Everyone with ASD Is Different. But These 21 Experiences Are Familiar to Many Autism Families

When we talk about autism, we often speak seriously. And it’s no wonder why: autism is a serious disorder that is associated with many strengths but also many challenges. Let’s face it, though: people with and without autism are funny, and we can all get a real riot out of all the universal things we tend to think, say, and do. And everyone with autism may be different, but because it is characterized bydiffering degrees of social struggles, communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviors, there are plenty of familiar experiences out there that unite people touched by autism and make them say: “That’s so true!”

So to lighten up things a little bit and laugh about our lives, we asked you to finish this sentence: “You might be an autism parent if…” We got so many funny and heartwarming responses, we couldn’t resist sharing these 21 of them with you (number 19 is, without a doubt, my favorite. I’m not ashamed to say I laughed out loud!).

Mother with kids on kitchen

(Note: Posts have been edited for grammar.)


Your son has shirts of all his favorite TV characters but spends most of his time in only underwear… –David W.


You have to stand and wait for a door to close just so your child can open it themselves! –Becky M.


Your child is terrified of noise but is one of the loudest people you’ve ever met! Love him though! –Corrina B. B.

Kid Screams with his Hands on his Eras


Forgetting the iPad is considered an “emergency!” –Miranda W.


Your son’s teacher tells you he corrected her in front of the whole class when she got some facts about the Titanic incorrect! –Michaela L.


Your child loves to eat French fries but won’t eat mashed potatoes even though you explain and show him that it’s French fries, just mashed… –Rebecca F. L.

Mum feeding picky eater


Your child has absolutely no concept of time whatsoever. Freaks out if late for something but moves as slow as molasses. –Robin S. L.


Gently shampooing your toddler’s hair causes the police to think that a murder is going on in your bathroom! –Bonnie S.

Boy taking a bath and crying. Little boy upset in a bathtub, mot


You have an entire conversation that consists of nothing but lines from his favorite movies. –Jeannie P.


Your son can construct the Eiffel Tower out of Legos but never wants to leave the house to see it in person. –Angela C. B.


You’re standing less than three feet away, calling their name, and they ignore you, but when Mickey Mouse comes on the TV upstairs, they race off to watch it. –Belinda S.

Little boy watching cinema on TV


You say things like “Stop licking the porch” or “Quit drinking the pool water.” –Patricia L. B.


Your daughter can tell you in detail the mummification process but can’t tell you why she walked outside. –Melissa L.


Your heart swells with pride because your child has plucked up the courage to say “hi” to a friend you unexpectedly meet when you are out. –Theresa T.

father play son side of the beach


Your five-year-old son spins in the same spot for 20 minutes and doesn’t get dizzy. –Cynthia P.


Your child doesn’t comprehend mockery but is a Master Mocker of all sounds, including car wheels, animals, and electronics. –Janelle A.


The main item on your shopping list is ketchup. –Anne C.

Alimentation Enfant


Your child draws squares on his schoolwork papers and writes, “Put the A here” for his teacher. –Kathleen G. M.


You get overly excited for a random hug, kiss, or sign of affection. –Jes L.


The love you felt when they placed him/her in your arms for the very first time and it is still there 30 years later when they do something on their own and are so proud of it! –Anna T. N.

Mother and son sitting on couch and holding hands

Source: Theautismsite.com

Ed Sheeran serenades young fan with Rett Syndrome at Epsom Hospital

Ed sings to Melody and her parents

By  Craig Richard

A brave young girl living with a rare condition was serenaded by her musical hero at her hospital bedside today.

Nine-year-old Melody Driscoll has Rett Syndrome, a condition that affects brain development and causes physical and mental disability, and is often an inpatient on Casey Ward – the children’s ward at Epsom Hospital.

During long stays in hospital there’s always one thing certain to brighten Melody’s mood – flame-headed singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

Her parents launched a campaign for her to meet Ed, and today (Wednesday, November 9), he obliged.

