Dr. Ben F. Feingold's Flea Theory

>> Saturday, January 31, 2009

I've been reading Dr. Feingold's book, "Why Your Child Is Hyperactive", and I thought that I would write a few things about. This book teaches the science behind the Feingold Program as Dr. Feingold discovered that additives and colorings/flavorings do harm the body.

"Demonstrated that the reaction to the flea bite was induced by a( low molecular weight) chemical present in the saliva of the insect. This is known as hapten. Because of its size, the little hapten is an immune or an allergic response. However, when combined with proteins which are larger-molecular weight substances, it is able to stimulate the body defense mechanism and produce allergic reactions. This phenomenon involving the hapten was demonstrated by Drs. Carl Landsteiner and Merrill Chase of the Rockeffer Institute.

Where the insidious flea bite was concerned we learned that the hapten combined with the collagen of the skin. Working with guinea pigs one flea nips would cause no trouble. Another bite a few days later would set them off- a clear example of delayed hypersensitivity. The chemicals man uses as drugs and chemicals used as food additives are both low-molecular compounds, subject to the same behavior as the hapten demonstrated in flea saliva." Thus leading to the possibility of food, drug, and cosmetic coloring dyes were in fact able to create hypersensitivity in people.


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Twenty year old to be evaluated for autism after the 2001 death of mother

>> Friday, January 30, 2009

Jeremy Hauck, 20, will be evaluated for autism. He had shot and cut his mother in 2001 then stuffing her in a freezer where police had found her. He is currently being evaluated for possible schizophrenia as well. Such a sad story and you can read it here. This story is from Farmington, Utah. He has returned to the state hospital awaiting another review hearing for the summer. His first hearing was yesterday Jan. 29, 2009. I will keep you informed on him and his "conditions" in later posts. God bless his mother and rest in peace. I am sorry that this has happened and that they diagnose him with whatever issues he may have.


Vaccines Are Still Being Blamed For Autism

I came across this article from Examiner, and wanted to share it with you. Eventhough thimerosal has not been used in vaccines since 2001, the number of children with autism keeps rising. Studies are compiling together showing that it does not cause autism, yet parents are still not giving their children the required vaccinations that they need in order to prevent more serious illnesses. What a shame, but after all it is their choice in doing so. My boys had their shots, one was during 2001 and the other was during 2003. Yet both of them have autism, which is said to be rare for one family to have two siblings with autism. I just don't feel in my heart that it was the culprit. The autism rates will keep on going up until the right person finds what is going on...could take years and then again we may never know for sure. I don't worry about the evidence that comes out, but I do worry about the children who are suffering for unknown reasons. Why put all my efforts into finding the cause when they just want to be loved?


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President Obama and ASD

As Obama has made his 24 point agenda, Autism Spectrum Disorders were among those that were addressed. Research is a major concern for many when it comes to ASD, and is needing so much more funding than what has been offered.

Obama mentioned that autism was under a heading of disabilities, but no other disabilities were mentioned under the agenda. Some of those are:
First, President Obama and Vice President Biden support increased funding for autism research, treatment, screenings, public awareness, and support services.
Second, President Obama and Vice President Biden support improving life-long services for people with ASD for treatments, interventions and services for both children and adults with ASD.
Third, President Obama and Vice President Biden support funding the Combating Autism Act and working with Congress, parents and ASD experts to determine how to further improve federal and state programs for ASD.
Fourth, President Obama and Vice President Biden support universal screening of all infants and re-screening for all two-year-olds, the age at which some conditions, including ASD, begin to appear. These screenings will be safe and secure, and available for every American that wants them. Screening is essential so that disabilities can be identified early enough for those children and families to get the supports and services they need." Special thanks to Examiner. You can read the agenda from the White House here.

I just hope that the research will be done on ASD. America deserves that because autism and ASD's are a growing problem in America and soon the entire world. In these economic times, I really do hope that the government WILL send out the money to conduct what was said in their agenda.


Study...Vaccine Safety On Thimerosal

A new study conducted in Italy suggests that Thimerosal and Vaccines are safe and do not cause autism. You can read the Associated Press article or here at Fierce Vaccines . The study says that out of 1,403 of those children took a battery of brain function tests. Researchers found small differences in only two of 24 measurements and those "might be attributable to chance," they wrote in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics, which was released Monday,January 26, 2009. Only one had autism, but that in itself is expected since autism rates are very high.

I have never really believed that thimerosal or vaccines cause autism. Some may do and they have their right to opinion. Mine were born autistic and I'll never change my mind. I know them all to well. Environmental facts may contribute as well, but only time will tell on what actually causes it. It could be numerous causes or just flat out genetic. Then again it seems like it's just what we eat sometimes.


Howie Mandel Raises ADHD Awareness Campaign

>> Thursday, January 29, 2009

Howie Mandel host of Deal or No Deal is coming out saying that as a child in school he could not focus on school due to impulsivity. He is now part of the Adult ADHD Is Real Campaign. Who would have ever thought that he would have adult ADHD? He was diagnosed as an adult and encourages adults who may suspect ADHD in themselves to get tested and treated. He says that he is involved to teach adults that it is never to late to receive help. You can read the article here on MSNBC.
You can also learn more about him and the Adult ADHD Is Real Campaign. There is also a self test to help you screen for ADHD. Hope you will go visit and learn about Howie Mandel. I'd say congratulations to Howie for believing in all of us.


