IF I take him off or feed him sugars his candida comes back and so do old
Okay, here are Jenny answers!!
Question: Who is your doctor?
Jenny McCarthy: Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. He is a DAN doctor.
Q: What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?
JM: The universe didn't mean for me to do anything else besides what
I did. But if I had another child, I would not vaccinate.
Q: What types of tests are done for glucose allergy testing? Is it a blood
test or is it more involved?
JM: I am not familiar with glucose allergy testing. I think you mean
gluten allergy. If so, it is typically a blood test. But I would test for
ALL foods. Also Evan came back NOT allergic to gluten but that does not
matter. It still needs to be removed. Once I did remove wheat and dairy from
Evan's diet I saw benefits, so I knew I was on the right track. But there is
NO cheating. You cant give a little here and there and still expect to see a
change. You need to be ALL in or ALL out.
Q: If your child has behavior issues, but hasn't yet been diagnosed, can
your diet help them?
JM: I cannot express enough how IMPORTANT diet is to our kids and I
mean, with or without a diagnosis I guarantee your child will benefit from
eating healthy. If your child has behavior problems but does not fall on the
spectrum I would still highly recommend the GFCF diet.
Q: Hi Jenny and Foxy, after today's show, I immediately want to change my
son's diet. But if you cut out wheat, gluten and dairy what is left? What do
you feed your kids? And what do you look for on labels? And does this mean
we can never go to another restaurant again? Thanks so for doing this show!
Its been so inspiring and I definitely feel hope!!
JM: You can eat meat, vegetables, fruit (unless you have a kid with
yeast), rice products and more. The hardest part is just getting started but
once you find your menu of "regular things" it becomes so easy. I
Googled where to find most places that sold GFCF. Orgran is one of my
favorite online destinations to get so many things. Also when I go to
restaurants with Evan, I usually just boil a hotdog and take it with me. It
really becomes no big deal.
Q: Have you met with more resistance as your child gets better? How do you
handle it when your child has made such improvements that people stop
thinking its important to address the rest of the issues?
JM: I'm a little confused with this question but I will say this…
As Evan recovered, people would tell me that he was misdiagnosed, which
made me happy and pissed at the same time. Evan worked so hard to get
where he is today and for anyone to knock that breaks my heart. Now just
because he made great improvements does NOT mean I'm going to give up
addressing any other issues that might be lingering around. Whenever there
is resistance from anyone along my path, that are quickly removed from our
healing circle. I always move forward and stay away from road blocks.
Q: Do you know of any websites or resources specifically geared towards
fathers to help them learn to deal with their children with autism?
JM: I don't know of any resource specific to fathers supporting
fathers but TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM (TACA) www.TACAnow.org is the best
parent to parent support group that I know. TACA is an amazing resource to
connect families together and to gain support through the recovery
process. Having a support system of families who have been through what
you are going through really helps you realize you are not alone. They are
also a really great resource for GFCF diet.
I also know parents that have found a lot of information and comfort by
going to conferences and meeting other families during their discovery of
biomedical interventions for recovery of children with autism. There is a
Defeat Autism Now! Conference coming up. This is the group that invented
biomedical interventions for children with autism. Its a great place to
network. There is one coming up in Oct and I will be speaking there. Go to
Q: Jenny, one thing you said was your son's body had too much candida. Do
you think maybe yeast and something in the shots (like maybe the form of
mercury in them) might interact with each other and cause autism?
JM: That's an amazing question. Quite often we hear the community
say, "It's a combination of genetics and the environment." I
didn't really think about autism as being an infection (fungal such as
yeast, bacterial, viral) that might make children more susceptible to
toxins in vaccines or toxins in the environment until I watched Stan
Kurtz's recent USAAA presentation on www.recoveryvideos.com. I HIGHLY
RECOMMEND checking it. This is exactly where I stand.
Q: Do you have any suggestions about what you did when switching to the
JM: Most people recommend getting rid of dairy first. Be careful
because even though labels say "lactose free" you have to check
the back for the work CASEIN. Do not buy if Casein is in the ingredients.
Then after about a week or so move into getting rid of gluten. There are
so many things at Whole Foods that you can find that your child can eat. I
will be making a "getting started on the diet" list for
Oprah.com in the next week of exactly the foods you can buy. In the
meantime type in GF/CF on Google and you will see many online stores to
choose from. My favorite is orgran.com. Also TACAnow.org even has kid
Q: Can you tell me more about the signs that were obvious to you in
retrospect? Especially any signs prior to your baby turning 1 year old?
JM: Evan was completely on target with all milestones in the first
year of life. I always said you had to work a little harder to get him to
laugh, but for the most part there were no obvious signs.
Q: What do you mean by window? Is there an age the window is shut for
JM: I was referring to a window of time. The best outcomes seem to
happen with early intervention from ages 2 to 6. The window does NOT
close. Kids and even adults can get better with treatment. Besides diet,
supplements and detox I also recommend a therapy called RDI. Its like a
behavior therapy but teaches the parent to become the therapist. It does
great things for ALL ages of kids on the spectrum. More info at
Q: Does the "window" mean the gluten-free, casein free diet
won't help an older child?
JM:It could help at any age. It did wonders for me!!!!
Q: Have the makeup of vaccinations changed since the parents' generation
received them as children?
JM: I'm not a vaccine expert, but there are many more vaccines in
the pediatric schedule today than when our parents were growing up. When I
look at the actual ingredients of the vaccines it scares me. Aluminum,
ether, chicken embryo, human aborted fetal tissue, mercury, formaldehyde
and more. Take a peek at Unlocking Autism's website: unlockingautism.org/vaccines/ingredients.asp.
Q: What does a doctor do in an evaluation to determine if a child has
JM: I am not an evaluation expert, but there are certain types of
doctors that specialize in these evaluations and they typically are not
the average pediatricians. They are often PhD's who have years of
experience in testing for the symptoms of autism based on certain criteria
like language, social interaction, stereotypical behaviors and more.
Q: Thank you so much for being on the show and sharing your stories. I
have an 18 month old son, and I have declined his MMR vaccine due to the
autism link. My question is did your son play with their toys in the
intended fashion (moving cars and making vroom noise!) before their
vaccinations? Were they talking before? My son doesn't have any detectable
words yet, but he does love playing with his toys. His pediatrician had me
worried about his lack of speech, but other moms have told me this is
JM: Evan lined up his toys a lot. He liked spinning objects and
flapped his hands a lot. I'm so proud you followed your mommy instinct and
held off on MMR. I would still get an evaluation done if any autism
characteristics sound familiar. Speech delay alone is not a huge red flag
but speech delay with loss of eye contact and other characteristics I've
just mentioned are. Keep up with the great mommy instinct!
Q: Do you know of any ongoing campaigns to encourage the CDC or other
organizations to take a closer look at the link between autism and
vaccinations? Where can I get involved?
JM:There are several camps of organizations concerned about
vaccines. Some are concerned about mercury like www.nonmercury.org and
generationrescue.org and other that are concerned about the vaccines
themselves like www.nvic.org, to name a few.
Q: How well did your children adjust to the gluten-free, casein free diet?
JM: Because he could only eat the foods that I put in front of him
I knew sooner or later he would eat. It was a struggle at first but let's
face it, sooner or later they get REALLY hungry and they're gonna eat what
you give them. You just need to be strong. Eventually he adjusted and now
only prefers GFCF.
God bless and keep the questions coming! I will be here! …xo Jenny
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