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April 30, 2014
By Julie Matthews

In today’s fast paced world, with little rest, overloaded with toxins, and devoid of nutrients, inflammation is very common. Once triggered, it can be hard to shut off – and if certain biochemical processes persist, chronic inflammation can ensue.

Inflammation acts like a fire in the body, literally burning up many of our necessary nutrients. Inflammation can be triggered by infections, irritants, and biochemical processes that have gone awry. It creates pain, and can lead to cellular damage and a cascade of health problems.

In fact, inflammation is underlying most neurological and chronic disorders in children and adults. All of following conditions have been linked to inflammation:

Autism • Asthma • Allergies • ADHD • Autoimmune conditions • Depression Anxiety • Inflammatory Bowel disorders • Eczema • Schizophrenia

Inflammation is a necessary process for the immune system. When the body can’t shut it off however, it can cause serious problems. Inflammation in linked to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, as well as the myriad of mental health and mood conditions described above.

And some substances that people use to “help” inflammation, like over the counter anti-inflammatories and cortisone creams, are generally ineffective in the long run and can have harmful side effects.

So what can you do? Prevention is a good start; take charge of avoiding common causes of inflammation – things you can influence, like food choices and toxic exposures.

Gluten, dairy, and soy are major food sources of inflammation. Alcohol, processed foods, caffeine, and sugar are also inflammatory. Pesticides can trigger asthma (inflammation) in people, so eat organically whenever possible. Fish oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, as are a variety of herbal supplements. Phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables, and spices have anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful; however, for some people the salicylates and other food chemicals can cause inflammation.

Also, talk with your integrative physician about inflammatory lab markers, and appropriate medical treatment. Sometimes the inflammatory process needs to be stopped, and there are useful methods/meditations that can help. As you are exploring and working on this, I suggest beginning with the food, toxin and lifestyle factors that you can address at home. This may provide you some relief (mild to major) and help you and your doctor determine next steps.

Inflammation is the topic of the April Session of my Nourishing Hope Support Club, a monthly Membership Club for parents and clinicians actively employing specialized diets and nutrition. This April Session is OPEN for ANYONE to attend…member or not!

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What causes inflammation
Which conditions have an underlying inflammation
Foods that cause and calm inflammation
How to address it: food, supplements, toxins and lifestyle factors
Avoiding common “anti-inflammatory” foods…that actually create inflammation in some people
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SUPPORT CLUB – 2013 Recap

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Types and versions of veges and fruits

Proof that texture, taste, and other challenges make our food options sometimes more  of a challenge. Then some may expect. Particularly, with folks with ASD, and LD’s, including ADHD. And especially with uncommon ingrediants grown in countries possibly  ( this second part is an educated guess) with different chemical standards ( hint hint!) Maybe another post, I’ll eventually share what issues I have with some of these ingrediants in certain states or preparations.  I challenge you to ask yourself questions on why these  issues exist in me. It could be good practice for your loved one(s), or friend (s), who may have other significant challenges, that you don’t have perhaps ( That you need to be sensitive too)  since there hopefully okay with, or tolerate your challenges.  Your feelings of these challenges should differ somewhat depending on the type of relationship(s) that we’re talking about. But, we regress. 

Great example is broccoli  

Broccoli sprouts- no, taste like turnips (That reminds me of parsnips, did I tell u I can’t have that either?) but, parsnips in mashed potatoes taste great! But, I can’t have them 🙁 

American broccoli or broccoli flower yes if cooked. No if not. As a baby unless you purred it and cooked the heads only I could eat it. I couldn’t eat as a baby eat it in any other form. 

Chinese broccoli no, never. 

Cauliflower is different because there’s less stem and there softer and bigger. 

Grapes ( in a raw cold state) I can have the purple not the green. But, get this. I can’t have it in a drink of 100% juice, with no added non natural sugar. It will give me a soar throat. 🙁 the white grape juice too, but, it takes longer. I can only have grapes in a raw state. Not in wine, or any other form. 

