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Evolution of a Revolution

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Announcing Team TMR, the Thinking Moms’ Revolution 2.0!!

A new venture of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution, Team TMR is a boots on the ground volunteer group with the aim to deliver real help to families in need now.

From the website:

“Team TMR is a 501c3 organization that provides real help to families struggling with medical, emotional, educational and financial hardship due to complex medical needs faced by their children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilites.

Your donations will go towards:

• Helping families living with autism and related disorders.
• Funding our advocacy movements for people with autism to right to education, medical treatments and more.
• Supporting effective action for autism recovery and related disorders.”

About six months ago a little question posed by Goddess floated across Facebook. Anyone have a recovered kid you’d be willing to write about?

I responded immediately in my best “Oooo! Oooo! Mr Kotter! Mr Kotter!!” Pick me! Pick me! I was honored to be invited to participate.

Please consider donating. Team TMR is establishing grants to pay for treatment, pretty much any treatment–from biomed appointments, to therapy, to OT, and nutritionists. Payment will go directly to the provider.

I will be writing as Zorro there and continuing to blog here.

In honor of World Autism Day, let’s move from awareness to ACTION.

Beef and Potato Taquitos, Beef Shanks Part 2

But wait!! There’s more!!  Our nanny transformed half the shredded beef into taquitos.  She also used some purple potatoes from our CSA box. The color was glorious.

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Beef and Potato Taquitos

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. shredded beef
  • 2 tsp tallow
  • 1/2 c. salsa verde
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 c. mashed boiled potato
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 organic corn tortillas
  • 1/4 c. Spectrum shortening or coconut oil for frying

Directions

  • Heat tallow in medium large frying pan over medium heat  
  • Add shredded beef, salsa verde, cumin, salt and pepper
  • Boil, peel and mash 1-2 small potatoes (Yukon gold work well if you don’t have purple ‘taters!)
  • Heat shortening in a small frying pan, there should be 1/4″ of oil.
  • In center of each tortilla, spread about 2 Tbsp meat and 1 tbsp of potato down the center.  Roll into cigar-sized taquito and place the seam side–where the sides overlap–down in hot oil.
  • Turn and cook until tortilla is crispy on all sides.
  • Serve with salsa, sour cream, guacamole…

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Beef and Potato Taquitos, Beef Shanks Part 2

But wait!! There’s more!!  Our nanny transformed half the shredded beef into taquitos.  She also used some purple potatoes from our CSA box. The color was glorious.

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Beef and Potato Taquitos

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. shredded beef
  • 2 tsp tallow
  • 1/2 c. salsa verde
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 c. mashed boiled potato
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 organic corn tortillas
  • 1/4 c. Spectrum shortening or coconut oil for frying

Directions

  • Heat tallow in medium large frying pan over medium heat  
  • Add shredded beef, salsa verde, cumin, salt and pepper
  • Boil, peel and mash 1-2 small potatoes (Yukon gold work well if you don’t have purple ‘taters!)
  • Heat shortening in a small frying pan, there should be 1/4″ of oil.
  • In center of each tortilla, spread about 2 Tbsp meat and 1 tbsp of potato down the center.  Roll into cigar-sized taquito and place the seam side–where the sides overlap–down in hot oil.
  • Turn and cook until tortilla is crispy on all sides.
  • Serve with salsa, sour cream, guacamole…

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Something fishy’s going on…

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Have you ever heard of JJ Virgin?  She’s a super nutritionist/health coach/fitness expert who wrote a best selling diet book called The VIrgin Diet last year.  She is totally my kind of nutritionist: organic, soy-free, gluten-free, healthy fats, good proteins, no artificial colors, flavors, etc…Image

About the time her book came out, her 16 year old son was hit by a car and sustained life-threatening injuries, including significant traumatic brain injury.  

