Jenny McCarthy: “My Story Of Evan’s Recovery Is Not Unique”

Jenny McCarthy: "My Story Of Evan's Recovery Is Not Unique"

Activist mama Jenny McCarthy is partnering with the world’s top-selling kitchen appliance, the Magic Bullet® blender, to launch the Blue Limited Edition Magic Bullet® specifically designed for her charitable organization Generation Rescue.

An outspoken advocate for children with autism, Jenny tells Celebrity Baby Scoop that her unofficial role as the celebrity spokesperson on the topic is nothing short of a blessing.

Anytime you can do something that serves the greater good and make a difference, you should act,” the mom-of-one says. “So, what I thought was a hardship in my life, I now see as a blessing because I can reach so many people.”


The best-selling author says a portion of the proceeds from the Blue Limited Edition Magic Bullet® will go directly to families with autism.

“Our partnership with Magic Bullet® allows us to leverage its worldwide popularity to generate funding for Generation Rescue’s programs that provide education, support and access to medical services for families with autism,” she says.

Jenny’s son Evan, 9, was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 ½-years-old. The single mom has publicly spoken about the possible link between childhood vaccinations and autism. She is also well-known for saying that children can “recover” from autism.

Has the community embraced her since Evan’s recovery — and her controversial statement?

My story of Evan’s recovery is not unique, there are thousands of parents before me whose shoulders I stand on today,” Jenny says. “I’m just as active today as when Evan recovered from autism. I still travel the country lecturing on autism, am the president and board member of Generation Rescue and actively fundraise throughout the country for the foundation. My journey now is for the other parents whose voice hasn’t been heard.

What’s up next for the blonde beauty? “I’m currently developing my own talk show and writing my next book titled Sinner,” she says.

Be sure to check out Magic Bullet® and Generation Rescue on Facebook for more information.

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  1. Louise

    Oh, can’t this woman ever shut up? She’s definitely not serving the ‘greater good’ because she makes parents unhappy whose children suffer from REAL autism, that CANNOT be healed. I feel for those people!

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    • Anonymous

      Agreed!

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      • Anne

        ME TOO!

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        • Anonymous

          And me!

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          • Steve

            Obviously you haven’t spent more than 3 minutes looking into this. Because if you had you would find there are 10s of thousands of cases of it being reversed including two of my best friends daughters. So how about you shut up and keep watching your pig pharma supported TV news stations dumb sht

          • stilguilty

            Hey Steve,

            Why is it that people like YOU who’s REAL agenda is with the ‘big bad pharma companies’ are ALWAYS so quick to resort to name calling and just in general nasty words? You think everything is a conspiracy.
            What do YOU know about autism? Because you’ve heard a couple of anecdotal stories you think you’re an expert?

          • Bill Smith

            If the government lies about wars, Agent Orange, 9/11, Waco, TWA 800, and they have hidden the fact cancer has been cured and that Aids was created in a lab, and the fact they have tested the people of the USA many times by dumping things on their towns and what about the fluoride lie? What about JFK? Yo believe what the government said about that? The congressman and senators conspire shit all the time. I think you people can’t deal with the truth and the truth is the government lies most of the time. Priests have lied. Teachers have lied and you would trust them over a politician. Politcians have a cushy job and really don’t want to get up at 6 a.m. and put shingles on houses or weld or drive a truck. if someone gave you a cushy job making $100,000 and all the perks you might suck cock to keep the job.

          • Anonymous

            Wow. How do you tie your shoelaces without accusing them of being Martian spies? Go Google the phrases “common sense” and “Occham’s Razor.”

          • Anonymous

            Polly want a cracker?

            Oh look! Bobble heads!!

    • Anonymous

      How do you know it cannot be healed? There are numerous and legitimate cases of autism that have been reported where the autistic individual lost their diagnosis. I also fail to see where she said that she has “cured” her son, only recovered him to the point where he no longer has an autism diagnosis.

      See a lot of hate-mongering here, though. What a shame.

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      • Anonymous

        Yes, but Autistic children often show a rapid stage of development in the preschool years. This is typical of the progression of Autism in many children and there is no evidence to suggest it is in any way tied to diet, supplements or any other way that Jenny claims to have “recovered” her son. Autistic children often progress, sometimes even to the point of losing their diagnosis in rare lucky cases- particularly when funds are used to support early intervention…. and not wasted on quackery. Jenny is a purveyor of misinformation and a danger to public health.

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        • Anonymous

          And without access to his medical records, you are simply speaking from ignorance.

          “Jenny is a purveyor of misinformation and a danger to public health.”

          Your opinion has been noted. Thanks for sharing

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          • Bill Smith

            The thing is if they put mercury in vaccines I can guarantee you that the babies would be affected on many different levels. Some would be very mild to severe. Some would heal some would not. But the question is do vaccines do anything? They claim vaccines kill more children than it helps. You have to understand that you get a small does of the disease and your body becomes immune to the disease. That’s how it supposed to work, but some it will kill. It’s a fact that hormones in milk make kids develop faster. But when you go to a doctor and he says take these pills and you are pregnant are you going to take the risk? A doctor might not have anymore concern about you than the man in the moon. I think most are drug pushers. I mean you can cure lots of things with vinegar, and oxygen, but have you ever had a doctor prescribe you vinegar? They always give you pills and if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant DON’T TAKE THE PILLS.

          • Anonymous

            When there was mercury in vaccines it was less then the amount in a tuna sandwich. The took it out but strangely there was no drop in autism maybe because mercury didnt cause it. If it did she should be against tuna not vaccines

        • Julie Leonardo

          I understand what you are saying, however I know people whose children were not diagnosed until much later and who were NOT making progress. When the parents tried different interventions, the child progressed wonderfully. Other families do their own trials to verify whether or not the child is progressing because of the treatments. When they stop the supplement the child regresses, when they start it back up, the child improves. Some parents I know chart so methodically that they can predict whether a certain food will cause a problem or not. Eat the food, the child stims like crazy. Remove the food from the diet, and no more stimming. Each child is different, and “autism” is caused by many different things.

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      • Bill Smith

        I think a lot of people have Autistic children and they were lied to and their children are screwed up and they don’t have the nerve to load the .357 and pay the doctor a visit who prescribed the pills.

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    • Julie Leonardo

      My daughter was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth and then got the Autism diagnosis two years ago. I have done some of the things that Jenny has recommended and she has gained so much ground because of them. She still has a long way to go and is still moderately autistic, but I am so proud of her and how far she’s come. All of you guys insist that the kids that recover aren’t really autistic. How do you know? Because they recovered, because REAL autism isn’t curable. Well that’s ridiculous logic. The Plague was incurable. That is, until they could cure it with antibiotics. And how would you know if your child had Real Autism or the Facsimile of Autism? Seems to me the only way to know is if you actually try to do some of these things. Because let me tell you this. If, hypothetically, your child doesn’t really have autism, just something that looks like it, and you do nothing because of your own silly assumptions? Shame on you! You should do whatever it takes within reason and safely to help your child to be the healthiest and happiest they can be. If you don’t because some doctor told you it was impossible to cure autism, then you have really been had. And NOBODY promised you or any of us, including people like Jenny, that your child would be fully recovered. What we call Autism is really caused by a lot of things, and maybe, just maybe there may be a true “Autism” out there that is genetic. However you will never know unless you try to DO something for crying out loud. It’s so infuriating. She doesn’t give false hope. If you choose not to hope or do anything, that’s your prerogative. But to deny others the right to find out for themselves because you don’t like it, well too bad. Many children are thriving because of her. And don’t blame her for people not vaccinating. That’s their choice. She’s pro safe vaccines, not anti vaccine. But you would know that if you actually listened to her instead of making broad assumptions. Gah, I have to go before I flip my lid……

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      • Heather Stafford

        Amen Julie!

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      • Erika

        “If, hypothetically, your child doesn’t really have autism, just something that looks like it, and you do nothing because of your own silly assumptions? Shame on you! You should do whatever it takes within reason and safely to help your child to be the healthiest and happiest they can be. If you don’t because some doctor told you it was impossible to cure autism, then you have really been had.”

        AMEN a thousand times over!!! You stated that so well, Julie! As a parent you do what you gotta do… the diagnosis be damned! Much love from a fellow mom who has a child with DS.

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        • Taximom5

          Thank heaven for voices of reason like Julie’s and Erika’s!!!!

          My child was diagnosed by FIVE different doctors as having autism (we didn’t want to believe it, so kept hoping for a different diagnosis). He also had documented severe reactions to vaccines.

          Fast-forward to the next decade, and after first a GFCD diet, and then just a GF diet (heavy on veggies, fruits, and organic meats/fish, low on junk food), and various non-mainstream approaches (and avoiding further vaccines), and he has lost the diagnosis. He has friends, gets straight As in school (with no support!), he is a black belt in martial arts, he is a gifted musician.

          Not one “expert” we saw believe that this was possible.

          There are those who will sneer, and say, “oh, he never had autism to begin with.”

          WHO CARES? He obviously had SOMETHING that affected brain/development, and that something, in his case, was clearly triggered by vaccines. I don’t care what you call it. What I care about is that I have my son back after all.

          What is more important to you? Labeling a child with a “syndrome” that exonerates you from all responsibility for its cause because you insist that there is no known cause, or admitting what caused it and getting to work fixing it?

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      • Lisa Adams

        Very Well said, Julie Leonardo!

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    • meadowbrook

      Jenny represents thousands of parents’ stories, and I know I speak for MANY of them when I say THANK YOU to Jenny for speaking up. She has been through so much with Evan, and has spent the better part of her parenthood years trying to help him. If it wasn’t for her efforts, many children with autism spectrum disorders would be in more pain and suffering. Try to look at her plight through the eyes of the children and parents whose lives have been changed for the better because of her bravery. She may not be able to help your child, but that should not undermine what she has done for myriad others.

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    • diane farr

      Louise and all you that agree, I’m sorry your child has not been helped from treatment and I’m sorry you have an autistic child. You might be on of those that embrace and love the disease. Jenny may not be “mother Theresa” but you can’t judge her because she does not wish to embrace seizures as a precious quirk of her child. That is very rude and selfish of you to wish autism on children who have been recovered. You are preventing greater good by telling moms like Jenny and I to shut up. Maybe your child would benefit from you doing a little research as opposed to blogging.

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    • Bopsocks

      Amen to that, Louise!

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    • Bill Smith

      What about everything else that people talk about? This Autism nedds to be discussed and people who made the vaccines should be arrested. But it would be like arresting George Bush for knowing about 9/11 in advance. Our country is controlled because we let politicians make all the decisions. The founding fathers gave us a screwed government. What we need is intelligent people vote and this way the Jews can’t control our politicians anymore. We need to vote as citizens whether to get rid of Federal Reserve. Whether we want war. Whether we want to keep allowing illegals into this country? Whether we should really stop drugs from entering this country. If they started executing drug dealers it would stop it. How would the people vote on giving away 360 billion of their dollars? How would the people vote on allowing corporations to pay no taxes? Howwould the people vote on giving away hundreds of billions of their tax dollars to rogue countries like Israel? How would the people vote on whether we need 1.8 million troops all over the world? Hopefully when they allw the Mossad to commit the next attack that people will make the politicians pay and shoot them all as they try to enter their mountain resorts. Maybe 200,000 Cops will be killed and the rest quit so the patriots can really do a number on the bastards who have destroyed this country. In Europe you had Kings the Jews got rid of the Kingdoms. The perfect government is citizens will serve for free for acertain time and then back to civilian life. Governments don’t work even with checks and balances. Because the citizens at nowhere in the checks and balances had a vote. Government can’t police itself even if you had 20 branches. In fact it would make it harder, because you can’t ever change it. The problem the founding fathers were rich. Just because they were wealthy they got to decide.

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    • Robert

      I would say that the stuff she went through with her son, is some pretty real autism! She is at least getting off her butt and trying to do good. I do not know her or have any connection to her, but I feel sorry for all the real parents who have to read comments like yours.

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      • Ann

        Well I am a real parent, and don’t buy into Jenny’s crusade…it has her ego written all over it. I am autistic and so is my middle child, and I find it offensive that this woman keeps harping on about the likes of me and many having the potential to ‘recover’ or to be ‘cured’.

        I atleast do my research, and cannot see where she is coming from. I have consumed a GFCF diet for most of my life, just because I am health-conscious, and yet I still have my traits. Was I past age of intervention?

        Anyway, I am all for people using their fame to make a good point, but not buying it from Jenny, I feel her agenda has alot to do with her pushing this claptrap to its peak.

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  2. Em

    I completely agree with the above comments. I teach young children with autism and so many of my parents hang on this irresponsible woman’s every word! Autism cannot be cured though some children are so high functionining (or misdiagnosed) it is difficult to spot. Austism has a strong genetic component – I can’t tell you how many times I have suspected a parent was on the spectrum. Autism may be triggered by environmental agents but there is no evidence that vaccines are one of them. I will continue to vaccinate my 5 month old son. Although I do spread out his vaccines it has nothing to do with autism.

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  3. Anonymous

    Please stop giving this woman a platform to spew her dangerous, damaging ideas. She is a menace to society. Giving her attention makes this blog complicit in the damage she is doing.

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    • Minka

      Very right & very true!

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    • Anonymous

      I’m not from the United States originally, but I do believe that everyone has the right to express their opinions here, yes?

      So, your venomous and hate-filled screed essentially boils down to “I don’t like what she has to say, so censor her.”

      You silly Americans…fighting for your freedom of speech except when you don’t like the message….

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      • Anonymous

        Um, no. A private entity (i.e., this blog) does not have to give equal opportunity to anyone. “Freedom of speech” only applies to what the government can or cannot do. This blog is not the US government, and they are under no obligation to give anyone a platform to speak, and most certainly not someone who is promoting ideas that are grave threats to public health.

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        • Anonymous

          Yes, and they chose to allow Ms. McCarthy to post her views here. Everyone has the right to express their opinions and views in those public venues. Crying for censorship makes it sound as if those who are opposed to her views are afraid of what she has to say, which grants legitimacy.

          Censorship is all fine and dandy for totalitarian states.

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          • Anonymous

            You really do not get it. Let’s suppose Jenny McCarthy was promoting eugenics. Say, something along the lines of killing black people because they have higher rates of certain diseases and are polluting the gene pool for all the nice white people. Do you think this blog should promote what she said because all opinions deserve a plaform? If they did and people got upset about it, would you cry censorship and totalitarianiasm? I would certainly hope not, because that is crazy. Sorry, but all opinions are not equal, and all opinions do not deserve to be heard. Crazy racist eugenics ideas do not deserve a platform, and neither to crazy dangerous ideas about vaccines like the ones Jenny McCarthy actually is promoting.

          • Anonymous

            You really don’t get it, do you? This blog has chosen to give her a voice, and she has a right to make her views known. And she is not promoting eugenics, nor is she promoting dangerous ideas like bringing deadly and communicable disease.

            “The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.”

            “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

            Read your constitution, whoever you are.

            What I do see is a bunch of histrionics from people who obviously let people tell them what to think. If you don’t like what she says, then counter it with evidence, not hysterical and hate-filled rhetoric.

          • Anonymous

            God I feel like such a broken record. I’ll break it down into convenient list form so the slow readers can follow along more easily:

            1. I don’t know what you are quoting, but it’s not from the US Constitution. This is a US-based website, so anything from other countries is wholly irrelevant to the discussion here.

            2. Whether or not the US Constitution guarantees free speech in this country, it is still irrelevant to what a private entity allows. This website can choose to publish or not publish whatever it wants (subject to other things like copyright and trademark restrictions, obviously).

            3. Suggesting that this website not give voice to views that are dangerous to public health is not totalitarian censorship, no matter how much you may think so. Jenny McCarthy does not have an inherent right to have her views published on a website she does not own. And obvious I am aware that this blog chose to give her a voice. That doesn’t mean I can’t point out what a terrible, irresponsible decision it was to so.