Epsom Guardian:

Ed signed Melody’s pink guitar before treating her to two of his hits, Thinking Out Loud and Photograph, before posing for snaps and meeting other young inpatients.

Dr Ruth Charlton, Consultant Paediatrician and Joint Medical Director, said: “We are so touched that Ed would take the time out of his busy schedule to visit Melody and the other young patients on the ward.

“Melody was mesmerised by Ed, and it was a truly wonderful to see how happy he made her.

“We would like to thank Ed for coming – this was a very special day for our staff, our patients and of course, Melody.”

Epsom Guardian:

Melody’s mum Karina, (pictured above with Dr Charlton and Ed Sheeran), who launched the campaign, said: “Melody absolutely loves Ed’s music, and his lyrics mean so much to us as a family. It was amazing to meet Ed, and everyone could see just how impressed Melody was – she even got hugs and kisses from him!

“We joke that Ed is Melody’s boyfriend because she is so taken with him, and now that she’s met him in person a dream has come true.

“Ed’s music and the staff here, including Melody’s consultant Dr Tim Marr, have kept her alive.”

Ward Manager Karen Kilday, said: “It was wonderful to see Ed on the ward and to see the joy that it brought to Melody. His caring and relaxed approach were evident to see and everyone on the ward that day will remember the visit and this lovely moment forever.”

Source: Epsomguardian.co.uk


Jamaican Doctor in Canada Receives Award for Work with Sickle Cell Disease

Jamaican Doctor Anya McLaren

Written by Xavier Murphy

Jamaican pediatrician Dr. Anya McLaren, a specialist in respiratory medicine, has been awarded the Pediatrics Scientific Abstract Award from the American Thoracic Society (ATS). Dr. McLaren received the award for her groundbreaking work in sickle cell disease. Originally from Kingston and now based The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, Dr. McLaren’s research involves the effects of hydroxyurea on the decline of pulmonary function in children suffering from sickle cell. The research found that the drug improves the pulmonary function in these children by more than 33 percent. In her acceptance speech upon receiving the award, Dr. McLaren said it was “tremendously meaningful” for the ATS to recognize the work of her team and hoped that the study will contribute to improving treatment of sickle cell disease in young people. Dr McLaren graduated from St Andrew High School for Girls in Kingston and the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Canada. Dr. McLaren’s mother is Dr. Ingrid McLaren, who is a lecturer an associate dean of the faculty of humanities and education at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Her father is captain Louis McLaren, formerly with the Air Wing of the Jamaica Defense Force and the Sandals Group.

Jamaica Defense Force and the Sandals Group.

Source: Jamaicans.com

Easing the Toll of Sickle Cell Disease in Childbirth


Creating hospital teams devoted to treating pregnant women who havesickle cell disease reduced death rates for those women by almost 90 percent, a study at a major hospital in Ghana showed.

Sickle cell disease is common in West Africa, and among black people in the Americas whose ancestors came from West Africa. It is caused by a genetic mutation that if inherited from only one parent protects against malaria, but if inherited from both parents can be lethal. Red blood cells can collapse into curved “sickle” shapes and clump together to jam capillaries, sometimes causing excruciating pain, shortness of breath and death.

At the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, the capital of Ghana, women with sickle cell disease were about 12 times as likely to die in childbirth as women without it, according to a study presented last month at the American Society of Hematology.

To overcome that, the hospital formed teams of nurses, obstetricians and blood and lung specialists and assigned them to care for all pregnant women with the disease. If the women suffered serious pain or breathing crises, and when they began labor, they got beds in two wards overseen by the team.

With help from an American team led by Dr. Michael R. DeBaun, a pediatric hematologist who directs the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, Korle-Bu adopted proven care protocols. Those included giving transfusions before cesarean sections and treating women experiencing chest pain by having them take deep breaths and blow hard, which helps prevent lung collapse.