Did you know that all the sugar free jams and jellies all have to have enough sugar in it to stay tog? Do you also know what concentrate all of them in the US use in there sugar free versions? Grape. 

Did you know you get more lycopene in cooked tomatoes then in eating most regular sized ones at room temperature? Did you know lycopene helps reverse/prevent sun damage ? 

Regardless, I can eat the red ones, brown ones, and orange ones! I can eat but, don’t prefer the baby tomatoes.  Did you know the non-organic mini tomatoes have the most pesticides on them? They do! 

I love ripe purple plums but, can’t stand the reddish ones.  Same with cherries. 

The only citrus I can defiantly eat, and maybe wear, or be strongly exposed too is clementines. However, to my recollection, I only remember encountering them, too devour it! No tangerines, lemons, limes, oranges, or citrus cleaners, or cosmetics! But, clementines, are great! Aren’t they? 

I can have pears but, not Asian ones or green ones, only tan ones. 

Are you starting to see a similarity or two between most of the foods above that I can’t eat yet? I’ll tell you right now. Some of the foods .It’s just texture/taste. If I remember properly all of the different reactions I get for everything. 

Atleast, I can eat any colored, cooked carrots! Yea! Did you know that Doctor Daniel Amen, the ADHD, brain researcher, doctor, and King in the NT ADHD world, if you ask me! Says this population should skip carrots all together. Do you know why he says this? I do! 

As you know I can only eat onions if there cooked. They have to be translucent or I won’t eat them. But, I can’t have the red ones in any form. They give me stomach issues and diarrhea. Which the first will do in a less then a well enough cooked and very thinly sliced, prepared fashion.    Which could increase my anxiety too. 

I’m not trying to be mean in this post, buy the way.  For all you NT reader’s.  And I did notice where that could come from on my own. I thought you might need a shorter post for a change, anyway. 

Marketing Terms VS Reality

I hope your paying attention cause this post is incredibly important. These definitions as stated before are not regulated. However, after spending literally atleast 45 mins on several store visits to various grocery’s, pharmacy’s, and beauty stores (Only in there cosmetic isles), and other stores that sell beauty items.  And spending numerous hours online researching cosmetics, and ingrediants, along with trying several different supposively top of the line (sometimes) cosmetics and hair care over the last about 10 years. Hear is what these terms morally mean in the hair care and cosmetics industry.  Hear is also, what they DON’T mean just as importantly.   I can say that most manufacturers or marketing firms label these products with this moral code.  I can also say although I only purchased products sold in the US and not imported. That from my own online research it seams this is fairly universal.  However, the US seams to sell more variety then most if not any other country. So, it’s the easiest to see this hear.

Hypo-Allergenic -there are one or more ingrediants that tries to reverse any allergic response and is mild. If labeled this way without like I said, sensitive skin also labeled on it, and certain other things. It likely has irritants/ toxins. Hello! I’m buying a product that will give me issues yet then that will try to hide them/ fix them poorly? How does that make sense!? Just get the products without the irratants, etc. And you won’t need any hypo-allergic ingrediants.  Promise!  And like all the other definitions below . The product may have anything or everything else you don’t want in it.   And I guarantee you if it’s made in the US and likely, anywhere else they will have some if not many of these ingrediants/ byproducts types. Like, drying and burning, stinging alcohol, scents, preservatives, toxins, fragrances, unknown additives,  harsh cleaners,  exfoliating ingrediants, etc. 


Sensitive Skin- if a product says this along with unscented, fragrance free, alcohol free, hypoallergenic, and preservative free you’ll be GOLDEN 99% of the time if it isn’t all natural or organic.  But, nearly nothing does in the US. Off course, including some preservatives occasionally, and a couple toxins max, the products I’ll recommend in my book will be in that 1% . 

