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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A Broader Life Than Autism

Today I want to write about the circumstances around Autism. What I mean is that most of us who have a child diagnosed with Autism have other children as well.

We have two other beautiful daughters. One of our daughters is married and has two sons. We have two grandsons 🙂 Sarah has two nephews 🙂 One day Sarah will be introduced to her nephews Conner and Kyle.

What I am saying is that we have had Autism in our lives for 24 years. Even though we have had Autism in our lives for so many years it has not been the only thing in our lives.

Sarah’s sisters are very accomplished young ladies and they love Sarah very much. The reason why Sarah has not met her nephews yet, is because she has a problem with children’s noises and they live 3,000 miles away. One day she will meet them and they will have a great time together.

So, until she gets to meet her nephews face to face and not just through the phone and pictures, I would like to introduce you my fellow readers to Sarah’s nephews Conner and Kyle.1273680_4608764836482_951894484_o1270719_4574583661974_411855060_o

We have a broader life now. For so many years Autism was the only focus I had, but not anymore. When my focus shifted to a broader spectrum I was much happier, therefore I had a much more happier family, and now I have been blessed two amazing grandsons.  Sarah’s life is much broader also because she has a better understanding in her faith walk and she has more family and friends to love her.

Sarah has asked me from time to time if Conner and Kyle are ok, meaning that they don’t have Autism. I reassure her that they are just fine.

Autism, Fun and Epic Motorcycle

Normally I never see the words Autism, Fun and Epic Motorcycle in the same sentence. So, I just thought I would  put it as my title.

I came across this picture and I just had to share it. This picture represents a breaking out point to me. No longer is Autism being pushed aside and ignored.

This picture is outside the box thinking completely. This picture is support and saying you are not alone in this journey of Autism. This picture of this beautiful motorcycle has an in your face boldness to it.

Autism is not being kept quiet any longer! I am so grateful that parents and individuals are speaking out and boldly going forth about getting the awareness of the Autism Spectrum out there.

The boldness of this Epic Motorcycle speaks volumes. The awareness of Autism is not just being shared just on the social media. Now the awareness is on the road 🙂 Not only on the road but having fun!Epic Cycle

Autism, Garbage Truck, People = Amazing

Greyson-1374877954I came across this story the other day. I shared it on https://www.facebook.com/SarahsVoice and I am sharing it on our blog. It is amazing.

You just never know what might trigger communication. For this family that has a son diagnosed with Autism, a man and his garbage truck has made a huge difference 🙂

To find out more information, please read their story;

 

Parenting Girls with Autism

Having a great time :)

Having a great time 🙂

When you are told that your precious baby girl, that you are holding in your arms has Autism, a whole range of emotions go through you. My first emotion at being told Sarah had Autism was shock and numbness and at the very end of the emotions was relief.

I felt relief because I thought maybe now with a name or label we could find a cure for this Autism.I had no idea about Autism, the Autism Spectrum or anything.

I did however know something about girls. First of all I am a girl and I had 2 previous girls before Sarah was born.

I had a lot of rude awakenings while raising Sarah. I have to say though, Sarah was pretty patient with me in some areas.

Raising Sarah was not easy, but overall it was not extremely hard either. Once I learned to love her for who she is I was on a much healthier journey with her.

Back in 1991 when Sarah was diagnosed with Autism, I thought that the baby girl that I gave birth to had died and was replaced with this monster called Autism. I grieved a lot during this time. Pretty soon I was just looking at the Autism and not Sarah.

I really thought I was to blame some how in all of this. After all most of the people that we would encounter would give me that certain look or actually say “Can’t you do something about your child”? or they would do or say much worse things that I will not repeat. Pretty soon I got tired of the negativity and decided to not let what other people think or say (that are not in my family) bother me.

After a lot of years, I finally began to see Sarah as she really is and the Autism monster started slowly going away. I began to see her strength and her inner beauty. Once I started seeing that in her, she started seeing that within herself.

