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December 1st, 2016


Bright Steps Forward Quarterly Lecture

Common Weed Killer Linked to Autism


By Wendy Cottiers, Positive Nutrition

What is glyphosate? It is a controversial grass and weed killer, called "Round Up" which is manufactured by Monsanto, a sustainable global agriculture company. Many foods are contaminated with this cancer-causing herbicide. The relationship between nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health can be a direct link to autism. Side effects to glyphosate include zinc and iron deficiencies, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.

Wendy Cottiers will speak about Diet and Autism at Bright Steps Forward,
1431 N. Palm Avenue,
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
on Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 pm.
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Farmers spraying herbicide

U.S. farmers spray glyphosates on over 175 million acres of food crops, enabling farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops. Studies show that pregnant women who live near farms where pesticides are used have a two thirds higher risk of having children with autism. Glyphosate residues remain stable in food for a year or more. It is important for parents to understand that glyphosate contamination will not evaporate when cooked, frozen, or processed. No amount of scrubbing will rinse away this harmful toxin.

Toxic glyphosate residues in the Western Diet include sugar beets, wheat, sugar, soy, and corn as they are mostly genetically modified in the United States. Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate. Research shows that glyphosate may be a key player in Argentina's growing health problems, where birth defects have skyrocketed among GE corn and soy farming communities. In 2007, glyphosate was the most used herbicide in the United States agricultural sector and the second-most used in home and garden. However, to date Monsanto's glyphosates have been banned in Russia, Netherlands, Mexico and Auckland. By 2020, France will ban all non-agricultural pesticides.

Proper nutrition is our best defense against disease. To learn more about Wendy's client observations with diet and autism, come hear her speak in depth on the topic at Bright Steps Forward in Pembroke Pines on Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 pm. All attendees will receive a complimentary list including all 48 fruits and vegetables with pesticide residue to avoid.

Wendy Cottiers


First Annual butterfly release and fundraiser

First Annual butterfly release and fundraiser

For each $20 donated, a butterfly will be given to a special needs child at our annual butterfly release on Sunday, January 8th at CB Smith Park.

Children with special needs and their families are invited to participate in Bright Steps Forward's first annual Butterfly Release and picnic. All disabilities welcome. Tickets to the picnic and butterflies can be purchased at Help our kids transcend limitations!


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Bright Steps Forward, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to ensure that all children in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with neurological or developmental disorders such as autism and cerebral palsy have access to top quality physical, occupational, speech and ABA therapy.