Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Maple Glaze

Maple Glazed Cupcakes with Colored Sugar Flowers

Today was my son's fourth birthday. I ended up making cupcakes TWICE in one day. It must have been some kind of personal record for me--I made and decorated 4 dozen cupcakes. The first two dozen were for a family party we had for him. The party was just our family and another family--seven people all together, but sometimes people want two so I made a double recipe of vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and blue flowers (below.) My son opted out of the cupcakes, which was a first for him. Recently, I have been experimenting with agave cupcake recipes, some of which didn't turn out very well. He seems to have lost his taste for cupcakes after my many experiments. For these cupcakes I used straight up sugar, because he seems to be okay with sugar now :):):) and it was his birthday--but he passed on the cupcakes anyway.

For the second batch of cupcakes (for his class of 20 to share in school), I decided to make a maple glaze with a frosted line flower dipped in colored sugar. To make the flower, I thickened the glaze with more powdered sugar to pipe on a flower design and dip into blue colored sugar. Finally, I piped a dot of pink frosting and dipped it in pink sugar. I have used this design on cookies too. They look best when they are half pink flowers with blue dots and half blue flowers with pink dots, but I didn't want everyone fighting over them so I went with all blue flowers with pink dots. Here is the maple glaze recipe...

Maple Glaze Frosting

1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp maple syrup
4-5 tsp water

Mix on high speed in mixer until smooth. Spread with a bent spatula or knife on cupcakes or cookies in think layer.

These are the first set of cupcakes...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Easy Pad Thai Recipe

This recipe for Pad Thai (Fried Noodles) is a yummy dinner everyone in my house loves. It is nice to have one meal that we all like. I learned to make Pad Thai when I lived in Thailand years ago. Unfortunately, I lost the original recipe, but I am still hoping that it will turn up some day.
Also, in Thailand you use a spoon and fork to eat pad thai, but the picture with the chopsticks looked nice.

I rediscovered making pad thai when I made this for the Gourmet Club with my friend, Lauren. We found the hard to find ingredients at The Bangkok Center Grocery in Chinatown. (They ship anywhere in the US in case you have a hard time finding tamarind and fish sauce.) If you want to see pad thai being prepared, you can go to THAI FOOD TONIGHT to watch them cook an authentic pad thai recipe.

Bangkok Center Grocery
104 Mosco Street (bet. Mott and Mulberry St.)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 732-8916

Easy Pad Thai Recipe

4 T. oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 shallots
1 egg
4 oz/120 g dry flat rice noodles soaked in water for 20 minutes until soft and drained
2 T. lime juice
1&1/2 T fish sauce
2 T. tamarind sauce
1/2 t. palm sugar (or sugar)
2 T. chopped roasted peanuts
1/8 tsp dried red chili powder (or cayenne)
1/2 cup bean sprouts
2 spring onions/scallions, chopped into 1 in.
sprig of coriander leaf, coarsely chopped
1 lime cut into 4 pieces for garnish

In a wok or frying pan, heat the oil, add the garlic and fry until golden brown. Break the egg into the wok, stir quickly and cook for a couple of seconds. Add the noodles and stir well, scraping down the sides of the pan to ensure they mix with the garlic and egg. One by one, add the lemon juice, fish sauce, tamarind, sugar, half the peanuts, the chili powder, 1/4 cup of the beansprouts, and the spring onions, stirring quickly all the time. Test the noodles for tenderness. When done, turn onto a serving plate and arrange the remaining peanuts, dried shrimp and beansprouts around the dish. Garnish with the coriander and lime wedges.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Win A Free Ticket to The NYC Autism/Asperger's Conference on Educating and Healing Children with Autism

Make a comment on this post to enter to win a free 2 day ticket to The Second Annual New York City Autism/Asperger's Conference on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th. This year's conference is about "Educating and Healing Children with Autism."

Dr. Nancy O'Hara will be speaking on Sunday. Dr. O'Hara is one of the best speakers on biomedical intervention for children. Her comprehensive lecture "Autism from A Zinc" explains in detail many of the different biomedical problems that children with autism can have and how treating these underlying issues can often resolve many of the problems they face.

