Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I am actually leaving my family. 3 days, no kids, no cooking, no cleaning. Since I have only left them for three days in my entire tenure as a mother, 15 years of it....I think it is time. So, my blogging friends, I will be back next week full of great ideas to share. My recipe book is coming along. No later than the end of May. Promise. Polling question: 

Do I put the recipe book in a spiral bound form or put it in a nice binder, complete with cute cover and divider pages so that you can add recipes to it that you get off my site and other great cooking sites as we go along? I am leaning toward  the binder. Let me know what you think. Either way, you are going to get about 175+ awesome recipes to share with your family, harmful additive info and nutritional info on grains and how to use them. What a deal. You will also be helping fund Autism treatments with your purchase. Even better!

Stay tuned.....

Sunday, April 26, 2009


I get emails. I get lots of emails. I get lots of different questions. But, I have to say that one of the more frequent emails I get is about diets and protein drinks. What diet do I think is best? What protein powder is better than others? Swim suit season is almost upon us. To many of us, this is horrifying. In any group of women right now, the topic seems to go to dieting, exercise, swim suits. But, the crazy thing to me is how we complicate the whole process of losing weight. We may pay a company $500 to get a certain powdered drink or $100 for a magic pill. We buy exercise equipment promising us to get ripped abs in only 5 minutes a day! What a deal! If we want to look like Carmen Electra, all we have to do is lap dances for our husbands each night. We can drink 2 slim fasts a day and get into our skinny jeans. So many promises, so much money. However, if you read the fine print on any of the diet and exercise gimmics, it will tell you that you need to also eat low cal foods and get moderate exercise. Why make it so complicated? Why pay so much money when the bottom line is the same? Exercise and eat right. That's it. Simple.

The pills, the protein drinks, the shakes are ALL heavy laden with junk. They are not real. You may loose some weight but without a lifestyle change, the results may not last and you are jeopardizing your health in the meantime. You can lose weight and have some chocolate. You can lose weight and eat a normal dinner with your family. When I go out to eat, I am amazed at the quantity of food on peoples plates. We eat too much. You can have good food, just cut it down. Fill up on the fresh produce first then dive into the other part. Have your deserts but save them for the weekend. It works. When I finally get motivated to loose a few pounds, I am always amazed at how quickly it comes off if I follow a few basic rules: A good whole grain breakfast; maybe a pancake but loaded with fresh fruit and a little whipped cream, or, an omelet with lots of salsa and a little cheese but made with egg whites. Lunch and snacks consist of fresh fruit and veggies, maybe some hummus on carrots or whole grain pretzels, a little lunch meat on one piece of bread with lots of veggies and some pesto or some tuna. Then, Dinner. Whatever I am feeding my family but smaller portion than I would normally eat. No white flours. Nothing fried. But, lots of taste. Even pizza on whole grain crust can work just load up one slice with lots of veggies and spices. If I am still hungry, I eat more fruit. If I really need something sweet, about 10 chocolate chips, dark, Giardellis. The good stuff. If you eat a little less, you will shrink your stomach and in turn, you will get full quicker.Stay away from juices and sodas. They are too many calories.

The grapefruit diet, the protein diet, cabbage soup diet. All crazy. They can work but only because they are lower calorie. But, once you go off them , you are back to your regular diet. Eat the foods you would normally eat, just less. Just smarter. If you really want a chocolate chip cookie, about 100 calories, make sure your other portions that day compensate for it. I just know that if I deprive myself of good food, I will end up binge eating. I don't want to live on ice burg salad and shakes. Yuck. If you need protein, go for eggs and nuts. Why spend $40 on protein powder. It is so full of synthetic material that you are paying for. Have some hard boiled eggs in the fridge and nuts ready. Put some real peanut butter on an apple. Real protein for real people.

Of course, exercise is also really important but I have found that even if I exercise a couple hours a day, if I don't also watch my food, I won't loose weight. I love to watch Biggest Loser and always love when they say that they never imagined that loosing weight was so easy and so attainable. They feel horrible that they never did it before. Keep it simple. Keep it real. Keep the junk out of your house so your options are clear. You eat what you have.

One example was the teenage rockers at my home this weekend. My house was full of 15 year old-ish boys rocking on their instruments. We went out on a date night and they were left hungry to fend for themselves. Comments were made to the effect that "all you have is organic crap. No real food." But, guess what, when I came home, they had eaten all of my organic apples and tangerines. You can bet that if I had bags of Doritos and M & M's that the fruit would have been untouched. They eat what is here. One of the boys commented to me when I returned that "those were the best apples that I have ever had." He probably hasn't had an apple for quite some time. Keep on hand what we should be eating. If I had chocolate and Doritos in my home, I would eat those also in quiet moments when no one is looking.