Pre-term Birth Tied To Autism

I found this article at about pre-termed babies are about two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism. Preemies are at risk for many different illnesses. The scientists are looking at environmental and genetic possible causes. Dr. Karl Kuban stated," The increased risk for autism indicated in these children may not be directly caused by being born prematurely. Instead, it is possible that whatever causes a child to have autism also may force an early birth." Both of my pregnancies went full -term, and both have autism. You can read the numbers on the study at the link. I have known some parents with pre-term babies that do have a form of autism, but me myself I have no experience on that one. Were yours pre-term babies?


Can You Help This Child I'm not feeling well today

I haven't been feeling to good this morning, so I thought that I would post an entry that I have written on my other blog.

Good evening readers. How are you all? I'm doing very good lately. Eddie didn't have a very good morning though. He is hard to wake up to get ready for school in the mornings. This morning he woke up fighting as I tried to wake him up. He still has his times of complete breakdowns. His dad got on to him pretty good for
accidental kneeing me in the nose. He's not happy when he wakes up either, but that is understandable. Keeping Eddie's violent reaction to being over stimulated or bothered has become a big problem. He has been taking an antibiotic for pharyngitis that is a lovely orange color. You know what that means red and yellow dyes to make the orange. I should have asked the pharmacist to see if there was any dye-free, but knowing me I forgot. Something is really bothering him, and I'm not sure what it could be... his diet, colors, or the Vyvanse he is on for ADHD. His therapist had said/wondered if the medicine was aggravating his autism symptoms. I feel like I'm at a dead end when it comes to his emotions. He has an inner-hatred for others at home, and is always in trouble when he displays symptoms of autism. Any suggestions on this one? He is also easily irritated. I'm just not sure how to help him to feel inner peace around others. We just aren't able to provide the necessary treatment that he needs, as well as my youngest. I've wanted them to see a DAN doctor, but he doesn't accept our insurance coverage, so I guess I'm left with nothing else. Putting them on a GFCF diet is a lot harder than one might think for this family. Even so, I'm not sure if I should without tests being done, or I haven't found the resources here to get it done. I was told that they may be able to see a dietician, but what can really be done; I don't know. So I continue my search for any possibilities that maybe out there in a town of about 35,000 people. If you can help me out here then please do so. We are almost desperate to find some kind of help for them. See you all again soon, and remember to visit Autism And The World Around Me.
Posted on Jan 23, 2009 at My Own Place


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>> Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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London's Mayor Calls For NASA Hackers Pardon

>> Tuesday, January 27, 2009

News keeps pouring on in from Gary McKinnon. Boris Johnson calls for Barack Obama to halt extradition proceedings. Johnson said that the extradition was "one last piece of neocon lunacy that needs to be addressed," following the order for the closure of Guantanamo Bay, and the US stopping extraordinary rendition and water-boarding. You may read the article here.

Johnson makes the case that McKinnon is not a terrorist, that he was able to get into the US military systems easily due to blank passwords, and that he should not be persecuted simply because he believes in UFOs. Johnson adds that McKinnon's Asperger's has also not been taken into account.

It was said that McKinnon was able to break into the system using blank passwords.
Persecuting Gary McKinnon, a UFO hunter who managed to break into US military networks because, in his words, the "security was crap", would achieve nothing, and merely shows the inadequacy of the current non-reciprocal extradition arrangements the UK has with the US. A jail term of up to 70 years in a "supermax" maximum security prison would be a completely disproportionate punishment.

It is now up to Obama to determine if he will stay in the U.K. or be sent to the U.S.A. where he could be staying in a maximum security prison for his sentence. It is sad that he has Asperger's Syndrome, and is in this situation. Some say that he is a criminal and some say that he just didn't know any better because of his illness.


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McKinnon Gets Extradition Review

Gary McKinnon has made his way around being extradited to the U.S. This is what softpedia had to say about the case. High Court judges have granted him a judicial extradition review, regardless of whether charges against the NASA hacker will be pressed in the UK or not.

Now that the judicial review has been granted, even if Starmer decides not to pursue prosecution under UK's Computer Misuse Act, the hacker has even more chances of tackling extradition. If charges are not pressed in the UK, the decision to extradite him will be reviewed by the High Court sometime in March.

Kaim Todner, one of McKinnon's lawyers, has welcomed the Court's decision, considering it a step in the right direction. "We are overjoyed that the British courts have shown sense and compassion by allowing our son Gary, a young man with Asperger's syndrome, this judicial review. We have always been outraged by the Home Office's decision to allow him to be extradited to stand trail in a foreign land where he would face an out of proportion sentence for what's essentially a crime of eccentricity," Janis Sharp, Gary's mother, commented, according to The Register.

For McKinnon, he is finding ways to stay home for now instead of coming to the U.S. where he would possible be at risk of suicide due to Asperger's Syndrome, facing 70 years in a U.S. prison.
He will plead guilty to lesser charges in the UK, in return to be able to stay on his homeland.


Can The Feingold Program Help You

I just love my book from Jane Hersey "Why Can't My Child Behave?" Thanks so much Jane. I enjoy letting others know about the program. There's so much to learn, and hope to share what I can with my readers so keep coming back for more each day. Together we can learn and achieve so much. Here are some things that you may want to consider.

