Many experts believe for best health your child should have a “Type 4”  bowel movement at least once/day. (see Bristol Stool chart)

However according to WebMD, the definition of constipation is as follows:

The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person. Some people have them three times a day. Others have them just a few times a week. Going longer than 3 or more days without one, though, is usually too long. After 3 days, your poop gets harder and more difficult to pass.

I’ve recently created a free handout: 8 Tips to Reduce Constipation

I hope it helps you to get things moving!

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no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.




Constipation causes a toxic backup in the body.

  • Ideally poop 1-2 times a day
  • Want stools to be #4 on Bristol Stool Scale (a “smooth sausage”)
  • Increase fluid consumption
  • Increase magnesium. ex: Epsom Salt (baths), Natural Calm (drink), Ease magnesium oil (applied topically)
  • (Winter is dry – use a humidifier in the bedroom – clean it frequently. If it has a sponge, get rid of it. If ultrasonic or boiling humidifier = good. Want 40% humidity level in bedroom air. Don’t want excessive humidity because might encourage mold growth.)
  • If more than 3 days go without a bowel movement, do an enema. (just note that frequent enemas make the body dependent upon them and can have a rebound effect over time)
  • (Don’t give gummy bears or coconut flour when constipated)
  • Increase fiber consumption from vegetables. Aim for 4-5 servings of veggies per day. See BrainFood Cookbook veggie chart p. 39, veggie magic p. 174
  • Increase fiber consumption from organic psyllium husks
  • Apply castor oil topically over lower abdomen
  • Fermented foods can help (ex: sauerkraut, homemade raw milk kefir)
  • Cooked fruits, especially apples & plums (or prunes)
  • Increase oils (Fish oil, olive oil, ghee, etc.) – add them to everything
  • Purchase a toilet stool ex: SquattyPotamus
  • Going back and doing the GAPS intro may help
  • Stool testing (ex: GI-MAP) can identify dysbiosis (microbial imbalance in the gut)
  • Exogenous Ketones ex: Instant Ketones (Coconut Cream Flavor) Adults take 1/2 scoop, kids take way less
  • Probiotics, especially if they contain strains known to help constipation. (start with a pinch and work up) Try:
Please remember that no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.

The Hand Sanitizer Controversy

french-lavender-hand-sanitizer-gelWhat goes on your body goes in your body.

Therefore I refuse to use conventional hand sanitizers, as they are filled with chemicals I would prefer to avoid.

I prefer to use good old fashioned soap and water whenever possible. But for those times when they are absolutely needed many companies (including EO Products) have formulated organic hand sanitizers which clean with essential oils rather than chemicals.

Followup article:
Widely Used Antibacterial Agents (Triclosan) May Lead to Significant Health Concerns
Triclosan (TCS), a chemical widely used for its antibacterial properties, was shown to weaken heart and skeletal muscle activity in animal models in a study performed at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center.[more…]

Lyme Disease Detox


An Erythema Migrans rash often seen in the early stage of Lyme disease. It can appear after a tick or mosquito bite. It is an actual skin infection with the Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi.
An Erythema Migrans rash (“Bull’s Eye”) often seen in the early stage of Lyme disease. It can appear after a tick or mosquito bite. It is an actual skin infection with the Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi.

Many parents and children are infected with Lyme disease (Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt hypothesized that 80% of ASD kids have Lyme) I suggest:


FIR (Far Infrared) Sauna

heavenlyheatsaunaDr. Dietrich Klinghardt wrote: “Peer reviewed literature shows that sweating during sauna therapy eliminates high levels of toxic metals, organic compounds, dioxin, and other toxins.” While detoxification of toxic chemicals and heavy metals is a main value of sauna bathing, there are many other benefits:
– Relaxation and Endorphin Release
– Increased Blood Flow
– Immune System Stimulation
– A rise in body temperature that can kill some viruses and bacteria
– Relief from Pain and Stiffness

We love Heavenly Heat saunas because they build chemically safe, low-EMF saunas of the highest quality. However we (unwisely) purchased the cheapest 15 Amp model, and learned some important lessons:
1) don’t get the 15 Amp – it takes a long time to heat up. (using FIR heater alone, air temp would barely reach 115°F) And for me, air temp must be above 150°F or I don’t sweat. So here is what we did: they can sell you a dual-heater model with both a 15 Amp (110V) FIR heater and a 220V traditional rocks heater. Best of both worlds!
2) The smallest sized sauna enclosure is great for heating up quickly, which over the long term makes it more economical from an energy standpoint. Sitting up you can fit 2-3 people in it, or if only 1 person even stretch your legs out on the bench. But you can’t lie down fully flat, you won’t fit.
3) FIR is very effective at getting the toxins “loose” from their hiding places, but our son has trouble sweating them out. So, we must use a detox foot bath immediately afterwards… or he regresses back to toe walking for a couple days.

