Nerium EHT and Autism

imagejpeg_0As you all know, I have been researching the best ways to help our daughter Sarah. In the past I have worked on making products for her which includes the wonderful essential oils. Making the topical remedies has been really good for her as long as she could tolerate the smell and texture, which is not always an easy task.

I have always had Sarah on vitamins and when she was younger it was recommended by Dr. Bernard Rimland that she take a lot of vitamin b and magnesium. He also recommended Dimethylglycine (DMG). Through circumstances beyond our control we could only give her these supplements for a few years.

It has taken many years, but not to long ago our daughter MarciAnne recommended that maybe we should give Sarah EHT supplements. She said that this now 4 year old company called Nerium has worked with Princeton University and developed this EHT. Here is what EHT is:


The aging process can take a toll on brain function. Over time, vital neuronal connections weaken, which can cause memory loss, slower reaction times and diminished alertness. EHT® Age-Defying Supplement helps protect against mental decline with a groundbreaking formula that includes our exclusive, patented EHT®extract, a natural mixture of bioactive molecules isolated from coffee. For a full list of ingredients, click here. Fortified with other rejuvenating ingredients, including vitamins B6, B12, D3, magnesium citrate, selenium, Huperzine A (which increases focus) and the antioxidant lipoic acid, this supplement:

• Promotes better cognitive function and overall brain health
• Combats oxidative stress and chronic inflammation
• Fortifies and strengthens natural brain functions
• Protects and supports neuronal networking
• Enhances the body’s natural energy stores
• Boosts the body’s immune system
• Increases focus

I was very curious at this point and did a lot of research on EHT. I found out that many sports figures (especially in football) were being helped by EHT.

Below is a short video on how Nerium EHT helps the brain.

I will give further updates on how Sarah does with this exciting and revolutionary new supplement.




Essential Oils Break Through – Vanderbilt University Medical Center

I am a firm believer in the benefits of Essential Oils. I am so happy to find out that RN nurses Tonya McBride and Teresa Sturges who work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are open-minded enough to recognize that Essential Oils in the work place really do make a difference.

“Through our own experiences of enlightenment, we now have a unique perspective for both traditional and alternative modalities.  We have witnessed a new era developing among physicians, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners who have a willingness to explore the therapeutic value of essential oils.”

Through the wellness committee, the use of essential oils was approved and defined within a research model to analyze the direct effects of diffusing essential oils in the hospital environment for the perceived outcome of stress reduction and increased energy levels.  Our staff was surveyed for 30 days pre and post implementation.  Before the use of essential oils 41% of the staff felt work related stress very often, after the use of essential oils only 3% felt work related stress very often.  The feelings of being overwhelmed changed from 25% very often before implementation to 2% after implementation.  Feelings of being well equipped to handle stressors at work changed from 13% very often before implementation to 58% after implementation.  Perceptions of staff optimal energy level increased from 33% to 77%.  Following the implementation of the essential oil initiative, 84% of the staff strongly agreed and 10% agreed that diffusing essential oils contributed to a more positive work environment.

You can read more of this great article at

I am very encouraged by this information and I feel very fortunate to be on the ground floor of getting the healthiest most natural ways out there to my readers who have a challenged family member.

If these nurses can make a difference in their work environment with their co workers using Essential Oils then it makes me wonder what impact they could potentially have on there patients at the hospital. Maybe doctors will now not be so closed-minded when we take our challenged family member in for a doctor visit and mention an alternative medicine instead of using a traditional medicine.

essential oils lavender, lemon and sweet orange

essential oils lavender, lemon and sweet orange (Photo credit: How to be Sustainable)


Medical Marijuana and Autism

Medical Cannabis Growing Operation in Oakland,...

Medical Cannabis Growing Operation in Oakland, California (Photo credit: Rusty Blazenhoff)


English: Medical Marijuana surrounding a vapor...

English: Medical Marijuana surrounding a vaporizer for healthy intake of the medicine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I am sure that everyone has their opinions about Medicinal Marijuana, and what affects it could have on a person with Autism. What would you do? Would you consent to Medicinal Marijuana being a medicine for your family member with Autism? Or would you still go with the traditional medicines that have all kinds of awful side effects?


People say that Marijuana is a gateway drug. Now I don’t know if those particular people are just referring to plain off the street Marijuana, or the Medicinal Marijuana. A gateway drug? Hummmm……maybe to the refrigerator.


There is no doubt that Marijuana has some side effects, but to me they don’t seem nearly as detrimental as the traditional medicines that our doctors want us to take. Just a thought.


I am not a doctor, nor am I saying that Marijuana is a cure-all. What I would like, is some feed back as to whether anyone else has thought of this as an alternative medicine, and does it work to calm down, some of the behaviors that people with Autism have to endure on a daily basis?


