Healing Our Autistic Children by Julie A Buckley, MD – a must read for families

Healing Our Autistic Children: A Medical Plan for Restoring Your Child's HealthHealing Our Autistic Children:A Medical Plan for Restoring Your Child’s Health. Finished 1-4-15, rating 5/5, Autism/Health, 211 pages, pub. 2010

Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with a disease on the autism spectrum–including ADD, learning disabilities, Aspergers, Autism, and PDD–making it today’s most common childhood disability. While the medical establishment treats autism as a psychiatric condition and prescribes behaviorally based therapies, Dr. Julie A. Buckley argues that it is a physiological disease that must be medically treated.

Part personal story of her battle to heal her autistic daughter, part guide for parents, Healing Our Autistic Children explains simply and accessibly the new treatments and diets that have already proven effective for many families. Told through the case studies of her patients, the book is divided into four typical visits to Dr. Buckley’s pediatric practice so that parents can see the progression of initial treatment. Written in a warmly engaging voice, parents new to the diagnosis will:
learn about clinical treatments that work
understand how different foods affect the body and how to begin implementing diets
learn to navigate the medical system and advocate for their child
bridge the communication gap with their pediatrician
discover that recovery is possible

from Goodreads

Most children on the autism spectrum (and the numbers will be astronomical soon, one MIT researcher shockingly predicting 1 in 2 children by 2050) have similar issues that appear behavioral to most people, but in reality can be rooted in actual medical issues.  Buckley’s take on it is if you fix the medical issues (the earlier the better) then the behavioral aspects of the disorder will lessen if not disappear.  Let me be clear, she is not saying she has a CURE but she is saying that autism is TREATABLE MEDICALLY.  Since Gage was diagnosed on the mild end of the spectrum I have done lots of reading and this book is the best one I’ve read for the biomedical approach.  Biomedical, you say?  Diet, supplements, other alternative methods – treating the underlying issues.

This should be one of the very first books that parents read when their child is diagnosed.  She makes it easy to understand complex issues and gives you an overview and specifics on the first steps to take with your child.  And at just over 200 pages you can lend it to people who love your kid (after Jason and I, Grandma was the next reader).

The biomedical approach is not one that is embraced by the medical establishment, but considering their training on autism I am not surprised.  This approach speaks to me because I have always seen actual health issues with Gage that we’ve tried and are trying to address.  I won’t bore you with the details, but the lack of support I have found with almost every doctor I’ve dragged Gage to is astounding.  And frustrating.  A parent really has to seek out the answers (and often this means asking the right question) herself and this book is an excellent starting point.  Wish I’d read it two years ago.


I borrowed it from the library but then purchased my own copy to share.


Writers Lost in 2014 Quiz – guessing closed

Another year and another year of QUIZZES, this being  the 6th year of Quizzes here at Stacy’s Books.  If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join in this year.  The more the merrier (and the more fun).

Here’s the nitty-gritty that I’ll only post this once.

I post the quiz Wednesday before noon and you have until noon on the next Tuesday to submit your answers as a Comment.  I will hide comments on a regular basis.

The winner is the person with the most points at the end of each round (usually 5 months or so) and he or she will win a prize AND I’ll randomly draw a name from the rest of the participants to receive a prize too!  So, you only have to get one question right to be eligible for a prize.

The winner will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card based on how many people participate. 30 participants= $30, 52=$52…So, the eventual winner could be you and you want as many people to guess as possible!

A few rules

1. No cheating.  No googling or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system 🙂

2. Your first answers will be the only ones accepted.

3. Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome 🙂  It only takes once to be eligible for a prize.

Okay, now that  all of that is out of the way let’s get started.  Let’s see if you know any of these writers who died in 2014.

Writers lost in 2014

1. This Columbian Nobel Prize winner died in Mexico City at the age of 87 and 100 years of mourning commenced.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2. This caged bird lived 86 years and was the first poet to recite a poem at a Preisdential Inauguration since Robert Frost and she wrote seven very successful autobiographies.   Maya Angelou

3. Best known for young adult literature, this fallen angel wrote over 100 books and won the Coretta Scott King Award  for African-American authors five times.   Walter Dean Myers

4. Phyllis was a British mystery author, well-known for her series about a Scotland Yard police commissioner and poet.   PD James

5. (pic) IMG_1959[1]This British author wrote and illustrated this beloved kids book series.  Or you can give me the name of the other kids book author who wrote a series about a big red dog.   Eric Hill and Norman Bridwell

6. This late bloomer knew where the heart was as soon as Oprah chose her first book.  She only wrote three more before her death at 76.  Billie Letts