Because Korle-Bu could not afford spirometers, patients were taught to simply blow up balloons, Dr. DeBaun said. The hospital was given some fingertip sensors that measured how much oxygen was in the blood.

“Previously, patients would be sitting there with air hunger, but no one knew it,” Dr. DeBaun said.

Acute chest syndrome, which resembles pneumonia, was common among pregnant women with sickle cell disease and so serious that “it was previously considered a death sentence,” Dr. DeBaun said.

The sensors cost only about $200 each, so the hospital should be able to afford more, he added.

After the teams and protocols were in place, the hospital’s rate of maternal deaths in childbirth for women with sickle cell disease dropped to 1.1 percent from 9.7 percent. Also, the women suffered only about one-quarter as many episodes of severe chest or joint pain. Deaths of babies also dropped by about one-third.

“It was a real learning curve that allowed us to have this terrific drop in deaths,” Dr. DeBaun said. “And it’s sustained — the teams are still in place and the death rates are still low.”

Source: Nytimes.com

10 Surprising Benefits Of Earl Grey Tea You Never Knew

Tegan Jones
 I love Earl Grey tea. I enjoy it so much that I even wrote an article on the history of Earl Grey for my blog. I discovered Earl Grey doesn’t just have a unique and tasty flavor (although not everyone would agree with that), it also has a wide range of benefits.

1. Good for Your Teeth

Tea contains very high levels of catechin, an antioxidant that fights oral infections. Fluoride is also a natural component of Earl Grey tea, and it’s also found in tap water. Fluoride is good for your teeth because it protects them from cavities, as well as fighting decay. So if you’re not a fan of city water, Earl Grey can be another natural way to get your daily dose of fluoride.

2. Digestion

Earl Grey tea has been known to improve digestion. It aids in the digestive process and helps relieve painful indigestion, colic and nausea. It is also used to treat intestinal problems such as worms. Because it helps the digestive process, it can also help to keep you regular.

3. Fights Anxiety and Depression

The bergamot in Earl Grey tea has been known to have a calming effecton people, as well as to boost a person’s mood. This is due to bergamot’s natural aromatherapy qualities. In this way Earl Grey is a good natural solution for people suffering from depression, stress and anxiety.

4. Energy

It may not have as much as a kick as coffee, but it does contain enough caffeine to give you a nice little afternoon boost without keeping you up all night.

5. Cancer Prevention

Earl Grey contains high quantities of antioxidants, which help our bodies to fight off free radicals that cause diseases such as cancer. Therefore, drinking the tasty beverage can give you a greater chance of not developing such diseases.

On a slightly less serious note, antioxidants also help your skin to stay healthy and looking young. Again, this is due to fighting free radicals that can damage your skin.

6. Weight Loss

Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular effects of Earl Grey tea is weight loss. This is primarily due to its citrus extract. It’s because of this that many people believe that citrus fruits in general can induce weight loss. It’s thought that calories are either broken down into food for your muscles or released through the natural metabolic process. So instead of cream or sugar, try putting lemon in your future cups of tea instead.

7. Prevention of Heart Disease

Good news everyone! Apparently, drinking three cups of Earl Grey tea daily may help lower your risk for heart disease. A study published in 2012 in Preventative Medicine found that people who drank three cups of black tea daily dramatically lowered their blood triglyceride levels and increased the ‘good cholesterol’ HDL after three months. The participants also had increased levels of antioxidants, which, as we now know, fight against free radicals that damage your cells.

Further research conducted by the University of Cantanzaro in Italy has also yielded positive results. A study of over two hundred patients with high levels of blood fats found that LDL (also know as ‘bad cholesterol) ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) was reduced by 39 per cent after a month of taking Earl Grey extract. It also reduced blood sugars by 22 per cent and raised ‘good’ cholesterol by 41 per cent. The reduction in blood sugar also shows that Earl Grey may be highly beneficial for those suffering with diabetes.

