Mother Warriors

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Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds
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AuthorJenny McCarthy
CountryUnited States
PublisherDutton Penguin
Publication date
September 2008
Media typeHardcover
618.92/8588200922 22
LC ClassRJ506.A9 M4254 2008

Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds is the fifth book published by New York Times bestselling author, activist and television personality Jenny McCarthy.[1] Her previous book, Louder Than Words, reached #3 on the New York Times bestseller list, and has more than 200,000 hardcovers in print after 5 printings. Many of McCarthy's assertions within the book, such as that she cured her son's autism and the benefits of chelation are highly disputed within the medical and scientific community, as chelation therapy has been fatal in at least one instance.[2] The foreword was written by her son's pediatrician, Jay Gordon.[3]


The book shares the personal stories of several families fighting autism. These stories focus on alternative autism therapies that they try to heal their children, as well as McCarthy's own reminiscing about her autistic child and her outspoken and contentious activism. The book includes the daughter of the founder of Autism Speaks, who claims to have changed her son's diet and improved his autism despite conspiratorial resistance from the organization, which, the book claims, until recently, rejected research into biomedical treatments; a mother who is claimed "healed" her son of his autism while taking on breast cancer; a father whose son was officially undiagnosed after allegedly under-going treatment for a laundry list of debilitating autism symptoms and regressions; and a sixty-year-old woman who made attempts to fight to save her son (now thirty) in the 1980s, the book exclaims that she paved the way for the parents of today. The book also features a list of controversial autism resources and a directory of DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) doctors who are sympathetic to the widely discredited theory that autism is caused by mercury in vaccines.[4]


  1. ^ Excerpt: "Mother Warriors". ABC. Good Morning America. September 29, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Brown, M. J.; Willis, T.; Omalu, B.; Leiker, R. (2006). "Deaths Resulting from Hypocalcemia After Administration of Edetate Disodium: 2003-2005" (Full free text). Pediatrics. 118 (2): e534. doi:10.1542/peds.2006-0858. PMID 16882789.
  3. ^ Gorski, David (20 October 2008). "Dr. Jay Gordon: Pediatrician Warrior". ScienceBlogs. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  4. ^ Stephen Barrett, M.D. (2 June 2015). "A Critical Look at Defeat Autism Now! and the DAN! Protocol". Quackwatch. Retrieved 14 May 2017.

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