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TMR Book Cover FinalThe Thinking Moms’ Revolution – Autism Beyond The Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories From Parents Fighting To Rescue Their Children

Twenty-three moms and one brave dad make up The Thinking Moms’ Revolution. Their group stretches from Montana to Malaysia to Montreal. While parenting children with disabilities, they came together on Facebook to collaborate about bio-medical and dietary interventions, as well as doctors and researchers developing cutting edge treatments. In the process they became a tight-knit family dedicated to helping their children lose their diagnoses. Out of this collaboration they have created something far more substantial. Suspecting that the roots of their children’s autism, adhd, asthma, sensory processing disorder and food allergies may be found in the overuse of antibiotics, preventative medical care, environmental toxins and processed food, they began a mission to turn it around!

Here, Helen Conroy and Lisa Joyce Goes have collected TMR’s stories of healing and hope as they fight to recover their children from autism and related disorders. Each chapter is written by a different TMR member sharing how they found each other, what they have learned along their journey, and why the support of close friends, also parenting kids with special needs, is so important. In this book you will read about their individual experiences, and learn how their determination and friendships have become a daily motivation for parents worldwide.
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For all press inquiries, please contact

  • Alison MacNeil: 617-680-1867
  • Lisa Joyce Goes: 609-532-0689
  • Kim Ritchie Spencer: 912-596-6784
  • Email us: thinkers@thinkingmomsrevolution.com

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TMR Book Launch

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TMR Book Launch Video

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Video Page: Q&A with TMR

The Video Page features a gallery of videos by the Thinking Moms. We receive many questions from our blog readers and Facebook followers, so we decided to list down the 10 most frequently asked questions and reply to them on video.

TMR PR Video Gallery of 10

Questions

  1. Why did you write this book?
  2. What do you think contributed to your child’s medical and developmental issues?
  3. What advice do you give to new parents and pregnant moms when it comes to pediatric medicine?
  4. When did you start to worry about your child?
  5. Where have you found the best help for your child?
  6. What was your child’s biggest medical problem?
  7. What is the hardest thing for your child to participate in?
  8. What effects has your child’s autism had on the other children in your family?
  9. What kinds of treatments or interventions have been the most helpful for your child?
  10. Have your child’s medical issues been covered by your insurance company?

To listen to our answers, please click Video Page: Q&A with TMR

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Meet The Authors

Helen ConroyHelen Conroy is president of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution, LLC. After a fifteen-year career as a vice president at a Fortune 500 company, she became the development director for The ABLE Academy, a private school for children with developmental disabilities in Naples, Florida. Helen is married to Doug and has three beautiful children, including Harrison, who is diagnosed with autism and apraxia and is on the path to healing.

 

LJ Goes

Lisa Joyce Goes is a contributing editor for Age of Autism, an executive board member of The Canary Party, and head of public relations for The Thinking Moms’ Revolution. She and her husband Dave are actively working for healthcare reform in America, and have three children, one of whom suffers the tragic effects of iatrogenic autism.

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Foreword By Dr. Bob Sears

Dr Bob Sears

Robert W. Sears, MD, is a father of three, board-certified in Pediatrics, and a co-author in the Sears Parenting Library. “Dr. Bob”, as he likes to be called by his little patients, earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995. He did his pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, finishing in 1998. He is the author of The Vaccine Book – Making the Right Decision for your Child.

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Excerpts From Dr. Bob’s Foreword

“The Thinking Mom’s Revolution’s Autism Beyond the Spectrum is a look into the hearts and minds of these families. After reading their stories you will want to hunt each one of them down, give them a big hug, and never let go. Not because they need it, but because you need to.”

“This book will make you examine your own understanding of autism. It will challenge what you believe causes, or doesn’t cause, autism. It will illuminate the myriad treatment options that are available. But most importantly, it will make you a better person. ”

“Well, nothing brings about change like a group of dedicated parents who are fighting for their own children. The Thinking Mom’s Revolution is one such group, and boy are they on fire! And they have a story to tell. ”

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In The News

Blaze on Cover of Connect MagazineApril 24, 2013 – Kim Spencer aka Blaze interviewed on Connect Magazine. Kim and her son were featured on the front cover.

