We here at Joshua's Blessings, are dedicated to Raising Autism Awareness, Thank you for taking the time to find out about our Family Business.
Joshua's Blessings is a Family Owned and Run Business.
We are a Christian Family who are devoted to God, our family, and our commitment to our customers!
We are humbly grateful to the Lord for providing us with this opportunity to serve others and help our son at the same time with this great business that He has permitted, which has been in the works for about a little over year now and has finally made it's debut!
All this came about in February of 2001 when our son Joshua was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID) at three years of age.
Since then it has been a non-stop endless search for anything and everything to help our son.
While searching about three years ago I came across the Gluten Free, Casein Free (GFCF) diet and WOW after the Lord, we are very thankful for this incredible diet.
Gluten is detrimental to our son! As well as casein.
Briefly, gluten is a protein, and so is casein. Gluten is a protein fraction found in all wheat, rye, barley, and most oat products as a matter of fact, it is even used in dusting certain fruits and candy as well as used in certain "Natural Flavoring!. Casein is a protein fraction found in all dairy products.
Read Labels carefully!
To most Autistic children, gluten and casein are the equivalent of poison!
They leak into the gut, undigested, and attach to the opiate receptors of the autistic's brain.
Essentially, many autistic children are "drugged/addicted" on wheat and milk products, as if they were on a morphine drip. This is why the withdrawal symptoms are so hard when on the GFCF diet the first weeks depending on the child's age or even the first few months but the outcome outweighs the trial. Though at the time it may not seem so ... This is a good indication that the diet is well needed.
Remember Rome was not built in a day!
Visit our MEET JOSHUA to learn a little about him.
There is now a growing body of research that shows that certain foods seem to be affecting the developing brains of some children and causing autistic behaviors.
This is not because of allergies, but because many of these children are unable to properly break down certain proteins.
If you feel like this might be the same situation your in, visit our *Coming Soon*- AUTISM PAGE for more information and links to help, visit our *Coming Soon* - WHAT IS GLUTEN PAGE to learn more about gluten, also please let me recommend a wonderful site here that is called
So to make a long story short:
I have participated in many programs, and conference and learned a GREAT DEAL about gluten free and Casein free over the years, and since I have seen from first hand experience with what the Lord allows to happen on this diet. We wanted to help other parents by making a store for just GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS where you never have to worry about cross contamination with gluten or Casein of any kind. We have a completely separate facility where we produce our GF flour (with a Natural Stone Mill) and other GF Products in a GF Facility, there is NO CHANCE OF ANY CONTAMINATION WITH GLUTEN GUARANTEED!
I would also like to take the time to mention that our Facility is also CASEIN FREE! We do not process any dairy products AT ALL! So you don't have to worry about any cross contamination with Gluten or Casein.
After all, for the most part, the foods we create enable us to adhere to our 'Special Diet For Life', are far superior in nutritional value, to those other mindlessly grab off of store shelves products.
Yes, the diet is an adjustment, it is expensive, it requires that we become not only chefs and bakers, but part time investigators and professional label readers... but having your health or your child"s health restored by following the diet, is the greatest gift you and your child and/or family members will ever receive.
We are also the parents of our two beautiful girls, are youngest who is 2 is the one we are waiting to find out if she is also going to suffer from Autism, unlike Joshua, she has been since birth kept off gluten and casein products!
I hope this information has helped you learn more about us and our small and humble business.
Our prayer is that everyone will learn more about Autism and benefit greatly from a GF diet.
Please Keep Us In Your Prayers! God Bless You All!
With much appreciation,
Sam & Marisol Sosa.
Owners because God has permitted it.
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What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disability that generally appears between the ages of 15 and 32 months of age, In most cases, but can be also be found in children anywhere from a year and a half to three years of age, the child is progressing normally, and then begins to regress, losing speech, social skills and physical abilities, or just never developes them. While there are varying degrees of severity, most children completely withdraw into a world of their own.
Children do not outgrow autism. There is no cure. It is a lifelong disability with a normal life expectancy. It affects boys five times more than it affects girls, although girls are generally more severely affected.
They can improve drastically though, through early intervention therapies, diets, chelation, and many more methods.
Never give up you are not alone!
In the United States over one million individuals live with autism, making it more prevalent than Down Syndrome, childhood diabetes, and childhood cancer combined. We must spread the word, and educate many!
10 Years ago 1 in 10,000
5 years ago 1 in 500
TODAY - 1 in 150 Children!
Autism research is being done, and is ever changing, you would be surprised to know, how many people around you are affected by Autism if you took the time to stop and talk about it.
We have never been a parents who has shyed away from this disability, since we found out Joshua was Autisic when he was 3 yrs of age, I went full force into books, videos, theapies, anything I could get my hands on, by that same token not all are affected this way, some just are lost at the sound that their "baby" their own special child could/does have a disability (in my opinion this is normal, it is called SHOCK) my own family members acted as if Joshua had died!
So please have a heart and try to educate yourself in this area so you can be an encouragment to those around you.
I say... Let's start acting on and talking to one another not waste anytime on coulda, woulda, or shoulda's and get the word out there on Autism, so these children/Adults do not have to live with ... on top of their disability... to peoples constant scrutany on why they are acting the way they are acting.
**Inform yourself ... WISDOM is KNOWLEDGE, KNOWLEDGE IS WISDOM! PRAY ASK THE LORD TO GRANT YOU KNOWLEDGE IN THIS AREA AS WELL AS OTHERS. ***
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