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from The Quest for Healing- alternative medicine effective for a daughter on the Autism Spectrum

From The Quest for Healing (A blog/podcast by an Orthodox Christian mother who has a son with autism/down syndrome) 

Ep 4- Ashley Turner, ND: On Her Daughter’s Healing from GI Dysfunction and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Part I)

Dr. Ashley Turner and Dr. Kevin Turner’s practice on Facebook: restorativechiro 

from the page of YOU MEE: HEALING-IN-THE-RAIN (see license below)

 the introduction to the podcast episode:

In this episode, [see below] we discuss:

The onset of her daughter’s symptoms and the consequences of using MiraLAX for her

How she and her husband pivoted to functional medicine to help their daughter

Using diet as a foundational component of healing

How the gut and brain are intimately connected

Ideas for removing environmental toxins within your control

The types of detoxification that helped her daughter heal

MTHFR and why it’s important to look for signs of gene expression rather than relying solely on genetic testing

The importance of healing gradually

The resilience of kids in healing

Listen on itunes:

 Part 1: Ashley Turner, ND: On her daughter’s healing

Follow The Quest for Healing for Parts 2, 3,  . . .

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St. Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus, and it’s ministries

The Catalogue of St. Elisabeth Convent

A Convent in Minsk, Belarus, serving people in need and producing icons and handicrafts of the finest quality

How You Can Make a Difference by Visting the Catalogue of St. Elisabeth Convent

An opportunity to receive and to give for the support of their ministries

The Ministries of St. Elisabeth Convent 

A Woman’s Rehabilitation Center, a Men’s Rehabilitation Center, Two Holy Temples for Christian worship, a Sunday School, and . . .

A Boarding Home No. 3 for Adults With Special Needs and . . .

A Boarding Home for Children With Special Needs


Their Workshops:

An icon painting workshop, a lacquered icon workshop, an icon casing workshop;

A crushed semi-precious stone workshop, a non-ferrous metals workshop, a gold embroidery workshop;

A ceramics workshop, a textile & felting workshop, a sewing workshop;

And a stained glass workshop. 

Special Needs Moms

I just finished the short book The Child Who Never Grew” (with reviews and ratings on the Goodreads website) by Pearl Buck, who won both

Pearl Buck receiving the Nobel Prize from the King of Sweden

the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature for her writings. She was the mother of a mentally challenged daughter, and the book is a memoir of her experience of this aspect of her life.  She writes of events in the early 20th Century, a different and darker era for the Special Needs community, but with feelings that are universal for those in a similar situations. Pearl Buck was a gifted and driven person, and the experience was very difficult for her.

Following the same theme, Katherine Paulson has written a post  in her weblog Without a Crystal Ball: Raising a Child with Special Needs

Here’s the post: Why Special Needs Moms Don’t Fit In

I’m sure some of you will be able to relate to both of these writings.



Disaster and Disability

 From the Not Dead Yet | The Resistance website: an article addressing advance preparedness for persons with disability in the event of a disaster. The article lists two online resources (and another which is no longer accessible) which were utilized in Houston during Hurricane Harvey, but are available for a persons with disabilities anywhere in the USA. Disaster Survivors with Disabilities Hotline Phone: (800) 626-4959 from  Disaster Strategies: About the Partnership

The second resource, which explains the steps a person with disabilities and the wider community can take in the event of a disaster:  Emergency Preparedness – A Common Sense Measure for the Disability Community

The article which is the source of these online resources: Portlight Strategies – Disaster and Disability


Charlotte Riggle’s Blog and Books

Charlotte Riggle is an Orthodox Christian writer. There’s a lot of helpful information in her posts and writings for people with disabilities, their families, and their friends.

          St. Nicholas of Myra

Here are some examples of her posts which touch on the lives of persons with disabilities:  

There are also many reviews of newly published children’s books in her blog. Here’s Charlotte Riggle’s home page and her two children’s books:

Home Page:  Charlotte Riggle  

Books: Catherine’s Pascha & The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Shop: Books, Gifts, and Embroidery Patterns


SBSK: “Normalizing the Diversity of the Human Condition.”

 *SBSK* More and more, I’m discovering that stories hit home, while mere information is often just deposited in the head. This website is not a Church site, but the stories that are told show forth how all people are made in the image of God. As descriptive words go, the word “special” has used up it’s shelf life in regard to people with disabilities; what is desired is not to be seen as special, but as a person like everyone else. While the title of this organization does begin the focus on the special, the home page reveals that the actual goal is to see everyone as normal (normalization)! For Orthodox Christians, to acknowledge that despite the great variety of peoples in the world, all are made in the image of God.

And while Orthodox Christians cannot affirm that all lifestyles are normal as the folks at SBSK are willing to do, we are committed to refraining from passing judgement on any person, as that is for the all-wise Lord to do at the proper time which He will choose. We are all in process. 

And these short video stories illustrate the value of people of disabilities who are also in process.

To access:

Special Books by Special Kids


The Worthwhile Lives of Persons with a Disability (disabilities)

The website:


Live On!

This is a disability website celebrating life. Even with all the challenges people with disabilities face. A happy, fulfilling, . . . . incredible life. 

No matter what some narrow-minded people in our society think.

The creators of this web page, who are disabled themselves, are up front about the more difficult challenges: the bullying of young people, the institutionalization of adults. Their goal is to reach those who are discouraged, despondent, even despairing, and those with suicidal thoughts through a series of short, powerful videos in which persons with a disabilities overcome their obstacles and establish a meaningful life. Valuable resources are also provided toward this goal.

A photographer of note:

River Bend Galleries


Pertinent posts from the Not Dead Yet website: 
Disabililty Rights Organizations Issue Statement Opposing Assisted Suicide Laws and Supporting Health Care
Statement of Solidarity in Observance of Suicide Prevention Month
Disability Rights Toolkit for Advocacy Against the Legalization of Assisted Suicide


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