Is Your Child Autistic???

Mother Warriors - Jenny McCarthy...wife of Jim Carey...Mother of Evan Carey who is Autistic...wrote a book about on how she has cured her son of Autism!!!
@LadyMarissa (12165)
United States
October 4, 2008 4:22am CST
Jim Carey & Jenny McCarthy have an Autistic son named Evan. They found out when Evan was 3 that he was Autistic. Now he's 6 & NO longer has any symptoms. Jenny has written a book about their journey. Jenny shares some stories in her new book, Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds. According to Jenny it was a matter of diet adjustment, and I'll be sure to try & get an update on her son Evan. This book costs about $15.00 on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Mother-Warriors-Parents-Healing-Against/dp/0525950699/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223090406&sr=1-1 If your child is suffering from Autism, would you try a change in diet to give your child a so-called normal life???
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
4 Oct 08
I think if it would help them to have a better life I would. as far as "normal" what is that? I think normal is whatever your idea of normal is because no one has the same idea of what it is. If my child had any disability I would do what I could to make life easier for them IF THEY NEEDED it to be easier. I would not change their life to make it easier for me. They were made to be who they are, disabled or not.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
4 Oct 08
EXCELLENT ANSWER!!!
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• United States
4 Oct 08
Yes , I did hear about this, I am very interested in the diet that was used. MY nephew is autistic. I would be so happy to get him some help and off the medications. I am going to tell my brother about this. So he can research it better to help my nephew out! Thanks for starting this discussion!
@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Jenny was on Ellen Degeneres' show yesterday. As soon as I heard her story, I immediately thought of a discussion where one Mom said my son is autistic. I had only heard of one treatment but it cost over $200,000 per year. This just seemed so simple. I thought if I could just help one child!!! I realize it might not be the right solution for all as what works for one doesn't always work for the other. It just seems like such a simple thing to try. I do believe I would try it. If it doesn't work, you are only back where you started & you haven't burnt up a year (or more) salary. I have a friend whose child is autistic, I have forwarded this to her too. I fully believe that anything that will keep you off of meds, you are much better off!!! It's like being in total control of your own destiny again!!!
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Medication? For Autism? Does your nephew have other problems? There is no medication to treat or help Autism.
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• United States
20 Oct 08
Autism begets a lot of problems. The meds are mostly to control symptoms and keep him more controllable and less likely to hurt himself(or others now that heas getting bigget than both his parents)
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
4 Oct 08
I have a friend with an autistic child whom I have been trying to convince to change her diet for years. Not that it will cure all types of autism, as there are many, but statistics are showing that it helps a great deal. Even if it didn't work, at least try it to find out. Jenny was adamant about doing what she could, did some heavy research and would not give up. I also saw where they were able to do an ear piece, sort of like a hearing aid, but it puts a low level of white noise into their ear that drowns out much of the extraneous sounds that are part of the problem with many autistic children. They cannot process all of those extra noises and it seems to help. If I had an autistic child, I would be damned sure to be vigilant like Jenny and Jim. I feel that, as a parent, we must do all we can to assure our children have the best abilities to function in this world.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
4 Oct 08
AMEN!!! Evan has been blessed with parents who love him VERY much; He is one luck little fella!!!!!!
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I have never heard about this ear thing.... I'm interested in learning about that. If you find anymore info on that, please send me a link my way. My son has sensory issues && he at times can't even stand the sound of water running, dishwasher, washer && so on...
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@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I know that it was quite a few years ago on one of those news magazine shows. I've been looking up stuff on the internet. I am giving you the links, as I find them. I have to word things differently and it's a long search as I don't know exactly what they call it, but as I find more, I will post it. This first link is just a great website from a doctor that is really into prevention, as much as treatment. It's a link to many of the articles. http://search.mercola.com/Results.aspx?q=autism&k=autism http://www.boystownhospital.org/hearing/info/genetics/syndromes/autism.asp http://www.news-medical.net/?id=5494 http://www.dblink.org/lib/topics/cochlear-bib.htm (scroll down a bit) Do I believe that there is no cure? I am not sure, but I also believe that if there was a cure, that I am not so certain we would always know about it. Medicine is a huge industry that depends on us not being healthy, a whole other topic. I would continue to search for information, if I were you. It may not be a cure but it can be a help, if it's good for that child. I also found this quite interesting.... http://www.krysalis.net/autism1.htm
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
4 Oct 08
Yes i saw Jim Carey being interviewd on TV awhile ago and i think he said it is all to do with food, by changing the diet seemed to fix things, it would be good if this is the cure for all.
