By Shannon Penrod
A year ago, while Biomed Mom Joanne Allor and I were at the Fall Autism
Research Institute (DAN) Conference in Long Beach CA, I attended a talk about
Autism and the Immune system. At the end of the session
the speaker urged all of the parents in the room to get screened regularly for
cancer. In particular for breast, colon and prostate cancers. For whatever
reason they were seeing a trend in their practice of parents being diagnosed
with these three cancers. It sent a shiver up everyone’s spine. Like it isn’t
enough to have a child on the spectrum – we need to worry about cancer too??
The reality is that cancer touches all of us. Having a child on the spectrum
doesn’t exempt you. This was made painfully obvious to Joanne when she lost a
second sister to cancer this summer. That’s when her son’s doctor recommended
she read “Anticancer – A New Way of Life” by David Servan-Schreiber. On this
week’s Everyday Autism Miracles Joanne is going to join us to talk about this
important book and how is has changed how she looks at things. She’ll tell us
why it is so important that we know this information and make changes in our
children’s lives to ensure they live longer and happier.
Of course we are also going to take a few minutes to celebrate the fact that
California has become the 28th state to pass Autism Insurance Reform. They said
it couldn’t happen – but somehow it did! Join us at 7pm EST and 4pm PST to hear
all the news. Better yet, join the conversation at 877.864.4869.
by Shannon Penrod
I am an admitted control freak. The worst part of being a control freak for me is my unshakeable belief that I can solve all of your problems if you would just let me. I have no desire to work on my problems. Why would I? My problems are old, boring and insurmountable, not to mention complicated and convoluted. On the other hand, your problems are crystal clear – to me, and infinitely solvable if you would just do what I say. Of course it’s exhausting knowing how to fix your life and watching you resist my plan for you. Not to mention that quite honestly there are a few things that I need to take care of in my own life that I can’t seem to get to because I’m so entrenched in what you should be doing. There’s the rub. You know what they say, when the student is ready, the teacher appears….I must be ready, because my teacher has appeared.
I am reading Bryon Katie’s book, Loving What Is, and I am seeing myself in a way that I haven’t ever before. Even in the first few pages of the book she has challenged me to consider that there are only 3 types of business – My business, everybody else’s business, and God’s business. Katie simply asks her reader to examine when ever they are sad, lonely, angry, uncomfortable, cranky or just our of sorts, whose business they are in when feeling that way. Her supposition is that when you are out of whack it is because you are in business that is not your own. Ugghhh. This is a little too close to home. I live in other people’s business! Still, I thought I would give it a try. Oh my! In the past 24 hours I have discovered that, oddly enough, I am rarely in my own business AND when I make a conscious choice to let go of other’s business and be in my own business…I am really happy and peaceful. Who knew?
I can’t wait to read the rest of the book and see what else can happen if I stay in my own business. Is it really possible that I could turn into one of those really happy, present people who oozes peace like a Buddha on a Benadryl. I think I would like that. So here’s the really exciting news, I’m not only reading Byron Katie’s book, I’m interviewing her on my radio show this Monday at 4 pm PST – 7pm EST. You can tune in and listen to my chat with Katie by visiting www.toginet.com. Better yet if you want to work on getting your inner Buddha on give us a call during the live show and you can chat with Katie too! Simply call 877.864.4869 during the live show. For more information on Bryon Katie and “The Work” that she does visit www.thework.com. You can find her book, Loving What Is, by visiting here.
by Shannon Penrod
Let’s face it parenthood and stress go hand in hand. If you are a parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum chances are that you are stressed and wishing you could find a solution to your stress that won’t take you away from your child’s needs. On this week’s Everyday Autism Miracles we are going to be talking with Marla Tabaka. She is a certified EFT practitioner who is going to share with us how EFT is helping parents of kids on the spectrum manange and reduce their stress!
EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, sometimes referred to as tapping is a therapy tool that has been around for decades helping patients to overcome traumas and phobias. Through gentle tapping on specific points of the body in specified sequence negative emotions can be released and eradicated. This simple, drug-free technique can easily be learned (even over the phone/internet radio waves!) and practiced in the comfort of your own home.
If you would like to reduce your stress without taking a pill that “fuzzes you out” you’ll definately want to check out this show. Everyday Autism Miracles airs live every Friday at 2pm Eastern Time, 1pm Central Time, Noon Mountain Time and 11am Pacific Time! The live show can be found at www.toginet.com. To call in during the show for comments and questions dial 877.864.4869
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