"Raising Temple Grandin" author, Eustacia Culter, who raised her daughter Temple Grandin in the 1950's will speak on Saturday about her experience and what she has learned in her journey to help her daughter succeed in the world. Temple Grandin is a Doctor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a bestselling author who has made her life with Autism a strength instead of a weakness. In large part, Temple Grandin has been able to do this because of the relentless efforts of her mother, Eustacia, who saw her uniqueness as a gift and channeled it so that Temple could become a successful high-functioning adult with autism. I heard Temple speak last year and her mother really did a phenomenol job raising her to be the person she is today.

Other conference highlights include:
• James Adams, Ph.d. speaking about Nutritional Problems in Children with Autism: Assessment and Treatment
• Geri Brewster, a nutritionist who has spend 20 years helping children and adults use nutrition to tap into their own innate ability to heal. (Geri Brewster is actually Our Gluten Free Family's nutritionist after an extensive--and expensive--search of all nutritionists in the tri state area.)
• Christina Peck, who worked in medical billing and wrote the book "Blessed with Autism" will speak about the innovative ways she discovered to receive reimbursement for therapies.
West Side. In addition to the speakers, there will be exhibitors there. Last year Everybody Eats
The conference will be held at the Stephen Gaynor School at 148 West 90th Street on the Upper was there with yummy gluten free food and Autism Research Institute had all their best books for sale. Of course, the NAA-NYC will have a table and be able to answer any questions about their parent mentoring program and meetings. I know that the Hollowell Center, which specializes in ADD will be there. Kelly Montross who uses neurofeedback in her practice to help people who suffer from ADD and mood problems will be there to explain this non-drug treatment option to parents.

What To Feed Your Kids is on the board of the NAA-NYChapter and is trying to help get the word out about this important conference to parents who might benefit. The donated ticket is courtesy of Autism Conferences of America.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

GLOW Cookie Giveaway at Mom Central

I just entered a contest at Mom Central to win 4 packs of GLOW Gluten Free Cookies. If you haven't tried the cookies yet, they are super yummy--and gluten and dairy free. Enter the contest Win 4 Packs of GLOW Gluten Free Cookies at Mom Central for your chance to win. If you have a blog, you can blog about the contest and get a second entry!

You know what I LOVE about Mom Central is that they mentioned that they had received 4 boxes of cookies, courtesy of Glow Gluten Free Cookies, for the post. I think that is really nice they mentioned that. It inspires me to add that kind of format to my blog...

What To Feed Your Kids is friends with Jill Brack, the creator of these delicious cookies! What To Feed Your Kids once received 8 boxes of cookies, courtesy of GLOW Gluten Free Cookies, AFTER a review, as a gift. What To Feed Your Kids now buys way too many GLOW Gluten Free Cookies at the Whole Foods on 59th Street and recently at Fairway. What To Feed Your Kids will get a second entry to the WIN 4 Packs of GLOW Gluten Free Cookies contest for this post.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Shake N' Bake with Gluten Free Cornflakes

I made three types of chicken tonight. For some reason, just for fun, I asked my daughter what type of chicken she wanted. It was 6 pm and I was in the middle of cooking shredded mexican chicken for tacos and "crabby patties" which are the only chicken my son has ever eaten. Anyway, my daughter said "Shake and Bake!" My friend, Shelini, said, "I don't know, is Shake and Bake on the menu tonight?" Of course, if you know me, or if you have ever been to my house, you know how absolutely a la carte I am.

I didn't have any breadcrumbs so I used Nature's Path Honey'd Cornflakes. My friend informed me she had seen a TV program about how to cut calories out of recipes and one of the tips they had given was to use corn flakes instead of bread crumbs. Shake and Bake is not only super quick, it was also the winner of the "chicken off" according to my husband and daughter. My son ate a crabby patty, although he declared he didn't like. The funny thing is, my kids have never actually had Shake N'Bake from the package. My husband said the shake and bake could have used some barbecue sauce. I guess I do have limits in terms of what I can whip up...

If you are on a super low carb or SCD diet, you can use almond flour in place of the cornflakes and coconut flour in place of the starch (or skip this step). This is my new favorite recipe. And remember...SHAKE N'BAKE it's better than frying!


Enough chicken for dinner (nugget size breast meat or legs or whatever)
Potato or corn starch
3/4 cup finely ground Nature's Path Organic Honey'd Corn Flakes
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp white or black pepper
1 egg

1. Cut chicken into pieces. 2. Lightly coat chicken in enough potato or corn starch to cover (about 1 Tablespoon.) Let sit for five minutes. 3. Add egg white. Let sit for five more minutes. Put aside.