Keep it simple. It works. You will feel better too. Eat for your health, not for the skinny jeans.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

More Gardening Tips.....

I am impressed with how many new gardeners we have out there. I think we are getting the message. I hope the plants are all thriving and getting ready to spill with ripe fruit. Just a few more tips on how to get the most from your garden this year:

Remove weeds as they pop up. You don't want to waste the water and nutrients in your soil on the weeds.

Pinch off leaves on the plants like tomato, pepper, chili, etc. that are on the ground. Always remove parts of the plant that do not support the food. You don't need to have a huge bushy tomato plant. Prune it for better fruit yield.

It is getting warm. Make sure to increase your water. I water every other day. The new gardening method I learned was to water 1 inch deep every day. My garden isn't set up this way yet so I am watering deeper every other day. Listen to the plants. They will let you know. Don't let the soil get dried out. This will stress the plants.

If you fertilize your soil weekly, Stop about 3 weeks before the food is getting ready to harvest. If you started in February, you are probably about there.

If you still need more reasons to start a garden, here is an article to get you going. Thanks to Brittany for forwarding this to me.

Good luck to you all! If you have any great garden fresh recipes, kick them my way!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Granola Bar recipe correction

Oops, please check out the recipe. I forgot to add the oil. Hope no one made this yet. I have corrected it on the post. Sorry for those whom I already gave this to without the correction. I will make sure my recipe book is edited! 

Eat Naked segment....Granola Bars.

These are actually labeled as "healthy" choices for snacks for school . After all, they use whole grains so they must be good for you. Right? I just so happen to have a box of these in my pantry right now, a left over from a school function but not at all a normal thing in my home. Once in a while won't kill us but for those of you who do keep this as a regular healthy snack in the home, take a gander at the ingredients:

(its long, get comfortable)
Granola (whole grain rolled oats, sugar, rice flour, whole grain rolled wheat, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonssed oils with TBHQ and citric acid with natural tocopherol added , whole wheat flour, molasses, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecithin, caramel color, barley malt, salt, nonfat dry milk, corn syrup, crisp rice (rice, sugar, salt, barley malt) semi sweet chocolate chips, sugar, dehydrated marshmallows (sugar, corn syrup, modified food starch, gelatin, artificial and natural flavor, sodium hexametaphosphate, blue 1) corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, glycerin, honey graham cracker crumbs, high fructose corn syrup, whole wheat flour, vegetable oil, sorbitol, calcium carbonate, salt, water, natural and artificial flavors, molasses, soy lecithin, BHT, citric acid.

Yum. No, I did not accidentally keep retyping High Fructose Corn Syrup and sugar. That is how it is listed. There may be some whole grains in there but they are surely overshadowed by the junk. A health food? NOT. Here is a granola bar kept simple. Try it out. Eat Naked!

Peanut Butter Granola Bars


1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup raisins

In saucepan whisk:

3 T. oil ( I use coconut)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup natural smooth peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 T water

Heat over low heat until sugar dissolves. Let cool slightly. Whisk in 1 egg white. Pour over oat mixture and spread in 8" square parchment lined pan. Bake at 30o degrees for about 30 min or until golden brown on edges. Cool for 10 min. Lift out of pan and cut into bars.

(one of the fabulous recipes that will be featured in my cookbook!)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

In my quest to have more vegetarian meals in my home, this was one of our meals this last week. The kiddos , as usual were asking what was for dinner. I told them a pasta dish they probably wouldn't like. They don't really like pasta and a pasta dish with all veggies most likely would not get rave reviews by them. I made this dish for me, they would just have to deal with it. My daughter upon taking her first bite said, "Mom, you made this sound like it would be bad but it is actually good." See, you play down something and it is always better. All but the oldest, now picky teenager, ate it all and liked it. The secret is a good, spicy marinara sauce and noodles and veggies cooked "al dente". Try it out this week. Yum. Also, just to get you all excited.....I am working on a recipe book. This is something I have wanted to do for me for quite a while so I don't have to go between a hundred little pieces of paper and recipe books. They will all be in one cute little Enlightened Homemaker spiral bound package. Yipee.

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables
variation on a recipe from Everyday Italian

Red Bell Pepper
yellow squash
crimini mushrooms
yellow onion
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp black pepper, divided
1 T. dried Italian seasoning
1 pound multi grain penne pasta (fresh & easy multi grain are great)
3 cups spicy marinara sauce ( I like fresh & Easy Arrabiata sauce, spicy)
2 cups grated mozzarella
1/2 cup Parmesan, grated

On a baking sheet, toss the veggies that have been cut into 1 inch chunks in olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and herbs. Roast until tender at 450 degrees , about 15 min.

Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain. In large bowl, toss the pasta with roasted veggies, sauce, mozzarella, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Pour into a greased 9 X 13 pan. Top with Parmesan . Bake until golden and bubbly, about 25 min.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Death Begins In the Colon

In our Enlightened Homemakers Forum this past week, we discussed the stomach. We discussed the role it plays in our health and why we must take care of it, why we need to nurture the stomach so that all else is right with our bodies. This is a topic that leads to utter frustration on my part. The frustration for me lies with the medical community. I watch so many talk shows about Autism and almost everyone talks about shots. Its all about the shots. Yes, that may be a small part of it, but why oh why do they not talk about the stomach? Why can't Dr.s outside of homeopaths ever talk about the role of the stomach? Why is it that I, a little homemaker who didn't get a medical degree, gets it ... crystal clear. It just makes sense. If it didn't matter what we eat, we wouldn't need a food pyramid or the FDA. (both are corrupt anyways). We could drink pop all day and munch on Snickers for lunch. We all know that isn't the case. But, I just don't get why the Dr.'s aren't getting educated on what feeds the brain. Why there is a big connection on what we eat and how we feel.

There is a vicious cycle that can occur in the stomach. It happens frequently, it is happening more and more. You see, the stomach was made by our Creator to deliver nutrients, to filter the garbage , to feed our minds and to give us energy. However, when we damage this system, all else goes haywire. The system fails. It is then critical that this is fixed or the body will suffer greatly.

The cycle begins with an injury to the small intestinal surface. This can occur with the overuse of antibiotics, poor diets and the overuse of drugs such as antacids. Once this happens, the necessary linings in the stomach and the intestines are not in place. This leads to malabsorbtion of nutrients. If the body doesn't' absorb what we are eating, even if good, the body is then malnourished. The proper nutrients won't get to the brain and other parts of the body and the body will then deteriorate. Whatever then the body does not digest, will in turn harm the body. Food that sits create toxins. Toxins are bad. Toxins affect everything. Bacteria will grow in the intestines and the stomach and the by products of the bacteria will grow, ie yeast and mucus. Research is showing the amazing correlation between yeast and bacterial growth and health. The problem is, it is hard to get the lining back in place. You have to be proactive. You have to allow the body to heal by removing offending foods and using probiotics, anti fungal and anti bacterial drugs. It takes time and diligence but it can be done.

What I can't emphasize enough is the importance on making sure that the stomach is working as it should. First, listen to your body. As I have said before, the poop tells the story. You should be going at least once per day. If you or your children are not regular, there is something amis. Same goes with diarrhea. Too much is also not good. Many of the times this means that your body isn't digesting food right. You want the food out within 24 hrs or the toxins will build up. Can you imagine leaving a piece of steak out for 72 hours. It would smell horribly and would be full of bacteria. Imagine that in your stomach. You want the food byproducts gone. Many times this means you need to get more fiber, more fresh food, less processed. It gums up the system.
If you or your children have stomach aches on a regular basis, listen. That is not normal. Many pediatricians tell moms that kids just have stomach aches. NOT. There is no normal reason to suffer from regular stomach aches. Start by removing dairy, a huge cause of stomach aches. Lactic acid not digested builds up toxins and sits in the gut. Remember, whatever the body does not digest does harm. Other common offenders are corn, soy and wheat.

If you think you have a stomach issue or you or your children are already facing serious issues like Chrons, Celiac disease, colitis, etc. I would highly recommend a book called "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall. She is amazing. She gives you instructions on how you can cure the system, even these diseases if you are diligent. Cure, not just help. The diet is difficult, I did it with my son, but so worth it.

I am continually monitoring the digestive systems in our family. A common question around here is "did you poop today." I know, a little intrusive , a little gross. But, I know that if my child is tooting a lot and especially smelly, he needs a fruit shake. Clean out the pipes. I don't give antibiotics. There is a time and a place for those but only in emergencies. It is so hard on the stomach. I make sure we are eating a diet high in fiber. Very little white flour, very little milk. My husband and I went on a three week body cleanse. We do this on occasion to show the body who is boss. We eat very little meat and very little carbs. We take psyllium husk and Bentonite in the morning before we eat, 1 T. of each in water. Same thing at night. I ate mostly fruits and veggies breakfast and lunch then a normal dinner with my kids but light. I felt great. At the end of week three, I ate some junk, white flour and sugar and meat. I felt horrible. While I don't intend to stop eating offending food altogether, we have decided to step it up a bit and eat better. This means less meat, maybe every other day, all whole grains (almost always there anyways), very little sugar. Eating less meat has made me realize how much energy the body takes to process meat. There is wise council we , as members of the LDS faith get from the Words Of Wisdom in our scriptures to eat meat sparingly. Somehow we overlook that. Me included. I get it now. I am going to do better.

