern was that she does paint an unrealistic picture for those without her finacial security. If she is exhausted, then imagine what a mother w/o household help, personal assistant, nanny, driver, etc. must feel. I do have insurance but the bills can be overwhelming.I have limited time off that I can use for appts. You almost feel guilty that you cannot provide the level of care and resources she has available.As the average Jane Doe, I don't have the clout to get into the specialists or make the things happen she can.It is discouraging because I am limited in my options.I don't begrudge her the help her money can provide, because if I had the ability, I would do as she has.I was just hoping for more advice for the average parent coping with these things.

I was excited by the purchase and anxious to begin reading. Then, I was let down within the first few chapters. A little too much on her marital life (she could have made the same points on how her marriage suffered with a little less detail), the profanity, and the attitude. I should not have been surprised because to be honest, this is how Ms. McCarthy seems to live her life, at least it is the public persona she presents, so it is probably honest to who she is. To be taken seriously, though, maybe she could have tried a different angle.

The one area I can give her is that I do think there is discussion that needs be heard on what causes the Autism spectrum & other disorders. Maybe these things did simply go undected in the past, but maybe it is because of all the medical "advances". There is a pill or injection for everything it seems, more & more required to just leave your house. It's something that cannot be diregarded.

Considering Oprah just signed her to a contract, I suppose we will hear quite a bit more from her.I hope it is with more eloquence and less vulgarity.As a celebrity, she is able to have a voice & can get in doors that could make a difference.If you want to have influence & be a force for change, then do so but maybe with a little more grace, tolerance and less harsh language/attitude.

BTW...I am glad for her son's progress and hope the same for the rest of us!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's all about attitude
Rossa Forbes is a contributor to Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change

Louder Than Words is a mother's story about helping her son overcome autism. The "autistic" baby and "schizophrenic" baby may have common traits (pale, gentle, detached, undemanding) Autism presents itself early (toddler years) and schizophrenia generally presentsbetween the ages of 15 and 25 for men and 25 to 35 for women. I believe that these two conditions are related although they present in different ways. Schizophrenia touches more people's lives than autism because it is much more prevalent in the population (typically 1% of the adult population versus less than 1%).

Jenny McCarthy reaches the conclusion that doctors are relatively clueless in the basic understanding of the problem and that is why we (the collective mother) have to do our own research. I couldn't agree more. We learn to trust our instincts and always look for cause, something doctors do not do when they hand out autism and schizophrenia diagnoses. We are told that "nobody knows what causes this" but are told we have to accept something for which no medical test has been invented. We observe that attitude makes a huge difference and that some mothers are willing to go the extra, unpopular mile to find a solution for their child and others are not.

Diet and supplements are a the main focus of the author's research (emphasis on yeast build-up and candida produced by a weakened immune system).Because her son recovered at the level of vitamin support and medications, Ms McCarthy does not explore, because she might not be aware of, or not subscribe to, the concept of higher levels of healing (psychic, spiritual, energetic). Some people (both autistic and schizophrenic) will be greatly improved or even cured through the diet and supplement approach, but many will not be. This seemingly chronic group continues to baffle medical science. There is often a lot more to the picture.

Louder Than Words does not look at what I call the "dark side of the soul", to confront aspects of ourselves/our environment/our inheritance that may have contributed to the child's condition. In her book, Jenny McCarthy takes a poll of the mothers in her son's autism program. They are all unhappy in their marriages. She asks them who would divorce their husband if they could. Every hand in the room shot up. An understandable but superficial way of explaining this is that the child's illness is putting a strain on the parent's relationship. Energy medicine and other viewpoints would say that the child's illness is in essence holding a mirror up to a problem in the family energy field. It does not cause the problem, it reflects the problem.

Jenny McCarthy believes that her son was born with a weakened immune system, but she stops asking why at this stage. From my own research I realized that my son was born with symptoms that may have predisposed him to schizophrenia and I asked "why"? This led me to a whole new area of very intriguing research. I developed my own belief that the root of the problem in my son's case lay in a trauma to the energy field. A misaligned energy field can be corrected in many different ways.

Energy medicine looks at the electric energy connection between the mind/body and seeks to balance the energy fields. Like Jenny McCarthy, I had to start my education from scratch. There are a lot of therapies that are targeted to not only schizophrenia, but many other mental health conditions such as autism, bi-polar, depression, epilepsy, anxiety, etc. The therapies that my son and I underwent include orthomolecular (vitamin supplements and nutrition), assemblage point shift (shamanic in origin), Family Constellation Therapy (the family has its own energy field), craniosacral therapy and bioharmonic sound resonance.

I recommend this book because it demonstrates the attitude that is necessary to develop. Whether you are a fan of Jenny McCarthy or not, her attitude is what got her the kind of results that often elude other people. She recognizes that she could wait around forever for help that conventional medicine was failing to deliver. When it comes to your own child, why the wait?

