WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sara is 20!




20 years ago, at 11:53 AM I gave birth almost 11 weeks preterm to a 3 pound miracle!

I will never forget hearing her tiny little cry that sounded far more like a kitten then a baby. The panic I felt when with 24 hours she dropped to 2pds 9 ounces.


The NICU- I wasn't sure if it was miracle that such a place existed or my worst nightmare. The tubes, the jaundice, feeling like a visitor instead of mother. The jealous feelings to see the nurses touch and care for her, when I felt so not a Mother. She was mine! The joy when with wires and tubes and all I held her.. when she took an ounce by bottle, the fact that I could pump more breast milk then best jersey cow... the day Derek and I finally took her home.

I think the moment that I really realized that she was MINE and I was a Mom was when Derek and I huddled in our tiny apartment bathroom to give her the first bath.. we wanted to make sure we kept her warm. I was certain there was no way I could safely bath such a tiny baby and Derek was pleased to be recruited. We had that moment together looking at her when we became aware of true joy as she grinned at us.. the look of wonder on her tiny baby face as she felt real water vs the NICU sponge bath.. The Oops moment when we finally realized they had not cut off her ankle bracelet ID and in the 4 days we had her home it has become so tight! We nearly panicked and took her back to the hospital to have them take it off, because we were terrified of hurting her..

I will never forget the fierce pride and joy when after a few months her Dr. told us she was too chubby! That we had done so well with the feedings every 2-3 hours that we could go to just letting her tell us when she was hungry.

No one was allowed to hold her without my watchful eye- even then to see anyone touch her awoke such a jealous and maternal feeling in me that it took everything I had to control myself and not go rip her from the arms of those who wanted to love her too..

Sara was full of joy. Always happy to gurgle, to be read to, if she woke in the middle of the night it was with joy and not tears. The amazing patience and focus she had as we read to her- it did not matter what we read be it a tv guide or magazine she loved it! When 3 days after first birthday she took her first steps.. When before she was even crawling she was talking. "Pretty Sara" was the first words before six months! At the time we were clueless- thought she was quirky for talking complete sentences before she could move herself! LOL

The layers of pink, lace, ruffles and fluff..

When asthma struck and you spent weeks in the hospital each winter. You would be so patient! You never cried, you listened and trusted us when we told you to be still.. to pretend you were snow white in your pretty silky nighties and you would! NEVER has there been such a smart, trusting toddler- at least I have never met one that was even close to you! Everyday, you would do something that shocked others and simply made me fill up and overflow with pride.

Sara beat the odds. Not only did she thrive as a preemie, but Derek and I were poor, young and uneducated. We went on to get educations- Derek joined and excelled in the Nuclear Navy. Sara started reading by age 2. She grabbed the world and entered it fearlessly.

At 18 she graduated with her BA in Anthropology. She lives her life refusing to be catty. She embraces her joy of learning and has suffered for it, but continues to be gentle with those who do not understand or respect academic hunger. She loves us and loves her sister fiercely. When I apologize for making a parenting mistake, she always accepts my apology, with sincerity. She is the very best of Derek and I. When I look at her, I still feel that greedy selfish need to keep her all to myself.

Happy Birthday Sara! I know you have made me a better person, I am so proud of you! Anyone that gets a chance to know you, for even a moment should feel as lucky as I do!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Coconut Milk Caramel and Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk




Over the last couple months my entertainment has been trying to figure out how to not just feed Abby a well balanced highly nutrition and easily digestible diet, but you cannot help but want a few of those comfort food items too!

I have been incredibly impressed with Abby's willingness to try just about anything I make that is free of allergens- and some of the food has been questionable! We have started scouting seasonings that are allergy safe(not easy!)so hopefully that will help with the cooking :-)


Yesterday, someone asked about a corn-free carmel and I remembered tucking a carmel recipe that was made out of coconut milk away. After I shared it with him, I decided since I had a few minutes I would give it a try!


Vegan Coconut Milk Caramel Sauce
-1 14 ounce can coconut milk - regular or lite will work
-1/2 c. brown sugar(watch for "carmel" coloring or "flavoring" when buying brown sugar, those are corn based)
-1/4 c. white sugar(we have done well with Imperial sugar)
-pinch of salt to taste(we only use pink Himalayan now)
-1/2 t. vanilla extract(check for allergy safety on all extracts)

In a sauce pan, stir coconut milk, sugars, and salt over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Raise heat to medium high and boil sauce, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens - about twenty minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool for a minute or two, and add vanilla. If sauce has an undesirable gel-like or lumpy consistency, process in a food processor, or beat with electric beaters until smooth and creamy! Refrigerate for up to one month.


So tastes amazing! When it was hot it looked pretty yummy, though I probably should have cooked it longer. However, once chilled in the fridge it developed that gel(hubby says snot)like texture... so next time, I think I will cook longer, cool on counter, beat it well with electric mixer and then stick in the fridge- hoping that will eliminate some of the odd consistency. IT really is delicious though!

My favorite thing I have made as far as sweet goes, is coconut sweetened condensed milk. Same idea as the carmel, just easier ! The flavor and texture I think is far higher quality then dairy sweetened condensed milk and using it as a base allows for a lot of allergy free dessert making!

Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
The original recipe for dairy-free sweetened condensed milk can be found here.

2 14oz. cans coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar

Simmer the coconut milk in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan. Fold in the sugar and stir until dissolved. Reduce the volume by half (this will take about an hour).

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Some more New Vocab..






So not "Mito" or "Mast" today, but as we have traveled down the road of going back to square one and trying figure out the very best fuel for Abby's sensitive body, I have learned a ton! I need to thank all you Mom's out there! You tirelessly teach other Moms, you share and post- it takes away my fears of not knowing what I am doing! Also, I know how much energy it takes- sharing is joyful and time consuming- A big Thank You!

MTHFR- a gene mutation that is gaining research focus very quickly. For many families in the Mito world, no gene mutation has been found, some have done their own research and are finding the MTHFR mutation. It seems daily that the list of diseases associated with this Mutation are endless. Your Ob/Gyn even knows about it, and if you miscarry will likely offer to test you for it.. but despite growing interest that is about all that has trickled down from research. Want to learn more? MTHFR.net

TYRAMINE-[tī′rəmēn]
Etymology: Gk, tyros, cheese, amine, ammonia
an amino acid synthesized in the body from the essential amino acid tyrosine. Tyramine stimulates the release of the catecholamines epinephrine and norepinephrine. People taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors should avoid the ingestion of foods and beverages containing tyramine, particularly aged cheeses and meats, bananas, yeast-containing products, and certain alcoholic beverages, such as red wines. See also amine, catecholamine, epINEPHrine, norepinephrine, sympathomimetic, vasoconstriction.
Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009, Elsevier. No idea if this is a potential issue for Abby, but interesting enough, many of the foods listed high in Tyramine are also on the high histamine or trigger histamine lists.

MCT oil- This one I was thrilled to learn about! It is one of the elements in a supplemental amino acid based formula. Since Abby clearly tolerated none of the ones we tried, we are fretting what would we do if she were to shutdown again. A couple of Mom's are working on putting together a "real" allergy safe formula unlike the commercial brands. MCT oil is available free of corn! Yippeee!
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are medium-chain (6 to 12 carbons) fatty acid esters of glycerol.
MCTs passively diffuse from the GI tract to the portal system (longer fatty acids are absorbed into the lymphatic system) without requirement for modification like long-chain fatty acids or very-long-chain fatty acids. In addition, MCTs do not require bile salts for digestion. Patients that have malnutrition or malabsorption syndromes are treated with MCTs because they do not require energy for absorption, utilization, or storage. Coconut oil is composed of approximately 66% medium-chain triglycerides. Other rich sources of MCTs include palm kernel oil and camphor tree drupes. The fatty acids found in MCTs are called medium-chain fatty acids. The names of the medium-chain fatty acids (and the corresponding number of carbons) found in MCTs are caproic acid (C6), caprylic acid (C8), capric acid (C10) and lauric acid (C12). Like all triglycerides (fats and oils), MCTs are composed of a glycerol backbone and three fatty acids, hence the name triglyceride; in the case of MCTs, 2 or 3 of the fatty acid chains attached to glycerol are medium chain in length. The approximate ratios of these fatty acids in commercial MCT products derived from coconut oil are 2(C6):55(C8):42(C10):1(C12) (Via WikiPedia)

Glutamic acid/Glutamate-
How do truly natural glutamic acid and manufactured glutamic acid (MSG) differ?

Glutamic acid is an amino acid found in abundance in both plant and animal protein. In humans it is a non-essential amino acid, i.e., the body is capable of producing its own glutamic acid, and is not dependent upon getting glutamic acid from ingested food.

Glutamate is glutamic acid to which a mineral ion has been attached. (Researchers call this mineral ion a “salt”.) If the mineral ion is sodium, the glutamic acid becomes sodium glutamate. If the mineral ion is potassium, the glutamic acid becomes potassium glutamate.

In addition to its role as a building block of protein, glutamic acid serves as a neurotransmitter vital to the transmission of nerve impulses in many parts of the central nervous system. Under certain circumstances, glutamic acid becomes a neurotoxin, causing neuron degeneration and cell death which may be followed by neuroendocrine disorders.