By going through the process to heal my sons stomach who has autism, I am amazed at what a difference it has made in his life (and mine). When we started with his diet by day 3 we noticed an amazing difference. He was happy. Can you imagine being in constant pain but can't tell anyone. You would be angry and crazy too. Poor little guys. Our children shouldn't have stomach aches, have little energy and walk around in a fog. Eat healthy. Cook healthy. It is so important. As far as the damage of shots, we know they are hard on the system but the really damaging part is giving shots when the stomach is messed up. Then, the stomach which is meant to filter can't do it's part. Damage is done.

Please be proactive. I hear too many horror stories. It can all be prevented.It can be fixed. Death begins in the colon.

****for more reading about autism and the gut, please read Terri Hirnings blog. As always, very informative.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Easter Basket Thief

I just amaze myself sometimes at the great ideas I can come up with. Pure genius. Here is one for the books. One to pass on so you too can benefit next year. Here's how it played out:

It was late, like 12:30am late and I still wasn't done with the Easter basket preparations. My children love me to make silly rhyming clues to find each of their baskets, a tradition my creative mother started thus making me to believe that this is just how it is done. Thanks , Mom. Anyways, I was tired and really didn't feel like making 10 clues each for 5 different baskets. Then, the brilliance hit me. The plot: An Easter Basket Napper. 5 baskets held ransom. The demands had to be met or the baskets would not be found. Ever.

They woke up to a note on the fridge. It read something to the effect that a Basket napper had come in the night and had taken the baskets hostage. If the following list of 10 demands were not met, the baskets would never be returned. Here is where the fun started. The list contained a list of demands such as make beds, my eldest son had to shave his face (something I have been begging him to do for a month, much needed, trust me) ,they all had to sing all versus to the song by White Stripes "Friends" while son #1 played it on the guitar, they had to draw a picture of the Easter bunny, etc... etc.... Anyways, I had beds made, my son had a nice clean face and after their belly buttons had said the colors of the rainbow, the baskets were returned. Great fun. We were both happy. What a great game! Suckers!

Hope you all had as much fun! If not, you may borrow this for next year. I think the next years list will be much bigger. I wonder just how much the baskets are worth to them? Hmmm. We will see.

If you have a few too many eggs around your house, here is a fun little game my mom played with us as little ones. Once again, thanks Mom.Ever so creative. Enjoy!

Pile a mound of flour on a plate. Put an egg on top. Have each child take turns with a butter knife slicing away a section of flour. Keep passing around the knife until someone makes the egg fall. I played this with cub scouts too and they didn't want to stop. Good cheap fun.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

More on water bottles

Thanks to my readers for sending me the snopes info on the article I quoted. That's why I put quotes so you know it is not my words. I do have to give one bit of caution about snopes. Snopes is a husband and wife team. They check out a few sources and post it as fact. Not always so. They also may pick up on one word, for instance, Dioxins and invalidate that. However, there is always more to the story. I checked out the John Hopkins site. They did say that the Dioxins in plastics are false but they did warn about other things in the plastics and about heating them. If you just looked at Snopes and saw that this whole danger about water bottles is fake, you wouldn't hear the rest of the story. Here is more from the John Hopkins site directly. Thanks for giving me info. I don't have to worry about dioxins in my water but there are still many other dangers from plastics. Still going stainless.

Here is the info posted on John Hopkins with the question posted:

"So it’s okay for people to drink out of plastic water bottles?"

response by Dr. at John Hopkins

RH: First, people should be more concerned about the quality of the water they are drinking rather than the container it’s coming from. Many people do not feel comfortable drinking tap water, so they buy bottled water instead. The truth is that city water is much more highly regulated and monitored for quality. Bottled water is not. It can legally contain many things we would not tolerate in municipal drinking water.

Having said this, there is another group of chemicals, called phthalates that are sometimes added to plastics to make them flexible and less brittle. Phthalates are environmental contaminants that can exhibit hormone-like behavior by acting as endocrine disruptors in humans and animals. If you heat up plastics, you could increase the leaching of phthalates from the containers into water and food.

What about cooking with plastics?

