Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 29, 2013

Feel The Thunder This Saturday with Amber & Republic Harley-Davidson

Amber n Republic pic

Tune in Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 3:00-4:00pm to:


Hear how the joint efforts between Amber Black and Republic Harley-Davidson are educating and uplifting the world of Autism!

Stay tuned throughout 2013, for more educational and inspiring events benefiting Autism community outreach and project fundraisers with Amber at Republic Harley-Davidson!

March 26, 2013

What Do Autism and Trauma Have in Common?

I’d like to share an understanding about how the “FREEZE RESPONSE” in my life experiences induced a severe level of PTSD, the sensitivity in nature of what this looks like for pertaining to neuroception and Spectrum individuals and some of the information I have reseached along my healing journey.  Click the attached pdf file below.

NICABM – The Polyvagal Theory for Treating Trauma

The transcript of Dr. Porges’ interview with Dr. Ruth Buczynski, PhD for the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine is available here

The interview describes the Polyvagal Theory’s use in treating trauma.


March 25, 2013

FEAT-Houston Treats ASD Using Techniques Based on ABA

I would like to share information about a local program to assist with many aspects of helping those access resources and provide support with Autism.

FEAT-Houston is a non-profit organization that provides information and training on treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder using techniques based on applied behavior analysis (ABA).  We sponsor workshops, meetings, a newsletter, and regular emails.  Our tuition reimbursement and conference stipend programs help support the development of ABA resources in the Greater Houston area and make it possible for more teachers and parents to learn about effective teaching methods for children, teens and adults with autism.  We are supported primarily by individual contributions and volunteer efforts.

To learn more about FEAT-Houston and to view their upcoming events, I invite you to take a look at their website at

March 22, 2013

My Delight and Special Thanks to Dr. Shannon Orsak MD

It is with my delight and special thanks to Dr. Shannon Orsak MD at St Michael’s ER in joint efforts to bring forth a community effort of well being and safe and proper medical care.  Dr. Orsak is a profound part of my life in light of keeping me healthy and in a state of optimal physical condition. It is in my honor to extend to you all about the many locations of St Michael’s ER for you all to experience the highest standard of care.
A little about St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms, A Freestanding Emergency Care Center
St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms provides quality, efficient emergency care for all ages, including infants. We feature a state-of-the-art facility with a warm, comfortable environment.St. Michael’s treats everything from allergic reactions and broken bones to high fevers and chest pain. In other words, St. Michael’s is prepared to handle any emergency…without the wait. In most cases, patients are seen by a physician in less than 10 minutes.

From child-themed rooms with murals, soft lighting, flat screen TVs and DVD players, to sports-themed rooms filled with memorabilia, St. Michael’s is designed to help patients relax and heal. St. Michael’s is equipped with an on-site, full service diagnostic lab, CT scan, x-ray, and bedside Ultrasound.

Please visit their site at for more information.

March 19, 2013

The Role of L-Glutamine in Mental Health

Several key nutrients (known as precursors) are necessary to supply the chemicals responsible for the formation of the brain’s neurotransmitters, thus helping to balance brain chemistry. When taken on a daily basis, specific supplementation with certain amino acids helps us feel more mentally balanced and provides us with an overall sense of well-being. Research studies have confirmed the effectiveness of using just a few targeted amino acid ‘precursors’
to increase the key neurotransmitters, thereby eliminating depression, stress, anxiety and cravings for food and drugs (Ross,1999)

Glutamine, or L-Glutamine, is an amino acid derived from another amino acid, glutamic acid.L-Glutamine is another example of an amino acid with substantial benefits to mental functioning.  L-Glutamine is the most widely used amino acid and constitutes more than 20% of all the amino acid levels in the body.  While it is the most prevalent amino acid, it is considered to be ‘conditionally essential,’ meaning that stress or excessive exercise can create a need for more of it than the body can provide.

Glutamine is found in plant and animal sources, as well as in supplement form. Many plant and animal substances contain Glutamine, but cooking easily destroys it.  If eaten raw, spinach and parsley are good sources. Soy proteins, milk, meats and cabbage are additional sources of this amino acid.