4. .Make Shake N' Bake Coating by mixing ground corn flakes and spices in a plastic bag or bowl.

5. Add egg yolk to chicken and egg white. Stir in the egg yolk. 6. Lift pieces of chicken and toss into the shake and bake coating. Shake and Bake on a sheet tray (for 20 minutes on one side then 10-20 minutes on other side depending on size of chicken pieces.) Serve on wooden skewers with honey mustard sauce--or BBQ sauce!

Honey Mustard Sauce Recipe

3 Tablespoons mustard
1.5 Tablespoons honey

Combine mustard and honey.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

List of Gluten Free Restaurants at Disneyland

Disneyland is one of the easier places to find gluten free food. You can pick up an extensive list of gluten free options on main street at city hall, which is on the left side just as you enter.

The eight page list includes all the restaurants that serve gluten free food at the main park, California Adventure and the resorts.

We went on a few ridesn before heading toward the Village Haus in Fantasy Land for gluten free burgers wrapped in lettuce and french fries. The Village Haus doesn't have table service--you have to stand in line and order from a cashier and then pick up your food at the counter. The gluten free list provided by disney suggests speaking to a manager to request the "allergy free option." We told the cashier we needed to speak to the manager to request the allergy free option. The manager handled our request to have burgers without the buns and cook the fries in a fries only frier.

Everyone was happy with their lunch. My daughter said the burger were just like IN-N-OUT burger because they had a freshly grilled flavor. There are four gluten free options at the Village Haus:
1. Fruit plate
2 .Bacon Cheeseburger(no bun)
3. Hamburger (no bun)
4. French Fries (request that fries are cooked in the fries only frier)

Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square has more adult oriented fare and offers table service. If the kids can forgo the fries, they can get a hot dog with a tapioca bun. The gluten free options at Blue Bayou are:
1. Five Peppered Roast New York
2. Blackened Cajun Spiced Salmon
3. Tesora Island Chicken
4. Portobello Mushrooms with Macque Choux
5. Broiled Filet Mignon
6. Bayou Surf and Turf (after 4 pm)

Along Main Street you can get a hot dog on a gluten free bun, ice cream or a restaurant meal at Carnation Cafe.

Intelligence Integration: A Presentation by Moshe Elbaum at the JCC TONIGHT

This lecture at the JCC tonight looks very interesting...

Moshe Elbaum’s unique approach involves training children and adults to build neural networks using physical exercises which improve issues in learning, concentration, attention and behavior without the use of medication. Developed in Israel by Moshe over 22 years ago, The Method has succeeded in helping more than 15,000 children worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.moshe-elbaum.com
Thu, Sept 17, 7-9 pm $15/$20

To register visit jccmanhattan.org or call 646.505.5708

The Samuel Priest Rose Building
334 Amsterdam Ave. @ 76th St.
New York, NY 10023

NAA-NYC Parent Network Exchange Meeting TONIGHT

Thursday, September 17 @ 6:30 pm

The NAA-NY Metro Chapter has monthly lectures and meetings for parents and professionals working with children who have autism, PDD or spectrum issues. They have a great fall line up you can see at NAANYC.org and they are having a conference in NYC on October 3rd and 4th that I will be attending. Tonight the Parent Mentoring Committee is hosting:

Parent Network Exchange Meeting

"How to Keep Your Marriage Strong" while raising a child with special needs with Lorin Gold and Ethan Schutz
6:30 pm @ 408 E. 79th St.
Screening Room

Ginger Beef Recipe

My friend, Teresa, gave this recipe for Ginger Beef to me today. This is a recipe she makes every week for her son who is on a gluten free diet. Some people are sensitive to soy, but okay with fermented soy that is in Tamari, which is a wheat free soy sauce. Other people need to avoid soy altogether. We have just been able to have some soy and we use it occasionally.
Large knob of fresh ginger julienne into large strips (large strips make it for easy removal at the end.)

2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 lb of ground beef
Wheat free tamari***
Filtered water
Broccoli (steamed soft for the kids version)
Japanese rice – rinsed and cooked

Sauté the ginger in olive oil until slightly browned. Add beef and cook until browned. Remove fat from pan if you plan on serving right away. Add ¼-¾ cup wheat free Tamari and one cup filtered water, simmer. If you have time put the mixture in the fridge for easy fat removal.
When the brocolli is cooked puree in a food processor with liquid from the ginger beef. Remove and discard ginger from beef. Mix broccoli puree well into the rice, add in beef, and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.

