Autism recovery not so rare
I have seen autism recovery in my practice as a Chinese medicine physician -- it is indeed real and not as rare as your story ("Recovering from autism a real, rare phenomenon") suggests. Healing the digestive tract is key. When parents remove all traces of wheat and dairy (gluten and casein) from the child's diet and pursue Lovaas' behavioral therapy, recovery is possible. One patient with mild autism began treatment just before age 3 with the above therapies plus acupuncture and herbs, and completely recovered by age 6. She no longer needs treatment, and eats everything in moderation. Not a medical miracle, just persistence, and a different way of seeing the body -- the gift of Chinese medicine.
Tracy Cone, Santa Cruz
Join rally against violence
The editorial on "Gun Control: If Not Now, When?" resonated with many throughout Santa Cruz County. The momentum to do something now is palpable. We invite people to a rally planned by the Community Against Gun Violence at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Town Clock. Speakers, including county School Superintendent Michael Watkins and retired Santa Cruz homicide detective Stoney Brooke will address the topic of gun violence in our community and across the nation. We urge all concerned citizens to join us.
Gini Bianchi, Jack Dilles and Margalete Ezekiel
A recent article in the Sentinel indicated that a couple of inmates, while out on work detail, apparently helped in the apprehension of a couple of alleged auto burglars. If actions speak loudly, it appears these inmates have been rehabilitated and clearly understand the difference between right and wrong. In the interest of justice I suggest that each have their sentence reduced by 30 days. Seems fair.
Robert Suhr, Scotts Valley