Mission of The Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A.ORG) An Informational Website:
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
Unconventional Foundation for Autism specifically invokes the First Amendment
rights of freedom of speech and of the press without prejudice. The products
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.
The UF4A"Wristband" Campaign is driven and focused on the continuous support of the community. Our orange wristbands symbolize the new faces of autism. Help us spread awareness towards a very worthy cause.
Watch Mieko Perez & Joey in an intimate interview discussing Cannabis & Autism and the many challenges as a special needs parent on the record airing Wed 3/12 at 5:00pm ET and re-running at 8pm ET on ABC and Univision’s joint
network The Fusion Network.
Mieko & Joey sit down with Dr. Juan Rivera on STRANGE MEDICINE Air date: March 2014/TBA
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How, when, why did you start UF4A.org? What do you hope to achieve?
[The organization] was formed in 2009, literally the hour after I walked off the set of the Good Morning America
interview. For the first time since my son was diagnosed with autism, I
finally knew I wasn’t alone. As long as my son was laughing and
smiling–it was my obligation to pay it forward. In the autism community,
all we have is each other to lean on. Now, with an informational
website, I am able to keep the oath I made in 2009, and that’s to help
one family at a time and hope they’ll pay it forward. To date, as I
travel across the country, I’ve realized there’s a mom like me and a
child like my son in every city, town, and state in America. No autism
diagnoses are alike, which means providing hope was my only goal for
UF4A.org. Not every parent is a legal and medical researcher.
Why should moms care about marijuana reform and how might they influence this cause?
Moms, we play a significant role, but parents in this reform movement
make up a huge voting block that could very well mimic the rise of
autism in 1 out of 50 homes in America. Families who have exhausted all
other treatments for our children on the spectrum. I’m reminded of one
mom’s story, a wife of a Harvard professor. In [her attempt] to ease her
child’s chemotherapy sessions, she chose existence. I believe the
meaning of reform is to make changes, typically a social, political, or
economic institution or practice in order to improve it. This defines
who we are in America today as citizens who vote on topics that promote a
better quality of life.
Stanford University Study Finds That Marijuana Could Help With Autism
A study conducted by Stanford University has found that there might be compounds in marijuana which have some very specific health benefits.
The study’s results reveal that cannabinoids – which are found in cannabis – might help to treat autism. “A new study shows that mutations associated with autism block the action of brain molecules that act on the same receptors that marijuana’s active chemical acts on,” according to the Autism Daily Newscast... “Danielle Piomelli of UC Irvine and Olivier Manzoni of INSERM, the French national research agency, treated mice exhibiting symptoms of Fragile-X Syndrome, a disorder that causes autistic symptoms, with novel compounds that correct the signaling of endocannibinoid transmitters in the brain [which cannabinoids can do]. The mice showed dramatic behavioral improvements in maze tests measuring anxiety and open-space acceptance.” ADN clearly believes that the study’s findings should be viewed as a reason for hope.
Two leaders from the cannabis industry have been newly elected to the
NORML Women’s Alliance Foundation Board of Directors. The new members,
Rick Cusick and Mieko Hester-Perez bring a wealth of organizational
development and leadership support to NORML Women’s Alliance
Foundations’ goals.The NORML Women’s Alliance Board of Directors is a select group of
individuals, from a variety of backgrounds, responsible for setting
policy and overseeing the organizations’ general well being.
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."
The Use of dronabinol (delta-9-THC) in autism: A prospective single-case-study with an early infantile autistic child
René Kurz, Kurt Blaas
Lindengasse 27/10, 1070 Wien, Vienna/Austria
Objective:To evaluate the effectiveness of dronabinol (delta-9-THC)as supplementary therapy in a child with autistic disorder.
child who met the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders) criteria for a diagnosis of autistic disorder and who took no
other medication during the observa-tion time was included in an open
and uncontrolled study. Symptom assessment was performed using the
Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC) before and after six months of medical
to baseline, significant improvements were observed for hyperactivity,
leth-argy, irritability, stereotypy and inappropriate speech at
Conclusion: This study showed that the use of dronabinol may be able to reduce the symptoms of autism.
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We have just introduced Litro Glow Lamps into a world study to examine the actual clinical trials and effects of our lighting and children with autism. Children being submitted to Litro Glow Lamps are actually seeing ADD, ADHD, and Autism symptoms alleviated!
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