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May, 2011:

Choosing the rights supplements for your child…

I used to take it for granted that all supplements were created equal.  Actually, I used to take it for granted that anyone even needed nutritional supplements.  My father started off his career working for the FDA and later went into quality assurance for the food and drug industry.  We ate what he brought home from work, grocery store brands and whatever vitamins were left over from testing (ie: generic flinstones).  It was not that he thought these were good vitamins… it was more that there really was not a knowledge as to why supplements were needed.  Today, we have come a long way, but we are still just emerging.  Today, even the American Medical Association  says that anyone who leads a life with stress, does not get enough sleep or does not eat properly, should take a multi-vitamin; however, many doctors still do not know where to lead their patients.

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In the autism community, we know all too well that our children and loved ones have needs far greater than the food guide pyramid.  And in many cases, we know that nutritional supplements can go a long way to healing our childrens’ bodies.  However, we often do not know where to start, what brands are best or even if they are safe.  I took for granted, for many years, that there had to be many safe brands.  I also took for granted that the brands sold by doctors had to atleast be well tested.  I now know that many nutraceutical companies do not do third party research, do not test beyond the minimum standards and many  market to the medical community in the same way that the pharmacuetical companies market there medications. 

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As a mother of three children on the autism spectrum, I hate to give parents more work to do; however, this may be one of the more important assignments.  You need to do your own research to find out the testing standards and efficacy of the products you are using.  When I started calling companies to ask what I thought were basic questions, I received responses such as. “You need to talk to one of the doctors in your area who sells our brand,” “We cannot possibly tell you how many tests we do a year,” “We test for the government recommendations.”  That last one kept me up at night.  The government minimum in an unregulated industry is ludicrous.  THAT company is one of the supplement companies that is most well known in the Autism community and not even my doctor could tell me anything about there standards. 

I used to take it for granted that I could use anything other than a store brand and consider it good enough.  I now routinely trust only one brand, because I have done YEARS of research that has led me to only one brand.  I am completely biased and have no problem admitting so.  After receiving test results, this past year that show that my daughter has barely recognizable levels of yeast, heavy metals and many of the deficiencies so common in the autism community, I use and promote the Shaklee supplements.  As I share in our book, Healing Autism Naturally, our daughter went from needing to be taught to walk and talk to now entering a Catholic School, as a 9 year old, at grade level, in the Fall.  If you would like to learn more about setting up a supplement program, please contact us.

Healing Autism… What do you mean?

Healing autism…. what do you mean? Some of you may laugh when you see this. Other people will cringe and yet others will say, “yeah, what do you mean?” And it is a very good question. While she was not the first to propose the idea that we could recover or heal children with autism,
Jenny McCarthy definitely took the media spotlight when she announced that she had found a way to recover her son from autism. Unfortunately, and maybe intentionally, most of the media got it wrong. Jenny McCarthy, like many of us who believe we can make significant progress in re-claiming our children, was not announcing a cure for autism, she was announcing hope with direction. She was explaining that she, through countless hours of therapy, anger, tears, biomedical approaches, family support, joy and pain, had gotten her son back to the point where he could move forward and enjoy a life filled with hope and promise. ( Because she started very early, her success has be amazing).

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I work with families, every day, who are working to heal and recover their children from autism. So what does it mean to heal or recover a child from autism? It means that while many say a child will NEVER speak, we know that there are treatments that are giving children their voice back. It means that a child who once was a danger to themselves and their siblings can become a calm and loving person who does not need to be removed from the home or to live on medications. It means that a child or adult who once was told they would never read, hold down a job or live outside a group home, can be a carpenter, doctor, mother, husband or store owner. We know first hand because our own daughter had to be taught to walk and talk and will now enter school, in the Fall, almost completely at grade level (she is 9 years old).

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Healing or recovering autism does not mean that we are curing autism. Do not misunderstand me, there are many children and adults who reach the point where they no longer qualify for the medical diagnosis or need school service. But, there are many stages of healing that simply bring our loved ones back to us…. and that is what we mean when we say we are healing and recovering our loved ones from autism.

We would love to hear your comments. If you or someone you know would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about this or any of the topics we discuss, please contact us.

Schooling Autism

My son returned home, from a class field trip on Wednesday, all abuzz.  Apparently the parent chaperones had been reading their  e-mail on their phones when the school newsletter came out announcing teacher changes.  My son was busy proclaiming which teacher was retiring and which teachers were going to new classes and how this affected who (he has aspergers so was completely clueless to my anxiety level that was increasing with every word)… all I heard was that the teacher we were working with for my 9 year old daughter was going to 1st grade.  My heart jumped and my head screamed as I rushed to the computer.  My fears were confirmed…

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Now if you have a child with autism, you understand.  We found a teacher that desperately wanted to help in the transition of my daughter from an intensive ABA therapy setting to Catholic school and now… she was switching grades.  I immediately         e-mailed the principal and then busied myself as I was just heading out the door to give a talk to parents on nutritional approaches to autism.

