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Ideally you want to refrain from the typical sugar, dairy and gluten laden desserts. One of my family’s and client’s favorite starch dessert is my pumpkin custard for blood types O, A & AB or Squash Custard for Type B and all other types too....

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Dr. Bo Wagner shares his super easy recipe for yummy toasted almond brittle (gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free)....

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I’ve always loved the holiday season, but when I became the mom of a child who struggles with social and sensory issues, large family gatherings became more stressful than fun. I wanted to find a way for my son to participate in our holiday traditions, contribute something to the collective experience and discover a feeling of joy in family customs going back generations. So we started cooking together: making latkes (potato pancakes) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah to serve to our guests; preparing special gluten-dairy free Hmantashen cookies at Purim; mixing fruits and nuts for a sweet and savory dish called charoset at Passover. Over the years, George has come to associate certain foods with the holidays and looks......

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The new school season is beginning and the folks at Generation Rescue have asked me to review with everyone my philosophy for overall health to make sure we are all prepared and ready to go....

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by Kimberly Ruckman on 19 September 2013 in , , , , , with 2 Comments

I have a motto when it comes to having three family members on a gluten free diet.   That motto is, "Tell me something we can't eat, and I will find a way."...

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Many parents whose children are on GFCF, SCD or other special diets spend considerable time in the kitchen preparing meals—but many parents haven’t yet brought their child(ren) into the kitchen with them to be part of the cooking process. Cooking is a fantastic activity for children of all abilities—it builds focus and attention and can be used to facilitate communication and connection between parents and kids. In my GFCF children’s cookbook The Kitchen Classroom I share lots of tips, resources and recipes from my experience as a cooking instructor and from cooking with my son, George, 10, who has autism and has been cooking with me since age 4....

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Hi friends, Dorangela here from Two Prince Bakery Theater. Today I want to share with you some fun St. Patrick's Day ideas that are gluten free and casein free! Let's start with a fun treat that you and everyone else in your life will love! Cake Pops! They are so popular right now they are everywhere! Why shouldn't you enjoy some just because you are gluten and casein free, right?...

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by Dr. Bo Wagner on 8 February 2013 in , , , with 0 Comments

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get fit, be healthier, etc. etc… it’s not too late to start the year off right!...

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by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer on 23 January 2013 in , , , with 0 Comments

Picky eating is a  serious issue for many children on the spectrum, whose sensory needs may stop them from trying a variety of healthy foods. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, author of the children’s GF/CF cookbook “the Kitchen Classroom”, cooking instructor and mom of a child on the spectrum offers the following tips:...

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‘Tis the season to be jolly not ill, but with all the holiday parties and all of its holiday cheer & spreads, many of us succumb and fall prey to its many temptations and stuff ourselves silly. Then we crash, feel miserable and put on extra unwanted weight. Santa supposed to be the one with the belly not us. So how do we avoid these pitfalls and come out of the holidays healthy, trim and fit....

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.N.M., N.D. on 19 October 2012 in , , with 0 Comments

Vitamin D may be the “oldest” pro-hormone on the planet, synthesized by a micro-organism which is estimated to have lived in the ocean 750 million years ago. Approximately 150 years ago, it was recognized that people, especially children, who worked and lived in urban areas with little light were especially susceptible to rickets, a softening of the bones leading to fractures and deformity. The predominate cause of rickets is a deficiency of vitamin D....

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Autumn smells are in the air, stores are stocked with candy corn and bags of candy, my daughter, for one, is talking about how many houses she'll hit for trick or treat time: parents, it is time to prepare! For many of our children, it is not only gluten and casein that needs to be avoided; refined sugar can trigger hyperactivity and feed the yeast overgrowth that many of us working so hard to keep at bay....

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.N.M., N.D. on 12 September 2012 in , , , with 0 Comments

I recently covered the importance of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) in Step 6 “Essential Supplements.” Here is more detailed information explaining the value of EFA’s in the diet for people of all ages....

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by Marissa Bagshaw on 7 September 2012 in , , , , with 0 Comments

Mei swallowed a capsule! I didn't video the first couple of tries that Saturday night. The ones where she choked, gagged and spat. I was too busy encouraging her to try and try again. Brave girl that she is, Mei tried her hardest. Just as I was about to call it a night, Mei suddenly had this surprised look on her face and yelled "I did it! I swallowed it!" You can just imagine the victory dance we did!...

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I have already written a summary of the importance of ionic trace mineral and electrolytes in Step 6 “Essential Supplements.” Here is more detailed information explaining the value of ionic trace minerals and electrolytes in the diet for people of all ages....