Kim Spencer will tell you that she didn’t mean to become an activist. When her son was diagnosed with autism 10 years ago, the Statesboro native and former TV reporter wanted to know why he got sick and what she could do to make him better. Unable to find explanations from her doctor, she found suggestions online that seemed to lessen her toddler’s violent tantrums and increase his communication, like removing wheat and dairy from his diet.

To read the article, please click here. Alternatively, please copy and paste this url on your browser http://www.connectsavannah.com/savannah/moms-revolution/Content?oid=2240381 

 

Sunshine on Fox 5 News Interview

April 18, 2013 – Megan Davenhall – aka Sunshine interviewed on Fox 5 News WTTG Washington DC.

‘When it comes to understanding autism, a new book puts the stories of mothers at the forefront of the fight. One of the book’s co-authors, Megan Davenhall, joined us with more.’

To watch the video, please click here. Alternatively, please copy and paste this url on your browser http://www.myfoxdc.com/video?clipId=8787473&autostart=true#axzz2SoAz8jNS

 

Blaze on Good Morning SavannahApril 15, 2013 – Kim Spencer aka Blaze on Good Morning Savannah. Kim told WJCL-ABC News viewers something she also wrote in her “Blazing a Trail to Recovery” chapter.  She “stewed on the therapist’s diagnosis for six hours,” then she researched PDD on the Internet.  She did hours and hours of research which led her to make changes in Patrick’s diet and get him appointments with specialists who eventually figured out on a medical/health level what treatments her son needed.

To watch the video, please click here. Alternatively, please copy and paste this url on your browser http://www.thecoastalsource.com/2013/04/25/autism-and-more-figuring-out-what-helps-hurts/

 

Alison MacNeil interview on Fox

April 7, 2013 – Alison MacNeil aka Mama Mac was interviewed on Fox & Friends. Thank you Alisyn Camerota and Tucker Carlson.

“Where are the 1 in 50 autistic adults?” and “I don’t think any study that’s worth it’s salt is put out on Good Friday” Alison MacNeil in response to the recent autism statistics by the CDC. The CDC explains the rise in autism is due to better diagnosis. “I’m not buying it” said Alison MacNeil.

To watch the video, please click here. Alternatively, please copy and paste this url on your browser http://youtu.be/sa2sOxW72sI.

cupcakeApril 3, 2013- Cupcake aka Angele O’Connell and her family were featured in an article in The Sauk Prairie Eagle. The article highlights her families struggle to find an appropriate school placement for her son.

You can read the article in it’s entirety here: http://www.wiscnews.com/saukprairieeagle/news/local/article_49a55fbc-9bcf-11e2-b4b3-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Alison MacNeil on NECN

March 21, 2013 – Mama Mac aka Alison MacNeil is interviewed by NECN.

Parent of autistic child: New CDC statistic shows autism is a crisis. Mother and author says statistic is staggering and she wants to know where is the alarm? Where is the outrage?

To watch the video, please click here. Alternatively, please copy and paste this url on your browser http://www.necn.com/themorningshow_video# . Quick tip – key in Thinking Moms’ Revolution in Search Video and click Go.

 

Thinking Moms interviewed by Cindy Nolte

March 17, 2013 – Fresh Look on Life TV with host Cindy Nolte interviews Jennifer Limekiller, Zoey O’ Toole, and Helen Conroy who are members of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution.

If you are unable to view this video, please click here. Alternatively, please copy and paste this url on your browser http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/thinking-moms-hit-the-small-screen/

 

LindermanMarch 7, 2013 – Mama Mac aka Alison MacNeil is interviewed on the Linderman Unleashed radio show. Mama Mac discusses her latest blog, the IACC, Tom Insel, the lack of progress in autism action and the TMR book Autism Beyond The Spectrum.

If you are unable to view the MP3 Player, please click here. Alternatively, copy and paste this url to your browser http://radio.naturalnews.com/LindermanUnleashed/mp3/Linderman-Unleashed-2013-03-07-Alison-Macneil.mp3

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Book Review

TMR Meme Dr Martha Herbert

“This Revolution ignites spirit and brilliance out of the tinder of wrenching pain, crazy contradictions, and a confused and collapsing medical system. Viva la Revolution!!”

