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That’s what Newsweek is asking this week. http://www.newsweek.com/2018/02/23/really-good-weed-why-cannabis-may-be-worlds-most-effective-remedy-core-806758.html

On a personal note, we took our son Sean to the neurologist for his three year check up.  Largely, this is a de facto process that the school requires.  As we’re leaving, I asked the doc what he thought of medical marijuana.  You would have thought I asked him about turning my son into a drug dealer.   “Oh my, I’m not aware of anything in that field.  That’s dangerous ground to enter“.

Fast forward two days and what’s the big story from Newsweek?  Yup, right there in the subject of this piece.

The morale of my story is that as a parent, you need to do your own digging/due diligence and decide what’s best for your child.  And not some high priced expert who hasn’t looked at new drug opportunities since the turn of the century.  BTW, there is also research on this subject being conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  http://www.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/childrens-hospital-to-study-medical-marijuana-and-autism-20171211.html



Interesting and positive story, because the closer we get to understanding the triggers, the closer we are to mitigating the symptoms of autism.

Shedding new light on brain function in autism, a new study suggests that there is an oversupply of synapses in at least some parts of the brains of children with autism, and that the brain’s ability to thin out the number of synapses is compromised.

The finding provides clues to how autism develops from childhood on, and might help explain some symptoms like oversensitivity to noise or social experiences, as well as why many people with autism also have epileptic seizures. It could also help scientists in the search for treatments, if they can develop safe therapies to fix the system the brain uses to clear extra synapses.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/health/brains-of-autistic-children-have-too-many-synapses-study-suggests.html?_r=0

The study, published Thursday in the journal Neuron, involved tissue from brains of children and adolescents who had died from ages 2 to 20. About half of the children had autism; the others did not.


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will that be the wonder drug to stop the autism epidemic in its tracks?  Probably not.  We’ve been down this road before, but hope springs eternal for the drug that flips the switch and opens the mind to communication and less auto pilot.

Drug shows promise in kids with autism, researchers say

        Karen Weintraub, Special for USA TODAY     6:43 p.m. EST February 6, 2014


Autism may result from a faulty chemical switch that doesn’t get flipped in time to help the brain develop normally, a new research study suggests.

A bit of a sensitive topic, but I’m all for tracking devices on our kids.  Personally, I wouldn’t mind having a chip inserted as the 1st thing they would be prone to do on their own is take off the tracking device.  Don’t know how others feel about this.


Give the CIC enough time and let another country do all the heavy lifting and they will eventualy release new numbers on autism. The articles are the same boring (we don’t know if it’s because of more accurate reporting), that won’t change until we climb up to 1 out of 2 children.  As it is, we’re now up to 1 out of 6, which is frightening enough.  Of course, not frightening enough for anyone to actually do anything.

Well, it was a damn good thing we took Michael to the EMT surgery center yesterday.  Not only did he have extensive wax in both ears, but he managed to dislodge the cotton swabs from a Q-Tip in BOTH EARS!

Needless to say, the 1st thing we did when we got home was throw out the Q-Tips.  Truth be told, those things are totally useless anyway.  The only possible use is when you have water in your ear, otherwise all they do is push the way back into your ear. 

As the nurse said, they should be used for cosmetic purposes only!