***contains fermented soy…some people are sensitive to soy. If you are sensitive to soy, use 1-2 tsp salt and 1 T. fish sauce.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reducing Cell Phone Radiation

Here is a link to an article by the Environmental Working Group about how to reduce your exposure to cell phone radiation. In short, talk less and text more to avoid high radiation levels and don't stay on phone if you don't have good reception.Most importantly, if your children have a cell phone, make sure it is one which has the lowest radiation, since children are especially sensitive.

Is My Cell Phone Dangerous

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ther-Biotics: A Probiotic Specifically Designed for Infants

Ther-Biotic Infant Formula is a probiotic specifically designed for infants. Infants have different gut flora than adults, and certain strains, like Bifidobacterium Species are really important for infants under 2 years of age. If you can't find Ther-Biotic from Klaire Lab, I would go with GI Flora by Allergy Research Group, which my son has been on since he was 18 months old. Visit the Ther-Biotic Infant Formula product page to find out why the different strains are important. According to Klair Lab:

"Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is important for the maturation of the immune system."

"Lactobacillus Casei is critical for the proper differentiation of immune dendric cells as the infant's immune system learns to distinguish between harmful antigens and toxins and pathogens. It increases the number of intestinal cells secreting IgA. L. Casei contains enzymes that facilitate the break down of milk proteins and polypeptides as well as gluten."

"Bifidobacterium Lactis enhances normal immune function" and "modifies gut microflora to support against allergic inflammation and increase IgA response to toxins."

"Bifidobacterium Bifidum supresses total and allergen-specific IgE secretion and its populations are often low in infants with allergies."
Probiotics are especially important for infants who have been on antibiotics or infants whose mothers have been on antibiotics or taken birth control pills, since you inherit your gut flora from your mother.

Related posts:

Probiotics: Testimonial
Gut Flora and Weight Loss: A Surprising Connection?
Beneficial Bacteria in the Gut: Crowding out Bad Bacteria with Probiotics

GI Flora by Allergy Research Group Probiotics

"GI FLORA" by Allergy Research Group was recommended to us by both Peta Cohen, a nutritionist we saw briefly and an environmental allergist, Dr. Morton Teich. (You can order this product through Invite Health at 1-800-844-9060.) The product page for GI FLORA at the Allergy Research Group Site gives the breakdown of the probiotics this product contain.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Swine Flu Joke

What is the difference between Bird Flu and Swine Flu?

For bird flu you need tweetment and for swine flu you need oinkment.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Gluten Free Chicken Patties

My son hates chicken, so he usually has an egg when I serve chicken. Yesterday, I threw these ingredients in my Vita-mix to make some "Crabby Patties" which were actually delicious. I confess, sometimes my experiments end up being terrible--and EVERYONE lets me know it. But these chicken patties were just right. It was such a surprise I don't even have a picture!


3/4 cup of uncooked chicken scraps
1 clove of garlic
2 Tablespoons of a yellow onion
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg white

Blended the ingredients in the vitamix until it forms a smooth paste. Scoop a patty size ball and flatten it in some potato starch flour. Heat a pan with oil over medium heat. Fry patties until golden brown (about 4-6 minutes per side depending on thickness) and well cooked. Turn to cook other side.

Serve with an enthusiastic "who wants crabby patties???" and see what happens.

Makes four small patties or two large patties

ZEER Select Contest Winner: Lisa

Lisa from Growin' Up Anderson won the free trial of ZEER select, a food information resource that contains a searchable database of the gluten free status of 30,000 products. Lisa said "I just found out my four year old is gluten sensitive so the whole family is going gluten/casein free. I spent 2 hours in the grocery store today checking labels. This would save me so much time." I hope ZEER select makes her next gluten free shopping trip a little easier.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dr. Hyman on Thyroid

Conventional testing for thyroid misses many people who suffer from hypothyroidism. Celiac, food allergies, GLUTEN, stress, heavy metal can all lead to low thyroid function.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

SIGG Bottles...and Their (Not So) Super Secret Liner

I have always recommended Klean Kanteen Bottles which are made of stainless steel. SIGG bottles, which are popular replacements for plastic water bottles are made of aluminum and lined with a secret liner which is...PLASTIC. When I looked into just what it was lined with I really didn't like their secrecy and it felt to me like they were hiding something. I wasn't surprised when I read on thesmartmama.com that SIGG bottles manufactured before August of 2008 actually do contain bisphenol A (BPA). Those bottle are still on sale and being shipped. They have created a new liner that is BPA free--but still plastic--just not plastic that leaches BPA.

