We went to a 3 day autism conference recently and learned a lot. One of the most amazing things we heard about was Magnetic Resonance Therapy (MRT). In mom language, MRT is pulsing a big, super strength magnet on your child’s forehead to re-set the brain’s electrical system. This therapy is very new and very expensive (one month is $11,500) so we won’t be using it with our children any time soon. But we wanted to make others aware of it, especially since Dr. Bradstreet is about to open clinical trials for this procedure. If your child is selected, the procedure will be completely free.
If you want to learn more about MRT, check out this website. They have information about the cost and side effects as well as video testimonials. Dr. Bradstreet said he will post information on how to apply for the clinical trial today on his blog. You can also scan here to look for information on the trial once it is posted.
You have to watch this amazing video of an 18-year-old boy with severe autism. Warning… the video is disturbing. In the “before” video the boy is violent… punching himself over and over and attempting to hit his mom. After MRT, he is able to play ping-pong, shoot hoops, and he can laugh! The quality of life for both the boy and his mother is remarkably improved.
Disclaimer: We are not patients of Dr. Bradstreet and we know nothing about the effectiveness or safety of this therapy. Please do your own research. We are simply passing along information.
Stewart Airport, 5:00am, Sunday morning. Still dark outside and not much movement at the airport. The morning rush for flights had not begun.
I entered the terminal and walked over to the rental car counter to turn in the keys. I dropped the keys in the box and turned around meeting the gaze of a TSA agent. I smiled and continued the process of checking in and getting my flight ticket from the JetBlue kiosk. I had the feeling I was being watched and I looked around and noticed the same TSA agent (known from here out as Skeletor) still watching me. He was making me feel uncomfortable. I took the last sip of my peppermint tea and dumped the styrofoam cup in the garbage can.
As soon as I walked up to the TSA line, Skeletor asked to see the palms of my hands. No hello, how are you, or other form of greeting? He informed me he needed to scan my hands. What the heck? After all my years of traveling, this was a first. What could he possibly be checking for? The only thing that came to my mind were drugs.
Wrong! The lights of the machine turned red and I immediately got the “uh oh” feeling. Skeletor asked me to step aside and called for his supervisor. Long story short, my hands tested positive for explosive residue. Over the next 30 minutes, I was subjected to a humiliating and invasive pat down and my suitcase and purse were ransacked.
After being questioned, I was placed in a holding room where two female TSA agents rambled on about where they were going to touch me and how they would use the backs of their hands and fronts of their hands during the dreaded “cop a feel.” At this point it didn’t matter what part of the hand they were going to use. They were still rooting around in areas I would prefer them not to be. It was disgusting.
After they were done with me, I was dismissed with a wave of a hand and left to re-pack my suitcase and put myself together. I was mad. No one else had been targeted nor had their hands been scanned. Why was I randomly selected? Why did Skeletor have his eyes on me from the second I walked in the door?
I support the fact we have to beef up security, but in this situation I felt there was more to it. How sensitive are Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) machines?
What can cause false positive readings? Did Skeletor know that a styrofoam cup could leave suspicious residue on a drinker’s hands? Is that why he was watching me? Hey, let’s target the tired housewife and make her cry. Five points for the TSA agent who can get her to wail or four points if you make her mad. Is it a sick game in which they tally up the points at the end of the week and the winner gets a free dinner at Bennigan’s?
This experience was scary. I was traveling alone and truthfully, did not know what my rights were in a situation like this. My suitcase, purse, driver’s license and ticket were confiscated from me. They were out of my eyesight and I was at the mercy of the TSA agents.
What would happen if something “magically appeared” in my suitcase or my money/credit cards went missing? It would become a game of he said, she said. And I have a feeling I would not have a leg to stand on.
What are a passenger’s rights in a situation like this? What would happen if a passenger missed their flight?
But this is what I have learned… all the following have the potential to cause false positives on the ETD scan:
- Taking nitroglycerin-based heart medication
- Living in & around agriculture
- Being a legal gun owner
- Using glycerin-based lotion
- Being in the active military, guard, or reserves
- Working in the explosives or mining industry
- Working in the cosmetics industry
- Touching styrofoam/polystyrene
Just to name a few.
The moral of this story… next time you go to the airport, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly… but NOT with glycerin-based soap! Happy travels.
Dr. William Shaw of Great Plains Laboratory recently published a new article about the connection of acetaminophen to autism, asthma, and ADHD. He will be holding a free webinar on October 30, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00pm CDT.
According to Dr. Shaw, it seems that the marked increase in the rate of autism, asthma, and attention deficit with hyperactivity throughout much of the world may be largely caused by the marked increase in the use of acetaminophen in genetically and/or metabolically susceptible children, and the use of acetaminophen by pregnant women.
Items he will be discussing are:
- Could the use of certain antipyretic drugs, especially in conjunction with vaccines, be a cause of autism?