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7. Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds
by Jenny McCarthy
Paperback: 272 Pages (2009-03-31)
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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 the covers of several magazines, including People. But what she hadn’t anticipated was the overwhelming response from other parents of autistic children, who sought her out to share their stories.

No two autistic children heal in exactly the same way. And in her new book, Jenny expands her message to share recovery stories from parents across the country. Mother Warriors, shows how each parent fought to find her own child’s perfect “remedy of interventions” and teaches parents how to navigate safely through the many autism therapies.

Along the way, Jenny shares her own journey as an autism advocate and mother as well as the progress of her son, Evan. Emotional and genuinely practical, Mother Warriors will inspire a generation of parents with hope. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mother Warriors:A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds
As a grandmother that is new to Autism, this was the first book I read on the subject.very enlightening. Explained not only some of the characteristics of autism but also let you knowwhere to look for help as the general medical profession seems to turn a deaf ear to parents who know something isn't right but their doctor won't listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mother Warriors
Fabulous,This will open your eyes to what is going on. Please read and heed the information. It could change your life and your child's future. I am a medical professional and agree 100% that we need to be our own health care advocates and not puppets of a greedy pharmaceutical industry. There are some great advantages to modern medicine but be aware of the negative side effects that are great possibilities. Many times there are natural, healthy alternatives that we can incorporate into our lives that will make a difference. Please Educate Yourself before you inject 36 vaccines with neurotoxins into your precious children. This book by Jenny mcCarthy is so user friendly and easy for the general public to understand.Another great website for more info is [...] by Dr Tinus Smits

5-0 out of 5 stars Great inspirational stories
Woah what a wonderful book...well worth the read...i learned alot...i work with a boy with autism and i learned so much from reading this book....very educational...

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and yet Hard to Read
This book will make you cry, make you laugh, give you HOPE.It is by far Jenny's most serious, wonderful, in-depth book to date.Even if you don't yet "buy into" medical or homeopathic treatments for autism, this will give you something to chew on.Something to go "Hmmmm....maybe if it works for that child, it could work for..."It is a very good read!!Just heartbreaking in parts. You'll love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ . . . I'm a new fan of Jenny McCarthy!
Five Stars
A Must Read

If you have a child, plan to have a child or are a new grandparent, this book is a must read. I loved it. Of course I loved it, it reiterates everything I've been saying for years.

Vaccines cause Autism. Stories from the trenches. Stories from real parents who watched their child regress and get worse. Children who were doing well, on schedule, talking, walking and eating are suddenly autistic. Loved this book.

From the introduction:

Like many of you and like some of my colleagues, I'm extremely concerned about what has caused the tremendous increase in autism and related disorders over the past decade. The presumption that doctors are much better at diagnosis is absurd and unscientific. (I know I am not 400 to 800 percent smarter than I was years ago.) The truth is that we ahve to look harder at what happens when we directly and repeatedly inject toxic materials into babies, toddlers and children. The benefits for most healthy children are easily matched or outweighed by the risks of the immunization schedule used by almost all pediatricians. Some of our vaccines have outlived their usefulness in the United States and elsewhere, and other need reformulation to make them safer for those families who want their children to recieve them. Additionally, pediatricians and the medical community at large have to begin listening very closely to parents who know their children better than we do. . .
Jay N. Gordon, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UCLS Medical Center
Former Senior Fellow in Pediatric Nutrition, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute

That said most of it right there in the intro, but the book goes on to detail the stories of actual parents who once believed in the vaccine industry and no longer trust the entire medical establishment based on the guilt they feel from not knowing more about vaccines and accepting that they "should" do what they are told to do.

One chapter is called "Canaries in the Coal Mines" and echoes what many have been saying all along - if our children are this sick and our aging generations are being taken down by ALS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and more, what does that mean for US as we age and produce children?

It means we're toxic folks. More toxic than in any other time in history. We have decades on decades of toxins in us. We cannot escape it any longer and our children are paying the price.

If you don't believe in the danger of vaccines, this book is a great place to start. If you already know about the danger of vaccines, this book is a great read and will make you cry. If you have a child with autism, this book will provide a portion of hope that your child can get better through DAN! protocols. And no, this is not a sales pitch for DAN!, that just happens to be what has worked for most of the mothers in the book. Diet change, vitamins, supplements and in some cases chelation. Simple things that will not hurt your child, so why not try them!

Loved this book, am a new fan of Jenny McCarthy and still scratch my head at the people who don't see the facts right in front of their face.

Five stars.
A must read.
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8. Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy's Open Book
by Jenny McCarthy, Neal Karlen
Paperback: 240 Pages (1997-11)
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She's telegenic, brash, witty and spirited. And now she's starring in a new sitcom as part of NBC's Nielsen-bursting "Must See TV" lineup, plus she has her own smash-hit variety show on MTV.She is Jenny McCarthy -- the "It"Girl of the '90s -- and this is a look at her wild life via her "diary."