            4. “nor is she promoting dangerous ideas like bringing deadly and communicable disease.” Well, actually she is, because that is what actually happens when you fear-monger about vaccines and convince people to stop vaccinating their children.

          • Anonymous

            “God I feel like such a broken record.”

            That’s because you are acting like one. You’re being deliberately obtuse and are refusing to actually read what I’m saying, or what Ms. McCarthy is saying. You are using your own bias and hatred of her to color your views.

            “1. I don’t know what you are quoting, but it’s not from the US Constitution. This is a US-based website, so anything from other countries is wholly irrelevant to the discussion here.”

            No, it’s from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The US constitution still has similar language, though.

            “2. Whether or not the US Constitution guarantees free speech in this country, it is still irrelevant to what a private entity allows. This website can choose to publish or not publish whatever it wants (subject to other things like copyright and trademark restrictions, obviously). ”

            And it has done so. Problem?

            “3. Suggesting that this website not give voice to views that are dangerous to public health is not totalitarian censorship, no matter how much you may think so. Jenny McCarthy does not have an inherent right to have her views published on a website she does not own. And obvious I am aware that this blog chose to give her a voice. That doesn’t mean I can’t point out what a terrible, irresponsible decision it was to so.”

            No, but crying because they choose to post Ms. McCarthy’s views makes it look like you are afraid of what she has to say, which adds legitimacy to her views. I’ve gone over this already; do try to keep up. And it is still whining that you want her views censored, no matter how badly you try to pretty it up.

            “”nor is she promoting dangerous ideas like bringing deadly and communicable disease.” Well, actually she is, because that is what actually happens when you fear-monger about vaccines and convince people to stop vaccinating their children.”

            No, actually, she’s not. Please point me to where she is encouraging anyone to not vaccinate. Please point me to where she has ever said that you shouldn’t vaccinate. What I DO see her saying is that you should do your own research and come to your own conclusions. What I DON’T see is you doing the same. In fact, it’s pretty clear that you seem to think that people should just do what they are told and not learn for themselves. How’s that working for ya?

          • Anonymous

            Oh, and don’t forget the venomous, spittle-flecked, hateful rants against Jenny…can’t forget those.

          • Anonymous

            “How’s that working for ya?’

            Oh, this is all I need to know about you. I should have known better than to try have a rational argument with someone who parrots Sarah Palin.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, this tells me all I need to know about you. I should have known better than to have a rational argument with someone who doesn’t know what rationality is and who resorts to spittle-flecked rants and attributes innocuous random quotes to yet another person in their long laundry list of people that don’t agree with their narrow-minded little world,

          • Patruus

            Wait a second…let me see if I can follow your “logic” here. So, anyone who uses the phrase “How’s that workin’ for ya?” is parroting Sarah Palin? Fascinating!!

            This is a pretty common term where I’m from. So, I guess that means we’re all parroting Sarah Palin. Who knew? My mom used to use that when I was a child, and I’m a few years older than Ms. Palin…so that means my mother is parroting someone who wasn’t even born yet! Time travel.

            You do realize how ridiculous your comment is, don’t you? Or not…

          • Robert

            ha, ha,ha! There is no way you are going to convince the person you are replying to that your view is correct. With as many posts as you have made and the fact that you are going so far as to break it down says you are desperate to be heard for yourself and not the argument you are making. Give it up! You lost this argument and have no credible argument to make.

      • Anonymous

        Silly Americans? Now who is spewing hate that? Thanks for “lumping” all Americans together in this generalization. It makes it easy to ignore the rest of your post.

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    • T

      Dangerous and damaging? My son is healing using the same treatments JM used for her son. He is night and day different. He is no longer in pain. I commend this site for giving McCarthy and chance to speak up. That makes this blog complicit in the healing that can happen for other children. Unless you’ve been in her shoes, you really have no idea.

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  4. Anonymous

    Also, there is no proven link between vaccinations and autism. She is an overindulged celebrity who is using this platform to somehow stay in the spotlight. I liken it to a form of Munchausen by Proxy. I don’t believe she is making her child sick….but I do believe that she gets some satisfaction from the attention she receives because of it.

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    • Anonymous

      Such hate-filled and uninformed rhetoric is a true credit to your argument and position. So nice to see reasonable and intelligent discussion here.

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    • Anonymous

      Remember when she was an “indigo mom” when Evan was a baby? That disappeared after she realized he was aut, er, I mean after the shots gave him autism. She has stated that he had seizures because of the autism. Now that her baby line is out, she actually claimed that kids who use her bumpers are less likely to have seizures because they aren’t fluffy and don’t block air flow…her son reportedly had big, fluffy ones. Wait, was it autism or bumpers that…nevermind. It is amazing how the causes of things change depending on what benefits her at the time.

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    • Bopsocks

      There’s a great article about the damage of poor critical thinking and the pain so called cures are causing autistic kids on a website called
      NERDITORIAL
      It’s called Measles Returns but Autism never went away and it’s written by a mom whos kid has severe autism

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    • Angie

      The vaccine courts have ruled that there is a link between vaccine induced autism when one has an underlying mitochondrial disorder (Hannah Poling case). My oldest son (who was fully vaccinated) suffered from regressive autism. Thanks to JM shining light on different therapies, I found therapies that have greatly helped my oldest son. He now doesn’t suffer from gut/bowel issues, is verbal, affectionate, and is in “our world” and no longer runs away from school and no longer bites his teachers (used to be a daily occurrence happening many times for both). I chose not to have my second son vaccinated. It was a tough choice, until I found out through our geneticist at children’s hospital, that our second son has a mitochondrial disorder. I chose not to vaccinate my second son because of the risk of his developing autism through getting the vaccinations. My second son has not developed autism and I am ever so thankful for the choice I made not to vaccinate. I hope those with healthy children enjoy the reassurance that vaccinations gives them, and help support those of us who are pushing for safer vaccines, prior testing of children that may be at risk, and alternative vaccine schedules for those at risk. Children die and suffer at the hand of autism all the time. Autism is the greatest health risk to my children. It would be irresponsible for me to vaccinate my children, having the information that I have so far. I am responsible for my children, first and foremost. I would not starve my child, so another child could eat. I would help promote ways and programs that would help other children have access to healthy food. If someone thinks that my children should starve, so that others can eat…. well….. I guess they wouldn’t be the type of person that would help promote a healthier vaccination plan, would they?

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  5. SMH

    Autism can’t be cured. I think Evan if he even was properly diagnosed with it most likely was on the mild spectrum which means he still has it just doesn’t show many signs. I know kids with mild to moderate to severe and there is a HUGE difference in all 3. My nephew is on the mild side. Most people don’t know he has it bc he also has CP too so it takes away from the “quirks” that he has.

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    • Emmy

      You’re so right! And I’m sorry for your nephew.

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    • dana read

      He was severe and he was properly dx,d at UCLA. Many children all over the world have improved significantly or recovered, not cured, recovered.

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    • Erika

      You’re right… but Jenny didn’t say her son was “cured” of autism, she says she “recovered” him. Just like you’re not “cured” from getting hit by a bus, you recover, you’re not “cured” from a vaccine injury, you recover (if you’re lucky and have the right biomedical treatment).

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  6. skylar

    Children cant “recover” from autism.I think her son never had autism.

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    • Anonymous

      Autism is a set of behavioural symptoms. If Evan met these criteria, then he had autism. If he no longer has enough of these behavioural criteria, then he has lost his diagnosis.

      Your unscientific opinion has been noted.

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      • Ann

        Behavioural symptoms based on a physical difference in the brain… You would still have an autistic mind, but have learned to some degree to censor them, and to integrate enough to the extent that you lose your diagnoses. This is not the same as recovering from Autism, you are merely masking it better….principally learning how to be yet just another pretentious knob of society.

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    • Erika

      Okay, so rather than just close your mind there, take it a little further…. WHY are so many children labeled with Autism these days? Is it REALLY Autism, or vaccine injury being diagnosed as Autism? “Autism” has reached epidemic proportions…. you can’t have a genetic epidemic. So what is it, really?

      People tend to close off their minds any time vaccines and Autism are mentioned in the same sentence. The medical community is doing the same thing. It’s time to stop saying there’s no correlation between vaccines and Autism and start asking better questions, and then LOOKING for the TRUE answers. Our children’s future depends on it!

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      • Anonymous

        Dont look for something that is not there. Coincidence has no external validity. The study (and only study I might add) that showed any link had no interal or external validity, it was done on 15 – 18mo old boys in Britan and has since been debunked by its own researchers, give me the data and I will consider it, until then, I am going to believe the numerous studies that DO NOT show any link

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  7. Anonymous

    Thank you, Jenny, for speaking out about your experiences. It is because of you that I first learned about the GFCF diet and biomedical treatments for children with autism. When my own son was diagnosed, Generation Rescue was a wonderful resource and beacon of hope. I can say, without question, that my son has blossomed in many ways due to biomedical interventions.

    To those who say that children cannot recover from autism: you are entitled to your beliefs, but I have seen it happen with my own eyes…to children I know personally.

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    • Louise

      Good for you and your son, but there are a lot of misdiagnosises of autism these days, possibly your son was one of them.

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      • Anonymous

        Autism is defined by behaviours and symptoms. If a child meets enough criteria, then they are autistic. Your unscientific opinion is not based on any real evidence.

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        • mommy2angel

          Autism is a very subjective diagnosis, and to recieve services to treat Autism the diagnosis must be well documented. Explanations of symptoms and criteria must be explain in detail, and by more than one person.

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          • Anonymous

            Evan received an autism diagnosis from more than one doctor. Several different doctors also confirmed that his diagnosis was lost. Claiming that he never had autism to begin with is laughable and downright ignorant, as well as insulting. Unless you have access to his medical records, or his doctors come forward and say otherwise, anyone claiming that he didn’t have autism is simply talking out of their posteriors.

      • Anonymous

        Do you have evidence of this? Then your uninformed opinion is meaningless.

        Autism is a set of behaviours and symptoms. If a child meets a certain set of criteria, then they are autistic. Your assertion is a bit insulting in light of what this person’s son went through.

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    • Anonymous

      My daughter has had issues with food since day she was born. When my DD was younger we tried to modify her diet and that made it more limited. Has Jenny ever heard of sensory issues and choking hazards???

      WAKE UP AMERICA!

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      • Julie Leonardo

        My daughter has sensory issues too with eating. She only ate gluten and casein and she can’t chew, so we had to puree everything. You can change a diet without hurting your child. This is the craziest thing I have ever heard. Your child has choking issues so you’re going to continue to feed gluten and casein? I can’t believe that you tried really hard because there are nutritionists and other parents in the same boat who could have helped you. I know kids with duodenal atresia, ee, gerd, etc. who have made dietary changes, horribly picky kids who won’t eat anything. This is really lame and an excuse!

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  8. Em

    I completely agree with the above comments. I teach children with Autism and have so many parents who hang on this woman’s every word! Autism cannot be cured but children can make great improvements with early interventions. There is definitely a strong genetic link ( I can’t tell you how many times the parent has autistic traits); enviromental agents can perhaps trigger autism in those genetically predisposed but there is NO evidence vaccines cause autism. I will continue to vaccinate my 5 month old son; I do spread out his vaccines but it has nothing to do with Autism.

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    • Anonymous

      She has never said that it is only vaccines. She has said, however, that it is a combination of genetics and environment. The “strongly genetic component” screed has come under recent fire after a series of twin studies pointed to the genetic component not being as much of a factor as everyone thought.

      If you wish to continue your hate mongering, please be better informed.

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      • Anonymous

        Oh, the irony of someone who listens to Jenny McCarthy telling someone else to be better informed. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so depressing.

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        • Anonymous

          Oh the irony of someone who hasn’t read my comment calling me uninformed. The comment I was referring to said that Autism is mostly genetic. I countered their comment with reference to a recent study that showed differently. Claiming that Autism is mostly genetic is an uninformed comment.

          What’s hilarious is the huge strawman you built by claiming I am allowing Jenny McCarty to tell me what to believe. Thank you, I’ve come to my own conclusions.

          What’s really depressing is that we have such hateful and venom-spewing people who are “defending” science

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          • Anonymous

            Actually most of the people spewing hate in this thread are the quacks that follow Jenny. If I disagree, it’s because I don’t “inform” myself. No, I don’t inform myself by reading articles and books written by non-doctors and quacks who know nothing about real medicine, nor do I want to after reading some of the comments here by Jenny followers.

            Obviously she attracts a lot of crazies with mental issues.

          • Anonymous

            So, you’re not open to new evidence that could contradict your current point of view. You are unwilling to accept that you could be wrong. Got it.

            Very scientific

          • Anonymous

            And this comment isn’t hateful? Or calling for parents of vaccine injured children to be jailed? Or saying their children should be taking away? Or dismissing Ms. McCarthy because she’s a former playmate? Or saying she’s and idiot and shouldn’t be allowed to express her views? Ok then….smell what you’re shoveling. Admittedly, there are one or two comments from her defenders that are inappropriate, but compared to most of her detractors, and looking at the above comment, they are the very model of decorum.

            And that’s a pretty big assumption you’re making there. I can assure you that most of the people who are disagreeing with you have read the studies for themselves and made their own judgments. It’s pretty clear that the same cannot be said of you.

            “Obviously she attracts a lot of crazies with mental issues.”

            Methinks thou dost protest too much.

    • Anonymous

      Em,

      Well put.

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    • Erika

      You state that “environmental agents can perhaps trigger autism in those genetically predisposed”. So why not take a look at a child’s genetic makeup, look at whether a parent has an “autistic trait”, as you so put it, and then come up with a vaccination plan for a child INDIVIDUALLY? One-size-fits-all just doesn’t work for vaccination. We don’t have control over ALL potential environmental triggers, but vaccines are ONE of the environmental triggers that we can DIRECTLY control.

      So glad your decision to vaccinate your baby has nothing to do with Autism, because Autism is just the “flavor of the day” so to speak… it’s the squeaky wheel right now, but there are MANY factors that should be weighed when deciding whether to vaccinate your child or not. The point is, each parent should be allowed to make the decision whether to vaccinate their child/ren, and then should be respected for that decision, no matter which way they go. No person (doctor, CDC official, government entity, teacher or otherwise) knows what’s best for a child better than their own mother. We all only want to do what’s best for our child/ren given the information we have.

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  9. Kim Stagliano

    My daughter has moved from “severely autistic” to “mildly autistic” on the Childhood Autism Rating Scale as administered by school psychologists. This was after 5 years of biomedical treatment, dietary intervention and therapy too. She can speak now! She is a bright, happy 15 year old who has more opportunities for friendship, work and living situations than she would have if I had listened to the “experts” who told me there was nothing I could do except ABA and schooling. Thank you to Jenny for giving parents the INFO and the resources through Generation Rescue that they can use to generate their own hope. No family should be told, “give up” or “don’t bother” as is so often the norm in autism. These are our KIDS! My daughter isn’t “recovered,” but she’s lightyears ahead of where she would have been if I’d done “the norm.” And I’m so proud of her! Thank you, Jenny.

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  10. CH

    My son suffered autism-like symptoms following vaccine injury at one-year. He was diagnosed with “Mild Autism” at 2 years and was non-verbal until 2 1/2. After significant biomedical therapies, as described in many places by Ms. McCarthy, Ms. Stagliano, and other authors, my son has largely recovered his digestive and neurological health. He is now mainstreamed in school, social, and developmentally average for his age. Biomedical therapies may not be the key for every ASD child, but it’s worth working with a DAN physician, and finding out!

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  11. Anonymous

    I thank Jenny for coming before me and showing me the path. It is because of her experience and for Generation Rescue that I now have a recovered child who went from moderate (not mild) autism to no autism at all.