@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Changing our diet would FIX a lot of problems from A to Z
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
4 Oct 08
YESSSSSS, you are correct. I admire your strength to completely change your diet like that!!! Some of the things you mentioned I could live without. Some I could NOT!!!!!!
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@Barbietre (1442)
• United States
23 Oct 08
You would be surprised, it is easier than you think. I know the first time I did it, I went cold turkey, and the first two weeks were hard. You do physically go thru withdrawal....which goes to show you had bad the stuff is for you. But after that is is easier. Besides Janet and I have found ways to make things that taste even better than the things we gave up. Tonight I made a chocolate cake to die for. I used whey protein, eggs, cream cheese, a little leftover ricotta, baking powder, stevia sweetener. Nothing bad, all natural. Unless I told you it was minus the white stuff you would never have known. You know there are REAL studies out there that show how corn has had a bad effect on our lives. In fact did you know the Egyptians had heart disease? After they introduced white flours and corn products into their diets and sugars society as a whole were healthier. They did die young from diseases, but mainly due to poor hygeiene. In the Myan society the poor people lived outside of the cities and lived on flours and corn products. The richer people in the cities had ample protein, and guess what, they were healthier and TALLER! So yes, diet can prevent alot of bad things.
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@irishidid (8152)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Jenny McCarthy is fooling herself. She has said he still self stims which is a sign of autism. My daughter at nearly 21 years old still does. Diet had nothing to do with it. My daughter has never been on one of those nonsense diets and is doing very well. It is not the diet, but the parent actually paying attention to the child that makes the difference. There is no cure for autism.
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
5 Oct 08
The diets don't work for my son either, but what works for one, may not work for another. I know a few mom's that think the diet has helped && I know some that don't feel it works at all. I'm one of the mothers that can't see the change in his diet help. So far the progress I see in my son, I would have to say is from me spending so much time && doing therapy at home all day everyday. I know a lot of people say there is no cure, && as of now, your right, but I believe these parents that say the diet is helping could be telling the truth. It might be working for them. Who knows. Something sure is helping. && as far as Jenny.... I don't think she has ever said his Autism was 100% gone. She says it's helped in so many ways though. Like with his eye contact && so on.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Jenny did make the comment that there is no cure for autism. However, she did credit the diet with giving Evan a better quality of life.
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I think the diet could help. It works for some, but not 100%. I have heard mothers swear that cows milk is a no, no && to stop cows milk if you have an Autistic child. I have an Autistic child, we have tried all diets with him. We even followed Jenny's advice. Plus lots of therapy. We havn't seen progress, but I know it takes time. I guess what works for one, doesn't work for all.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I guess what works for one, doesn't work for all...SO TRUE!!! I'm just as sure that if you don't try, it's NOT going to work at all. I would like to thank you for ALL your input in this discussion. Not having an autistic child, I admit I have NO idea what the mothers of an autistic child have to deal with. I was just trying to share some information of hope.
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@littleowl (7157)
4 Oct 08
My daughter's friend has an autistic child and would probably be glad to know this bit of information if she doesn't already know...but if it was my child who was autistic then yes I would want to do whatever is possible to find some sort of thing to get rid of it or at least alleviate all the symptoms..thing is not the same thing works for everyone eh?...littleowl
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Yes, what works for one may not work for another. One thing for sure, it's NOT going to work if you don't try it!!! The only other treatment I had ever heard of cost over $200,000/year. That is unreachable by MOST who really need it!!!I would think that with food, you can make slow changes & work in the expense as needed/required.
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4 Oct 08
Hi LadyMarissa, I don't have any children and if I did have and autistic child, yes I would change the diet and be very attendtive and watchful and do all I can. Tamara
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Yes, Tamara, I'm sure you would!!!