Welcome inside the crazy world of Hollywood, sudden stardom and rabid fandom in this heavily photographed, illustrated and designed "diary." An intimate peek inside the mind of the woman People named as one of the 25 Most Intriguing of the year, Jen-X showcases Jenny's offbeat wit, skewed sensibility and gentle wisdom -- traits that have already won her legions of fans and admirers.

The second of four daughters born to a housewife and a steel-plant foreman on Chicago's blue-collar South Side, McCarthy left college and made a cold call to the Playboy offices in the Windy City, becoming 1994's Playmate of the Year.From Singled Out to her highly rated MTV sketch-comedy show to her NBC sitcom, McCarthy is a star on the rise, with not a hint of an end in sight as to how high she'll go.

Vividly capturing all of the day-to-day drama, romance, heartbreak, action and humor of being Jenny, and filled with loads of wild new photographs specially commissioned for this book, Jen-X, like the woman herself, is headed straight for the top.Amazon.com Review
This book will chat your ear off, one gal pal to another. Arranged like a high-spirited scrapbook of quips and rapidly dispensed disclosures, Jen-X is somewhat of a surprise. In this completely entertaining tell-all, Jenny McCarthy has indeed packaged herself as an open book. This is a tale enamored neither by ambition or success; it's a BH/AH memoir--before and after Hollywood--sometimes raucous, sometimes coolly self-assessing. It's loaded with brash magazine and MTV-style graphics, cute pictures raided from the family album, and zany cartoons of friends, freaks, and phobias.

Jenny McCarthy tells you about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, about dropping out of college, about her breast implants at the age of 18("I mean, isn't that the American dream? To purchase fine new breasts on credit?"). Her advice on dating ("Rule #1: Fart immediately") is nothing if not empirical; her lessons learned as a Playboy Bunny, candid withoutbeing self-pitying. She talks about her life with comic grit: "Instead of becoming a campus honey, I was a bratwurst queen who sold sausage sandwiches for minimum wage over the counter at a Polish delicatessen in the same neighborhood where I grew up as a friendless geek. At nineteen, I'd already been turned down by every modeling agency in Chicago...." If McCarthy weren't a celebrity, Jen-X would still be worth reading. It's pop culture chronicled through the eyes of a Gen-Xer--fresh, self-deprecating, and silly, like a fun-house mirror. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Whatever
I like Jenny, but I like her less after reading this book. Even though this book is a fun read and I did laugh, I have a really hard time with her chapter dedicated to her "regret" of getting breast implants. She always tries to come across as this typical girl next door with self esteem issues, talking about her moles and acne and wanting to look like the girls in Playboy when she was younger. She's made an entire career off her breasts, and then tries to convince us her breast implants were a mistake and doesn't know why she got them to begin with. In her book, she says her idols weren't Marilyn Monroe, but instead were Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. Several pages later, when she talks about the "good" doctor trying to convince her her natural breasts were fine and "perky," she says "perky was for Maryanne, I wanted to be Ginger." What? Isn't that a contradiction to what she said four pages earlier? She then went on to receive her DD implants, and goes on to become rich and famous Jenny McCarthy, who became Playmate of the Month, Playmate of the Year, several tv shows, guess appearances on other tv shows, movie appearances, magazine covers, posters, calendars, modeling contracts, commercials, books, etc., goes onto say that she doesn't know if her breast size got her all these things, because shes' "twenty three, I don't everything." Really? REALLY? Does she really think women are that stupid? Her breast size was the ONLY reason why all these things happened! Her comedy may have given her her staying power, but it's NOT what got her into Playboy--it was the size of her breasts. Her sense of humor doesn't come through at all in any of her glamor pics, but she sure does play up those DD's. Even on the cover of this book and most of her pics inside the book are clearly showing her breasts. She then talks about how she's getting her implants removed because after all her success, she was finally comfortable with the "real" Jenny. She did have her implants removed--however, she had them downsized to a smaller size. She still has implants. Use your breasts to get you what you want, then when everyone already knows who you are, get them removed. She goes on to tell women to not do it because it's "not worth it" and she felt "just as bad" about her self after she got implants. Right, because women with low self esteem that hate their implants pose for Playboy and become rich and famous. She then says to "wait until you're thirty, and then if you feel it's important, than go for it." Of course, she fails to mention how thirty is too late for women to start any kind of acting/modeling/singing career, and it's too late to try to become Playmate of the Month, especially Playmate of the Year. Why did she use her body to to get ahead, why didn't she do what other comediennes do, and do stand up and get booed out of clubs? Maybe it's because she's not all that talented after all, and her looks really are the only thing she's got going for her. Jenny, don't try to convince me you're that stupid. You know damn well what you're doing.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll never see another playmate review like this one...
Jenny McCarthy holds back nothing in telling how events in her life led
to her becoming Playmate-of-the-Year; nor about what's transpired since...

I thoroughly enjoyed being reminded that behind the glamor of a photoshoot
there are tons of incidental events to remind one that we're all human after all...