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  12. Anonymous

    my daughter has autism and I was accepted for the GR grant and it was a load of crap. They would not even let me see a DAN before shoveling her face full of supplements. Thing is, Every ASD kid is different. VERY different. BIOMEDICAL works wonders for many kids on the spectrum, but it is not the cure-all. Not all kids have the gut and medical issues other have. My daughter tried GFCF for 4 months and I saw ZERO difference. We tried some supplements along with it… NOTHING. ABA… works miracles for us and her. While I will say again, for some kiddos it works, Jenny is only one parent with a NON typical ASD kiddo who used her celeb status to make money off AUTISM. Thanks for putting it out there Jenny, but please won’t act like you know what it is like to walks in the shoes of other parents with kids much more severe then your son regardless of bio-medical intervention. I think I will stick to listening to the real professionals or parents like Kim Stagliano who has the full spectrum on her hands.

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    • Anonymous

      Every kid with ASD is different!!!

      WHAT WORKS FOR ONE INDIVIDUAL MAY NOT WORK FOR ANOTHER.

      I have worked with several individuals where the diets have done nothing for them, yet have heard of others where it works. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, move on.

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  13. Heather Stafford

    My story of recovery is still a work in progress-but we have traveled many miles. Oldest dear son, Hunter was Dx’d late-age 4. Youngest was dx’d at 22 months. Hunter was verbal but not much functional speach-no EI services, all diet,biomedical interventions and a rocking developmental Pre-k. He has overcome so much. Just completed a typical kindergarden school year, despite PANDAS, CHIARI 1 regression. He is age appropriate in all categories.
    Tristan age 3 now recieved his EI services and went from 5 words to age appropriate speech in 18months along with the help of biomedical and diet. He also suffers from PANDAS/CHIARI 1. We never thought both boys would recover to this point. With God and strong parents-all things are possible. There is always hope for growth and improvement. Thank you Jenny and Kim for showing the world our kids can get better
    Heather

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  14. MH

    Children can recover from autism. One of my sons who was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 3 by a diagnostic team at a hospital no longer has the diagnosis. Professional are shocked when I tell them about his functioning level at 3. But I have another son who is still severely autistic. However, through bio-medical intervention he can now speak (started at age 9), no longer has chronic diarrhea and gastro-intestinal issues. Honestly, I love how Jenny McCarthy brings attention to the very real medical issues that our children suffer from. Doctors far too often attribute behavior resulting from biological issues to autism rather than treating a child for a medical problem.

    Please don’t joke about Munchausen by Proxy. That’s foolish. My sister-in-law was accused of that when she was trying to get help for her two children who were not yet diagnosed with ASD. Obviously, the doctor was embarrassed after they were diagnosed.

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  15. Sylvia

    Wow, there are some real bitter people out there! Jenny is awesome for speaking out about what helped her son. Stories of success help us all. Many children, including mine, improve greatly on biomedical interventions. Kudos to Jenny for speaking out, despite the mud slinging by the Debbie Downers, and the plain ol’ jealous harpies who want to knock her.
    Vaccine induced autism is real. Thousands of us parents witnessed and live with the aftermath. Jenny has the guts to stand up to the powerful enitites that want to put a lid on this. God bless her! She could take the easy route and say nothing and just get her son better and move on. But she made an agreement with God that if she was able to help her son, that she would help other people to help their children. And guess what? She kept her promise to the Almighty! Gotta love that! She’s got guts and heart, as well as beauty. Rock on Jenny!

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  16. Bopsocks

    Jenny McCarthy has the blood of 735 individuals on her hands. I too am blessed with an autistic son and will never put him through the misery, suffering and risk of the ‘treatments’ she advocates.

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    • Anonymous

      735 people? Really? And she killed them herself? I would love to see your proof of this. Otherwise, you are making claims that border on libel.

      Or, are you referring that laughable body count site? Let me let you in on a little secret…the reason why she hasn’t sued the makers of that site is that it gives her views further credence.

      I’ll make your job easier…show me where she has ever said that anyone should not vaccinate. I eagerly and breathlessly await your “evidence.”

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  17. CKB

    Jenny’s first book came out about the same time my son was diagnosed. His pediatrician had a ‘just take him home and love him’ attitude. She and several other subsequent doctors ignored his symptoms of chronic diarrhea and pain. Thanks to Jenny I learned he actually had medical problems that were causing many of his behaviors. I am grateful to Jenny for getting the word out about co-morbid conditions of autism. Just because he had autism didn’t mean he had no right to medical treatment for his inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and encephalopathy. The information that she was able to covey to the public at just the right time saved my son from a lifetime of pain and seizures. I know MANY children that have recovered through biomedical treatment and none that have recovered without it.

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  18. Anonymous

    My daughter was diagnosed with Autism not quite two years ago, and she already has Down Syndrome. I have done the diet and supplements, and she has amazingly improved. We have a lot of work to do as she is still on the moderate end of autism, but she is slowly recovering. I hear some of you say that the kids who recover don’t have real autism. I’d like to know how you determine who does and who doesn’t. Apparently the only way to know is to try the interventions. If your child is not really autistic and they respond, then hallelujah, you’ve helped your child. If they don’t then at least you can say that you tried. But let’s say for arguments’ sake that your child isn’t really autistic but has a condition that looks just like it, if you just make the assumption that it’s really “incurable autism” and you do nothing, than you’ve really done your child a disservice. Nobody is promising your child full recovery, but you owe it to your kids to at least try. I have spoken with hundred of mothers who have seen dramatic improvements in their kids by doing variations of what Jenny did for Evan, but if they listened to you all, they would still be sitting in the corner banging their heads and stimming all day with no interaction. Shame on you!

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  19. Anonymous

    It is because of Jenny standing up for our kids that my son is where he is today. With out her and so many other warrior Moms I would have gave up and just accepted Autism as my sons density. Because of these worriers I was able to help my son and realize there is more for him. My son is not healed (YET) but we have recovered speech and he can follow simple directions. Also Please don’t bash someone because you think it’s a load of crap. You don’t know until you have lived it. It’s a long hard journey but worth every bit.

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  20. Peter Doyle

    Jenny has NEVER stated she cured Evan. She has only said he has recovered. Everyone has the right to there own opinion. But I know from working with Generation Rescue and Jenny herself that she has helped a tremendous amount of people with the grants GR gives out. To say she does this to keep her in the limeline is completely wrong and coming from people who don’t know all she has done.

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  21. Wintersmith

    For those who say, “That kid didn’t have autism, recovered kids never had autism”, well….I agree with you. My son has autistic behaviors (which is all an autism diagnosis means, that an individual has enough behaviors from the list to qualify) and I believe those behaviors are caused primarily by physical illness. Once his many health maladies were addressed, one by one, his behaviors started to go away. I’m told by his school that he most likely will be un-diagnosed in another year or so if he continues recovering at the same rate. That’s from a non-verbal (but for echolalia), spinning, flapping, un-potty-trainable, screaming, uncontrollably tantrumming 3 year old to a happy, social 6 year old who talks in whole sentences and gets along fine in mainstream elementary school with no aide. He still has some work to do, mostly with speech, not surprising since he got such a late start on it.
    If you knew what most biomed supporters believed, you would know that we DON’T think our children “have autism”. We think they are sick and need to be healed, and that’s what we do in the hope that they will be able to care for themselves someday, because after all, that’s the primary goal of parenting. To make sure our offspring can survive on their own. For those who say it’s genetic, well, maybe partly, but I’ve had mild autistic behaviors most of my life as well, and my behaviors and general health have gotten about 85% better since using the same protocols I used for my son. Ergo, I feel that it’s more likely that he inherited toxins and physical ailments from me, which were huge contributors to the autistic behaviors. Different things work for different kids, and sometimes nothing seems to work, but giving up hope was never an option for us.

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  22. Wintersmith

    For those who say, “That kid didn’t have autism, recovered kids never had autism”, well….I agree with you. My son has autistic behaviors (which is all an autism diagnosis means, that an individual has enough behaviors from the list to qualify) and I believe those behaviors are caused primarily by physical illness. Once his many health maladies were addressed, one by one, his behaviors started to go away. I’m told by his school that he most likely will be un-diagnosed in another year or so if he continues recovering at the same rate. That’s from a non-verbal (but for echolalia), spinning, flapping, un-potty-trainable, screaming, uncontrollably tantrumming 3 year old to a happy, social 6 year old who talks in whole sentences and gets along fine in mainstream elementary school with no aide. He still has some work to do, mostly with speech, not surprising since he got such a late start on it.
    If you knew what most biomed supporters believed, you would know that we DON’T think our children “have autism”. We think they are sick and need to be healed, and that’s what we do in the hope that they will be able to care for themselves someday, because after all, that’s the primary goal of parenting. To make sure our offspring can survive on their own. For those who say it’s genetic, well, maybe partly, but I’ve had mild autistic behaviors most of my life as well, and my behaviors and general health have gotten about 85% better since using the same protocols I used for my son. Ergo, I feel that it’s more likely that he inherited toxins and physical ailments from me, which were huge contributors to the autistic behaviors. Different things work for different kids, and sometimes nothing seems to work, but giving up hope was never an option for us.

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  23. EW

    forget about the autism vaccine thing for a second, biomedical is treating the gut and brain, changing nutrient balances and removing toxins, however they got there. Some will say vaccines are what messed up the gut and brain, some say no way. The root cause doesn’t really matter though in regards to Jenny, biomed is about a solution to many forms of the same problem, an environmental overload that may or may not be exacerbated by genetics. My son, unvaccinated, didn’t have autism, but biomedical and Jenny’s book helped us greatly. His is a combo of genetics and environment, having a bad copy on a gene in his methylation cycle, and mommy unknowingly was eating allergens while pregnant and nursing. On the GFCF+ diet, I was able to take my son off his adult dose of reflux meds. With supplements, diet, and nutrition, I was able to heal his gut, stop the bleeding and crazy diarrhea, and get him to sleep. Biomedical is not the be all end all, and it is not going to help every autistic kiddo, but write it off completely isn’t fair. Most parents would go to the end of the earth to find a cure for autism, or other health issues like we had. If there’s a solution that works for some (lots), why isn’t that a great thing?

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  24. Anonymous

    I love how everyone wants to shout that vaccines have not been PROVEN to cause Autism. I’ll tell you what PROVEN and DISPROVEN are 2 different things.

    My PDD NOS son is getting better with Bio-med treatments. Gut issues resolved. Sensory/Loud Noise sensitivity resolved. Speaking more. Receptive language better. I personally don’t need some double-blind blah blah study to know that all of these “unproven” yet not “disproven” therapies are helping my son.

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  25. Dee

    Why doesn’t this lady deserve to tell her story? If it does help to cure one child of their autistic symptoms why not? Why can’t we agree to disagree? Why can’t my child’s autism be caused by vaccinations and yours be caused by what ever drugs you did in college, from giving your child junk foods or whatever excuse you can come up with?
    Now what do we do with these autistic teenagers approaching adulthood that haven’t been cured? I have one autistic teen that recovered and one that improved with diet, but is far from cured. Where is the help for families?

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    • Jeni Decker

      Well said. As the parent of two autistic boys, I’d try anything I thought would help my kids, and I’d expect any other parent to do the same and NOT expect that what works for one will work for the other. The more information out there, the better.

      “Recover” “made gains” “improving” – whatever words you want to use, if something is working for your kid, I think parents should feel free to spread that message and let other parents decide if it’s right for their own kids.

      My boys are on opposite ends of the spectrum, and what has worked for one hasn’t always worked for the other.

      It does nobody in the autism community any good to try and cut others within that community down. We should all be focused on one common goal and that’s getting our kids the best possible help in all areas we can, sharing our success with others, and forcing the powers that be to do WAY MORE research because there clearly hasn’t been enough research done in the area of autism.

      Our kids deserve it.

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  26. Jenny D

    Jenny’s story is not unique. There are so many recovered children out there. Sadly, though, we now have more children on the spectrum than ever before. There are many who do not recover to the point that my son has or that Jenny’s son has, and that is just heartbreaking. My son had every classically autistic symptom in the book: toe walking, screeching, no eye contact, inappropriate play with toys, licking objects like tennis balls, collecting items (crayons, string, cell phones), spinning, constant repetitive actions, loss of language, blank stare as though he’s looking through you, and INCESSANT (2-3x/day 1-2 hrs long, for four years straight) ear-piercing tantrums that still make me cringe just thinking about how paralyzing those were. Anyone who says “maybe her child didn’t really have autism” should never have to spend a day walking in our shoes, seeing just how “non-autistic” their own child is. I could go on and on about my son’s symptoms, of which there were many, many more. But the point is this – he has RECOVERED. Has he lost every single sign of autism? No. But he has recovered to the point where if you met him, you would have no idea he had ever been diagnosed as moderately autistic. He gets stuck on things every once in a while, he’s a little less mature than some of his peers and he has ADD…but I am happy to report that he is a happy, social, ENGAGED child with so many amazing qualities. For years he wouldn’t even interact with another child. He didn’t even know there were other children in his midst. Now he is a thriving 9-year-old who attends a sports day camp full time this summer, he has playdates and sleepovers, great sense of humor, full of love and compassion, and just an all-around amazing kid. He has a fully developed, age-appropriate use of language. He is 100% a different child than I had on my hands from 18 months – 6 years of age. Biomedical intervention WORKS for many and it’s time we stopped ridiculing and started promoting this for afflicted children. It is by no fault of their own that they became autistic, so it is up to us as parents to try to recover them to their fullest potential.

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  27. Anonymous

    God, the comments on this post are so sad. While it’s understandable that you love your children and you’re desperate for answers and want to fix them, that is no excuse for listening to a snake-oil salesman like Jenny McCarthy. You will achieve nothing at best, and at worst, actually harm your children.

    And anyone who perpetuates the myth that vaccines have anything to do with autism should be put in jail. Seriously. My children and my family and rest of society should not have to suffer because of your ignorance. Herd immunity depends on everyone being vaccinated, and when you idiots stop vaccinating your children, you put everyone else at risk. At risk of DYING. I can’t even believe this is a question – vaccines prevent serious, deadly diseases. You would rather put your child at risk of death than expose them to a COMPLETELY IMAGINARY risk of autism? Even if it weren’t a myth, call me crazy, but I’d rather my child have autism than be dead. (And to the person up there who claimed Jenny McCarthy is only campaigning for “safe” vaccines, it’s an immaterial distinction, because it still causes fears that they aren’t safe. NEWSFLASH, vaccines ALREADY ARE SAFE.)

    Serious, sincere question, CBS, why do you give a platform to this dangerous nutcase?

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    • Anonymous

      So, neurologist Dr. Jon Poling, whose daughter Hannah was diagnosed with severe autism after having a reaction to multiple vaccines in one day and was compensated by the US Government should go to jail because he believes that vaccines cause autism? Oh, and the fact that his daughter developed autism caused by her vaccine reaction means that it is not a myth.

      Your family doesn’t suffer because of anyone’s ignorance. It’s odd that so many of these people who are rejecting some, not all, vaccines are well-to-do, college educated parents who have read the literature and have come to their OWN conclusions about the safety of vaccines. Of course, let’s not forget the criminal organizations that have repeatedly lied and faked the results of multiple studies about the safety of their products; I’m sure that they have something to do with the mistrust these parents feel. These are the ones who should go to jail. And then, we have people completely denying the reality of vaccine injuries (you know, like yourself) that further adds credence to this myth-that-is-not-a-myth. And if vaccines are so safe, why has the US government ruled that vaccines are unavoidably unsafe? Odd that.

      “Serious, sincere question, CBS, why do you give a platform to this dangerous nutcase?”

      The same reason they give a platform to someone like you. At least she doesn’t sound like a deranged and hysterical sociopath, though.

