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‘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 […]

August 20, 2014

We’re THAT Family: The Importance of Celebrations and Routines for Kids with Autism

By Maria Dwyer, SafeMinds Board Member “NO THANK YOU!” Colin, six years old, screamed over and over as if he were being stung by a thousand yellow jackets. We were 33 seconds into a 16-hour drive on I-95 from New York to Florida. No one had any idea why Colin was so upset. It took […]

August 07, 2014

The Tooth, the Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth

By Eric Uram, SafeMinds Executive Director In my 50 plus years on this planet, I’ve been to the dentist about 100 times. Routine stuff mostly; I’ve never had the same degree of problems our first president did (George Washington had notoriously bad teeth). All the pearly whites you see in my mouth are mine. Those […]
July 30, 2014

This Mom Turned 45—But You Won’t Believe How She Celebrated Her Birthday.

By Elizabeth Kilpatrick My friend Jennifer was feeling depressed about her birthday. It was very hot in the small town on the West Coast where she lived, it felt like her kids had been bickering non-stop all summer, and her mom’s sudden death two years before on the 22nd, just five days before her birthday, […]

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