Louder Than Words

It’s true the book “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism” could have been read much quicker than I read it, but with the topic of autism it was something I wanted to slowly absorb from the beginning and through to the end.

For some reason I have always had a deep fascination in the autism spectrum disorder. Ever since I was a teenager I have researched the topic and wanted to know more. After reading Jenny McCarthy’s book “Louder Than Words” I can tell you I am even more enamored with the topic than before.

Until reading this book I did not realize all the similarities between autism and other types of immune deficiencies. Essentially that is what autism seems to be, an immune deficiency, your body fighting itself. I know it is a neurological disorder and I am sure there are other genetic factors involved, although maybe I feel this way purely based on this one book. I am sure other children with autism have different symptoms and reactions and progressions.

When Jenny’s son was three years old he began having seizures. Doctors diagnosed him with epilepsy even though the brain activity causing the seizures was coming from his frontal lobe which is not at all typical with epilepsy. They put him on medication which either made him act like a zombie or like a psychotic Tasmanian devil. Jenny knew this was not her boy, she knew something more was happening and she would not stop until she found out.

With much research, many doctors, many long nights and much borrowed money Jenny learned more and more about how vaccinations, diet and antibiotics all played a part in her son’s behavior. While she agrees he does have developmental issues associated with autism and he has the stims including tip toe walking and hand flapping; a huge part of his issues came from how his body, his immune system, was functioning or rather malfunctioning.

I have to tell you, I could probably write all night about this one book. But I think if it interests you in anyway you should read it. I could read it again, even though at times it was emotionally draining to tackle. The information, the insight and revelations, the raw hope and faith of a mother with her son…well, let’s just say it has penetrated into my brain and I am better for it.

My son has an IgA immune deficiency, one out of every 500 people have some extent of this deficiency. It means they are more susceptible to picking up viruses and bacterial infections and there’s “nothing” you can do about it according to every doctor you speak with. Braeden has chronic infections, problems with his digestion and a whole slew of other issues. After reading this book I can tell you that I believe there is hope in improving him tenfold. I don’t give a hoot what the doctors say anymore. Jenny has inspired me.

I can only hope this book helps to promote more and more autism awareness. I also hope people with children who have immunity problems will take the time to read it because I very much feel it will become a useful tool in their lives.

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This morning I had an e-mail from someone who read this post and was concerned. They explained science is against most of what Jenny wrote in her book. She knows that, her son’s doctors told her that. Fortunately the book is not a medical textbook, it’s an account of her journey with her son. She talks about her opinions based on what she went through with her son, what worked, what didn’t work and the progress he has made. She also explains that other parents tried the same things for their children with autism and it didn’t work. Such is the mystery of autism. Thank you to the person who e-mailed me, I appreciate everything you said.