Glutamine helps the body maintain a healthy pH balance and is necessary for making and repairing cells.  As the most plentiful free amino acid in muscle tissue, Glutamine plays an important role in all parts of the body.  It speeds recovery and healing,can improve mental acuity and helps curb cravings.  Other than glucose, a stimulatory neurotransmitter known as glutamic acid can be used as an energy source by the brain.  There are only two ‘fuels’ that the brain can readily use:

1. Glucose,which is blood sugar made from carbohydrates.
2. Glutamine, an amino acid available in protein foods or as a supplement.

Unlike other amino acids that have a single nitrogen atom, Glutamine contains two nitrogen atoms that enable it to transfer nitrogen and remove ammonia from body tissues.  Glutamine readily passes the blood­brain barrier and, within the brain, is converted to glutamic acid, which the brain needs to function properly.   Aside from generally providing an energy source for the brain to function at a higher level, glutamic acid is thought to play a role in mental alertness and perhaps even memory enhancement.

It also increases the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is needed to
sustain proper brain function and mental activity.  It assists in maintaining the proper acid/alkaline balance in the body, and is the basis of the building blocks for the synthesis of RNA and DNA. Glutamine promotes mental ability and maintenance of a healthy digestive tract.

Potential therapeutic uses of Glutamine:

1.-Depression and Mood Disorders.
2.-General Energy Booster.
3.-Poor Memory, Concentration Difficulties,and Mental Fatigue.
4.-Aid Treatment for AIDS or Viral Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
5.-Blood Sugar Instability (Hypoglycemia).
6.-Exercise Endurance.
7.-Aid Treatment of Alcoholism (The Craving for Alcohol).
8.-Stress Tolerance.
9.-Protection  Against Nuscle Catabolism and Overtrainig.
10.-Gastrointestinal Disorders and Ulcers.
11.-Aid Treatment of Cirrhosis.
12.-Strengthening the Immune System.

Glutamine is also an amino acid that stimulates the release of human growth hormone within the body.  Human growth hormone serves many important functions by influencing carbohydrate,protein and lipid metabolism, regulating the secretion of other hormones, and interacting with the immune system.  Preliminary scientific research show that L-Glutamine can increase the body’s production of Human Growth Hormone.

Therapeutic dosages of L-Glutamine range from 1.5 to 6 g daily, divided into several separate doses.  As a naturally occurring amino acid, Glutamine is thought to be a safe supplement when taken at recommended dosages.  However,people who have kidney disease, Reye’s syndrome,cirrhosis of the liver,or other illnesses that cause ammonia to build up in the blood should not take Glutamine.  For such individuals, taking supplemental Glutamine may only cause further damage to the body.  Those who are hypersensitive to monosodium glutamate should use L-Glutamine with caution, as the body metabolizes Glutamine into glutamate.  If you are taking antiseizure medications use Glutamine only under medical supervision.  Maximum safe dosages for young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease have not been fully determined.  Be aware that although the names sound ‘similar’, Glutamine, Glutamic Acid, Glutamate, Glutathione, Gluten, and Monosodium Glutamate are all different substances.

For more information on this topic, go to

March 17, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month

During the month of April, both nation and worldwide, Autism Awareness takes center stage.  But for families in our community living and battling autism, it  does not go away in 30 days.  For these families, it is smack dabb in the face, 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  We, as a community, may not be able to solve all of their battles, but we can do one very important thing and that is GIVE them HOPE.

At Hope for Three our mission is simple:  Reach one child, one family, one community at a time by creating awareness and providing support to families living with an autism spectrum disorder.

However we cannot do it alone.  We need you.  Our community needs you.  Families with autism need you.  As you read and peruse our newsletter, you will find there is something for every person to contribute; time, talent or a donation.  Please do not hesitate.  Please do not say, “some other time”.  1 out of 88 children have been diagnosed with autism.  Autism is an epidemic, which is now a social crisis.  One that we can no longer say, “it is not my problem”.  Children on the autism spectrum will not stay children forever.  They become tweens, teens, adults.  They are our future.  Every child is important.  Let’s do our best to support them all.