3-0 out of 5 stars Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy's Open Book
Product was a little more beat up than described, however this book was hard to find & I absolutely adore the honesty & entertainment of Jenny McCarthy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest book i've ever read
It tells us secrets about Jenny never evealed before.It's a little costly but well worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, with lots of detail.
I found the book to be a great information resource into her life and career start.The only thing I didn't like about the book was the out of order details, found to much jumping forward then back, or back thenforward, but other than that, I thought is was a great book and I stilllove jenny in a big way, she is the greatest. ... Read more

9. Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds
by Jenny Mccarthy
Kindle Edition: 272 Pages (2008-09-23)
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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 the covers of several magazines, including People. But what she hadn’t anticipated was the overwhelming response from other parents of autistic children, who sought her out to share their stories.No two autistic children heal in exactly the same way. And in her new book, Jenny expands her message to share recovery stories from parents across the country. Mother Warriors, shows how each parent fought to find her own child’s perfect “remedy of interventions” and teaches parents how to navigate safely through the many autism therapies.Along the way, Jenny shares her own journey as an autism advocate and mother as well as the progress of her son, Evan. Emotional and genuinely practical, Mother Warriors will inspire a generation of parents with hope. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful
This is a book about people who have dealt with what life has given them. It just makes sense to help a sick child. The last time I checked speech therapy did not cure chronic vomiting or chronic diarreah. Therapy helps these kids but should only be part of a comprehensive approach. Vaccines were made by man not God. Nothing comes without risk. Autism or not people have died from vaccines. Just look it up. Vaccines completely rely and play on the immune system so there remains a chance to overwork your immune system switchimg it into overdrive. Autistic individuals are notorious for having impaired immune systems. In the end I would rather treat both my childs medical issues as well as his educational needs. My child needs me to do this for him.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read
I never thought much of Jenny McCarthy before I started reading about her child's battle with autism and all she has done to help him. She's got a lot of determination! I, for one, have newfound respect for her and I think she has more respect for herself as a result of this turn of events in her life. I personally found reading the many stories in this book about parents with kids who have autism an interesting read. I know there are those who are against a biomedical approach to help heal children with autism, but it seems to work for some kids. There's not a whole lot of scientific evidence to back up all of her claims, but the parents' descriptions of the improvements they saw with their children is very compelling. Don't let the whole "Playboy bunny" thing keep you from reading this book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great
I'm not sure what the big deal is.All Jenny is saying is that they should take toxic materials OUT of vaccines...the last time I checked, that's a good thing.Also, she's not anti-vaccine, she just doesn't understand why so many vaccines are needed and why so soon, which makes sense.No doctor has been able to answer that.I mean a Hepatitis B vaccine after an infant is born?Why is that necessary?Also why the big jump from 10 vaccines to 36.I'm sorry but that IS scary.She's not telling people to stop vaccinating their kids, she's just saying space it out, ask questions.She's asking the CDC to take out harmful materials.If she's found other ways to cure her son, good for her.Not everyone agrees with pumping their kids full of drugs, etc.After all, all of these things have side effects.If you disagree with her, fine, go ahead and give your kids all their vaccines, follow the doctor's schedule EXACTLY.

1-0 out of 5 stars Desperate Mother's Book
Mothers must be so desparate to look to an uneducated ex-Playboy bunny for advice to heal their sick child.Your better off spending the time and money with Doctors and Therapists that are educated and trained to help you.

1-0 out of 5 stars A dangerous, dangerous book - and woman
The sheer ignorance of science and medicine that is CELEBRATED in this book is extremely frightening and dangerous for the health of America.To all of you who refuse to vaccinate your children -- your arrogance and ignorance is putting all of our children at risk!Just witness the recent rise in measles and mumps.

Folks, we are living in the middle ages."Mommy knowledge" does not trump science and medicine. Jenny has done a tremendous disservice to the country, and too her child, by supporting the quacks who mouth the anti-vaccination line.

Please, do not support her ignorance by buying this book. ... Read more

10. All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism
by Kim Stagliano
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2010-11-01)
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How one woman raises three daughters with autism, loses one atDisney World, stays married, has sex, bakes gluten-free, goes broke,and keeps her sense of humor."Dr. Spock? Check. Penelope Ann Leach (remember her?)?Check. What to Expect When You’re Expecting? Check. I had aseven hundred dollar Bellini crib for God’s sake! I was perfect. And sowas Mia when she was born . . ."

