Sunday, December 20, 2009
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Posted by Julie Glass, N.D. at 10:39 PM
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I hope you and your children enjoyed Halloween, (if you celebrate it), and that this Holiday season finds you and your family in good health and spirits. If you are looking for an outing that the entire family can enjoy, consider Sensory Saturday at the Movies at the Canby Cinema8 movie theater. Saturday, November 21st will mark the first run of this event, where children are free to walk around, sounds are lowered, and lights are turned on low. See the flyer (above link) for more details!
On yet a different level, I found the following video in the Defeat Autism Now! archives, and was truly touched by Dr. Levinson's message. I believe that it is an important video for parents to watch. To view it, (about 40 minutes), click on the link below:
Tools and Strategies to Survive the Diagnosis, and Thrive Through the Recovery of an Affected Child
Thank you for your presence in my life. I wish you and your family Health, Happiness, and Harmony this Holiday season, and always.
Julie Glass, ND
Posted by Julie Glass, N.D. at 12:04 PM
Monday, October 5, 2009
Image by xaminmo via FlickrI have just returned from the National Vaccine Information Center's (NVIC's) 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination: "Show Us the Science & Give Us A Choice", in Reston, Virginia. Unquestionably, this conference was one of the most profound and poignant medical events that I have attended. The speakers were diverse and knowledgeable, and included Dr. Robert Sears, Andrew Wakefield, Amy Lansky, and Dr. Joe Mercola. 600 people attended the conference, interested in educating ourselves amidst the controversy over whether to vaccinate ourselves and/or our children. Currently, the swine flu (H1N1) vaccine is prevalent in the media and in our minds.
I feel so passionate about providing parents with facts about vaccines so that they may make informed choices for themselves and their children, that I am planning on writing about what I have learned. We are facing the disturbing news that the United States Department of Health and Human Services, including the Health Resources and Services Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that 1 in every 91 children are now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, as is reported in the November 2009 issue of Pediatrics. This rate has increased from a more recent number of 1 in every 150 children, to 1 in 10,000 children twenty years ago. Additionally, researchers from Stony Brook University published a research abstract for an epidemiological study suggesting that US male neonates vaccinated with the Hepatitis B vaccine had a three fold greater risk of autism spectrum disorders. More new research published in the October 2009 issue of Neurotoxicology has revealed substantial brain damage in infant primates who received the birth dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
The NVIC and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) are appealing to President Obama for the immediate suspension of the birth dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine, except in the rare cases where the biological mother tests positive for Hepatitis B. SafeMinds has called for a ban on thimerisol from Seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines in pregnant women and young children. A percentage of New York healthcare workers are challenging the mandatory flu and H1N1 vaccination policy that was passed in July, 2009.
We are facing change on personal and national levels, and change can feel fearful and confusing. But information and education lead to empowerment and the claiming of our strength. I believe that it is less important whether we choose none, one, or all vaccines; what matters the most is our ability to make educated, informed, and free choices.
More to come soon...
Julie Glass, ND
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Each year people of the Northwest face the challenge of using zucchinis that have secretly grown in our gardens into over-sized clubs. Do we stuff or saute them, bake zucchini bread, brownies, or ...what else? What if we tire of the same recipes? And what if we run out of friends and family willing to take at least one jumbo zucchini off of our hands?
I faced this exact issue when I walked into work one day and a giant zucchini from Dr. Cyndi's garden lay on my desk. Uh-oh, do I know how to make a GF/CF zucchini bread? (I became gluten-free 2 months ago. Why? Because my body demanded it. And I care about my health and well-being.) Would it taste good?
It was a Saturday and Dori White (ICWS's massage therapist) was having a pot luck. OK, zucchini, what will you become? I fired up the Internet and Googled GF/CF zucchini recipes. Infinite variations of zucchini breads and brownies. But I wanted something different...and there it was...a recipe for zucchini pie that was guaranteed to taste like apple pie. Could it be? I was intrigued. So I Googled a recipe for a GF/CF pie crust. After all, if the recipe failed, I could buy some GF/CF cookies along the way to the potluck!
The pie was devoured at the party, and no one could not believe the filling was zucchini! Even the kids loved it! The crust was flaky and, as one friend described, tasted like a "Snickerdoodle"! I've now made 4 of these pies, with similar results each time. I will share with you the recipe; feel free to vary the amounts of sweetener, etc. to your personal preference, and to suit your diet. And share the recipe with friends! Bon Appetit! (I did not take a picture of my pie - but it looked like the one to the right!)
