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Jenny McCarthy has published a second book about autism. The book is entitled Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds and chronicles the battles of other mothers trying to find a way to help their children cope and thrive after the diagnosis. She went on Good Morning America this morning to talk about it. She also shared some more personal details about her now 6-year-old son, Evan, who was diagnosed at in 2005.
On the first signs that Evan wasn’t the typical child, like playing with door hinges, lining this toys up and flapping his hands: “When he’d get excited, he’d do this [imitates flapping hands] and that’s a very noticeable thing; I see kids in the grocery store and the airport flapping their arms.
On calling him ‘Buddha’ because he would just sit and stare: “I thought my son was very spiritual because he’d look outside the window for hours and not say anything, and I thought he was Buddha. And it was autism.”
On how long he’s been on the wheat- and dairy-free diet many mothers with autistic children are saying has helped: “Evan has been on the diet since 2005, and not only that, but we’re detoxing, we’re doing supplements, vitamins. And he is completely typical.”
On wondering if Evan ever had a sense of ‘retreating inside himself’: “He said to me, ‘Mom, do you remember, I used to be like Dori?’ From the movie from Nemo, who couldn’t remember her words. And he said, ‘I’m not like Dori anymore.’ And I said, ‘Oh my gosh.’ He says he had trouble getting words out. And it’s amazing that these kids actually do [remember]. I think a lot of our children are trapped inside and they’re quite aware, and hopefully parents out there will read these stories and see ‘I’m not just the only one.’
Continue reading to hear about why she decided to write a second book, her thoughts on vaccines, and a link to an excerpt.
On the reason she wanted to write this new book: “I went on tour in the past ten months, and 60,000 moms, who I talked to face-to-face, have the same story. It’s very real – our kids can get better.”
On agreeing that kids should still get vaccinated, but things need to change a little: “We agree, but we think the schedule is way too bloated. And we know for a fact that there’s been no research into multiple shots given at once.”
On the SEED study, being conducted by the CDC: “I would love to see an independent study. Not paid for by the CDC, not paid for by the pharmaceutical companies.”
Final thoughts: “All moms out there who are listening right now, please support these moms and listen to their stories, because this truly is the generation of Lorenzo’s Oil. We are saving our babies. Their stories are just as important.”
Also in the new book, there is a chapter by boyfriend Jim Carrey, who Jenny calls ‘the autism whisperer.’
“There’s some perverse pleasure in getting past failure. And also there’s a freedom in knowing, “ OK, I don’t have to be at the top of everybody’s list.” Every movie doesn’t have to work. I’m still fundamentally who I am. What’s really going to determine my happiness is my friends, my family, and the people I love—and how I feel about myself.”
English actress, television presenter and mom-of-three, Sheree Murphy, recently sat down with Female First to talk about her charity work and her busy family life. Sheree is launching the ‘Charmin Family Of The Year’ competition in conjunction with Banardos, to encourage families to spend more time together.
On what she has been up to lately: “Well, not a lot really. I had my baby, Matilda 6 months ago now and I’m just taking time out to be a mum really. With the last two, I was working in Emmerdale so I didn’t get to see them as much. It’s really nice to be at home and be a mum, you know. So I try to fit things in, like this campaign that I’m doing. But no, my children and family come first.” When asked if she plans to have more children, she replied “No, I’d like one more, but after that no more. I’ve always wanted four, so after that I think that’s it. I’m shutting up shop after that!”
On her involvement with Charmin and looking for the Family of the Year: “Yes sure. I’m looking for the Family of the year and it’s an ongoing competition and basically Charmin wanted to encourage families to spend more time together and we’re looking for a family that enjoy spending time together, you know. You don’t exactly need money to go out together and have fun. You know they can go out, go to the beach or whatever, just spend time together as a Family, which I think is great because your family should come first. That’s what the campaign is basically, So you can write in to nominate your family, or someone else’s family and we just want some positive stories, no more than 500 words and just to say about your family and what you get up to. And for every entry received Charmin will donate £1 to Banardos to help fund their charity. So the more entries we get, the better!”
