A Riddle, Unschoolers R Us, and Some Commentary By My Mom

Dear Family,

A Riddle:

“This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.”

--As recited by Gollum in “The Hobbit”

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Jemmerisms:

“I like that you had me.”

Contemplating the universe: “It's a good thing we're all still around.”

Trying to get into his pajamas after a bath: “Know why my foot is getting stuck [in my pants]? Because I'm soggy!”

“I wanna live with a GIRL. What do sisters look like?”

The Ethical Politics of an Ex-Vegan

Have you ever changed your mind? I don't mean about what you want to eat for lunch: I mean Changing Your Mind about something that you've believed for an entire lifetime. Back in early April 2010, I unexpectedly embarked on a crazy journey that challenged me to do this. But before I tell you the whole story, I have to say a little bit about my old religion.

Autism, Turkey-Cooking, Balancing a Bicycle, and Epilepsy - and other fascinating articles this week

http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/57941/#ixzz1JFOsr6Bz

Opening a Can of Worms: “A father’s determination to help his son resulted in an experimental treatment for autism that uses roundworms to modulate inflammatory immune responses. Can the worms be used to treat other diseases?”

“In 2005 the Johnson family was at its breaking point. Lawrence, the family’s 13-year-old son, was diagnosed with autism at age two and a half, and his parents had valiantly coped with his illness for the ensuing decade.

Introducing...Polly

Three Generations of ASD/Gut Dysbiosis: Healing with Good Food

[I am most appreciative for the chance to post the following interview/essay. To protect their privacy, Polly and Connor are not their real names.]

Polly has credibility of the purest kind. She healed herself and her autistic son using fierce determination and her version of the GAPS protocol--which alone is an achievement. But that is just a piece of her story, which began well before her son was born, when she worked in as a 1:1 aide for a student with Aspergers, and in a classroom with students on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum. Polly knows autism intimately also because her youngest brother's Aspergers inspired her to become a special ed teacher in the first place.

Introducing...Janice's Family

Janice writes of her son's healing and continuing recovery from autism, using the GAPS dietary protocol.

Introducing...Serephina

[I am most appreciative for permission to post the following essay. To protect her privacy, Serephina is not the author's real name.]

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I first came to GAPS because of two particularly worrying problems, but in addition, I had various other things suggesting to me that my body was not really well as a whole.

For many years I had had, with increasing severity, a condition known as Depersonalisation Syndrome. This can be seen on PET scans, which show that one area of the brain is inactive. The experience of DP for me is that I do not feel awake, but as if I am dreaming, and I have the sense that my brain is not properly comprehending my surroundings, even though I am able to be factually accurate about everything, and to respond to my surroundings in ways that other people find appropriate. Relationships are difficult, since the emotional meaning of situations is difficult to interpret. People and places seem unfamiliar, and I cannot remember how things used to feel when I was well. I don't feel the normal range of emotions, and often feel emotions happening in my body without me connecting to them, as if I am a robot. This experience is frightening and bewildering.

Introducing...Frank

Frank began his regression into autism after a routine "well baby visit" and a subsequent vaccine reaction at age 2. Today, at age 4, he is "normal and intelligent," "happy, easy-going, fun-loving, and cute, cute, cute!"

Frank's recovery is due to his family's dedication and hard work, and all of the good foods that have rebuilt his body and brain over the past nineteen months...

What Do We Do About Insanity?...And other fascinating articles this week concerning mental health

Dear Family,

There's a church near us that just hosted a forum on Supporting Families Dealing With Mental Illness. The announcement read: "Clinical Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Anxiety Disorders ...one out of five families are affected by these illnesses, and family members need a great deal of support and education in order to help their loved ones. Here in Ithaca, NAMI-FL or the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Finger Lakes Affiliate sponsors a free 12 week Family to Family Course as well as bi-weekly support groups..."

Can Cancer Be Healed With Nutrition? ...And other fascinating articles this week

“If you have complex problems, there probably are no simple cost-free solutions to them, because if there were, somebody would have [already] solved them.”

--Michael R. Bloomberg

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http://forum.westonaprice.org/modern-diseases/cancer/1834-a-holistic-app...

[Tomas Cowan is a controversial guy, with some (to me) questionable anthroposophic beliefs. But his article on cancer treatment has some fascinating passages, excerpted below]

Introducing...The Fabry Family

[This is Andrea Fabry's story, in her own words, compiled by me (Sarabeth) from various articles and posts on her website. I am most appreciative that she has given permission for her work to appear here.]

Our family, Chris, Andrea, and 9 children (ages 9-26), moved to Arizona in 2009 to begin a journey of healing following an exposure to toxic mold. Defects in the construction of our 5500-square-foot Colorado home had led to unseen water leaks and resulting high levels of stachybotrys, aspergillus, and penicillum. After two uninsured costly remediation, our health issues remained. We were advised to treat the home like a fire and abandon it and its contents in October 2008.

Losing our home, our pets, our prized possessions, and our cherished memories has been devastating. Recovering our health after ingesting high levels of mold and mycotoxins has been a slow and painful process...

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