To my knowledge (such as it is), Medicinal Marijuana has had no adverse affect on the majority of responsible adult people who use it. I have been told that you can’t die from an overdose of Medicinal Marijuana, you just go to sleep if you have had to much of it.


So again I ask, could Medicinal Marijuana help people with Autism, if it is prescribed and distributed responsibly? Please tell me what you think.




Essential Oils for Autism

English: Leaves of Eucalyptus olida packed int...

English: Leaves of Eucalyptus olida packed into steam distillation unit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As I said before I am researching any and all natural ways to help our Sarah with her struggles with Autism and other challenges. Right now I am taking a closer look at Essential Oils.




I found this information through Wikipedia and thought it would be helpful for you my readers as well;




Essential oils are generally extracted by distillationSteam distillation is often used. Other processes include expression or solvent extraction. They are used in perfumescosmeticssoaps and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents toincense and household cleaning products.




Essential oils have been used medicinally in history. Medical applications proposed by those who sell medicinal oils range from skin treatments to remedies for cancer and often are based solely on historical accounts of use of essential oils for these purposes. Claims for the efficacy of medical treatments, and treatment of cancers in particular, are now subject to regulation in most countries.




Interest in essential oils has revived in recent decades with the popularity of aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine that claims that essential oils and other aromatic compounds have curative effects. Oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer, heated over a candle flame, or burned as incense.




The earliest recorded mention of the techniques and methods used to produce essential oils is believed to be that of Ibn al-Baitar(1188–1248), an Andalusian physicianpharmacist and chemist.




The recondensed water is referred to as a hydrosol, hydrolat, herbal distillate or plant water essence, which may be sold as another fragrant product. Popular hydrosols include rose waterlavender water, lemon balmclary sage and orange blossom water. The use of herbal distillates in cosmetics is increasing. Some plant hydrosols have unpleasant smells and are therefore not sold.




Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine in which healing effects are ascribed to the aromatic compounds in essential oils and other plant extracts. Many common essential oils have medicinal properties that have been applied in folk medicine since ancient times and are still widely used today. For example, many essential oils have antiseptic properties. Many are also claimed to have an uplifting effect on the mind. Such claims, if meaningful, are not necessarily false but are difficult to quantify in the light of the sheer variability of materials used in the practice.




The potential danger of an essential oil is generally relative to its level or grade of purity. Many essential oils are designed exclusively for their aroma-therapeutic quality; these essential oils generally should not be applied directly to the skin in their undiluted or “neat” form. Some can cause severe irritation, provoke an allergic reaction and, over time, prove hepatotoxic. Non-therapeutic grade essential oils are never recommended for topical or internal use.




Now this is what got my attention;








The following table lists the LD or median lethal dose for common oils; this is the dose required to kill half the members of a tested population.LD is intended as a guideline only, and reported values can vary widely due to differences in tested species and testing conditions.




Common Name Oral LD50 Dermal LD50 Notes
Neem 14 g/kg >2 g/kg
Lemon myrtle 2.43 g/kg 2.25 g/kg
Frankincense >5 g/kg >5 g/kg Boswellia carterii
Frankincense >2 g/kg >2 g/kg Boswellia sacra
Indian frankincense >2 g/kg >2 g/kg Boswellia serrata
Ylang-ylang >5 g/kg >5 g/kg
Cedarwood >5 g/kg >5 g/kg
Roman chamomile >5 g/kg >5 g/kg
White camphor >5 g/kg >5 g/kg Cinnamomum camphora, extracted from leaves
Yellow camphor 3.73 g/kg >5 g/kg Cinnamomum camphora, extracted from bark
Hot oil 3.80 g/kg >5 g/kg Cinnamomum camphora, oil extracted from leaves
Cassia 2.80 g/kg 0.32 g/kg


It is important to understand that the foregoing figures are far less relevant in everyday life than far smaller, often localized levels of exposure. For example, a dose of many an essential oil that would do no harm if swallowed in diluted solution or emulsion, could do serious damage to eyes or lungs in a higher concentration.


Essential Oils Box

Essential Oils Box (Photo credit: luxomedia)


I figured that Essential Oils would be toxic to a degree. Then I think about the traditional medicines that are being prescribed, and how toxic they become over time.




As with anything you have to be very careful and responsible. Essential Oils can get in places of the body faster, in a way that traditional medicines cannot penetrate.




So much of Sarah’s issues are neurological. I am seriously thinking Essential Oils is the way to go for her. I did introduce her to certain oils when she was little to the degree of which she could tolerate, but they were mainly for fragrance and not for medical issues.




I sure wish I would have known then what I know now. That is ok though, better late than never 🙂