Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Win a Copy of FaceBook Fairytales Modern Day Miracles to Inspire the Human Spirit by Emily Liebert!

FaceBook Fairytales, by Emily Liebert, "presents 25 true stories emanating from the world's most populat social networking site. These tales with surprise, amuse, touch and inspire anyone who has regained a lost friend or been touched by the kindness of a stranger."

It's great fun to read an uplifting book that also happens to feature one of your favorite people in the world - Barbara Fischkin. Barbara's adult son Danny has autism, and has connected with the world in a new way because of Facebook. The chapter about them is called, Magic.

Leave a comment to enter to win! Good luck. Purchase a copy HERE.

Become a FB fan HERE and visit Emily's website.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Ancient

Mark is on a business trip. He can Tweet me, Skype me, FaceBook me, text me or call me on his cell phone to my cell phone. The one thing the I know he won't do is call me from a landline at his hotel to our house phone.

In the olden days (1996?) I had the main number of every hotel where he stayed memorized. Atlanta Marriott? Check. Chicago Marriott? Check. I dutifully called, asked for him by name, and a kindly soul transferred my call to him.

This morning I snapped a darling photo of Bella in a new outfit and sporting braids and sent it via MMS to his cell.

The number you have reached...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Kathleen Sebelius Admits that HHS Actively Suppresses American Media on Vaccine Safety

From Reader's Digest, which, if you're 74 years old and still get a subscription, you know has more drug ads than content at this point. Whether you believe that the science on vaccine safety is incomplete or not, this admission that the United States government actively suppresses information should chill you to the bone. And if it does, I'm sure RD advertises a drug for "cold bone syndrome."

RD:What can be done about public mistrust of vaccines?

KS:There are groups out there that insist that vaccines are responsible for a variety of problems despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. We have reached out to media outlets to try to get them to not give the views of these people equal weight in their reporting to what science has shown and continues to show about the safety of vaccines.

See the full article HERE

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Kim Stagliano, you busted a crime ring, what are you going to do now?" "I'm going back to bed."

Monday, March 08, 2010

Miss G Kicks Some Science Butt!

Perfect Book For Autism Treatment from Newly Diagnosed to Old Timers "Cutting Edge Therapies For Autism."

This book is from Skyhorse Publishing (my publisher) and features a compendium of treatments, described by experts in that area, from behavioral therapy to psychiatric drugs to chelation. It's a real A-Z explanation of choices and something I think has been missing from our libraries for some time. I'm glad to see so many options between the covers.

Purchase Cutting Edge Therapies today!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Hodan, kimAOL Health Interviews Kim Stagliano

Those are my "crapisode" gloves from the Autism One dinner and auction last Spring. Pretty fancy, huh? Ms. van der Leun did a terrific job with this interview and I thank her. I particularly appreciated her questions about the criticism I (we) face for using biomed treatments and and seeking a cure.

The Mother of Three Autistic Children Shares Her Story: From AOL Health HERE.

By Justine van der Leun Mar 4th 2010 5:00PM

Connecticut-based stay-at-home mom and autism advocate Kim Stagliano chronicles her trying and illuminating daily experiences raising her three daughters with autism on her eponymous blog. In her other venues -- she's the managing editor of the Web site Age of Autism and blogs at The Huffington Post -- Stagliano argues alternately for research for a cure, government funding for children with autism and their families, alternative therapies and biomedical interventions. She is also the author of a forthcoming memoir. AOL Health asked Stagliano for her take on the joys and challenges of being a parent to children with autism and what she says to her critics.

AOL Health: You have three daughters, all of whom fall on the autism spectrum. What do you believe caused or contributed to their autism?

KS: The million-dollar question. I think we have a genetic predisposition to environmental insults, which could include vaccines, toxins, my husband and my heavy metal load, the quality of my breast milk and unknowns.

AOL Health: Over the past 15 years, what treatments have you tried with your girls, and how have they responded to them?

KS: The GFCF [Gluten Free Casein Free] diet has been our best treatment. The diet has helped with stomach problems, which, in turn, has greatly cut down behavior issues. It also helps the girls sleep through the night. Imagine taking a test on a day when you have terrible cramps or a headache. How well would you do? We've also used a number of biomedical treatments -- supplements, vitamins, other natural products -- that have helped the girls function and feel better.

AOL Health: On your blog, you contend that autism is curable and that your role as the mother to children with autism is to "get rid of it." Can you explain your perspective?

KS: Every mom wants to make her child's path easier to travel -- whether it's tutoring to get better grades for college admission or weight-loss camp to address health issues or trying to ameliorate the undesirable behaviors and pain associated with autism. Autism affects every aspect of my children's lives. I'd be remiss if I didn't try to help them.

AOL Health: How do you respond to parents and adults with autism who believe that individuals should be celebrated for their different "way of being" and not cured?

KS: I respect every parent's desire for his or her own child. But I don't confuse my children's wonderful personalities -- loving, kind, funny -- with the very real deficits they face from their autism. Not being able to speak and make your needs known is not the same as having a quirky personality. And traits that are endearing in a 6-year-old may not be so at 21. I try to look at what my girls will need as adults and after their Dad and I are gone. They need to be able to function as well as possible for their health, safety and well-being.

AOL Health: Studies show that 10 percent of kids can recover with intensive behavioral therapy, while no studies have shown that biomedical treatments like chelation have any effect on kids with autism. Knowing that, do you support putting a child through potentially dangerous and sometimes painful treatments -- and if so, why?

KS: I find the assumption that biomedical treatments are potentially dangerous and painful misleading. Risperdal, the approved drug for autism, has atrocious side effects, but no one seems to mention that. Some behavioral centers use aversive therapy, including shock treatment, on children and young adults with autism. I find that abhorrent. The majority of the biomedical treatments are based on healthy, pure food; vitamins and supplements. Where there are prescriptions involved, that's under the care of a doctor. No one questions parents who allow their children to undergo chemotherapy with known side effects, and yet in autism, we are expected to let our children languish and remain in pain. It makes no sense to me.

AOL Health: As someone outspoken and opinionated, you've received criticism in autism circles. What do you say to your critics?

KS: Come live in my household for a week.

AOL Health: Raising three children with autism is clearly challenging. Do you get any help? How do you cope?

KS: There is very little help available. My husband is fantastic with the kids, and that's a big plus. I cope because I adore my girls and I love being their mom. And I am actively involved in improving their lives and the lives of others with autism. When you take control of a situation, it empowers you to feel confident and hopeful. Plus, to know that I am helping other families gives me a huge boost. Some days are easier than others; I'll admit that.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Mom of three busts burglary ring (connection to Orange)

So how was YOUR Monday?

Mom of three busts burglary ring (connection to Orange)

Posted using ShareThis I was seated at my desk in the breakfast area when I heard breaking glass and a loud rumble from my garage. I peeked out my window to see that dark car and knew I was being robbed. Mark had just left for the bank. I hightailed it out my front door with the portable phone. I was talking to Sarge Goodchild of Active Healing at the time. I'm fine. They got a few nice pieces of jewelry and apparently, I broke up a decent sized crime ring. The best news is that the loot (look at me talking all Al Capone) from the previous day's take (hey, now I'm Bonnie!) was in the car, which they abandoned while escaping the house once they saw the police outside. (They tossed my jewelry box into the dining room, so I have most of my stuff.) Several families got their laptops and other belongings back.

Our town police were awesome. I do love a man in uniform, and now more than ever!

That is the end of my crime fighting career, I promise you.