When protein is digested, the glutamic acid in that protein is released for use in the body. If there is need, additional glutamic acid can be synthesized from other amino acids contained in ingested protein. If an individual never ingested protein with glutamic acid in it, that individual could synthesize all the glutamic acid needed for body function from other amino acids. The human brain is also capable of synthesizing glutamic acid according to its metabolic needs, from endogenous materials. Glutamic acid is referred to as a non-essential amino acid because a healthy human can manufacture/synthesize all the glutamic acid needed for normal body function from other amino acids.

What is MSG? (LINK)

MSG is glutamic acid that has been produced outside of the human (or animal) body. But when glutamic acid is produced or created in this way (outside of the human body), it differs significantly from the glutamic acid found in unadulterated, unprocessed, unfermented protein or released from unadulterated, unprocessed, unfermented protein during digestion. Glutamic acid found normally in the human body (and in all higher organisms) is glutamic acid in the L form, i.e., L-glutamic acid. Glutamic acid that is produced outside of the human body is made up of L-glutamic acid and an array of unwanted by-products often referred to as impurities. L-glutamic acid produced outside of the human body is always accompanied by impurities such as D-glutamic acid and pyroglutamic acid; and when L-glutamic acid is produced by way of acid hydrolysis, carcinogenic mono and dichloro propanols inevitably accompany it.

All manufactured free amino acids are accompanied by impurities. The fact that glutamate produced outside of the human body is categorized as food grade or pharmaceutical grade (99% pure) attests to the fact that impurities always accompany amino acids produced outside the body.

MSG fed to the very young has been shown to cause brain damage and subsequent learning, behavior, and endocrine disorders such as reproductive disorders and gross obesity. Ingestion of MSG by people of all ages will cause adverse reactions when people ingest amounts that exceed their individual tolerance levels. Eating protein (which will contain bound glutamic acid that is L-glutamic acid, only) does not cause either brain damage or adverse reactions.

I have to admit, it has been far more enjoyable to learn about "food" then about Mito or Mast- the science is more "digestible" LOL I could not resist that one, cut me some slack it isn't even 6am yet!

There are a few others, but since I cut and copied so much information, think I will stop and save the rest for another day.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Learning the truth about CPS

The evolution of CPS from an organization that helped families, to one now of removing children and profit has happened gradually over the past 20 years. Daily we now hear horror stories of how CPS can act outside the law, parents no longer have an rights, and weekly stories of parents losing their children and hiding in fear.

I apologize for two posts on my side interest in less then a week, but this article was just too informative to hold on to and wait to post. Our American families are being destroyed not for the benefit of a child or family, but by an organization that is no longer focused on the best interest of a child. An organization that has created a toxic environment that if a family doesn't fit into the tidy box society merits as ideal currently(very liberal within the social services circles)they are abusive- it is so far fetched that it is almost as mind boggling as the Psychiatric associates deeming shyness and distrust of government as serious mental diseases. (LINK to the ARTICLE HERE)

This article was dated 2003? And near the end they talk about a new federal law protecting children from drugging- clearly either that did not pass, or was not strict enough.


On Psychiarty and Child Protective Services in the United States By Dr. Fred Baughman
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On Psychiatry and Child Protective Services in the United States:
Child Abuse is Child Protection is Mental Health Treatment is Drugging Children

Fred Baughman, Jr., MD
John Breeding, PhD
2003

The mission of the US Dept of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, has always been some notion of protecting our nation’s children from abuse and neglect. The federal state, as parens patriae, has gradually come to embrace, through evolution of our moral code and attendant law concerning the rights of children, its duty to assure these children’s rights. Each of these United States has an agency anointed to fulfill this mission, commonly known as Child Protective Services (CPS).

At one point during a meeting of “interested parties” to discuss a CPS reform bill this year in the Texas legislature, the CPS legal counsel clarified for someone who thought that it might help to have a police officer act in concert with a CPS worker in certain situations, “CPS IS THE LAW.” Child Protective Services acts with the authority of law. So just as with the importance of oversight and monitoring to ensure that needed police services do not go over that slippery slope into experiences of violation of civil liberties or police brutality, so is oversight and monitoring of Child Protective Services necessary.

Many think that state Child Protective Services have evolved into rogue agencies. This article will briefly mention the general practices of overzealous intervention, which have resulted in this charge being levelled at CPS. The main purpose of this essay, however, is to discuss a very specific concern. We believe that CPS agencies are doing consistent grievous harm to children and families, beyond the general dynamics of overzealous interention. We believe that many thousands of families are being threatened, coerced and broken, not only for possible physical and sexual abuse, but for reasons having to do with the enforcement of the pseudoscientific beliefs and attendant tragic and dangerous practices of our nation’s mental health system. The power of the state is enforcing the false beliefs and dictates of biological psychiatry, pressuring, coercing and breaking up the families of parents who reject the psychiatric diagnoses and psychotropic drugs for their children. Furthermore, the state, through CPS and foster care, is wreaking havoc on the children who it is supposed to be removing from harm’s way and making safe by systematically placing them on toxic, dangerous, addictive drugs. We will provide general background and specific examples to illustrate our assertion. First, however, a very brief history of Child Protective Services.

History
The history of foster care as child protection is quite recent, expanding into its modern core component as a result of a law passed by Congress in 1961. As the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) points out in a Child Welfare Timeline on their website (www.nccpr.org), this law allowed AFDC payments to follow a child into foster care. As such payments were previously made only to children in their own homes, this made foster care much cheaper for states and localities. This shift in funding facilitated a rapid growth in foster care. Another effect, perhaps unintended, was to undermine any emphasis on family preservation and restoration. By the late 1970s the number of children in foster care had reached 503,000. In 1980, Congress passed one of the last initiatives of the Carter Administration, the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980. The law worked so well that within a few years, this first federal effort to deal with foster care by encouraging permanence—including, but not restricted to keeping families together—cut the foster care population by more than half to 243,000.

As the NCCPR timeline clearly reveals, this tension between placing children out of the home and preserving and restoring the family has proven to be the decisive struggle in Child Protection. As a result of decisions made during the Presidencies of Reagan and the senior Bush, undermining of support for family preservation and strengthening of incentives for foster care placement effectively reversed the trend just described. The result is that as of September 2001, we have an estimated 542,000 children in foster care. The rate has continued to grow despite a decrease in statistics reporting incidence of crime and child abuse. NCCPR position paper # 5, “Who Is In The System—And Why,” reports 2001 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data that, “Out of every 100 children investigated as possible victims of abuse, six are ‘substantiated’ victims of all forms of physical abuse, from the most minor to the most severe, about three more are victims of sexual abuse. Many of the rest are false allegations or cases in which a family’s poverty has been confused with neglect.”

The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act was not repealed, but its intent has been destroyed. CPS still offers rhetoric emphasizing family restoration as central to its mission, but practice across the country shows that it is very clearly not a priority—so much so that there is now a growing public outcry and outrage. Victims and critics report that the CPS structure is set up as preemptive, adversarial and denying of even minimal protections and safeguards for families. They say that CPS agencies do little if anything to support the possibility and reality of family preservation and restoration. A host of activist groups are challenging CPS. Perhaps the clearest and most thorough work detailing the structural and practical problems of CPS is being done by the National Coalition of Child Protection Reform, led by Attorney Richard Wexler (www.nccpr.org).

Consider that the CPS agencies in four of our nation’s largest population states are being investigated as evidence of this crisis in Child Protection.

FLORIDA

Richard Wexler reports Florida Department of Child and Family Services data that there were only 8,467 foster children at the end of Fiscal Year 1998, rising to 10,431 a year later. By January 2000, the figure already had risen to 13,862. The 2001 figure is between 15,000 and 18,000. Over 3 years, the increase is between 75 percent and 112 percent. NCCPR attributes this dramatic increase to a phenomenon dubbed “Child Abuse Panic,’ whereby whenever a child is killed who CPS was aware of but not able to intervene, there results a panicked, zealous going after children. The resultant situation in Florida has been horrendous. (http://www.nccpr.org/reports/lengtheningshadow.htm). The system is overwhelmed, and children in foster care are being hurt and neglected in many ways. The state is reeling as more and more of the abuses are being revealed. Here are just a few of the results described in the NCCPR report on Florida:

■Caseworkers wound up carrying up to eight times the recommended caseloads. One foster care counselor had 135 cases.
■Foster parents took in as many as ten children at a time. Ivor Groves, the nationally-recognized child welfare expert, said in a sworn affidavit that the Broward system “is dangerously out of control…These are the worst conditions I am aware of in a child welfare system…”
And what is happening to these children?

■A three-year-old girl, left alone in a crowded foster home, was beaten so badly she suffered a concussion. Her attacker was a 14-year-old boy with a history of violence.
■In another foster home, the same child’s older brother, age seven, was molested.
■An 11-year-old was lured away from her foster home by another foster child, then gang-raped by three men.
■An eight-year-old was sexually abused in his ninth foster home placement, an overcrowded home with at least 11 children who ranged in age from 14 months to 14 years old. He had been moved after the previous foster mother allegedly told her own children to hit the boy with coat hangers on his legs and buttocks – so the marks wouldn’t show.
CALIFORNIA

Wendy McElroy of Fox News (Tuesday, October 14, 2003) reports that “The California child welfare system is such a disaster that even the state’s Department of Social Services admits families are aggressively torn apart and children unnecessarily placed in foster care.” The agency director, Rita Saenz, is quoted in a Sept. 25 press release as saying that, “The original vision for supporting and healing families through the child welfare system has deteriorated into an adversarial and coercive approach.” McElroy reports: “The result is that in L.A. County alone, more than 160,000 children ‘came into contact’ with Child Welfare in 2002; 30,000 are in foster homes—only one form of foster care. David Sanders, head of the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, reports that as many as half of those foster children could have stayed at home with ‘appropriate services’ rather than removal. Thus, an L.A. Daily News headline declared that children are being ‘rushed into foster care,’ where many remain.” Due to legal intervention, led in part by lawyers from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (http://www.bazelon.org/newsroom/3-17-03katiea.htm), an attempt at sweeping reforms is underway.