I began to understand that she really does care about other people and that she really does want to be independent like her sisters. She goes through the same female things that we all go through, only maybe more extensive.

As you can tell I have learned a lot over the years about Sarah and I would not trade her for the world. She has taught me a lot about myself…..the good, bad and the ugly.

For any parent out there that has just found out their child has been diagnosed with Autism, or you are raising a young one diagnosed with Autism. I just want you to know, I am here for you. Our family has gone through a lot and if I can help anyone else, I will. Just let me know.

Autism and Love

I have to be honest. When we heard the diagnosis of Autism for our youngest daughter Sarah and reading what professionals said about Autism in 1991. I honestly thought that my dream of Sarah falling in love and someone falling in love with her would never happen.

Falling in love has not happened for Sarah yet. After hearing the love story of David and Lindsey, I have hope that true love will come Sarah’s way.

I really hope that David and Lindsey’s love story will be an encouragement to many people who deal with Autism and other challenges in their lives. Love can conquer all…… with a lot of hard work!David and Lindsey (Autism)

http://mountvernon.patch.com/articles/you-think-you-know-autism

http://ww.theautismsite.com/clickToGive/aut/article/Loving-With-Autism064;jsessionid=05C2EE6844C3BADCBC40EFC9308D6D3C.xc-a

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

Autism and Wandering away

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)

After the tragedy that has befallen  Mikaela Lynch and her parents, I felt compelled to blog about why some individuals with autism wander away so often.

I know with our experiences with Sarah wandering away, she seemed to have know concept of  any danger what so ever. One time she walked in our neighbor down the streets home, sat at their dinner table and proceeded to have dinner with them, and we did not even no them. Another time she rode her bike down the center lane on a very busy street.

These things happen all the time with families that have an autistic child. So what would make them wander off when you try to make your home as lock down as possible to keep them protected, but yet as normal as possible so they don’t feel so confined? Are they just running on instinct all of the time?

The Autistic brain is so wonderfully perplexing. I can only imagine what Mikaela’s parents are going through right now and my prayers are with them. I do know about the fright of your child wandering off. I hope and pray that everyone involved with Mikaela’s case will give her parents the time they need to grieve for their precious little girl.

What can we do to help protect our children who wander off more?

 

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Body-of–207585551.html

 

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.

Dogs can help Autistic Individuals

"A child with autism (three years old) po...

“A child with autism (three years old) pointing to the fish in an aquarium.” The photo demonstrates a controlled randomized test by Kasari, Stephanny Freeman and Tanya Paparella to determine whether intensive training in sharing attention (in this case, pointing at fish) and pretend playing can lay the groundwork for the acquisition of language skills and subsequent normal development. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Suzi Q, a certified service dog, work...

English: Suzi Q, a certified service dog, working in snow in Finland. She wears a colorful vest and an insulating underjacket with reflective markers, useful in winter when it’s dark up to 22 hours a day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier, I blogged about children and adults with autism who either runaway or wander off. This is only my opinion but I believe a service dog may help autistic individuals not to stray away. We had a pet cocker spaniel and he followed Sarah where ever she went most of the time. Had he been trained he could have brought her back home when she strayed away and maybe helped her not to wander away again and again, but we did not know about service dogs back then. I would highly encourage getting a service dog for autistic individuals if you can. I understand they are expensive, but they could give you some piece of mind that your child is being protected. There are so many dangers out there and challenged kids and adults are more susceptible to these dangers. A dog could help curb these dangers, it’s worth checking into.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/half-autistic-kids-run-tragedy/story?id=19084591#.UYRAALWTyU8

http://4pawsforability.org/autism-assistance-dog/

http://autismservicedogsofamerica.com/

http://www.pedigree.com/All-Things-Dog/Article-Library/Therapy-Dogs-for-Autistic-People-.aspx

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/pets/pet-tales-dogs-help-autistic-children-676538/

A service dog putting keys into his owner's hand.

A service dog putting keys into his owner’s hand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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bravo- service dog (Photo credit: greenkozi)