RH: In general, whenever you heat something you increase the likelihood of pulling chemicals out. Chemicals can be released from plastic packaging materials like the kinds used in some microwave meals. Some drinking straws say on the label “not for hot beverages.” Most people think the warning is because someone might be burned. If you put that straw into a boiling cup of hot coffee, you basically have a hot water extraction going on, where the chemicals in the straw are being extracted into your nice cup of coffee. We use the same process in the lab to extract chemicals from materials we want to analyze.

If you are cooking with plastics or using plastic utensils, the best thing to do is to follow the directions and only use plastics that are specifically meant for cooking. Inert containers are best, for example heat-resistant glass, ceramics and good old stainless steel.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Water bottle warning

Since I live in my car, I usually have my usual staples on hand; clementines in my purse and a water bottle. I have been meaning to change to the stainless steel bottles free from toxins but it just hasn't happened yet. That is to change this weekend. The urgent call to action? Here is the dealio; I went to reach for my water to wet my whistle a bit and I accidentally grabbed the older water bottle that was warm, startling my mouth a bit. I instantly remembered an incident my SIL Melissa had some years back with her warm water bottle. We were at the park with the ninos and she went to her car to get her water. She came back and took a swig and spit it out with gusto. She dumped out the water and it was a goo type material I have never seen come out of a water bottle. It was the consistency of a gelatinous corn syrup. I think we both lost a bit of our lunch that day. The water had somehow chemically changed with the warm plastic. Well, to finish my story leading to my call to action, I came home this afternoon and sat down to check my emails. I opened this one from Be Young oils which included a warning from John Hopkins about warm water bottles. Read it and decide for yourselves. It talks about warm water bottles and freezing water bottles. It doesn't talk about regular water bottles but who is to know if the water companies who shipped it didn't let it get warm? I don't want to guess. Read it and think about it. We all know we are polluting our world with plastic anyway so for me, its time to go stainless. Let me know what you think.

(Since posting this, comments were made saying Dioxins are not present in plastics, please read next blog for additional info.)

" Women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car.The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue. So please be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. Pass this on to all the women in your life. Health effects in humansDioxins build up primarily in fatty tissues over time (bioaccumulate), so even small exposures may eventually reach dangerous levels. In 1994, the US EPA reported that dioxins are a probable carcinogen, but noted that non-cancer effects (reproduction and sexual development, immune system) may pose an even greater threat to human health. TCDD, the most toxic of the dibenzodioxins, is classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). TCDD has a half-life of approximately 8 years in humans, although at high concentrations, the elimination rate is enhanced by metabolism.[18] The health effects of dioxins are mediated by their action on a cellular receptor, the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR).[19]Exposure to high levels of dioxins in humans causes a severe form of persistent acne, known as chloracne.[20] A case-control study has shown an elevated risk of sarcoma (a type of cancer) associated with low-level exposure (4.2 fg/m3) to dioxins from incineration plants.[21] High levels of exposures to dioxins have been shown by epidemiological studies to lead to an increased risk of tumours at all sites.[21] Other effects in humans may include:
Developmental abnormalities in the enamel of children's teeth.[22][23]
Central and peripheral nervous system pathology[24]
Thyroid disorders[25]
Damage to the immune systems.[26]
Diabetes[28]Recent studies have shown that exposure to dioxins changes the ratio of male to female births among a population such that more females are born than males.[29]Dioxins accumulate in food chains in a fashion similar to other chlorinated compounds (bioaccumulation). This means that even small concentrations in contaminated water can be concentrated up a food chain to dangerous levels due to the long biological half life and low water solubility of dioxins.
On the Ellen show, Sheryl Crow said this is what caused her breast cancer. It has been identified as the most common cause of the high levels of dioxin in breast cancer tissue. "
This articled also warned about heating food in plastic and also freezing your food in plastic. I know we all know this but it is always a good reminder. Yuck.

Monday, April 6, 2009

April Preparing Wisely Deals

If you haven't checked out Preparing Wisely yet, here are some great incentives:

6.5 Gallon Pail Was.....$9.99 Now.....$7.49
5 Gallon Pail Was.....$7.99 Now.....$6.49
3.5 Gallon Pail Was.....$6.49 Now.....$5.49
55 Gallon Drum Was....$69.99 Now.....$65.00
We now sell 2 gallon buckets ($3.50) and gamma lids to fit ($6.99).