TEXAS

In the Spring of 2003, one of us witnessed a legislative hearing in Texas, during consideration of a major reform bill for CPS. Though the bill did not pass, many parents told stories of abuse and coercion; the hearing was a scathing indictment that CPS was out of control in a way very similar to the manner in which Rita Saenz described her California agency above. On the financial side, consider the October 19, 2003, report by Doug Swanson in the Dallas Morning News. He revealed the most recent foster care scandal, regarding a group called Daystar, which appears to be amassing huge profits while providing very inadequate care for children. The state Department of Protective and Regulatory Services oversight and monitoring of this foster care situation reveals a very problematic pattern. State Representative Suzanna Gratia Hupp is quoted in the article, as saying simply “There’s no accountability.” What is very clear is that the money flows are huge: Daystar received 3.5 million dollars from the state of Texas last year, and 3.9 million from California. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Carole Strayhorn, is now conducting a Review of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. This should be a very interesting investigation. As Swanson reported, the state of Texas pays treatment centers as much as $101,105 a year per child.

This last piece of data is the key to understanding the shift toward placing ever more children in foster care, and less and less emphasis on family preservation and restoration. Observers of this trend attribute it to the fact that a county will only continue to receive funding for the period it keeps the child in its care. In various states, there is a “perverse financial incentive” to place and retain children in foster care rather than leave them in the home. Incentives are set up for maximum intervention. NCCPR issue paper # 5 informs us that, “The National Commission on Children found that children often are removed from their families ‘prematurely or unnecessarily’ because federal aid formulas give states ‘a strong financial incentive’ to do so rather than provide services to keep families together.”

Child Protective Services and Psychiatry

There is one more very significant piece to this ugly puzzle of child protection turned family destruction and state havoc and unaccountability. It is not limited to the domain of child protection, but it certainly saturates that field. By definition, children taken under state care are having a hard time, or will be as soon as they are separated from family. In the United States today, young people in trouble are mostly characterized in one simple way. They are considered to be “mentally ill”—emotionally disturbed, suffering from some sort of psychiatric disorder like ADHD or conduct disorder, or depression, or bipolar disorder, or any of a host of other diagnoses. And since our mental health system of institutionalized psychiatry believes that mental illness is biologically or genetically based, the solution of using powerful psychotropic drugs to “treat” these mental illnesses is called the practice of medicine.

We are observing that a very high percentage of children in foster care are placed on psychiatric drugs. It is hard to get the precise data because it has not been routinely collected, but here is a glimpse from two of our more populous states.

FLORIDA

The Miami Herald (Carol Miller, 9-17-02) reports that the Florida Statewide Advocacy Council (an arm of the Department of Children and Families) conducted a two-year investigation of 1,180 foster children. The Council’s report found that more than 50% of the children—including 17 preschoolers—were on psychiatric drugs that had not been approved by the FDA as safe for children. Incredibly, 44% of these mostly Medicaid children had not been seen by a doctor, and 59 children had no diagnosis, while another 143 children had a diagnosis described as “other.”

NEW YORK

New York is one more state whose child protective services are in disarray and controversy. Their agency, called Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) has recently undergone a state audit. Doug Montero (New York Post, 4-22-01) reports that ACS (apparently like all states) doesn’t know how many of its children are on psychiatric drugs. Nevertheless, also like other states, complaints arise on a regular basis. Montero writes that a state audit of 401 randomly selected children found that more than half were being treated for “mental problems.” In today’s mental health climate, that almost always means drugs. Again, according to Montero, advocates say that the rate of psychiatric drug treatment for foster children is closer to 90%.

Where data is reported, we get rates of over 50% of children in foster care on psychiatric drugs. Many think the actual incidence is considerably higher than 50%. Considering that a pretty good estimate of the incidence of psychiatric drug use in the overall school age population in the United States is about 8,000,000 children, which is approximately 15% of our children, these rates are not so surprising (Breeding, 2000). The numbers are shocking, nevertheless, especially when one confronts the indisputable truth that there is no scientific evidence that allows for an objective test of a specific physical or chemical abnormality for any of these alleged psychiatric illnesses. As one example of the truth of this assertion, the NIH Consensus Conference Report (November 18, 1998) on the most popular of child psychiatric diagnoses concluded that, “…we do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there are no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction.” Incredibly, the involvement of psychiatry and foster care goes beyond the ubiquitous presence of psychiatric labels and drugs for our children. To truly understand the depth of the entanglement, it is necessary to address the concept of custody relinquishment.

Custody Relinquishment

Custody Relinquishment refers to the situation whereby a parent “voluntarily” relinquishes or turns over the custody of a child to the state. One would think that a parent’s decision to voluntarily give up a child would be extremely rare, occurring only under severe hardship and duress. According to a report in Clinical Psychiatry News (May 2000), however, it is actually quite common, supposedly because gaining access to mental health care for children is so difficult that parents give up custody to ensure care. The Bazelon Center for Mental Health reports, “Approximately 2-4.1 million children, aged 9-17 years have a serious mental or emotional disorder. Last year, 23% of parents of children with behavioral disorders were told that they needed to relinquish custody to obtain intensive mental health services of their children; 20% actually gave up custody.” (italics ours)

Two years later, the same newsletter (Clinical Psychiatry News, June 2003) reported that, “Thousands of US families have been forced to choose between obtaining mental health services and relinquishing custody of their children with mental or emotional disorders, according to a new report by the General Accounting Office. The GAO estimated that in fiscal year 2001, 12,700 children in 19 states and 30 counties were placed into the child welfare or juvenile justice systems so they could receive mental health services. This understates the extent of the problem, since officials of 32 states did not provide the GAO with data.”

This second report says “thousands of US families” while the earlier one said that “approximately 2.1-4.1 million children” have a serious psychiatric disorder, and that 23% of these parents “were told that they needed to relinquish custody to obtain intensive mental health services for their children; 20% actually gave up custody.” At the time, then, .483 million to .82 million were told they needed to relinquish custody and relinquished custody. This suggests that hundreds of thousands to a million or more U. S. families have been told they should relinquish custody, and many have done so.

Informed Consent

The term relinquishment implies voluntary action on the part of the parents, with informed consent and understanding of the facts of the situation. These assumptions cannot actually be met for a number of reasons, having to do both with the structure of Child Protective Services, and with the “customary and usual” practice of child psychiatry. The structure of Child Protective Services is such that parents are on the defensive. We repeat the quote cited above from California child welfare director, Rita Saenz said, “The original vision for supporting and healing families through the child welfare system has deteriorated into an adversarial and coercive approach.” There is good reason to be distrustful of any nice sounding rhetoric of voluntariness.

An even greater threat to the family, however, is the flawed assumptions and dangerous practices of psychiatry. The psychiatric industry makes two basic claims, both of which are completely unproven. They claim (1) that children with the likes of Attention Deficit Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder—DSM psychiatric diagnoses—have actual diseases. They claim (2) that these “diseases” require necessary “treatment,” (i.e., psychiatrists and drugs.) Further, they claim that if parents cannot afford such necessary treatment, and if such treatment can only be gotten for the child by a government or government-affiliated payer scheme (such as Medicaid) that requires that the child be a ward of the state, then the only responsible thing for the simply-biologic parent to do, would be to relinquish custody. Such action puts the payer on line to reimburse those who utilized the billing bible of psychiatry—the DSM—and who prescribe the psychopharmaceutical “medicines”.

We have written in detail elsewhere about informed consent and the psychiatric drugging of children (Breeding & Baughman, 2001, 2003)—about the denial and minimization of harmful effects of psychotropic drugs, about the inadequacy and bias of FDA drug testing, and about the real dynamics of pragmatics and power that drive the engine of psychiatry. The biggest violation, however, remains the lie that occurs every time a parent is told their child has an actual disease (or its euphemistic equivalents like disorder). In order to clearly understand how informed consent is systematically violated, one must be fully aware, regarding psychiatry and psychopharmaceuticals, that were it not for presumption of “diseases” (for which there exists today no scientific evidence in the form of an objective indicator validated in the scientific literature), there could be no medical psychiatry. Instead, we would be speaking only of normal human beings and of their humane care and nurturing. Without the presumption of disease, we would be talking of a tyrannical state kidnapping children and drugging those normal children. Following are several examples of this phenomenon.