Pie Crust (#5 - Gluten Free, from celiac.com)
1 1/4 cups gluten-free all purpose flour (I used Mama's Almond Blend from Lingonberries Market)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening (I used Earth Balance)
3 to 4 tablespoons cold water
Directions: Stir together flour and salt. Cut in shortening until pieces resemble small peas. Sprinkle water over part of the mixture and gently toss with a fork. Push to side of bowl. Repeat until all of flour mix is moistened. Form dough into bowl and on lightly floured surface flatten it with your hands. Transfer to pie plate and continue to flatten dough until it reaches the top of the sides of the plate. Yield: One pie crust. Double recipe to make zucchini pie.
Zucchini Pie (from cooks.com)
4 cups zucchini (peeled, seeds removed, sliced; use overgrown zucchinis)
Approx 2 tablespoons shortening (I used Earth Balance) to cook zucchini
3/4 cups sugar (the recipe calls for more, but I think this is enough. Increase or decrease amount to your preference.)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons flour (I used Mama's Almond Blend)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Directions: Cook zucchini in saucepan until translucent. Soak in iced water for 5 minutes, and drain. Sprinkle pie crust with a little flour and sugar to keep it from getting soggy. Combine zucchini with remaining ingredients, pour into crust, and cover with top crust. Brush top of crust with some of the excess liquid from the zucchini mixture. Bake at 400 degrees F for 40-50 minutes.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I would like to thank all of the hard working folks who created the amazing 2009 Oregon Disability MegaConference. I was honored to speak, and my presentation on autism was extremely well received! The MegaConference was filled with wonderful people - a diverse group of organizations, providers, and participants - all of whom have an interest in folks with different abilities. For instance, I met Robb Bokich, who creates Autism & Special Needs Furniture.
After becoming disabled at 16 years of age, Robb began creating furniture to provide him with the support that he needed. What started out as a small venture has turned into a successful business. Look for the new "hug chair" in my office! Also, visit Our Creative Minds for educational and fun toys for the child with different needs. Our Creative Minds contributes 100% of the profits from certain items to specific charities!
On a different note, please take a few moments and click on www.disabilityrightsoregon.org and fill out the 2009-2010 Disability Community Needs Survey. Your input will effect where valuable funds are allocated!
Lastly, kids love camps, and financial assistance is available! Investigate the scholarships at Adventures Without Limits,
and consider the Sensory Camp in Vancouver, Washington, through Vancouver Parks & Recreation. The contact for the Sensory Camp is Theresa Williamson, and her phone number is 360 487-7060. And don't forget to protect your kids with sunscreen! The Environmental Working Group has just published its list of recommendations.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Spring has arrived, and the chirping birds, warm sun, and budding greenery bring peace deep inside my heart. One of my favorite things to do is lie outside and allow my face and feet to decadently soak in ten minutes of sunshine; the sun's warmth renews my physical, emotional, and spiritual being. I am repeatedly amazed with how such a small effort of self-care brings such rich layers of peace to my core.
This renewal is especially welcome after participating in several wonderful events in April, Autism Awareness month. Together, we (caring people - yourself included!), raised thousands of dollars for autism education, legislation, support, and much more! Here are some pictures that reflect the fun:
Approximately 4,000 people attended the Walk-A-Thon at Oaks Park! We filled the 2,500 vehicle parking lot and caused a back-up of cars across the Sellwood Bridge!
The morning of the Walk-A-Thon volunteers unpacked and sorted thousands of tee shirts for the participants. Thank you, volunteers!
Anna Dvortcsak, Speech and Language Therapist (left) and Barbara Avila, M.S., RDI Therapist, plan and organize before the Walk begins.
After the Walk, many participants enjoy the rides at Oaks Park, with their discounted tickets!
For those of us who cannot tolerate all of that spinning around, a trolley ride is key!
At the Autism Ball - Stephanie Gorman (Socialkraft), Kim Kauffman (Northwest Autism Foundation), and myself (Dr. Julie) enjoy the festivities at the Melody Ballroom. Thank you to the organizers, participants, and volunteers of this event - together we are making a difference in the lives of families living with autism. And thank you to all of you who have received this e-mail and have touched my life - I am richer to know you.
Julie Glass, ND