Jennifer Horne-Roberts Author, Autism Mother: In Memory of Son Harry
Reality Check

How Can We Help the World Recognize That We Have Canaries

Food NoBy Lisa Stuckey

There are thousands of chemical additives in our food supply today.  These chemicals, by and large, do not even have to be tested for their effect on the human nervous system or immune system.  Yet they are still widely used in our foods to the detriment of children and adults as well. 

Artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives are even allowed to contain lead, arsenic, mercury, benzidine and other contaminants at certain levels deemed acceptable by the FDA.   The usage of synthetic food dyes has greatly increased in our food supply today compared to decades ago and the FDA has astronomically increased the allowable amounts per person.  If Autism is understood by medical professionals and parents to be a neurological condition that is increasing in numbers in our country, then why are more of them not recognizing the connection between the voluntary ingestion of chemicals with autistic symptoms such as impairments in cognitive functioning, behavioral abnormalities, and negative physical impacts?
Many autism parents are already cleaning up their kids’ diets, but there are those who could still benefit from learning about the effects of dietary intervention.  How many autism support events or fund raisers, often run by parents with children on the spectrum, have you been to where the food being sold, the items being raffled or sold, or given away are of the highly processed petroleum laden variety?  How many times have parents of children on the spectrum hosted events and provided treats and meals that contain artificial ingredients and remarked or thought later about the hyperactive, impulsive, irritable behavior of the children? 

Even worse, how many professionals who work with our children use candies with synthetic dyes and flavorings to reward the children, not understanding that those chemically laden candies are working against their success?  We know that our children need to eat things that will enable their brains and bodies to function more effectively, not petroleum-based additives that have been found to interfere with the brain’s ability to send and receive signals, and rob the body of needed nutrients, but not everyone else knows this.
Our children have a message to tell the world – chemicals in our food cause problems to our bodies and brains.  In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics publication called Grand Rounds noted the adverse effects of chemical additives on the behavior of children in the general population, and that a preservative free, food coloring free diet is a reasonable intervention.  Fresh healthy food can have a positive impact on the behavior, development and learning of all children, not just children on the autism spectrum.  Fresh healthy food can even help eliminate or improve many physical complaints that even ordinary people face every day, not to mention the possibility of decreasing the likelihood of more serious illnesses and diseases, such as cancer.
There are simple everyday ways that we can share with people so that they can begin to make the transition from fake foods and other products to real ones without unnecessary chemicals.  For instance, instead of name brand neon colored beverages, parents can purchase and serve pure juice mixed with water and sugar.  Similarly, powdered drink mixes are often mostly chemicals rather than real foods.  Why not make real lemonade from just lemons, water, and sugar?  Hot chocolate can be made with milk, cocoa, and sugar.  Instead of brightly hued jiggly desserts, unflavored gelatin can be mixed with pure fruit juice.   Look for brands of chocolate that do not contain vanillin (an imitation vanilla flavoring often made from the waste product of paper and pulp mills), and buy ones that have real vanilla as an ingredient.  Just say no to fluorescent and sparkly toothpaste; baking soda and water can be used to clean teeth.  Margarine often has artificial flavorings, so healthier alternatives would be butter, olive oil, or coconut oil.  Beware of “fat-free” versions of products because they often have more synthetic chemicals added to make up for the Lisa Stuckey loss of flavor due to the lower fat content.  Choose natural snacks like popcorn you make on your own with butter and salt rather than a pre-made bag of artificial additives.   There are many other ways to avoid or remove artificial ingredients from of our lives.
One organization that helps families learn to eliminate artificial additives from foods and other products is the non-profit Feingold Association of the United States.  Help your canary sing his or her message of hope and improvement in life today.

Lisa Stuckey is the parent of two children on the spectrum who have been helped through dietary intervention.


Hilton Heidenreich

People have to do some ideAS WITRH THIS

Annie Besant

Thanks for sharing this blog here. It seems really impressive.


People would at least say, we have to investigate all the vaccination we have been doing, if not outright repudiate the current schedule.

Shell Tzorfas

Food dyes cause severe meltdowns in some ASD kids that can occur in 15 minutes to 24 hours. Unfortunately many trained in ABA do not know about these chemical meltdowns as a result of the tar and petroleum created originally for the making of asphalt streets. You can not reward or punish this kind of meltdown, just rock the child gently with love, if he will let you.
Regarding Roseola it is much milder than measles often on one side of the mouth (Inside) or face. The incidence of Roseola, then getting an MMR shot , is said to increase MS so if you know a child with Roseola-Pkease do not let her get the MMR.
I have a section in my book on food dyes. Thanks Lisa, Shell of "Recovering Autism, ADHD, & Special Needs."


Thank You for the reminder. I knew a lot of people that had polio, and I read the history of the polio vaccine - and I ran into two children that had transverse myelitis--(looks like polio to me) and of course the Africa polio reasearch does have a reasonable connection with Aids.