8. Stress Relief

Unlike the effects of coffee, Earl Grey tea relaxes and soothes the body almost instantly. It also has a stress relief effect whilst simultaneously providing the same clarity and focus as coffee. This makes it the perfect alternative for those who don’t want to get overly wired from coffee.

9. Cold Relief

The bergamot found within Earl Grey is said to improve the immune system as well as cure fevers. As such, it’s considered to be a natural cold remedy.

10. It Keeps You Hydrated

And no, not just because you take it with water.

Unlike the dehydrating properties of coffee, tea helps you stay hydrated and maintains the body’s fluid balance because of its high potassium content.

Source: Lifehack.org


Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tim Noakes Diet: Banting made simple

UPDATED: Strictly speaking, it’s not correct to call Cape Town sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes’ low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet ‘Banting’, but he doesn’t mind if you do. The eponymous William Banting was fat – a heavily overweight, ailing British undertaker, and he ate low carbs on the advice of Dr William Harvey in 1862. Banting lost weight and felt great. Harvey wrote about it, but under pressure from medical colleagues, modified the diet into high-protein, low-fat. German physician Dr Wilhelm Ebstein took it to Europe, and changed to high-fat, low-carb after realising the key was replacing carbs with fat, not protein, as fat reduced hunger more effectively. So it’s more correct to call Noakes’ diet  ‘Ebstein’, or ‘ketogenic’. Banting may stick in SA, where it is a culinary ‘revolution’, with Banting restaurants, meals and products popping up all over the place.

That has had some doctors and dietitians frothing at the mouth, and looking on Noakes as SA’s next ‘Dr Death’. President of the Association for Dietetics in SA Claire Julsing Strydom has reported Noakes to the Health Professions Council of SA for telling a mother on Twitter that good foods for baby weaning are LCHF – in other words meat and veg. The hearing is looking like the nutrition equivalent of the Spanish inquisition, as  orthodoxy seeks to silence Noakes and his heretical viewsonce and for all. Whether they will succeed is anyone’s guess. What’s more certain is that Banting is going global , as evidence piles up in favour of its safety and efficacy to treat insulin resistance and for weightloss. Here, Noakes gives clarifying fundamentals, followed by an Idiot’s Guide to his LCHF diet. 

By Marika Sboros
Cape Town sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes is in great shape. At 65, after four years on his low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet, his energy levels are stratospheric; his running has improved spectacularly.

“I don’t run as fast as I ran in my 20s, but I’m running faster and further in training, and with more enjoyment than I did 20 years ago,” he says.

He hasn’t gained a gram of the 20kg he lost in the first two years on the diet, and his health has improved.  Noakes has type 2 diabetes (it’s in his family history) and developed it despite religiously eating the recommended high-carb, low-fat diet for 33 years that experts told him would prevent diabetes. He could probably do without medication to control it, but prefers to have “perfect blood glucose control’’.

He sleeps like a baby and no longer snores – for which wife Marilyn is deeply grateful – and no longer falls asleep in front of the TV. All other ailments – recurring bronchitis, rhinitis, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastric reflux for which he was considering surgery – have disappeared.

Controversy still peppers his diet, with some saying it’s unscientific and dangerous – and so is Noakes.  The science for and against LCHF and Noakes was scrutinised by an international gathering of top LCHF scientists and researchers at the low-carb, high-fat summit in Cape Town  from February 19 to 22. Noakes hosted the event  with Karen Thomson, granddaughter of the late pioneering cardiac surgeon Prof Chris Barnard, and the cream of international LCHF medical and scientific experts on the speakers’ panel.

Here he clarifies terminology  of his LCHF diet, and gives an Idiot’s Guide to getting started:

Is your diet Atkins?

No, Atkins is higher protein than ours. Ours is high-fat, moderate-protein.

Is it Paleo?

No. Paleo is low in carbs, but not as low as we go. It excludes cereals and dairy, but includes fruit, which we don’t, except for some berries that are high in nutrition and low in carbs.

Is it Banting?

