Sunday, August 28, 2016

Banned Chemicals Could Be Tied to Autism in Kids


Even though some banned chemicals haven’t been produced in a while; some dangerous chemicals could still be lingering in the environment.
It has been discovered that certain chemicals, particularly PCBs could cause damage to developing children while still in the womb, causing them to develop a higher risk of autism. PCBs or Polychlorinated Biphenyls, are a man-made chemical which was once used in a variety of household items, fluorescent lighting, and even electrical items. These chemicals have been banned since as early as the 1970s. However, these chemicals don’t break down easily, and could linger in our environment still today.
In a recent study, it was found that pregnant women who had higher levels of particular PCBs, could have as much as an 80% higher chance of their child developing autism. The same children had almost double the risks of also developing other intellectual disabilities.
The findings aren’t conclusive, however. The lead researcher on the case Kristen Lyall was quoted as saying that "Autism is a complex condition with many different causes, and those causes vary among individuals." Many experts believe that for a child to develop autism, they also need to have a genetic predisposition to the illness, as well as contributing environmental factors. There is still ongoing research into all of the environmental factors, with many experts believing that poor nutrition, infections, pesticides, air pollution are all contributing factors behind a child developing autism.
This latest study is interesting but exclusively point at PCBs as the only cause of autism. Pregnant women can take steps to help avoid their exposure to PCBs by getting rid of any old appliances and fluorescent globes and lights safely, trimming the excess fats from meat, and avoiding eating fish or shellfish from waters which may contain higher levels of PCBs.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#GFCF Sausage and Sweet Corn Muffins

A couple of tweaks to a delicous recipe I found on AllRecipes and I had a great GFCF breakfast option!

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces lean breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup melted margarine
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F ( 190 degrees C). Place paper liners in 12 muffin tin cups.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausages (if not packaged in bulk) and place in skillet. Break the sausage into small pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Cook until the sausage is crumbly and thoroughly cooked, about 7 minutes. Add bell pepper; cook for about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Push sausage mixture to one side of the pan and blot up some of the rendered fat with wadded paper towels leaving about 1 tablespoon. Let mixture cool.
  3. Place flour, corn meal, baking soda, and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl. Whisk until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and almond milk together. Add egg/almond milk mixture slowly to flour/cornmeal mixture. Add fresh corn kernels, green onions and reserved sausage mixture. Stir in melted margarine; mix just until flour is mixed in.
  5. Divide batter among cups in prepared muffin pan.
  6. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool to warm before serving.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Police Officers Require Additional Training to Help Them Deal with People with Autism

There is no doubt, that police officers and law enforcement officers face a difficult job, but are they being given the tools needed to do their job well when it comes to dealing with people suffering from autism? Studies have shown that over 69% of people suffering from autism were left troubled at how they were treated after dealing with police officers.

Police officers face a difficult job, dealing with aggressive people, intoxicated and drug affected people, and also people with mental illnesses, but are they getting the correct training when it comes down to interacting with people suffering mental conditions such as autism? Judging by the figures, it would appear they are not.

Network Autism, which is open and available to offer support and guidance to law enforcement officers and police officers, says “sensory-perceptual difficulties can make things like fluorescent lights, flashing lights, sirens and busy environments almost impossible to cope with. Experiencing sensations differently than others, disrupted routines and not knowing what to expect can lead to distraction, anxiety, and fear.”

People suffering from autism can find almost every aspect of interacting with police officers disturbing, while police not understanding the condition can often become frustrated with the person’s apparent lack of cooperation. Having trouble communicating is at the very center of autism, and this lack of clear communication between the police, and the autistic person is what leads to a breakdown in the interaction.

Hopefully, in the future, we will see more police organizations around the country, and the world, undertake training in how to recognize the signs of autism, and how better to interact with people suffering from autism. If you enjoyed the article, then please don’t hesitate to share it, and comment, thanks!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Banana Crepe Stack

Great breakfast I found on Allrecipes

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup Egg Beaters(R) Original
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (with rice flour)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 dash salt
  • PAM(R) Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate-flavored hazelnut spread
  • 3 medium bananas, peeled, thinly sliced
Directions
  1. Place milk, Egg Beaters, Fleischmann's, flour, sugar and salt in blender container. Blend until smooth to make crepe batter.
  2. Spray 10-inch nonstick skillet generously with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter in skillet; immediately tilt skillet to evenly cover bottom of skillet with batter. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned, turning once. Remove crepe from skillet and place on flat work surface. Repeat with remaining batter to make 4 additional crepes.
  3. Meanwhile, spread warm crepe with 1/3 of the peanut butter. Place peanut butter-side up on large plate. Top with 1/4 of the banana slices. Spread second crepe with 1 tablespoon hazelnut spread; place spread-side up on top of bananas. Top with another 1/4 of banana slices. Repeat layers with 2 more crepes, another 1/3 of the peanut butter and remaining hazelnut spread and bananas. Spread remaining 1/3 of the peanut butter on the last crepe and place peanut butter-side down on top.
  4. Cut into 6 slices with serrated knife.