Mission of The Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A.ORG):
is to (1)raise awareness and support for families afflicted with this
mysterious and misunderstood condition known as Autism; (2) to raise funds for
medical research and clinical trials (for full disclosure of details on
research & trials please contact UF4A Legal Counsel); (3) to
provide functional support of the (IDEA) Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act to parents in need.
is leading the way in nontraditional treatments and therapies not covered by
healthcare providers or that place a burden on families who cannot afford
services such as Aquatic Therapy, additional Physical Therapy and Occupational
Therapies, your contributions will directly help support the advancement of our
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discussed are not intended to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any disease but
are proven useful for the promotion of health and life extension. UF4A.ORG
recommends that licensed local healthcare professionals are consulted.
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The 49th Annual California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center Evelyn DuPont Awards
Event held in Long Beach California on June 9th, 2012
Mieko Hester Perez receives the 2012 Evelyn DuPont Community Service Award for her ongoing support for special needs families on behalf of, The Unconventional Foundation for Autism. Special thank you to the California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center, Buono's Pizzeria, Long Beach Grand Cru, District Wine, Southern Wine & Spirits, John Morris, and all the community leaders that lent their voice of support.
Two moms who have weathered through many challenges with their
children on the spectrum, high functioning and severe. Their experiences with
unconventional treatments and savvy survival tips with dealing with gov’t
agencies, school districts and regional
centers nationwide. Both Tiffany and Mieko are dedicated to empowering families as they pay it forward on The Urban Autism Network weekly show.
Tiffany Dukes, Is the
granddaughter of Late Rock and Roll Legend Ike Turner, Tiffany
Turner-Dukes learned in February 2007 that her oldest son Amari was
Autistic. With the CDC statistics sky rocketing, she knew that this was a
problem and began scouring for solutions immediately. At the age of 2
Amari lost his ability to talk and began to struggle with sever temper
tantrums. By the time he reached 4 years old he was diagnosed with
moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder.Co-Host Mieko Hester-Perez, Join The Urban Autism Network show every Thursday live streaming on www.rmconair.com
MARIJUANAMERICA at the "Sway in the Morning" studio at Sirius Radio Book Release 4/20/2013
Alfred Ryan Nerz is a Yale-educated author, journalist, and TV
producer. He’s also a longtime marijuana enthusiast who has made it his
mission to better understand America’s long-standing love-hate
relationship with our favorite (sometimes) illegal drug. His
cross-country investigation started out sensibly enough: taking classes
at a cannabis college, hanging out with a man who gets three hundred
pre-rolled joints per month from the federal government, and visiting
the world’s largest medical marijuana dispensary. Chapter 13, Mr. Nerz meets Mieko & Joey - Cannabis & Autism
Targeting Components Of The Endocannabinoid Signaling
System May Help Reverse Autism Symptoms
Medical News Today.Com Spring 2013
Mutations found in individuals with autism block the action of molecules made
by the brain that act on the same receptors that marijuana's active chemical
acts on, according to new research reported online in the Cell Press journal Neuron.
The findings implicate specific molecules, called endocannabinoids, in the
development of some autism cases and point to potential treatment strategies.
"Endocannabinoids are molecules that are critical regulators of normal
neuronal activity and are important for many brain functions," says first
author Dr. Csaba Földy, of Stanford University Medical School. "By
conducting studies in mice, we found that neuroligin-3, a protein that is
mutated in some individuals with autism, is important for relaying endocannabinoid
signals that tone down communication between neurons."
When the researchers introduced different autism-associated mutations in
neuroligin-3 into mice, this signaling was blocked and the overall excitability
of the brain was changed.
"These findings point out an unexpected link between a protein implicated
in autism and a signaling system that previously had not been considered to be
particularly important for autism," says senior author Dr. Thomas Südhof,
also of Stanford. "Thus, the findings open up a new area of research and
may suggest novel strategies for understanding the underlying causes of complex
brain disorders." read more
Meet and talk with Martin Lee and DJ Short following the lecture and book signing
By Martin Lee
...Meiko’s uncle, a career LAPD officer, frowned upon marijuana, but he,
too, was impressed by the dramatic changes that occurred after Joey
started eating ganja edibles. The mute, autistic child became more
responsive and more energetic, his body weight nearly doubled, and he
took fewer Big Pharma meds. Cannabis “is an alternative for parents who
have exhausted all other means,” said Hester-Perez...
MARTIN A. LEE has written several books, including Smoke Signals, a comprehensive social history of marijuana, published by Scribner in August 2012. Historian Douglas Brinkley said of Smoke Signals:
“Every American should read this landmark book!” Lee is the director of
Project CBD, an information service that reports on cannabis science
and therapeutics. He is also the associate editor of O’Shaughnessy’s,
the journal of cannabis in clinical practice, and a contributing writer
Lee’s first book, Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD – The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond,
was published by Grove Press in 1986 and by MacMillan UK in 2001.
Andrew Weil in The Nation described Acid Dreams as “Engaging
throughout…at once entertaining and disturbing.” Choice hailed it as “a
landmark contribution to the sociopolitical history of the U.S.” The
American Journal of Psychiatry said the book contained “a wealth of
historical, sociological, and political information.” The San Francisco
Chronicle called it “a generalist’s history that should replace all
others.” Acid Dreams was on the Chronicle’s bestseller list for
six weeks. Featured in several documentaries, including the History
Channel’s special on hippies, Acid Dreams has been translated and published in France, Spain, and the Czech Republic. read more
The Unconventional Foundation for Autism and VeeV Acai Spirit present “Kick
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
(PST) Ten Asian Bistro 4647 MacArthur Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92660
76 Designer Gabriela Aceves is teaming up with The Unconventional
Foundation to raise awareness at The OC Mart Mix by donating a portion of her sales from her
Fall 2012 luxury handbag collection to the foundation. UF4A Wristbands, Exclusive
donated artwork by Ana Rodriguez, Brandie Mata and Catrina Coleman and Foundation information is displayed
throughout the store.