It’s probably more correct to call it Ebstein – after German physician Dr Wilhelm Ebstein who first made it high-fat. That was the diet Sir William Osler promoted in his monumental textbook: The Principles and Practices of Medicine, published in the US in 1892. Anyone who claims Banting or Ebstein diets are fads simply knows nothing about medical nutrition history. Nutrition did not begin in 1977 as our students seem to be taught.

Any weighing of food on your diet?

No. That’s a joke. You can’t predict accurately the absolute calorie content of foods when eaten by humans. You don’t know how many calories each person needs. The only way to work that out is by weighing yourself. If your weight stays stable, you’re eating the same number of calories you are expending. If you are lean, that’ll probably be the correct number of calories for your body and activity level. There’s no other way remotely accurate enough to measure your calorie needs.

Is your diet extreme?

Only in that it’s extremely low in carbohydrate – the one nutrient for which humans have absolutely no essential requirement. In 1977, when we were told to eat diets extremely high in carbohydrates, human health started to fail on a global scale. Moderation is a smug, puritanical word. No mammal eats in moderation. In nature all diets are extreme – lions eat only meat, polar bears mainly fat, panda bears only bamboo shoots, giraffes only acacia leaves. Balance is what has worked for each of these species for millions of years.

Is it right for everyone?

No diet is right for everyone. LCHF is best for people who are insulin resistant.

Critics say the Tim Noakes diet is dangerous because of  high saturated fat. Is saturated fat ever a health threat?

It can be, in the presence of a high carbohydrate/sugar diet that causes elevated insulin concentrations due to the excessive carb intake. Insulin directs an altered metabolism, with the formation of the damaging oxidised (LDL) cholesterol that is probably a key component in heart disease.

So what’s the key?

To eat a diet that keeps blood insulin and glucose concentrations low, because elevated insulin concentrations especially  are linked to long-term health problems. We say: eat what your appetite directs you to. Once you cut the carbs we think your brain will tell you if you need more fat or protein. It’s about finding the balance that works for you.

On to the fundamentals when starting on your diet – what to cut out?

Bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, pizza, sugar, all grains and cereals, processed, packaged, boxed, adulterated foods, cakes, sweets, biscuits, fizzy drinks, all the addictive things. Anything sweet and starchy has to go – and low-fat foods.

What to keep in?

Fat and protein. You can eat fat in relatively unlimited amounts, but only moderate protein. A healthy high-protein diet for humans doesn’t exist. If your diet was 100% protein, you’d quickly get sick and die. You can’t really overdose on fat; it reduces appetite, and it’s the best way to get over sugar addiction.

What are good protein sources?

Start with eggs, full-fat dairy, cheese, yoghurt – good fallback foods. Fish and chicken – with the skin, not battery fed – and some meat, preferably organic, or at least pasture-raised, not from animals raised in feed lots and fed grains, because that destroys the meat’s quality. Meat’s not a main focus, but we like lamb because it’s fatty and pasture fed. Boerwors is fine, but without cereal in it, and bacon, preferably not very smoked.

And good fat sources?

Butter, cream – ladle meat and veg with butter; put cream in  tea or coffee. Coconut oil, very healthy, everyone should have two tablespoons of it daily.  Avocados. Nuts – almonds, walnuts, pecan nuts, especially macadamia nuts, they are like drops of fat – all tree nuts. Not peanuts or cashews. They’re legumes, not nuts.

Dairy can be problematic?

Only for people with diarrhoea, lactose intolerance, or who battle to lose weight – that happens mostly to women. It may well be that fat increases their hunger rather than satisfies it. We don’t know if it’s just an effect of saturated fat in some people. The easiest way to cut fat in that case is to cut dairy, and eat other sources of fat, such as oily fish, and avocado.

What about vegetables?

All vegetables have carbohydrates, but we recommend those with lowest carb, highest
nutrient content: leafy greens such as kale, it’s one of the most nutritious vegetables; also cauliflower, broccoli, they’re on our green list – (in The Real Meal Revolution, co-authored by Jonno Proudfoot, Sally-Ann Creed and David Grier).

