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:

WHAT IS EHT®?

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.

 

 

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2005-09-06 22.34.40I just want to let you know that Sarah’s Voice has a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SarahsVoice

Come by and check it out. I have lots of information about Autism and lots more pics and videos about Sarah and the family.

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Jobs and Autism

I know that there are a lot of people who do not have jobs. Good jobs are very hard to find.

When you have been labeled with a challenge getting a job can be even more hectic. I am very happy that there are organizations out their, that help people with all types of challenges get jobs, that are suitable for them to have.

In our case, Robert and I had jobs doing paper routes for a while. One of the best things we did, was bring Sarah with us. We didn’t know it at the time, but we were teaching her a trade. Sure it took a lot of time to help her, but when we were all done she really felt like she accomplished something.

We as parents can set a course for our children whether they have challenges or not. I believe in setting children up to succeed in anything they choose to do. Giving your child a good work ethic is critical to their independence.

Sarah has three-part time jobs and one of them is a paper route. Her staff goes with her and they were amazed that she already knew how to do her paper route.

Don’t underestimate your role as a parent and don’t underestimate your child. Sarah was diagnosed with Autism, Low Muscle Tone, Sensory Disorders and later Tourette’s, Bi-Polar, schizophrenia with psychotic Episodes. I think that if we had not taught her early on about the importance of a good work ethic and to be as independent as possible, she would be an adult with challenges and no jobs.

Give your child any task to do at any level they are at and watch them grow from that. Find their strengths and build from there.

It takes constant patience and work, but the end result is very rewarding. I know that if I as Sarah’s mother could go through what we had to go through to get Sarah on the path she is on, Then anybody can. It is important to be your child’s voice until they can have their own voice.

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/30/health/irpt-autism-in-the-workplace

http://www.jobsforautism.com/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/22/177452578/young-adults-with-autism-can-thrive-in-high-tech-jobs

Sarah and her walk with Autism

Sarah and MeI am Sarah’s Mom. She has given me permission to blog about her walk with Autism. She wants me to make everyone aware of Autism and other disorders and what can be done about them.

So far I have blogged about what can be done, but I have not blogged very much about Sarah and this is my time to remedy that.

Sarah had hip dysplasia when she was born, she also had a dislocated shoulder that was set. She was in a hip brace for the first nine months of her life.

Sarah was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism at 2 years of age, low muscle tone and sensory perception disorder as well. She had early intervention. She learned sign language and that helped her to speak. I have read some articles that say that a person with Autism has no empathy, that is just not true. Sarah has a lot of empathy and compassion for people and things that she cares about. Sarah had to be taught not to be so rigid and she learned to be more adaptable.

When Sarah was 9 years old she was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. A few years later she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and Bi-Polar with psychotic Episodes. She told me that the Autism doesn’t bother her as much as the Tourette’s does, and she really hates schizophrenia.

I wish I could say this has been an easy walk for her but it hasn’t. She goes through her ups and downs like anyone else does and her emotions and behaviors are a little more extreme, ok a lot more extreme at times.

Sarah is a very social person, however to many people (especially little children and babies) bother her. She loves God and her family.

Sarah is 24 years old now and she lives with a roommate and staff is there to help her when she needs it. She is now able to go out into the community with staff and has more good days than bad. She has overcome every obsticale that has been before her. The Dr.’s said that she would not be able to do certain things or speak and she has proven them wrong  just like Jacob Barnett was able to do.

Sarah has 3 part time jobs and does very well at them. At one point the Governor and his team were going to take away jobs for special needs people and she and her staff went to the Capitol Building to protest. She told them that if they took away her jobs she would fire each and everyone of them. She wrote her concerns in a letter with staffs help to the Governor with the expression she would fire him too. She got to keep her jobs 🙂

She is doing better now than she ever has. We talk on the phone nearly everyday and skype also. We see her quite a bit. We are even able to sit in a resteraunt with her, have lunch and a great time.

Sarah and I want people to know that just because you may be diagnosed with something, it doesn’t mean that you are limited to that diagnosis. You are so much more than a diagnosis or a label. Sarah is doing really well right now and she wants to give everyone hope.Sarah Herbert

Teenage Boy with Autism Found

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents w...

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents wearing Level B hazmat suits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you know that every 11 minutes a family receives the devastating news that one of their children is on the Autism Spectrum? Every 11 minutes one family is forever changed

So, how could a former City councilman leave his son with Autism, in a home alone for a long period of time and not even check on him. The neighbors called the police because they had not seen the teenager in some time.