If your child has one or more of the following symptoms they may be triggered by an adverse reaction to food additives or salicylates. Many of these symptoms may also apply to adults. My family has quite a few of them if not They include by categories:

Impatience (Low frustration tolerance, Demands must be met immediately, Irritable, Cries easily and often, Throws, breaks things).
Short attention span ( easily distracted, doesn't finish projects, doesn't listen to whole stories, doesn't follow directions).
Poor sleep habits (difficulty to get to bed, hard to fall asleep, restless sleeper, has nightmares).
Marked hyperactivity (constant motion, runs, doesn't walk, difficulty sitting through meals, wiggles legs/hands inappropriately).
Compulsive aggression ( disruptive at home and school, doesn't respond to discipline, doesn't recognize danger, compulsively repeats action, unkind to pets, fight with other children, poor self-control).
Impulsivity ( unpredictable behavior, makes inappropriate noises, talks to much, talks to loudly, interrupts, bites and picks nails, skin, chews on clothing and other objects, overreacts to touch, pain, sound, lights).
Frequent physical complaints (headaches, hives, stomachaches, ear infections, bed wetting, day wetting).
Neuro-muscular involvement ( accident prone, poor muscle coordination, poor eye-hand coordination, difficulty writing and drawing, Dyslexia, speech difficulties, difficulty with playground activities, eye-muscle disorder nystagmus, and strabismus, tics, some forms of seizures).

"Why Can't My Child Behave?" By: Jane Hersey, Pear Tree Press Inc. copywrite 2006 pg. 18&19

Note: Consult a physician to rule out illness.


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Phenol Intolerance (PST) Dificiency

>> Monday, January 26, 2009

Children with ADHD and Autism have many inefficiencies in metabolic enzyme functions and deficiencies in nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, Coenzyme Q10, and glutathione.) Autistic children have more profound and complex inefficiencies and deficiencies. Enzymes depend on one or more nutrients to function properly. When enzymes are "lazy" or there is a deficiency in the nutrients the enzymes requires, jams are formed causing problems in other ways or on enzyme pathways. The solution includes reducing the substances that must use certain enzymes and providing the nutrients to make the enzymes work better. Phenols are naturally occuring compounds. They have antioxidant qualities and protective functions, so some are beneficial and good to consume for most people.

The enzyme PST is an important part of detoxification pathways which remove from the body toxins resulting from metabolism and environmental chemicals, as well as additives in food.The phenols are beneficial to the system; it is the PST deficiency that is the problem. Artificial coloring and flavoring are the biggest load on the PST system, but high-salicylates foods are significant as well.Slaicylates are a type of phenol; however, not all phenols are salicylates. High-phenol fooods include apples, tomatoes, oranges, cocoa, red grapes, colored fruits, and cow's milk. Banana's may also be a problem; in addition to phenol, bananas contain tyramine which causes headaches and fatigue. Pears are low in phenols and is tolerated by most. Environment chemicals and toxins, especially petroleum by-products are also heavily added to the PST system.

Adding to the diet nutrients that help improve PST function are: magnesium, vitamin B6 (not alone), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, glutathione, and N-acetyl cysteine. Provide a source of the sulfate to help the PST enzyme that assist in food digestion; which improves the handling of phenols in food. For example use Epsom salt which consist of magnesium and sulfate and can be added to bathwater.

Symptoms that may suggest a phenol sensitivity include: 1.) known food/chemical intolerances or unusual sensitivity to medications. 2.) disrupted sleep; unusual laugher when waking in the night. 3.) regressive behavior after eating food/juice containing artificial colors. 4.) self-injurious actions perhaps related to headaches. 5.) high consumption of apple juice (or other high-salicylate juices) and high-phenol foods (apples, red grapes, etc.)6.) large variations in functioning ability. 7.) anger and/or aggression. 8.) hyperactivity 9.) unexplained periotic red ears or red cheeks. 10.) night sweating.

Sources of Phenol-compounds are: FD&C colors, vanillin, BHA,BHT, & TBHQ, natural flavoring (may contain phenols), salicylates, MSG, Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, sulfites, benzoates, perfumes, nitrites, nitrates, corn syrup (made from hydrogen sulfide and cornstarch), and medication asprin and salicylic acid products that contain aspirin and salicylic acid.
"The Kid-Friendly ADHD&Autism Cookbook copywrite 2006 pg. 49-50 Fair Winds Press


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Reccommended Tests For Starting GFCF Diet

As I continue to read on into the book, "The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook," By: Pamela Compart and Dana Laake, I find many interesting blogging ideas on the GFCF diet. As I learn about what is talked about, I'd like to share their information with you.

It is when in their opinion that there are two types of tests that are often helpful to have at the beginning of the GFCF diet. They are as follows:
1.) For children with ADHD or autism, have blood testing for celiac disease.
2.) For children with autism; urine-testing for opiate peptide residues caused by gluten, casein, and soy.

