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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 23, 2014

My Child’s Been Diagnosed with Autism — Now What?

By Lyn Redwood, R.N., M.S.N., SafeMinds Vice President & Co-Founder   Your child’s been diagnosed with autism. Your voice is hoarse from talking to doctors, your parents, your friends. You’re feeling a thousand conflicting emotions about this autism diagnosis: confusion, anger, sadness, shame, guilt, worry, fear, relief, fight. I’ve been right where you are. It’s […]

October 16, 2014

How to Buy a Healthy Couch

By Jackie Lombardo, SafeMinds board member Flame retardants. Sound like a great concept, eh? Only, there seems to be problem… When renowned scientist Arlene Blum’s cat Midnight was diagnosed with thyroid disease in 2007, she was eager to find out the cause. A mountaineer and motivational speaker, Blum also had a doctorate in biophysical chemistry […]

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 […]

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