I learned about this event from a Balanced Bites podcast sometime last year.  I loved the whole interview, but there was one little gem of information that JJ shared: After consulting with her alternative medicine friends (seriously, her friends are a Who’s Who of natural medicine), JJ slipped a mega dose of fish oil to her son…and he regained speech the next day.  Let that sink in.  20 mg fish oil.  Regained speech.

I did a little casual Googling, but I couldn’t find much additional information.  Then a few weeks ago, there was a little segment on CNN.

Mind. Blown.

Another flurry of research, a response to my query on JJ’s Facebook page, and some slightly obsessive number crunching, I decided it was something we should try.

I found this study that showed kids with ADHD who took a high dose of EPA/DHA fish oil had dramatic improvement in global severity of the condition. This pilot study administered 16.2 GRAMS of 2:1 ratio EPA:DHA fish oil. 10.8g:5.4g. They measured arachidonic acid:EPA ratio in plasma phospholipids. 

Improvements were noted by a “blinded” psychiatrist in inattention, hyperactivity, oppositional/defiant behavior and conduct disorder in all the kids who stuck with the oil for 8 weeks. There was a connection between AA:EPA ratio and severity of ADHD. 

Another Omega 3 researcher out of Harvard, Dr Andrew Stoll recommends a 7:1 EPA:DHA ratio. He and his wife, also a research psychiastrist out of Harvard, have developed a product called OmegaBrite that delivers 350 mg EPA per cap. To hit 10.8 grams, that would be about 30 caps, but they’re small. 

Nordic Naturals also has some other high concentrate EPA products: EPA, which would need 25 capsules; EPA Xtra, 20 caps; EPA Elite, which is EPA only, 13-14 caps. 
There are several other brands that might work. www.ourasdkids.com has a lot of high quality options. I’m partial to Nordic Naturals and Pharmax myself.  This is the oil JJ Virgin used to heal her son. I’m not entirely clear how she got it all in him, but I suspect a feeding tube then smoothies were involved.

For my own kids, I was concerned about HOW I was going to get that much fish oil into them. I settled on switching from Nordic Natural’s Children’s DHA to Nordic Natural’s Complete Omega Junior. My kids like the strawberry flavor and will voluntarily eat them straight. I let them eat almost all they want.  I also picked up some Nordic Natural’s EPA, which was the only high dose EPA on the shelf at my local health food store, and make sure they get at least 1 gel cap per day.  It’s been a slow increase.

So…I pulled all this information together a few weeks ago and gradually increased the dose.  We had a meeting with Kyle’s teachers today and they mentioned that things had stabilized a bit over the past two weeks.  Fingers crossed that it was the oils.  (We also started 19-channel LORETA neurofeedback, but have only had 2 sessions. More on that on a later post.)

Ask your doctor for guidance on dosing. I’m certainly going to pursue this. I also did some reading on EPA and mental health specifically and I’m now more convinced than ever that it’s worthwhile.

Fish oil.  Get some.

Two great tastes that taste great together!

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This is a recipe mashup.  I took the Bacon Sweet Potato Turkey Burger recipe from The Foodie and the Family and subbed out the cinammon for a heapin’ helpin’ of Savory Spice Mix from Practical Paleo. (Did you order your copy yet??) My Whole Foods had some sugar free bacon (the butcher SWORE it was sugar free, but now I’m not believing…  Damn!  I’m on a Whole30.)

First, I made a hash by cooking the chopped bacon, added mined onion, then the shredded sweet potatoes and 1 T savory spice mix.  When it was done I put it in a pyrex dish and stuck it in the freezer to cool off.  I mixed the turkey (I used 1.5 lbs) with one beaten egg, and when the hash was cooled off, added it to the meat, plus another 1 T.  Mixed it thoroughly with my hands and then made patties.

Delish!  My 5 yr old ate 4.  I may put this one into heavy rotation.

We are experiencing technical difficulties!

Welcome to More Than A Puzzle Piece!  Due to my steep learning curve, I haven’t manage to migrate any content to this URL.   Everything is still over at www.recoveryrd.wordpress.com.  I’ll get this show up and running very, very soon!

 

Jill