Special Deals

Extra Virgin Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
Nutivea One (1) Gallon Bucket
Regular Price: $85.00
Sale Price: $60.00
Good Thru April 30, 2009 while supplies last
Extra Virgin Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
Nutiva 54 oz Container
Regular Price: $35.00
Sale Price: $30.00

Good Thru April 30, 2009 while supplies last
New this Month - Canned Garden Seeds in #10 Can - Non Hybrid, Open Pollinated Garden Seeds $40.00

Perfect both for storing and for using now to build your own seed base!
Each Can Containes:
SWEET CORN. Golden Bantam. 5 oz.
ONION. Utah Sweet Spanish. 10 g.
SPINACH. Bloomsdale Long Standing. 10 g.
WINTER SQUASH. Waltham Butternut. 10 g.
SQUASH ZUCCHINI. Black Beauty. 10 g.
RADISH. Champion. 10 g.
TOMATO. Rutgers. 5 g.
SWISS CHARD. Lucullus. 10 g.
PEA. Lincoln. 5 oz.
BEET. Detroit Dark Red. 10 g.
CABBAGE. Golden Acre. 10 g.
LETTUCE. Barcarolle Romaine. 5 g.
CUCUMBER. Marketmore 76. 10 g.
CARROT. Scarlet Nantes. 10 g.
PEPPER. Yolo Wonder. 5 g.
POLE BEAN. Blue Lake. 5 oz.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Autism Awarness Month

I have been trying to get to this all day.....trying to gather my thoughts on what I want people to know about Autism since it is Autism awareness month then I read my friend Terri's blog who just knows it all and she summed it up perfectly. Please take the time to read it ,pasted below . She and I share this world. We each have a beautiful little boy who is in this crazy world of autism and has taught us , at times, more that we ever wanted to know. Patience, nutrition, patience, love, patience, medicine, neurology, patience, etc..... It is what we do. Thanks, Terri! But first, I want to leave you with my thougths. I don't share much of this on my blog because I want to focus also on prevention. Prevention that is about nutrition for ourselves and our families. You see, the problem with our world today is that they are spending millions, billions, trillions of dollars on trying to find this Autism cure. The problem is talking about the prevention. The Dr.'s dare not say a thing about what may be causing it. It would open a can of worms. There are so many variables that Terri Talks about. So many things that needs to be changed. Getting chemicals out of our foods, out of our homes. No more lead from china and mercury in our apple juice. The world isn't going to change it. It would take a revolution of sorts. But, I beg of you, the mothers, change it in your homes. As the new research points out, as many as 1 in 38 of boys will be diagnosed with some form of autism. That is astronomical. If you knew that there was a disease headed your way affecting that many children what would you do? How would you protect your children? Well, that is happening. What are you doing?

I go into classrooms at school and can identify sometimes as much as one forth of the children in each class with signs of autism. I am a professional at this now. The sad part, so much of it can be prevented or reversed. I see friends with children with early signs and want to scream at them to stop it, reverse it, don't let it progress! But, I don't. Moms don't want to see it and usually don't many times until it is progressed to the point of full blown autism. It is scary. We don't want it to be us. So, my mothers out there. Take a moment. Look at the signs. If you suspect anything, anything at all, check it out. If you catch it early, you can reverse it. It takes hard work. It takes determination to change the diet and chemicals in the body. But, it can change a life. It can change your life. Me and Terri are living proof. Our little boys play together. That is a miracle in itself. Not too long ago our little ones would be incapable of interacting together on a social level. Just the other day they were playing "Train" and had imaginary tickets they were handing out. Such typical play for 4 and 5 year olds, almost completely impossible play for children with autism. Our hard work and research is working. I want everyone to know. I want everyone to stop this from happening in their homes. Please read below and learn and share. Here are the signs I had with Tate that I had to figure out myself after the Dr. told me I was a neurotic mother. Six months later he was formally diagnosed. Six months I wasted at the hand of a neurotic Dr. My signs:

Head banging
lining up toys
repetitive play, same movement over and over
hand flapping
obsession over certain things
anger and aggression
only wanting wheat products, very picky eater
non verbal
would loose skills, ie, saying "ball" then would not say it again
hard to make eye contact sometimes
eyes would look spacey at times

*These did not happen all at once. It was little things at first. Lining up the cars, lining up videos. Wanting to hold a certain toy for days on end. Loosing skills he once had learned. It progressed in the end to banging his head in anger on everything until he was bruised.

I would be happy to talk to anyone with questions. I know Terri feels the same. My little boy is still mostly non verbal although that is coming. But, most every other symptom is gone. He is so happy. So fun. He signs and told me all about his day today and I really could understand so much. When he was in trouble at the ball game tonight for wanting one of the boys baseball helmets and taking it from him, he sat in the car to "think" about it then in sign language, without prompting, signed that he was sorry and put his fingers on his cute little cheeks with a big smile to indicate that he was happy now. He gets it. He is out of the fog he was in. Miracles... everyday in my life. Don't wait for signs of autism in your family to make changes. Bad diets, too much immunizations, too much antibiotics can cause so many problems. Change your habits now to save your family from a lifetime of problems. It is so important. Here is Terri's beautiful article. I am sure she wouldn't mind me sharing.