CASES

Although coercion of families to drug their children is happening all over the country, we will begin this section with the stories of four New York families that can attest to the fact that parents are increasingly being accused of child abuse or neglect and threatened with removal of their child from the home if they refuse to give their child prescribed psychiatric drugs. Jill and Michael Carroll were concerned that their son, Kyle, was sleeping only five hours a night and eating only one meal a day. So they told school officials they wanted to take Kyle off the Ritalin for two weeks to see if that helped. Sounds reasonable, but that’s when they got a call, and then a visit, from a Child Protective Services worker, based on a complaint from Kyle’s school guidance counselor. The charge was “Child Abuse,” in the form of “medical neglect.” The Albany Times Union (May 7, 2000) reported that the Carrolls were placed on a statewide list of alleged child abusers, and found themselves “thrust into an Orwellian family court battle to clear their name and ensure their child isn’t removed from their home.” Two months later (July 19) the Albany paper made it clear that the court had ordered the Carrolls to resume giving their 7-year old son Ritalin. The county Department of Social Services, which had filed child abuse charges on grounds of medical neglect, dropped the charges when the Carrolls agreed to put Michael back on the drug. In another case the next year, Tammy Kubiak of Buffalo, New York, lost custody of her 12-year-old son for taking him off of three psychiatric drugs which she reports were making him “zombie-like.” The court took custody of her son based on the allegation she is incompetent because she rejected the existence of ADHD and oppositional defiance disorder (ODD) as actual diseases. She subsequently lost all of her children to the State.

The third story of New York parents being threatened and coerced by Child Protective Services and the courts was reported on MSNBC on (August 23rd, 2003) : “When Patricia Weathers decided to take her son off Ritalin, school officials dismissed him from school and called Child Protective Services to investigate her family for medical neglect and truancy.” The article goes on to validate the fact that, “she is not alone. A growing number of parents are finding themselves pressured by teachers and administrators to keep their children medicated or keep them out of the school.” The Weathers agreed to put their son, Michael, on “medication;” he was on Dexedrine and Paxil. When Michael began experiencing hallucinations from the Paxil, a drug that has been recalled in Ireland, banned in the United Kingdom, and banned for under age 18 in Connecticut, they took him off of that. The school continued to insist that Michael be kept on the Dexedrine, but the Weathers consulted with Dr. Mary Ann Block, author of No More Ritalin, and a physician who helps many families get their children off psychiatric drugs. They discovered their son was anemic and had certain allergies. They told school officials that they were no longer going to medicate their son, and the school called CPS. A full investigation was launched, but the Weather’s documented material from Dr. Block was enough to back them off. On July 2, 2003, United States Federal Judge of the Southern District of New York, Judge William Conner, ruled that the Weathers’ lawsuit against the schools and the doctors will be heard in federal court (see Doug Montero, New York Post, 8-7-02).

The story of Cindy Gallagher and her son, Daniel also begins in New York. The first part of her story is quite similar to that of the others. It was a variation on the theme of schools pressuring a parent to label and drug a child, and calling in Child Protective Services on accusations of medical neglect when the parent resists or refuses. In Cindy Gallagher’s case, she took her children out of New York and started homeschooling Daniel. According to Ms. Gallagher, “he not only blossomed, but started to become a joy to have around, easy to handle, and a normal child.” Would that the story would go on in such a happy way. In a March 27, 2003 note to Dr. Baughman, however, she reports the following:

“Last Thursday, sir, I took my boys back to New York to visit their sister, and the law guardian demanded I leave my sons in New York pending a psychiatric revue and medication of my son. Even though I proved that I was providing my son with homeschooling and working with the Roanoke School systems for Daniel, the law guardian refused to listen, stating I was an unfit mother, endangering Daniel’s psychiatric welfare by not drugging him and having him in counseling with a psychiatrist.

“Sir, there is nothing wrong with my son. He was a victim of brain damage and needed a different kind of teaching, that’s all. He is a JOY to have around now, yet New York Child Protective and the law guardian snatched my boys from me and gave sole custody to their abusive father who’s already crying uncle and begging me to take them back. The law guardian, Frank Filetto, refuses to allow my sons to come home to Roanoke where they are happy, healthy, fed, clothed, and under excellent care. My heart is completely broken now, I’ve fought this school system and Child Protective for five years. IS THERE ANYTHING you can do to help me? I KNOW my son is NOT a psychiatric patient, he’s NOT in need of psychiatric care or medications. He simply needed boundaries that we gave him. Surely there must be a law that is on the side of the parents? Surely a law guardian cannot have that much pull to keep children away from a mother who doesn’t beat them, mistreat them and wants nothing to do with medications, and has proven her child is not in need of it? “

It is very clear from these cases that failure to accept psychiatric labeling and drugging of your child will be called “negligent” and very possibly lead to loss of custody of your child, or—as with Tammie Marie Kubiac of Buffalo, NY—all of your children. This is our government and courts at all levels. We believe it is clearly driven by the economics of Big Pharma (see references). There are very many more stories we could share of parents who have been coerced to drug their children, and of families broken up when parents refuse to drug their children. The story of Diane Booth and her son, Vincent, is one of the worst.
This story has been previously published in the March 26, 2003 Education News (http://adhdfraud.com/frameit.asp?src=commentary.htm).

Diane Booth

The ordeal of Vincent Booth and his mother, Diane, began as it almost always does, in every school district in the US—with teachers diagnosing ADHD, presently the number one “disease” in the country. Teachers from the Sunnyvale School District decided not only that 6-year-old Vincent had ADHD, but that he needed Ritalin as well. Not only did teachers, never having been to medical school, make the diagnosis, they presumed it was their right, duty, and competence, as well, to designate the medication he needed—in this case, an addictive, dangerous, sometimes lethal medication—Ritalin. When Diane, the natural, legal, mother rejected their diagnosis and treatment, they called in Child Protective Services, and pronounced her “negligent.” By order of the juvenile court, they made Vincent a ward of the State of California (case # JD 1110), institutionalized, diagnosed, and drugged him. Vincent was six years old, and, up to that point, healthy and normal.

Vincent was held at the Eastfield Ming Quong, a locked, children’s holding facility at one time used to force social services on California’s Chinese immigrant children. Placed on Ritalin, Vincent developed tics—involuntary movements—a complication of Ritalin, never witnessed in him previously. He also had bruises and bumps—signs of physical abuse. Diane complained, but to no avail. Next, she took matters into her own hands. In desperation, and at her son’s request, she fled to Canada with him on July 5, 2000, and applied for refugee status. Two months later the FBI apprehended them in British Columbia and tore Vincent from her side while he screamed for help that his mother wasn’t allowed to give him. For the past 2 years Vincent has been a child of the State of California, held at the Eastfield Ming Quong, getting treatment for the multiple “diseases” psychiatry says he has with the multiple drugs psychiatry says he needs.

Throughout the 2 years no member of Diane’s family was allowed to have contact with Vincent, and Diane remained a fugitive until she tired of life on the run and turned herself in to authorities in Okanagan, Washington, in January, 2003. Diane has since been extradited to Santa Clara County where she has been unable to make bail and remains incarcerated at the Elmwood Correctional Center for Women. While the FBI has seen fit to drop all charges against her, Santa Clara County, not wishing to be charged themselves, still presses felony, child endangerment and child stealing charges against her, that could result in up to 8 years in prison—all of it, mind you, for loving and her only child, her normal son, Vincent.
Diane began to correspond with Dr. Baughman through his web site, www.adhdfraud.com , about two years ago when she was still in Canada, seeking refugee status there. Based on her description of events (a scenario repeated in every school, in every state, every single day) and medical records, there is no doubt that Vincent was a medically, neurologically normal child at the time psychiatric diagnosing and labeling began, and until the always-injurious, psychiatric drugging began. Vincent’s psychiatric incarceration, ordered by his new “parent,” Judge Leonard P. Edwards (parens patriae), assured it would always be thus.

In the summer of 2002, his diagnoses—all psychiatric, not actual diseases, were Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (DSM-IV 309.81), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (313.81) with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (300.82), ADHD, and episodic enuresis (314.01). As is usual in psychiatry, not only did Vincent have multiple “diseases,” but he was administered multiple psychiatric medications as well—each known to be brain damaging, none known to target a proven brain abnormality/disease. They were Buspar, Zoloft and Respirdal, an antipsychotic—an especially potent brain poison toxin. As of June, 2002 Vincent was said to display “tics (author’s note: probably a persisting side effect of Ritalin, but Respirdal commonly causes involuntary movements, as well, known as tardive dyskinesias), severe anxiety, fearfulness, impulsivity, hyper-vigilance, poor adult-child relationships, tantrums and aggression toward staff and peers.”
Furthermore, a case manager wrote: “Vincent is socially immature and often functions in a regressed, primitive, unsociable manner, sometimes at a 2 or 3 year level.” What if Vincent had been normal and free, living in the protective, loving care of his natural mother, Diane? What if he had been allowed to be the normal child he was, not imprisoned and drugged—a psychiatric patient-in-perpetuity?
To illustrate the difficulty in challenging this coercive system, consider the following.

On December 10, 2002, before Diane’s desperate return to the US, Baughman wrote to Judge Edwards:

” Having said to parents or authorities with jurisdiction over a child (parens patriae) that ADHD is a disease; one requiring medication, without which the child’s health and life are at risk, abrogates the informed consent rights of this child and his mother, and, in fact, the informed consent rights of the judge/court adjudicating this case. For it’s part, the judge/court had a duty to ascertain not just the prevailing practice in the community, but the state of the science concerning so-called ADHD, before enforcing dangerous, addictive, medications and separating physically normal children from their natural parents. What was done to this child in 1999, and is still being done, in Santa Clara County, in the State of California in the name of psychiatric “treatment” has been nothing but psychologically and physically damaging.