Celiac disease is a disease in which gluten is not tolerated. Intake of gluten results into an autoimmune reaction; the result is that the body recognizes the cells in the lining of the small intestines as foreign and reacts against them. It changes the anatomy of the intestinal lining and make it a leaky gut. I found this in the book which reads: The traditional view of celiac disease was that it had to cause diarrhea or affected a child's growth. However, recent studies reveal that bowel movements and growth may be normal, and a child may instead exhibit behavioral development, or neurological effects from this disease. Celiac disease may also be present of children with ADHD or ASD. Celiac disease is reversible if a lifelong 100 % complete gluten free diet is obtained. This is often results in behavior and developmental symptoms. In addition, if celiac disease is present and not treated for years, the risk for other autoimmune disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus ) are increased. If treated, these conditions could be lowered in the future.
According to the experts in celiac disease, there can be gluten intolerances that is not celiac disease (i.e., specific celiac testing will be negative.) As with gluten, intolerances can produce a false negative result. It is our experience that avoiding suspected foods is the most reliable means of determining the culprits and their effects. "The Kid-Friendly ADHD& Autism Cookbook; Fair Winds Press copywrite 2006 pg. 26-27.

Urine Opiate Peptides
Urine testing is available to measure the opiate-like peptides made from casein, gluten, and soy. This testing is available only in specialized laboratories and is often not covered by insurance. It must be ordered by a physician or other practitioner such as a nutritionist. Testing directly measures the opiate-like peptides from casein and gluten. Soy peptides cannot yet be directly measured and maybe included in the measurements of casein and gluten peptides. The degree of elevation of peptides can provide helpful information regarding the the amount of withdraw symptoms to expect. When a child has high levels of opiates, it may be more difficult to remove the "foods that are creating substances that can have a negative effect on brain function." Therefore, as also said, "Opiate-like effects from problem foods can result in symptoms of autism, such as social withdraw, inappropriate laughing, zoning out, his pain tolerance and cravings the foods that cause the problems.""The Kid Friendly ADHD& Autism Cookbook; Fair Winds Press copywrite 2006 pg. 28


GFCF Play Dough

From time to time, I will be posting recipe's here that are GFCF. Here is one that I picked up for play dough. Using regular play dough is harmful on a GFCF diet as well as a Feingold diet. The wheat, and dyes from food colorings can be absorbed through the skin causing a reaction. You and your children will have fun making this together and know that it is safe to use in play and a wonderful stress reliever. Happy mixing, playing and relaxing!

Play Dough
2 cups white rice flour
4 teaspoons
GFCF cream of tartar
1/4 cup salt
2 teaspoons
xanthan gum
1/4 cup oil (use non-
hydrogenated oil to be sure)
Natural organic food coloring (Feingold diet)

Place all ingredients into a food processor except the food coloring. Slowly add 1.2 cup boiling water and stir until mixture forms a ball. If the dough is too dry add 1 tablespoon water at a time. Let cool and then kneed for 10 minutes. Separate into four balls and add 8 drops of food coloring to each. Store in sealed containers.

Note: food colorings and the wheat in play dough can be absorbed into the skin so use this recipe instead of buying play dough at the store. I use play dough for the kids when they are highly stressed and agitated. Playing with the dough released anxiety issues as well. Happy mixing, playing, and relaxing with play dough.


Effects Of Non-food Items and Allergies

>> Sunday, January 25, 2009

As I am wandering around my book on the Feingold Program, by Jane Hersey. I came across the non-food allergies. And I thought that I would share them with you. So yes, allergies are common with non-food products as we all know. The Feingold program is a test on what foods you can eat, and what foods you can't, but sometimes non-foods can also cause a problem. Our bodies absorbs everything in our environment and in turn creates our health and well being. The items listed below can disrupt virtually any system of the bodya and can affect one's health, behavior, and ability to learn. They are as follows:

1.)Carpeting: When it is new, most caprting gives off strong fumes from the fibers and gluew. In time, these chemicals gas out.
2.) Cleaning Products: If you have white vinegar and baking soda, you will be able to clean most surfaces in your home.
3.)Cosmetics: Fragrances and dyes are irritants in many products. Sensitive people may be unable to tolerate the powerful chemicals in nail polish remover and the glues used with artificial nails.
4.) Dry Cleaning: You may find your clothes retain a strong odor of the cleaning solvents. Try to air them outside until the fumes are gone. Some cleaners are offering untoxic alternatives to the powerful chemical known as perehlorethylene.
5.) Foam insulation: Mobile homes are particularly likely to be a problem if they contain urea-rormaldehyde foam insulation since their size and tight construction concentrate the fumes.
6.) Gas stove emmissions: This isn't as potent a problem as kerosene hearers, but gas stoves are generally on the hit list for chemically sensitive families. If you experience symptoms that are especially noticeable in the kitchen, it's a tip-off that the gas stove could be the problem.
7.)Hand Lotion: Highly sensitive people may want to try organic olive oil.
8.)Hotels and Motels: chemicals in cleaning sheets
9.) Moth balls
10.)New car smell so air out before use
11.)New clothing so wash before use
12.)Office Machinery: Copiers and Printers can give off fumes.
13.)Paint: Oil-based paint gives off irritaiting fumes, but so can latex paint.
14.) Particle Board because it contains chemicals
16.)Printing Ink
17.) Scented products such as candle's
19.)Vehicle exhaust
20.)Water for bathing: soft and hard water can become a problem with drying skin.


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IgG and IgE tests

Food allergies, sensitivity, and intolerances affect many children with ADHD and ASD. The type of allergy least likely to cause behavioral symptoms is food allergies with symptoms of sneezing, hives, and wheezing. Children with ADHD and ASD typically have a combination of sensitivities, and intolerances. These will emerge as a result of poor digestion and/or poor absorption of specific food substances. 