I love April, it is Autism Awareness Month but today is extra special. It has been deemed World Autism Awareness Day. Autism has become an epidemic of such proportions, the UN has dedicated a whole day to it. And yet in our country, our CDC has yet to call it an epidemic. Jenny McCarthy was on Good Morning America yesterday along with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, a DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) practitioner. Check the GMA website if you missed it. They were discussing some possible indicators that you MAY have higher chances of having a child with Autism. (I love Jenny for always getting out there and saying the controversial things that many mainstream doctors bash, even when her son has recovered from Autism like so many others - without the help of mainstream doctors who have nothing to offer most families with Autism!). They discussed the Methylation issue which showed family history of mental disorders (depression, bipolar, manic, etc) and then the autoimmune dysfunction side (lupus, MS, arthritis, etc) which probably relates the the sulfation chemistry I have blogged about before. Having relatives with those issues is a key that there is faulty sulfation and/or poor methylation which is very prevalent in the Autism community. My son has both poor methylation and faulty sulfation. That means his brain doesn't communicate quickly enough without help (methyl B-12 injections). He also has faulty sulfation which is huge in Alzheimer patients as well. Poor sulfation is another kink in the hose of biochemical processes and can have a huge impact on sensory issues (which have their own behavioral fallout as a result). We do nightly epsom salt baths and increase sulfer rich foods like broccoli in his diet. And we avoid ALL Tylenol products.Evidently the UK did a new study and the rates are staggering, 1 in 38 boys will be diagnosed with some form of Autism. And yet many are still so skeptical about the role of toxins (not JUST immunizations) in the development of Autism. More money gets thrown at "genetic studies" when about 1% of all children with Autism have it at birth. Many develop normally up to a point or regress into Autism. Early intervention is key and I believe, so is biomedical treatment. It still baffles me as to WHY Autism is still considered a psychiatric disorder, and not a physical one. Yes, there are odd behaviors that come, but they have biological roots! My son is proof. As we found out what has gone wrong in him body we've taken things out of his diet that he cannot tolerate and guess what, many of those behaviors are GONE now that would classify him as Autistic. I will go through the progression again since this is WAAD and I want people to be aware of what Autism can look like:You have a child that has a developing immune system. You assault it with toxins (immunizations, bleach cleaners, pesticides in your environment and on our food, mattresses and bedding and paint that off gasses VOC's, flouride, etc). Add in a few rounds of antibiotics and the natural good flora in the body is disrupted. Yeast and bacteria can take over. It can become so invasive that it rips holes in the lining of the gut. Digestion is impaired due to enzymatic failure and you have large peptides in Gluten (wheat) and Casein (dairy) that get through these holes and shouldn't. Oddly enough, they fit opiate receptors perfectly in the brain. You have kids "high" on wheat and dairy. They crave it, some kids will self select which means ALL they eat is dairy and wheat. They are reacting like they are on opiates. You can see bizarre behavior like headbanging (since they have impaired pain sensation), aggression, red cheeks/ears, they can act like they are in a fog, don't hear you, don't respond, etc. The yeast can also contribute to those behaviors. Bacteria like Clostridia can cause high escalation. You then have a child who freaks out at the smallest issue, can get a toy to work right for example. Instead of asking for help or coming to an adult, a tantrum ensues. Inappropriate response to challenging situations. These kids can be SUPER sensitive to the junk in our foods, dyes, soy, trans fats, MSG (all 200 forms), etc. They can become hyper after ingesting these things, especially dyes and MSG. They can have profound sensory challenges. My son has auditory issues. He has super sonic hearing and certain sounds send him over the edge. When he was younger, if there was a sound that bothered him, he would make other sounds to cover it up. He would get ALL of his sound making toys to play at once, or he would scream. You can see HOW this would be a psychiatric disorder at first because they can act in very strange ways. But then you begin to understand the role of biochemistry and see how it is failing in these kids. The sensible thing would be to FIX those things, not JUST stick them in behavioral therapy. I don't care who you are, if a child has an intolerance to their food and is impacted by that, no therapy is going to as effective as when they are not being influenced by that physical challenge. That's like taking a test when you have the flu. Certainly you will not do as well when you are sick as when you are well. Some kids can muddle through and do make small gains but I have found with my own son, he completely blossomed when we "fixed" some of those biomedical challenges. We have yet to tackle viruses, but that is next in his treatment protocol. When an immune system is not functioning properly, viruses, bacteria and yeast have an even better chance of getting a hold of a body. My son rarely ran fevers, even with 2 bouts of chicken pox. There is now data to suggest the herpes virus (which is what chicken pox is) can spark Autistic-like behavior in children. I think the role of viruses can be huge in children with Autism. And with a mal-functioning immune system, they can wreak havoc. I compare it to a virus on your computer, your computer may work but it just kind of acts funny or doesn't exactly do what you want it to.So there are just a few things that WE know about Autism. Every child with Autism is different. Once you know one child with Autism, you know one child with Autism. We cannot lump them into simple behaviors or characteristics. Each child (as with kids NOT on the Autism spectrum) is unique. I truly believe that Autism is not JUST a genetic issue. As we see this disease rise, we need to look at the toxic burden we place on our bodies and our babies that are born into this world. Inherited disease is a theory in Eastern medicine. It means as we continue to pollute our bodies, each generation "inherits" the fallout and the susceptibility of the diseases of our parents and grandparents. We don't know the effects of all the things in our food, water, drugs, clothes, mattresses, carpets, and the list goes on and on. Things get more and more cheaply made with concern for health and safety left by the wayside in favor of big profits. We are creating this disease called Autism and our children are the fallout. I urge everyone to learn the signs and symptoms of Autism. And they can be varied:* Speech delay* Or the other side which is no speech delay but intense interest in ONE thing (like trains for example) and a young, young child being able to know EVERYTHING about that one specific category.* Repetitive behaviors* Lack of eye contact* Aggressive behaviors and/or self-injury* Fixation on random objects (my son used to get attached to weird things and HAVE to carry them around)* Low muscle tone* Sensory issues - sensitive to touch, sound, failure to respond appropriately to pain, likes to be hugged tight or the other extreme - hates to be touched.* GI problems, constipation or chronic diarrhea The list goes on and on. I just want people to be aware of some of the signs of Autism. These kids often times have exceptional talents and cognitive functioning but they need extra work to help them communicate these things. Parenting a child with Autism has been the most challenging and yet rewarding thing all at the same time. We have been tested more than I thought possible and yet forced to grow and recognize things in my child I would never have without this experience. If it tells you anything, there is an 80% divorce rate in families where there is a child with a disability. It can be very stressful and yet the changes our family has made and the knowledge we have now is invaluable. We've seem dramatic and measurable changes in our son as the result of biomedical interventions. My son is very close to losing his diagnosis of Autism. I could not be happier at how present, focused, and happy he is now. My goal is to help other families out there who believe that their child CAN be helped and to show them what has worked for us. No guarantee that what we have done will work for anyone else but I believe it can give the HOPE that is so crucial for parents to keep going, keep striving to help their child with Autism feel better, be healthier and put together their child's puzzle that is Autism.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mittleider method blog