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.N.M., N.D. on 28 June 2012 in , , with 0 Comments

The term probiotic is derived from the Greek, “For Life”, and is used to describe growth-promoting factors produced by microorganisms. These friendly bacteria begin colonizing in a matter of hours or days after our birth. The average human digestive system may contain more than one kilogram of bacteria and various strains of probiotics. Therefore, ones intestinal micro-flora can be considered as a postnatal acquired organ composed of a large diversity of bacterial cells that can perform different functions for the host. These organisms are influenced and modulated in their composition and function by exposure to environmental factors such as nutrition and lifestyle. Specific components of our intestinal micro-flora, including lactobacilli and bifobacteria, have been associated with beneficial effects, such as......

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.N.M., N.D. on 18 May 2012 in , , , with 0 Comments

In my previous articles I gave an overview of the 7 steps I feel are imperative to achieve total body wellness. In this and my following articles I am going to expound upon these 7 steps. Generation Rescue has had the most requests to explain more about nutritional supplements, and have asked me to start with this subject.  ...

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Get a Lifetime Wellness WarrantyIn this article I want to start the discussion of cleansing, detoxifying and rejuvenation. Not only for the colon and bowels but for the entire body. This article will establish all the areas in which we need to cleanse and renew ourselves.  Then in following articles I will give a detailed discussion on how to detoxify, cleanse, purify and rejuvenate each of those separate areas. Each type of cleansing is just as important as the other area and each need to be attended to every year, on a regular basis, not just once but continuously. You don't take just one bath, or dust your house once, or do one oil change for the car, instead you......

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I am officially three weeks into a new chapter. Following Dr. Bo Wagner’s guidance, I am not only gluten-free and casein-free, I am eating the right foods for my blood-type and properly food combining. These past three weeks have been great learning sessions for me. I carry around Dr. Bo’s book of food for my blood type everywhere I go. It sits on my desk at the office, comes home with me at night and to the grocery store when I go shopping. I refer to it several times a day.  I have learned what foods feed my body properly and what foods do not feed my body. properly....

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As I have mentioned in my previous articles, Jenny wanted me to stress how important it is for all members of the entire family to be receiving their own essential daily nutrients. In order to handle the demands and stress that life bestows upon all of us and to have the keys necessary to run on with full steam, the daily basic essentials are mandatory.  If everyone would just try the basic daily essentials for a month they would see the difference. It doesn’t take long. Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong and taking your daily essentials is the Right thing to do to be at your best. And this goes for all of you!!!...

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Okay so I am on a quest, actually I’ve been on this quest for a while and now am determined to actually make it. I have been fortunate enough to start taking care of myself in the past year and by doing so have made a HUGE difference in my life. As a mom of a child with autism, the past 7 years (since he was born) has been devoted to nothing but being a great mommy. When he was diagnosed with autism at 3 ½, my mommy commitment kicked in even more. I already had a full-time job and the inevitable mommy guilt, that comes along, however, the diagnosis consumed me....

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As autism mothers know, many children with ASDs have gastrointestinal (GI) problems.  This is important because these children are ill and they need help!  Additionally, this is not only true for children with autism, but true for children with ADHD and other developmental delays.  In a recent study by Schieve et al. published in Research in Developmental Disabilities “Children with autism were twice as likely as children with ADHD, learning disability or other developmental delay to have had frequent diarrhea or colitis during the past year. They were seven times more likely to have experienced these gastrointestinal problems than were children without any developmental disability.”In addition to gastrointestinal problems, this study also showed increases in rates of asthma, food allergies,......

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.N.M. on 9 February 2012 in , with 0 Comments

In my previous articles it has been established that proper supplementation, eating Gluten and Casein/Dairy free plus eating the correct foods for each individuals body and blood type is very beneficial for anyone with an ASD. Now it also needs to be established that not only do we need to make smart food choices but that it is equally important that these choices be combined correctly too....

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In this article I am going to address Smart Food Choices according to your personal body and blood type and the next blog post will cover Smart Food Combining....

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the nourishing properties of bone broths. Lots and lots of calcium which is what kids on the spectrum need. So I feel compelled to implore you to save your turkey carcass! And your friend’s carcasses. It makes wonderful broth which is the basis for one of my favorite holiday traditions - Turkey Soup.As soon as Thanksgiving dinner comes to a close, I step back into the kitchen and stuff my two turkey carcasses into stock pots, cover them with water, toss in a few vegetables and spices and set them to simmer. Around 2:00 p.m. the next afternoon, family and friends come over, this time in jeans, and we eat Turkey Soup and it’s......

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by Julie Matthews on 22 November 2011 in , , , with 0 Comments

We often think of Thanksgiving as a holiday of food—a meal often rich in gluten and dairy.  Traditional stuffing, a Thanksgiving favorite, is made from bread (wheat).  Pumpkin pie contains wheat and dairy.  Mashed potatoes are loaded with milk, cream and butter.  All off limits on a gluten-free and casein-free diet. But you don’t have to miss out.  Spend time with family while maintaining the special diet your family is on. ...