But I was curious about roseola.

Because that one shocked me. It was like out of no where a disease came along while I was raising my kids - that I had never, never, no never heard of before.

How could that be?
I majored in microbiology took tons of classes too. Never heard of it!

The peds at that time were even trying to pretend that the roseola caused my son's seizures. OH please, that started several years before - and this pink looking disease sort of look like scarlet fever to me.

Thank You John Stone too -- I did not know that roseola was probably the correct for the measles outbreaks.


"Is it possible that roseola is measles?"

In this age of Medical Industry maleficence and deception and government complicity anything is possible.

Here are some facts about the "wonderful polio vaccines" that sure shocked me.

"The vaccinators then put their heads together and came back with a new definition of poliomyelitis. The old, classical, definition: a disease with residual paralysis which resolves within 60 days has been changed to a disease with residual paralysis which persists for more than 60 days. Knowing the reality of polio disease, this nifty but dishonest administrative move excluded more than 90% of polio cases from the definition of polio. Ever since then, when a polio-vaccinated person gets polio, it will not be diagnosed as polio, it will be diagnosed as viral or aseptic meningitis. According to one of the 1997 issues of the MMWR, there are some 30,000 to 50,000 cases of viral meningitis per year in the United States alone. That's where all those 30,000 - 50,000 cases of polio disappeared after the introduction of mass vaccination. One must also be aware that polio is a man-made disease since those well-publicized outbreaks are misrepresented that those huge outbreaks were causally linked to intensified diphtheria and other vaccinations at the relevant time." Doctor Viera Scheibner PhD

"What makes the SV-40 contamination disaster of such concern is its association with so many cancers – including mesothelioma, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, meningioma, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, pituitary adenoma, glioblastoma, osteosarcomas, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, papillary thyroid carcinomas, and anaplastic thyroid carcinomas." Doctor Russell Blaylock MD

The Federal government has gone to enormous lengths to cover up this association, despite the powerful scientific evidence that this vaccine infected at least a hundred million people worldwide with this carcinogenic virus." Doctor Russell Blaylock MD

“Sustained use of polio vaccines for over 40 years has resulted in at least 72 new viral strains that can cause polio-like disease. Before the polio vaccines there were only 3 strains of polio, We now know that CFS is not a new disease but an “aborted form” of the more serious paralytic polio.” Doctor William Douglass MD Note some of these strains IMO were developed in Rockefeller Clan Labs

John Stone

Hi Benedetta

Measles (rubeola virus) and Roseola (exanthema subitum) sometimes actually called "baby measles" must often have been confused. We know that with all diagnostic criteria in the world doctors are not good at diagnosing measles correctly (as happened once again in the recent alleged Welsh measles outbreak). I quote from a letter of Hilary Butler published in BMJ Rapid Responses:

"An old UK newspaper article, unfortunately undated, received on 17th April 1997, reads: London (Europe Today). – "97.5% of the times that British doctors diagnose measles they are wrong", says a publication of the Public Health Laboratory service. The mistake being made by National health GP's was found when the services tested the saliva of more than 12,000 children who had been diagnosed as having measles. Roger Buttery, an adviser on transmissible diseases at the Cambridge and Huntingdon Health Department, said that the majority of doctors "say they can recognize measles a mile off, but we now know that this illness occurs only in 2.5% of the cases." Buttery says that doctors classify as measles, many other viruses that also cause spots. He found eight different viruses during the survey in East Anglia. One of them, parvovirus, gives symptoms similar to German measles. The reason for the high rate of error puzzled Buttery. "Doctors are neither vague nor careless," he said. The solution is to defer the diagnosis until more detailed information can be got. There are 5,000 to 6,000 cases of measles registered each year in the United Kingdom, but these findings now call most of them into doubt.""

Further evidence of the difference reported measles cases and and confirmed ones can be found in UK statistics (reviewed here by Ed Yazbak):

That the mistaken cases are often roseola seems very likely and what was actually happening before the days of routine lab confirmation is I imagine anyone's guess.



"But the difference may have been, that even though we vaccinated, we also had a predominantly organic diet, which might have allowed our child's brain and body time to cope"

There is much evidence that if your child has high levels of vitamin C his risks for the multiform harms of "vaccination" are greatly lessened. High levels of vitamin C can also IMO greatly reduce your unvaccinated child's risks of serious complications from normally harmless "childhood diseases".

Indeed Doctor Archie Kalokerinos MD has clinical evidence that vitamin C can arrest SIDS if given in time.


I have a question.
When I was growing up in the 60s we all had measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, - not polio though because of the vaccine or diptheria.
But in spite of the whooping cough we all had the croup anyway.

We never had roseola. I never heard of roseola -- did not know it existed - untill I had my kids that had the the MMR vaccine.

Is it possible that roseola is measles?