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      • Anonymous

        It’s comforting, in a strange way, to know that people like you will continue to misrepresent the findings of the Polling case. At least there is some consistency in the world, I suppose. And just because someone is “well-to-do” (because rich people are smarter, I guess? That’s some sound logic there) and college educated doesn’t mean they are intelligent. Lots of idiots graduate from college and make money. Doesn’t mean anything. As for what “literature” they have been reading, I’m not sure what you are talking about. Please, show me the double-blind, peer-reviewed studies published in real scientific journals. I’d love to see them. And no, that does not include the retracted fraudulent Wakefield paper. Nor does it include magazine or newspaper articles or posts from conspiracy-theory websites. The only acceptable evidence is primary research articles from peer-reviewed scientific journals. (Don’t worry, I know it doesn’t exist, so don’t hurt yourself trying to think too hard about it.) And, no, the US government has not ruled that vaccines are unavoidably unsafe. Do you even know what those words actually mean?

        God, can we get some better trolls around here?

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        • Anonymous

          “It’s comforting, in a strange way, to know that people like you will continue to misrepresent the findings of the Polling case.”

          Yes, you do continue to misrepresent the Poling case. Or, do you deny that she was conpensated for her vaccine injury? Or, do you deny that she has autism? Or, do you deny that she was normal prior to her vaccine injury? Present evidence of your findings.

          “At least there is some consistency in the world, I suppose. And just because someone is “well-to-do” (because rich people are smarter, I guess? That’s some sound logic there) and college educated doesn’t mean they are intelligent.”

          Right back atcha…I can think of many “doctors” and “scientists” who easily fit that description.

          “Please, show me the double-blind, peer-reviewed studies published in real scientific journals.”

          Oh, you mean like the double-blind, peer-reviewed studies that looked at vaccinated and unvaccinated health outcomes? And before you mindlessly parrot “it can’t be done,” do yourself a favor and look up what a retrospective study is and take into account that there is now a fairly large group of unvaccinated individuals due to hate and fear mongering from people like you.

          “I’d love to see them. And no, that does not include the retracted fraudulent Wakefield paper. Nor does it include magazine or newspaper articles or posts from conspiracy-theory websites. The only acceptable evidence is primary research articles from peer-reviewed scientific journals.”

          You mean like this one (sorry…can’t post links on this site)?

          Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Neonates and Autism

          C.M. Gallagher, M.S. Goodman

          And before you say it doesn’t prove anything, you asked for one. If you want to move the goalposts, that’s fine, but keep in mind that people like you accuse your opponents of that tactic. And to further help you out, the study I linked to shows that male cohorts who received the HepB vaccine at birth had triple the risk of neurological defects like Autism.

          “And, no, the US government has not ruled that vaccines are unavoidably unsafe. Do you even know what those words actually mean?”

          I urge you to read the recent SCOTUS rulings on Bruezewitz vs. Wyeth, where those exact words are used in the ruling. Now, do YOU know what it means?

          “God, can we get some better trolls around here?”

          Why, you’re doing a fabulous job of discrediting yourself. Please continue

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          • Anonymous

            I’m not sure how I can read the articles or court cases you cited if you don’t give the citations (or spell the names correctly) so they can be found and examined. Journal name, volume, page numbers. This should have been obvious.

            And the Polling case is a unique set of facts that is not broadly generalizable to the population at large. Of course individuals can always be injured. Some people have adverse reactions to the ingredients in particular pharmaceutical preparations, whether they are vaccines or some other medication. That does not mean those things are unsafe.

          • Anonymous

            Very good! Now, we’re having a reasonable discussion. Thank you for responding politely and without the vitriol.

            So, you acknowledge that vaccine injuries occur. This is good. I’m assuming you’re the same poster who posted earlier and said that those that think vaccines can cause autism should be jailed? So, if you acknowledge that vaccines can cause injury, and if you also agree that these injuries can cause brain damage that closely mimics many of the symptoms of autism, then you must also agree that parents should be concerned and informed of these injuries and make their own choices on what vaccinations are important for their families. Does this also mean that you were just kidding about the jail?

            The problem with the Poling case is that you have a group of organizations that are making general and blanket policies that they think should apply to all. If you truly are afraid of deadly and communicable diseases (as I am), then we need to take into account that all children are biologically dissimilar, and that a one-size-fits-all panacaea is unrealistic. Pre-screening for underlying conditions should be a no-brainer. This, however is not done. Also, the children who are being vaccine injured have never been studied, except by Dr. Poling.

            The journal reference I gave you should be enough to get you to where you need to go (the Journal of Epidemiology). The SCOTUS ruling is also easy to find. Sadly, this site does not allow links to be posted.

          • Anonymous

            Alright, fine, I googled, since you’re too lazy or dishonest to actually provide the citations yourself.

            Let’s see: the Gallagher et al. paper proves nothing. It’s merely correlation, not causation (do you understand the difference?). There are plenty of explanations that don’t rely on vaccines causing anything.

            As for the court case you obviously know so well that you couldn’t even bother to spell the names correctly, it absolutely does not say that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe”. You obviously have not read the opinion, or if you did, you did not understand it or the context surrounding the use of that phrase. I really don’t have time to get into a complex legal discussion here (which you wouldn’t understand, anyway), but the context involves determining whether any particular vaccine is unsafe and whether the special Vaccine Courts have jurisdiction over injury cases.

            It’s incredible that this has to be said, but OF COURSE any particular vaccine preparation could be unsafe or defective. That is true of all medicines. The court case you cited only deals with one specific vaccine preparation made by one specific company. It does not mean ALL vaccines are unsafe, nor does it mean the process of vaccination in general is unsafe.

          • Anonymous

            “Alright, fine, I googled, since you’re too lazy or dishonest to actually provide the citations yourself.”

            I explained why I couldn’t provide the links. I gave you all of the tools that you needed, but instead, you resort to yet another angry rant about how people won’t conform to your expectations.

            “Let’s see: the Gallagher et al. paper proves nothing. It’s merely correlation, not causation (do you understand the difference?). There are plenty of explanations that don’t rely on vaccines causing anything.”

            Yes, I understand the difference. Do you understand what moving the goalposts are? You said that there are NO studies that link vaccines to autism (actually, you dismissed the Wakefield paper). I provided you one. There are more, and the fact that you refuse to investigate this speaks volumes about both your bias and objectivity.

            “As for the court case you obviously know so well that you couldn’t even bother to spell the names correctly, it absolutely does not say that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe”.”

            Oh? It doesn’t? Page 35:

            “The Report expressly adopts comment k of §402A of the
            Restatement of Torts (Second) (1963–1964) (hereinafter
            Restatement), which provides that “unavoidably unsafe”
            products—i.e., those that “in the present state of human
            knowledge, are quite incapable of being made safe for
            their intended and ordinary use”

            So, now I’ve proven that you are either completely ignorant, or being deliberately honest. And the fact that I can clearly hear you angrily fuming and pounding your keyboard in frustration all the way from over here means that you need a break and that your irrational hatred of those who don’t agree with your world view is likely raising your blood pressure to unhealthy levels.

            I also don’t have the time to get into a complex legal discussion here (which you obviously don’t understand) and don’t wish to confuse and anger you further since YOU are the one who clearly didn’t read the Bruesewitz v. Wyeth SCOTUS ruling. And really? Being pedantic over one letter?

            Since you have no intention of having an honest and rational discussion, and since this conversation is obviously giving you apoplectic fits, I will bid you adieu. I have no wish to waste my time on someone who is clearly illogical and obviously has a really big chip on their shoulder. Feel free to have the last word, if you wish. I’m sure it will be yet another fuming, teeth-grinding scream fest.

          • Anonymous

            “So, now I’ve proven that you are either completely ignorant, or being deliberately honest”

            That should read deliberately dishonest. I’d better correct that before you subject us to yet more pedantry

          • Anonymous

            Well, actually, no, the passage you quoted does not say that at all. I hope you do not have a job that requires analytical skills, because you don’t have any. If you were my student, you would get an F. And it’s amazing that this has to be said, but when I asked for studies linking autism and vaccines, I meant studies that show a CAUSAL relationship. This should have been obvious to anyone with a brain, but it’s my fault for assuming you have one.

            (And I love your threat to take your ball and go home. You are quitting because you can’t back up what you claim and trying to save face.)

          • Anonymous

            No, it just means that it is pointless arguing with someone who doesn’t have the capability to discuss things logically or rationally, and who instead breaks down into fits of rage when someone has a differing opinion and provides sources to back them up. It’s also completely useless to continue arguing with you because you are not open to new evidence, and when evidence is provided to you (the SCOTUS hearing I quoted) you stamp your foot like a spoiled child and say, “It didn’t say that!!!!!” when anyone with an IQ over 20 can read the data and read that it does. Or, you change the subject.

            “If you were my student, you would get an F”

            If I were your student, I would ask your administrator to send you back to college to work on your analytical skills. And, you have done such a WONDERFUL job of demonstrating that you are a teacher. Yes, so very evident.

            About the only thing you have demonstrated is that you are an irrational, angry, and close-minded hypocrite. Good day.

          • Anonymous

            So I guess you were lying when you said you were quitting the discussion?

        • Julie Leonardo

          I can look up articles and studies from off of Pubmed. Or is that not good enough for you? I can also read Cochrane reviews of the scientific literature to date? Is that too conspiratorial? It’s amazing to you, isn’t it, that some of us actually go and read the full studies. Quit assuming we for one, listen exhaustively to Jenny McCarthy, and two that we just get things off of conspiracy websites. It’s called reading and critical thinking. Just because it was peer reviewed does not mean the science is bulletproof, and the approximately 14-16 studies that they mostly cite for evidence have been very shabbily done. Oh, and evidence about One vaccine and one ingredient. Last time I checked there were quite a few more ingredients and vaccines than two.

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    • Anonymous

      Whooooooooo!!!! Yeah! Let’s get a lynch mob together and go after these Ant-Eye Vaxxers! They’s a danger to MY KIDS because they VACCINATED THEIR CHILDREN!! And we alls knows dat vaccines that results in autisms is completely fake, except for those kids dat gots the autisms from a vaccine reactchun.

      Yeah, buddy! That’ll learn them!!!one!!eleventy!!

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    • Anonymous

      Why doesn’t anyone just come out and say it! “All of you parents are liars!” The reason why no one does come out and say that is because that comment leaves the riddle, “What their motivation?” This whole thread is pointless. The arguments are not matched. Apples to oranges. My daughter was vaccine injured. She suffered from 106 fever the night of her vaccines which resulted in encephalitis resulting absent seizures and a loss of motor skills and language. Long story short, (really short)she was diagnosed with autism at 21 months. We immediately implemented every treatment that these “crazies” recommended. (every one COULD NOT hut) She is now 4 years old and completely lost her diagnosis at age 3. Her Dev. Ped with 30 years experience had never seen a case like my daughters and had never seen a child lose a diagnosis at such a young age. She firmly stood by her diagnosis. SO, the argument is not that we should not vaccinate but rather, that we should vaccinate with due diligence. Vaccines carry risks. It seems that this generation is rittled with children with autoimmune disorders and weakened systems due to our environment. It is not a stretch to see that this subset of children may not be able to handle the vaccinations. We need stop making this into a dumb vs. smart argument. The parents are not lying about what they are watching happen.The lack of support from the medical community drives them to where they CAN find someone to listen to them. Have you ever been ridiculed for what you know to be true? It is hell. I really wish I didn’t believe it but, I have no choice, I witnessed it. I am a believer in that vaccines DO work. But, my children will not be receiving anymore until I believe their systems can handle it. JENNY McCarthy had NOTHING to do with me coming to that decision. It you want her and other parents to “SHUT UP” then you need to urge our government to study our kids and give credence to what we parents are saying. I and many others agree that vaccines are not the sole cause of autism. So, lets figure out what correlation they DO have.Work together on this dilemma. We WANT to protect our children from these diseases. I am going to be frank with you. HELL yes I am putting my kids health before yours by not completing her vaccines. Show me a parent that wouldn’t. I am faced with this impossible decision because of governments staunch(and rightly so) stand for the necessity of herd immunity at any cost. When your child is the cost, things change. I AM banking on the herd immunity to protect her. THAT is what it is for. Neurologists have confirmed to me that her encephalopathy was the cause of her regression and they have no idea why. WHAT!? BECAUSE our children are not being studied and we are being ignored. I really love when someone tries to stand in my shoes and “Even if it weren’t a myth, call me crazy, but I’d rather my child have autism than be dead.” YOU will NEVER know what it is like.I wouldn’t wish it on my enemy. I however DO know what its like to be in your shoes. I WAS you. I could have written that exact post prior to my world getting turned upside down. NEWSFLASH, vaccines are not inherently SAFE! Read the inserts. Have you?Would you sacrifice your child’s brain or your child’s life(have you witnessed severe autism?) so that others can be more comfortable? Oh and a side note, many of our completely vaccinated children,when tested, NEVER mounted detectable levels of antibodies to these diseases. Surprise, they’re immune systems didn’t do its job! You might be surprised at your own child’s titers or lack there of. This generation of kids are messed up. So that CHOICE you speak of “Autism vs. Death” does not pan out for me as a risk I am willing to take.

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    • Megan

      Why doesn’t anyone just come out and say it! “All of you parents are liars!” The reason why no one does come out and say that is because that comment leaves the riddle, “What is their motivation?”

      This whole thread is pointless. The arguments are not matched. Apples to oranges. Let me start by saying it is NOT MY job to prove anything but it is my Doctors job to listen to me. My daughter was vaccine injured. She suffered from 106 fever the night of her vaccines which resulted in encephalitis resulting absent seizures and a loss of motor skills and language. Long story short, (really short)she was diagnosed with autism at 21 months. We immediately implemented every treatment that these “crazies” recommended. (every one COULD NOT hut) She is now 4 years old and completely lost her diagnosis at age 3. Her Dev. Ped with 30 years experience had never seen a case like my daughters and had never seen a child lose a diagnosis at such a young age. She firmly stood by her diagnosis. SO, the argument is not that we should not vaccinate but rather, that we should vaccinate with due diligence. Vaccines carry risks. It seems that this generation is rittled with children with autoimmune disorders and weakened systems due to our environment. It is not a stretch to see that this subset of children may not be able to handle the vaccinations.

      We need stop making this into a dumb vs. smart argument. The parents are not lying about what they are watching happen.The lack of support from the medical community drives them to where they CAN find someone to listen to them. Have you ever been ridiculed for what you know to be true? It is hell. I really wish I didn’t believe it but, I had no choice, I witnessed it. I am a believer in that vaccines DO work. But, my children will not be receiving anymore. My subsequent children will be cut from the same cloth. JENNY McCarthy had NOTHING to do with me coming to that decision. It you want her and other parents to “SHUT UP” then you need to urge our government to study our kids and give credence to what we parents are saying. I and many others agree that vaccines are not the sole cause of autism. So, lets figure out what correlation they DO have.Work together on this dilemma. We WANT to protect our children from these diseases. The non-vaccination crowd will keep growing until we start to listen to the parents of these kids and we get more answers.

      I am going to be frank with you. HELL yes I am putting my kids health before yours by not completing her vaccines. Show me a parent that wouldn’t. I am faced with this impossible decision because of government’s staunch(and rightly so) stand for the necessity of herd immunity at any cost. When your child is the cost, things change. I AM banking on the herd immunity to protect her. THAT is what it is for. Neurologists agree that her encephalopathy was the cause of her regression and they have no idea why. WHAT!? BECAUSE our children are not being studied and we are being ignored. And *plug your ears and hum* Vaccines are safe!

      I love the argument that we are shifting around the blame. STUDY EVERYTHING and then we will talk. Not just mmr and thimerisol.
      I also really love when someone tries to stand in my shoes and “Even if it weren’t a myth, call me crazy, but I’d rather my child have autism than be dead.” YOU will NEVER know what it is like. I wouldn’t wish it on my enemy. I however DO know what its like to be in your shoes. I WAS you. I could have written that exact post prior to my world getting turned upside down.