…All treatments for diagnoses not those of real, verifiable, diseases, should be …withdrawn. At the same time…Vincent should be returned to his mother… who has shown no inability to care for him and make responsible health care decisions…All physicians and professionals who have misrepresented the true nature of ADHD and any other psychiatric “diseases” to this parent and child (Diane and Vincent Booth) and to yourself, having had parens patriae responsibility for Vincent, should be reported to the Medical Board of California for having …abrogated their rights to informed consent; this being tantamount, in the instance of physicians to medical malpractice; and in the instance of educational personnel and other non-physicians (psychologists) to the practice of medicine without a license.”

Baughman ended his letter thus:

“Do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further help to you in this or related matters.”

Judge Edwards did not reply.

Therefore, Baughman wrote to him a second time, February 6, 2003, making both letters to him the substance of a State of California, “Suspected Child Abuse Report” charging not that Diane Booth was guilty of abusing her son, Vincent, but that Santa Clara County and the State of California and all their agents and agencies were. Baughman wrote:

“From 1970 to the present, the US Congress has sequentially held hearings and passed laws that have legitimized calling psychological/psychiatric/mental symptoms—diseases—when they are not, resulting in the needless medicalization of the lives of 8-10 million US children—Vincent Booth just one of them. In all of these hearings, our Congressmen heard testimony from members of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the NIH, NIMH, and NIDA and chose to believe their every incredible, anti-scientific, claim that psychiatric/psychological/mental conditions were medical/physical/organic abnormalities–actual diseases.

Never once in all of these 32 years did they look beyond the incredible claim for physical proof, as surely they would do, were it there own child, in the privacy of their own physician’s office.… Vincent, his mother and her family are just one of the six or so million ADHD patients in the US who have been lead by mainstream psychiatry, pediatrics and medicine, to believe that ADHD is an actual disease, a life-long disease, one for which they absolutely must be treated with one psycho stimulant or another. Like all the rest, Vincent, his mother and family are victims-still of what is the greatest health care fraud of modern history. I truly hope that some court will see and acknowledge the terrible wrongs and injuries done here and summarily free Vincent and his mother and reconcile them. The damage done can never be undone but at least this will be a start.”

Again, there has been no response from Judge Edwards. Nor has the “SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE REPORT” been acknowledged. Neither has the declaration on behalf of Diane Booth (BOOKING# 03007942, PFN# DPN183, P.O. Box 60910, Elmwood Correctional Center for Women, Milpitas, CA) submitted to the court, been accepted by the court.

So we have a neurologically normal child, now on several dangerous, damaging drugs for a long time, and torn away from his mother. And we have a mother in jail for her effort to defend her son—all in the name of child protection.

The pattern has become tragically familiar—families unnecessarily broken, children suppressed and neurologically damaged by psychotropic drugs, addicted, and more seriously disturbed than when CPS became involved. The CPS mission of family restoration is left in forsaken shambles.

A Texas Case

Consider the case of Evan, for which one of us (Breeding) is now acting as the family psychologist. He was removed from his mother, Mary, in the summer of 2001, along with his brother, Ricky, on charges of neglect. The CPS argument is highly debatable, and it was highly debated as Mary found a lawyer who helped them. We are not discussing Evan’s case, however, as another example of zealous overreaching by CPS; we hope we have made that point already. Rather, we wish to illustrate another, related consequence of the customary and usual CPS practice of placing a very high percentage of children in foster care on psychiatric drugs.

Ricky was returned to Mary’s mother, Pam, within a few months, and a little later to Mary, but Evan was kept in foster care, ostensibly because mother and grandmother could not handle him. After two years, he was released into the grandmother’s care on a trial basis, but kept under CPS custody. CPS was monitoring the situation, with a placement hearing scheduled in 5 months.

This is a very common scenario, and it has a few special features. The most obvious is, of course, the oversight of CPS, and their retained power to remove Evan from the home at any time; there is tremendous pressure on all of the family, and ongoing fear that something might go wrong. As with most children in this situation, Evan was on three different psychiatric drugs, and had been for the entire time he was in foster care. He was taking 18 milligrams of Concerta in the morning, a long acting form of methylphenidate, even though his last doctor suggested he did not have ADHD. He was on 1000 mg of Depakote, said to be a mood stabilizer for so-called bipolar disorder, taking 500mg in the morning and 500mg at night. And he was on 1 mg of Risperdal, an “antipsychotic”, taking .5mg in the morning and .5 mg at night. This is higher than the recommended dosage for an adult!

This was an extremely difficult situation. For the therapist, the immediate danger condition was the long-term drug use. Methylphenidate is bad enough as it is well known to stunt growth (and Evan is short for his age), and affects virtually every organ system of the body (Eberstadt, 1999), and many have actually dropped dead after several years of Ritalin use. There were almost 200 Ritalin-related deaths (mostly cardiovascular) reported to the FDA in the 1990s. This voluntary reporting system is estimated by experts to reflect only 1 to 10% of the actual incidence, which means up to 20,000 Ritalin-related deaths in the last decade.

Depakote is considered a very dangerous drug; regular blood tests are recommended as liver damage is a well-known effect of the drug. Worst of all is the Risperdal. This class of neuroleptics (eg., Risperdal, Thorazine, Haldol and Zyprexa) is proven to have unleashed the largest epidemic of neurological disease in history in the form of Tardive Dyskinesia and related syndromes such as neurological malignancy, seen in hundreds of thousands of adult mental patients who have been taking drugs like Thorazine (Breggin, 1991).

In his recent new book, Mad in America, Robert Whitaker puts forward the latest powerful wakeup call on the sordid tale of systematic brain damage for the sake of profit. It is absolutely shocking to see the data reported by Dorsey Griffith in the Sacramento Bee (6-23-02): a 281% increase, from 329,000 to 1,253,000 in the number of prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs for children. We are giving stronger and stronger psychiatric drugs to more and more children, even infants and toddlers. And CPS is playing a big part in this disgrace.

As a therapist or ally to this child and his family, the drugs are the prime danger condition. Yet the source of this danger is the agency whose mission is to protect the child. To Nevyn, Evan and his family, the main danger is the lingering threat of CPS and another breakup of the family. Nothing that might trigger Nevyn’s Evan’s removal may be risked, and CPS and its contracted psychiatrist think Evan needs to be on all these drugs. And as described above, they mean it!

Any movement to wean Evan off of these drugs must be approached with caution, and there are further complications. Although Evan was sent home on all these drugs, there was no arrangement with a physician to monitor his well-being, no arranged blood tests to check on his liver function. The CPS psychiatrist who prescribed the drugs could barely be reached, after some persistence, to get a refill on a couple of the drugs. The family is on Medicaid, and many doctors will not accept Medicaid. Many pediatricians who do accept Medicaid, will still not go near messing with a dangerous drug cocktail like this. Grandmother Pam took Evan to at least one pediatrician who would not touch the challenge of supporting Evan’s drug withdrawal. Yet Evan cannot be weaned without an MD approval and oversight, or else the family risks CPS taking him back for acting without a doctor. Finally, after Evan had been home for over two months, Pam got an appointment with a neurologist, who agreed to help, and a gradual drug withdrawal was begun.

But it is even more complicated, because there are always the expected major challenges with transition to home and school—all the relationship challenges at school and family, all the unprocessed feelings, all the adjustments on every level. And Evan had his share. With all the pressure and fear, it is exceedingly difficult. Every wrong move, every trouble sign at home or school, especially at school, triggers fear, and the understandable tendency is to come down on Evan. And his understandable tendency is to get defensive. Or the tendency is to blame any problem on the alleged mental illnesses and immediately ask whether he has taken his drugs today. Like most young people we have worked with, Evan has been known to “hop” his pills. They make him sleepy, or queasy, or he gets fed up and doesn’t want them. And he happens to act up on one of these days. Maybe it is an effect of not taking the drugs that day…who knows for sure?

What we do know is that biopsychiatry has pulled off an incredible magic trick, whereby once individuals are labeled mentally ill, they and everyone around them are absolved of responsibility. A child who is not acting right in whatever fashion is immediately asked, “Have you taken your Ritalin (or whatever drugs) today?” The family, schools, community, CPS, psychiatrists, everyone is absolved, because the problem is explained—the child has a genetic or biological defect, that is the source of the problem, and the best we can do is keep it under control with “medicine.” Everyone stops thinking, and the tough issues are avoided.

Evan’s is a very difficult situation, with immense pressure on every angle, even without the drug issue. The fact that this boy is on a polypharmaceutical cocktail of toxic, brain-disabling drugs, makes it excruciatingly difficult. It is actually impossible to separate any of Evan’s behavior from the effects of the drugs he is taking. Edginess, restlessness, aggression, sleepiness, irritability, impulsiveness, difficulty concentrating—you name it; all are known effects of these drugs. And drug withdrawal is difficult under the best of circumstances, much less under pressure and duress. Doctors and lay people alike tend to interpret effects of drug withdrawal as evidence of the “mental illness” and need to be on the drugs. Yet to leave him on all these drugs is an outright dangerous. Evan’s story is still in process, but at least he is off the Risperdal.