But, back to what it means. People who only have sensitive skin sometimes aren’t as sensitive as those with Roscia, Dyspraxia, and PSD in a combination. Or just compared to Roscia. Basically, there are certain ingrediants. That are super mild. That aren’t necessarily anti-allergenic reversal ingrediants. It means that product has atleast a couple of those mild ingrediants in it. It also may mean that they try to keep the harsher ingrediants out.  Also if a product says it’s great for sensitive skin but, it doesn’t clarify for people with Roscia too, and it doesn’t say atleast, free of preservatives, alcohols, unscented, and maybe hypoallergenic. It sometimes isn’t friendly for the most sensitive skin like roscia individuals or guaranteed to be sensory friendly. 

Again, it doesn’t mean the ingrediants are hypo-allergenic, alcohol free, unscented, preservative free, non toxic, fragrance free (although some occasionally are), non exfoliating, etc.

Organic or All Natural- It means no added or synthetic fragrances. It also means it’s likely to have a lot less if any by products hidden in it. It doesn’t mean it’s toxic free, unscented, alcohol free, hypoallergenic, or sensitive skin friendly, It’s at best, a product without 1 or 2 of those .  

   Although not helpful, in the PSD sensitivity learning process. Organic or All Natural also means.  That the majority of the ingrediants or the concentration of the main ingrediants. Is great enough to have the product made organically or with all natural ingrediants.  It is VERY rare for any product to be trully all natural. 

Alcohol free- Aren’t always however, if they have it- it is usually the milder types of alcohol that is known to be less irritating and problematic. And those alcohol types are often disguised.  Interested still?! 

Unscented-  provided there’s no buy products hidden in the product. And I guarantee you there 99.9 % of the time are. It will be unscented. Which means there won’t be any NATURAL fragrances or scents.   So, yes, this means it won’t be organic. 

Fragrance Free- It means there’s no added synthetic fragrance. Or there nasty carcinogens or by products that come with it. Yea! 

The bad news, 

It 99.9 % of the time guarantees there will be scents/ buy products. And very possibly a butch of other unhealthy undesired ingrediants. There maybe by products but, there won’t be tons, if there are. 

Now, if you like these moral codes, you might want to stop reading this blog.  Because, I certainly don’t. 

How I’m going to set this up

Most blogs you see posts in the order there created. That won’t be entirely the case on this blog. I have and will be again be ordering the posts in a fairly specific manner so, that it makes my life and everyone else’s easier. It will be easier to understand provided you either already know tons or can read them in the order I will be completely trying to reorder them in shortly. Let me know what you think. It makes both of us more responsibile too. You less depend on each post individually, and me to provide the highest quality possible content wise. So over all, I find it a much smarter formatting idea. Especially, for someone with dyslexia,  who needs structure. Agree?! 

Food Adjustments, Textures, and Taste Issues

Here’s an example, of how someone with sensory issues who may be fine with food one second can’t adjust to it at a different time. Let me add, this also, can support that more people with PSD have symptoms like those with it then who otherwise wouldn’t think they have it. Or anyone would think. For example people who are lactose intolerant. They always weren’t that way. But yet, now they really are. 

 Let me tell you a brief story to support this. Last summer, I drank a lot of raspberry and peach mega smoothies with no dairy or sugar besides the sugar from the fruit that was natural. (which I’m fine with). It also had in them an add in or or two. Usually just 1 though which was unflavored and protein powder not in soy form. Sometimes I had them add fiber two. Anyway, I loved them. Over the fall and winter I avoided them because those fruits aren’t ripe from where I live during that time of year, plus they were cold and when it’s freezing in NY. Well, that just doesn’t make sense now. Does it? This spring, although I knew it was early for peach and raspberry season. I was dying to eat something else and get some diversity in my meal for once. (There filling enough for a meal if they have enough protein, their huge) so I ordered one at my favorite and only smoothie shop.

When I tried it for the first time again. My brain didn’t register the peach or raspberry and quite honestly my brain questioned if the shop attendant prepped it wrong. Trying to think what it tasted like. I already checked and saw them somewhat make it and it looked like it always had. This pinkish red color. That’s the only type of smoothie I order there due to my issues. And the attendants know there for the most part I always order the same thing. I just alter the size, protein quantity, and sometimes add a fiber blast add in. I quickly realized between my absence from it, sensory taste issues, and maybe slightly that it wasn’t in season yet (but, I’m not certain on atleast that last one). That I just needed to get use to it again. And then everything would be just fine if not, GREAT again.