      NEWSFLASH, vaccines are not inherently SAFE! Read the inserts. Have you?Would you sacrifice your child’s brain or your child’s life(have you witnessed severe autism?) so that others can be more comfortable? Oh and a side note, many of our completely vaccinated children,when tested, NEVER mounted detectable levels of antibodies to these diseases. Surprise, they’re immune systems didn’t do its job! You might be surprised at your own child’s titers or lack there of. This generation of kids are messed up. So that CHOICE you speak of “Autism vs. Death” does not pan out for me as a risk I am willing to take.

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  28. Anonymous

    What about the kids who have autism and did not get vax? What about the kids who showed signs of ASD before their 1st birthday? What about the kids who USED to stim, have gut issues, no language or eye contact, BUT now have no stimming, minimal sensory issues, huge jump in language with full sentences, better eye contact, etc using ZERO biomedical treatment. What your answer to that people? Let me guess… my kids does not have autism? Is that it? I say this Jenny’s way DOES NOT work for every kiddo. Sure she is trying to promote autism awareness which is great, but telling NEW parents they need to DO BIOMED in order to help their kids recover is DEAD WRONG. I feel as though these kids bodies are healed and they LEARN and are TAUGHT to thrive more typically. Some kids can live very normal and successful lives with minimal if any biomed intervention.

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    • Wintersmith

      No, I would say that those kid’s bodies healed on their own. The human body can heal itself, it’s made to do exactly that. All people are different, and some heal better, faster without help. Some kids aren’t as physically sick as others to begin with. As you said, all people are as different as snowflakes.
      My son is nearing recovery, and he’s had very little (but very focused) biomed. I never pelted him with a cabinet full of supplements, because I decided that wasn’t what was best for him. I listened to what everyone (be it Jenny M. or the family doctor) said and then made my own decisions. I don’t get upset about what info there is available out there in the world, or what people are telling me to do, see, because I feel people should have all the info available and then just simply make their own decisions based on what they’ve learned. Why get upset about what one woman has to say? Let her say it and do whatever you want.

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    • Taximom5

      “What about the kids who showed signs of ASD before their 1st birthday? ”

      Hello, those kids already got 15-20 vaccines. In fact, they got the hep B vaccine the day they were born, and the latest science shows that infant boys who receive the hep B vaccine in the first month of life are 3 times as likely to develop autism.

      The MMR is just the straw that breaks the camel’s back–and for some, it breaks earlier than the MMR. Don’t forget that pregnant women are now being given thimerosal-preserved flu shots, as are babies 6 months old and older.

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      • Julie Leonardo

        Also don’t forget the Rhogam shot. My friend has an unvaccinated boy who is moderately autistic. It is important to remember that vaccines, while they may be the biggest culprit, are not the only culprits. They directly affect the immune system, though, so they are a bigger trigger. Some kids don’t have to be directly vaccinated to succumb. The mother’s health and toxicity affect the baby too. There are so many factors. However to say that just because one child was unvaccinated and became autistic does not mean that vaccines dont’ trigger autism. Our world is such a toxic soup right now that probably more and more unvaccinated kids will become autistic too. We still need to address the most direct and prolific trigger….vaccines. we also need to address our food supply, nutritional mandates and the medications that we take. They all contribute.

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  29. dana read

    How is a healthy gluten free diet and some vitamins overseen by an MD “dangerous”?? My kids are not recovered but they are healthy, happy, affectionate and can sleep through the night due to dietary and biomedical interventions. I didn`t hear of these “crazy” ideas from Jenny M., in fact we were going through it at the same time. Her son is recovered and her org helps loads of families PERIOD. You don,t have to like it but it is the truth.

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  30. Lisa Barli

    A big thank you to Jenny! She’s correct, Evan’s story is not unique and many more children are recovering from Autism (including my own son). I am very grateful to Jenny for continuing to help all of our children and speak out even when doubters would rather not hear her (or the rest of the Autism community).

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  31. Anonymous

    She looks like she has messed with her lips with juvederm or botox. When will these people learn that they look so much better before and to leave it alone?!

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  32. Anonymous

    My daughter has recovered from autism. She was 4 and testing at a 1 1/2 year old level now she is 5 and going into a typical kindergarten classroom this year! Biomedical treatment does work for some kids. All of you guys might think she is wrong but I bet when your child gets diagnosed with autism you will at least listen to what she has to say. All she is doing is telling her story and informing parents. If you don’t like it then don’t listen to her.

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  33. mommy2angel

    My daughter and I are living proof Autism DOES HAVE a GENETIC component!

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    • Anonymous

      I’m having a hard time finding a quote where Ms. McCarthy says otherwise. In fact, I’ve never seen her say, not once, that Autism is just caused my vaccines. Lovely strawman you’ve built there.

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    • Wintersmith

      I agree, but since my son and I both underwent the same biomedical treatments, my behaviors have improved drastically as well, which I consider to be living proof that autism DOES HAVE some root in an UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION.

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  34. Heather

    Thank you Jenny, for being a voice to all parents of children with Autism. My son is just starting on the road to recovery because we found a Doctor that knows how to help through nutrition and supplements. It has made a huge difference in my son’s life already. Hope and faith are big in this issue. THANK YOU!

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  35. Anonymous

    Thank you for all the awareness. I knew something was wrong with my son. I took my son to several doctors and they all said he was fine. That he was just a little behind, because he was a premmie. I saw Jenny on Larry King talking about her son. I started crying and I told my husband, our son has Autism. Sure enough, he was shortly diagnosed with Autism. It has been 3 and 1/2 years since he was diagnosed and my son is on his road to recovery. He is seeing a DAN doctor and is on the gfcfsf diet. I love you Jenny and thank you for being so outspoken.

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  36. Mia Harrod

    I bet none of you would say this with your full name, instead you hide behind your “Anonymous” titles! Jenny is nothing short of an Angel. I thank her everyday for her courage to stand against people like you! She has changed the face of vaccines for the better! She has shed a light on the dangerous chemicals (like formaldehyde) that are in these dangerous shots, she has saved many children from a life of hell. I love her and I love her work and I will defend her to the end. I bet none of you have ever even bothered to read any of her books, if you had, you would not be saying these horrible things about her. She is a human being, a loving mother and a damn brilliant advocate! I admire her so much, and I find it appalling that anyone would say such hurtful things about her, her goal is to save children, not harm them. Jenny you have my support 100% and I continue to spread the good news about your work.

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  37. Anonymous

    Autism in genetic, my 2 year old nephew has just completed his diagnosis (And starts ABA therapy next week -YAY). My 4 year old nephew is low functioning Autism, and because of the fuss this woman called – my sister chose not to get baby vaccinated when younger!
    So without the vaccinations, my nephew was still diagnosed – so there goes her theory !

    Children with Autism, will always have autism – however with early intervention many children can become “undiagnosable” – But still have autism – as their brain still works differently, they have just found ways to cope in the environment.

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    • Summer

      I like this. Well put.

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    • Anonymous

      Autism is genetic? Well, it does have a genetic component, I agree. But environment definitely plays a part. There was a very fascinating study that looked at identical and fraternal twins and found that autism is far LESS genetic than first thought.

      As to the rest of your anecdote; thanks for sharing. But, anecdote does not equal data.

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    • Wintersmith

      I’ve read and spoken to many people in that same situation, people who chose not to vaccinate a younger sibling because an elder child was profoundly autistic. In all cases the un-vaccinated child was High Functioning or Asperger’s. Is that the case here? Just curious. I’ve found this to be very consistent, which lends some creedence the hypothesis that in some cases vaccines simply worsen an existing medical condition.

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  38. Kiwismommy

    My child was not on the mild end of the spectrum, but was diagnosed with severe autism, and we were told she would never speak, was severely mentally retarded and would need to be “institutionalized” by the age of 11 or 12 or be a danger to herself and family.
    Standard allopathic medicine offered us nothing but NO HOPE, no answers, life-threatening psychotropic drugs, and ignoring all co-morbid conditions. The Autism Research Institute was our savior. My daughter reacted nuclear style to the GFCF diet and stopped banging her head, biting herself, pulling out her own hair and having hundreds of meltdowns. 10 days into the diet she started speaking and we have never looked back. She is now considered “indistinguishable from her peers” and is an honor student in school with many many friends. You self proclaimed know-it-alls need to walk a while in our shoes. You have no basis for your hate-mongering and denials and you have no right to make judgements on our reality of which you know nothing. I don’t care whether you call it recovery, cure, or a miracle from God. I got my daughter back with a lot of hard work and research on my part. And, telling people like you and our pediatrician to take a hike.

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  39. Anonymous

    My son was diagnosed 5 years ago. At the time, he was severe enough that he qualified for medicaid and a full time aide in public school. After years of GF (and a brief time of CF), many other biomed practices (including…brace yourself…chelation) my son is a happy, healthy, strong, smart 4th grader who attends a small, Catholic school that has no special ed support. Not only does he attend this school, he made straight A’s last year and had an excellent behavioral grade as well. SOME CAN RECOVER!! and how will you know, if you don’t try. I researched every single supplement we gave and every single doctor we visited. I have no regrets and I never did anything that could have damaged my son in any way. He is one amazing little boy. Open minds, people.

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  40. Anonymous

    I am an IBI Therapist and cannot stand to hear this woman’s name. She gives families nothing but false hope….I see more children starving because of radical diets and I have not seen one diet cure/recover any child with autism. I have seen amazing results that have come from the combined efforts of dedicated professionals and parents (psychologists,IBI instructors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, educational assistants and teachers). What people need to keep in mind is that there IS a genetic component and that they should really research these diets before implementing them.

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    • Anonymous

      Bravo. Well said whoever you are.

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    • Anonymous

      Hmmm…I guess those that have a legitimate medical need that are on GFCF diets don’t count. I guess they just have to suffer.

      And nice strawman there. I fail to see where anyone is claiming that Autism is just caused by vaccines.

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    • Shelly

      Can you clarify what IBI is? I always thought it was ABA. Also, what does a genetic component have to do with diets? I know for a fact that a child can eat a varied, balanced and healthy diet without eating gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and tree nuts. I know this because those are the allergies that my child has. Her diet has been reviewed by registered dieticians and found to be very balanced. Genetics may be a component but that doesn’t mean that biomedical can’t be a helpful piece of the puzzle.

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    • Wintersmith

      I have heard of some odd diets, but if you’re referring to the basic GF/CF….I mean, you are aware are you not that for most of human history we were GF/CF? It wasn’t until recently (in the historical context) that we added grains and dairy to our diet, when we stopped being hunter gatherers and settled down to farm. How can anyone starve or get sick on the natural human diet? Why do so many people react to giving your kids organic, simple foods instead of sugary artificially flavored yogurt and chicken nuggets as if it’s child abuse? Because commercials tell you that junk food=parental love that’s why, but that’s a different issue.;)
      You may never have seen any kids recovered through biomed, but my kid’s teachers, doctors and therapists have. Ahem.

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  41. Anonymous

    You guys, after reading all these comments, I am convinced! Next time my child needs medical care, I am definitely taking him to a former playboy bunny with no medical or scientific training!!!! Screw doctors! Who needs scientific proof for anything??? Hey, here’s an idea – let’s go back using to things like bloodletting. If it was good enough for people in Medieval times, it’s good enough for us!!!

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    • Anonymous

      So, since Amanda Peet also bared her breasts in a few movies, that means we can’t believe anything she says, either.

      Nice ad hominem fallacy there.

      Are these really the people defending science? Really? They sound like a bunch of religious zealots. The Westboro Baptist Church of the vaccination movement.

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      • Anonymous

        Nice nonsequitur there. I have no idea what Amanda Peet has or has not said, and no, I generally don’t listen to actors of any kind when it comes to making medical decisions. That is also why I don’t listen to Tom Cruise when judging the merits of psychiatry or Suzanne Somers when judging the merits of hormone therapy. I listen to doctors and scientists, and only them. Why this should be controversial is so, so bizarre.

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        • Anonymous

          Nope, if you think carefully (don’t hurt yourself now), I was pointing out the logical fallacy of dismissing Ms. McCarthy because she used to be a playboy model. You do know what an ad hominem is, right?

          Oh wait…nevermind.

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          • Anonymous

            The comment about being a playboy model was meant as another way of saying NOT A DOCTOR OR A SCIENTIST. Good lord, does everything have to be spelled out for you? If she were, I don’t know, a lawyer (haha, there’s a hilarious scenario), I’d say I choose to listen to doctors and scientists for my medical advice, not lawyers. Just like I don’t listen to doctors or scientists for my legal advice. She happens to be a former playboy model, so what else am I supposed to call her? (And as for calling it an ad hominem attack, you are the one attaching negative connotations to being a playbod model, not me. Maybe you should examine your own prejudices.)

          • Anonymous

            No, your earlier comment was about her being a playboy model. In fact, here is is again for your enjoyment, “I am definitely taking him to a former playboy bunny with no medical or scientific training!!!!”

            Yes, I understand that she is not a doctor. Likely, neither are you. That is irrelevant. But doing what you did, i.e. dismissing her claims because she is a former playboy model, is the very definition of an ad hominem fallacy. Attack the ARGUMENT, not the person.

            My satirical response to your lack of logical thinking was obviously too subtle for you. Maybe I should use words with only one syllable when discussing things with you next time…

          • Anonymous

            “satirical response” – so you don’t know what satire is, either?

          • Patruus

            “My satirical response to your lack of logical thinking was obviously too subtle for you. Maybe I should use words with only one syllable when discussing things with you next time…”

            From his/her response, I would take that as a yes *nods*

          • Julie Leonardo

            So the next time, you as a mom recommend a recipe, I’m not going to listen to you, I’m gonna go to a chef. Never mind that that mom got her recipe from a chef. That’s where Jenny got her info from, silly kids! The doctor. She didn’t make up the gfcf diet herself! Who do you think treats the kids? Doctors! MD’s! Nutritionists!

  42. Anonymous

    toxic mother=toxic baby. an unvaccinated child can be mercury toxic from its time in utero. Leaking amalgams. flu shots. heck…even contact lens solution used to contain it. It is for this reason that doing a vaccinated/unvaccinated study will never answer the question honestly. There are just too many variables. I was found to have high levels of Hg. Hadn’t been knowingly exposed in years….but I had this one filling. Just one. And it was leaking and had been for years (it stained my retainer gray back in high school). Knowing that, I had it removed. My two children before removal…one had definitely been on the spectrum (recovered!). The other had speech delays and Auditory Integration problems. I have had one child since the removal of that amalgam and so far, so good. She’s right on track or advanced. And I’m vaccinating, but doing it slowly and cautiously, using The Vaccine Book as a guide. For those of you who think the anti-vaccine crowd is nuts…pick it up and give it a read. Written by a mainstream doc (Sears) and he tells it like it is. What has/hasn’t been studied. Very informative. Educate yourself thoroughly before you decide who is crazy.

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  43. Summer

    I won’t even get started with this thread because most people know my take on this, but I am curious about one thing…

    So whats the significance of the blue? Autism Speaks color isn’t it? Hopefully people won’t confuse GR with AS. Or maybe that’s the plan?

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  44. Anonymous

    I love you Jenny!!!! Jenny has done alot of good and I am forever grateful to her. When my son got the horrible diagnosis of Autism her book was the 1st I read. There was no where to get info at the time. Sadly, you can’t always please everyone all the time. Without her voice lots of kids have been recovered and my son is on his way. Thank you Jenny!!!!!!

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  45. Anonymous

    Good one KIM!!!
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 09:38 pm
    Anonymous said:
    You guys, after reading all these comments, I am convinced! Next time my child needs medical care, I am definitely taking him to a former playboy bunny with no medical or scientific training!!!! Screw doctors! Who needs scientific proof for anything??? Hey, here’s an idea – let’s go back using to things like bloodletting. If it was good enough for people in Medieval times, it’s good enough for us!!!

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    • Anonymous

      So, since Amanda Peet also bared her breasts in a few movies, that means we can’t believe anything she says, either.

      Nice ad hominem fallacy there.

      Are these really the people defending science? Really? They sound like a bunch of religious zealots. The Westboro Baptist Church of the vaccination movement.