Can you be a vegetarian on your diet?

Yes, if you eat dairy products, but we advise adding eggs and fish. Vegetarians who cheat can be incredibly healthy.

You can’t be a vegan on your diet?

Well, I know a vegan athlete, a former professional cyclist who eats 80% fat in his diet – lots of coconut oil and avos. It’s an extreme diet, but it works for him. Clearly his gut flora can handle it. I met someonewho eats only raw meat. We don’t know what the bacteria in their guts are doing, and how those bacteria might compensate for what we might perceive as intake “deficiencies”.

What carb-fat-protein ratio is best?

Depends on how sick you are. If you’re diabetic, we say 20% to 30% protein, 60% to 70% fat, 5% carbs. The sicker you are, the more fat you need, because fat is insulin neutral. The more insulin resistant you are, the more fat you can eat, because even when the pancreas fails, fat is the only fuel you can metabolise safely without requiring insulin. It’s perfect for blood sugar control. We don’t tell people how many grams to eat, except for carbs – around 25g if you are really sick.

What about alcohol?

It’s a toxin, and slows weight loss on our diet significantly. We say: first lose the weight, and  reintroduce alcohol in small amounts if you must. The diet is a fine line. If you don’t fall on the right side of the fat, protein, carb ratio, just one apple, a beer or two glasses of wine will put you on the wrong side, and you will not enjoy the benefits you should from cutting carbs.

No sweet ‘cheat’ treats at all?

A small piece of dark chocolate is fine, but many people can’t eat just one small piece  – like smokers who can’t have one cigarette. The key is to get sugar out the diet. People don’t understand how addictive sugar is, or what it actually is – not just sucrose, the white stuff, also high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in processed foods. That’s what I classify as sugar, the really addictive one. If you can get people down to 25g of carbs a day for a few months with no added sugar, the brain no longer searches for sugar. That’s what makes our diet so successful.

And best snacks?

Nuts, biltong, cheese, coconut – I love coconut chips best of all. And fullcream yoghurt.

How often should you eat?

Depends on how sick or obese you are. I’m diabetic, so in my opinion the less frequently I eat the better. I eat a big breakfast, snack a little at two in the afternoon and eat dinner at seven.

Source: Biznews.com


Marijuana Use Linked with Vomiting Cycles in Young Men

Researchers investigating marijuana use have discovered that use of the substance among young males is linked with cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS), a condition where patients experience episodes of vomiting separated by symptom free intervals.

A study conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York looked at CVS patients and compared them with people with other conditions. One group of people had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), whose symptoms include pain, fullness gas and bloating over more than 3 days. Another had functional vomiting (FV), which is which is recurrent vomiting that cannot be attributed to a specific physical or psychiatric cause.

The 13-year study of 226 patients included 82 CVS patients, 82 IBS Patients and 62 FV patients.

“Our study showed that CVS and FV had very similar clinical features, apart from marijuana use,” said Dr. G Richard Locke III from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Clinic.

One of the differences between CVS and FV was retching, which was more common in patients with CVS (69% versus 31%), researchers said.

“Our study confirms that cyclic vomiting syndrome occurs most often in young males and is significantly associated with marijuana use, unlike functional vomiting” Locke said. “The current treatment options for this condition remain challenging and are limited by the lack of randomised controlled trials. Further research is clearly needed.”

The researchers outlined some study findings listed below:

  • Members of the CVS group were younger than members of the FV group (30 versus 36 years) and more likely to be male (53% versus 46%).


  • No statistically significant association was detected between membership of the CVS and FV groups and marital status, education level, body mass index, employment status, alcohol use or smoking history.


  • 37% of the CVS group had used marijuana (81% male), together with 13% of the FV group (equally split between male and female) and 11% of the IBS group (73% male).


  • Marijuana users were 2.9 times more likely to be in the CVS group than the FV group. When this was adjusted for age and gender, males using marijuana were 3.9 times more likely to be in the CVS group and women using marijuana were 1.2 times more likely.