Yep! One Voice All organic if you can grow it ,afford it for starters..



Thanks Lisa Stuckey,for this excellent article.Yes we all need to read the labels not just on food but cosmetics too; and completely exclude these petrochemical based ingredients from our children's life. is an excellent resource.
We have power as consumers,vote with your wallet and support
companies who provide high quality natural products for our children.


One voice ,I seen that when it came outall very true .. thanks. As for females being compliant, well they haven't met.. my daughter for sure..nor her in door's(can say that she's not about)

Such a shame and SHAM that the government's do nothing but get the flunkies to re -gig the stats..we vote them in and what do they do NOTHING,,


Angus Files,
Re: boys; Please look this up on Pubmed "Synergistic neurotoxicity caused by the interaction of testosterone and Hg"
"in contrast estrogen is protective" from the Institute of Chronic Illnesses, The biological basis of autism spectrum disorders: Understanding causation and treatment by clinical geneticists.Written by Geier DA,Kern JK, and Geier MR.

Cherry Sperlin Misra

I didnt think a lot about the burden of autistic kids on American schools until the day I searched for a number in the phone directory of a primary school in California. Turned out the directory also had a list of classes, teachers, assistants. This school has three full classrooms for handicapped kids, most of them autistic- three main teachers, three special educators for OT, speech, and 12 to 16 additional teacher assistants who do things like going out to the bus to collect the kids who cant make it from the bus to the class on their own and to help the kids focus in class. Other primary schools feed their special-ed kids of age 7 to 12 into this school, but most of the other schools also have their own class of special ed for the 5 to 7 year olds.
Ironically, one persons that I heard complaining about the expense of this situation was, Yes! - a pediatrician.
But lets not be too hard on the pediatricians because they too are victims. Their children too have autism, diabetes, menarche at age 7 and all the rest. Unfortunately I dont think many of them will see this situation for what it is until they are much older and their egos diminish.

Jeannette Bishop

How do we explain what is going on physically? Is it accurate to say these are internalized allergies? Something like that is happening? Without the commonly understood symptoms of hives, rash, asthma perhaps, anaphylaxis? It seems like just about everything epidemic in our children is immune-mediated and once that becomes clear to most, I would think, people would at least say, we have to investigate all the vaccination we have been doing, if not outright repudiate the current schedule.


And for everyone diagnosed another slips under the net Jen, that's for sure..


I've witnessed this uninformed use of crap "food" when volunteering in the school! I find it especially alarming, because my child has had many "fringe" issues, of which we've luckily only had to seek external advice a couple times (thanks to sites like this, with lots of information and thank-you, Dan, for your original Age of Autism Amish series.) Thankfully, we slowed down the vaccine schedule after some initial first signs, but still continued w/some of them. I would even change that given what I know now.

But the difference may have been, that even though we vaccinated, we also had a predominantly organic diet, which might have allowed our child's brain and body time to cope in between shots without foods full of toxins 3 to 5 times a day, so that her issues morphed into phases, didn't become chronic. Thankfully, I know that there may be periods in life where these under the radar issues may manifest again, but I'll be prepared and be able to recognize them and cut them off, or maybe even prevent them from happening, period.

Oh yes, and I have prayed almost nightly for the last 5 years or so, asking for guidance and thanking God for giving me the intelligence to find solutions and for thanking him for helping us out. Couldn't do it without Him.


It's happening to a lot of children and yes, especially boy children, Angus. It's unbelievable the number of boys represented in the special classes (be they children with autism or even behaviourally/emotionally fragile children) or just children in regular classrooms. Unfortunately some of the young teachers just assume it's normal and obviously the medical industrial complex want the public to buy the de-institutionalization idea as to why there are so many kids having difficulites- the whole "Oh we're just diagnosing them more now 'gambit'." I really wonder if, pretty soon, it will simply be the case that the educational system will just be too costly and that will force recognition and real research to happen.


My closest critics (family members) said I needed to explain more about the symptoms that can be helped by dietary changes - sleep problems, headaches, learning problems, irritability, asthma, eczema, hives, ear infections, bed wetting - besides all the alphabet soup labels of ADD, ADHD, PDD, OCD, ODD, etc. We need to share this with the rest of the world.


I seen this article in the UK this week..but still the shutters are down...its the teachers getting the blame now, not the parents, not to much TV, not old fathers..OF COURSE ZILCH TO DO WITH VACCINES AND FOOD..

Nearly one in four boys at state school has special needs, statistics show
Nearly one in four state school boys is classed as having special educational needs, almost double the number of girls, statistics show.


I am afraid that that majority will recognize the problem of massive crippling of children by toxic vaccines only, when the US will totally collapse under weight of vaccine-damaged people. It seems that it will happen soon. China has kicked out all global criminal pharma cartels, but the American corrupted politicians are defending them until final US collapse. There is no other country, where people, especially children, would be so much damaged and chronically sick as in the US.

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