Saturday, December 25, 2010
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
We have just tried the most fabulous gluten free/casein free foods from NuLife Foods. Kenneth loves their foods. We tried the chocolate chip cookies, and he had so much fun putting them in the oven and baking them--he didn't even notice the difference.
You have to look at their web site! Since all three of my kids have Autistic Enterocolitis, I have to feed everyone on the special diet. NuLife Foods are so convenient for school lunches. Philip wants me to order everything on their site! But one really neat thing was how healthy the ingredients were--there was lots of vegetables in the foods, like squash in the meatballs--very good!
Here is their web site-- http:/www.nulifefoods.com
NuLife foods is offering a 10% off your first NuLife Foods order! Your discount code will be "MARTYBLOG". On the NuLife Foods website, you will see the full list of delicious products and can order them directly there! They also have a ton of information about the company, their testing, and the science behind the diet. Check it out, it's very interesting!
This are the easiest and best tasting products we have ever tried!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
We stopped to get a sandwich at a little restaurant on the way to Greenville. The kids each picked out chocolate milk to drink. As they took their first sips, their noses wrinkled up. "Yuck!" they all cried.
The kids love raw milk so much, they thought the pasteurized milk was spoiled--they were not use to the taste of pasteurized milk.
We always buy raw milk, fresh from the cow--from an icy cold glass bottle--clear liquid on the bottom, thick cream on the top!
Reason to Drink Raw Milk #1:
Raw milk is a living food.
Unlike pasteurized and ultra-high-temperature (UHT) pasteurized milk, raw milk is a living food. Several of milk’s natural components including beneficial bacteria, food enzymes, natural vitamins and immunoglobulins are heat-sensitive. These health-promoting components of natural, raw milk are destroyed by heating and therefore not present in pasteurized or UHT milk. Indeed, most foods – milk included – provide best nutrition when consumed in a raw or minimally cooked state. While heating milk doesn’t change the mineral composition to any great degree, it does, however, change their bioavailability rendering calcium less absorbable.
Reason to Drink Raw Milk #2:
Raw milk is rich in beneficial bacteria.
As a living food, raw milk is rich in beneficial bacteria. These bacteria are critical to your health; indeed,beneficial bacteria are so critical to human health that you cannot live without them. These bacteria are responsible for stimulating and training your immune system to function correctly. They also work in conjunction with your immune system to keep pathogenic bacteria at bay. They can be effective in the prevention and treatment of e. coli, rotavirus and salmonella infections. By consuming foods rich in beneficial bacteria – like raw dairy products and naturally fermented foods – you can help to optimize the levels of beneficial bacteria present in your gut. These bacterial allies are destroyed by pasteurization and are absent in pasteurized and UHT milk.
Reason to Drink Raw Milk #3:
Raw milk is rich in food enzymes.
As a living food, raw milk is also rich in natural food enzymes: lactase, lipase and phosphatase number among many of these natural enzymes. These enzymes help your body to better digest milk and better metabolize its vital nutrients. Without these vital enzymes, the milk’s natural sugars, fats and proteins can cause reactions in individuals prone to food intolerances. Enzymes like phosphatase help the body to better absorb milk’s calcium while other enzymes like amylase and lactase help you digest the sugars present in milk. Lactoperoxidase, another enzyme found in raw milk, offers antimicrobial properties which, again, helps to keep potential pathogens at bay. These enzymes are painfully delicate and very heat-sensitive, pasteurizing milk destroys them and the benefits they convey to you.
Reason to Drink Raw Milk #4
Raw milk is rich in natural vitamins.
The butterfat present in raw milk is rich in natural fat-soluble soluble vitamins, particularly preformed vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin E. (Learn more about fat soluble vitamins: vitamin a, d, e and k.) Raw milk is also rich in water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and B-complex vitamins. A quart of raw milk from grassfed cows contains approximately 50% more vitamin E and 7% more folate than pasteurized milk. Moreover, fresh raw milk naturally contains vitamin C which is completely absent from pasteurized milk. Vitamins, like food enzymes, are delicate and are largely destroyed by heat; therefore, pasteurized milks are fortified with vitamins – and those fortifying vitamins are synthetic, laboratory-created versions of naturally-occuring vitamins. They are not treated the same way as natural vitamins by your body.
Reason to Drink Raw Milk #5:
Raw butterfat is rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid.
Meat and milk from grass-fed animals is rich in fatty compound called Conjugated Linoleic Acid or CLA. Actually classified as a trans-fatty acid (but a good transfat!), CLA offers myriad myriad positive effects for those who consume it. Indeed, research indicates that this substance is known to fight cancer (particularly breast, intestinal and bone cancers), hypertension and adipose obesity. If you’re sourcing your raw milk well, you’re only sourcing it from grass-fed cows which means you’re consuming this important fatty acid – something that’s missing from that factory-farmed, pasteurized and skimmed milk at the grocery store (and yes, organic milk drinkers – there’s plenty of factory farming in the organic industry too!)
