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We have seen our fellow parents from The Thinking Mom's Revolution coming together to bring changes in the worldof Autism, ADHD, Allergies, Asthma, and various childhood illnesses. They've done this through sharing information, theirpersonal stories, ideas, research, love, hope and inspiration. What binds them together is that they all have sick children; children that they are working to heal, and that have healed, despite the medical profession assuring us that this is not possible. We are told that our children's pain and suffering cannot be alleviated, that it is "perfectly normal", or all due to a psychological disorder, which is due to an undetermined cause. We are told to trust vaccines, antibiotics, psychotropic medications, genetically modified foods, and most of all trust what the medical professionals tell us. Others in the community tell us that we should "accept" our children's condition, that we should embrace who they are and how they are and stop trying to "change" them. That medications are our only choices for relieving symptoms of ADHD, asthma, and allergies.

Yet we know that they are wrong. We have seen changes in our children as we change their environment. We work to bring healing to them by changing the foods they eat, the chemicals they are surrounded with, the things we use and allow in our homes, the medications we often no longer use. We put together a "team" to help us heal our children's symptoms so they can enjoy a better quality of life, one that is free from pain and suffering, and full of hope, love and joy. We spend countless hours on research, spend more money than we can afford for testing, supplements, therapies and resources to help our children. But most importantly - we never, ever give up on reaching our children and helping them to heal and live fulfilling lives.

If you can identify with this, if you are one of the thousands of Warrior parents in Australia, we'd like you to join us. We want to reach out to others, to give them the hope that we have, to pay it forward like so many have done for us in the past. To help them to heal their children.

We are ready for a revolution in Australia!

In a new study, researchers have found an association between a blood marker indicating the presence of abnormal gut bacteria and autism in some children diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder.

In the journal Translational Psychiatry, the investigators describe finding evidence of impaired energy metabolism in a group of autistic children due to high levels of propionic acid produced by certain gut bacteria frequently found in those with autism.

Autism rates have been steadily climbing in recent decades, with an estimated 1 in 88 children now diagnosed with the disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This figure puts the incidence of the disorder at roughly twice what it was only a decade ago. Although better diagnoses and reporting may go some way to explain this, most researchers and doctors agree that autism is more common than it used to be.

This increase in the numbers of children developing autistic sprectrum disorders has led scientists to look for new and reliable blood markers or other indicators.

The results of this study lay the groundwork for future blood tests to screen for autism so the condition can be treated early, says Dr. Derrick MacFabe, director of the Kilee Patchell-Evans Research Group at the University of Western Ontario and study co-author. MacFabe collaborated with researchers from the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas.

While gastrointestinal problems are common among children with autism, research to understand the connection and develop potential treatment is still in the early stages. To date, much of the effort has been directed at unravelling the genetic markers of the disorder, and toward early identification and behavioral intervention.

However, there is increasing evidence that autism, like many other disorders, is the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors that affect the body and the brain, says MacFabe, whose research team focuses on the role of the gut and its trillions of important bacteria and other microbes (collectively known as the "gut microbiome") that are key to health.

The study provides more evidence that abnormal bacteria found in the gut of many children with autism produce toxic waste products as a result of their own metabolism that are then absorbed and carried in the children's bloodstreams. The toxins affect organ systems including the brain and, in turn, behavior.

MacFabe says the new research is significant because it uncovers an important link between problems related to digestion, immune systems, metabolic problems and behavior among some children with autism.

It also indicates there was no genetic factor causing the abnormal energy metabolism, and suggests an environmental trigger such as the identified elevations in gut bacteria-derived propionic acid causes mitochondrial dysfunction in autistic children.

"This paper shows we think environmental factors could play a much more major role than was previously thought," he said.

The researchers tracked 213 children with autism and found 17 per cent of them had consistently abnormal levels of the unique blood markers and evidence of abnormal cellular energy production.

That number is considered significant, said MacFabe, because the criteria were conservative and the tests were a snapshot that may not have captured all the cases of abnormal levels.

"We're looking at trying to find early ways of screening, and more importantly, not just to screen but to identify early," said MacFabe.


Dr. Martha Herbert, Pediatric Neurologist at Harvard explains that autism is "not a life sentence" and that "The brain is not malformed, it is irritated, and diet is big." Appearing on Fox & Friends, Monday April 2, 2012.