Now obviously,  you may not have a smoothie king the name of the exclusive small NYC smoothie shop near you. However, you may have a blender. Or buy peanut butter. Similar issues can occur with homemade smoothies or nut or peanut butter consistencies too. I can drink apple juice. (I try not too now, but, I can, no problem) even if it’s made with Granny Smiths which I find too bitter. If anyone makes me a homemade Granny Smith juice blending it in a blender with maybe just water or ice. I can’t have it. Now if you add only red delicious apples too that juice now in the blender. I still can’t have it. Yet, I’ll have an organic red delicious any day.

What u must buy that’s organic or basically

 Below, I’ve added 15 other editable ingrediants beyond what the Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean 15 list. Along with some of what I can’t eat like, or dislike. However, if you want the bran spanking new 2014 dirty dozen plus and Clean 15 list with individual visual photos of each fruit or vege.  Please go here.   http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

   You don’t have to sign up to see the visuals. Nor do you have to donate. But, I highly recommend you atleast sign up your e-mail address and then verify it immediately after.   If you already signed up to the Environmental Working Group via my post titled “Help Us All Be Healthier”. Formally titled ” Help Us Fit in Better” No need to do it again.  But, check the link anyway to see the updates to the list. Or to get a visual! 

  Off course, Europe ‘s fruits and veges are healthier with less pesticides then our non organic versions on the dirty dozen list.  I have added and edited the info below slightly, to be more clear and accurate, with this update.  I don’t know if you need to buy organic in England. But, if you can, I probably would. Buy the way, you don’t need to sign up your e-mail to see the full report. If you have time. I’d skim it. Otherwise, no biggy. I’ll cover it. 

I’m going to add atleast 1 more post soon, that I’ll share with everyone on organic edibles. 

Please Note- Sometimes the way you consume certain ingredients. (like if it’s cooked or not), where you buy them, the dense population and grocer turn over of them, or the way they are sold, may make certain ingrediants or foods okay in non organic form. For ex; peaches that are canned have far less pesticides then fresh whole ones that aren’t organic. Also, this is a general guide created partially from the dirty dozen list that is available for free online. And annually updated.   Also, where ingrediants come from can also determine if organic is a necessity or not. For example, imported grapes should be organic but, if grown in the US the all natural ones should be fine. 

Tomatoes sometimes, otherwise try vine ripe or very high quality.   Medium too large sizes  of any color only. The small cherry ones only organic. 

Lettuce,  kale, spinach, mixed greens,  Boke Chou,   Organic however, if it’s not prewashed it is more likely to be buggy however. 

celery,  potatoes,  strawberries, cherries^, peaches canned and fresh, raspberries, 

pears! (Not Asian types, only sweet ones) , grapes!, lemons*, limes*, mushrooms*, carrot! , *blueberries,  zucchini ( I might be guessing on this one) , and cucumber.

apricots! (Dried and fresh only, or in Ceres branded all natural juice) , apples!  (Red Delicious Only) olives! ( most I can’t eat in any form, minimal olive hot dressing of some kind might be okay) ,   *bell peppers,  or *nectarines.   *Blackberries guessing on organic 

Pomegranate  not sure if it should be organic or not but! I can’t have it. 

Non organic is fine for 

– peas, corn, eggplant-, *grapefruit, kiwis, *mangoes, *orange, *nectarines, tangerines, sweet potatoe, watermelon, 

-asparagus, avocado, onion! ( white not red) , anise! ( but, guessing), *pineapple.

 * coconut, I can’t imagine organic a necessity. 

* means I don’t eat it !   “!”  Means I eat some kinds or the fruit or vege in cooked form only. If it’s not just cooked or not ( ) explain the rest.  Sometimes ! Doesn’t mean it has to be cooked. If it doesn’t, it should be obvious.   – before it, excluding peas means I can it but, don’t like it. To be perfectly clear,  I like sweet peas.


