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Newton Medical Center Pediatrician to Discuss How to “Heal Autism in the Kitchen”

SPARTA, NJ, NOVEMBER 2011 – As families prepare to gather around the table for Thanksgiving, a local pediatrician will offer advice on how to make sure that children with autism and other developmental disabilities will also find a dish for themselves – at the annual feast and everyday meals.

Dr. Annette Cartaxo, MD, a pediatric hospitalist for Newton Medical Center, and co-author of the book “Healing Autism in the Kitchen,” can help parents of children with Autism Spectrum disorders and other development disabilities learn how to better nourish their children in a special lecture and signing of the book, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Sparta Health and Wellness Center, 89 Sparta Ave., Sparta, NJ.

In her lecture, Dr. Cartaxo will discuss how nutrition and affects everything from physical health to behavior in children with autism and other disabilities, and will offer advice and recipes for parents of children who have these challenges.

“Proper nutrition goes hand-in-hand with feeling better – when you eat well, you feel and act well, too,” Dr. Cartaxo said. “Getting proper nutrition can be more challenging for children with autism and other difficulties chewing and swallowing certain foods. Learning about different kinds of foods and new ways to prepare meals can alleviate much of the frustration parents can feel when cooking for their children.”

“Healing Autism in the Kitchen,” written by Dr. Cartaxo and Dr. Garima Jain, a board-certified American Alternative Medical Practitioner, examines the healing aspects of a healthy diet, with specific emphasis on oral motor difficulties in children with autism spectrum and developmental disorders. This book also provides the necessary tools and guidelines for parents and introduces them to the fundamentals of cooking. Parents will learn how to shop for healthy foods, to identify and select healthy ingredients, to learn to read labels, and to identify unhealthy hidden ingredients, all of which are steps towards a fabulous culinary experience. Parents will also learn how to increase their chances of success in the kitchen by selecting proper equipment and kitchen accessories, and by learning healthy tips on how to cook. Included are individualized recipes suited to children’s specific needs.

Cartaxo will discuss highlights from the book, common issues in cooking and feeding children with developmental disabilities, and will answer questions from the audience.  Cartaxo will sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase at the event. A free copy of the book will be given to the first 50 attendees.

Registration is required. For more information, or to register, please call: 1-800)-247-9580 or register online through the Classes and Events section at

When: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at 7:00pm
Where: Conference Room, Sparta Health and Wellness Center, 89 Sparta Ave., Sparta, NJ

About the Authors
Dr. Annette Cartaxo is a board certified pediatrician who is the Vice Chief of Pediatrics at Newton Medical Center in Newton, New Jersey. She is a Development/Behavioral pediatrician who for many years incorporated nutritional medicine in her practice, especially those children with special needs. She is a strong supporter and member of The American College of Nutrition and frequently lectures on the positive impact wholesome nutrition plays on those individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder.

Dr. Garima Jain is a board certified American Alternative Medical Practitioner. She is a Doctor of Naturopath (ND) and Certified Nutrition Consultant (CNC). Dr. Jain is the founder of Global Naturopath, where she integrates the finest aspects of the Complementary and Alternative approach to health and as well being, in serving children with special needs. Her practice recognizes the inherent healing capacity within each individual and the role nutrition plays in child's learning, behavior and health.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and No. 2 for stroke treatment in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.

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