Jenny McCarthy: Advocate for Autism
Before 2007, ask a woman “Who is Jenny McCarthy?” and she may not have been able to tell you. If you would ask a man, you could have gotten an answer of former Playboy Playmate, former host of MTV shows and guest appearances on a variety of shows. Jenny was not known for her “smarts”, but instead her physical attributes.
Jenny began changing her image by becoming an author during her pregnancy with the release of Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth and followed that release with Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood when her son was an infant. In 2007 she forever changed her image when she became a spokesperson and board member of Generationrescue.org, an organization with a mission of solving the mystery of Autism. The organization works on connecting new mothers of autistic children with those who have already begun the search for recovery.
Jenny became the spokesperson after her third book release of Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism in 2007 detailing the journey of her son, Evan and his Autism diagnosis at age three and what she considers now his recovery at age six. The book is an emotional read and changes any former perception of Jenny McCarthy one may have had before reading it.
In September, 2008, Jenny released her next book on Autism, Warrior Mothers: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds. Warrior Mothers details stories of mothers and their autistic children. Jenny’s book discusses biomedical interventions, not traditional medicine. Currently there is no cure for autism and no mode of treatment other than psychiatric medications to mask the symptoms. Many parents do not want their child to become dependent on a drug that may cause side effects, making the situation worse, which makes the pharmaceutical route less tempting. Biomedical Interventions involve a variety of natural supplements and new therapies guided by a DAN (Defeat Autism Now) Doctor.
Many people will probably feel that a book on Autism is much like a book about working on a 1965 Mustang, if you don’t own that car, then why read about it. With cases of Autism occurring 1 in every 150 children and 1 out of 94 in boys, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control, you can’t afford not to read this book or any other book about Autism. There is a possibility that if it does not touch you directly you will eventually know someone that it does affect. Perhaps even one might think back to the 1980’s when Cancer was becoming known, but not everyone could say that they knew someone who had been diagnosed or who was even a survivor of Cancer. Try asking someone about Cancer today.
Please be aware of the signs and symptoms so you too can be a proactive parent, a “warrior” parent. For more information on Autism please visit any of the following websites: