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USAAA 2010 Conference Proceedings Manual now available

Bringing Vincent Home

"Miracle Nutrient" that Cured Man on the Brink of Death...

The State of Marriages: Are there Insights to Be Learned from Greeting Cards? Part I

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USAAA 2010 Conference Proceedings Manual now available

coverThe USAAA 2010 Conference Proceedings Manual is now available. The manual is a collection of articles from many of the USAAA 2010 World Conference presenters that include Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Martha Herbert, Dr. John Constantino, Dr. Phillip DeMio, Dr. Mark Geier, David Geier, Dr. Michael McManmon, Dr. Stephen Shore, Dr. Jim Partington, Elaine (Coach E) Hall, Theresa K. Wrangham, Marlo Payne Thurman, plus a bonus section of articles from previous USAAA Conference Manuals.

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Bringing Vincent Home
Our rude introduction to our nation’s care systems, systems that are sometimes surprisingly generous yet often unable to serve families well

By Veronica P. Pollack and Harold A. Pollack

"We, in contrast, silently feared the eventual responsibility for Vincent’s care. How would he deal with our two young daughters, and they with him?

VINCENT AND JANICE HAD A ROUTINE. Vincent refused to go to bed until his mother was safely tucked in. If Janice stayed up to work or watch television, he would sit nearby, insistent and bleary-eyed, until she went to bed. On the days Vincent’s sheltered workshop was closed, he would sit quietly next to Janice at the travel agency while she worked. Saturday was their day for lunch out, followed by shopping. They went everywhere together, even on trips to Orlando and Las Vegas.

For almost forty years, Janice cared for Vincent, her developmentally disabled son, at home. Then she died suddenly in February 2004. Because Veronica is Vincent’s only sibling, Vincent joined our home. This marked our rude introduction to our nation’s care systems, systems that are sometimes surprisingly generous yet often unable to serve families well.

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Veronica Pollack ( trained as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and taught graduate nursing at the University of Rochester (New York) and Yale University. Harold Pollack ( is associate professor of social service administration and faculty chair at the Center for Health Administration Studies, University of Chicago..


"Miracle Nutrient" that Cured Man on the Brink of Death...

by Dr. Mercola

When a King Country [New Zealand] dairy farmer came down with a serious case of swine flu, intensive care specialists said there was no hope. They were set to pull him off of life support, but his family refused to give up.

The family demanded that the doctors try high doses of Vitamin C. The hospital told them it wouldn't work, but the family insisted. They had to hire a lawyer to get their way -- but their actions saved the man's life.

"According to [Nobel Prize winner] Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, health" occurs when there is an ample flow and interchange of electrons in your cells.

"A Word of Caution about Vitamin C Supplements - It's important to remember that every nutrient you ingest raises or lowers up to nine other nutrients in your body," says Dr. Mercola. "Every nutrient needs certain synergistic nutrients, and if you are already low in those synergistic nutrients, taking more of one thing will only further deplete the existing deficient levels, worsening any problems relating to that nutrient's metabolism."

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The State of Marriages: Are there Insights to Be Learned from Greeting Cards? Part I

brooksMy wife Marilyn’s birthday is later this month. A few days ago I went to buy her a birthday card. I walked over to the greeting cards section of the store. I searched under “Birthday Wishes—Wife” and immediately spotted a large array of cards from which to choose. However, even before selecting any card to read I already knew that what might at first glance appear to be a large choice was in fact very limited. I was aware, based on many years experience purchasing birthday, anniversary, and Valentine’s Day cards for Marilyn, that the sentiment expressed in most of the cards did not—at least from my vantage point—reflect my relationship with my lovely wife.

"In this month’s article I want to describe the signs Gottman has identified as predicting divorce.

I am not referring to the words in those cards that convey expressions of love and the meaningfulness of the marital relationship. I feel very fortunate that these emotions and thoughts are integral features of our marriage (of course, one should probably interview Marilyn to validate this view). What I am referring to are those cards permeated with words of apology, words that appear in many birthday, anniversary, and Valentine’s Day cards designed to be given from a husband to a wife.

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Dr. Brooks is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. He is the author of a book titled The Self-Esteem Teacher and has co-authored over twelve books.


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NEW! Bookstore

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