Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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
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
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
(Since posting this, comments were made saying Dioxins are not present in plastics, please read next blog for additional info.)
Developmental abnormalities in the enamel of children's teeth.
Central and peripheral nervous system pathology
Damage to the immune systems.
DiabetesRecent 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.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.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
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:
lining up toys
repetitive play, same movement over and over
obsession over certain things
anger and aggression
only wanting wheat products, very picky eater
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
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.