Summary

An estimated 8 million school age children in the United States are on psychiatric drugs today. That means we are giving very powerful, extremely dangerous psychotropic substances to about 15 % of our country’s children between the ages of 5 and 19. The drugging of children first came to the country’s attention in 1970 when the U. S Congress was alarmed enough by the news that 200,000 school children were taking Ritalin to call for an investigative hearing on the issue. Since that time, we have witnessed a 4000% increase in the number of children on psychiatric drugs in the U.S. The trend of the last few years to use these drugs on preschoolers and toddlers, even one-year-olds, further reveals the unconscionable disgrace we are witnessing in this country. Regardless of the extent to which our leaders and large segments of our general population have become so numbed and confused by the constant onslaught of psychopharmaceutical propaganda celebrating the alleged medical necessity of giving psychoactive drugs to children, these numbers are astounding.

We also know that the primary conduit of children into psychiatry is through the schools. Not only are school employees affected by psychiatric propaganda just like anyone else in this country, but also they are specifically trained to look for “diseases” like ADHD. They select children out, pressure parents to get a psychiatric evaluation and get their child on a psychoactive drug. We have seen a growing incidence of parents being threatened with accusations of medical neglect when they resist or refuse psychiatric intervention, and we have seen what happens when Child Protective Services is called in and violates a family’s life. We know that psychiatry is coercive at its root, and that this coercion has taken root in the schools and Child Protective Services.

Our systems are still mostly broken and wrong-headed. Nevertheless, we see hopeful signs. There is very good news available for those interested in CPS reform. We highly recommend the NCCPR website for an overview of the issues, and recommended reforms. The states of Michigan and Alabama, and the Allegheny county run system in the area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are wonderful examples of highly successful family preservation programs.

Good news is also available on the coercive psychiatry front. There has been a huge wave of political activity across the country in the last four years as a result of committed activists, and especially due to the influence of aggrieved parents who have decided to fight back for themselves and on behalf of all families. An inspiring example of this is the coalition of parents who formed a group called Parents for a Label and Drug Free Education. Four parents started this group. Sheila Matthews was pressured by a Connecticut school to label and drug her child, fought back and led the charge for a precedent-setting legislation in Connecticut in 2001 that not only prevents school personnel from coercing or recommending that parents drug their children, but also backs off CPS from being able to accuse parents of medical neglect simply because they refuse to drug their child. Another eight related bills were introduced the next year.

Patty Weathers was coerced to drug her child in New York, fought back, was threatened by Child Protective Services, fought back, got support, went on national television, eventually won and has taken leadership in the fight to protect other children and families. Larry Smith and his wife Kelly were bullied and harassed for years by psychiatry and the schools. In March of 2000, they lost their son, Matthew, to heart failure due to several years of Ritalin usage. Larry’s website, www.ritalindeath.com, has educated countless people on the dangers of psychiatric drugs to children. In February of 2001, Vicki Dunkle’s beloved 8-year-old daughter, Shaina, died in her arms of Desipramine toxicity (prescribed for “ADHD”) as she and her husband Steve watched helplessly. Now they are fierce activists, appearing on national television and testifying to political leaders in Washington. There are others in this group, and all have a story. The Able Child parents, together with allies around the world, are determined to stop the psychiatric drugging of children, and all the lies and coercion that go with such an ugly business. See the website, www.ablechild.org, for information about these brave leaders, their activism, and a record of political actions around the country.

The political activity started as a result of the leadership of Patti Johnson in 1999, a member of the Colorado State Board of Education who convinced her fellow Board members to pass a precedent setting Resolution, which asked school personnel to use academic solutions to resolve problems with behavior, attention and learning, rather than psychotropic drugs. Since then, enormous progress has been made on the issue of protecting children and their families from forced psychiatric labeling and drugging, and to monitor the prescription rate of stimulants and other psychiatric drugs for children. Through 2002, there have been 46 state bills or Resolutions; including the Colorado Resolution, in 28 states that have either passed, or are still pending action, across the United States. Connecticut, Minnesota, and Texas have passed laws explicitly stating that a parent’s refusal to consent to the administration of a psychotropic drug to a child does not constitute neglect, therefore is not in itself grounds for CPS investigation. Other states have passed related laws either monitoring or curbing CPS policy in this area. Many states are pursuing related legislation as the wave of activity continues to expand. Many of these laws relate to prohibiting coercion in schools to have a child put on psychiatric drugs; several establish investigations and/or tracking systems for children being psychiatrically labeled and drugged; others increase parental consent rights; still others eliminate the threat of parents being criminally charged with “medical neglect” if they refuse to place their child on a psychiatric drug.

We conclude this essay with a piece of exciting news. A new federal bill is drawing nationwide attention to the psychiatric drugging of children. If passed into law, the Child Medication Safety Act (H.R. 1170) would prohibit schools from coercing parents to drug their children. The U.S. Congress is considering this historic legislation largely as a result of the wave of activism in state legislatures around the country. This act has already passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 428-1. The Senate is now considering H.R. 1170. All of these efforts are reflective of a push to back off the coercion, and restore common sense and thoughtful care and support to our nation’s children and families.

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Breeding, J. (2000) Does ADHD Even Exist? The Ritalin Sham. Mothering, July/August, pp. 43-47.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

A day in Abby's life.




Sunday-

Depending on the night before she will usually come out for a drink around 5-8am. If it is a good morning, she will snuggle up in her favorite chair and drink her tea and maybe even want some food. On a bad morning, she drinks some apple juice and goes right back to bed. On a really bad day, she has to be woken up and I make her get a drink.

Either good or bad day, she usually lays back down at 10-11am- if was a bad one, she has been asleep since apple juice, on a good day, she may lay in her bed and watch movies and snooze off and on.

If it is good day, she comes out mid afternoon and finds some munchies.. lately one of her power muffins with protein powder and blueberries.. she will drink some water through out the afternoon. On a really good day, by mid afternoon she is up to moving around more. she will chatter with me and watch something on tivo with me.. If I am cooking, she will help get ingredients.. and pace the kitchen for awhile. On a bad day, after munching and fluid she back into bed. On a really bad day she won't wake up at all in the afternoon.

Evenings- on a good day, she will hang out in her favorite chair, and chatter with everyone. After a couple hours though even if she still feels good she usually will sit in bed where she is most comfy and either her sissy hangs with her or she does her online communities..Sometimes she has really good evenings and I can hear her and sister giggling and some internet thing or movie well into the night.. On a bad day, she will come out to quickly eat and pound down fluid and go back to bed. On a really bad day she will still not have woken up.

Some nights she is downright energetic! She will go back and forth between her favorite chair in the living room, pacing the kitchen, and her room. Usually, this is when she showers. She will try to put up some of her clothes if she is really bouncy.

Now if she catches a cold, is exposed or eats something that disagrees with her, or had to go to the Dr. the entire schedule changes to include a lot more sleep. IF she manages to have a few good days in a row, she will make sure to grab a shower friday or Saturday and she will go to the Movies on Sunday- it is the one outing that she will push herself to go to. No wheelchair needed and she can get pretty comfy in the movie theater chairs- it still wears her out though, and it might be a couple days of lots of sleep to catch back up. We are very worried that her corn allergy is getting more and more sensitive- I made popcorn for Derek the other night and in the back of the house, just that much in the air got to her- we are very worried the Movies may become a major challenge. Every once in awhile, she likes to just get out for a ride- she can get reasonably comfy in the car or truck and 30 minutes to 1 hour drives seem to hit the spot for her.


She rarely goes outside- if she gets a bug bite it makes her miserable. If she gets too hot or cold, it throws her off terribly. On a good morning or afternoon she may sit outside with me for 5 minutes if I nag her to get some fresh air. So far we haven't found a sunscreen that her skin tolerates anyway..

Shopping even in her wheelchair is rarely worth it to her anymore.

Even during the years when she was at her best and able to handle a school week her energy was limited. I dressed her until she was 7 or 8. I would have to start waking her up at least 2 hours and usually 3 before school. After school she 5 out of 10 times needed a nap or rest on the couch to make it through dinner. For years she did not sleep through the night. Now she will sleep for days and then go days where all she can do is catnap off and on. She hates swimming. She says the water takes her limited control of her body away and even if that is relaxing, she says the whole time she is in the water she dreads getting out. She will have to sit down the second she gets out-her body feels absolutely leaded by gravity. She sits in a chair for at least half an hour to just muster the energy to go change and crawl into a favorite place to rest. We have talked about aqua therapy, but she said just the thought of having to get into the car to get there is exhausting. During her good years she was able to have a playdate now and then, but only if I knew she had a weekend where she could stay in her PJ's and just lounge in bed.. even then the following week usually was tiring and she often ended up with a cold, but it was worth it and we managed.

Weird things can set her back- yesterday I wanted to show her what I had bought for her sissy's birthday, when I opened a bag she instantly lost her breath- apparently sizing is a big trigger right now- we just never know- next month it might not bother her.

Since removing the corn, soy, miralax,gluten, she has had a lot more "good" days. The overall body pain has lessened.

The last time Abby had a "normal,terrific, amazing day" where the stars were aligned was over a year ago now. Halloween was amazing- she has always wanted us to build a haunted house, and so Derek and I did. She stubbornly stood for hours to hand out candy and enjoy the evening- she paid a high,high price for that, but it will be a night we all hold dear for the rest of our lives.

We don't travel. We don't visit. We don't entertain.