There are two types of tests that are given to test for certain types of allergies. Th IgG (immunoglobulin G) detects intolerances such as those found in lactose, fructose, or other carbohydrate sugars, phenols, salicylates, gluten (in celiac disease). Intolerances to products of abnormal digestion such as opiate peptides from milk/casein, gluten, and soy. I'd say this would be the test for a GFCF diet for autism to find their intolerances

Antibodies in the body which result in traditional allergies are called IgE (immunoglobulin E). They typically trigger the release of histamines. Antibodies that result in one type of sensitivity are IgG antibodies. Their reactions are different so the testing is different.

The most confusing comes from the IgE tests. The results are fast because of the symptoms of wheezing, hives, etc. For example a peanut allergy, because you know when someone eats peanuts it can cause a life threatening reaction.

I believe that the IgG tests would benefit my boys because these are categorized as food sensitivities that result in physical symptoms. Boy do we ever have enough of these in our household. These IgG sensitivities can also result in many types of symptoms and they are as listed:

1.)General symptoms: fatigue and food cravings
2.)Skin symptoms: eczema, unexplained rashes, allergic shiners(dark circles under the eyes.
3.)Digestion symptoms: stomachaches, loose stools or diarrhea, constipation, alternating diarrhea and constipation.
4.)Respiratory symptoms: mucus production and congestion
5.)Immune inflammatory and audio-immune reactions
6.)Cardiovascular symptoms: abnormal pulse and elevated blood pressure
7.)Neurologic symptoms: headaches (e.g. migraines), ringing in the ears, tingling and dizziness.
8.)Psychological symptoms: depression, mood disorders, and panic attacks.
9.) Behavior/Development symptoms: ADHD symptoms (decreased attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity), mood swings, irritability, anxiety, autism symptoms (poor eye contact, social withdrawal, decreased language, obsessions, repetitive behaviors).

I would like to thank the authors of "The Kid Friendly ADHD&Autism Cookbook authors Pamela Compart, and Dana Laake for having such an informative book that I can use to share information with you. 


Updates on Gary McKinnon...

>> Saturday, January 24, 2009

Well, looks like Gary McKinnon was in the news for yesterday. Using a Google alert, he seems to be safe for now. So let's see what we have received, and we'll go through it together.

Gary McKinnon won his right to appeal against extradition. This is a very good article with lots of surprising quotes. The US Government has claimed that Gary has damaged up to 800,000 dollars worth of damage to computers in an attempt to find evidence of UFO's. His mother had this to say:

She said: "We are overjoyed that the British courts have shown sense and compassion by allowing our son Gary, a young man with Asperger's syndrome, this judicial review.

"We have always been outraged by the Home Office's decision to have him extradited to stand trial in a foreign land where he would face an out-of-proportion sentence for what is essentially a crime of eccentricity."

I have wondered myself what will happen to him. I can't form a opinion on what really should happen. It is a major crime, but does he really understand what he was doing? Then he was using his own e-mail address at the time. I understand the minds of autistic children, and it is a nightmare for them inside their minds. So maybe I have a little understanding on why he is wanting to have a light sentence and be able to stay in his home country. This paragraph was taken from the article entitled,"Hacker Wins Court Review Decision."

'End this fiasco'

The home secretary has agreed to postpone Mr McKinnon's extradition until the DPP gives his response to the case in four weeks.

However Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne called on the home secretary to "end this fiasco" and try Mr McKinnon in the UK.

He said: "Gary McKinnon's condition should mean he is treated more leniently than otherwise. Being detained at a high-security prison, even while only on remand, is hardly necessary for a hacker who had no malicious intent or previous conviction."

If the DPP is persuaded to try Mr McKinnon in the UK, the hacker would face a three to four year sentence, rather than a potential 70 years in US courts.

Mr McKinnon's full application for judicial review is likely to be heard after 16 March, by which time the DPP is expected to have made his decision.

WOW and have a great day.


Use Shopwiki To Find Products Online

>> Friday, January 23, 2009

Are you an active online shopper for baby and toddler products? Then I have the website for you. Shopwiki is a website that acts like Google to find baby and toddler products by crawling the web for products that are for sale on the web. At this time with our economy finding a cheaper way to find products is needed. Shopwiki has everything from books to clothes. Great for when you are having a new baby, creating your babies nursery with furniture, or just entertaining them with toys and books.

The way the searches are constructed are easily broken down to make your searches more refined. Here is a search on beddings and linens. As you can see it will refine these into crib bedding, toddler bedding, and quilts. Another favorite of mine is safety equipment. We can never have enough of that for our children. Books are wonderful to have for quiet time or in the car, and now they are easily found here at Shopwiki. They are categorized by age groups making it simple to find the one that is just right for your child. Hope you will enjoy using Shopwiki in the future.


Computer Programming Comics

I ran across a few programming comics at
My husband is currently going to college for computer programming, so I know all too well how the characters feel. I don't hear too much complaining when it comes to him writing programs, but when something goes wrong and he can't figure it out then I'll hear it. Comics are funny and I am very glad that I came across them. I know my husband would relate to them for sure. Visit the website for more of the funny stuff that is surely to make you laugh. LOL I can't get enough of these things. We also have problems with our internet connection, due to a weak signal, so again I can relate. Hope you will visit the website to read the other ones.