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by Amy Waczek on 16 November 2011 in with 0 Comments

When I was young, we had a tradition each Thanksgiving that I’m sure is shared table to table throughout our country. Before the meal is served, we would all announce whatever it was we were thankful for. In years past, my own kids have been thankful for their pets, their parents, and even their video games, but sometimes not in that order, I’m afraid....

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by Melanie Bowen, Guest Contributor on 4 November 2011 in , with 0 Comments

For many autistic individuals and their caregivers, physical fitness is an afterthought. When just getting through the day is a struggle, it can be hard to find the motivation to exercise, and many autistic caregivers worry about the possibility of falls or injury during exercise. But anyone, no matter what his or her physical or mental condition, can benefit from exercise. Even individuals with mesothelioma can improve their health and quality of life with some gentle exercise. And the same is true of those with autism.It's true that it can be difficult for someone with autism to exercise. Lack of motivation and energy, difficulty in focusing, exposure to unpleasant stimuli, and limited motor skills can all present obstacles to an......

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Ghee is a wonderful food—delicious, nourishing, and great for cooking.  Ghee is a food originating in South Asia and is commonly used in Indian food.  It is a form of clarified butter. Dairy is rich in many important fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins, but casein is a problem for many people, including most with autism.  This is where ghee comes in.  Ghee is made from butter and contains many important nutrients without casein.  Ghee, made from grass-fed butter, is rich in vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as the fatty acid CLA and butyric acid (a short chained fatty acid that fuels the intestinal cells).  Grass-fed ghee also has a higher ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty......

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.N.M. on 21 October 2011 in , , with 0 Comments

If someone’s energy level is down to around 30%, then they are not healthy and their body systems are not functioning well. In today’s society it would be hard to find someone who says they are at 100% of the energy they think they should have. It is probably even difficult to find people at 80%. Most people are going to say they are somewhere between 25% and 75%....

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.M.N. on 7 October 2011 in , with 0 Comments

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.M.N. on 21 September 2011 in , with 1 Comments

As the saying goes, attitude truly is everything. Only with the desire to be healthy combined with the proper nutritional knowledge and tools, will we achieve total body wellness. With the right mindset, a human begin can accomplish anything. It’s never too late to correct our past mistakes, to change the course of bad habits into good habits. With the proper nutritional knowledge, willingness to change and the discipline to apply the changes, you will stop, pause, and make the right choice when it comes to your health and what you eat and how often you move your body! ...

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Now that school is back in session, it’s time to think of what you are packing your child’s lunch in. It’s important for all children to avoid toxins, and particularly those with autism are the most susceptible to damage and healthy implications from exposure to them. Since children do eat off of their lunchbox and because lunch storage containers are coming in contact with their food, it’s important to choose safe options.  Lunchboxes are often made of plastic, and this plastic can contain BPA, PVC, phthalates, and lead.  The most common non-breakable lunch/food containers are made out of plastic as well.  As a nutritionist and a mom, I have tried many alternative lunchboxes.  Here’s what I’ve learned. ...

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For most of us, school has now started and summer is becoming a not-so-distant memory. The concept of sleeping-in has been replaced by grumpy kids unaccustomed to early mornings and heavy backpacks. Each year as summer comes to a close, I feel a tinge of guilt as I admit to myself that I am ready for school to start. There are just so many times I care to hear the familiar chorus of: “Stop looking at me.” “I’m not looking at you.” “Mom, she’s looking at me.” “Well, then stop looking at her.” (Yes, that’s when I join the song).If waking up early to catch the carpool or bus isn’t punishment enough, trying to get kids to eat breakfast when......

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by Amy Waczek on 27 August 2011 in , , , , with 3 Comments

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.N.M. on 22 August 2011 in , with 0 Comments

My philosophy of healthy living, “The Wagner Way to Wellness®,” that I will be addressing regularly on this blog, encourages us through professional consultation and personal resolve to better care for our bodies and minds by adopting the following life-changing 7 STEP PROGRAM....

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by Dr. Bo Wagner, Ph.D., D.N.M. on 19 August 2011 in , , with 0 Comments

I’m Dr. Bo Wagner, clinical nutritionist and Dean at the University of Natural Medicine. Jenny McCarthy has been my client for over ten years as well as her family and many of her friends and I have also been a member of the Clinical Advisory Board of Generation Rescue for the past 3 years. Jenny has now asked me to write an ongoing blog on the Generation Rescue website which I am very excited to accept. This article is to serve as an introductory letter explaining the information I will be sharing with you....

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