SOURCE: medicaldaily.com




A couple of weeks ago I brought you lovely people one of my favorite recipes for mashed cauliflower with celery root and talked about how cauliflower is the unsung hero of the low carb world. We use it for almost everything, don’t we? I know that I’ve personally roasted cauliflower with bacon and green onions as a side and have pureed it to add body to cream soups, like this sublime cream of celery soup. I’ve also seasoned it with exotic Indian spices as in this wonderful vegetable masala and this hearty beef curry. One of my favorite ways to enjoy cauliflower is as cauliflower fritters that I like to use under my poached eggs. Yum!

Even mainstream bloggers have discovered cauliflower and are making great cauliflower pizzas like this one from Kevin at Closet Cooking. And Lisa from Low Carb Yum uses cauliflower in some of her desserts – chocolate pudding anyone? Or how about this buttery cauliflower pilaf? You can see that cauliflower can be used for almost any dish. But you, my low carb friends, already know this. You’ve been cauliflower ninjas for years!

Low carb loaded cauliflower with sour cream, chives, cheddar cheese and bacon. Keto.

For me, sometimes it’s the more simple recipes that hit home – like this loaded cauliflower mash. It’s the ultimate in comfort food. If you were one who enjoyed ordering loaded potato skins at Friday’s after work or preferred a loaded baked potato with your steak, this recipe will take you back to the days. At least, it did me!

The trick to getting a fluffier cauli-mash is to steam instead of boiling. Then make sure to let it sit uncovered for a minute to release some moisture, and then drain well before putting it in the food processor. Lastly, add the ingredients that make it taste great – like sour cream, cheddar cheese, chives and bacon. That’s it.  Easy, cheesy and delicious.

Oh, and my kids couldn’t get enough. These are die hard mashed potato haters! Loaded cauliflower was a hit in their book and a win for me!


5.0 from 3 reviews
Author: lowcarbmaven.com
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Calories: 199
  • Fat: 17
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 8
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This loaded cauliflower, made with butter, sour cream, chives, cheddar cheese and bacon, is the ultimate in low carb comfort food!</span>
  • 1 pound cauliflower, florettes
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons snipped chives
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cut the cauliflower into florettes and add them to a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cover with cling film. Microwave for 5-8 minutes, depending on your microwave, until completely cooked and tender. Drain the excess water and let sit uncovered for a minute or two. (Alternately, steam your cauliflower the conventional way. You may need to squeeze a little water out of the cauliflower after cooking.)
  2. Add the cauliflower to a food processor and process until fluffy. Add the butter and sour cream and process until it resembles the consistency of mashes potatoes. Remove the mashed cauliflower to a bowl and add most of the chives, saving some to add to the top later. Add half of the cheddar cheese and mix by hand. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Top the loaded cauliflower with the remaining cheese, remaining chives and bacon. Put back into the microwave to melt the cheese or place the cauliflower under the broiler for a few minutes.

Mashed Cauliflower with Celery Root

Mashed Cauliflower with Celery Root has a creamy texture and delicate flavor.

Low Carb Cauliflower Fritters

Basic Cauliflower Fritters are super easy and so versatile - the perfect base, snack or side | low carb, gluten-free, THM | lowcarbmaven.com

Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Green Onions

SOURCE: lowcarbmaven.com


Sensory Processing Disorder And Autism Linked To Decreased White Matter Connectivity In The Brain

sensory processing disorder
Children with sensory processing disorders have decreased connections in specific brain regions, in some ways similar and in other ways distinct from those areas impacted by autism. 

When a child finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, this is called sensory processing disorder (SPD), a neurological condition which often leads to clumsiness, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and even learning issues. In a new study, researchers show how children with sensory processing disorders have decreased connections in specific regions of the brain, in some ways similar and in other ways distinct from the neurological areas impacted by autism. “This study is the first to investigate white matter connectivity of both children with SPD and children with [autism] relative to typically developing children,” note the authors.