...and so begins Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoirof her family’s journey raising three daughters with autism.In these stories, Stagliano has joined the ranks of David Sedarisand Augusten Burroughs with her amazing ability to lay everythingon the table—from family, friends, and enemies to basementfloods to birthdays to (possible) heroin addictions—evisceratingand celebrating the absurd. From her love of Howard Stern toher increasing activism in the autism community and exhaustivesearch for treatments that will help her daughters, she covers it all.Always outspoken, often touching, and sometimes heartbreaking,Kim Stagliano is a powerful new voice in comedic writing—her“Kimoir” (as she calls it) will be a must-read within the autismcommunity and the literary world at large. 24 color photographs ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rich, Raw, and Real
Great "Kimoire."At least one laugh-out-loud surprise in every short chapter dancing over the dark undertones of anger and grief.I love the quip: "In Stagliano roulette, all the chambers are loaded." Been there, Kim. Thanks for opening up your life and sharing the highs and lows.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
I am only halfway through the book and I am in love!!!Every chapter so far has stirred up so many emotions in me. Happy, sad, amused, in awe...........As a parent of children with autism myself, I feel validated and understood.Kim, I expected something amazing from you and you did not disappoint!!Can't wait to finish it when the kids go to bed tonight.Great job, Super, Amazing, Rockstar, Warrior Mom!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air!!!!!!!!!!!
What a terrificly written memoir!I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates true candor, commonsense, and likes to literally laugh out loud!This book has already been chosen by my bookclub for the January book!Kudos to Kim Stagliano, well done!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars LOVED it!Wish it were longer!
I couldn't put this book down!I don't get too many things done in my days, but I managed to read this in a couple of them!This book made me laugh and cry....I only wish it were longer.There are very few books related to autism that can make you chuckle.:)

5-0 out of 5 stars Honest and engaging
Real and captivating. I recommend All I Can Handle for readers seeking a book they will not want to put down, and for parents who see themselves as advocates for their children. ... Read more

11. Playboy Magazine June 1994 (Playmate Of The Year Jenny McCarthy cover)
by Jenny McCarthy
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12. by Jenny Mccarthy (Author)Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance [Hardcover]
by Jenny Mccarthy (Author)
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13. Jenny McCarthy (Author) Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth (Hardcover)
by Jenny McCarthy (Author)
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14. Belly Laughs
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15. Playboy Magazine / September 1997 - Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson, Christopher Walken, Chris Farley
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PLAYMATE: Nikki SchielerCOVER: Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson (fold-out) - note that there are two displays, one with Pam on the front cover, one with Jenny.PICTORIALS: >Blonde Ambition- 12 pages (including 2 page back-to-back foldout) of Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy; Sports Babes- seven pages of babes who play around.INTERVIEW: Christopher Walken 20 Q: Chris FarleyPLAYBOY GALLERY: Model Meg Register (photo by Jean-Claude Maillard)PLAYMATE REVISITED: Karen VelezFEATURES: Pro Football Forecast by Danny Sheridan; humor, Cloning? I Don't Think Soby Joe Queenan; profile of Fred Goldman; Playmate News. 180 pages ... Read more

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17. Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood (Paperback)
by Jenny McCarthy (Author)
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18. Genesis Magazine January 1999 (She Loves To Lick It! Jenny McCarthy)
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19. Healing Our Autistic Children: A Medical Plan for Restoring Your Child's Health
by Julie A. Buckley
Paperback: 256 Pages (2010-01-05)
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Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with a disease on the autism spectrum. While the medical establishment treats autism as a psychiatric condition and prescribes behaviorally based therapies, Dr. Julie A. Buckley argues that it is a physiological disease that must be medically treated. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Don't start with this book
I feel for any parent raising a child on the autism spectrum - I am one of those parents.I would try anything to help my son and read everything I can on the subject.I found this book to be extremely unhelpful in my case.My son has NEVER exhibited any of the signs that this author says are evident among all children with autism (ex. constipation).This type of book is very frustrating to me as a parent because it makes such generalizations about all children when, in reality, kids on the autism spectrum can be quite different.My son is very physically healthy - has never had an ear infection or been on an antibiotic, and he has very normal bowel movements, etc.Yet, he is moderately autistic and the WFGF diet did not appear to make any change in him.This author makes you feel like you are less of a parent if you don't get on board with her way of doing things.Also, she seems to put much more emphasis on your child's diet than on the very real behavioral therapies that are out there.In my opinion, this is NOT a first book for any parent of a newly diagnosed autistic child.Do your research.

4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable tool
I never stop getting these books about the biomedical (especially dietary) approach to treating autism. Before I'm through I'll have a library full. HEALING OUR AUTISTIC CHILDREN is an extremely thorough tome on the subject, compared with some others, and a good starting point for a newly diagnosed child. My grandson was diagnosed with autism over 3 years ago. That time period was at the gray edge of the dark ages, when many pediatricians still didn't even know what it looked like, let alone what to tell the frightened parents to do about it. Since that time I've acquired enough knowledge on the subject of autism to get my honorary Ph.D. - but then, haven't we all? My daughter and I tried the biomedical approach right off the bat with Scott, and it made only a slight difference in his symptoms. Quite frankly, we can't even think about affording some of the treatments talked about in the book, and until there is a lot more empirical evidence supporting them, I am hesitant to comment on them. After failing with the dietary experiments, I was disappointed there hadn't been as dramatic an improvement as promised. And, frustratingly, I knew it could work in some cases. Take Tony for example.