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    • Anonymous

      When you ever meet a “real” doctor who actually reads AND EVALUATES the studies, not just the pharmaceutical industry spew told to pediatricians and passed off as “studies”, let me know. Until then, I will take my son (who now speaks!!! Thank you Jenny!!!) and my other son, who worked his way out of speech in under a year, to whomever is going to get the job done. Are you really so narrow minded as to believe that only a “doctor” can actually give you a prognosis on what you kid will look like in the future? If I had followed my doctor’s advice to basically do nothing with or for my kids, I wouldn’t have the boys that I do now. They are improving daily. READ the studies on Autism and vaccines for yourself– YOURSELF. I beg you to read the Simpsonwood transcripts. Jenny never made one decision for me. What she did do was encourage and empower me to stop “yessing” my doctor blindly and READ for myself. I, and I alone, was able to put the pieces in place for what caused my kids’ Autism. My kids are sick, I have the labs to prove it. Anyone with kids that have autism claiming that they are not sick, hopefully has a full panel of labs that show as clean. Most people are happy with the doctor looking in their kids ears every few months though. That will tell you something for sure….NOT! I am more educated that my doctor will ever be. I say that with the utmost authority. I shouldn’t have to school ANY doctor, when I am a mom, on what it is I know. Believe me, I have had to do this more times than I would like to admit All Jenny is doing is telling people to look at what is going on with their kids. Don’t take the doctor’s word for it– run the labs!!! What in God’s green creation is so wrong with trying?????? These are our children. When an intervention doesn’t work for my kids, I don’t call everything a crock, it just didn’t work for one of my kids and I move on. I woke up out of my pharma induced stupor-you can too!!!! We no longer live in a day and age where anyone can be trusted to tell us what is good or bad, right or wrong, healthy or unhealthy. The medical industry is just that-an industry. The agencies that are looking out for us are brought and paid for and people need and want to be protected from that!!! Please don’t use the doctor’s education as oversimplification for why people shouldn’t read the studies for themselves. Doctors are not exempt from the late night reading that I had to do to get to the bottom of things, Read the studies yourself– Not the abstract, NOT WHAT YOUR DOCTOR “THINKS”, Not what you “THINK”, but what you actually “KNOW”. Thanks Jenny, if you are reading this. There aren’t words to ever give back what you have given us.

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  46. Anonymous

    Too this person: AMEN!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. My daughter now SPEAKS, Has eye contact, social skills, infrequent sensory issues, no stimming, no melt downs and to most is a typical preschooler who will more then likely mainstream kinder. All with no BIOMEDICAL. It is not for every child. I agree it works wonders for SOME children, but not all children with ASD’s are vaccine injured either. There is a divide, but the thing is, the anti-vaxers, can’t just be supportive of those suffering with ASD’s as a whole. They insist on constantly talking crap and dividing and misleading families that this works for everyone. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. I have YET to see a child doing biomedical (and I see quite a few working in special ed) who is recovered or even close to it. In fact, I would say that the kids using the biomed method and those using more traditional therapies and natural supplements are on the same scale with improvement and development.

    Jul 19, 2011 @ 09:37 pm
    Anonymous said:
    I am an IBI Therapist and cannot stand to hear this woman’s name. She gives families nothing but false hope….I see more children starving because of radical diets and I have not seen one diet cure/recover any child with autism. I have seen amazing results that have come from the combined efforts of dedicated professionals and parents (psychologists,IBI instructors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, educational assistants and teachers). What people need to keep in mind is that there IS a genetic component and that they should really research these diets before implementing them.

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    • Julie Leonardo

      That’s great. I am really, truly glad that your child didn’t need biomedical intervention. But I have to reiterate, that NOBODY said it would work for everyone. I know a woman whose son does not respond to biomed, but she doesn’t poo poo biomed. She has a child afflicted in a way that biomed doesn’t address so far. She still is trying to find out what the cause is and to find a therapy that will best meet his needs. She is still involved with the movement and is always researching the latest innovations.

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  47. Anonymous

    My son moved from a severe autism diagnosis to PDD in less than a year. This was due to the biomedical interventions and ABA that we put into place for him. I am grateful that Jenny McCarthy speaks up for biomedical treatments, and lets people know that there is hope of improvement and recovery.

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  48. Krysti Lee

    Thank You Jenny! If it was not for you I would not have made it through the first week of my son being diagnosed. Many parents are single moms trying to make ends meet, so who the hell cares what Jenny did/has done/ or will do in the future to provide for her son and to raise awareness to the cause. Biomedical treatments are some of the least invasive and cost effective treatments available. As for the “Diet” it may not work for all kids but none are starving becuase of it. Again it is a simple and cost effective option for parent to try. It worked wonders with my son and his therapists at school stated they had never seen such a turn around in a student so quickly and then began recommending it to other special needs parents.

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  49. Nick

    “There is a divide, but the thing is, the anti-vaxers, can’t just be supportive of those suffering with ASD’s as a whole. They insist on constantly talking crap and dividing and misleading families that this works for everyone.”

    This has been almost the opposite of my experience and it is the same here. I knew about all the stuff Jenny speaks about before she even had a son as did many, many others. Who says it works for everyone? I have encountered very few who even come close to saying it helps eveyone. Just read this thread. The pro-biomed people are saying it worked for their child, but may or may not help someone else. In fact, they only say it is worth trying because it helped their child and don’t understand not trying it to see if it helps. Of course any intervention should be done appropriately and too much diet restiction would be a problem, but in some cases a child is not healthy because of what they are eating. The way I read it, almost all on this thread, who don’t subscribe to biomedical are saying your child did not have autism if it helped and that biomed doesn’t work for anyone who has autism. I wonder how many more would be receiving behavioral therapy if they had never tried biomed. As to just supporting all on the asd spectrum, most eveyone is for this, but many think reducing autistic behaviors is generally good for the child and the family, and that that some doors in the mind of many with autism are blocked due to treatable biological conditions. The difference is that those who say there is no recovery for anyone are the ones who cannot show support for those who maintain that some can and do recover because they belive it is impossible. Do some of you realize how insulting it is to tell other parents they don’t know their children and their reactions very well, while you have never laid eyes on them. If you maintain your child did improve greatly or recover you are, to them, not talking about autism or you are mistaken or deluded by the “snake oil” salesmen. As long as their is no distinction for the condition that looks like autism and recives the diagnosis, but is responsive to biomed, it appears there will be disagreement. I have read others suggest that there be a separate label for these “autisms”, but It seems a waste to me. We have auto-immune diabtetes and other diabetes, but it still ends up with many of the same effects. The vaccine issue aside, if biomed helps some or many why not cheer. It is sad it does not work for all, but neither does chemo with cancer. It is mainly the anti-biomed people who forcing people to be for or against biomed. As far as genes go, some new findings are suggesting that spontaneous mutations that were not inherited may play a role. If autism is increasing something in the enviroment in the mother or womb would seem to be inducing these possible mutations. It is likely autism is mainly genetic in some cases(proven to be in a small amount) and a mix of genes and enviroment in others and mainly, if not totally, enviromental in others with only certain hla halotypes being suceptible in enviroment only cases. My own speculation is that something in the mix is DNA damage relating to telomeres and that a degree of inflamation and low grade ischemia relating to vascular tissues brews and may be triggered in many along the pre-natal and post natal periods. These factors might acount for accelerated neuron growth, altered mitochondira, some immune dysfunction, and apoptosis. I believe many have tried biomed with no success, even if they don’t think vaccines are a problem why can’t others believe that many have tried biomed with success? If doctors don’t believe recovery is possible they will likely never see it either. No one with either view has to be seen as ignorant, or wrong concerning what did or did not help their child.

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  50. J Bishop

    I have a child who has suffered multiple regressions. Yes, some significant ones were on the heels of vaccinations, one followed some dental work involving nitrous oxide and amalgam placement. I never questioned such exposures, and it took quite a bit of belated research and a lot of observation before I decided that for her, immune overload, toxic overload, is a significant part, if not the sole cause, of her condition. She would have somewhat lucid days, some progress, and days where things she knew were gone, often not to come back until retaught over a period of weeks. She would also experience negative moods for hours, sometimes days, and tantrums were innumerable.

    I didn’t try biomedical intervention until she was eight, and that only involved what I could do without access to a knowledgeable doctor, essentially a GFCF diet with nutritional supplementation, the removal or rotation of other foods she couldn’t tolerate, and working to remove unwanted or other hyperallergenic exposures from her environment. I saw significant improvement in her ability to focus and her awareness of what is going on around her and in her happiness, all of this before I ever heard of Jenny McCarthy. My child is far from recovered, her progress is slow, but regressions are now few and far between.

    Some of these interventions have helped my health as well. I feel the lessons we could and should be learning from our children on the spectrum are far-reaching in implication and application to other conditions.

    I’m grateful to Jenny for giving back 100 times over and to all those who have worked to understand the biology, prevent further harm, and find beneficial interventions for our children!

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  51. Mech

    We love you Jenny! Thanks for speaking out and giving us a voice! It is a hard platform to stand on and speak out. Thank you and God Bless You!

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  52. G. Provost

    My son was diagnosed by a man who is well respected in the field and basically against biomedical treatment. He believes in therapy and drugs. When my son was diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago he was considered severe. If he spoke it would be an echo of what he heard, nothing functional. He couldn’t point or gesture or stick out his tongue, his balance was terrible, he didn’t make eye contact, he didn’t notice (or care) about peers, he didn’t play appropriately with toys and would pick a toy for the day and run in a circle around the house. He toe walked, had PICA, and woke up in the night screaming unconsolably. As a nurse trained in modern medicine I (at first) was against biomedical treatment, but that was based off of what “others” said, and not based off of my own reading of the research. My mother in law gave me Jenny’s book, “Louder than Words” and I tossed it a side. As I began to slowly heal emotinally from the blow of my son’s diagnosis, I began to read reasech for myself and began to form my own opinions. We began the GFCF diet and watched a miracle unfold infront of my eyes. (As a side note, we began the diet BEFORE his therapies were increased, and I’m pretty sure any child would not have such a huge jump indevelopment in la 2 week span of time) His therapists (he was getting early intervention for a year prior to his diagnosis) were astonished and said that he wasn’t even the same child anymore. It was like he came out of his “fog”. After about a year of biomedical treatment and alot of hard work, my son is now considered high functioning. 6 months ago I finally I read that book my mother in law gave me, and I cried all the way through it. This IS our story. Thank-God for those out there not afraid to be called crazy. Without them, my children would be the healthy interactive little people they are today. Call me crazy all you want…I don’t care what you think of me…my kids are healthy, happy and on their way to a life they may have not had the opportunity for if it wern’t for people like Jenny, Generation Rescue and ARI. People only call her (and these organizations) dangerous because they don’t actually READ everything. If biomedical treatment is done under the care of a good doctor (which also require research sometimes), who is trained in biomedical treatment, then it isn’t dangerous at all. There are SO MANY kids out there who could be SO much healthier, but I think stubborness and refusal to listen take over. In my opinion, mainstream medicine has really done a HUGE disservice to this children who deserve so much more.

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  53. Anonymous

    Well, whether CBS actually supports this nutcase or not, looks like they have achieved exactly what they want with this trollbait post – lots and lots of pageviews. Well done! Maybe this could be a series on insane conspiracy theories. I’m looking forward to the posts on 9/11 truthers and Holocaust deniers. Can’t wait!

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    • Matt Carey

      “I’m looking forward to the posts on 9/11 truthers and Holocaust deniers.”

      You aren’t the first to draw this parallel. Keep in mind, Jenny McCarthy doesn’t represent the autism community.

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      • Anonymous

        Oh, trust me, I know, and I feel for you. I two very dear friends who have autistic children, and they are enraged by the damage Jenny McCarthy and her supporters have done.

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        • Julie Leonardo

          And what damage has she done, exactly? Wait, let me guess. She questioned the safety of vaccines, some listened to her, and now she is being blamed for children who did not get vaccinated and who died from disease. I feel awful for those families, I really do. And I hope that my children never get that sick (I have stopped vaxing my own child as kids with Down Syndrome automatically suffer from mitochondrial dysfunction, and they are also more susceptible to the diseases, so I am very aware of the possible consequences of either action.) However, as a full grown, mature adult, I do my own research. I don’t blame anyone but myself for not protecting her against autism. Nobody wants to take responsibility anymore for their actions. I would love to kick the establishment’s butt, however ultimately it was my decision to have all of her birth interventions, vaccinations, and give her the foods and antibiotics that she had. MY DECISION, no matter what anyone else said. Jenny voiced her opinion, but I AM THE PARENT. I need to do my own research. If Mina succumbs to an illness because of not vaccinating her any furthur, then it is MY FAULT. You hear me? MY FAULT, not Jenny’s, the warrior mom down the block, or anybody else. Jenny is not to blame. There are repercussions to every action we take, so we need to do our best with the information at hand. We are grown ups with brains, let’s use them and not blame somebody else for our choice, especially not another mom.

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  54. Maurine meleck

    The autism community and I are so grateful to jenny for all she has done for our children. Thank heavens she was able to get on television and say what we had been wanting to say for years. One grandson of mine has totally recovered from autism with bio-med treatment and the other grandchild is on his way to recovery. I express my sincere gratitude to jenny for all she has done for the autism community all over the world. We love her.
    Maurine meleck, SC

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    • Matt Carey

      I am a part of the autism community, as is my entire family.

      Neither Maurine Meleck nor Jenny McCarthy speak for me. I am certainly not grateful for the efforts of Jenny McCarthy.

      Both have spread misinformation and fear. I can’t point to a single thing that Jenny McCarthy has done which has made life better for the autism communities, and I can point to a number of things she has done which have made life worse.

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      • Taximom5

        Matt Carey: “I can’t point to a single thing that Jenny McCarthy has done which has made life better for the autism communities,”

        Then you must be blind.

        She has made it impossible to ignore that many autistic children are suffering from MEDICAL CONDITIONS (such as food intolerances and vaccine reactions) that can be treated–and treating those MEDICAL CONDITIONS can reduce and even eliminate the neurological effects that result in autism.

        She has also publicized the fact that doctors not only can be wrong, but that for decades, they HAVE been wrong about autism. Until she spoke out, most parents were literally unaware that the learned doctors knew less about autism than the parents.

        She has also helped to publicize the FACT that the studies (none independent, all funded by the industry that profits from the sale of the vaccines “studied”) held up as “proof” of a lack of autism/vaccine link are, in fact, deeply flawed, and even intentionally skewed, and are rife with financial conflicts of interest (aka “tobacco science”).

        Until she spoke out about this, most parents were convinced that the “science” somehow PROVED safety of vaccines, when in fact, nothing of the kind has happened, any more than the studies funded by tobacco giants “PROVED” safety of cigarettes.

        We now know better, and no pharma shill can take that knowledge away, no matter how much they might lie about “science.”

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  55. Anonymous

    By the way, this may be a cliche, but it’s it’s still an important principle. To all of the people droning on about their boring personal stories, please try to remember this: The plural of “anecdote” is not “data”. If you don’t understand what that means or how it is relevant, you really should spend some time to learn. (Oh haha, who am kidding? The deluded idiots posting here don’t want to learn anything.)

