January 13, 2021

Autism and the Good Enough Mum

Nearly every autism parent I connect with, at conferences, at talks, and online, has this sneaking fear.  And sometimes the fear isn’t very far in the background. This niggling, nasty, voice says things like: I did something wrong I must have made some mistake(s) I am the problem because my […]
January 3, 2017

What Happens When Autism Inflammation Stops?

Inflammation seems to be at the root of most (over 85%) of human ills.  Obesity.  Heart Disease.  Dementia.  Migraines.  Psoriasis.  Thyroid Problems.  Cancers.  Lupus.  Allergies.  ADHD.  Chronic pain.  And much, much more. Try doing a web browser search on the health issue that bothers you the most, alongside the word […]
January 2, 2017
photo of an abandoned storefront

Autism and RIP for Toronto’s ABC Sports Store

What on earth could mourning the many-years-ago passing of a sports store have to do with autism? Bear with me. There are a bunch of factors.  But they essentially amount to: The way we design, use, and either maintain or replace our gear has an impact on autism. The way […]
February 23, 2015

Autistics at Play

It’s not an easy thing for an extreme introvert with sensory sensitivities to spend a whole day at a conference.  Even though I’m really motivated to change the world’s understanding of autism, and am driven to do my absolute best, I often have a difficult few days afterwards, as my […]
January 10, 2015
bone broth in a freezer proof jar

Tips for Fastest, Easiest, Hyper-Nourishing Bone Broths

I recently realized that my kitchen is much more dedicated to efficiency than most people’s are. It’s not that I don’t like cooking… I love combining flavours in new ways, trying out new international spice blends. But I really like minimizing the time, mess, and fuss, while maximizing the benefits […]
June 21, 2014

Toxic Snail Mail – Another Hazard of Autism

You might think I’m joking.  Or you might even think I’m exaggerating for effect.  But no.  Sending mail  as physical letters and packages in Canada has recently become a guaranteed toxic hazard for people with autism. Why?  Quick refresher: the airways are the fastest pathway into the bloodstream man-made scents […]
April 9, 2014

Name-Calling: Autistic Person vs. Person with Autism

Last week, someone contacted me with some concerns about my language on this website.  I am quite cavalier about how I refer to the autistic state.  It may seem offensive to people who are politically minded, for me to be so direct or blunt.  It is not my intention to […]
February 28, 2014

Qigong Massage Averages 30% Improvements

Dr. Louisa Silva is one of the few North American MDs who is actively bridging the gap between Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  While Western medicine is really good at diagnosis and crises such as heart replacements and broken limbs, TCM is really good at keeping people from […]
August 16, 2013

Why do autistics rock, bounce and swing?

For many people working with those who have an autism spectrum condition, autism behaviours can be difficult to understand. This lack of understanding often translates into lack of empathy. I explain the reasons behind rocking, bouncing and swinging in the hopes that a better understanding of these behaviours will assist […]