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Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism [Audio Cassette]

Jenny McCarthy , Tavia Gilbert
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Oct. 1 2007
On the morning Jenny McCarthy discovered her two-year-old son Evan having a seizure, her life turned upside down. From being the mother of an average toddler she was suddenly thrown into a world of turmoil. As doctor after doctor misdiagnosed his symptoms, Evan suffered many harrowing, life-threatening episodes. Then, one amazing doctor recognized the truth. Evan was autistic. Desperate, but relieved to finally have a diagnosis, Jenny didn't know what to do or where to go for guidance. Alone, and without any resources - except for her unshakable determination to help her son - Jenny soon realized that she'd have to become a detective if she was ever going to be able to help her son.She embarked on a frantic search for guidance and information, and spoke with many doctors, nurses, parents, government agencies and private foundations. Essentially, she earned a Ph. D. in 'Google research'. Eventually, she discovered the groundbreaking program that became the key to helping Evan. Deeply moving, and at times heartbreaking, in "Louder Than Words" Jenny McCarthy reveals more than the winning formula that worked for her son. Here she tells of the remarkable, sometimes harrowing, journey of discovery they took together. She shares the frustrations and joys of raising an autistic child and creates a road map for concerned parents. She also shows how, with love and determination, parents may be able to shape their child's destiny and their future happiness.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Jenny McCarthy was born in Chicago. She was a glamour model and MTV presenter before working as a film and tv actress. She has written a number of New York Times bestsellers which focus on her experiences of motherhood. She lives with her son Evan in California. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars loving mom, or lunatic? Oct. 17 2009
By frodo
I picked up this book with great anticipation, it having been recommended to me by a friend -- but I was not only disappointed, I was appalled. Let me say first that I do not doubt McCarthy's love for and devotion to her son, and it is great that he is doing so well. But McCarthy comes across in this book as an out-of-control, angry know-it-all. She insults well-intentioned health care workers left and right, calling them idiots and a-holes. She touts her own great "instincts", yet she also admits she was in total denial about her son's disability, even to the point of having a caregiver fired because that person dared to raise red flags about the boy. Clearly McCarthy's instincts are NOT infallible, so it becomes extraordinarily irritating to read page after page of profanity-laced descriptions of her berating and condemning people who were trying to help her and her son. She was the one acting like a demented lunatic, yet she insults everyone else for not listening to her. It is quite likely that her husband was glad to be rid of her, yet she condemns him too, for not meeting HER needs. This book reads like a "vent" by McCarthy, which all of us need from time to time -- but then the writer must step back and write from a more measured perspective so as to avoid coming across like a nut bar. This book lacks a strong editor's hand; perhaps the temptation to sell yet another Jenny McCarthy book was just too great.

McCarthy may be a loving mom, but she is also a kook. Don't buy this book. The dozens of copies available new and used should tell you all you need to know: those who bought it are regretting doing so.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The intention was good but misleading Aug. 1 2010
As a healthcare professional and a person that worked as a behaviour therapist for autistic children for 2 years before going into nursing I took great offence to some parts of Jenny McCarthy's book. I completely understand her frustration with the healthcare system, continuity of care, not having things fully explained by doctors; I can empathize with the deep sadness she felt with her son's diagnosis of autism and the breakdown of her marriage but while I think it's good that she promotes being an advocate for your child many of the conclusions that she draws and the advice that she gives is misleading and ill-informed. It upset me that she is openly verbally abusive to some of the doctors she encounters because she is frustrated and then justifies it because she is a worried parent.