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  56. Anonymous

    to the person who joked regarding people listening to playboy bunnies instead of real doctors. keep this in mind …”Real” doctors have had very little training in nutrition. Our bodies are in constant contact with food. Doctors would rather write you a prescription (like a trained monkey) than actually help and put some thought into what food reactions might be going on. and i”m also a firm believer that over-medication is what got a lot of kids to this point in the first place. Leaky gut (from antibiotic overuse…without probiotics) can make the body more sensitive to food allergies. “Real” doctors don’t even think for a second about how food allergies/intolerances can affect behavior and development. The doctors I trust are the ones who have proven that they can think outside the box. The ones who go against what the AAP tells them to do because they have used their intelligence and observations to LEARN and ADAPT as our understanding of the human body and its interactions with the environment CHANGES. Medicine is constantly changing and most seem to be lagging behind.
    Amazingly, some of us have put incredible amounts of thought and years of research into these decisions. Good, educated thought. Does it bother you that someone as pretty and maybe provocative as Jenny McCarthy understands more than you do? guess so. Be careful with all those judgments you throw around. The way I see it, the people who are pro-AAP vaccine schedule are just as dangerous as those who are completely anti-vaccine. The right answer is probably somewhere in the middle…ditching the vaccines that are given (or given too early) for the convenience of the docs/parents. i’ve never actually felt that my baby was at risk for contracting Hep B by a nurse in the hospital. and since I don’t work in the health care industry, pretty sure that’s something my baby doesn’t need until later. like upon entrance to college…like I did in 1994. too much of a good thing, people.

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  57. Anonymous

    I thought that Jenny decided that her son had Landau_Kleffner Syndrome and not ASD. Do smoothies cure that, too?

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  58. Anonymous

    “To all of the people droning on about their boring personal stories…”

    If it bores you find something to read that is exciting.

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    • Anonymous

      Well, I pretty much haven’t read any of the personal stories, as they are irrelevant. This issue is not one that should be clouded by the overwhelming emotion people have when they believe someone or something has harmed their children, no matter how misguided that belief may be.

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      • Anonymous

        Calling those stories “boring” is an emotional assessment, doubly emotional since you haven’t read them, so by your standards you may very well be misguided about their value. That is, unless boring is purely objective.

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        • Anonymous

          Uh, no, actually it’s a subjective assessment. Subjective and emotional do not mean the same thing.

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          • Anonymous

            You really need to think your reply through.

          • Anonymous

            On second thought, I will explain what I mean.
            You said:
            “Subjective and emotional do not mean the same thing.”

            I did not say or imply that they did. But, boredom is an emotional state and boredom is subjective. Therefore, boring is emotional and subjective like any other emotional response. This means your particular subjective assessment that the stories are boring is also an emotional assessment. Your opinion about them “droning on” could be interpreted as merely a subjective assessment, yet it feels that you are emoting in this as well.

            “Boredom is an emotional state experienced when an individual is without any work or is not interested in their surroundings.”
            “Boredom has been defined by C. D. Fisher in terms of its central psychological processes: “an unpleasant, transient affective state…”

            Wiki – Boredom

  59. Anonymous

    If McCarthy is right, and autism can be cured, then what’s the big freaking deal? Why does it matter if they have it?

    (Just to be clear, I only wish to mock Jenny McCarthy, not those parents of autistic children who are interested in following science)

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    • Bill Smith

      Your government lies and they don’t like it when a movie star speaks the truth. They don’t care about a nobody speaking the truth, but a Rock Star tells the truth and they get pissed. They don’t like it when Rock Stars are anit war. You remenber when that girl on thedixie Chicks got on George Bush? She had threats and I bet they came from the government.

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    • Bill Smith

      Your government lies and they don’t like it when a movie star speaks the truth. They don’t care about a nobody speaking the truth, but a Rock Star tells the truth and they get pissed. They don’t like it when Rock Stars are anit war. You remenber when that girl on thedixie Chicks got on George Bush? She had threats and I bet they came from the government.

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  60. Anonymous

    What about those who are NO pro-Vaccine… but just aren’t pro biomed?

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  61. Anonymous

    Jenny, I do hope that you have a bodyguard or personal protection. Reading some of the very angry and hateful comments from your detractors makes me truly worry about your safety. Some of the people have some serious anger issues, and I wouldn’t put it past them to threaten to do you bodily harm. Please be careful, and thank you for being an advocate for your son.

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  62. Anonymous

    The proceeds from the Rescue Bullet will go towards helping real families who wish to try biomedical protocols that theyotherwise not afford them without the help of GR. While it might not be for everyone, the fact that the sale of this product will help families with autism get some help , even if you don’t personally understand or have experienced the benefits, should be honored. You don’t have to like or agree with Jenny, or even buy the product but this is a fund raiser for a charity. I didn’t realize that it always has to be a debate, and name calling isn’t going to change the mind of anyone. Give parents some credit about making informed decisions and researching how they choose to help their child. No matter how the info gets out (actress, activist or lawyer), it will help SOME family with autism, even if it isn’t yours. Thanks to all that want to help real families dealing with autism – GR helped ours. I don’t see many autism organizations doing much more than PR, to a world that doesn’t seem to truly care unless it directly affects their own child. Jenny, Lisa Ackerman, KIM.. thanks for giving hope to families even in the face of such negativity. We need it, even if the rest of the world fails to understand and is more interested in being “right”, which seems to equate to “superior”. How about working on acceptance?

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  63. AussieMum

    Anonymous

    Are you a shill for Big Pharma!?

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  64. Anonymous

    No one should say that they’re sorry your child has autism…. your child autism or not is a blessing.

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  65. Kiwismommy

    I love the people on here you think you can somehow harm a child on a GFCF diet and that giving our children healthy foods and supplements is somehow tantamount to mistreatment. These same people wouldn’t bat an eye if I loaded my child up on Paxil, Ritalin, Risperdal, or any other “prescribed” medicine that simply puts my child in a pharmaceutical straight jacket. In fact, I would be eligible for “Mother of the Year”. But ensuring she gets healthy food and balanced vitamins and minerals and whoa Nellie I am a mislead fruitcake. HMMM! I wonder he who is being mislead.
    I didn’t see anyone speaking up when families dealt with autistic children that limited their own food intake to one or two items or ate sand or wood chips or other dangerous items. But NNNOOOOO not gluten and casein free, you horrible moms. My child, expanded her diet to hundreds of items once the offending proteins were removed, so the diet was life-saving.
    And as far as anectdotal evidence. Well it is just a diet, I’m not agreeing to let a doctor remove half my child’s brain or something (which is done) It’s a diet. Then after my child seemed to make what could only be termed as “miraculous” changes on the diet, after a few years I purposely “challenged’ the diet by giving my child small amounts of gluten or casein. She regressed, bit herself again, sat laughing for hours without stopping. So we immediately went back on the diet and all was well again. So to not keep my child on the diet would have been abuse and neglect.
    You can call that anectdotal, I call it real life and the health and safety of my child. And to be honest I don’t really give a rip what you think. Your thinking is completely upside down and backward to reality.

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    • Julie Leonardo

      AMEN! I cannot believe the amount of vitriol these people are spewing, it’s ridiculous. My daughter ate much better once I took the offenders out. She eats tons of vegetables, applesauce, meats, and seeds. She doesn’t chew, so breads are out of the question at this point. However even her teacher calls her the “picture of health.” All of this on a gluten, casein, and soy diet. Before this, she ate only Gerber stew and raviolis in a can, tons of yogurt, cheerios, and goldfish crackers, and she drank tons of milk. She wouldn’t look at us or anything, and she was horribly constipated, taking Miralax everyday just to go to the bathroom. She changed her diet, and a couple of days later, she started laughing and becoming more engaged in her environment. A lot more. She now will take a bite of something even if she is not so sure she wants it. That’s more than the crying and screaming I would get before. I could go on more, but I won’t. Her teachers called her a “new child.”

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  66. Autism Mamma

    Jenny McCarthy Rocks! Thanks for bringing more much needed attention to treatment for ASD Jenny. Autism IS treatable and reversible! Go Warrior Moms & Dads!!!

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  67. Taximom5

    kiwismommy, some people will look at these kinds of anecdotes–where nobody is selling a specific product, or a supplement, or a vaccine, and autistic children’s symptoms drastically improve–and they will say, “hmm, something here seems to be working! Let’s find out what it is and WHY.”

    Others will attack the messenger: “She’s just a dumb bunny, what does she know?” “Her son never really had autism!” “These fools (whose children’s symptoms improved) are daring to listen to an actress rather than a doctor (who is paid by the pharm industry to prescribe ADD drugs)!” “These people are misguided and over-emotional!”

    Gee, wonder which ones might be either paid by or brainwashed by the pharmaceutical industry?

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  68. Lynn

    Jenny McCarthy has helped thousands of parents and children with autism. She is a heroine. Indeed her story is not unique because the kind of injury her son endured and recovered from is very similar to tens of thousands of others, including my son. My son has recovered as well, and those who knew him before and after (doctors and therapists included) cannot believe the difference in him which has also been documented by medical and full-battery psychological tests. Recovery from autism IS happening. Check out Dr. Robert Sears “The Autism Book” for statistics about this.

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  69. Warrior in Plano

    Super J will always rock. I wish we had an army of people strong like her to speak out against Big Pharma who are the evil purse strings to our many elected officials and we need someone to speak out for the little people who are too often ignored. And to you haters out there, really you have no other good use of your time? I hope you get outside today and talk to someone cause I am afraid they might want to change your mind. Best wishes to all our sick kiddos and I hope all of them will not be ignored and some more people will be brave enough to help them.

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  70. Anonymous

    I have one son who has recovered fully and list his diagnosis with the Developmental Pediatrician. I have another son who is making HUGE progress. Those who say “real” autism cannot be healed are intimidated by us warrior parents because it makes them look lazy and unwilling to go the distance for their child.

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  71. jr23

    Just stop listening to celebrities for medical advice, diet, etc.
    Put a very guarded value on early reports in the news even when quoted from medical journals they are for putting ideas to the medical and scientific community to see if the idea can be compared and duplicated by other researchers, after more studies then if they work the idea can go into general accepted treatment,

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  72. ClimbingMountains

    I feel really bad for the children of the parents who have too much pride in their hard-heads to actually listen to what Jenny & many others have to say regarding autism recovery. The poor children suffering in silence who wont have the opportunities to reach their full potential. It makes me sick 2 my stomach & quite honestly I just dont get why any parent wouldnt go 2 the ends of the earth (we moved cross country for my son) trying to help their child overcome the obstacles & challenges they face daily living w autism. 
    Therapies&ABA can work& ofcourse r necessary. (Doing nothing? Quite frankly,that’s neglect!) But therapists need a willing & able client in order to give effective therapy. And how can u not try it all if it MAY help, for the sake of ur child?!?!
    Ask any educator(which I am), a child that is unhealthy, head in a fog, distracted easily, in pain, emotional,hyperactive, exhausted, cranky,nautious,restless….THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LEARN. With autism its even more complicated bc these children NEED TO LEARN HOW TO LEARN FIRST!!! 
    Biomed is a long-term, commitment to healthy lifestyle & toxin free living. Biomedical treatment heals our children from the inside out undoing the damage that vaccines & other environmental toxins caused. Children w autism become healthy. It isnt until our children r physically, mentally, & emotionally present that they can fully LEARN & aquire skills once lost & move closer towards an age appropriate developmental level. Ask any therapist-they will tell u that clients following biomed r more successful during sessions & reach long-term goals faster. Therapy becomes EXTREMELY effective & THAT is why children, like Evan, and my son, improve on many levels & eventually recover. 
    My son started all his therapy  (ST, OT, SI) at 22 months old. Took the first 3 months to finally get the hang of sitting in a chair. Yep,3 months for a toddler to learn how to sit in a kiddie chair at a kiddie table for 2 min.It took 3 months just for my son to learn how to sit still for 2 min!!! Can u say frustration? It was like trying to climb a mountain holding on w one hand while being pushed backwards. Watching your child struggle is beyond heart-breaking. We all worked very hard. Hanging on to every lil glimmer of possible success was barely enough motivation. I HAD to take matters into my own hands & try a diff approach. Not ‘instead of’ but ‘in addition to’. My mother instinct was screaming & would not shut up.
    One fateful day after watching Jenny on Oprah, aprox 6 mo into therapy, I decided to go cold turkey GFCF THAT NIGHT! Taking my toddler& newborn on a 30 min drive on a snowy winter night to an unknown store bc they might sell gluten free food was the BEST desicion I ever made! A few months later started supplements, epsom salt/clay baths, & most importantly learned the truth about vaccines by reading ALOT. Looked back at my son’s history (that story’s for another day)  & it all started making sense. He was undoubtedly damaged. 
     I know ppl say things like their kid started speaking full sentences 2 days after removing gluten & while Id never discount those parents stories, I can see why ppl think its BS. Many autism parents claim biomed didnt work for their child, or they think the diet was limiting & they felt their kid was being deprived. Here’s the thing: they DID not try it long enough, did not give it 100% effort, & thought their kid would wake up the next day “cured”. They got hung on the words of those parents that claimed overnight success & called BS prematurely. Had they continued their own research, stood their ground to dr’s & naysayers, stuck to it faithfully (more than 1yr), guaranteed they wouldve seen changes & if anything improvemnt in their child’s diet.
    I will tell u truthfully for us, the improvements were gradual & not immediate. But I never lost hope. And those that know, know-THAT is the secret to recovery!
    After 2 weeks he actually sat on  his own & enjoyed a whole 30 min show. He never could sit still. Shocking! Within a month he was no longer constipated, finally slept thru the night, hyperactivity decreased, answered to his name & followed directions better. By 3.5, just 1 yr later, my son made tremendous gains overall. He was communicating his needs/wants, using spontaneous speech during social interaction w fam& friends, & completly potty trained.At 4.5 “graduated” sp ed preK speaking in full intelligible sentences. At 5 reading almost at Kgrade level, writing full name on his own, drawing amazing pics, & tells own (funny!) stories. Creative imagination building w legos& blocks. When he was 3 his finger muscles were so weak he couldnt snap 2 baby legos together.Now he’s making castles& transformers! He spent 50% of each K day in mainstream & graduated w his peers. We all cried! Now 5.5 looking forward to 70% of each first grade day in the mainstream class! He is climbing mountains! Right now, we r what I would call ‘managed recovery’ & he is indistinguishable amongst his peers. This yr I can say, I finally got the feeling like we’re meeting for the first time.
    I honestly dont know where my son would be if it wasnt for Jenny being so outspoken on Oprah that fateful day& my aunt who consequently ordered Louder than Words for me. All I can say is Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
    Jenny didnt give me false hope or ideas of a cure. She gave me tools & I ran with them. I made them work for me & my family. She has opened doors for Autism parents who r too busy dealing w no sleep, meltdowns & safety issues bc she has been there. She knows theyre looking for real life everyday tools&solutions to make their childs life easier&better! Jenny is just 1mom of many sharing “what tools worked” for her. I took advice from Jenny, Evan’s mom. Not Jenny the celebrity. I wish ppl would stop hating on her just cause she’s a celebrity. She doesnt need autism awareness to stay in the spotlight, she has many other talents to stay relevent in Hollywood. She’s standing up for what she believes in & sharing her son’s success bc like all moms, she is proud of how far he’s come. 
    At 20 mo old, a woman came to my house w a stack of paperwork & told me my child would prob never be able to say clear complete sentences & that he wouldnt be able to attend a Kndgn in a public sch setting. I wish I could send her the video of him happily singing on stage at his Kgrad ceremony!
    Never underestimate the power of consistency,determination, & hope of a mother warrior!!!