The house the police found the teenager in was in such bad shape they had to wear hazmat suits to go in. It is disgusting that a father would leave his son with Autism (or any child with any challenge) in a condition like that.

The police said there were feces on the walls. I did not see that on the video. They also said that the house was full of rodents.

I am very glad that the neighbor called the police and the situation is being taken care of. I hope that there is no permanent damage done to the teenager and that he will be ok.

The father says he will clean up the house and get his boy back. The house has been temporarily condemned. He says the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.

http://www.9news.com/rss/article/336742/339/Hazmat-crews-at-home-where-boy-found-in-filth?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2390531896001

Redefining Asperger’s and other disorders

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I understand that DSM has to update it’s mental health dictionary. I can understand why some people are happy about it and why some people are not happy about it.

I think that some individuals with challenges such as Asperger’s are going to fall through the mental health cracks and some individuals with other challenges are not. My concern is, is what affect is this update going to have on everyone with challenges in the long run. A lot of challenged individuals are going to be very confused and so are their family members and guardians.

Depression will be no longer a bereavement exclusion. This has been omitted from the DSM-5, many experts think that this could muddy the waters of diagnosis. Bipolar disorder in children will be in a new category. Hoarding is going to be a legitimate condition, not mention internet use gaming disorder.

” The number of people who will qualify as having ASD is also controversial — some estimates suggest only 60% of people currently diagnosed with autism under the DSM-IV criteria would meet the DSM-5 definition.”

I have to be honest. I have some misgivings about this and I know some mental health care providers do also.

Published by the American Psychiatric Associat...

Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the DSM-IV-TR provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Autism has not stopped Jacob Barnett

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize (Photo credit: jamieca)

I was just reading about this teenager Jacob Barnett age 14 years and has Autism. Jacob was diagnosed at the age of 2 years old with moderate to severe autism. His mother was told that he would never read or do anything that he is doing now. He is not only reading but tipped to be a future Nobel Prize winner. He is currently studying for his  Master’s degree in quantum physics.

This story about Jacob Barnett is a wonderful article about what potential there is for many people on the challenge spectrum. Not all can be geniuses but ALL have potential! His mother made sure that he got the proper education that he needed for his special needs. Even geniuses have challenges of their own that need to addressed.

I congratulate Jacob and his family on their continued success 🙂

 

Autism – Boys vs. Girls – The Difference

Major brain structures implicated in autism.

Major brain structures implicated in autism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Autistic individuals tend to use different are...

Autistic individuals tend to use different areas of the brain (yellow) for a movement task compared to a control group (blue). Powell K. Opening a window to the autistic brain. PLoS Biol . 2004 ;2(8) :E267. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0020267. PMID 15314667. PMC 509312. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am happy that researchers are taking into consideration the differences between Autistic Boys and Girls. This research I believe will give us more information into the condition of Autism and how it affects our children. The research may even give us more insight as to what is causing the Autism epidemic more clearly.

 

There are so many questions out there about what is causing Autism and many other disabilities that are associated with Autism. More and more individuals are being diagnosed with Autism everyday. For some reason more boys are diagnosed as having Autism than girls, and girls that have Autism have it more severe than boys.

 

It is frustrating and heartbreaking when we parents find out the diagnosis is Autism for one or all of our children. We try everything we know to do for our children. We need to find out what is causing Autism once and for all. I am glad that research is being done to cover all aspects of what could cause Autism and reconginizing the differences in boys and girls with Autism is a very good start.

 

The increase is clear and has been documented. A 16 percent increase and it seems to keep increasing.

 

 

16 percent rise in disability

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of ...

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of them used by the United States National Park Service. A package containing those three and all NPS symbols is available at the Open Icon Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been wondering why Autism as well as other disabilities are on the rise so much? I have done some research on the subject and have some of my own theories just like everyone else does, but I have never heard the UN actually admit it is rising until now. 16 percent is a major rise in childhood disability. It is my mission to bring as much awareness to not just Autism but other disabilities as well. A 16 per cent increase is unacceptable. We need to get a handle on this.

Autism and Birth Trauma

I find it sort of amusing that there are articles relating birth trauma to Autism now. The reason I say that is because when we tried to link the trauma Sarah and I went through during her birth nobody would listen to me. I am happy that professionals are finally taking into consideration that birth trauma could indeed cause delays and or autistic traits in individuals who are eventually diagnosed as such.

 

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20110711/birth-complications-linked-to-autism

http://www.osteopathiccenter.org/birthtrauma.html

http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/birth-complications-and-autism