More than 90 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) demonstrate unusual sensory behaviors. A child with autism, for example, may over-respond to physical sensation, going so far as to find physical contact and even clothing to be unbearable. However, there are children with similar sensory behaviors, sometimes to a greater degree, who do not meet an ASD diagnosis. “With more than one percent of children in the U.S. diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and reports of five to 16 percent of children having sensory processing difficulties, it’s essential we define the neural underpinnings of these conditions, and identify the areas they overlap and where they are very distinct,” said Dr. Pratik Mukherjee, senior author and a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California, San Francisco.

To explore these conditions, Mukherjee and his colleagues used an advanced brain scan known as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), which measures the microscopic movement of water molecules as a way to provide information about white matter tracts. White matter is essential for perceiving, thinking and action; it is the site of all the “wiring” that connects different areas of the brain. For the study, the researchers used DTI to examine white matter tracts in16 boys with SPD and 15 boys with autism and then compared the results with those of 23 typically developing boys. All of the boys were between the ages of 8 and 12.

What did the researchers discover? Compared to the typically developing group, both the SPD and autism groups showed decreased connectivity in multiple tracts in the back of the brain — areas that handle basic sensory information. However, only the kids with autism showed impairment in tracts critical to social-emotional processing. Meanwhile, kids with SPD showed less connectivity in areas of the brain which connect the auditory, visual and tactile systems involved in sensory processing.

Going forward, the researchers believe their work could be useful to those who work with children suffering from SPD. Measuring and keeping tabs on a child’s white matter, in a manner similar to how it was done in this study, might help therapists see whether a particular intervention is actually having an effect on brain connectivity.

Source: medicaldaily.com



All things considered, we as a whole realize that having a sexual coexistence is not in the least a wrongdoing! Yet, (yes, there’s a BUT) having it with different men/ladies will lead you to a dangerous stage. Indeed, this implies all of you should know about the term HIV that ends the life of a man gradually and step by step. You even should know about the explanation behind the contamination, however you should not know about the means to keep the infection at an a safe distance. Simply investigate the article beneath and discover more about this!

  • Should know which body liquids convey HIV

In the first place, you ought to realize that any uninfected individual can get HIV on the off chance that he/she comes into the contact of any tainted individual through their rectal liquid, pre-fundamental liquid, bosom milk, blood, semen, and vaginal liquids.

  • Have legitimate test before approaching

Tragically, numerous individuals around the globe surmise that they are free from HIV be that as it may, you never know your accomplice is additionally free from the infection or not. Along these lines, it’s ideal to have HIV test before having intercourse. Particularly, then, when you are going to have sex with another accomplice.

  • Stay away from Sex with obscure accomplices

The specialists say that it’s generally better to have closeness with trusted and less accomplices as it diminishes the danger of dangerous infection.

  • Use securities while vaginal sex

Yes, and the specialists say that the most secure thing you can use to shield yourself from getting tainted with the infection is a latex female condom and a typical condom.

Maintain a strategic distance from unfaithful manufactured craftsmanships

This is what you have to know – dependably favor authorized craftsmen for a body improvements like piercings or tattoos as unapproved specialists may utilize debased gadgets that may contaminate you.

  • Utilize crisp needle and clean gear

Continuously utilize crisp needle and clean gear, and ensure the infusion that you are going to utilize is not utilized by any other individual before and it will be ideal on the off chance that it’s new one. What’s more, clean gear will decrease the danger of the infection.

  • Begin utilizing pills like Prophylaxis

Do you know what’s Prophylaxis? Indeed, this is the pill that is taken by the no-contaminated individual just to battle the infection if at any point it comes into contact. Furthermore, utilize the pill just if recommended by a specialist. We truly trust you discover this article supportive and keep in mind to impart it to your loved ones. Much obliged to You and have a decent one!

SOURCE: healthandfitnesslady.com