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August 19, 2011

The 'heart attack proof' diet?

Or should we say the Bill Clinton diet?

I'm a vegetarian who eats very little dairy, mostly egg whites and a bit of lean turkey on occasion for extra protein. That's going to have to be good enough.

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The 'heart attack proof' diet?


(CNN) -- Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. didn't become a doctor to change the way America eats. He was a general surgeon.

Follow his dietary prescription, the 77-year-old Esselstyn says, and you will be "heart attack proof" -- regardless of your family history.

The Esselstyn diet is tough for most Americans to swallow: no meat, no eggs, no dairy, no added oils.

Other key factors include physical activity, cholesterol, blood pressure and weight, she says. The meat, dairy and egg industries defend the benefits of their protein-rich foods, all of which remain on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate dietary guidelines for healthy eating.


August 17, 2011

Quaker school for special needs students

I wish there were more of these schools and more funding for them, since most schools that offer such therapies are expensive private schools.

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South Jersey school has a unique mission

Scott VanZandt, 15, of Woodbury Heights works on a solid fuel model rocket during class at Orchard Friends School.
Scott VanZandt, 15, of Woodbury Heights works on a solid fuel model rocket during class at Orchard Friends School. / JOHN ZIOMEK/Courier-Post

Orchard Friends operates as a Quaker school that adheres to Friends values while offering nonsectarian services to a niche group of special-needs students with sensory problems.

Spearheaded by two mothers whose children had attended Moorestown Friends School, Orchard Friends opened in 1999 in Moorestown Community House and moved to its current location in 2007. Its students have language-based learning differences -- the school emphasizes that terminology rather than "disabilities" -- ranging from dyslexia and attention deficit disorder to Asperger's syndrome and other high-functioning forms of autism.

Academics and speech and occupational therapy are on the syllabus for students, who are grouped by ability for language arts, reading and math, and by grade level for science, social studies and physical education. The emphasis is on creative, hands-on, multisensory learning experiences that don't end with the school day.


Autistic students find greater success in college

It would be nice if we could find more grants and scholarships for those with #ASD; so says a mom with and HF ASD 10th grader.

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With support, autistic students find greater success in college

There are different levels of functionality for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, a range of developmental disorders which includes Aspergers Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. For many with ASD, socializing doesn't come easy, because of sensory hypersensitivity and the failure to pick up on social cues.

Steven Moody, a junior and psychology major at Utah Valley University, has been diagnosed with high-functioning Aspergers. Moody worries about parking, class assignments and making deadlines, like every other student, but he also has other stresses others don't.

Moody had to learn through trial and error the right amount of eye contact to make during conversations and even the appropriate number of questions to ask.

The social struggles also make it difficult for Moody and others with ASD to approach an instructor about their special needs. Approaching an instructor can be intimidating, and Moody is often hesitant.


August 16, 2011

5 Healthy Back to School Lunches for Under $25

I'm all for healthy lunches but this still works out to $5 per day for lunch and of course most of these foods are not #GFCF so they do no good for a child with food allergies.

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5 Healthy Back to School Lunches for Under $25

Shopping List

Whole Wheat Bread Loaf: $3.00

Whole Wheat Tortillas: $1.89

Turkey: $2.00/ .25 lb

Tuna: $.99/can

Low-Fat American Cheese: $1.00/2oz

Hummus $2.50/8oz

Reduced-Fat peanut butter: $2.50/16oz

Salsa: $2.50

Low-Fat Mayonnaise: $.75/4oz

Lettuce: $.99/1 head

Tomato $1/1 tomato

Apple: $2.49/4 apples

Carrots: $.99/1lb

Whole Grain Goldfish: $2.39/ 11oz box

Make Your Own Snacks 

Portion controlled products have exploded on the market and while they may be helpful to minimize overindulging, you don’t need to pay for the packaging. Buy your own snacks and pre-pack appropriate portion sizes in re-sealable plastic bags.

Buy Generic 

Generic brands can save you a lot! Typically, generic brands are labeled as the store brand. Whether it’s canned, bagged or frozen, the product usually contains the same exact nutritional value as the name brand.

Don’t Buy Precut Fruits and Vegetables 

If you do, you are paying for the added costs of labor for cutting and the container they come in.


August 15, 2011

Evidence shows autism raises risk for later siblings

We know it's genetic, so how about providing services instead of talking about watching later sibs for the risk of ASD.

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More evidence shows autism raises risk for later siblings

It's already known that children with older siblings who have autism spectrum disorder or ASD, have a higher risk of developing the condition themselves,  and a new study in Pediatrics finds that risk is even higher than previously expected.

In the study, the largest of its kind, according to Ozonoff, researchers monitored 664 infants, registered with the Baby Siblings Research Consortium who either had an older biological brother or sister with ASD. They followed the little ones from infancy to 36 months. Previous studies estimated that the ASD recurrence risk in younger siblings was between 3% and 10%. But this study found that the overall risk was much higher, at 18.7% and even higher in families with more than one affected sibling – about 32.2%.

"This does not mean that every family who has a child with ASD will have a second child with ASD. It's just their risks are higher," noted Ozonoff. "And keep in mind we found that 80 percent of children with older siblings who had ASD never developed any signs of autism. It's just an indicator that parents and physicians need to be aware of."

Male babies experienced nearly three times the risk over female infants, 26% versus 9%. Age of parent, gender of the older sibling or birth orders were not predictors of the condition, meaning if the first child in the family does not have ASD, and the second child does, the risk percentages are still the same for the next child.