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We’re so excited to meet more of you and share everything we know about healing from the toxic overload of autism and embracing the BLISSFUL beings beneath the autism mask. We recovered our child, Dougie through nutrition, energy healing, sensory learning, detoxification, homeschool/unschool and all natural, non-invasive HOME MADE healing. And, we did it all on the tightest budget imaginable (that is.. no budget at all).
We’ve designed this groundbreaking class to share our views and methods behind the true messages of autism and how we can both accept and honor our children’s differences and help them become their healthiest, truest selves.
We want to put the power to heal yourself and your family back into your hands where it belongs. You can learn about your body, your intuition and your specific nutritional and emotional/energetic needs. And, YOU CAN SAVE YOUR FAMILY!
autism Undone Intro Class
Come discover the root causes and natural solutions to autism. Find out how nutrition (built specifically for your needs), energy healing, sensory learning and other natural remedies helped undo our son’s autism and illness. And, how your children can THRIVE. The Bliss is in the JOURNEY, and life gets sweeter each day.
Coming To Asheville, NC July 3 with Emily Shaules of Raw Breakthrough
Emily, a former attorney, healed herself of Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis and many other “incurable” illnesses through nutrition and lifestyle changes. She coaches people worldwide how
ow to do the same. Emily lives in Asheville.
Rose Pilates: 670 Weaverville Hwy., Ste. 2, Asheville NC 28804
Each guest will receive an e-copy of Gina’s new book, “Are You Eating Your Bugs? — Your Probiotic Diet to Bliss” and a complete intro pack that guides you through implementing diet changes and our healing methods in your home.
PLUS: Special presentation on Detoxification By Emily Shaules of Raw Breakthrough
Healing autism means healing the root causes of all illness on Mama Earth, and we will show you how earth provides us with every natural solution to healing that we need. We will dig deep into energy, intention, food, detoxification, vaccinations and more.
Each class is uniquely tailored to the students in it. So, please come get your questions answered, and learn something new with us!
Get the Goods on:
- Vaccination and natural immunization
- Immune Building
- Supplements and Super Foods
- Body Ecology Diet
- Raw Foods
- Beginning Lifestyle change on a budget
- Tricks for getting picky eaters to try new things
- Starting slowly and taking baby steps for lasting results
- Using energy, intuition and intention to guide your way
- Gut/Brain Connection
- Candida/Yeast infections
- Fermented Foods and Probiotics
- Colon Health
- Sensory Learning
Get your personal questions answered (if we don’t have an answer we will find it).
Prepay through PayPal to secure your seat by June 28, 2011
Guess what? we can raise healthy kids! In fact, we can raise vibrant kids — autism just may prove to be what we need to become healthier and more radiant than ever!
If you love someone with autism and want to make their lives brighter, you will LOVE this class. See you there!
This class is for adults only (unless nursing).
Contact Gina@BlissedLife.com with questions or comments
Cleansing our cells from the build-up of various environmental toxins was a huge part of our recovery. In fact, we’re still doing it. When my son was first labeled with autism, he tested positive for many heavy metals, toxins, viruses as well as nutrient deficiencies. But lacked the core strength to detoxify.
Learning to be patient with our bodies’ natural cleansing abilities and building strength so that we could detoxify without risk of re-absorbing those toxins is one of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn.
As a mom who discovers that her child is loaded with mercury, cadmium, aluminum, antimony, lead (and more), but deficient in the nutrients he needs to develop his brain, detoxify poisons, and live and grow — I wanted to simply kill the “beast” right away. But, my intuition set me on a slower path.
Our bodies go through natural phases of cleansing and re-building. We need the rebuilding phase to strengthen our detoxification systems.
It’s spring now (finally) for most of us. And, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine — spring is the season for cleansing. Your liver has more functions than we can count, and plays a major role in your ability to cleanse yourself of toxins. Your liver must filter every single food, chemical, and even emotion that passes through you.
I thought I’d share this interview that my husband Doug did for Body Ecology last year. In it, he talks about the delicate balance we needed to create in order to detoxify our son. If you need help or have questions about detoxifying your child on the spectrum, don’t hesitate to ask. We are here. And, now may be the perfect time for you to start,
Q: It’s liver cleansing season. Doug, can you tell us how important detoxification was to your family during Dougie’s recovery and if you have changed his diet or added detoxification techniques during this time of year to help him cleanse more?