My sister's nephew was diagnosed with autism almost 20 years ago - definitely the dark ages when you're talking about autism. His name is Tony (now 32) and his mother, Mary Callahan, an RN (then and still), was a pioneer in the dietary approach to the treatment of autism. She wrote a book about it all back in the '80s, FIGHTING FOR TONY (now out of print), where she laid it all bare: her struggles before and after the diagnosis, the already dysfunctional family made even more so, the complete lack of information or treatment options available at that time, being on her own and getting it right. If there had been more children affected by autism in the early '80s, anything even close to the numbers we see today, she would undoubtedly have been the Jenny McCarthy of an earlier generation. I remember her making the talk show rounds back then - Phil Donahue, Merv, the morning shows on all the stations (this was way before Oprah) telling about how Tony was cured by removing certain foods including milk from his diet, and about having to endure skepticism and derision from the medical community. Tony is now a DJ for a radio station in Maine, by the way. From what I understand he has "made it" in the world of neurotypicals, thanks to a mother willing to go head-to-head with the medical community.

So while I think the book HEALING OUR AUTISTIC CHILDREN is a great opening game plan for the family of any child diagnosed anywhere on the spectrum, I always have to say something to those families whose children will not, no matter what you do with the biomedical approach, respond to this type of treatment. I know first hand it CAN work, if your child has a sensitivity or allergy causing or aggravating his symptoms. But I also know if you have tried this approach and it does not help your child, you need to move on to the next treatment after careful research. If Tony, why not Scott? That is a question for this next generation of doctors, scientists, and most of all mother warriors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something for me to cling to now
My center of the universe, my daughter, was diagnosed with classic autism a year ago at the age of 3.Over this past year, we've seen tremendous gains with intensive ABA types of therapy and OT.But she still had severe receptive and expressive speech issues, sensory avoidance, and a complete lack of social interest (aside from Mommy and Daddy).

Two months ago, we went on the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free diet with the assistance of The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook (and this book, which I actually found to be sort of overwhelming, possibly extremist, and somewhat off-putting, so I caution others about it).Though I hadn't read it yet, the GFCF diet is the first step recommended by the author here.I had hoped it wouldn't work.A) Because the diet is so daunting and the work of caring for an autistic so great, why add to it?B) Because I would have felt guilty for not starting it immediately.C) Because it seemed sort of like quackery to me since so many dismissed it as pseudoscience and I'd always been a sort of establishmentarian.My husband too--since he was raised by two doctors.And D) because it seemed like my kid wouldn't have benefited anyways--she never had seizures (thank G-d) and didn't have the gut issues that so many other parents report to have cleared up by the diet.But the results of the GFCF diet have been no short of miraculous.DD is having conversations with me (albeit short ones), told her first joke, and is concentrating much more.Her OT told me that she was like a different person.We had one accident where I used a bit of soy milk in her soup which turned out to contain barley--two days later, she was throwing tantrums like I'd never seen, kept hitting herself and me on the head (something she'd never done before), and couldn't be calmed.

Now, in light of the clear, positive influence of the diet for my DD, I am just starting to explore biomedical options when I picked up Julie Buckley's book.It was alarming but reaffirming to read all the research (gathered together and attributed) that all point in the same logical direction -- we are toxifying our environment and this must have consequences somehow.While the author says that she avoids discussing the causes of autism, I like how she explained, in very accessible terms, how the biological processes can be interrupted by certain foreign substances and toxins.While I would have called her and her camp a quack a few years ago, now I can see that there is science behind the practices.And there is a growing anecdotal evidence that it is working.I liked that the author is passionate about what she was doing.But not without losing her scientific ability to think critically about her approaches.I was most touched by a passage where she described her giving a presentation to medical professionals about the research behind their approach and turned on the lights to have a crying psychiatrist say:"They told us there was no science in this.Why have I never seen this science before?"

Am I one of those parents who is clinging to some lifeboat for scant help?I can't say entirely that I am not--I don't know anymore.But I loved the book, I felt it was rational, and I will explore its therapies.I wish I had done it earlier.And I think it should be required reading by those working with ASD and parents.Thank you Dr. Buckley for trying to save our children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific!Thank you Dr. Julie Buckley for taking the time to write this book!
I purchased this book even after reading the reviews on Amazon (which I rely much on) and thank goodness I did!We have been doing biomedical for my daughter, now 6, for 3 years and we have dedicated our lives to help heal the damage in her body; aka: autism.This book puts the "biomedical treatment for autism" into perspective for many of those parents that are unsure of what it really means.And by saying that, biomedical simply put is medicine that seeks for origination of symptoms...the cause(s) on a molecular level vs. western medicine's need to treat symptoms, w/o seeking the core cause.

Throughout these past years I've heard thousands of opinions and excuses from many parents.It's what I call the "Great Divide" in the Autism community.It's unfortuate seeing that we're all just trying desperately to do what we can for our children.From my perspective, the lack of information and the so called "costs" always are the forefront of these battles.