Additionally throughout the book she confuses correlations with causation. While two things may occur together, like height and weight or age and balding this does not necessarily mean that one is causing the other. Similarly, I think it's dangerous the way her activism has resulted in a decline in vaccines which has ultimately resulting in an increase in measles, mumps and rubella ([...]). I understand that when her child was diagnosed with autism she, as many parents do, went in search of an answer, something that happened that could have triggered the diagnosis. What she focuses on in the book is vaccines. There are many possible environmental causes as well as genetic causes that could result in autism. It is misleading to come to the conclusion that because she had a bad feeling when her son got vaccinated and the symptoms began occurring after the immunization that the vaccine likely caused it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very useful. But, a good read. Jan. 14 2008
I wouldn't recommend this book first if you are starting out in researching autism and it's effects. Although Jenny's story is scary as hell for a parent, it spends too much of the time on the pain (about 3/4 of the beginning of the book) and not enough on the brighter side of Evan's recovery. The misleading part is that it's not a cure, having done a ton of research on the topic myself, she has to work daily at maintaining Evan's equilibrium (yeast, probiotics, Omega's, vitamins). I'd recommend 'Understanding Autism for Dummies' or '10 Things Every Child With Autism Wish You Knew' as a first read. Save this book for later on when you've collected your own facts.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the first book I would read..... Sept. 27 2007
By mamma10
On the back cover of the book is the sentence "the first book you should read!".
Ok.....my kid has autism. He was diagnosed 6 months ago. Thank god this wasn't the first book I read. 90% of the book deals with Jenny's hatred of the system and her own personal feelings going through the autism world. She barely touches on the treatments that she used for her son other than the GFCF diet. So there isn't really much info in this book that is going to help a parent of a newly diagnosed child.
Having said that, it is a poignant and well written book that speaks for what a lot of parents go through when their kids are first diagnosed. It is a difficult struggle, especially for the moms and Jenny makes that abundently clear.
I would recommend it but not necessarily as the first book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Valuable Book! Aug. 13 2013
This is truly a great book with a lot of important information. I see that some other reviewers are horrified by Jenny's opinion so they gave her a bad rating. People need to understand that all these methods worked for HER child. She clearly states in the book that it very well may not work for every child with autism. No one has the right too judge her on her treatment plan, especially when it works!

I found this book to be very sad and heart-breaking. I was happy to see a nice outcome at the end. I do agree with many of her views as I have witnessed firsthand how diet changes can help conditions like this! And I do plan on doing a lot more research before I give my baby on the way too many vaccines. I am a Vet Tech and have very detailed courses in immunology so I do know the important of vaccines. But, I also do know that too much mercury is bad so I will be researching each vaccine very carfeully.

I hope Jenny does keep fighting for more research like she says! I do hope the government does come out with a test to ensure children have a strong enough immune system before they do receive too many vaccines. (I wonder if there has a been a study done with breast-milk versus formula and immune systems?) Anyways, this is a great read and I recommend this book to EVERYONE, whether you have kids or not! And ignore the reviews on here on bitter people that just don't simply agree with her views; it's pathetic that people can't give others opinions a chance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I truly enjoyed this book. I didn't want to put it down. Jenny McCarthy took me on a journey where I felt her pain, fear and worry and through it all she kept me laughing, even... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2011 by Sandy Bucholtz - Author, Letters From Heaven Love Mom xo
1.0 out of 5 stars emotional diatribe
any book without an index is poor .as parents of our son joseph who is overcoming the challenge of autism,we prefer facts not a drama queen who pretends that she is the first... Read more
Published on July 2 2008 by Harry Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and Empowering
I read this book to learn more about autism and I'm glad I did. I just could not stop reading it. The story is heartbreaking and empowering at the same time. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2007 by lan
5.0 out of 5 stars Louder Than Words
This book is inspiring and tells what many parents go through in searching for a cure for their autistic child. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2007 by Nicole Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes the Son!
When Evan McCarthy was 2, he suffered from severe convulsions. The medications he was given caused false positives in that his behavior was described as violent and psychotic. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2007 by BeatleBangs1964
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and empowering at the same time
I read this book to learn more about autism and I'm glad I did. I just could not stop reading it. The story is heartbreaking and empowering at the same time. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2007 by 13
4.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes the Son!
When Evan McCarthy was 2, he suffered from severe convulsions. The medications he was given caused false positives in that his behavior was described as violent and psychotic. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2007 by BeatleBangs1964
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