Reason to Drink Raw Milk #6:
Raw milk supports small farmers, not feedlots.
Pastuerization of milk was born out of necessity – as unhealthy cows from concentrated animal feed operations produce unhealthy milk. Cows sickened by confinement and an unnatural diet of grain and mash produce lackluster, thin milk poor in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and rich in pathogenic bacteria. Sick milk from sick cows makes for sick people. Pasteurization kills pathogenic bacteria just as it kills beneficial bacteria. Rather than tackle unsanitary practices and concentrated feed operations as the root cause of food illness caused by raw dairy products, government officials instead mandated pasteurization. Such action allows industrial dairies to continue operating in a way that sickens their cattle. When you purchase pasteurized milk at the store – unless you’re careful about your brand – you’re purchasing it from industrial farms that promote poor health among their herd.
By contrast, raw milk is not produced on a massive, concentrated scale. Instead, raw milk producers operate small operations with fewer cattle spread out over a larger amount of space. Cows aren’t fed on feedlot grain; rather, their given space on fresh pasture and spend their time outside with access to shelter when they need it – as in the case of inclement weather. By choosing to drink raw milk and eschew pasteurized milk, you’re supporting small, local farmers who value both their customers and their herd. You’re supporting sustainable agricultural operations not the dairy mega-industry.
Reason to Drink Raw Milk #7:
Raw milk is not homogenized.
Raw milk is not homogenized; rather, the beautiful fresh raw cream rises to the top to produce a lovely creamline. You can skim this cream for use in making butter or a beautiful panna cotta, or just shake the jar up to evenly distribute the cream into the milk for drinking. This cream and butterfat is in its whole state; it hasn’t been homogenized. Homogenization is an intense process that forcefully breaks up the fat molecules present in butterfat thus allowing them to be suspended in rather than separated from the liquid milk itself. This forceful and intense process leaves these delicate fats subject to oxidization. Oxidized fats contribute to heart disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Homogenization spells bad news for your heart and your body as a whole. Fresh, raw milk is not homogenized and so the fat molecules remain intact – wholesome and healthy.
Reason to Drink Raw Milk #8:
Raw milk is easier to digest.
Fresh, raw milk is easier on your stomach and digestive tract. Components naturally present in raw milk, but killed by pasteurization, enable you to digest raw milk better than cooked, pasteurized milk. Lipase, lactase and amylase – each enzymes mentioned above – work in conjunction with macronutrients present in milk – helping you to better digest the milk as a whole food. Pasteurization, by contrast, renders milk hard to digest. This is particularly true of the proteins present in milk which are denatured by high heat.
Reason to Drink Raw Milk #9:
Raw milk clabbers.
Leave a carton of pasteurized milk out on the counter for a day, and you’ll end up with a putrid, stinking glop. By contrast, raw milk will clabber as its beneficial lactic-acid producing bacteria proliferate and turn raw milk into a probiotic-rich, yogurt-like food. Bonny clabber is a traditional food originally from Scotland, though most peoples across the globe enjoy similarly clabbered milks through their traditional food heritage. Clabbered raw milk is not only edible, but particularly healthful as its sugars have been metabolized by lactic-acid producing bacteria and continue to proliferate. Since these bacteria have been killed by heat in pasteurized milk, such milk won’t clabber; rather, molds and yeasts will rot the milk. Moreover, milk that has been subject to pasteurization at ultra-high temperatures isn’t even suitable for cheesemaking.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
News story done on Kenneth last weekend!
Ken rode his cousin, Acelia's horse, Honey yesterday! We are going to start horseback riding lessons for him--Equine Therapy or Hippotherapy . Acelia was a fabulous instructor and has been Kenneth's best friend since he was a baby. Ken loves Acelia!
One of Ken's teachers at school has a horse farm and is going to start offering this therapy.
Hippotherapy is useful for:
•relaxing tight muscles
•building muscle strength
•sharpening hand/eye coordination
•gaining a sense of body-awareness
•gaining a sense of self-control
•gaining a sense of self-confidence
•improving fine motor coordination
•improving sensory integration
The movement of the horse moves the rider's pelvis in the correct way, while also stimulating other bones, ligaments, and joints. A horse moves a person in more than one way, by tilting, rotating, and moving the rider, which would take a whole session of difficult physical therapy exercises to achieve. Sitting on a horse improves core muscle strength, muscle symmetry, balance, posture, flexibility, circulation, coordination, and breathing (which also makes it easier to speak). The autistic are unable to integrate their senses and understanding of how their bodies relate to external forces and surfaces; hippotherapy can greatly improve an autistic child's sense of their own bodies in space. Hippotherapy frequently does not use a saddle, allowing the child to receive sensations from the horse's movements, which makes a child aware of where parts of his or her body are in relation to the horse.