We invite you to not only recognize April as Autism Awareness Month, but we invite you to bring HOPE year round.  There are several events scheduled, with the largest being, Strike Out Autism.  The event details with ways you can participate are listed, as well as other opportunities to fill our community with HOPE.

On behalf of Hope for Three and the families we serve, we thank you in advance and are glad you will join our efforts to be the difference in the lives of our unique and differently-able children.

By: Darla Farmer, Wristbands With A Message, Inc. Founder and President, Board of Director for


March 15, 2013

Study Suggests Oxytocin “Longterm Treatment” for Autism

Oxytocin, which is often referred to as the ‘love hormone,’ is a peptide that is used to help new mothers lactate, and is also credited as helping to form that unbreakable bond between mother and child. The hormone, which has been involved in the treatment of many health issues, has since catalyzed numerous scientific and psychological experiments to further investigate its many possible uses. Due to its bonding capabilities, oxytocin has been linked to social relationships and – excitingly – could have possibilities as a treatment for many forms of psychiatric or developmental disorders, including autism.

“This little boy came to life”

Over an eight-week period, the 25 children were randomly divided into two groups; one group received a dose of an oxytocin nasal spray, and the other was given a solution containing just salt water. Barbara Marotto’s son, Gabe, was one of those selected to receive the oxytocin solution, which was administered in the form of a nasal spray. Following her son’s treatment, she described the difference she saw in her son. “It was like this little boy came to life. He laughed and smiled a lot more, and he was very expressive,” she said. “I also noticed a big difference in the fluidity of his communication. He had always been able to talk, but it’s a struggle for him. With the oxytocin, that difficulty disappeared.”

Read more of this article at


March 14, 2013

Cheer for the Skeeters and Support Autism Awareness!

Ticket Sales FlyerI invite you to come out and support Autism Awareness with myself and others at the Strike Out Autism event on April 21, 2013 at 1:35pm.  Join us Opening Weekend at Constellation Field as we celebrate families and their unique and special children with a Family Fun Day.

Reserve your seat today by going to and click on “Tickets” then “Buy Fundraising Tickets”.  Use Promo code H43 to complete your order.  Half of each ticket price is donated to Hope for Three (

Note: Ticket sales end 24 hours  before the game!

For questions, contact Taylor McFarland at 281-207-9121.


March 10, 2013

Energize and Recharge with Superbrain Yoga

Superbrain Yoga® is a simple and effective technique to energize and recharge the brain. It is based on the principles of subtle energy and ear acupuncture. This powerful technique is explained in Master Choa Kok Sui’s latest book Superbrain Yoga®.  

Superbrain Yoga® transforms or internally alchemizes the energies from the lower energy centers into higher subtler energies. These energies are then utilized by the upper energy centers. When those centers are highly energized, they energize the brain so it can function with greater efficiency and effectivity.

Superbrain Yoga® not only energizes and activates the brain, but also assists in balancing the energies of the heart, throat, ajna, forehead and crown energy centers.

For more information aboutn Superbrain Yoga and its benefits go to


March 7, 2013

Upcoming Event: Strike Out Autism

Hope for Three partnered with Houston Area’s Minor League Baseball Team, the Sugar Land Skeeters, the Honorable Judge Hebert and Fort Bend County City Mayors to host the largest community awareness event in our County’s history!   We’re going to bat for our families as we share information about the leading developmental disability in the United States – Autism Spectrum Disorder.

JOIN MYSELF AND OTHERS OPENING WEEKEND April 21, 2013 at Constellation Field as we celebrate families and their unique and special children with a Family Fun Day.   Autism spans a lifetime and this is a rare chance to bring families together and educate and empower our community.  Our hope is to not only raise awareness about autism, but unite the community and give our families challenged with the stresses of autism a fun-filled afternoon for everyone to enjoy.  It’s our treat to a fun day at the ball park!

To sign up for Family Fun Day and for more details go to

Hope to see you there!