Read Dr. Martha Herbert's new book, "The Autism Revolution"

See Dr. Herbert speak in Boston on April 15th, when she Keynotes at Nourishing Hope for Children: Food and Nutrition for Autism, with Julie Matthews, CNC. Details at

Learn more about Food and Nutrition for Autism at:

Dr O'Hara's practice integrates the care of children and adults with neurodevelopmental delays, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and other chronic illnesses, integrating their therapies, medications, and other interventions in a thorough and holistic fashion. Her practice treats gastrointestinal disorders, chronic or recurrent infections, food sensitivities, allergies, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, chronic strep/ PANDAS, autoimmune disorders, metabolic disorders, and malnutrition.

Ground specially selected and roasted sunflower seeds went into this new nutritiously packed spread that can function as a direct peanut butter replacement, allowing for a peanut Free and great tasting food for your family!


Sunflower Seed (85% Minimum), Sugar, Emulsifier (471), Salt and Antioxidant (306)

Dietary Highlights

  • Gluten Free, Peanut Free. Made on equipment that processes soybeans. Processed in a peanut free facility. Each batch is tested for trace amounts of peanut protein.
  • Product of USA
  • Kosher Parve

Where to Buy

You can buy this at Coles or Woolworths in the healh food section.

Price: $5.20 approx

Welcome to ZAC Browser - Zone for Autistic Children

You have found the best environment on the Internet for your autistic child.

Zac Browser ZAC is the first web browser developed specifically for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and PDD-NOS. We have made this browser for the children – for their enjoyment, enrichment, and freedom. Children touch it, use it, play it, interact with it, and experience independence through ZAC.

Zac BrowserZAC is the zone that will permit your child to interact directly with games (a LOT of games) and activities (focused on MANY interests) that cater specifically to kids who display the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, like impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests and repetitive behavior. ZAC has been an effective tool for kids with low, medium and high functioning autism.

Zac BrowserZAC focuses on the children and their interaction – But we also provide an excellent forum for parents, caretakers, teachers, and others to share their experiences, tools and resources and to unite as a caring, compassionate, and extremely knowledgeable community. It is said that “it takes a village to raise a child”, and that is exponentially true for raising a child with autistic spectrum disorders. The power of your experience yesterday is going to be instrumental in helping someone successfully tackle the circumstances of today.


In children and adults with sensory processing issues (sometimes called Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction), the brain has difficulty making sense of the sensory information and deciding what to focus on and what to filter out, and how to respond appropriately to the information. This response may be a motor action, such as adjusting your posture so you don’t fall down (clumsiness), or it may be a cognitive response, such as being able to concentrate on your spouse’s (or teacher’s) voice even though the kids are being noisy in the same room.  People with sensory processing issues have to expend a lot of extra energy and thought power making sense of their sensory world and trying to formulate appropriate responses. Therefore they struggle with poor attention, low frustration tolerance, moodiness, anxiety, and sometimes depression. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is an umbrella term that encompasses several different types of disorders resulting from poor sensory integration.

Parasites are something I hadn’t thought of before, certainly not in terms of affecting behaviour. Well nothing more than the general itchy bum prompting for the once a year treat the whole family with Combantrin. But there is more to the story, and for some it is a lot harder to get rid of in a once off dose. In many Autism Bio Medical Protocols, yeast is targeted, with great results (especially for our son), but when I started reading about the effects that parasites can have on a weak immune system, a lot of things started to fit together. I have never had much success with giving my son vitamins and certain minerals. He becomes very emotional and hyper on most supplements. Parasites feed on the things you put into your mouth, competing and growing stronger, so I'm glad that I have spent all that money feeding parasites! NOT

The UK Trailer for the upcoming series - Changing Lives.

Polly Tommey visits four different families affected by autism and uses her team of specialists to change their lives.

Dr. Shillington, tells us there are more enzymes in one papaya seed than in a whole store-bought enzyme capsule. The papaya seed also has all the nutrients necessary for almost instant assimilation.

Spread the seeds of an organic papaya (must be organic) on a wax paper covered plate or cookie sheet. Let them dry out for atleast a week. (If you have a food dehydrator it will take a few days). Then put them in a salt or pepper mill (or crush with a mortar pestle). Just grind them over your food as you would fresh pepper. In fact, papaya seeds are a bit spicy and taste similar to pepper, so they are an excellent substitute.

Fresh pineapple is another great source for enzymes. Buy one and eat it. Your body will thank you for days.

Enzymes in Food

Did you know your body is converting enzymes into other different enzymes all the time? By eating fresh, organic pineapple and organic papaya seeds, you’ll get all the enzymes you need, and your body will know how to convert these enzymes into the ones it needs most.


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