Hacker buys more time

>> Thursday, January 22, 2009

Well, looks like Gary McKinnon will be staying home for a little longer. His extradition has been postponed so that the new guys can review their case. It was said that the U.S. didn't recognize his Asperger's Syndrome. It has been changed to February 15, 2009. He has been a suicidal risk. So could one be not guilty because of Asperger's or well we'll say what do you think will happen to Garry McKinnon and why??

You can read the article here entitled, "My little ray of hope..."



ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a collection of symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Inattention symptoms
1.) Unable to pay close attention to details
2.) Making careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities
3.) Difficulty sustaining attention
4.) Seems not to listen when spoken to
5.) Doesn't follow directions or failure to complete tasks
6.) Avoids tasks that require mental effort e.g. homework
7.) Loosing necessary things to complete a tasks
8.) Easily distracted
9.) Frequently forgetfulness in daily activities e.g. tying shoes, zipping pants, etc.

Hyperactivity Symptoms
1.) Fidgeting or squirming
2.) Difficulty staying seated when expected to
3.) Running or climbing in situations in which it is inappropriate
4.) Difficulty playing quietly
5.) Often acting as driven by a motor
6.) Talking excessively

Impulsive Symptoms
1.) Blurting out answers before questions have been completed
2.) Difficulty awaiting turn
3.) Interrupting conversations or intruding on others

Children who have at least six symptoms of inattention are described as having ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type. Children who have at least six symptoms in some combination of hyperactivity and impulsivity are described as having ADHD Predominantly Hyperactivity-Impulsive Type. Children who meet both of these requirements are described as ADHD, Combined type.

Remember this as regards to the diagnosis of ADHD. An ADHD diagnosis requires that symptoms be present for at least six months. By definition ADHD symptoms begin before the age of seven. It doesn't mean symptoms were significantly impairing before age seven, because children are not often required to sit for long periods of time. Symptoms must be impairing to social or academic functioning. ADHD symptoms are not always a problem; it is a matter of degree. They also must be present in more than one setting such as home and school. Symptoms must be inappropriate for the child's developmental age, not chronological age. For example, if a four year old child has developmental delays and is functioning at a two-year-old level, his ADHD symptoms must be out of the norm for a two-year-old not four-year-old. Not every child who presents ADHD symptoms must not better be explained by another diagnosis. Children who are anxious or depressed or who have learning disabilities or allergies and intolerances will also not pay attention well.



Autism is a more complex disorder, but it can be like ADHD. It is a collection of symptoms from three major areas, with at least two symptoms in the first area (qualitative impairment in social interactions), and at least one from the second (qualitative impairment in communication), and one from the third (restricted repetitive and stero-typed patterns of behavior, interests, and activities). The symptoms for autism are as follows.

Qualitative Impairment In Social Interactions
1.) Difficulty in the use of non-verbal behaviors such as eye-contact, facial expressions, body posture, and gestures to regulate social interactions.
2.)Failure to develop age-appropriate relationships with peers.
3.) Lack of a spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment or interests with others.
4.) Lack of social or emotional reciprocity ("give and take" that occurs in relationships.)

Qualitative Impairments In Communication
1.) Delay or lack of spoken language
2.) Lack of gesture communication such as pointing
3.) Difficulty in initiating or sustaining conversation with others.
4.) Stereotyped or repetitive use of language or unusual language such as quoting memorized dialogue from TV or videos, or using phrases totally out of context.
5.) Lack of spontaneous make-believe play or social play appropriate to the child's developmental level.

Restricted Repetitive And Stereotyped Patterns Of Behavior, Interests, and Activities
1.) Unusual preoccupation with a particular area of interest that is abnormal in either intensity or focus.
2.) Apparently inflexible adherence to specific, non-functional routines or rituals
3.) Stereotyped and repetitive motor behaviors (hand-flapping, whole-body rocking).
4.) Persistent preoccupation with parts of objects ( spinning wheels on a car rather than using it in play).

There must also be delays or abnormal function occurring before age three years in at least one of the following: social interaction, language as used in social communication, or symbolic or imaginative play. An ASD feature is about the quality of a skill or interaction. A child may be able to recite an entire book from memory, but not be able to have a conversation. His language may seem advanced, but the ability to communicate is not typical. Not every child will meet the exact number or combination of symptoms comprising autism. Children with autism are different from children who have only speech-language delays or overall developmental delays because of the quality or lack of development of social and interaction skills.


GFCF Substitutes

>> Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Substitute Thickness (equivalent to one tablespoon of wheat flour)
Arrowroot 1 1/2 teaspoon
Bean Flours 1 tablespoon
Cornstarch 1 1/2 teaspoon
Gelatin powder (unflavored) 11/2 teaspoon dissolved in water
Guar gum 1 1/2 mixed in liquid
Potato starch 1/2 tablespoon
Tapioca flour 1 1/2 tablespoons

Substitute For Milk Products
1 cup milk= 1 cup milk substitute: rice, soy, or nut milk
1 cup yogurt = 1 cup soy yogurt
1 cup light cream = 3/4 cup milk substitute+ 1/4 cup butter substitute, melted
1 cup heavy cream = 2/3 cup milk substitute+ 1/3 cup butter substitute, melted
1 cup cottage cheese = 1 cup crumbled tofu (better flavored with dressing)
1 cup buttermilk = 2 tablespoons lemon juice in 1 cup mild substitute