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I would love to have seen the child before and after her so called diet cure. From what I have read here, the child still seems to be exhibiting autism characteristics and we must also remember that Austism is a spectrum disease and the severity of autism can vary greatly from one person to the next. And how did Jenny come up this diet, when all over the world people are trying to treat autism and she comes up with a cure -- someone recently came up with a link between autism and cow's milk. Personally she is deluding herself and giving false hope to people, She is right up there with Tom cruise.
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
25 Oct 08
The diet is called the GFCF diet. It has been around before Jenny even came out about her son being Autistic. It isn't a cure & it wasn't something she came up with. The diet has helped children with Autism, but it's not for everyone. I don't think it has cured any child with Autism, but some parents swear it has helped a lot with eye contact & speech. As for cows milk... I have heard that as well, but that is also with the GFCF diet. My son is on the diet, we don't give him cows milk, he drinks rice milk. I havn't noticed a change, but you never know I guess. I don't think just a diet can help. I strongly believe Autistic children need therapy at home & out of home. With that said, I still feel parents should try the diet, it wouldn't hurt. Some parents give up on the diet because it is hard & Autistic kids hate change & can be hard switching foods, but everything takes work & you never know, it could help with speech & eye contact in some Autistic children. False hope? I don't know... All I can say is in my situation, we don't see a change in the diet change. I feel if my child is going to change its going to be from all the hard work from therapy.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I agree with you 100% the change will be with work and therapy and the more, the earlier, the better. My concern is people will either concentrate entirely on the diet and expect wonders and thunders and in the meantime lose valuable therapy time or they will become stressed out from so much dealing with autism and putting in the stress of a diet will only make things worse and why add to an already bad situation when the potential for a positive outcome is very low if there at all.
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@Barbietre (1442)
• United States
23 Oct 08
I have also just read about something called miracle belt http://www.miraclebelt.com/faq.html. It is a weighted belt, and it seems to help with autism and ADHD.
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@Ford38 (41)
• United States
23 Oct 08
I haven't heard of the weighted belt, but weighted vests are good if used properly. The sensation of weight helps the child focus.
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
25 Oct 08
We have like a stretchy sling for our son. We wrap it around his chest up under his arms or sometimes over his shoulders. His therapy teacher got it for us & he loves it. I hear the pressure & weight helps them become more aware of their bodies. My son feels secure in his. It also helps some kids sleep that might have Autism/ADHD. I'll have to look into this belt. Thanks!
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@Ford38 (41)
• United States
23 Oct 08
I belong to a group where several of the mothers changed their child's diet. After seeing the kids through 6 months of meetings, I really haven't seen any change, or if their was a small change who is to say it wouldn't have happened without the diet change. Children with autism are finicky eaters, and I don't want my boy to go hungry for something that may not work. Not all kids with autism respond the same way to different treatments. But anyway, god bless Jenny and all she has done for the autism community.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Children with autism are not anymore finicky then children with out it. And you are right, about the diet-- I think much of it is wishful thinking.
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@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Debs - Actually children with Autism have way more problems with eating foods & trying new things. The main reason is because of their sensory issue. Autistic children have sensory problems, some higher then the other. This can cause the child to not like the feel/touch of his/her food or the smell. It's not that they are picky eaters, it's about sensory in most cases. I know an Autistic child that has never been able to adjust to any food & was tube fed for the first 2 years & is still having a hard time with food smells & texture.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I saw both Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carey on Oprah not too long and they were discussing about her son Evan. Yes, so much has to do with diet. Another advocate of how a radical change of diet is nutritionist Gary Null who also says to eliminate sugar, white flour...Also many are suspecting that many cases of ADHD is also linked to poor diets. Another thing is that some groups are making connections with all the childhood vaccines that kids are giving at an early age and too many at one time...many vaccines have thermisol which is a form of mercury...
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Thank you for the br....I'm thinking of getting Jenny McCarthy's book...if anything it sounds like an uplifting and inspirational type of book to read..and just maybe the type that one might need tissues nearby