- Metabolism of Acetaminophen
- Immune Abnormalities Associated with Acetaminophen Use
- Purkinje Cell Abnormalities, Autism, and GSH Depletion
- Special Concerns about the Long-Term Defective Quality Control of Acetaminophen Products
To register for the webinar, go to:
We attended Dr. Shaw’s first webinar on this subject, so if you are interested in this topic and won’t be able to attend the webinar, feel free to view our summary here:
DID YOU KNOW …
- One cup of cooked collard greens has as much calcium as a cup of milk with a serving of 100 calories? Collards are also rich in magnesium which is a critical nutrient for bone health.
- Tyler’s Coffee makes a brew that is acid free? My (Molly’s) stomach always hurts if I drink too much coffee so I am very excited to give this a try to see if it helps.
- Curcumin is as effective as Prozac for major depression, according to an Indian study published in Phytotherapy? The effective daily dose of BMC-95 curcumin was 1,000mg. To buy curcumin, click here.
- If you take Elderberry within 48 hours of experiencing flu symptoms, you have a good chance of fighting off the flu? Studies were done using European Elderberry Extract (Sambucol). The dose was 3 teaspoons of syrup, four times daily with meals. Scientists have found that Elderberry blocks the availability of the flu virus to invade and infect cells, which ultimately stops the virus from replicating. Elderberry also activates your immune system to fight off the virus in cells that have already been infected.
- Elderberry combined with gentian root, cowslip flowers, sorrel, and vervain relieves colds, coughs, and sinusitis. This combination is sold as Sinupret by Bionorica or SinuGuard by Enzymatic Therapy. This formula has been used in Germany for nearly 80 years.
- You can make a delicious alternative to mayonnaise if you are casein free? Puree white beans, olive oil, garlic, salt/white pepper, and a splash of apple cider vinegar to make a tasty, spread for your sandwiches. This spread is high in fiber.
- Seaweed noodles are a delicious alternative to wheat based noodles if you are on a gluten-free diet? Kelp based noodles are low in calories and rich in iodine which is good for your thyroid. Serve the noodles with toasted sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and black sesame seeds for a tasty asian style treat.
- You can make gluten-free couscous out of cauliflower? Chop cauliflower florets in a food processor until they look like small grains of rice, then cook in 1/4 inch of water until they are soft, but not mushy. If you want to add a middle Eastern flare, add coconut oil, cumin, curry, and dried apricots.
- There are several natural alternatives for treating migraines/headaches? Butterbar extract is one of the most effective natural remedies for migraines. In one study, Butterbar extract reduced the number and severity of the migraines by 50 percent. Butterbar is a member of the daisy family. Make sure to buy an extract labeled “PA free” which means that the liver damaging alkaloids have been removed. Feverfew (from the sunflower family) is another herb shown by studies to be effective for treating migraines. White Willow Bark (chemically related to aspirin) is effective for treating cluster and tension headaches.
We are embracing fall and love seeing all the pretty pumpkins in our local stores. That got us thinking… what delicious, gluten/casein free with no added sugar dessert could we make for our children with pumpkin? Molly had some left over Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour and Leah bought a pie pumpkin, so we decided to “put our heads together” and try to whip up a dessert our children can eat that won’t ruin the low carb/low sugar diet we’re on.
We are pleased with our creation (see above). Here’s what we did.
We started with a small pie pumpkin from our local grocery store. We cut it in half, scooped out the seeds, and sprinkled it with cinnamon.
Next, we set up a steamer. We filled the pot a few inches deep with water, placed the strainer over it and turned the stove to high and brought the water to a boil. The water level should be just below the strainer so you’re not soaking and boiling the pumpkin. We then placed the pumpkin halves (you can cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces if it doesn’t fit your steamer) inside the strainer and sealed it with the lid.
After about 20 minutes, our pumpkin was soft enough to mash. Be sure to cook the pumpkin until the inside is soft. Our next step was to take the pumpkin off the stove, scoop it out, and put it in a blender. Then, we added 2 ripe bananas and 12 dates (these are our sources of sweetness so that we did not have to add sugar) to the blender and pureed.
Next, we put 4 eggs in a bowl and whisked them.
Then, we added 4 cups of unsweetened almond milk, 6 tablespoons of tapioca flour, 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (add more to taste), 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and the 4 whisked eggs to a pot and put it on medium heat. We stirred the ingredients while they slowly came to a boil.
We then turned the heat down to a simmer and added our ingredients from the blender, 2 teaspoons of gluten-free pure vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon of gluten-free almond extract.
We cooked the mixture uncovered, over very low heat for another 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Voila – it was done!
DISCLAIMER: We haven’t had sugar in a long time, so it tasted like a sweet treat to us. However, you may want to add coconut sugar or maple syrup if you want a sweeter taste.
Also, we topped ours with pecans and a sprinkle of cinnamon, however, we think it would be scrumptious to top it with shaved, dark (unsweetened Ghirardelli) chocolate or toasted (salted) pumpkin seeds.
Serve warm or chilled (Annie preferred it chilled). Enjoy and happy fall!
