The warning signs of autism – what every parent should know. Plus, learn how one expert claims a gluten-free diet can help children with autism improve.

Click here for the recommended immunization schedule from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 


Click here to read an excerpt on the signs of autism from Dr. Ari Brown’s book Toddler 411. Dr. Brown is an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Click here to learn more about early detection and intervention for autism spectrum disorders. 

Click here to watch Part 1: Three families share their stories and their struggles.

Click here to watch Part 2: Are vaccines to blame?

Click here to watch Part 3: Pediatricians discuss where they stand on vaccines.

Click here to watch Part 4: Dr. Oz reveals what he did for his own children.

Click here to watch Part 5: The role of environmental risk factors.

Click here to watch Part 6: Older mothers and autism – is there a link?

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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