On if she does other charity work: “I do some charity work, but you know with a family, I like to focus on them. But when things do come in, I hate saying no! you know anything involving families is really close to my heart so I try to do as much as I can . Family is really important, especially when you have kids yourself, it pulls at the heartstrings.”
On how she balances it all: “Oh, it’s super hard. I live in the North and my family live in the South and my husband’s family live in Australia, so it’s hard. We do really have to choose work. At the moment my husband’s playing football, so I’m in the house. But if there’s something I really want to do, then my mum comes up to look after the kids. It is hard though, we just juggle and I manage to get there. My kids come first, but I do love to work, once my husband comes back, I may go back to it.”
On if she’s working on any future projects: “I’m not looking for work right now, but when the time is right then great. There are things always coming in, but family comes first. I don’t want to leave the kids and go off. You have to think about things and asses them, but I’m very lucky and happy anyway right now!”
To read the rest of the interview, click here.
Source: Female First
Photo: Female First
Jaime Pressly recently said her 16-month-old son Dezi is addicted to Cuban coffee,
“My kid is really loud. He is just like ‘MOMMY’ all the time. And I’ll be standing right next to him. He means no harm. He just wants a cup of Cuban coffee!”
Jaime said her son’s addiction is being encouraged by her Cuban-born fiance, Eric Calvo, who is better known by his professional name Eric Cubiche,
“You think when Eric and Dezi are speaking to each other in Spanish they’re mad, but they’re really just saying, ‘Hey, do you want to go get a cup of coffee?’ “
The 31-year-old actress added her surprise that Dezi didn’t inherit his father’s dark skin,
“Eric is very, very, very dark. He’s Cuban with an olive complexion. Dezi came out looking like me. It’s pretty crazy! Although he does tan really well!”
Source: Female First
Photo: Pacific Coast News, August 9
Madonna and her children were photographed sightseeing in Athens, Greece. Madonna, who was in town for her Sticky & Sweet Tour, took in the historic city with her three children, Lourdes, Rocco and David.
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Just when you think things revolving around Heath Ledger’s estate have settled down, they heat back up again.
The trustee appointed to hold Heath’s $10 million life insurance policy money in trust for daughter Matilda is suing the life insurance company, ReliaStar Life Insurance Company, for claiming the actor’s death may have been a suicide, despite the fact the death was ruled accidental.
Instead of paying the $10 mil, ReliaStar instead decided to investigate whether Ledger committed suicide, which the trustee claims is a “transparent ploy to avoid paying the money.” Lawyers for the insurance company have claimed Ledger’s death was “suspicious” – and if it was a suicide, it would nullify the policy. The company alleges in its answer to the trustee’s lawsuit,
“ReliaStar is entitled to investigate Plaintiff’s claim to determine if the ‘Suicide’ provision is applicable.” That provision states, “If the Insured commits suicide … we will pay only the amount of premiums paid to us.”
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ReliaStar’s lawyers informed Matilda’s lawyers that they intend to take deposition from Mary-Kate Olsen, the masseuse who was in the apartment when Ledger died, Ledger’s co-stars on his last film, his agents, his doctors, psychologists, and others.
Matilda’s lawyers claim it’s just an attempt to drag the process out for what could be years in order to avoid paying the money.
As if that wasn’t enough, they are also trying to prove that Ledger lied on two applications questions: whether he was taking prescription drugs, and whether he was taking illegal drugs. They are investigating despite the California law that prohibits insurance companies from re-examining insurance applications after the policyholder dies. ReliaStar sent Matilda’s lawyers a letter demanding that they identify “all physicians who attended to [Ledger] and all hospitals or institutions where [he] was treated since 1996.” Matilda’s lawyers say the request blatantly violates the law.
ReliaStar released this statement to TMZ,
“No decision has been made on the claim.”
Photo: Pacific Coast News