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Archives for October, 2011

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Divorced Parents: Parenting Action Plan

Richard's out today, writes: In a loving, functional family, a child is treasured. In truth, parents love and are proud of their child not only for the unique person he is, but also the unique person his parents help him become.

Functional families all have remarkably similar core philosophies—the parents are fully committed to lovingly invest themselves in the child. This investment requires love (it's essential), but it also requires time and a variety of...
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Communication

Is New Cell Phone Tumor Study Flawed?

Is the new, purportedly enormous-in-scope,  Danish study that "shows" that cell phones don't cause tumors, flawed? At first glance, it's actually hard to tell. But strident opposition is coming from numerous experts.

For example, Electromagnetic Health is a group of scientists and medical doctors (some from Ivy League schools), who believe (and cite some compelling evidence) that electromagnetic radiation is damaging our health. They conclude that earlier studies about cell phones are correct—they do...
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interviews

Autism, Schizophrenia And Nutrition: An Expert Agrees

[See parts one, two and three of one mom's fight to help her autistic son. Therapy Soup's interview with Kathleen of Pickl-it ]

An Expert Agrees

Seated in front of the desk of of a world-renowned pediatric neurologist and brain-development  Dr. Martha Herbert, researcher who specialized in autism research, my husband and I waited while she scribbled a quick note, straightened and shifted papers to the side of her desk, and then...
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Autism, Schizophrenia And Nutrition: A Child Thrives

See parts one and two of Kathleen's amazing story as she sought answers to her son Matthew's varying diagnoses (including autism and schizophrenia). Therapy Soup's interview with Kathleen of Pickl-it

Please describe the changes that you made in Matthew's diet.

I got back to the business of putting my pantry in order, culling out the few convenience foods that remained. Most were “browns foods” - cereal, crackers, store-bought bread, and wheat pasta -...
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Autism, Schizophrenia And Nutrition: Ants In My Brain

[Read part one of Sick Child, Sick Food, the story of a mother's struggle with her autistic? schizophrenic? undiagnosable son, here. Therapy Soup's interview with Kathleen of Pickl-it ]

Falling Behind

Our list of needs kept growing.  So many conditions, and so few doctors who had a name for any condition he faced. Every success brought new challenges which we could not anticipate.

Why didn’t our son feel or react to the correct...
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Autism, Schizophrenia, And Nutrition: Heartbreak & Hope

Can dietary changes really improve some symptoms of autism, childhood onset schizophrenia and related problems?

We first “met” Kathleen over the Internet because of ’s interest in healthy eating. began to explore the Pickl-it web site in order to write about natural fermentation for her natural foods blog. What she found was an extraordinary story about a boy variously diagnosed with autism,  schizophrenia, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (in other words, an...
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Are You Finding Adventure In Everything?

writes: This little gem-of-a-book, Adventure In Everything, (Hay House, 2011) was slipped into my hands last week by a friend. I was surprised to find that it packs quite a bit of powerful advice.

The author, Matthew Walker, received his master's degree in applied behavioral science from Bastyr University in Seattle, and has worked as an outdoor educator and mountain guide for the past two decades. He's taken a behavioral approach, combined it...
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Is Surfer Anthony Ruffo Looking For A Free Ride?

As reported in the New York Times, world-class surfer Anthony Ruffo has once again been busted for methamphetamine possession and dealing. The surfer, who is 48, used to "partner" in his drug-dealing with a Santa Cruz, California street gang called the Norteños. They gave him the drugs to sell, and he sold them and in return received both money and protection.

He was busted in 2005 and got probation and court-mandated treatment. Then,...
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Self-Knowledge Is Key To Addiction Recovery

While this study about young adults and addiction has some value, it doesn't tell addiction professionals anything they didn't know about addiction treatment.

We already know that young adults, even highly motivated young adults, benefit from the behavioral training they receive in residential treatment programs. We also know that continuing some level of sober social support after inpatient or outpatient treatment, is essential.

The main issue that holds people back from recovering and sustaining...
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