She will catch every cold that comes into our house. I stay home during the week and save my errands for the weekend. We are her entire world- for better or worse. Thankfully, I adore my daughters and enjoy them so we are all very content with one another.

If we do entertain we prepare weeks in advance- we are all excited beyond belief that my two favorite Uncles are coming to visit! They will stay in a hotel and you just could not ask for more amazing people to call family- plus, they come from the side of family where we have a lot of family members with significant chronic illnesses(genetics I am sure)so they totally "get" Abby's limitations- and with great grace work around them. Plus, my entire family even spread across the country decided to take off the weight this year, Uncle in AZ, Uncle and his entire family in WA, even my brother in Florida- what joy it has been to reach out and share that journey together. IT is going to be the great revel next month when we can see and congratulate each other on our weight loss successes! It will also be nice since they are watching their food intake that we won't be focused on eating at every great restaurant in Houston! That makes it much easier for Abby to enjoy them when they are here since she won't feel left out food wise.

Oh and how food plays havoc with her. Not just what she eats,but how much. She on a good day handles up to 900-1000 calories but average she does best at 800-900-more then that triggers malabsorption which triggers a terrible week. More then 30 grams of protein,she gets sick,more then 10 grams of fat a day she gets sick, she barely tolerates fiber(quinoa experiment did not go well) Everything she eats has to be finely balanced to try to avoid allergies, to try to feed her body what it needs without upsetting the very careful balance. As we struggle to met her nutrition needs it can get so frustrating. Seems like if we improve one level she drops in another..

There are times when I look at how little she is able to do anymore and it truly alarms me. But then I look at the fact that she is able to walk, no feeding tube, no oxygen and it is because we are so defensive of how her energy is used I refuse to steal her energy with activities that take more then what they give. We refuse to haul her to therapies, appointments, etc- all they do is cause her extremely limited energy to be used and sets off another step toward progression. Thankfully, we are introverts for the most part, and Sara and Abby are truly brilliant, we have all put our thinking energy to creative problem solving avoiding feeling trapped or alienated. We are the lucky ones. As we have seen some improvements this last 8 weeks I can barely contain my dreams. You know how you buy a lotto ticket for the big couple million ? And all night you say to yourself and dream, " If I win I am going to buy this and that.. and help so and so with and that.." Well, we watch the minute improvements and say to ourselves" if this low histamine allergen free thing works with Abby, we can take her shopping, to the book store.. a Dr. appt won't kill her anymore.."


We truly understand appreciating the little things! Abby having a good day is better and more exciting and satisfying then even the day I gave birth to her.. better then the day I got married..

Each Mito patient is VERY different. Some can handle school, Dr. appts, social visits, no problem- if they have other issues they are not impacted by zipping about every day. Some are more restricted then Abby in how they use their energy. It is horrible and frustrating disease, because all the tools I have learned to help Abby may not help anyone else. It is difficult to find another patient that has similar challenges and choses the same methods to cope. Even in a room of a 1000 mito patients, you might feel lonely. In this journey family support trumps anything in making the best of it.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Money for Children-






Texas biggest winner in federal adoption bonuses
Texas won more money than any other state for increasing its number of adoptions in 2009.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $39 million to 38 states and Puerto Rico today for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services received $7.5 million — ahead of Florida, which received $5.7 million, Michigan’s $3.5 million and Pennsylvania’s $2.2 million.

The bonuses were calculated in comparison to 2007 as the baseline year.

Texas completed 855 adoptions in 2007, but slipped to 807 in 2008. In 2009, the number rose to 957, according to the department’s Data Book 2009.

States received $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year’s total, plus $8,000 for every child age 9 and older and $4,000 for every special needs child adopted above those figures in 2007.

“States use the funds from this adoption incentive to improve their child welfare programs,” an HHS news release said.

For a list of awards given to each state, click here.

For more information about adoption in Texas, click here. To view children waiting for a forever home, click here.

Texas children adopted from state custody 2006-2009

LINK to article-

Friday, May 25, 2012

More Hidden Corn-

As removing corn and PEG(miralax)are the only things that have helped Abby this year, I have continued to dig deeper into hidden sources of corn.

We are also gluten-free for now(gluten can be difficult on a damaged digestive system)and that xathan gum that pops up in every other gluten-free recipe is usually not safe... even the big allergy free brands that use it often cannot verify that it is clean for those with severe corn allergies.


Also learned that when you see "enriched" or "fortified" or added vitamins odds are they are corn contaminated. We thought Abby had developed a reaction to rice a few months ago, but turns out, odds are the rice she was eating might have been dipped in "glucose" which is not safe, or "enriched" with supplements contaminated with corn....


The more I have read about corn allergies the more shocked I have become. Temper tantrums, behavioral issues,anxiety, muscle and joint pain, headaches,fatigue, and even far more significant symptoms have been associated with corn allergy. It can be very insidious and not the classic food allergy presentation... I wonder how many people out there have been handed anti depressants, migraine meds, pain killers, when it is the corn that is in nearly every single food item, household item, the exhaust on the road, cleaning supplies....


I now keep a couple check lists in my pocket and on the fridge to confirm there isn't a chance of hidden corn- here is one that helps-
Food Additives That May Contain Corn:

Calcium lactate

Calcium stearate

Calcium stearoyl lactylate

Dextrin

Dextrose

Ethyl maltol

Fumaric acid

Gluconolactone

Glucono delta-lactone

Glucose

Glycerine

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

Lactic acid

Lecithin

Linoleic acid

Malt

Maltodextrin

Maltose

Maltol

Mannitol

Polydextrose

Polysorbates

Potassium gluconate

Propylene glycol monostearate

Sodium ascorbate or other ascorbates

Sodium stearoyl fumarate

Sodium-, Magnesium-, Calcium- or Potassium-fumarate

Stearyl citrate

Tocopherol (alpha-Tocopherol, vitamin E)

Of course I have to watch for dairy, soy, and few other ingredients as well! But, surprisingly with the help from the online allergy community we are finding a good variety of foods for Abby.

She has a GI flare this week, but that is from getting overtired at her all day tuesday appointment. Her stomach did not hurt but the malabsorption flared up- hoping with a careful diet this weekend she will settle back down.

We found out this week that the sweetener "Stevia" in many brands and forms has hidden corn. Check your brands carefully to avoid contamination.

Finally, here is another list I keep in my purse(I really need a bigger purse! )

Corn Allergens

Always read the ingredients on a product label to be sure they don't contain a substance you are allergic or sensitive to. When a complete list of ingredients is not available, you can use the information here as a general guide.

The following is a list of products that may contain corn:
Adhesives (envelopes, labels, stickers, tapes, stamps)
Any products that contain cornmeal, corn flour, corn oil, cornstarch, corn sugar, corn syrup or sorbitol.
Aspirin
Bacon
Baking powder (most)
Bath or body powder
Beer, ale, gin, whisky
Biscuits
Bisquick
Breads (commercial)
Brown sugar
Cake, pancake and pie mixes
Candied fruit
Candy
Canned fruits (sweetened)
Canned or bottled juice drinks
Capsules
Carob (CaraCoa)
Cereals (presweetened)
Coffee (instant)
Coffee Rich
Confectioner's sugar
Cookies
Corn kernels
Corn cereal
Corn chips
Cornmeal
Corn oil and anything fried in it
Cornstarch
Corn sugar
Corn syrup
Cottage cheese (thickened)
Cranberry juice (some)
Custards
Doughnuts
Dried fruits (sweetened)
Fritos
Frostings
Frozen fruits (sweetened)
Fruit desserts
Graham crackers
Gravies
Ham (cured)
Hominy
Hot dogs
Ice cream
Infant formulas (Enfamil, Similac, Advance, Portagen, Lofenalac, Isomil, Prosobee, Nursoy
Powder [not liquid], Soyalac [not I-Soyalac], Pedialyte, Hydrolyzed casein, Nutramigen, Progestimil
Jellies and gelatin mixes
Luncheon meats
Maize
Milk in paper containers
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Ointments
Oleomargarine
Orange juice (some frozen or sweetened)
Paper cups, cartons, plates and any liquids contained in them
Peanut butter (commercial sweetened)
Pie fillings
Plastic food wrappers (some)
Popcorn
Puddings
Sandwich spreads
Sauces that have been thickened but are transparent (e.g. Chinese style)
Sausages
Sherbet
Sticky portion of envelopes and stamps
Sorbitol
Succotash
Suppositories
Tablets (most medicinal)
Tea (instant)
Toothpastes/powders
Vitamins (some)
Yogurt (thickened or sweetened)
Zest soap
A major portion of this list comes from Doris J. Rapp, M.D., Is This Your Child? William Morrow, New York, 1991.


Lastly- I have joined the band wagon of folks that are recognizing that Genetically modified foods are creating major problems in our food chain.. Did you know that 85 percent of corn in our food is genetically modified? That there are strong studies and research that indicate it isn't safe and it's overall impact on our environment and health could have grave consequences? Then there is Soy-91 percent is genetically modified, and the last year or two of studies have quashed that soy has any magically benefits to your health. Or that 88 percent of cotton raised in the US is Genetically modified? In the past 20 years allergies to both Soy and Corn have gone through the roof- both of those ingredients are hidden in most of the products you use in your home each day. Is it that so many people are so overexposed that is causing the jump in allergies, or is it the fact that most of it is Genetically modified?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

How things have changed-




In 1980 Montana Mountain men were a joke- we thought they were some insane cult hidden away in the mountains. Even as a child I thought it was laughable that we would ever lose our American freedoms, or have a socialist government that would endanger our rights-The cold war is what I lived with daily and we learned a feeling of American pride and patriotism in our freedoms- you ask a 10 year old now why Russia, Communism, or Socialism is a threat and they give you a vacant look...