Designer, Gabriela Aceves and Mieko Hester-Perez, co-founder founder of UF4A, Both single mothers
bonded over their unconventional approach to their business and being moms.
Senate Bill 946 Autism Health Care Coverage
Parents of children with autism lauded the governor's decision to sign into law a bill that requires health insurers to cover behavioral health treatments for their kids, but questions linger about the therapy and whether the coverage will continue after the main provisions of the federal health law go into effect in 2014.
The law, Senate Bill 946, will be in effect only from July 1, 2012, through July 1, 2014. After that, either the requirement will be covered under the federal law or the state will have to decide what to do next.In his signing message, Gov. Jerry Brown expressed reservations about the law and the therapy, saying, "There are remaining questions about effectiveness, duration, and the cost of the covered treatments that must be sorted out. "There is still much work to be done," he concluded. Read More,What You Need to Know about SB 946.
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cannabis-like chemicals in the brain may help combat the leading
of autism, research has shown…
25 September 2012
Natural cannabis-like chemicals in the brain may help combat the leading genetic cause of autism, research has shown.Scientists linked blockages in a signalling pathway dependent on the
compounds, called 2-AG endocannabinoid transmitters, with symptoms of
Fragile X syndrome.
Correcting the fault with drugs led to dramatic behavioural improvements in mice with a version of the condition.
Fragile X syndrome is the most common known genetic cause of autism. It
results from a mutation in the FMR1 gene on the female X chromosome.
Men possess one copy of the chromosome, paired with a male Y chromosome,
and women two.
Boys are much more likely to be born with Fragile X
than girls. This is thought to be because with two X chromosomes, a
defect in one may be compensated for by the other. People with the syndrome suffer mental impairment, learning difficulties, and may be hyperactive or impulsive. They also possess notable physical characteristics such as an elongated face, flat feet and large ears. The
scientists, writing in the journal Nature Communications, stress that
while their discovery may help people with Fragile X syndrome it will
not provide a cure. "What we hope is to one day increase the
ability of people with Fragile X syndrome to socialise and engage in
normal cognitive functions," said lead researcher Professor Daniele
Piomelli, from the University of California at Irvine in the US.
The study was the first to identify the role of endocannabinoids in the neurobiology of Fragile X, she said. Read more
Marijuana-Like Chemical May Help Autism And Fragile X Syndrome Symptoms
The Huffington Post
By Kathleen Miles
Posted: 09/27/2012 8:12 pm EDT Updated: 09/28/2012 2:10 pm EDT
Daniele Piomelli of UC Irvine and Olivier Manzoni of INSERM, the
French national research agency, led the study, which could result in treatments of anxiety and cognitive defects
in individuals with fragile X syndrome, the most common known genetic
cause of autism, according to a press release by UC Irvine.
The study examined 2-AG, which naturally occurs in the brain and is
in a class of chemicals called endocannabinoid transmitters. These
transmitters allow for the efficient transport of electrical signals at
synapses, which is severely limited in people with fragile X syndrome.
The researchers treated mice that exhibited symptoms of fragile X
syndrome with novel compounds that correct 2-AG protein signaling in the
brain. And the results were promising--the mice showed "dramatic
behavioral improvements in maze tests measuring anxiety and open-space
acceptance," UCI reports.
Piomelli said this is the first study to identify the role of
naturally-occuring endocannabinoids, which share a similar chemical
structure with THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana.
"What we hope is to one day increase the ability of people with fragile X
syndrome to socialize and engage in normal cognitive functions," said
Piomelli, a UCI professor of anatomy and neurobiology.
"It would be either an oral or injected drug but that’s at the very
end stage of drug discovery, and we are at the very early stage of drug
discovery," Kwang Mook Jung, a researcher on the study and UCI
professor, told The Huffington Post.
In addition, his study of endocannabinoids could result in new
treatments for anxiety, pain, depression and obesity, according to UCI.
and the other researchers are not advocating giving marijuana to
individuals on the autism spectrum; they are only looking at increasing
the marijuana-like chemical naturally occurring in the brain.
However, some have advocated for marijuana as a treatment for people
with autism, reporting the same anxiety-reducing effects. In 2009, Mieko
Hester-Perez made national headlines for giving marijuana to her
then-ten-year-old son with autism, Joey. Hester-Perez said that pot
changed Joey's life. The mother said she tried countless diets and drugs
on her son, with no luck, the Autism Support Network reports.
Prescription drugs, such as Ritalin, gave him serious side effects,
including facial ticks, seizures, liver damage and dangerous weight
loss. With the marijuana cookies his mother gives him, Joey is able to
calmly play with toys, smile and even try to talk, according to his
When another mother, D'Ette Spurgeon, saw her 20-year-old son begin smoking marijuana, she quickly accepted it as she saw that it improved
his sociability, vocabulary and calmed his anxiety, according to
Marijuana.net. She said she was able to have her first conversation with
However, there are strong critics of giving marijuana to children and
young adults. Research on the effects of marijuana on autistic children
is limited, and there have been studies showing possible negative
effects of marijuana on young people. A study released last month found
that teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ. Earlier this month, a study found that smoking pot as a teenager can double a man’s risk of getting testicular cancer. Other researchers found that people who smoke marijuana are twice as likely to become schizophrenic than those who do not, although it is unclear if it's because of a correlation or actual causation.
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