7. This South African activist and author became one of July’s people when she died at the age of 90.   Nadine Gordimer

8. His plain(song) novels were all set in Holt, Colorado.   Kent Haruf

9. This British author helped create the romantic suspense genre with her gothic romances and her Merlin series.  She went on to the crystal cave at 97.   Mary Stewart

10. This ex-American spy won the National Book Award in both fiction and non-fiction before passing away at the age of 86.  Now the snow leopard is travelling through snow country.   Peter Matthiessen

Postcrossing Update

I’ve written about my love affair with Postcrossing a few times (here, here, and here) and while the past year I haven’t kept up with sending as many cards I love the fact that I still continue to be surprised when one pops up in my mailbox.  Another great thing is that I can pick up and right where I left off and I wrote five postcards yesterday.

For every card that tells me a little about their life or just says hello because they don’t write English, there are those that tell me how their hobbies and interests intersect my own. It’s comforting to know that in this crazy world we are not all as different as we sometimes think we are.  And sometimes I receive postcards like this, from strangers who bring war and conflict closer to home.



I’ve received a few more like this from Kiev over the past year and it has definitely made me feel more connected to the people there and what it going on internationally.  Interestingly, I’ve received more postcards from Russia and it is never mentioned.

These are the countries I received cards from and the average length of time it took for them to get to me.

  • Postcards by country

  • Country Received Avg travel (Received)
    1 Australia 5 8 days
    2 Belarus 12 27 days
    3 Belgium 1 6 days
    4 Brazil 1 92 days
    5 Canada 1 10 days
    6 China 10 24 days
    7 Czech Republic 5 15 days
    8 Dominican Republic 1 45 days
    9 Estonia 2 10 days
    10 Finland 8 9 days
    11 France 2 54 days
    12 Germany 28 14 days
    13 Hong Kong 5 14 days
    14 Iceland 1 14 days
    15 India 3 11 days
    16 Indonesia 1 25 days
    17 Ireland 1 3 days
    18 Israel 1 19 days
    19 Japan 3 13 days
    20 Korea (South) 2 13 days
    21 Latvia 1 16 days
    22 Lithuania 2 16 days
    23 Morocco 1 9 days
    24 Netherlands 23 10 days
    25 New Zealand 2 16 days
    26 Poland 9 47 days
    27 Portugal 3 22 days
    28 Russia 28 23 days
    29 Singapore 4 12 days
    30 Slovenia 2 12 days
    31 Spain 5 59 days
    32 Sweden 1 6 days
    33 Switzerland 1 9 days
    34 Taiwan 9 17 days
    35 Thailand 1 14 days
    36 Turkey 1 15 days
    37 U.S.A. 22 12 days
    38 Ukraine 11 26 days
    39 United Kingdom 3 11 days

    Of the 222 cards I’ve only received one set of repeats.

    IMG_1913[1]Appropriate, right?  One is from Germany and the other from the Netherlands.

    If you want to keep up with the postcards I receive you can visit the blog I’ve set up, Postcarder

    And if you are interesting in giving it a try yourself I can’t recommend it enough! It’s fun, easy and a cheap way to travel.  Visit Postcrossing.




Guess who is 7 years old today? with a giveaway!

If you guessed Stacy’s Books – you win!!  Hard to believe the difference between 2008 and today.  This time in 2008 Jason and I were planning our first overseas trip to beautiful Italy and today I drove my 4-year-old to school at 7:40 am in 6 degrees wind chill temperatures.  Seven years ago I would have holed up in the house in my jammies with a good book (after I’d woken up around 9am, of course)!

My reading and blogging time is limited these days, but I still love it.  I know my blog needs a major facelift and I wish I had more time to visit my blogger friends, but I choose not to stress out over it. If the blog causes stress then it’s not fun and there have been a few periods over the years when I’ve considered stopping, but I just can’t.  I get too much out of it.  And most of what I get out of it is the friendship with you who take the time to read and comment.  I can’t believe that I’ve known some of you that long.  Kathy was my first commenter and at the time we were both just starting out.  I couldn’t ask for a better first blog friend 🙂

I chose two pictures from each year I’ve been blogging and I want you to vote for one year to use as my profile pictures.  If you vote you’ll be entered to win a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card.  Interesting how you can see how my life has changed over the years just from these pics each year.

I’ll leave voting up for the month. Open internationally.  Any comment with a #1 choice of year will be entered for $20 at Barnes & Noble.