Now in 2012-we all sorely wish we had listened to what those Mountain Men were preaching.. Survivalist websites are all over the internet, you can take a class at your community college on how to put up enough foods, energy and water to survive a collapse of our government. Last month, I got invited to a "gun carry permit party" to take an all day class to be able to get my my permit to carry a gun in my purse- They had the cutest little guns in pink, and yummy tea cakes- 10 years ago, I would have gotten an invite to a pampered chef party. 10 years ago, when you heard "Militia" you thought about 3rd grade history lessons and the Boston Tea party- Today, executives, lawyers, and other very well educated men and women meet up on the weekend for Militia meetings and training instead of the golf course or bridge parties. Today our gun ranges are filled with not Hunters or the stereo typical uneducated "redneck", but well educated citizens who are fearful. Gun sales are at a historic high- it isn't the poor or crazy or unbalanced making gun companies rich, it is the American Middle class and upper class.

30 years ago our high schools even with 2000 students had 1 Principal and 1 Vice Principal and no police. Today, if you want to go in and pick up your 5 year old you must show Identification(but you don't need ID to vote?)and often you must give your fingerprints. Today, high schools and middle schools have 3,4,5 or 6 Vice Principals. If your child was sick 20 year ago, you the parent said they were sick and as long as they maintained their grades it was the parents business. Today, even if your child has notes from their Dr, if your child misses more then 10 days they require you to sit a Truancy board- you are guilty of abusing the Public school and poor parenting, unless you can prove every single absence- even then, they will make your child do Saturday detention to make up for their absences- even if they have straight A's. Schools have locking gates, they lock the children in each day. You have to have permission to play or use the schools property(taxpayer property right?) on the weekends because of liabilities and vandalism,20 years ago we spent our summers joyfully playing on the school playground so when school started we could do the monkey bars better then anyone! 20 years ago the only policeman you might see on an American school campus was Officer Friendly to remind children that police were there to help.. to stop,drop and roll, to not take rides from strangers- it was usually once a year and a joyful day. Today, all American High Schools(vast majority)have police trolling the parking lots, the halls, running metal detectors, drug sniffing dogs.. the children have to have an official note to use a bathroom- they cannot walk into a school on their own late, they must have a parent sign them in.. school nurses used to hand out motrin, today without a legal release form(pages long)even high school students cannot have a motrin, even a prescription inhaler is grounds for suspension- Nurses walk by children who have fainted, who are bleeding, who need medical attention because the school says they cannot have medical needs without a slip of paper release liability.

20 years ago, 95 percent of people who graduated high school could read- you did not graduate if you could not add and read- if you had developmental needs you had a special program, but if you could not meet the standard, it wasn't fair to take that honor away from those who worked so hard. Today, 50 percent of high schoolers cannot read- guess that police presence and 10 vice principals and fingerprinting and truancy courts isn't teaching them how to read. 20 years ago there were no prep courses for the SAT- the SAT meant more then any State test- if you scored well on the SAT you got into college. 20 years ago, there were just as many academic scholarships as athletic scholarships- Today, being poor, being a minority, or being athletic is more likely to get you into college with a scholarship then being smart enough to handle college. 20 years ago if you went to College you did not go if you were not prepared to be successful. Today, the Colleges are having to give high school level course for a 1-2 years to get high school graduates(often graduates who graduated with high GPA sand honors mind you)up to par to even try a college level course.

20-30 years ago, we did not have preschool- we played and hung out with our Moms. Somehow, 30 years ago, without being able to read or write before kindergarten we managed to score twice as well on the SAT then the children that start preschool at age 2 today. Somehow without preschool we knew how to behave and play with other kids without hitting,biting, misbehaving- If you misbehaved the Teacher called your Mom- after you were disciplined at school(spanking often enough) you got it when you got home too- I don't remember many issues back in the day, and we managed to have 3 30 minute recesses, 1 hour lunchs and still got home by 3 for a snack and to rush outside and play. 20 years ago there were no daycare centers, no free breakfast at school, often no hot lunch, and somehow even the poorest among us managed to read,write and do well enough in school to graduate literate. We did not have obese children- well maybe 1 at each school,but if you pull out your class pictures from 20 years ago and compare to the class pictures today- you will see more pasty and plump children today.


30 years ago, we did not run to the Dr for much. Vaccines kept until you hit elementary school and they would line us all up and the nurses would start giving us shots and sugar drops- it was a right of passage, I remembered being so fearful of starting school because my brother teased me about the "getting shots day"... We did not go for well checks, physicals, we did not have growth charts, allergy meds,we ran fevers for days and did not need the Dr. Our parents somehow had the common sense to care for us without a Ped Specialist recommending a cool bath to drop a fever- well ah Duh! Family Drs. delivered you, set your bones, stitched your cuts, saw you at the hospital,treated your cancer.. Being a family Dr. was a 24 hour a day job, but was not primarily about telling parents how to bath or feed their kids- somehow our parents did not need a Dr. for those things. Women who had children just could not be family Drs. because there were no preschools,daycares,they could not haul their kids with them to visit sick patients.. it was a dedicated job that was not a 9 to 5 job. Today, Drs. office usually close at 5pm. If you get sick or injured between 5pm and 9am you go to an urgent care or ER- your Dr. isn't going to met you at the hospital or the office to help.. Your Dr. no longer calls in a prescription. You can be a successful family Dr. or Ped and have 10 kids- you can still be home to cook them dinner, there are plenty of all day daycares and preschools you can pay to raise your children for you.

Things have changed- some are good changes, some are not. We have autism,ADHD,Mito,behavioral disorders, babies with biopolar diseases,and some sort of pill for all of them. 20 years ago, if someone had an inhaler we all felt so bad for that 1 unusual sickly child, today the line to the nurse at lunch for the kids to get medicated wraps around the building. We have very well educated medical professionals who direct us on what is a healthy weight, or a good soap for our babies.. we have free lunches and free breakfasts, computers for everyone, police at all schools keeping the kids in line.. we have an urgent care on every corner, women can be Dr.s and parents with the help of the daycares and preschools that are next to the urgent care and now often offer dinner,the daycares raise the children today.. We have militia's again, American's have more guns then any other Country, despite all this money for our schools and special daycare and preschool and certified teachers our literacy rate is worse then it has been since the Industrial period. Anyone can go to college- and everyone gets to graduate High School, but our children have less educational attainment then we did by middle school. They have more hours in school and often no recess, they have after school music,dance,sports instruction- and they have more chronic disabilities,more behavioral issues, higher divorce rates, lower education attainment - we make foods in a chemistry lab that can keep forever! but allergies are climbing and historic rates..

Today, a stay at home Mom isn't home much. Kids to preschool and daycare, errands, clubs, lunches, YMCA, Dr. appointments..My Mom went into town at best 1 time a week, and often only every couple weeks- times have changed. My parents could fix anything- from repairing the septic tank to washing our car, to even roofing the house... Today we pay people to do that stuff.. time is money right? I have admit, the idea of maid has appeal.. and who wants to get exercise washing the car when we can get exercise at a gym?

I could probably continue this rant for a few more pages- but I think I made my point, times have changed. Today, we are pausing and trying to decide what is helping and what is setting us back so badly.

As we struggle to care for Abby it has forced us to revisit our childhoods, our parents childhoods.. forced us to assess if all of this "help" we now are expected to use is really in her best interest. I can honestly say our Country and our children are at their darkest days in my memory, and probably that of my parents if they were still alive. With all the extra's we provide and all the incredible break throughs in science, medicine, education, why are our children not able to read when they graduate high school? Why do so many of our children have chronic illnesses when we do what we are supposed to do? Why is it okay for babies to get flat heads from being left on their backs all day? I mean if we vaccinate, pop them in preschool, medicate, visit the Dr. for scratches and picky eating, why are our children failing? We have eliminated the bias of single parenting, 60 percent divorce and the specialists assure us it is better for the children.. 1 in 10 Americans spends time in jail. 50 percent of children cannot read by the time they hit high school.. for all of the terrific interventions that make our lives so much better, things are clearly going terribly wrong- but why?

Oh how I wish my parents had been Montana Mountain Men.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Saturday Mito Social!


For more information, contact Kristi Wees
at kristiwees@gmail.com




Mito Patient & Family Socials o"er a free and fun
opportunity for patients & families to connect in person.
For more information or to RSVP to the Socials, please email Ginger at support@mitoaction.org


M E M O R I A L H E R M A N N
S O U T H E A S T
M A Y 2 6 , 1 0 A . M . - 1 P. M .
CES Room, 11800 Astoria Blvd., Houston, TX 77089
Activities,
snacks, and
sharing stories
make Mito
Socials special.



M I T O
AWA R E N E S S
N I G H T S E T !
This restaurant o"ers “charity
nights” in which it donates a
percentage of all sales on a specific
date to a charity ... in this case
MitoAction!
For more information or to RSVP to the Socials, please email Ginger at support@mitoaction.org
 
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