Below is a photo of what the old liner and the new liner look like. If you have the older SIGG bottles, lined with a gold color liner, you can email liners@mysigg.com. They will email you forms and tell you how to return your SIGG bottle. Then, they will issue you a coupon for a replacement bottle. Light Green Stairs has more info on this issue. My advice is to go with the stainless steel Klean Kanteen bottles in the future. An aluminum bottle lined with plastic is not such a great substitute for plastic.

Friday, September 4, 2009

My Hypothyroid Kids

Someone asked me a question yesterday which made me want to find more information about children with hypothyroid and I stumbled on this story My Hypothyroid Kids by a mom who writes Gluten Free Naturally. The most interesting part of the story, for me, is how this mother's suspicions were dismissed by mainstream doctors and tests were in the normal range but the kids severe symptoms went away when treated by for their low thyroid.

Armour Thyroid Medication Shortage and Substitute

Armour Thyroid--the top-selling natural dessicated thyroid drug-- is the medication that both my kids and myself are on for a low functioning thyroid. This thyroid medication has made a huge difference for everyone. Unfortunately, due to manufacturing problems, there is a shortage. Nature Thyroid is an alternative for anyone looking for a substitute for Armour Thyroid. From what I have read, it seems to be a hypoallergenic version of Armour--although it is made from pig thyroid. Synthroid contains only T4 and Cytomel contains only T3. Armour and Nature Thyroid contain all the thyroid hormones--T4 and T3 as well as some T1 and T2. Some people do well on Synthroid, especially if they are able to convert T4 into T3. Others feel better on the alternative medications that contain the full spectrum of hormones.

The thyroid needs iodine, zinc and selenium to function. Salt is supplemented with iodine to make sure that people get this necessary mineral. But too much iodine can also interfere with thyroid function and cause autoimmune thyroid disease, especially Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, so it is important to get just the right amount. Selenium is also a mineral that you need some of, but not too much. Mercury toxicity increases the need for selenium. But too much can be toxic. Zinc is also a critical mineral for thyroid function, but supplementation is tricky. It is worth getting a test for zinc and copper if you have symptoms of zinc deficiency, because zinc and copper compete for absorption and their ratio is critical.

What To Feed Your Kids: Basically, it is all very complicated which is why eating a healthy diet and taking a balanced multivitamin is so important for everyone--especially someone with a thyroid problem.

Top Five Supplements for Thyroid Support
Thyroid Disease Support Information

Related posts:

Zinc Deficiency
Zinc and Sleep
Mainstream and Alternative Testing for Vitamins and Allergies

Quote of the Day: Mother Theresa

"God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try."
--Mother Teresa

Low Thyroid: Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms of a low thyroid are:

• allergies
• hives
• food sensitivities
• depression/mood issues
• muscle weakness/low muscle tone
• abdominal bloating
• weight gain
• swollen eyelids
• thick tongue
• puffy face
• thinning of the outside of the eyebrows
• lethargic and chronically tired
• constipation
• dry skin, thin hair or hair loss
• delayed tooth development/eruption

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is the standard test for measuring the thyroid. It used to be that the "normal" range was .5 to 5. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology changed the diagnosis of "normal" to be 0.3 to 3.04 in 2003 so that thyroid problems because many people have symptoms and problems with thyroid who have TSH in this range. I went to an alternative doctor who specializes in thyroid after speaking to an Indian friend of mine. She told me that in India, if the mother has a thyroid problem and the child presents with symptoms of a low thyroid, they put the child on a tiny bit of thyroid medicine to see if the symptoms improve. Because I have a low thyroid and my kids both had MANY symptoms of a low thyroid, I thought I would see if their problems could be related to a low functioning thyroid. Thyroid problems are very, very tricky to diagnose and the signs and symptoms of a low thyroid are really varied.

Also, many, many things interfere with thyroid function:
• fluoride
• pesticides
• nutrient deficiencies (zinc and selenium)
• soy
• too low or too high iodine levels
• stress
• mercury
• chlorine

I believe, kids who have low muscle tone along with other hallmark symptoms (like constipation) of a thyroid problem should be screened for a thyroid problem. To complicate matters, according to Dr. William Nelson, NMD "Many patients with hypothyroid will respond very well to thyroid treatment even though their lab tests are considered "normal".