Heavenly Heat

Magnetic Calcium Bentonite Clay

specialclayThere is a special clay found in the mountains of Wyoming that has a unique pulling/detoxifying action.

Done the traditional way, clay baths are messy (understatement!). These are instructions for the OLD way, which I don’t do anymore:
Fill the tub, add about a cup of clay powder, then put your kid in for 20 minutes (set a timer) No one else gets in the tub.
Get him out, rinse him off in the shower.
To drain tub:
I’d put a plastic cylinder (the outside sleeve of a Wonder Cup or Pampered Chef measuring cup) over the drain, to let most of the water out, while keeping most of the clay in the bottom of the tub. I then let it settle overnight with a few inches water in the tub.
By morning, all the clay had settled to the bottom. (But after you use the clay in the bath, the clay is toxic now, containing a lot of toxins from your kid, so you don’t want to touch it.)
Wearing rubber gloves, I’d carefully remove the plastic cylinder to allow the rest of the water to drain.
Then use a plastic dustpan to scoop out most of the clay into a trash bag and throw away. Wipe out what remains with paper towels, or rinse down the drain (hopefully your pipes won’t get clogged…)

So the traditional clay baths in the bathtub are so messy that I found myself never wanting to do one…

My new method with the clay water that is much less messy, by combining clay water + using my Optimum Focus detox foot bath.
Video: Clay bath combined with with ionic footbath
• Fill a blender jar with warm water, add a mere tablespoon of clay, whizz it together
• Footbath option #1: Pour the blender water into footbath tub. Add additional water to fill up the foot tub. Do Optimum Focus footbath for 20 minutes. Then dump the used water down the toilet.
• or preferable: Full body bath Option #2: Pour the blender water into bathtub. Add additional water to fill up the bathtub. Place child and array into tub, run for for 20 minutes. Pull the plug and drain as usual. Rinse tub and child.

Q: Why do I specify using the Optimum Focus brand of detox “footbath”?
A: The Optimum Focus is much more powerful than other brands, so the Optimum Focus is useful for clay, which is not as conductive as salt. I still aim for 1.0 Amps onscreen, but I have to turn the power dial up to the MAX (much higher with clay than with salt) to achieve a 1.0 Amps reading on the digital readout. I don’t yet know of any other footbaths on the market powerful enough to generate 1.0 Amps in clay water.

A Good Night’s Sleep


Girl Sleeping On Bed In Dark Bedroom

Our child still needs 11-12 hours sleep per night so we make that a scheduling priority when planning our family’s activities. In the hours leading up to bedtime we are sure to eliminate any stimulating activities, and exposure to “blue light” from TV, phone, and computer screens. If your child has trouble falling asleep, you may want to have him wear “blue blocker” glasses starting a couple hours before bedtime. We use inexpensive safety goggles with orange lenses, such as these orange Uvex glasses.

Magnesium oil applied topically can also help your child to settle down at night. Some brands make us itch, in which case I discovered applying it only to the soles of feet is itch-free. I did eventually find a brand that doesn’t cause us itching – Ease Magnesium Oil.

Earthing helps to reduce systemic inflammation as the free electrons on the surface of the Earth are transferred to the human body via walking barefoot on the Earth or grabbing a metal rod with bare hands. Specially interwoven earthing fitted bedsheets contain silver conductive threads (and/or earthing sleep mats go under fitted sheets) which are then connected to the grounding socket in an electrical outlet. Sleeping while grounded allows the body to absorb/utilize the earth’s electrons to neutralize free radicals and inflammation. You only need one sheet to be grounded so they sell a kit with a fitted sheet, outlet checker, and grounding cord. They are a bit fragile – be sure to dry them on “low” and don’t allow your child to jump on the bed! I periodically check to be sure my earthing sheets are working with a continuity tester kit, and replace sheets as needed.

The area around your child’s bed should be a low-EMF zone. Remove any electric appliances and/or lamps from your child’s nightstand. If you currently use a stationary or ceiling fan, use a Trifield EMF meter to see if EMF levels are high at your child’s bed (and discontinue use if so). Read my blog post on EMFs for additional tips to reduce your EMF exposure.

Your child should sleep in complete darkness for best detoxing (and best melatonin production). Ideally the room should be so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. We installed special room-darkening curtains, and we don’t use a nightlight. We found the nightlight in the bathroom to be too bright/disruptive in the middle of the night. We bought a special amber (orange) nightlight bulb, and installed this plug-in dimmer knob.

Essential oils (such as lavender) are becoming ever more popular. There are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind. 1) Never ingest essential oils orally. 2) For topical use, always dilute essential oils into a neutral carrier oil:

0-3 months old 0.1-0.2%

3-24 months old 0.25-0.5%

2-6 years old 1.2%

6-15 years old 1.5-3%

15 years or older 2.5-5%

See also: Zen Lemons sleep tips and PaleoMom’s sleep tips.