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Epigenetics: Marrying genetics and environment in autism research?

Funny how these few simple words can create so much tension. Down the years just about every area of health and disease has witnessed the grudge match that is nature or nurture. Obesity:  food intake, or differences in the genes … Continue reading

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Autism Diets: It’s Not Rocket Science…

There’s a lot of evidence—both scientific evidence and anecdotal—indicating that children with autism can improve and even re- cover from the disorder, and that making strategic changes to the foods that our children eat may be fundamental to that recovery, … Continue reading

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Things Worth Knowing When it Comes to Food

As the author of a gluten-free, dairy- free, egg-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free cookbook, it is easy to imagine that I talk and write about food all the time. My three children, ages 7, 10, and 12, have given me … Continue reading

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Two Broken Feet

Tomorrow I will have two broken feet. I am having long overdue foot surgery. I put this off for many years telling myself that I am an autism mother and simply don’t have time to sit still. Plus, who would … Continue reading

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Problem Feeders

Parents can become overwhelmed and frightened when their child refuses to eat. Many struggle at mealtime, hoping to find a way for their child to eat and drink without resistance. To best address these challenges, we need to discern if … Continue reading

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Help for Picky Eaters

Are you considering a special diet for autism, such as the gluten-free/casein-free (GF/CF) or Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)? Would you like to take your autism diet to the next level with better nutrition? If you’re like many parents I know, … Continue reading

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Glutathione in Autism: The Elephant in the Room?

I’m going to be quite frank in this post on the tripeptide glutathione and suggest that the evidence is starting to point to a real issue with glutathione in quite a few cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What this … Continue reading

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The Autism Revolution: An Interview with Dr. Martha Herbert

Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is the director of the TRANSEND Research Program.  Dr. Herbert’s book, The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn From Silent Spring

Samuel Johnson, the crusty English literary critic, once defined a “classic” as any book that readers are still reading 50 years after its publication. We are now approaching the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, and it is still … Continue reading

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Get Some Sleep!

Any time I think about how to get any of my children to go to sleep, visions of the 1980’s movie Three Men and a Baby pop in my head. The thought of the dads all standing around the crib … Continue reading

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