2008This is me enjoying Florence.(Florence, Italy)100_0484(Rome, Italy)


2009ny me on met roof(New York)ki sunset(Lake Erie)


2010(San Francisco)France 094(Versailles, France)


2011(Chagrin Falls)(Northport, Michigan)


2012(Home)(Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland)


2013IMG_1177(Gage)074(Kelleys Island, Ohio)


2014IMG_4993(Cleveland train show)IMG_5305(postcards from around the world)


Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂



Mrs Pollifax Unveiled by Dorothy Gilman

Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (Mrs. Pollifax Series #14)Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled. Finished 1-2-15, rating, 3.5/5, mystery, 216 pages, pub. 2000

Book #14 and last of the Mrs. Pollifax series.

After facing down hijackers on a flight to the Middle East and saving the lives of the passengers on board, a young American woman steps off the plane in Damascus in a blaze of celebrity and disappears. The CIA believes Amanda Pym was kidnapped, possibly murdered.

Masquerading as Amanda Pym’s worried aunt, Mrs. Pollifax begins her determined search, slipping through Damascus’s crooked streets and crowded souks . . . and trekking deep into the desert. Yet she is shadowed by deadly enemies, whose sinister agenda threatens not only Mrs. P. but the fragile stability of the entire Middle East. Only a miracle–or a brilliant counterplot– can forestall a disaster that will send shock waves around the world.

I’m having a difficult time deciding where to start.  I read the first Mrs. Pollifax book in 2002 after a trusted bookstore friend admitted that she bought them all when they came out.  At the time I thought it was odd since Mrs. Pollifax, a 60 something retired widower, seemed a bit long in the tooth for a 30-year-old.  But I gave the first one a try to really enjoyed getting to know the spunky Mrs. P and how she brazenly went to work for the CIA in between her garden club meetings.  For some reason I’ve allowed myself to read these out-of-order as they’ve become available to me, so this is only my 7th Mrs. Pollifax book, but I do plan to pick up the others as time allows.

These are cozy, spy novels which seems an odd combination but it works.  There is always a lot of danger, especially in this one as she is forced to get in and out of Syria undercover.  The books are dated but still enjoyable.  Gilman didn’t know this would be the last Pollifax mystery, since she became ill and passed away before another could be written. I like the way the series ended since there was no end.  The sweet, grandmotherly Mrs. Pollifax is still out there, saving the world with her friends.

I recommend this series for cozy mystery lovers who love to explore other cultures.  This was from my own library.


Mailbox Monday – January 5

mmb-300x282Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

IMG_1838[1]So, Jill, thought I had too much free time and sent me this book just before Christmas.  It is gorgeous.  Most of the book is beautifully decorated cakes and step-by-step directions on how to do it yourself, but there are some yummy cake recipes to try too, one is even perfect for Gage since it’s dairy and gluten-free.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  Thanks Jill 🙂

I’m adding a bonus pic of these adorable cupcakes from the book

IMG_1840[1]Planet Cake.

Anything fun or yummy arrive in your mailbox this week?


I’m finally joining the Classics Club and the Buckeyes Win!!

I’ve eyed this challenge for years, but have always had enough sense to resist, but NO MORE!  I’m feeling confident and pumped up after my Ohio State Buckeyes kicked butt last night and beat #1 Alabama.  Sorry, still riding a little high 🙂

The rules are that I have to read 50 classics in 5 years time.  I have to make a list (this is often where I’ve stalled out in the past) and to do this I have to define what classic means for me.  I think a classic is something that stands the test of time and has something to say.  I will use an arbitrary number of 25 years, so anything before 1990 (just typing that makes me feel old). The list can be changed as the years go on, but I think I’ll start with the classics that are sitting on my shelves right now, many of them for years. Take a look and tell me which one I should read first.

1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

2. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

3. Washington Square by Henry James

4. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

5. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

6. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

7. Ada by Vladimir Nabokov

8. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

9. Night by Elie Wiesel

10. Up From Slavery by Booker T Washington

11. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

12. Cat’s Cradle or Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

13. Aesop’s Fables

14. Good as Gold by Joseph Heller

15. Lady Chatterly’s Lover or Women in Love by DH Lawrence

16. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

17. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

18. Moonstone or The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

19. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

20. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

21. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

22. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

23. 1984 by George Orwell

24. Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone by James Baldwin

25. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

25. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

26. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert m Pirsig

27. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

28. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

29. Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

30. The Chosen by Chaim Potok

31. Christy by Catherine Marshall

32. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

33. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

34. Roll of Thunder Hear, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

35. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

36. Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou

37. Villette by Charlotte Bronte

38. Oliver Twist or Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

39. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

40. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

41. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

42. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

43. The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien

44. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

45. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

46. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

47. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

48. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

49. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

50. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer