by Laura Villanti on May 10th, 2013

Ever wondered when the first cases of autism were noted here in the US? Ever wondered who they were and whether there was anything about their lifestyle or their parents lifestyle/environment that made them susceptible to autism?

This article is an amazing story of the first 11 diagnosed cases of autism in the US and in particular, details about the life of Vivian Murdock - "Virgina S". Vivian is the first born child of the Age of Autism.

This is a great documentation of history - data brought together from multiple sources covering multiple generations and from multiple types of media (an online copy of 1940's census, a psychiatry journal from 70 years ago, and much more).

Click here to read  this amazing story!

by Laura Villanti on April 29th, 2013

Here is a great recipe for an easy, delicious and nutritious coconut flour pancake.   I added a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to them.   Click here for the recipe.

by Laura Villanti on April 14th, 2013

a delicious dessert - can use cherries or berries

We enjoyed this delicious cake/dessert at our recent GAPS Graduation Celebration.  It was enjoyed by all.  So simple to make.  It could even be a breakfast accompaniment, when using a lot of berries in it.
The recipe that I used is based on this recipe.

Cherry Clafouti- 6 generous servings

About 2 cup of cherries, pitted and cut in half (pit first, then measure)
(I used 2 cups of a mix of elderberries, blackberries and blueberries)
3 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder (skip this for GAPS)
3 eggs
1/2-3/4 teaspoon almond extract ( I used vanilla extract with the mixed berries)
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 extra virgin coconut oil  

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

1-Grease a nine inch pie pan. Place the pitted cherries in it and spread over the bottom of the pan.
2-Mix together the coconut flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
3-In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk briskly into the dry ingredients until there are no lumps left.
4-Gently melt the honey and coconut oil together over the stovetop. Make sure to remove it just when everything is melted. If it’s too hot, you could curdle your eggs (let it cool if you let it get to hot). In a slow stream, add to the bowl of whisked ingredients, whisking while you add it.
5-Pour the batter over the cherries and place in the oven. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until browned on top and a toothpick stuck in the middle of the dessert comes out clean. Cool for 10-20 minutes, and eat while hot.
Double batch fits well in a 13 x 9 x 2 glass pan

by Laura Villanti on February 4th, 2013

The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints

That week we saw our pediatrician, who referred us to an orthopedist. When no injury showed up on the X-ray, the doctor said that arthritis was most likely the issue. Arthritis in a 3-year-old? It sounded more odd than alarming at first, but over the next few weeks, we watched Shepherd spend more and more time on the couch. His stiff-legged walk became more pronounced, though he claimed that he was just walking like a penguin. Then he started having trouble getting out of bed.
....  Walker said she believed that her son’s arthritis was caused by something I had never heard of before — leaky-gut syndrome, a concept that has been accepted in alternative circles for years despite a name that asks you not to take it seriously. The idea is that inflammation in the gut causes the tight junctions between the cells that make up the intestinal lining to loosen. Then, like a lax bouncer, the barrier starts letting through undesirables, various proteins or bacteria that would normally be rebuffed; they then leak into surrounding tissues. The uninvited guests, the hypothesis goes, then trigger an offensive by the body, which uses inflammation to try to get rid of them. That sustained inflammatory response characterizes autoimmune disease.
Click here for full article.

by Laura Villanti on January 30th, 2013

Is Farm Raised Salmon a good choice?

Click here to understand what goes in to farm raised salmon.