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(Fox News) – In the last two years, autism cases have increased by 23 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means that one in every 88 children in the United States is on the spectrum.

While there are various treatment options available for children suffering from autism, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, medical director of the National Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, recently conducted a study that revealed food and nutrient sensitivities play a significant role in the lives of autistic children.

“With the average American getting over 150 pounds of sugar each year, and there being almost 85,000 new chemicals that have been added to our environment, it has become very difficult for many people’s immune systems to tell friend from foe,” Teitelbaum said. “This has resulted in a marked increase in sensitivities, especially to common foods.”

The study, funded by the NAET research foundation, utilized what is known as the NAET treatment –a method that involves a desensitization technique that ultimately “teaches the immune system to get back in harmony with the environment,” Teitelbaum said.

“For an immune system that is overreacting…NAET is like pushing the ‘restore factory defaults’ button when a computer program has gone haywire,” Teitelbum added.

NAET is a holistic treatment that is used to eliminate allergies of all types. According to NAET’s website, the technique uses “a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine.”

“It is really very simple,” Teitelbaum said of NAET. “The person holds the substance that they are sensitive to while the NAET practitioner presses on some acupressure points along the spine.”

To test its effectiveness on autism, Teitelbaum and his colleagues examined 60 autistic children who were each split into one of two groups: 30 children were treated with the NAET treatment and the other 30 children were not. The treatments lasted for one year with 20 minute sessions, twice a week.

“The effects were dramatic,” Teitelbaum said. “After one year of simple treatments, the children showed an average 50 to 75 percent improvement.”

Mostly notably, Teitelbaum said, 23 out of the 30 autistic children who were treated were back in regular school by the end of the treatment period, as opposed to none of the 30 children who had not received treatment.

“If I was a parent with a child with autism, my child would be getting treated now,” Teitelbaum said.
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Memorial Day: For the living, a time to reflect and connect

(Charlotte – Many left behind are making annual treks to memorials, gravesites…By David Perlmutt The Charlotte Observer

Memorial Day cuts deep for survivors of the nation’s war dead. It’s not merely a three-day weekend, or rows of hamburgers sizzling on the grill.

For those with pain still fresh, or dredged up by memories, the day means one more pilgrimage to the grave – one more cathartic moment – to tell stories and reflect.
To connect.

It is about the dozen men of Gibbon-Burke Camp No. 2 mustering at 9 a.m. Monday in the old section of Salisbury National Cemetery, where thousands of Union prisoners were hastily buried in trenches near the end of the Civil War.
The Gibbon-Burke Boys are descended from federal soldiers. They are not re-enactors, but assemble at the cemetery – as they have for nine Memorial Days – to honor the POWs who died from war wounds, disease or starvation at the infamous Confederate prison in Salisbury.

Like the past nine, their ceremony will be a brief, respectful tribute consisting of an invocation, speech-making and a bugler blowing taps in an open field where stones mark the mass graves.

Memorial Day was intended for such tributes.
“If we don’t recognize their sacrifice through this simple ceremony every year, then people will eventually forget,” said camp commander Michael Thompson of Montgomery County, whose great-great-grandfather, Alonzo Aiken, was twice wounded fighting in northern Virginia with the 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment.
“The Civil War was a horrible conflict. There was a huge loss of life. We are all of one mind that we are going to remember and recognize on Memorial Days from here on out – even if we’re the only ones there.

“Personally, I just feel a connection to the past being there, and to the sacrifices my great-great-grandfather made.”
Craig Hipkins, the camp’s secretary/treasurer, has every reason to be among them. His great-great-grandfather, George Sullivan, fought with the 57th Massachusetts Infantry, and his great-great-great-uncle, Cyrus Clapp, died at the second battle of Bull Run in Virginia.

“I wouldn’t be any other place,” said Hipkins of Dallas in Gaston County, a veteran and 22-year transplant from Massachusetts. “A lot of people watch a race and cook hamburgers and steak, and go about their lives on Memorial Day. I do that, too.
“But I will always set off a portion of that day to remember why we have the day off.”
‘Feels like it’s very recent’

As he has for the past 40 years, Skip Gribble will set aside time Monday to visit with his brother, Bobby, buried in the family plot in Charlotte’s Evergreen Cemetery on Central Avenue.

Bobby was 23, an N.C. State graduate and father of two small daughters, when he joined the Army in 1970. He was eight months into a year-long tour when he was killed during a mine sweep operation in South Vietnam.
His parents died in 2004, still not knowing exactly what killed him.
He and Skip had long talked about running the family machine shop, Charlotte Machine Co., after Bobby came home.

Instead on March 29, 1971, Skip was working with his father at the business when his mother called. She wanted his father, but he wasn’t there.
“Maybe you better come home,” she told her son, three years older than Bobby.
When he arrived, he saw the car with government tags. “This is not good,” he said he whispered.

His parents hastily bought a plot at Evergreen, near the grave of Bobby and Skip’s grandfather, former City Manager James Marshall. Uptown’s Marshall Park bears his name.
Ten days later, Robert Marshall Gribble was buried.

