When Theo was diagnosed with Autism and PANDAS we were stressed out of our mind. We started to google and research everything that was placed in front of us. It was extremely overwhelming and endless. Sometimes it still is. There is always a new supplement or protocol that has all the promises in the world to help your kid to progress. We have tried a lot, and we will continue to try everything under the sun to help our baby boy reach his highest potential.
There have been a lot of things that we have learned along the way. We would like to offer these things to you with nothing but sincerity, humility, and love. The first thing we learned on our journey was that in order to be at our best, in order for us to be at peak performance for our kids, we had to first fill our cup. You can't provide for someone else when you are on empty.
We filled our cup first and foremost by focusing on our mental health and wellbeing. We did this by reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, exercising through running and practicing yoga, finding time and space for meditation, and spending more time doing the things we love. As our mentor and guide, Alex Doman, would say: "The brain responds best to beautiful experiences."
You can help someone else grow, only when you continue your growth. That is why we are passionate about personal growth. Personal Growth on all levels. Mental, Spiritual, Physical, and Emotional growth. If you want to activate someone else's neurons, you better be activating yours. We commit to continue our Personal Growth journey.
This place on the internet is a place for us to share the principles, practices, mantras, and products that have helped us. Our intention is to be of the highest good to those who we are blessed to interact with and get to know. We know that we are not perfect. We know that things on this website will continue to evolve as we continue to learn and grow. We know what it is like to care for someone who has special needs. We know what it is like to be parents. We know what it is like to face grief and pain. We have walked these paths.
When Theo was diagnosed with Autism. Angela started a Mom’s group on Instagram where they shared all of their learnings with one another. There is so much power in community. Angela shares a lot of her findings on Instagram and I share a lot of my research in my work in Functional Medicine on the blog on this website.
We also learned that you can't perform logical processing in the pre-frontal cortex when you are in the fight and flight mode. Your fight or flight mode is activated by the amygdala. You have to first calm the amydala in order to access the pre-frontal cortex. That means that you have to feel safe and secure before you can really have ample growth.
You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.
I remember very well when Angela used to say how guilty she felt whenever she did anything for herself. She would always say that our son needed her and she felt that when she took time for herself for girls nights, a long run, etc. It was taking time away from helping Theo. That kind of life was not sustainable or healing for her.
We would like to be the first to state that you have the permission to take better care of yourself so you can take better care of the special souls that you care for.
I have been blessed and fortunate enough to have the means to invest in research and development for this business and this movement. We have been introduced to some of the best doctors and contacts in the world of treatment for kids with Autism, PANDAS or sensory processing disorders. We share this knowledge with you in compassion and love.
Everything that goes into Theo’s body has been researched and tested. We would never suggest something that we haven’t tried ourselves. We partner with a manufacturer that has 30 years of history of working with families with special needs and dietary considerations. Pure Living nutritional supplements are manufactured at FDA inspected facilities with stringent quality control procedures and documentation systems in place to meet the highest industry standards and certifications in the world. These standards and/or certifications may include: NPA (Natural Products Association), NSF (National Sanitary Foundation), OTC (Over the Counter Drug GMPs) and the requirements of the FDA Dietary Supplement Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
Pure Living Family specifically guarantees that all our nutritional supplements contain only superior raw materials which are monitored for quality, safety and purity multiple times throughout the manufacturing process. They are quarantined and tested for potential contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals and microbiological organisms like bacteria, mold and viruses. Ingredients are also tested and validated to make sure we are meeting our label claims for accuracy and potency.
The Ancient Greek Physician Hippocrates said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". Pure Living Family encourages everyone to get their main source of macro and micro nutrients from whole organic foods. However, when you need more than what you are getting use our supplements. Theo takes the Pure Living Greens and the Pure Living Plant Protein for breakfast every morning.