All nuts should be organic. In a butter form they need to be atleast all natural with no added sugar, high  fructose corn syrup, or anything else unhealthy  in a butter form.  As for the nuts I don’t do peanut or cashew butter. But, I can eat unsalted roasted cashews that aren’t super dry. Or with small amounts of sea salt in the summer only.   If the all natural almond butter or peanut butter isn’t high enough quality there may be small amounts of dairy/ soy in it from where it’s manufactured. These are frequent issue ingredients for many of us.   Especially those with ASD. So, please keep in mind paying ridiculous amounts may be your only option.   Also for the butters keep in mind the less ingredients the better, and be careful on the texture. I NeVEr do chunky. 

Wine and raisins need to be organic. 

Manufacturers goals and product basics

Do you know that the FDA doesn’t require ANY skin, hair, or clothing cleaner companies to abide buy ANY requirements or set definitions of ANY of these Marketing terms and phrases we ALWAYS see on there products? They don’t. The terms and phrases are below with there moral/ definition explanations in my own words. INCLUDING most IMPORTANTLY what they AREN’T stating but, want you to believe.

Sensitive Skin, what they want you to believe – if you have any, all, or any combo of the issues mentioned in my previous post titled or. Blank. This will work for you. Why? Because, it has one or often more then one hypoallergenic ing. In it. Or atleast 1 super ingredient that’s super mild and sometimes GREAT for Sensitive Skin. It also, sometimes means it will be atleast fragrance free OR unscented as well. Occasionally it may mean, it’s un scented and fragrance free.

What it means, read above-

What they omit, or don’t say, unless, u know how to read ing. labels. It may and sometimes has fragrance or scents. It may and usually does have irritants too. However, less then non- sensitive skin products most of the time. It may and 98% of the time does, have other dangerous ingredients in it. So who cares if there’s too anti – irritants in it.!? It has 4 other dangerous ones.

Fragrance free- it means it has no UNNATURAL added Fragrances. It very likely will have natural ones however, called scents. And that defiantly doesn’t stop them from adding any other unhealthyor toxic ing.

What they want you to believe- use me if you have any of the issues we discuss. This product is great FOR ALL!

Unscented- how many of you feel organic everything is best for you? Well, I’m hear to say, you absolutely, couldn’t be more wrong! Smelling citrus for example is lethal. Did u know that?

Scents are natural fragrances or smells that come from often but, not always, added ingredients that are natures smells from the plant, or oil. For ex; .

Just because nature made it, doesn’t mean everyone can respond to the smell normally or that it’s healthy. And just because something Is unscented, it defiantly doesn’t mean it’s FRAGRANCE free or that I’ll recommend it.

What marketers at best want you too think when you see a product claiming it’s unscented. – if you have sensitive skin but this, but, if you have roscia or are super sensitive, don’t. Typically however, they want you too think. The same way as what fragrance free is supposed to encourage you to think.

Hypoallergenic- this term wants you to believe the product with this is for the most sensitive people of them all. It’s tested often to be such. It claims it’s anti irritant(s) will solve any sensitivities you may have. And it will prevent any irritant reactions caused buy any unhealthy ingredients! Wow ! If they really did that I’d have not much to blog about. But, sadly, they don’t do all those things. And who wants a fix!? If you can prevent it from the get go. Follow?

What it doesn’t say- Just cause it says hypoallergenic. Doesn’t mean it’s unscented, healthy, or fragrance free!

So, with that said. Your probably saying, So, what SHOULD I look for? If all those terms are mostly marketing terms meant to fool me! That is a SUPERB question! And one, I will HAPPILY respond too in my next POST. So, please come back to check it out! For a healthier, happier, meltdown reduced life!

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Who am I ? & Why do I care ?