I know many children who have benefited and recovered from autism through the biomedical route.Dr. Buckley explains in her book the whys and hows and whats, etc of the treatments involved.The problem (I myself wouldn't call it a prolem, but alas the problem...) with biomedical treatments for autism is that THE parents actually have to DO THE WORK themselves!Meaning, they have to research, read, read, read, and dedicate their lives to that child (children).They have to change their whole way of thinking, change their lifestyle completely and dedicate their life to their child.To me, that's a no brainer.I've given up so much, but who wouldn't...right????Well, that's the question of the day.

Then they have to educate their own doctor about these treatments....(that's another battle in itself for some people!)Before autism, there is not many people who are put in a position of having more knowledge then their doctor which can cause much friction in itself.Although, I'm fortunate to have found a wonderful and understanding pediatricion, it's not the norm unfortunately.

This book is remarkable because Dr. Buckley patiently, exquisitely and without holding back puts the treatment for autism in a matter a fact compilation that has even motivated me to keep going!(I say that because we all need motivation at some point!)

Biomedical science is hard and complicated and not so "fun" to read or understand.That is common knowledge.I would go out on a limb and say that about 95% of physicians - family practice physicians, do not even understand this stuff.But up until the last 10-15 years, they really didnt have the need of understanding.All they would have to do was test, and send the patient off to a specialist.But what specialist do you send your child to when the affliction of issues ranges the gamut on specialties???I know that I've seen specialists whom I was not even aware of the specialty prior to being referred to them...really!We have been to almost every specialist known to the medical world.This is the problem...you see.In order to effectively treat autism you have to see a doctor who has had the training in almost all specialties.That's an almost impossible feat!Well actually it's not.

The DAN approach (Defeat Autism Now) is a huge group of physicians, specialists, nutritionalists, and parents that have come together and shared their work & research w/each other and with the world.How many times in history have you ever heard of such a collaboration brought together INDEPENDANTLY by so many well educated, well minded individuals?YOUR HAVE NOT!

So this is where I implore parents and individuals who have an opportunity to help these kids....do the homework, do the research, and read, read, read.

Read this book, lol!It's a must read for parents dealing w/autism.I have read over 100 books in the last three years (I'm not exaggerating), and I've never written a review for a book prior to giving this review.
Dr. Julie Buckley puts the scary, intimidating and sorely misunderstood biomedical treatments for autism in an easy and funny format ANYONE could wrap their heads around.

This is common sense stuff and the more you LEARN and EDUCATE yourself about this area of medicine, you too will respect the efforts that this doctor and so many other doctors, scientists and specialists have given for our children and helping us find the causes and treatments for our precious children.

How could we possibly ignore that?

Besides, where else are you gonna get medical advice and education for $12?!?!?

3-0 out of 5 stars Good place to start
Healing Our Autistic Children is a good book to start a discussion. There are several problems that I will not go over again as several other reviewers have already mentioned them. Suffice to say that I do not agree that this is the end all, be all cure for autism.
The authors do not acknowledge that there are many causes of autism, and therefore many approaches to handling it'
But there are suggestions for diet changes and suppliments that might be easy to try and see if it works for your child.
I feel that there are parents who are going to be brought to tears by the assertive, aggressive manner used here. Take heart! There truly are many answers. This is simply one book, read another one!
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20. Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy
by Andrew J. Wakefield
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2010-05-24)
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Andrew Wakefield reveals the the inside story of the vaccine-autism connection, and his controversial research.As Andrew Wakefield states in his prologue, “If autism does not affect your family now, it will. If something does not change—and change soon—this is almost a mathematical certainty. This book affects you also. It is not a parochial look at a trivial medical spat in the United Kingdom, but dispatches from the battlefront in a major confrontation—a struggle against compromise in medicine,corruption of science, and a real and present threat to children in the interests of policy and profit. It is a story of how ‘the system’ deals with dissent among its doctors and scientists.”

In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinalinflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Wakefield lost his job in London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country of birth, his career, and his medical license. A recent General Medical Councilruling stated that he was “dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain of children.” Maligned by the medical establishment and mainstream media, Wakefield endeavors to set the record straight in Callous Disregard. While explainingwhat really happened, he calls out the organizations and individuals that are acting not for the sake of children affected by autism, but in their own self-interests. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Junk science rides again.
I have nothing more to add to the well reasoned criticisms of this book. Read the other One Star reviews.
I only want to say this. How does Dr. Wakefield explain my own autistic son who exhibited clear symptoms of the disorder before ever receiving ANY vaccinations of any kind?And what about all the autistic children before there were MMR vaccines? Oh, I forgot. Before we had medical science to blame, we blamed it on bad mothering. I wonder what the next generation will blame it on. Back to demonic posession, perhaps.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned witch-hunt . . .
The whole Wakefield situation can be summed up by a saying from one of the greatest minds of recent millenia, Voltaire:"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong"

4-0 out of 5 stars Vaccination Confusion
This book is well worth reading especially if you are the parent of an Autistic child. It is good to hear both sides of the vaccination story and be able to make your own judgement. Dr Wakefield is not anti-vaccination but is against the 3 in one jab for small children who do not have an immune system to cope with this. With the emphasis on safety in the Industrial World it's a shame the Medical side of things can't follow suit. I would imagine that should a single Measles shot be available then many more parents would take up this option in an attempt to protect their child either way. I cannot see Pharmaceutical companies changing back to individual doses as this would amount to an admission of a problem.