~ Martha Herbert, MD, PhD. Pediatric Neurologist and Brain Development Researcher at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

TMR Meme Katie Wright“The Thinking Moms’ Revolution is in the grand tradition of Rachel Carson. It is the Silent Spring of this generation. If you are a parent of a child with autism do not purchase another book by a neurologist or a geneticist. The Thinking Moms’ Revolution gives you all the science, practical advice and hope that you need. I loved this book.”

~ Katie Wright, mother to Christian who is diagnosed with autism. She is a Board Member of Generation Rescue and National Autism Association, Contributing Editor of Age of Autism.

 

david kirby“This book will rankle some and infuriate others, but it will not be ignored. For decades now, parents of children with autism have patiently waited for medical science to provide solid answers on the growing disorder’s causes and treatments. But some parents stopped waiting long ago and took matters into their own hands. These are their stories. We should all listen carefully.”

~David Kirby, Author and Journalist

 

“Tragic, heartbreaking, and painful at the same time it is compelling and inspiring. Everyone should read this book to understand what is happening to our kids. These parents all did what they were told to keep their kids healthy and have to live with the consequences. Now they are leading the way in telling the truth and healing their kids – on their own terms.”

~Leslie Manookian, Filmmaker

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TMR Events & Book Readings

April 4, 2013 – Massachusetts

Date & Time: 7.00pm, Thursday April 4th, 2013

Venue: Lydian Center, Cambridge, MA

Alison MacNeil and Cathy Brennan Reilly – Two co-founders of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution will be reading excerpts from their chapters in the new book, The Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism Beyond The Spectrum.

Through the lens of hope, with a heavy emphasis on the vital importance of building communities of support for each other as parents of special needs kids, they will explore what it means to embrace the new directions their lives have taken. Books will be available for purchase.

 

April 9, 2013 – Wisconsin

Time & Date: 6:30pm, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Venue: Wisconsin Integrative Hyperbaric Center, Madison, WI

Angela O’Connell, co-founder of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution will be reading excerpts from her chapter in the new book, The Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism Beyond Spectrum. Angela will also discuss their experience with her son’s suspected abuse in the schools as well as therapies that worked toward her son’s recovery. Books will be available for purchase.

April 11, 2013 – Massachusetts

Date & Time: 7:00pm, Thursday April 11, 2013

Venue: Beverly School for the Deaf/Children’s Center for Communication, 6 Echo Street, Beverly, MA

Alison MacNeil and Cathy Brennan Reilly – Two co-founders of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution will be reading excerpts from their chapters in the new book, The Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism Beyond The Spectrum.

Through the lens of hope, with a heavy emphasis on the vital importance of building communities of support for each other as parents of special needs kids, they will explore what it means to embrace the new directions their lives have taken. Books will be available for purchase.

Please RSVP: luvbugtmr@thinkingmomsrevolution.com

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Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Who They Are

“The most amazing, inspiring, ball busting, loving bloggers out there. [These] chicks rock.” — Jenny McCarthy

They are 23 moms and one dad who found each other while researching treatments for their chronically ill and developmentally delayed children. Forming the Thinking Moms’ Revolution, a grass-roots movement committed to recovery, parent support, and justice, they have collected their individual stories of hope and healing in this book. They blog daily at www.thinkingmomsrevolution.com with a ‘no holds barred’ attitude about every aspect of real life with chronically sick kids and a sicker medical system.

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Q and A with the President of TMR, Helen Conroy

1. How did this book come about?

The 24 of us originally came together to find viable treatments for our kids. After many months of trading studies, reading the science, and learning from one another on Facebook, a number of us met at AutismOne/ Generation Rescue Conference in Chicago and cemented our bond. We realized most people dealing with autism and related disorders didn’t have what we had: science, support and hope. We decided to write our stories and explain how TMR came to be in hopes that it might help inspire others to look beyond their children’s diagnoses.

2.What will readers learn about in this book?

Hopefully they will see themselves and their children in these pages. They will see us make mistakes, live in denial, come to terms with the reality of our children’s illness and vow to do everything we can to restore their health. They will understand how and why this could happen to so many children and help us actively work toward changing the system that has caused and perpetuates this damage.

3.What are some of the topics covered in the chapters?