I’m 33 and have SPD among other diagnosis. However, as of this writing SPD isn’t a separate diagnosis yet. Some of my other issues are ASD ( although, I prefer to refer to it as Asperger’s), Dyslexia, hyperinsomnia, IBS, and ADD. I’m only sharing this with you so you could see part of what has driven me to become an expert in what I know. But, like I said, this was only part of it, and off course, this blog is about helping YOU all . And me secondary. That and societies desperately needed time to catch up more with dealing better with the challenges tackled within this site, is a big reason on why it’s taken so long to publish it.

And still with all that waiting, although, I’m proud of societies progress that we’ve made in creating sensory solutions. We still have a ways to go, unfortunately.

As for why else do I care? If you haven’t noticed, as a whole, Aspies are the kindest high functioning folks bare none. And therefore, my desire to help you grow and improve ( IF you take appropriate action) is at an all time high. And I REALLY want feedback and constructive criticism.

Thank you!

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Common Categories of Irritating Ingredients

Did you know that fragrances aren’t the only thing people with SPD ( Sensory Processing Disorder)  are irritated by in skin hair and actually food products too? It’s true! And now I’m going to share with you some of the other types of ingredients/byproducts that can irritate people with sensory issues regardless of if they have rosacea,  ASD, or any other special need. 

Many of the ingrediants below can be toxic no matter how natural they are. Many will cause issues ( even if unknown at first or on the surface don’t)  to most people.  Not everyone with PSD will have sensory issues with all of the below ingrediants.   Just like having additives and preservatives in food aren’t ideal. Same idea with your skin and hair products too.   Not every ingrediant in each and every category is unhealthy. Certain categories however have a lot more irritants and problematic ingrediants then others. 

Just because 1 person with ASD/ SPD can eat something doesn’t mean they can tolerate it in all forms.  That’s part of what makes SPD so unique.  For example; I can eat organic olive oil just fine. If it’s the main ingrediant in my soap bar with no other ingrediant. The scent of it overwhelms me and gives me sensory issues. Now if I lessen the amount of olive oil in a bar of soap, I can be fine, if the other ingrediants are good for me.  ( Your welcome!  😉 ) 


ex’s; hidden formaldehyde, 

even milder ones like the parabens,  

Borax,   DMDM Hydantoin,  and Kathon CG. 




soap ( possibly NoT Always) and NoT the ones I recommend. Dove sensitive skin bar unfortunetly counts even if there is no fragrant or scent that will bother you. 

Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate may be derived from coconut. Among other ingrediants and additives that are also derived from coconut. Did u know some are allergic or sensitive to coconut?  

 scrub agents,   This does mean that people with serious enough sensory issues or PSD issues should definitely avoid at all costs most forms of exfoliation.

Skin Repairing Ingrediants, 

example- Aspirin

Plant Extracts 

 Balm Mint Extract  


 Bloodwort or Yarrow Extract



CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA or known as Lime oil or extract anything citrus is very bad for you. 

Benzoin extract 



Essential oil

Corriander oil 

Fern oil 


Bay Leaf Oil



Irritant examples of these are


dicetyl-phosphate an ing. With byproducts and cetyl alcohol a known irritant. 


Do you know two of the most absolute worst ingrediants sometimes formed into oils that are anti-irritants? 

Unfortunately, there two of the most popular smelling tempted ingredients in cleaners, hair products, and skin products combined. 

Lavender otherwise known as.  

Lavendar Extract and Oil 

Lemongrass Oil 

Here are some very bad additional ingredients I would stay away from, no matter who you are.

Denatured alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, Daisy Flower Extract, Ethanol, Camphor, cinnamon, citrus-aurantium or orange blossom,   Acetic acid, Ylang ylang, calamine ( remember, Calamine Lotion?) , anise (also a vegetable) can cause skin sun sensitivity too. 

Aloe Vera and Caprylyl Glycol,  (although very rare) some are allergic too. From my little research of it, it doesn’t seam to be people with “normal SPD issues”. If there is such a thing.! It seams to be NT’s with an allergy to it.  But, I’m not allergic or sensitive too it either. If your not allergic to it,  Aloe can be great . The 2nd ingrediant, I’m still researching. However, aloe is super moisturizing, so don’t use if your skin is a combo skin type or oily unless soothing a sun burn. 

How ludicrous the US cosmetic industry REALLY is.

     Have you heard about how the Canadian and European government has stricter cosmetic laws? It’s true, many toxins/ irritants (Over 100) are banned in any cosmetic or personal hygiene product minus possibly bar soaps.  In Canada and Europe but, not America  This does not mean, obviously that people with SPD have nothing to worry about in those countries. Because that would be the farthest from the truth. However, it does mean if you live in either of those countries you have a lot less too worry about. And for that, I thank who ever made those laws in those countries.  Don’t you?! 

   It maybe true that some of those ingrediants aren’t in the US products. But, honestly, do you even want 1 of them in any of your products? Do you really want any manufacturer to have that kind of freedom? 

     This site explains in detail what the “Canadians hotlist is” the short version is this. It’s two tables of all of the ingredients that are forbidden. And another table for all the ingrediants and by products that are restricted. (so meaning ingrediants and by products only allowed in certain types of products/ in small concentrations.) 



Although the Canadians are banned from putting many toxins and irritants in there products. There labeling requirements are not nearly as strict as the US or European Labeling criteria.  

Ingredients and buy product basics

Did you know that any product that says fragrances in the ingredient list can have up to 4,000 hidden by products in them, most of which are carcinogenic (Meaning cancer causing), or toxic? And when I say toxic or carcinogenic I mean for EvErYoNE!  It’s true! That’s not the only place that manufacturers hide some of there ingredients either. Some are called buy products or contaminants so there not ingredients and therefore not listed. More about that in a bit. 

   First off, if you have sensory issues especially, or PSD (Diagnosed or not) more ingredients and buy products are toxic/ unhealthy for you then the norm. I cover ingredients and buy products, etc both here (And will in my book too) that are problems for both everyone and just problematic ingredients for those with sensory issues.  Don’t believe PSD people don’t have real and unique issues ? Want to see my research proving there have been sensory episodes that have resulted in hospital visits/ stays? I didn’t think so! If so, tell me and if there’s enough interest ( or maybe even if there isn’t) I’d be happy to include it in my sensory book. 

Just because a cosmetic, mouth care line, hair care line or skin care line says the following it defiantly doesn’t mean it will be sensory friendly. The same for any individual product that claims this. Remember, the FDA and cosmetic industry has very little rules or laws to abide buy. The only one I can think of is listing all ingredients (NOT Contaminants, fragrant by products, etc) on there bottles/ boxes of them.  Hypoallergenic,  for babies, unscented, sensitive skin, organic, alcohol free, parabens free, all natural, preservative free, toxin free, and fragrance free.  There are others but, those are the major ones. 

Until fairly recently many ingredients that have been found in skin and hair products have not had any research backing up their safety or sensory issues. To this day, we still need, more research on the effects of ingredients. Due to the shear number unfortunately,  of really bad ingredients, I have only covered some of the major ones on this blog.  In an upcoming post. However, if you go to my resources page you can access the links to sites that I have found that will give you much more ingredients and their info. These are some of the links that I found exactly this information on. For a more complete list wait for my book. 

your mouth AND your partners

Does tasting someone else’s spice, sugar, salt, dairy, gum, toothpaste, or alcohol matter? You betcha! Off course, common courtesy when dating says too brush then kiss. But, what if that’s not possible? Or what if your beyond just dating? You really need someone who won’t resent you for their extra or different efforts needed to be with you. The last thing you need is some guilt trip for something you can’t help. And toothpaste sharing isn’t the only thing you need to share if you live tog.

Listernine and the type matters, and so does the type of whitening products, floss flavor, mints, type of toothbrush, tongue cleaner, and having a brush head sanitizer. ! Who would have thunk ?

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Formatting- Reading is Optional

Lol!   I mean isn’t this whole blog optional !?   :/   I hope not. But, this is. 