Another great blog to understand this method a little easier is http:/mittleidermethodgarden.blogspot.com/ Thanks , Kara for the lead!

Gardening pumped up.....

I went to an absolutely amazing gardening seminar this past weekend, cancelling the traffic school I had to go to saving it for another less important day. This was well worth it and I simply can't wait to learn it all so I can teach everyone. I plan on going pro with this new method in a year so get ready! Some of you may have heard about it but I in my 14 plus years of gardening had never seen this method - The Mittleider Method. You can check in out at www.foodforeveryone.org. They have books and even fertilizer that you can purchase. It is organic which is huge for me and super easy, also huge. The gentlemen presenting this method is Mr. Jim Kennard and he has done this forever under Mr. Jacob Mittleider. Mr. Mettleider and Mr. Kennard have traveled the world revolutionizing growing methods to third world and even larger countries. It is their mission to teach the world how to sustain themselves and grow triple the crops in one third of the water. They teach that food can be grown in any climate, in any soil. It is how you water, space and feed. You can even grow in sand and saw dust. Promise. Check out the website, order some fertilizer and go to town. You can still plant now. Email me if you have any questions but I am trying to soak it all in myself. I thought I knew it all but once again I have proven to yet be perfect. Another example.... I never knew that you could grow potatoes from the eye of an existing potato. If you are also potato ignorant like me.....here is the deal. Just cut up one inch chunks of the potato where the little yucky roots are growing out, at least a quarter inch.Let them air out for a few hours then plant them with the root facing up. The photo above is my cute little potatoes sprouting up. The potatoes grow in clusters underneath. I just can't wait to harvest them. So exciting.

This instructor kept driving in the point that he believes at some point we will probably all need to be eating from our garden. He firmly states, "Everyone MUST have a garden." No more excueses. Get it done. However little it may be.