In May that year, Skip started his traditional Memorial Day trek to his brother’s grave. After the Mecklenburg County Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in November 1989, Skip and wife Nancy started visiting the memorial together on Memorial Day, tracing the letters of Bobby’s name etched into the granite. Then Skip sets out for the grave alone.
When he’s not in town, he visits both places as close to Memorial Day as possible.
“It’s been a long time,” Skip said. “But in some ways it feels like it’s very recent. It just leaves a void that you don’t feel.”

Being alone at the grave, he feels a closer connection. Often, he talks to Bobby.
“It’s a part of my life,” Skip said. “I know people move on. But there’s no reason why you can’t take a few minutes out to remember and reflect.

“I know that spiritually my brother’s with me all the time. But humans need to connect to physical things – even if it’s letters on a wall, or a plaque in the ground.”

‘The right place to be’
As they will forever more, Richard and Tammy O’Brien on this Memorial Day have made the 400-mile drive from their Gaston County home in Stanley to Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

There, they’ll set up folding chairs and spend the day in section 60, plot No. 9520. That is where son Nicholas is buried.

Eleven months ago, on June 9, Marine Lance Cpl. Nic O’Brien was point man on foot patrol in southern Afghanistan when an IED (improvised explosive device) blew up under him.
His burial at Arlington 19 days later drew 300 relatives and friends from Gaston County, and even then-retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

For the O’Briens and daughter Haley, Arlington and Nic’s grave have been somberly woven into their lives. They feel the pull to make the trip every six weeks.
“We stay at the same hotel near the cemetery,” said Richard O’Brien, himself a former Marine. “The people there are beginning to know us by name.”

This is a particularly tough time of the year: Nic’s birthday was May 23, Memorial Day this year follows five days later, and then there’s June 9 around the corner.
“Three significant days in a 31/2-week period,” Richard said. “We’d love to be at Arlington for every one, but it’s not feasible. Memorial Day is the one we chose, just because of the meaning of the holiday.

“It will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
Yet they’ll likely make the drive again on June 9, the first anniversary of being without Nic.

His squad mates have been good to the O’Briens. On Mother’s Day, several sent Tammy flowers.

One has flown to Washington to be with the O’Briens on Monday. Another Marine, Nic’s best friend Josh Cawthorn of Hendersonville, nearly died in the blast. He lost an eye. He is back in Washington for another eye surgery to reconstruct his socket. He, too, will join the family.

They’ve packed food, so they’ll sit and talk quietly about Nic. And catch up on his pals in the unit. Or visit with other families. Since Nic was buried at the end of a row of about 100 graves, five more rows have been filled – largely with casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“A big piece of Nic is always going to be there,” Richard said. “It’s the last time we saw the casket that contains his body. As parents, it’s heart-breaking, but it’s cathartic.
“It feels like the right place to be on Memorial Day.”


Palin Takes to Facebook to Honor Vets Ahead of Memorial Day

(Newsmax) – Former Alaska governor and one time presidential hopeful Sarah Palin took to Facebook late Friday to wish her followers a happy Memorial Day weekend.

“Todd and I and our family would like to wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend. We’d especially like to offer our best wishes to our friends in Rolling Thunder who will be taking part in their Ride for Freedom this weekend in D.C. as they do each year to honor our vets and specifically to bring awareness to POW/MIA issues. We are honored to join them last year,” Palin wrote.

“We were both sad to learn that Preston ‘Jay’ Fairlamb, Jr., one of the organizers of Rolling Thunder and someone who made us welcome last year, tragically died in an accident last week. Jay was a Vietnam vet, a retired New Jersey State Trooper, and a great American who will be dearly missed. Please keep his wife, his children, grandchildren, and his innumerable friends in your prayers.”

Palin included a picture of herself and husband Todd with the late Fairlamb in her post.

“On this Memorial Day weekend, may God bless our brave men and women in uniform,” she wrote.

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Pakistani Christian Acid Victim Starts Over in US...

(CBN News) – After paying a brutal price for her faith in Pakistan, Julie Aftab now has the chance at a new life in the United States.

At the age of 16, her life changed when she was brutally attacked after refusing to renounce her faith in God.

“I had no teeth, no cheek. I didn’t have my eye,” Aftab recalled.

Her attackers threw battery acid on her face and poured it down her throat. Aftab survived, but it wasn’t over. She was poisoned while recovering in the hospital and then later shot.

Later, a price was put on her head, all because she is a Christian.

“That’s what is the difference between those people and me. As a Christian, the first thing I was taught is to forgive,” Aftab said.

A benefactor brought her to the United States where she underwent extensive surgery to repair the damage done by the battery acid.

Aftab was then connected with Catholic Charities, a ministry that provides help for people regardless of religious, social or economic background.

“I told them, ‘I don’t have any money. I need help,'” she said.

In the past 19 years, Catholic Charities has helped more than 3,000 refugees become U.S. citizens.

“They are amazing human beings who’ve done and survived so much that I can’t imagine hearing the stories,” Catholic Charities attorney Rebecca Koford said.

Now, Aftab is about to have a fresh start as well. Although she still suffers some health challenges from the acid attack, she said she’s thankful for the path God has led her down.

“Some people say there are no angels; there is no God. [But] I see it right here, right now,” she said.

Aftab will soon obtain an accounting degree at the University of Houston and recently got engaged.