Okay, I seriously don’t think you need to read this but, since part of this blogs mission is to be aspie honest, here we go. 

When in creation or edit mode this blog is not formatted in the way that you see it entirely. The lines are longer for the most part. 

Also, highlighting, coloring, styling, and font type is far from easy to set. And I can never set any of it to automatically to be that way. Because of that it takes a long time to get it to look how you see it. So I recognize that sometimes the words are on two lines. 

The spacing is awkward,  the font looks bold when it shouldn’t be,  or too much of it looks bold,  and the font just suddenly changes. 

Although the app, which this is created in (due to being on the iPad)  is a steal and I do kinda recommend it,  (It is the only way I can afford to make the font a decent size, and the color options there,)  there are some incredibly annoying, and difficult features of it. And doing things often like font changing and color altering is nearly impossible to alter. 

My computer savyness level. If an advanced computer tech with an American bachelors degree would be rated at a 10. I would say my skills are at best a 7.  

 So, please know I’m aware of all of this. And am working on it as much as I can. But, I felt sharing the content, etc, was far more important then perfecting the blogs format and weirdness.  Now don’t you agree;) ? That takes priority to some degree. 

  As for the color choices please see my post on post color. If you didn’t see my initial speal for my guest blog entry on Facebook or via email. 

Who gets these issues?

Today I’m going to mention who else gets SPD issues and also generally what kinds of folks despite diagnosis’s get them.

I like to think of folks with certain disabilities and the norm in a layered system kinda. In the sense of who’s effected the most buy issues making them the farthest from normal. To those only slightly quirky at times. And everyone in between. And I think at the moment this could help you too to understand some things. So, let’s break this down, shall we? Also, see the image below.

The disabilities mentioned within each layer that weren’t previously mentioned are diagnosis’s others may sometimes have who would especially possibly benefit from some sensory solutions/ knowledge. For a review, they are ADHD, Dyslexic, hyperlexia, hyper insomnia, insomnia, Hypotomia, GI obviously, and I’m sure there are others. People with these issues are far more likely to have or get other problems in life. Same, if it’s in there genes and not detectable.

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Help US All be Healthier! updated

Do you feel the need for any of the following? 

A less toxic world 

More Sensory friendly products with eventually cheaper costs

More ingredient knowledge 

The power to change companies and products

To be part of an intelligent buyer community. 

To no longer feel lied too from marketing sugar coating products. 

Less sensory overload or other SPD issues to occur. 

If the answer is YES to any of the above check out these links and please join me in being part of ALL of the above.  It’s free! And will take very little of your time. Once on the links, sign up for there e-mail updates. Periodically,  you will be asked to help buy signing petitions and things of that nature. I really hope you do. And recruit others for it too! 




Why Join my Newsletter?

         1. I’m working on a book that’s topic is Sensory Solutions. The book will have some of  the blog info. plus, much more! You’ll be the first to hear about when it’s published and the general free details I’ll share with you about it. I’m very excited for that to complete. 

    2. If you have a writing, or an editing background, and am farmiliar enough with SPD topics and are willing to assist me with it as an editor. You”ll be able to contact me directly, and privately. And I’ll consider your service. 

3. I attend conferences, webcasts, and summits regularly. Some live, some aren’t. I mean ones not in person that I need to travel too. Most are recorded and saved to listen to later if there live. Most are free, but only for a limited time.  I’ll hook you up to join me. I will no longer be sharing the links to these via Facebook support groups,  or other ASD or disability groups that are online. These blogs/ websites are partly created to make sharing things like this much less time consuming. 

4. Sometimes,  I find some great info,  article, or group that is sensory related. Sometimes I may share it on this blog. I ALWAYS will share it with my subscribers. 

5. You’ll be part of a community with atleast some of the same issues as you or your loved one. 

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7. You’ll hear about any in person conferences that I attend that have speakers or workshops on Sensory Topics.  And what I thought about them after words.   I live right outside of NYC in NJ so there are several. I don’t attend them all. 

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