Vaccines, autism, homeopathy, biomedicine, therapies, specific dietary interventions, concurrent diagnoses – fetal alcohol syndrome, ADHD, dwarfism, asthma and a vast array of auto-inflammatory illnesses. All these heady topics are covered against the backdrop of the Thinking Moms’ personal stories of courage, loyalty, loss, hope, forgiveness, and truth.

4.Why did you feel this book would be important?

It illustrates to parents living with children with neurological impairments and auto-inflammatory illness that there is treatment and hope. A diagnosis is not the end of the story; it is the beginning of the journey.

5.What does TMR hope to accomplish with this book?

We hope that in sharing our stories others will be inspired to take control of their own healthcare. We want our book to encourage the next wave of Thinkers to do their own research as they travel the road to wellness alongside us.
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Quick Facts About TMR

1. Collectively, TMR has five group members who are published including two Age of Autism Contributing Editors, one Generation Rescue blogger, and they hold over 25 college and post-grad degrees. TMR’s 24 members live in the US, the UK, Canada and Malaysia.

2. TMR has a strong network of friends in the online community, a successful daily blog as well as a Facebook page with 7,000 followers and growing. The Thinking Moms’ blog went live on Feb. 9, 2012 and has since had over 350,000 hits and 5000 comments. The blog readership hails from over 100 countries.

3. TMR takes the future of our children’s health seriously and is extremely politically active; members have attended marches on DC, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meetings, Congressional Oversight Committee meetings on autism, CDC meetings on autism, and have contact with their Congressmen regularly.

4. In the future, TMR plans to keep moving toward health and healing for the world’s children by acquiring 501c3 nonprofit status, writing more books, planning rallies on Washington and holding and participating in conferences.

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Did You Know?

1. As of 2007, 54% of American children had a chronic disease including obesity. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876285910002500

2. 1 in 6 children have a developmental disability. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/developmentaldisabilities/index.html

3. In 1983, only 10 vaccines were given and the Autism rate was 1 in 10,000. In 2008, the vaccine schedule was increased to 36 vaccines and the autism rate was 1 in 150. Today in 2013 there are 46 vaccines and the autism rate in 1 in 88. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/past.html

4. ADHD affects an estimated 3-7% of children in the U.S. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html

5. There have been no studies testing the safety of the Flu Vaccine on pregnant women. https://www.vaccineshoppe.com/image.cfm?doc_id=12651&image_type=product_pdf

6. According to the National Research Council 36 studies have linked fluoride with reduced IQ in children. http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11571&page=205

7. Vaccinated children are 5 times more prone to disease than un-vaccinated. http://www.vaccineinjury.info/vaccinations-in-general/health-unvaccinated-children/survey-results-illnesses.html

8. 10% of children under the age of 18 suffer from hay fever, 12 % from respiratory allergies, 8% from food allergies, and 13% from skin allergies. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_250.pdf and http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/229041.php

9. 17% of American children suffer from obesity http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/index.html

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Ordering Information

For channel sales & distribution -

  • Bookstores may purchase books through Skyhorse’s distributor W.W. Norton or order through any of the major wholesalers such as Books A Million, Baker & Taylor, or Ingram.
  • For international sales – for the list of international distributors, please click here. If you are looking to order books to a territory that isn’t covered here, please contact Skyhorse directly.

  • Doctor’s offices, clinics, websites, health food stores and all retail venues that sell items or services as well as books are handled through the Special Sales Department at Skyhorse Publishing.

Special Sales Department
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t: 212-643-6816 (ask for the Sales Department)
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e: info@skyhorsepublishing.com

 

For retail sales – The hardcover book is available for retail sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, The Book Depository, Walmart, Bookish.com, Angus & Robertson,  and other bookstores.

For audio and digital – The book is available on Audible.com, Kindle and iBooks.
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Product Details

  • Publication date: 1 April 2013
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Published: 01 April 2013
  • Format: Hardback 304 pages
  • List Price: US$26.95 (Canada $29.95)
  • ISBN 13: 9781620878842
  • ISBN 10: 1620878844

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Connect With TMR

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TMR Media Kit IconFor all press inquiries, please contact

  • Alison MacNeil: 617-680-1867
  • Helen Conroy: 914-260-4684
  • Kim Ritchie Spencer: 912-596-6784
  • Email us: thinkers@thinkingmomsrevolution.com

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