The excitement of riding encourages speech when the rider wants to communicate with the therapist and the horse. Non-verbal autistic children have suddenly started talking when they use the horse's name or ask the horse to get moving! The therapy provides a solid yet enjoyable period of time for stimulation and exercise.
The benefits experienced by kids with mental and emotional disabilities are also due to the special relationship they develop with the horse. The horses are specifically chosen and trained to be gentle, patient, and calm. The unconditional, non-judgmental aspect of the bond between the horse and the patient encourages the child to form an attachment and interaction with another living being, which is especially difficult for autistic kids to achieve. One of the greatest benefits of this type of therapy is the enjoyment kids get out of it. They don't even realize that they are participating in a therapeutic activity - it's just a lot of fun!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Kombucha is called the "miracle cure all tea." Kombucha tea was also referred to as the Tea of Immorality and the elixir of life.
Kombucha Tea (pronounced kom-BOO-cha) is a handmade Chinese tea that is delicately cultured for 30 days. During this time, essential nutrients form like: Active Enzymes, Amino Acids, Probiotics, Antioxidants, and Polyphenols. All of these combine to create an elixir that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality.
Kombucha Health Benefits
*Helps with Digestion
*Boosts the Immune System
*Promotes Weight Control
*Supports Liver Function
*Good for Skin & Hair
*Reduces/Stabalizes Blood Pressure
*Helps Older People Look and Feel Younger
*Cleanses the Body of Toxins
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This is the doctor we met while in Central America. I would highly recommend anyone who wants to treat their child for autism to see him!
Here is his web site:
Dr. Kotsanis was one of the founding members of Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) in 1995. The Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Protocol evolved out of a study that we did in 1992. The first Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) meeting was held in Grapevine, Texas in 1995. Our practice has been treating autistic children since 1992. Dr. Kotsanis is a board Certified Otolaryngologist and Allergist and as such these communication disorders fall within his domain of Ear, Nose & Throat.
The foundation of our treatment is correcting digestive function, correcting nutrition/diet, heavy metal detoxification through chelation and boosting the immune system through allergy therapy and proper nutrition. We also offer Auditory Enhancement Training (AET) and highly recommend Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (ABA), visual correction via special lenses and speech therapy - but we do not offer those here. We will recommend providers upon your first visit that will meet the needs of your child. Dr. Kotsanis became interested in autism because his son had a high functioning ASD with Aspergers. He is now 23 years old and typical.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This is a photo of my friend, Daniel Faiella's new chamber. I can't wait to hear what kind of results they see with their son, Matthew, after some dives in this! This is his blog to follow their progress-- www.RecoveringMatthew.Blogspot.Com
Matthew Faiella was the first boy to have stem cells for autism. He has now had four stem cell transplants and is doing very well. We hope that Ken will do as well as Matthew. Without Matthew's story, we would never have known about umbilical cord blood stem cells as a treatment option for autism.
Here is some information on the Faiella's new chamber. Look at his blog for more links on studies with hyperbaric oxygen therapy!
- Chamber and Compressor are FDA 510K Approved #K051759
- 34 Inches Wide x 105 Inches Long - Large enough for both a parent and child.
- Made in the USA
- Double Bag Construction - Featuring a heavy duty, time tested reinforcement system.
- 4psi (1.3 ATA) - Units can be modified to operate at 7psi (1.5 ATA).
- 5 Inch Pressure Gauge - Highly accurate and extremely easy to read.
- Two (2) Relief Valves - Automatic venting for air circulation, safety and redundancy.
- Two Additional Accessory Ports - Optimize use with a variety of optional accessories.
- External Vent Valve - Variable flow control for simple and effective operation.
- Internal Vent Valve - For solo operation and added occupant safety and comfort.
- Four Windows - Allows ample light in, occupant(s) can see out and been seen inside.
- Extra Long Zippers - Aids entry and exit. (Internal Zipper for Solo Operation)
- Solo Operation - Chamber can be operated by a single occupant from the inside.
- Oxygen - For countries where oxygen use is approved, or for sales to medical facilities, the Flexi-Lite Chamber can be fitted with a single mask, dual mask or other options for the inhalation of pure oxygen during a session. Oxygen can be supplied by either pressurized oxygen cylinders or an oxygen concentrator capable of delivering oxygen under pressure.
- Aluminum Frame - Holds the chamber in an open position even when fully deflated.
- Medical Grade Mattress - Comfortable, custom fitted and specifically designed for safety.
- Anti-Roll Bolsters - Prevents the chamber from rolling or rotating in place.
- FDA Approved Breathing Air Compressor.
- Wide Variety of Available Accessories and Optional Equipment.