- 6 tablespoons of Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour
- 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 12 dates
- 2 ripe bananas
- 4 whisked eggs
- 1 small pie pumpkin (or if you’re lazy like Molly, get 2 glass jars of organic, pumpkin purée)
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon organic, gluten-free vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon of gluten-free almond extract
- Ghirardelli unsweetened, dark chocolate
- Toasted (salted) pumpkin seeds
- Drizzle of maple syrup
- Sprinkle of cinnamon mixed with coconut sugar
For those of you who follow us, it’s that time of year again when we “try to get our groove back” AKA lose the “chicken wings” and tone the mom trouble zone which extends from the rib cage to the knees and then some.
Last year, we were really into Pilates and walking. We did well at keeping our commitment to working out until Leah went away for the summer. For us, working out is a team sport. Solo work outs are not in the cards because we lack the discipline and trustworthiness required to follow through. We need another person to guilt us into working out and to hold us accountable. Otherwise, we would tell you we’re working out, but really we’re sitting on the couch, eating and watching our favorite tv shows.
This year, we wanted to look for something different to kick-start our workouts. We noticed that as we continue to age, it is getting harder and harder to tone that mom trouble zone. We knew we needed to up the ante, but we have other criteria that makes this difficult… we don’t like to sweat. And we need to be done in thirty minutes or less. Is that too much to ask?
As it turns out – no! While Leah was enjoying quality time with her family in the mountains, Molly spent the summer researching to find the perfect workout DVD. Enter Tracy Anderson’s “The Method for Beginners .” Don’t let the title fool you… we are so glad we got the beginner version. We couldn’t have survived a harder one.
Glad we’re doing this video… but we don’t enjoy it. Every minute is pure torture. However, we believe the suffering is worth it because we feel it is beginning to tone our trouble areas. It is the best video we’ve ever found for chicken wing arms. Plus, it is great for getting rid of cellulite on your butt and thighs. It doesn’t focus on the abs as much as we would like, but Tracy swears that your abs are still getting a work out. We hope she’s not fibbing!
So, we have our workouts rolling again. We are working on improving our diet. But now we are investigating why does cellulite form when you get older? Why did our cellulite used to be contained to the butt area and now it is spreading like a bad virus to the legs, arm pit area, and underarms? Here’s what know so far.
- Your lymphatic system plays an integral role in the development of cellulite.
- When everything is running smoothly, the lymph is taking away waste and toxins.
- When things get clogged up and blood circulation decreases, this causes fluid to be retained. A decrease in lymph drainage causes the fluids that normally carry away waste to be trapped.
So we are on another quest. This time, we want to figure out how to make our lymphatic system work better, increase our circulation, and decrease the amount of toxins and fluid being retained by our skin. If we are actually able to accomplish this, will our cellulite go away or at least stop spreading? We’ll keep you posted!
As some of you know from reading, I have Annie on a rotation diet due to her numerous food allergies. I have been dying for her to eat something different, so I hopped on google in search of a gluten-free recipe for salmon burgers that I thought Annie would eat. Above is the picture that lured me in… they looked so good I could almost taste them. Here’s the recipe:
- Two 6oz cans (BPA free) of wild caught sockeye Alaskan salmon
- 1 whole, ripe avocado (you can substitute a cooked sweet potato)
- 1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning (more if you really like the taste)
- 3 tablespoons of coconut flour (or almond flour)
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill (or fresh dill if you’re an ambitious chef like Leah)
- 2 tablespoons of finely chopped green onion (I didn’t have this so I used 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder)
- 2 tablespoons of finely chopped celery (I didn’t have this so I used 1/4 teaspoon of celery salt)
- 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley (that’s right, I didn’t have this either so I used 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley)
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons of coconut milk (or almond milk)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (for frying)
Place the chopped veggies/herbs, avocado, seasoning, salmon, and coconut flour into a bowl and mix. Add 3 tablespoons coconut milk and mix again. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Divide mixture into 6 burgers and put them on a plate and chill in the fridge for about an hour.
To cook, heat coconut oil in skillet over med heat. When the oil is hot, add burgers (don’t overcrowd the pan). Fry 4-5 minutes per side, flipping only once (make sure first side is crispy and golden brown before flipping).
Unfortunately, this method did not work for me. I think it’s because I cook in pans made of enamel coated cast iron (which are a real pain and very sticky but supposedly healthier to cook in than aluminum, stainless steel, or teflon). Anyway – here is what my fried salmon burger looked like.
As you can see, it has an unappetizing green tint to it – I think this is because I didn’t follow directions. I mushed the avocado instead of just chopping it. My creation started off as a burger, but as I went to flip it, it turned into what I affectionately named “Scrambled Avocado Salmon.”
Luckily, Annie’s reaction to the salmon fiasco was “mmmm, mmm, mmm!” She happily ate it but I was repulsed by the look of it. I decided to try cooking the rest of the burgers in the oven. I heated my oven to 400 degrees and cooked my remaining 5 burgers for 30 minutes (cook the burgers until they look brown and crispy on the outside). Here’s what they looked like… not beautiful like the recipe picture, but good enough that I would serve them to my family and friends.