Substitute for Butter
Earth Balance Whipped Spread 100% vegan, non hydrogenated ( no transfat), GFCF, organic, non- GMO expeller-pressed oils, no artificial colors or flavorings
Lard (excellent in baking)
Spectrum Palm Shortenings (excellent in baking and making ice cream)
Melted butter substitute oil (safflower, almond, avocado) or melted ghee

Substitutes for one Egg
Unflavored gelatin (1 tablespoon in 1 cup boiling water) use 3 tablespoons
Pureed fruits, mild flavors only-apple or pear use 3 tablespoons
Ener-G Egg Replacer(egg free) use 2 teaspoons +2 tablespoons water.
Cornstarch use 2 tablespoons
Arrowroot flour use 2 tablespoons
Potato starch use 2 tablespoons
Soy milk powder 1 tablespoon
Banana( good in cakes) 1/4 cup
Tofu naturally fermented 1/4 cup

General Substitutes
1 clove garlic = 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup ketchup= 1 cup tomato sauce+ 3/4 cup agave + 2 tablespoons vinegar
1medium lemon= 3 tablespoons juice
1 tablespoon mustard= 1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 small onion= 2 tablespoons fresh chopped or minced
1 med. onion= 4 tablespoons fresh chopped or minced
2 cups chopped tomatoes= 1 16 oz. can drained
1 cup wine= 1 cup apple juice,apple cider, or chicken or beef broth
1 cup corn syrup= 1 cup maple syrup or 1 cup honey

All substitutes are found in The Kid-Friendly ADHD& Autism Cookbook by: Pamela J. Compart and Dana Laake; Fair Winds Press 2006


Substitutes for Wheat Flour 1 cup GFCF

I thought that I would do a series on substitutes for the GFCF diet. So here are the substitutes for one cup of wheat flour.

Buckwheat Flour use 7/8 cup for one cup of wheat flour
Corn Flour use 1 cup
Cornmeal,Cornstarch use 3/4 cup (105g corn meal 98g corn starch)
Chickpea Flour use 3/4 cup for one cup of wheat flour
Nut Flours (ground finely) use 1/2 cup for one cup of wheat flour
Potato Flour use 1 cup
Potato Starch use 3/4 cup for one cup of wheat flour
Rice flour, sorghum use 7/8 cup (140g rice 125g sorghum)
Tapioca flour or starch use 1 cup (120g)


Will You Be Entering The Book Contest For "Rex" by Kathleen Lewis?

>> Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I have been wondering if anyone was going to enter the book contest? I still haven't received any emailed posts. Please do enter, it is a free book after all. I will pay for shipping costs. This is a wonderful book to add to anyone's autism collection, and I highly recommend it to my readers. So get those posts sent to me. The sooner the better. You have until March 1, 2009. Search my blog archive for the post on the rules of entering. Thank you and have a great day. Please leave a comment here on if you will be entering!!!


Childhood Arthritis And The Feingold Program

>> Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mrs. Jane Hersey the author of "Why Can't My Child Behave?" knows all to well of the effects and struggles with a child who has arthritis.

I myself have suffered from an undiagnosed arthritis type, and I fear my now 6 year old son may have a type as well. There are times when he aches so bad that he can't move and says that his legs hurt. I tell him that I understand and then help him with whatever he may be doing. It is mild, but I fear as times goes by it will get worse. I just hope that it doesn't.

My arthritis began when I was 14 years old. It started in my knees and is now in every joint in my body. Oh how painful it can be. I do take medication for mental issues, and they are Lexapro, Abilify, and Trazodone. I am starting my third week on Abilify, and it somehow has helped with arthritic pain and muscle tension.

Mrs. Hersey's then 5 year old son was dealing with arthritis in a way that he couldn't function day to day until his mother introduced her family to the Feingold diet. She had found the solution and here is her story from the book:

"I have three children ages 6, 5, and 3 years old. They have always been sick children, but my 5 year old son was especially sick. Ever since he was 6 months old he would wake up crying, and there was nothing we could do except hold him.

At one year old, he would try to stand up after he had been sitting; but he would hold his legs. Only asprin and massaging his legs would put him to sleep. He also started having bronchitis and pneumonia or croup twice a month. One time when both the croup and leg aches were especially bad the doctos put him in the hopsital. They ran tests for everything, including leukemia,cancer, and they eded up telling me that they thought it was all in his head and that he just wanted me to come into his room at night!

Well, this continued, and we changed doctors, and he was tested for everything again. By this time, he was getting sick every time he got off the antibiotic. The doctors said to give him 3 to 4 baby asprin every night for the leg and arm aches.

On his 4th birthday-- one hour before his party-- his neck became stiff and he could not move it at all without screaming. We took him to the emergency room and the doctors said they could not find anything. Eventually the aches spread to his elbows, fingers, and feet. He started having swelling in his joints. It was so bad when he woke up in the mornings he could not walk and had to be carried.

The doctors diagnosed this as rheumatoid arthritis, and ran tests for it. The tests came back negative, but they said that in a young child it was often common to have negative results and still have arthritis. We were told that all we could do was to increase the asprin to 3 to 4 in the morning and at night.

