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January, 2011:

Getting More Fiber into our Kids

Eating is a big issue when it comes to all children, but especially children on the spectrum.  There are some different theories on why this may be.  Many children on the spectrum have food allergies and sensitivities.  Many others have digestives issues but cannot verbalize them.  I do recommend a very good probiotic  for all children on the autism spectrum… but once these issues are addressed, we need some creative ways to introduce healthy foods into our childrens’ diets.  Here are some ways I sneak fiber into my kids diets.

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For school lunches, I pack containers of mixed cereals.  We have found many Kashi cereals that are tasty, honey flavored, crunchy, etc.  These cereals are high in fiber (keep reading if your child is Gluten Free).  We mix these with other fun, but not sugary cereals like chex (gluten free), and sometimes add a few chocolate chips or MM’s (not too many).

We cut up apples and put in  a reusable container with peanut butter.  Apples are high in fiber.

Baby carrots with ranch dip make great snacks, too.

Pop popcorm and make a fun popcorn mix.  Add high fiber cereals for variety.

We often throw a gluten free high fiber apple bar  in their lunches.  They are very tasty, and full of organic fruits and vegis (your children will never know).

We would love to hear how you get healthy fiber into your children.  Please share your favorites with our readers.

Autism not linked to vaccines?

Oh, that’s the big headline.  And the talk of the town.  In fact, I went to the doctor last week for a sore throat and, after learning a bit about our family, was quickly asked by the doctor, “did you read the study that concludes that autism is absolutely not caused by vaccinations?”  Honestly, I was perplexed by the statement.  After all, this was not a pediatric appointment.  It was a sick visit for me and I was a bit taken back by the abruptness of the statement.

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Well, I looked into this alleged study that once and for all proves that there is no link between autism and vaccines and was even more perplexed.  It was not a study at all.  Let’s be clear that this alleged study was a findings that another study was flawed.  No one tested children who had vaccines.  No one tested to find out what was or was not causing autism.  And it does not take much more than a 5th grade education to figure out that someone paid for this findings study and it was not parents of children with autism, or even a watchdog group so to say.

The actual findings were that a study, by one time british Doctor Andrew Wakefield, was not only flaud, but a fraud.  In an article by consumer reports, it says,

 The long-discredited study linking autism with childhood vaccinations was not only inaccurate but was “an elaborate fraud” was based largely on falsified data, the British Medical Journal reports.

Writing in the Journal, journalist Brian Deer said that many of the cases cited in the study either misrepresented or falsified important details.

The original study was published in the respected medical journal The Lancet in 1998 by Andrew Wakefield and his collaborators. It concluded that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) was linked to autism and gastrointestinal disorders.

I am all for legitimate research, but the reporting on this finding is, perhaps, just as harmful and fraudulant as Dr. Wakefields original study.  The fact of the matter is that rates of autism are going up and many studies and experiences show that, environmental factors play a role in onset.  To discredit all of the work of so many DAN doctors and medical professionals based on a fraudulant study is not only immoral, but dangerous.