American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 2003 Press Release

Hypothyroidism in Infants and Children:

Hypothyroidism : What your doctor may not tell you but you need to know.

Iodine and Thyroid Function

Hypothyroidism and the Role of Armour Thyroid, Seaweed, Exercise and

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lemon Quinoa

This delicious recipe was sent to me by my friend, Kyndra, who was a member of The Gourmet Cl

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon very mild honey (I use agave nectar)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups quinoa (about 10 oz)
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
Whisk together lemon zest and juice, oil, honey, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until combined.
Wash quinoa in 3 changes of cold water in a bowl, draining in a large sieve each time. (washing the quinoa thoroughly takes away the bitter taste it would otherwise have) or use Ancient Harvest Quinoa which is prewashed.
Cook quinoa in a 4- to 5-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in sieve, then set sieve over same pot with 1 inch of simmering water (water should not touch bottom of sieve). Cover quinoa with a folded kitchen towel, then cover sieve with a lid (don't worry if lid doesn't fit tightly) and steam until quinoa is tender, fluffy, and dry, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand (still covered) 5 minutes.
Add quinoa to dressing and toss until dressing is absorbed, then stir in scallions, mint, and salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 8 servings.

Q: Did You Do Anything Else To "Heal" Your Son

Q: Just wondering- besides the diet intervention- did you do anything else to "heal" your son? We are starting therapy and I am going to start intervening with her diet, but just wondering if you did any other DAN protocols or therapy?

A: What a great question. We saw the biggest shift through diet and supplements, but we did a number of other things at the same time. At 18 months, when my son's problems became obvious to us, we enlisted the help of everyone we could.

First, we called NY State Early Intervention, which gives services to children aged 0-3 who are delayed. Each state has a birth to 3 program which parents should contact immediately to get a state evaluation done and see if your child qualifies for services. Often, parents don't want to get state services, because they feel their child will be labeled. The problem is, that if you wait until later, the problem can be harder to address once patterns have been fixed. The state recognizes that children's brains and bodies are very flexible from birth to three so they offer services hoping to address these problems early. We were most concerned about language with my son, so while the evaluation was borderline, because of his health problems and inconsistent scoring on tests, my son received speech therapy from the NY state EI.

Next, we called a private speech therapist, Stephanie Sigal, who runs a company called Say and Play. She taught us to do speech therapy with my son ourselves during every interaction with him. In addition, she taught us basic sign language to use with him to help us communicate with him to facilitate language development. And, most importantly, she taught us how to keep him connected and not let him go off into his own world. 18-24 months is a critical period for language development, so we focused on speech intensively during this time.

I didn't know anything about the DAN! protocol at the time. I was consulting a number of mainstream and alternative doctors and doing research myself on his symptoms. A doctor did a urine test which indicated a B12 deficiency and many of his symptoms pointed to a B12 deficiency so another doctor, seeing the test, ordered me to get him some B12. I didn't know where to get B12 so I just went to the Vitamin Shoppe and got some sublingual B12 that was raspberry flavored after researching sublingual B12 online. My son started talking after he used the B12. The DAN! protocol uses Methyl B12 shots, as well as B6/magnesium, but I did it more on my own, before I knew what DAN! was. I suppose methyl B12 might have been more effective, but the sublingual really helped my kids. My kids were on B12, B6 and magnesium, and fish oil for year. As well as probiotics and enzymes.

A lot of what I have done to help my son is part of the DAN! protocol. I would definitely pursue all alternative and mainstream treatment options that are available to you and I would DEFINITELY consider seeing a DAN! doctor. Just make sure you do some research on the DAN! practitioner to make sure it is a good fit.

Also, we did mainstream testing for vitamins and minerals through an integrated doctor. These tests were also important.

In addition we did everything we could to lessen the toxic load on our son. First, we got rid of all household chemicals. We used a steam cleaner and baking soda to clean the bathroom and floors and a natural laundry detergent. In addition, we cleaned up our personal care products. So many chemicals are in baby soap and shampoo and sun screen.

Also, I cooked with garlic and coconut oil which have are both anti-yeast.

Related posts:
Top 10 Things That Have Helped My Kids