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  73. ClimbingMountains

    I feel really bad for the children of the parents who have too much pride in their hard-heads to actually listen to what Jenny & many others have to say regarding autism recovery. The poor children suffering in silence who wont have the opportunities to reach their full potential. It makes me sick 2 my stomach & quite honestly I just dont get why any parent wouldnt go 2 the ends of the earth (we moved cross country for my son) trying to help their child overcome the obstacles & challenges they face daily living w autism. 
    Therapies&ABA can work& ofcourse r necessary. (Doing nothing? Quite frankly,that’s neglect!) But therapists need a willing & able client in order to give effective therapy. And how can u not try it all if it MAY help, for the sake of ur child?!?!
    Ask any educator(which I am), a child that is unhealthy, head in a fog, distracted easily, in pain, emotional,hyperactive, exhausted, cranky,nautious,restless….THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LEARN. With autism its even more complicated bc these children NEED TO LEARN HOW TO LEARN FIRST!!! 
    Biomed is a long-term, commitment to healthy lifestyle & toxin free living. Biomedical treatment heals our children from the inside out undoing the damage that vaccines & other environmental toxins caused. Children w autism become healthy. It isnt until our children r physically, mentally, & emotionally present that they can fully LEARN & aquire skills once lost & move closer towards an age appropriate developmental level. Ask any therapist-they will tell u that clients following biomed r more successful during sessions & reach long-term goals faster. Therapy becomes EXTREMELY effective & THAT is why children, like Evan, and my son, improve on many levels & eventually recover. 
    My son started all his therapy  (ST, OT, SI) at 22 months old. Took the first 3 months to finally get the hang of sitting in a chair. Yep,3 months for a toddler to learn how to sit in a kiddie chair at a kiddie table for 2 min.It took 3 months just for my son to learn how to sit still for 2 min!!! Can u say frustration? It was like trying to climb a mountain holding on w one hand while being pushed backwards. Watching your child struggle is beyond heart-breaking. We all worked very hard. Hanging on to every lil glimmer of possible success was barely enough motivation. I HAD to take matters into my own hands & try a diff approach. Not ‘instead of’ but ‘in addition to’. My mother instinct was screaming & would not shut up.
    One fateful day after watching Jenny on Oprah, aprox 6 mo into therapy, I decided to go cold turkey GFCF THAT NIGHT! Taking my toddler& newborn on a 30 min drive on a snowy winter night to an unknown store bc they might sell gluten free food was the BEST desicion I ever made! A few months later started supplements, epsom salt/clay baths, & most importantly learned the truth about vaccines by reading ALOT. Looked back at my son’s history (that story’s for another day)  & it all started making sense. He was undoubtedly damaged. 
     I know ppl say things like their kid started speaking full sentences 2 days after removing gluten & while Id never discount those parents stories, I can see why ppl think its BS. Many autism parents claim biomed didnt work for their child, or they think the diet was limiting & they felt their kid was being deprived. Here’s the thing: they DID not try it long enough, did not give it 100% effort, & thought their kid would wake up the next day “cured”. They got hung on the words of those parents that claimed overnight success & called BS prematurely. Had they continued their own research, stood their ground to dr’s & naysayers, stuck to it faithfully (more than 1yr), guaranteed they wouldve seen changes & if anything improvemnt in their child’s diet.
    I will tell u truthfully for us, the improvements were gradual & not immediate. But I never lost hope. And those that know, know-THAT is the secret to recovery!
    After 2 weeks he actually sat on  his own & enjoyed a whole 30 min show. He never could sit still. Shocking! Within a month he was no longer constipated, finally slept thru the night, hyperactivity decreased, answered to his name & followed directions better. By 3.5, just 1 yr later, my son made tremendous gains overall. He was communicating his needs/wants, using spontaneous speech during social interaction w fam& friends, & completly potty trained.At 4.5 “graduated” sp ed preK speaking in full intelligible sentences. At 5 reading almost at Kgrade level, writing full name on his own, drawing amazing pics, & tells own (funny!) stories. Creative imagination building w legos& blocks. When he was 3 his finger muscles were so weak he couldnt snap 2 baby legos together.Now he’s making castles& transformers! He spent 50% of each K day in mainstream & graduated w his peers. We all cried! Now 5.5 looking forward to 70% of each first grade day in the mainstream class! He is climbing mountains! Right now, we r what I would call ‘managed recovery’ & he is indistinguishable amongst his peers. This yr I can say, I finally got the feeling like we’re meeting for the first time.
    I honestly dont know where my son would be if it wasnt for Jenny being so outspoken on Oprah that fateful day& my aunt who consequently ordered Louder than Words for me. All I can say is Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
    Jenny didnt give me false hope or ideas of a cure. She gave me tools & I ran with them. I made them work for me & my family. She has opened doors for Autism parents who r too busy dealing w no sleep, meltdowns & safety issues bc she has been there. She knows theyre looking for real life everyday tools&solutions to make their childs life easier&better! Jenny is just 1mom of many sharing “what tools worked” for her. I took advice from Jenny, Evan’s mom. Not Jenny the celebrity. I wish ppl would stop hating on her just cause she’s a celebrity. She doesnt need autism awareness to stay in the spotlight, she has many other talents to stay relevent in Hollywood. She’s standing up for what she believes in & sharing her son’s success bc like all moms, she is proud of how far he’s come. 
    At 20 mo old, a woman came to my house w a stack of paperwork & told me my child would prob never be able to say clear complete sentences & that he wouldnt be able to attend a Kndgn in a public sch setting. I wish I could send her the video of him happily singing on stage at his Kgrad ceremony!
    Never underestimate the power of consistency,determination, & hope of a mother warrior!!!

    Reply
  74. Elizabeth

    I have worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools and in early intervention and each year I’ve worked with several different children with Autism (in mainstreamed classrooms, self-contained classrooms, and in the home). I’m not saying that biomedical treatments don’t work, but I have not seen any first hand to help the child as much as some other parents on here have said. About half of my kids’ parents have tried GFCF or just GF and it has only helped one child with having gut issues. If he’s on the diet, he doesn’t have as many accidents in his diaper, but that is the only change that we see at school. Sometimes, the parents are so hopeful that the diet is working that I think they see little differences that might have been happening before and try to say it is the diet. I have seen some ADHD drugs have different affects on children though, where some might help one child tremendously, another child is more withdrawn on the drugs. So I would say there is no reason to think that a change in your diet couldn’t help your child’s well-being (or possibly affect their behaviors negatively too).
    Anyway, I’d also like people to give more credit to all of the Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Developmental Specialists, Special Ed teachers that are truly helping kids progress. In the schools, I’ve worked with children between 2-5 who too often get an Autism diagnosis right at 2 from a doctor, when really they have some developmental delays, but with therapy, they may just have a learning disability or no label at all. In the schools that I work at, the psychologists try not to label a child with anything but Developmental Delay (if they fit the criteria). Some kids’ developmental delays may look like Autism at a young age, but just be quirks or nothing as they grow up. To be clear though, I’m not saying anyone here has a son or daughter who didn’t originally have the Autism characteristics.
    Wow, sorry that was so long.

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    • Nick

      Elizabeth:
      It is a tremendous work that many of those who work with autism do, and I admire those who do such work. There are a lot of unknowns. I do have a problem with those who are vitriolic about certain biomedical treatments, but understand the reasonable concern that things like chelation, and to some degree exclusion diets, carry some risk. It seems to me that the trumpeting of these very rare serious reactions to chelation treatments, mainly due to an improper administration, are interpreted to mean it is simply dangerous and to be discouraged and the parents of those children are therefore to be frowned upon. I have heard of only a handful of reports that a child has incurred damage from chelation and the few who have were accenuated in the news as though it is a common outcome. I have never read a child hospitalized due to a parent directing a biomed diet though it could be that for some harm or suffering could be being inflicted. Most treamtents carry possible downsides, but GF-CF should not be a problem nutritionally with the many food alternatives and and vitamins which are part of the biomed approach anyhow. Celiacs and Lactose intolerants may need supplements too, but they are much better for the exclusion diets. With the attention paid to biomed over the last several years it is possible that a significant number of children have improved because there parents used the biomed approach and by the time these children are of school age they do not need the therapies and classes available, so they are never noted by the teachers and therapists. I think, but do not know the numbers, many parents have tried the biomed approach and since there is no effort to poll for those who state their child was improved or recovered to a functional degree when such children enter school they are somewhat invisible in regard to how many biomed is claimed to have helped. Are those who state it has helped to be believed is the question. I mainly do accepting misinterperetations are a part of life.
      The idea that an exclusion or addition of an ingestible non-drug could impact autism is not confined to just parents.

      New study shows low cholesterol levels could have negative effect on autism

      “Today Rose is reading, smiling, and interacting like never before. And a packet of cholesterol could have helped make the difference.

      As part of a clinical trial, the Barkers added a packet of cholesterol to Rose’s diet twice a day and that simple act may have had a profound effect.

      Dr. Eugene Arnold with Ohio State University Medical Center says, “It’s possible that too low cholesterol could be one of several causes of autism, affecting a sub-group of children with autism.”

      Dr. Arnold launched an initial study with a simple premise. Knowing that proper levels of cholesterol are essential for brain development and function, he wanted to see if increasing cholesterol could reduce symptoms in autism.”

      If her choleserol level is relevant to her autism, I wonder why her levels were low?

      abc2news.com/dpp/news/health/childrens_health/new-study-shows-low-cholesterol-levels-could-have-negative-effect-on-autism

      The next article is about genetic defect in cholesterol metabolism, but it may inform what altered cholesterol levels may effect.

      Research Demonstrates Immune System Connection to Low-Cholesterol Syndrome

      “Juan Rivera, Ph.D., director of the NIAMS Office of Science and Technology and chief of the Molecular Inflammation Section, became interested in SLOS because his lab had been studying a type of inflammatory cell called a mast cell, the principal cell in triggering allergies, including food intolerances. In previous studies, his group had found that cholesterol is a key component in mast cells’ ability to initiate signals that tell other inflammatory cells to either rev up or slow down. “We made the hypothesis that one of the issues related to the food intolerance is that these mast cells are somewhat more hyper-responsive in these individuals and that led them to being easily triggered,” he says.”

      niams.nih.gov/News_and_Events/Spotlight_on_Research/2006/low_cholesterol_syndrome.asp

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  75. Natasa

    Thank you Jenny for all you do!!!!

    And you are doing a fantastic job reaching out those parents who are hard to reach – you success can be measured by the amount of hatred spewn out by those ‘anons’ here who are desperate for our society (and future parents) to cling to the myth of autism as a psychological, genetic, hard-wired and incurable. Wheras in fact ‘autism’, i.e. its surface symptoms, is nothing but a visible manifestation of a neuroimmune disease process that is plaguing our kids.

    For those parents (or future parents) who are interested in this, the scientific findings are easy to find through PubMed and similar places – there are plenty of studies out there showing that there is an inflammatory disease process going on in autism. Several post mortem studies show chronic inflammation going on in the brain (esp microglia). There are numerous immune, metabolic, nutritional, digestive, hormonal, neurotransmitter and sensory abnormalities showing in autism, with several excellent studies that came out in recent months that confirm this.

    What is also most interesting is that more often than not the severity of autism correlates with the degree of abnormal medical findings in those studies. For example the levels in the blood of some molecules that are markers of autoimmune disease correlates with severity of autism in those who were studied, the levels of bacterial toxins present in the blood correlates with autism severity in another one etc.

    ‘Autism’ is nothing more but a medical condition. We don’t have a ‘cure’ for it in the same way that there is currently no universal cure for cancer. But there are many available treatments, and just like with cancer, some will work for some and not for others.

    Don’t ever give up please!

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  76. Heredia

    Jenny McCarthy’s story about her son doesn’t make sense. He was diagnosed in 2005, and by August 2008, she had already WRITTEN a book on how she cured him, with chelation therapy and a special diet, no less. Even high functioning autistics aren’t cured. Her son was most likely misdiagnosed. And she, sadly, jumped into the role of a mother with an autistic child way too fast. Even to the point of creating “groupthink” among her devoted followers. It is truly amazing few are examing how her son’s alleged autism unfolded and how quickly he came out of it. This is more consistent with Landau-Kleffner syndrome (acquired asphasia, hand flapping, averted gaze). It is equally interesting that after Evan received medication for his seizures, he radically improved. The McCarthy autism story represents a colossal failure in journalism to investigate her story. McCarthy has given a false face to autism and has created false hope for many. She has truly made a mockery of real autism. It is time she admits what she already knows. She can’t keep playing the role of a mother of an autistic child. It must be easy to cure something that never was….it must be harder to admit the neurologist rushed to diagnose a disorder. Jenny must have a great PR team, because they just keep slamming the public with more and more phony stories that are hijacked from other parents of real autistic children. Notice how McCarthy always tries to align herself with “other parents of autistic children,” as if that makes her one of them. She also uses professionals who don’t care about the truth of her son not ever being autistic, so that cover her in a veil of some kind of authenticity. It’s very manipulative and calculating. She is using the autism community. Her son never had autism. He doesn’t have autism.

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  77. Anonymous

    Heredia,
    Your rejection of Jenny’s account, and that her son had/has autism is based on one position you state. It is, “Even high functioning autistics aren’t cured.” Once you take this postion it would not matter if she said it took her 5 or 50 years to deal with his issues or if she ever wrote a book. But, you have apparently further convinced yourself in the course of your post that you know Jenny’s wrong on all counts. You start out with “Her son was most likely misdiagnosed.” and end with “Her son never had autism. He doesn’t have autism.”

    That said, this “can’t be treated/cured” and “can be treated/cured” argument has been cycled a lot in this thread already and the sailent points are likely redundant at this point.

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  78. Anonymous

    She makes me both sad and angry. I hate that so many have decided to listen to Jenny McCarthy’s BS and disregard science, researchers, doctors, etc. Working with children with autism, I realize parents’ heartbreak and desperation to blame something/ someone for what’s happening but this woman’s blatant lies and inability to accept her child for who he is has become both dangerous & incredibly sad. What about the parents who have spent their life savings, mortgaged their houses, quit their jobs to be full-time caregivers & do treatment 24hrs a day, etc and still their child has yet to be “cured?” How must they feel that she so casually offers all the answers & insists autism is “curable?”

    We have probably spent more energy & money disproving these ridiculous theories than on actual treatment & studies to discover the real causes of autism- essentially diverting the attention of our greatest scientific minds to wild goose chases. How many well-regarded, peer-reviewed studies will it take to discredit one horribly done study that turned out to be criminal fraud?

    And, for the record, I have come in contact with multiple professionals that have personally worked with Evan and people that know the family here in LA and all have no doubt this child has classic autism. I fear the day he realizes mommy is not okay with having a child who is different…

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  79. Anonymous

    “actual treatment & studies to discover the real causes of autism”
    While I don’t in many cases, you can rule out vaccines and still have all the other elements of biomedical treatment that Wakefield has no responsibility for creating. These treatments predated Wakefield’s paper. A Dr. Dohan proposed gluten as a trigger for neurological problems back in the 60′s and GF/CF preceded Wakefiled’s paper as well.
    McCarthy only used what she learned from others. What we have left is autism is either purely genetic or it is not. Even if it is found to involve genes at a primary level it is not implausible that the genetic expression in autism is being altered by enviromental factors which actually mediate the genetic changes that may lead to autism. What real causes do you propose exist besides genes? Something in the enviroment? If so, welcome aboard. It seems that those who reject the concepts of biomed completely have to think the only possible way to treat autism is through gene therapy or deal with it’s symptoms through therapy which is not all that effective from what I can discern. As for treatments almost anything imaginable is going to do something that is effected by biomed wether it be immune system function, inflamation, pathogens, toxins{including metals like aluminum and mercury}, hormones, neurotransmitters, digestion, vitamins, minerals, and hormones. If it is a new drug what might it change and by what mechanism? It is conceivable that some drug could help in synapse communication, but where is the first real step to such a drug? The research has been going on for decades and the researchers you appear to value have no treatments like this and are nearly as shy on explanations for what is causing it in most cases. Right now the main idea seems to be genes and the enviroment. We can’t do much with genes now, if they are a major factor, but the enviroment part is what biomed is all about.
    So, you fault the parents for doing things that many have seen to be very helpful and sharing their results? That is strange. You don’t have to mortgage your house to do a lot of things in biomed, but I do sympathize and even feel badly for parents who may have done such with no results. I think they did the right thing, but that’s my opinion. I can’t imagine many would quit their jobs if they could not afford to though, nor is it necessary.

    You say:
    “We have probably spent more energy & money disproving these ridiculous theories than on actual treatment…”

    Why do you want money spent to find an actual treatment when you say:
    “…this woman’s blatant lies and inability to accept her child for who he is…”

    So, wanting actual treatment is ok for eveyone but Jenny? It appears wanting an actual treament means you don’t accept your child as he or she is.

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