4-0 out of 5 stars The paper, the children, the medical school, and the medical council behind a controversy
Especially since there exists significant controversy surrounding this book, as a reviewer my focus is to help the potential reader of this book understand the content rather than argue about matters that have little to nothing to do with the actual scope of this book. In reading some of the reviews here, as well as the great amount of comments that have been submitted in response to these reviews (especially shortly after book release), it is apparent that some have not actually read this book, and the reader of this review can rest assured that this reviewer has read the entire content (an action which is aligned with his consistent policy to do so prior to submitting any review).

In pursuing possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, these events concluded with Wakefield losing his position in the Department of Medicine at London's Royal Free Hospital as well as his license to practice medicine in the UK. Because of the complexity of the events leading up to these ends, it is difficult for any review of this size to give this book justice. The first chapter discusses the original paper written by physicians (among them Wakefield) at the Royal Free Hospital and subsequently published in "The Lancet" (the self-described "world's leading general medical journal and specialty journals in Oncology, Neurology and Infectious Diseases") in 1998 entitled "Ileal lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis and pervasive developmental disorder in children".

This paper discussed "clinical findings in 12 children with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) occurring in association with a mild-to-moderate inflammation of the large intestine...accompanied by swelling of the lymph glands in the intestinal lining...predominantly in the last part of the small intestine". At the same time, parents of 9 (8 in the original paper) of the 12 ended up indicating that onset of ASD symptoms occurred following exposure to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. As explained by the author, the seemingly small number of 12 reflects the nature of a "case series", of which this original paper was the first. Wakefield sites Hennekens and Buring's "Epidemiology in Medicine" explanation of case series - "the experience of a single patient or group of patients with a similar diagnosis" that "may lead to formulation of a new hypothesis". May. The discussion continues by indicating that an analytic study can then be performed to investigate possible causal factors. The case study itself is not designed to investigate possible causality.

No hypothesis was stated in the paper, and because of this there is no hypothesis to test. The paper simply indicated that the authors "did not prove an association between measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described" and that "further investigations are needed to examine this syndrome and its possible relation to the vaccine". If it were not for the seriousness of this topic, the dialogue between medical school dean Zuckermann and the press, the proceedings at the General Medical Council, and the nature of many of the myths surrounding this controversy and the resultant misinformation that has resulted would be rather amusing. Wakefield is very exhaustive in his presentation, so be prepared for one of the most dense texts written for a general audience that you have ever read. While some portions of the text can be difficult to follow at times, the common themes that run throughout enable readability.

In addition to a thorough discussion of the original case series paper, the children involved in the case series paper, the effort to terminate vaccine safety research, the press briefing following case series paper publication, the events surrounding the distancing of the editor and the other authors from the case series paper, and the General Medical Council (GMC) proceedings, Wakefield provides pertinent historical information in the concluding chapters of this book that might be of interest to some readers, especially since context can help provide additional perspective to a topic that has increasingly become more controversial in recent years due to the apparent increase in autism, the desire to discover causes in order that autism might be treated, and the conflicts of interest that reside within and between some of the parties involved in this debate.

While the author provides a historical backdrop throughout this book, it is not until chapter nine that he discusses to any significant degree events prior to the last 15 years. This reviewer paused when he read the first sentence of the tenth chapter, where the author stated that he has "often wondered where autism might be today had it not fallen into the hands of child psychiatrists". While a new syndrome, "dementia infantilis", later called Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD), was described in 1908 within the "Journal for Research and Treatment of Juvenile Feeblemindedness", it was not until 1943 that child psychiatrists first laid claim to autism (and readers may recall recent reports in the media that indicate ASD will continue to be listed in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-5) set to be published in a couple years).

Wakefield also provides an examination of the diagnosis process, urging alongside other researchers to standardize studies on comprehensive neurological and medical investigation, because autism rates cannot be compared across studies without regard to statistical sample or comprehensiveness. In the words of Wakefield, "it took a group of gastroenterologists to recognize the significance of these symptoms, not through some preternatural wisdom, but through the diligent application of their training. A new syndrome was described and the findings replicated around the world. Erasure from the Medical Register is a small price to pay for the privilege of working with affected families".

5-0 out of 5 stars Great to hear Andrew's side of the story
I found this book most helpful in understanding what Andrew Wakefield discovered and what happened as a result of publishing his findings. It astounds me that findings as big as a link between MMR vaccine and autism have not been taken seriously enough to cause governments stop using it. However it boils down to money in the end, big pharmaceutical companies with big profits and it all comes at the cost of our children. Good on Andrew for having the bravery to speak out and long may your voice be heard! ... Read more

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