Airing on January 11, 2017, Kathy Smith, Fitness Icon, interviews Susan on her experience with autism, family dynamics, and self-care for autism moms.
Hear Susan’s story…
Let me tell you my story...
It is October 2007, and my almost-five-year-old son has just received an autism diagnosis.
I am devastated. Tortured by my fears, I lie awake nights, obsessing about my son's future, and the future of our family. I blame myself for not knowing how to help him. I judge my own child for behaviors he cannot control. Ashamed of our situation, I become isolated and lonely. Other mothers don't understand. Even my own parents don't understand. I feel overwhelmed, lost, and hopeless.[Flash forward...]
It is October 2015. My son, now 12, is recovering from autism.
How did this happen?
Over the past eight years, I followed a unique roadmap to recovery for my child, that unlocked the door holding our family back from the life we were meant to have. Now I plan to share everything I have learned—with you.
"Susan’s workshop on Brain-Boosting, Kid-Friendly Foods was informative and interesting. From soaking grains to healthy desserts - which my kids loved, by the way - Susan offered a variety of healthy recipes for parents to try. Her lecture on lifestyle changes was also full of pearls. Susan is a veritable encyclopedia of holistic information for families!" Sophia Senderovich, New York
"Susan gave me exactly the vitamins and minerals I needed and I got rid of my virus in one day! She is very knowledgeable, and I feel very grateful to have her as a resource." Ete Duarte, New York
"Susan is definitely a gift in this world and so many people can benefit from her knowledge!" Alison Giardina, Gio's Gluten Free, New Jersey
"Susan has helped me tremendously with my gut issues. For years I was bloated, thinking that it was normal to walk around like that - imagine my surprise when Susan told me it wasn't! Since taking Susan's advice and listening to her wisdom, I haven't been bloated in over 8 months. I'd recommend her to anyone!" Domenic Kelly, South Carolina
"Susan is smart, highly knowledgable, skilled, grounded and wise. I have multiple food allergies and a history of candida and inflammation and sought Susan's help because of her unique expertise and vast experience. Whether you are an adult looking to heal your body and gut or the parent of a child— I can't recommend Susan highly enough!" Amy McCord, Anchorage, AK
DIRECTIONS: Soak 500 grams of buckwheat groats overnight in salt and water. Rinse after soaking. Place in a food processor. Add a ½ cup fermented vegetables. Note: We add fermenteds because it further alkalizes the grain after the soaking. Pre-line a loaf pan with...read more
Through our years of work with Ben, we gleaned certain key points, which are summarized below. Please note that this list is not a magic bullet or a treatment roadmap, but rather a collection of internal attitudes we addressed in order to prepare ourselves to...read more
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I hung up the phone from a conversation with a friend and walked into the living room. I saw my infant daughter, Alina, asleep in her bassinet, and smiled. But wait a minute—where was Ben, my three-year-old ? Hadn't he been with Alina in the living room just moments...read more
"MOM!!!! Can you come in here right away???" I ran into the kitchen, expecting to see spilled blood or broken bones, from the tone of my daughter's voice. Instead, I saw her crestfallen face, and at her feet, a gallon of spilled fruit salad all over the kitchen floor....read more