A: Well, it was clear to me very early on that my son, Dougie was filled with poisons. Many parents have different stories. But our son’s health gradually declined as a result of countless ear infections, throat infections, colds, fevers — you name it. At this point, of course, he was also regressing developmentally, but I didn’t link the two right away. At first, we went the traditionally accepted route and sought medical doctors and medicines to tackle his infections. But, Dougie kept getting sicker. Once he had the croup he kept getting it over and over again. It seemed that he never healed from one infection when another one popped up.
There was a part of me that always understood that there was this deeply rooted source of sickness inside of Dougie, and that maybe if we could conquer that we could get our little boy back. I wasn’t too familiar with the terms of detoxification yet.
At a certain point, the medicine just became too much. My wife, Gina and Dougie were both sick for at least six months without relief from coughs, fatigue digestive pain, and pneumonia. Gina’s health and the fact that she could express her feelings helped us gauge what was going on with Dougie a little easier. Once, we sat in the E.R. for Gina because we were certain that she had mono. They tested her. She had it. But, the doctor just told her to go home and rest. We were like, “What? Don’t you have a medicine for this?” And the ER doctor looked my wife in the eyes and said, “Honey you have been on way too many medications. They are not going to work for you anymore.” We were actually angry with him. We were just taught that there was a pill to solve any ailment. Gina couldn’t rest. She had to care for a sick baby all of the time. And they both kept getting sicker.
Soon after, we visited a new pediatrician for Dougie with the hopes of finding an answer to his chronic illness. We left with cough medicine, electrolyte enhancer, and another prescription for antibiotics. But we also left with a sense of hopelessness.
As Dougie screamed on the pediatrician’s table that day, with his eyes and nose full of mucous and his cough brutal, the doctor spent no more than ten minutes with him before just writing out a prescription and stating that we should give him a flu shot that same day.
And you know what? We would’ve done it. We always trusted doctors up until this point. But, Gina remembered her mom telling her that children should never be vaccinated when sick. We wondered if maybe the vaccine could cure his illness. We had no idea what vaccines really did. We just chose to listen to my mother-in-law’s advice for once. At the time we declined the flu shot, we had no idea of our rights to even do so. Gina just said that we would bring Dougie back for the vaccine when his infections were cleared. Thankfully we never did.
So, when my wife was boiling up the garlic tea to help Dougie push out his sickness, I completely understood that we needed to get rid of the infections that were causing him pain. I understood that the medications were somehow suppressing his natural ability to heal. After all, I could get sick with a cold and get well in two days. But, we chose the best doctors for Dougie, with the feeling that giving our son lots of medicines when he was ill, was giving him so much more than our parents could give us. He was vaccinated 24 times by the age of 18 months. We really thought we were doing the best for him.
We got letters in the mail from the mayor of our city reminding us when to vaccinate. We posted it on our fridge. We were new parents and we were proud to be able to provide such outstanding care for Dougie.
I wanted him to be healthy. My wife and I would do anything in our power to help relieve his pain.
We began detoxing him right away. Even before we found Body Ecology. Even before we completely took him off the prescription medicines, over-the- counter fever reducers and French fries, Gina was giving him Epsom salt baths and trying to get him to drink garlic and ginger tea, which were things she learned about through her research.
Still, we were both afraid of what might happen to Dougie if we removed the antibiotics. We knew that pneumonia could be deadly. Gina and her mom would hold Dougie down to make sure he got his correct dosage. Gina would be on the phone with the doctor’s office asking for advice for how to get the medicine into him. I remember her asking the nurse one day, “When can I stop giving him these medicines, they make him so unhappy?” Our doctors and nurses felt for us. But they did not have answers that helped us. Poor Dougie got to a point where he didn¹t trust us at all. He would seal his mouth shut so tight that if we wanted to feed him anything, he resisted.
I grew impatient with my wife when her attempts at natural healing didn’t seem to work. But, looking back I have to admit that although we were getting him to drink homemade detox teas, we kept him on medications from the doctor for quite some time and we didn’t really change his diet.
I mention all of these details because it took this much time and this much accumulation of toxicity — infections, medications, vaccinations and the negative stress to create the toxic build up inside Dougie. It took so much time for me to fully grasp his toxic load. Over time, we found out that he has tremendously high levels of cadmium, antimony, mercury and other heavy metals.
We saw his health improve quickly after we began the Body Ecology Diet with Dougie.
I understand now that he couldn¹t properly detoxify because he was still being poisoned. Even my stress over trying to get the medications into him and worrying about his health added to his toxic load. Our family home energy was thick with stress.
Little by little we began to recover his physical health by adding fermented foods like coconut kefir and cultured green salsa. We also gradually got rid of gluten, casein, sugar, and processed foods. I listened to Donna Gates’ Detoxification series recently, and learned that the body cannot detoxify if it has no energy. Dougie was completely depleted of energy when we first began Body Ecology.
But in very little time, he began coming back to us. Once the coughs and infections were under control, boy did we see detox! I mean he released so much junk in his stool. As a parent, it was very sad to see that all of these things were stored inside my baby’s body.
But, we had to go slowly. His body was still very fragile. Often times I would come home from work and Dougie would be frantic and tantrumming. We didn’t have all the answers as to why he was acting in such extreme behaviors. We doubted the diet at times.
However, Gina was determined that this diet would work, and until she had a
really great grasp on how to do it effectively for Dougie , we did not practice any other forms of detox for him. Of course, we always felt like we could be doing more, but in the end, I think slow and steady progress is what got us this far.
After about a year of Doing Body Ecology, Gina got up the courage to do home enemas on herself and Dougie to help further detox. I was against this at first. It sounded really strange. But, when Dougie began asking for enemas, I knew they were doing something great for him.
In fact, although Dougie was non-verbal for a long time, when he was receiving an enema, he would often speak full and complete sentences. This was a sign to us that the build-up of toxins had something to do with his lack in verbal language. Gina added home enemas, skin brushing castor oil packs, sound and movement therapy, massage, Reiki and raw foods to our detox plan back in April of 2007 and Dougie’s development soared.
We’ve never gone back. These detox tools remain a part of our life. We rotate them in and out. We are at a point where we don¹t do enemas unless Dougie asks for them. Because, we know he will ask if he needs them. I think it’s important also to understand that although most of us are detoxing daily, our kids with toxic overload seem to be very fragile. They cannot handle very deep cleanses. So you always have to be building them up, energizing them, nourishing them, and making digestion easy so that they don¹t have extra stuff to release.
During the season of liver detox, Gina likes to add in a special fermented beet juice and cultured beet cracker made with turmeric and artichoke among other things. Dougie loves these and they definitely help him cleanse.In fact, because of my wife, my son has learned more about his body than most adults I know. He will tell us when something is good for his tummy or his brain.
We continue to see him detoxify from the many poisons that were built up inside of him. But, the process is much easier now that we have a real handle on how detoxification works naturally in the body.
Doug recently left his job and moved his family across the country in order to spend more valuable time with his son, Dougie. His wife, Gina runs a one-year autism recovery program for families who want to use Body Ecology, raw foods, energetic and sensory healing to overcome the toxicities related to the autism diagnosis.
I’d love to help you create Bliss and Balance in your life through healthy eating and more! Contact me for your personalized session!
We’re taking our healing machine hearts on the road to talk, teach, learn and share with you. So, let me know if you are interested in having us come to your neck of the woods.
June 5 Cultured Foods Class with Sass
Gut Health Marries Gut Instinct
2 – 5:30 pm
Chicago, North Side private Res. email Gina@Blissedlife.com for details
I’m bored with the same-old fermenting classes where I shred some cabbage, and show you how to handle the precious probiotic bugs.
This class will teach you everything you need to know about making your own DELICIOUS fermented foods at home. But, I also have to show you why you’ll love them.
Discover how to use and improve upon your intuition, and create the most satisfying diet for yourself! Join me for an interactive workshop that will totally Bliss your socks off.
You’ll learn how to nourish and listen to your “gut feelings” in order to align with what foods are right for you.
We’ll ferment vegetables, coconut kefir, nuts, seeds, butter and even CHOCOLATE! Plus get the heaping scoop of fermenteds that will make animal products more digestible, and help turn toxic by-products of meat into useful amino acids.
For centuries, people have fermented foods for the sake of preservation. Now, we realize the importance and DELICIOUSNESS of adding them into our daily lives.
Fermented foods are full of healthy bacteria (probiotics) that make your gut happy. And, a happy gut means that you can digest your food better.
Fermented foods were a Major factor in my family’s healing from autism, candida, seizure disorder, fatigue, acne and more. I can’t wait to share them with you.
The Intuitive Side:
- Intuition Building exercises
- Gut Health and Gut Instincts
- Getting Grounded
- Asking and Receiving Intuitive Answers
- Using Your Dreams to Guide You
- Eating Clean (what does that mean for your body?)
- Food Energy (yin/yang) and Healing Powers
Everyone leaves with
- A jar of cultured veggies
- A recipe book
- Tons of info on how to easily incorporate fermented foods into your busy life.
Plus enjoy some of my fave fermented food treats
Can’t wait to see you!
The class is $44/person. Prepay through PayPal to secure your seat.
photo credit: Maxime Vallette
As you also know, Bio Sperfood has been a very helpful addition to my son’s healing, and we have had so much success with it that I decided to share it with you.
for info on the product and how we fist began using it, click here: http://ginalaverde.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/bio-algae-concentrates-for-autism-recovery/
The idea of balance plays a huge role when using this supplement. It is extremely powerful. While there has always been social, developmental, digestive and immune progress with this supplement, at times it makes Dougie, my son, really edgy and stimmy. Too much of anything can cause results that we don’t like. But, how do we know how much is the right aount for us?
I don’t believe that detox and healing should be painful. I try to make Dougie’s days go by as smoothly as I possibly can. Because we use whole-food supplements and no medicines, I know that when he has a reactionit is most likely that he has simply had as much as he can handle. Slowing way down with dosages of Bioage has helped me determine how much y son needs. And, if/when you begin your journey with this, I highly recommend beginning with the smallest drip/drop possible. As in.. breaking open the pills and only eating the smallest amount first. It’s powerful stuff.
I have learned how to balance Bio Sperfood with other foods in order to give it to him in a way that supports his healing.
This product is very expansive. It can over-stimulate (I have not seen any proof of this recorded, but I have seen it in my home). So I urge you to go slowly with it.
If we think of creating balance in our systems as creating harmony, it may help us to understand that what we want to create is a steady calm rhythm. Seeing as though we heal in moments of stillness, my goal should is to create stillness within his systems.
Detox in itself (although necessary) upset Dougie’s system for a short period, because I went too fast with it.
When unsavory detox symptoms are occurring you can use your mommy instincts to bring Balance back.
The Mommy Instinct:
Often, painful detox symptoms will resemble an exaggerated version of the person’s illness. If we are suffering from autism — detoxing may make us either more stimmy (hyper, injurious, spinny, tantrums etc) or more distant.
Detox (die off) symptoms can also take us to the opposite side of the spectrum. But, when we are making positive lifestyle and diet changes we are pretty certain to see some type of die-off symptoms.
A system on overload can react in either way.
So, we must take care to stop and listen to the needs of our children and loved ones. This is where slowing down is so helpful.
It’s clear to me that the bioage caused detox. It’s a clean, whole-food based algae supplement — so, when Dougie experiences too much die-off or painful symptoms we simply slow down or take breaks from it.
As moms, I believe we can help heal our loved ones without knowing the scientific cause of these symptoms.
- If we are caring for someone who has become over-stimulated they need things that will bring them into calm. Think of ways you can address their needs without putting in more medicine/supplements etc. Observe your child closely, (close your eyes if you have to) and ask yourself what he needs. You have the answer. If it feels right it probably is and if you are questioning it there must be a great reason.
These methods have worked for me. I use them all the time to bring us back into balance.
- Dry skin brushing, massage, lavender oil (burning or boil dried lavender)
- Classical music
- Dim light or candle light
- Unplug all electrical devices
- Take out doors if possible
- Allow a healthy outlet for too much energy (rebounding, running, singing, even singing loud in safe place)
- Enema/ spa time ( to let out build up)
- If we are caring for someone who has become distant, lethargic and lacks interaction with us they may need some stimulation
- Tummy rubs to stimulate digestion
- Mineral broth soup and foods with high nutrient content)
- Enema and spa to release build up
Ask for balance in your life so that you can see how to extend it into the life of your loved ones. You will know that you can use these methods to help yourself too. And, if you consider all things… All things that affect the child’s life you will know how to begin bringing balance back to him.
To me, there is only one disease, and that is the state of not being balanced and “happy” inside ourselves.
My mommy instinct:
My son pretty much pulled out of autism at age 4. Although, at the time he certainly did not act like a 4 year old. I had to consider the time “lost” when he was ill. And so, I brought him back to all of the developmental and social places he needed to go in order to come back into himself.
At 4 years old I put him back in my bed with me. I help him more. I even walked him to school holding him. At this point ( at some levels) I was dealing with a newborn. There were places in his development that he totally missed because he was sick. I began encouraging crawling and babbling (even though he was talking – he stuttered a lot and repeated a lot)
I stopped correcting his language altogether. I stopped trying to get him to hold a fork correctly or eat a certain way.
What did your child miss? Can you somehow recreate that?
Using the Bio Supefood in amounts that Dougie can handle has physically worked on his brain to help him speak more clearly, write letters clearly, walk more balanced, and the improvements continue.
Dougie currnetly takes 1/2 to 1 F2 daily with interediate breaks. y hubby and I take Bio Superfood as well. I’ll have more info on that soon.
I’d love to help you create Bliss in your life through healthy eating! Contact me for your personalized session!
Please ask me if you have specific questions or need advice about implementing any of this.
By, Gina LaVerde
The right food has a magical way of making you feel good.
When we start our day with a green drink (smoothie or juice), we get a delicious jolt of energy and an amazing sense of creative clarity.
That’s because these green drink recipes are high in nutrition ( I mean like enzymes, minerals, vitamins, protein, and more love than I can count on my fingers and toes), low in sugar and extremely hydrating.
A green drink in the morning helps rehydrate us after our slumber time and also helps bring our blood back to alkaline (when the blood s alkaline, bad stuff is less likely to lurk).
So, you want to make things better in your life? Food is an excellent way to begin. Green drinks work for me… what works for you?
Here are some of our faves. You can juice or blend these for different results. Play with it. See what you like best. I’ll post more tomorrow.
Juice or blend 1 head romaine, 2 stalks celery, 1 cucumber and enough strawberries/raspberries to make the drink RED in color. RED is a grounding color. Having this in the morning can be very grounding. Mix with kefir and stevia. YUM!
The Farmer’s Market ( Body Ecology Style)
In High speed blender, blend 1 bunch Swiss chard, 2 zucchini, 2 yellow squash,3 cucumbers,2 lemons,1 bunch romaine,1 inch ginger,1 bunch mint,(1 green apple or other sour fruit to sweeten if needed)
This makes huge family sized smoothie or enough to last you the day or longer.
In high speed blender, blend 1 to 2 oz fresh ginger root, peeled and diced, 2 handfuls lacinato kale (or juice the kale and ginger first then add to blender), 2 handfuls baby spinach, 2 green apples, and water to taste
Blend 3 cucumbers,1 bunch cilantro,3 limes and 2 handfuls spinach and water to taste
Blend 1 large bunch organic parsley, 1 green apple, 1 cucumber, and 2 cups frozen berries and water to taste
Blend 3 cucumbers, 1 green apple, 1- 2 bunches of mint and water to taste
3 stalks celery with leaves, 2 handfuls spinach, 1 head romaine, huge chunk jicama, 2 inches ginger, ½ cup soaked almonds or nut/seed/coconut milk (fermented coconut meat and kefir is a good idea for those sensitive to nuts)
Juice or blend 3 green apples, 2 lemons, 4 stalks celery, 2 inches ginger, 1 bunch of carrot tops (green part) 1 red pepper, and 2 cucumbers. Enjoy with a straw.
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