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March 19, 2015

What’s Good for the Gut is Good for the Brain: A New Perspective on Autism

A global scientific conference on gut microbiota took place this week in Spain. Presenter Elaine Hsiao explained that autism is often marked by GI disturbance and in an animal model of autism, symptoms can be reversed with microbiome rebalancing.  What’s good for the gut is good for the brain: A new perspective on autism Read more here.

December 17, 2014

It’s Not Someone Else’s Problem

It’s not someone else’s problem. It’s not: Oh, look at that mom over there whose child is shrieking and kicking her in the face. Poor lady. He must have autism. Or: Too bad for those parents whose daughter has a list of life-threatening allergies that’s two pages long. You know the little girl I’m talking […]

Could paint used to cover a moldy wall cause serious breathing problems?
November 20, 2014

Could scented hand lotion make several middle school children nauseous?

By Lynda Knobeloch, Ph.D., SafeMinds Guest Blogger I used to enjoy shopping. I rarely read labels and bought the tried and true brands I had grown up with along with a few newly formulated products. As a young mom, I trusted that the foods, household cleaners, furnishings and personal care products I purchased were safe […]

‘Germs’ Make You Well: The abuse of antibiotics, the benefits of bacteria, and what you need to know to protect your child’s microbiome
November 06, 2014

‘Germs’ Make You Well: The abuse of antibiotics, the benefits of bacteria, and what you need to know to protect your child’s microbiome

By Eric Uram, Executive Director, SafeMinds If, like me, you grew up learning “germs make you sick,” you probably think bacteria are the bad guys. It’s bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes), after all, that cause strep throat. And bacteria (E. coli) that cause urinary tract infections. And bacteria (Salmonella) that cause food poisoning. So, bacteria, of course, […]

October 02, 2014

13 Ways to Fix Your Life

By Alison MacNeil, guest blogger and co-author, Thinking Moms Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum That got your attention, didn’t it? We all want to find the keys to the happiness kingdom. The daily slog is freaking hard, our lives are being held together by dental floss, and we parents with children on the autism spectrum, […]

September 30, 2014

What Parents Should Understand About the Autism CARES Act

By Katie Weisman, Chair of the SafeMinds Government Affairs Committee September 30th. Today was the day by which I really hoped to pass some meaningful legislation for my boys and all their friends with autism. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Back in early spring, I dusted off my advocacy boots and got involved setting up the […]

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