I did not get far when the phone rang, and would you believe, there on the other line was the principal I so dearly love.  She wanted to assure me that the teachers going to 3rd and 4th grade (yes, they are giving my daughter a split grade to meet her needs), had already met and were completely ready to meet all my daughters needs.  All I could think was, “you called me to comfort me?”  “You placed teachers based on my daughters’ needs.”  “You actually care that much about my child.”  Of coarse, this was nothing new to us.  The teachers and staff at our school have always gone above and beyond to not just educate but love my children.

So as another year comes to an end, my word is “blessed.”  I pray that you find a blessing among the chaos of your life.  Is it a teacher, doctor, family member, babysitter, new therapy or just the flowers sprouting outside?  You are one of our blessings.  Thank you for reading our messages and being a part of our family.

Watch out for our “teacher/ school of the year contest,” and “pediatrician of the yeare,” coming soon.

Homeschooling Autism…

As the mother of five children, three of whom are on the autism spectrum, I know all too well that children learn differently.  And I am not just talking about children on the spectrum.  In her article, in the New Brighton Homeschool examiner, Renee Nichols shares the story of one young many who found his place in homeschooling.  In her article, Renee quotes Jonathan,

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When asked about his thoughts on school he stated, ” Most of the time it is challenging and hard to get through without the right help. Different kids need different things that teachers can’t supply or sometimes refuse to.” When asked what types of help make a difference he shared, ” For me, the help I need is understanding and time. When I was in public school I would never be able to finish my tests in time and they would take it and not let me ever finish and I would get a low grade. They need to understand that I don’t always get what they are saying. One time I asked the teacher how to round and she said you should have paid attention in class and never helped me. I have Asperger’s and ADHD and most of the time it is very hard to concentrate. I can be easily distracted and my head won’t let me focus. They think I am just ignoring them and carelessly doing something besides school but the truth is it comes with my challenges and they will not listen to me.”

Renee Nichols goes on to explain that Jonathan is now homeschooled and feels much more in control of his own ability to learn.  Part of what I do in consulting with familes is to help them determine the best educational route for their child.  Many families feel paralyzed into a decision.  Money, occupation and peer pressure from others who always think they know best can break the best parent when deciding what is best for the beautiful child they have raised since birth.  Families are often amazed to find out that a private school or homeschooling or a therapeutic school, or even just a better IEP in a public school really are possible.
To read the rest of Renee Nichols article in the New Brighton Homeschool Examiner, click here.
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A Mothers' Day Prayer…

A prayer for all of the Mothers’ with children with autism..

This Mother’s Day, I pray, that you will begin your day with peace in your heart.

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This Mother’s Day, I pray, that you will have a sense that your children are safe.

This Mother’s Day, I pray, that the therapy bills will be paid and that your home will be warm.

This Mother’s Day, I pray, that you will receive flowers painted in bright shades by little hands that you have held so often.

This Mother’s Day, I pray, that that you will know your childs’ love, even if they cannot tell you.

This Mother’s Day, I pray, that the world will be calm as you hold your child tight.

This Mother’s Day, I pray, that you will learn that taking care of yourself is not neglecting your family.

This Mother’s Day, I pray, that you will have the help and support you need.

This Mother’s Day, I pray, that you will be one day closer to healing for your family.

Most of all, this Mother’s Day I pray, that you will know you are not alone, that you are loved and that your child is one day better because of you.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

A bit of odd information for Lucy's Readers

Closer to Lucy is giving away a copy of Healing Autism Naturally this week.  While we do not typically post odd information, we thought we would post this odd entry to make her smile…  Thanks Lucy.

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Are you attending this conference?  AutismOne and Generation Rescue are offering the 5 day conference free this year.  I am thrilled that so many families will finally receive the information they so desperately need to finally get their children help and recovery.  If you are attending, please e-mail us and let us know.  We would love to get a group together for dinner or lunch one day.  Here is the information for the conference in Chicago this year…

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Kathy Ireland Book Presentation

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What an honor to meet Kathy Ireland this past weekend.   Many people know Kathy Ireland as a model from the past.  Perhaps you remember her workout videos or even own some of her household decor line.  But, many do not know what an amazing business woman, mother and giver she truly has become.  She even spent a couple minutes talking with me about our new book, Healing Autism Naturally.  With a line of people waiting for her, she stopped to look through the book.  She then shared that she knew a child in the process of possibly being diagnosed and was so appreciative to receive a copy.  This was really a reminder to me that EVERYONE knows someone with autism and most people truly LOVE someone with autism.

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