Life Story

Queen of Country – Healthy Eating

Reba McEntire sings the benefits of healthy eating.

Diary of a Dad – Gluten Free World

A week’s peek into my son’s gluten-free world

Mother with a Cause – Autism

Ever since actress and author Jenny McCarthy’s 7-year-old son Evan was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, she has put her celebrity status to use by serving as a spokesperson for Talk About Curing Autism, appearing on Larry King Live’s special dedicated to autism and speaking out on many Oprah shows on autism. In August, McCarthy opened Teach To Talk Academy, the first of a planned 19 schools across the country for children with autism. McCarthy, who lives with boyfriend, actor Jim Carrey, 46, is also an advocate for healthy living and the importance for women taking an active role in their own wellness and longevity. She's a spokesperson for Your Shape, a Wii fitness game geared for women that’s launching in December.

What Is Autism?

Autism is characterized by abnormalities of social interaction and communication, as well as highly repetitive behaviors and restricted interests. It is a spectrum disorder, meaning that it encompasses a broad range of symptoms and affects people differently.

Sensitive to Soy

With her exotic good looks, natural charisma and friendly smile, it’s easy to see that actress Eva La Rue feels vibrant and healthy. A regular on the hit TV drama CSI: Miami, La Rue stars as savvy, tenacious DNA specialist Natalia Boa Vista. She formerly played a daytime darling on All My Children. Recently, the 42-year-old mother lost 18 pounds with regular exercise and sensible eating and she says she’s now determined to stay fit. During her downtime, the California-born actress is an avid reader of health books. Four years ago, she picked up Eat Right 4 Your Type, filed it away and then reread it when her 7-year-old daughter, Kaya, developed unsightly and uncomfortable skin rashes. At the same time, La Rue was noticing her own gastrointestinal issues. Here, she tells Living Without how, like her investigative TV character, she uncovered the culprit behind her daughter’s ailment and her own.

Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder Through Special Diets

When you see Kaitlyn Ford with her friends, you might not notice anything unusual about her. If she stands out at all, it’s most likely because of her long red hair and bright blue eyes. It still amazes parents David and Kathy Deery Ford of Norwood, Massachusetts, that 6-year-old Kaitlyn fits in so well, since just a few short years ago she was lost in her own world, unresponsive to anyone but her mother. Kaitlyn was only 19 months old when her mother began to worry. The toddler was a terrible sleeper, waking every two hours thirsty and drenched in sweat. She had bright red cheeks and chronic loose bowels. Most troubling, she had very little language. As she approached her second birthday, Kaitlyn spoke just a few words and used them inappropriately. Kathy knew that all children develop at their own pace, but it troubled her to see how different Kaitlyn was from her sister Nicole, who was 2 years older. Family members were worried about Kaitlyn’s minimal language, low muscle tone, lack of eye contact and her obsession with playing with hair—her own and any she could get her hands on. Shortly before the little girl’s two-year check up, Kaitlyn’s aunts confronted Kathy and David.

A Voice for Celiac Disease

Celiac disease, a hypersensitivity to gluten, is an autoimmune disease that affects 1 in 133 Americans. Because there is little awareness of the disease and because symptoms often mimic those of other conditions, millions of people remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In fact, more than 97 percent of the celiacs in the United States do not know they have the condition.

Adolescence and Anaphylaxis

A girl dies after eating Chinese food at a North Carolina shopping mall in 2005. A Massachusetts boy dies after one bite of a cookie at a friend’s house in 2006. A girl dies after consuming a burrito at a shopping center near her home in Esquimalt, Canada, in 2007. What do these tragedies have in common? Each fatality was a teenager with a severe food allergy. And none of the victims was carrying self-injectable epinephrine, the drug that might have saved their lives.



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