He began to get sicker, and became so sore it was painful to have anyone touch him. The huge bruises he got made it even more impossible to dress him. The pneumonia and bronchitis became more severe; and he had nosebleeds that were so bad, one day he hemorrhaged and er had to have his nose cauterized.

At our insistence, the doctors finally agreed to send him to a specialist at Johns Hopkins University, and at the same time they told us to put him on the Feingold diet because he was becoming hyperactive too. Well, to our complete surprise, the diet helped immediately. We discovered he is allergic to aspirin, and it was causing his coughing seizures. When we stopped the asprin, the coughing stopped. We eliminated all other 'non safe things' and the leg aches stopped. It was one miricle after another and our children ( whose illness had up to the doctors on an average of twice a week) have not been sick since April 28, 1980-- the day we began the Feingold diet.

The only time his legs hurt is when he goes off the diet. One month later we were well into the diet when the day came for up to keep our appointment at Johns Hopkins. The doctor there examined him and told us he was a specimen of good health. By then we knew the doctor was not going to find anything wrong because we had already found the problem!

Our relatives and fried are amazed how well our children are. For the first time in three years he is off aspirin, with no pain. Now I speak with my doctor only when he calls to chek on how he is doing.(He's amazed!)

Needless to say, his behavior had improved a lot. We had tried to encourage him to dress himself, but even at age 5 he found the whole thing to frustrating. He wouldn't even try to undress himself. We couldn't interest him in washing himself when he was in the tub. Two weeks after we began the diet he proudly announced that he had given himself a shampoo; and how he now dresses himself with ease."

Such a wonderful story, and how so many people can relate to such a story. Thanks for reading as always


Asthma And The Feingold Program

Asthma is a very common condition among Americans as well as many other countries around our beautiful world. There is information leading to the use of food additives as well as food colorings that can trigger asthma attacks. I am still looking over a book called, "Why Can't My Child Behave?" by Jane Hersey; Pear Tree Press Inc. Williamsburg, VA. Inside the book is a section on Asthma, and I thought that I would share the information to you.

Among the potential triggers for asthmatic attacks the American Lung Association lists: food additives, azo dyes [eliminated on the Feingold diet], and benzoate preservatives [i.e. sodium benzoate]. Other benzoate preservatives are listed in other posts that are on my blog.

The Food and Drug Administration has long required that Yellow No. 5 be listed by name on ingredient labels. This is due, in part to their recognition of the danger the dye can pose for asthmatics.

"Asthma disables children more frequently than any other condition", according to Miles Weenberger, professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He notes that more than 10 percent of all children now have or, have had, asthma and the greatest increase in hospital addmissions for asthma is among 1-5 year olds.

Canada's Centre for Disease Control reports that among people between ages 15-24, there has been an increase of 163 percent in asthma-related deaths. They also noted the greatest increase has been in deaths among asthmatic women. Canadian epidemiologist, Dr. Donald Wigle, suggested that "environmental factors such as food additives or air-tight office buildings containing irritating pollutants may be increasing the rate of fatal asthma attacks." An epidemiologist is a scientist who uses statistics to identify potential causes for health problems.

Between the 1940's and 1980's, the British medical journal, Lancet, reported: " Environmental agents--including traffic jams, industrial and domestic pollutants, ventilation plants, tobacco smoke, natural allergens and food additives--can help to provoke bronchial hyper-reactivity and so provide the background conditions for the development of asthma.

An often-mentioned trigger for asthmatic attacks is sulfur dioxide (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 1985;76;40-45) and the various sulfur-based preservatives. Sulfites have been used not only in salad bars, wines, and some convenience foods, but have been added to medicines for asthmatics.

Research at the Royal North Shore hospital in Sydney, Australia points to MSG (monosodium glutamate) as a potential trigger. Dust mites, animal dander, and cigarette smoke can be even more potent irritants if they are found in air tight homes, schools, or offices.

The New England Journal of Medicine described artificial flavoring in toothpaste as a potential cause of bronchospasms in some asthmatics. [In addition to artificial flavoring, toothpaste typically contains dye and saccharine, both petroleum derivatives which Feingold members report as triggers for asthmatic attacks].

Asprin and other anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and indomethacin (Indocin), and the food coloring tartrazine; Yellow No. 5. The FDA requires that this dye be listed on the ingredient labeling of all foods and those drugs taken internally in which it is used, to to alert the 47,000 to 94,000 asthmatics the agency estimates may be sensitive to it. Dyes used in medicines were noted by the American Academy of Pediatrics Commitee on Drugs as being bronchoconstrictors are as follows. Red No.2, Red No. 3, Red No. 4, Yellow 6, Blue No. 1, Blue No. 2. Jane Hersey added that, "When a dye, such as Red No. 2 or Red No. 4, is banned from use in foods, that does not necessarily restrict its use in medication."

In additon, fish oil's anti-inflammatory properties appear to be responsible for helping address the symptoms of excercise-induced bronchoconstriction in athletes. Most modern diets are sorely deficient in the essential fatty acids found in fish oil and cod liver oil. So happy eating just don't eat to much due to mercury deposits in some types of fish.

I want to thank Mrs. Jane Hersey for such a great book with so much information that the whole world could use. Thank you for allowing me to use your book and my voice to teach the world of the wonders that the Feingold Program can have on the world once followed. You are amazing and as always thank you.