Author Archives: Empowered Advocacy

About Empowered Advocacy Pediatric Patient Advocate

New E-Book! Top 10 Lab Tests for Your Child

As my last post here noted, in 2016, I embarked on a new journey, a medical advocacy company focused on helping families with special needs children, I am excited to let you I just published my first e-book: Top 10 … Continue reading

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  Today, April 1st, marks a new chapter in my life and in the life of this blog Babyfoodsteps.  I appreciate you following me, reading my blog, commenting and encouraging me over the years. What started as a place to “rest my … Continue reading

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Whole Food, Plant Based, Tube Fed, Microbiome Pediatric Study

I am so excited to write about this amazing research that is going on RIGHT HERE in PITTSBURGH, PA! Last year, I had the distinct honor to meet a local pediatric surgeon who is doing some thought-provoking and fascinating MICROBIOME research … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Revolution

Three years ago I was asked to be part of an amazing project, a life changing experience. Three years ago I was asked to write about our family’s experience with our daughter’s health and her recovery to be included in the second … Continue reading

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Autism to Depression: The Folate Connection

In the past few years our family has learned volumes of information about various biological processes in the body. One of those metabolic cycles has been the FOLATE cycle  or in lay-man’s terms: how folate (and the folic acid we … Continue reading

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Vitamin D- Pittsburgh Parent Magazine August 2016

I am a little late on posting this article that was feature in the Pittsburgh Parent Magazine in August 2016. Again, I am incredibly honored to be able to have the opportunity to share some of the Science behind parenthood … Continue reading

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Colic- Is it really just a fussy baby? Pittsburgh Parent July 2016

Again, such an honor to have my article about Colic featured in Pittsburgh Parent Magazine for July 2016. This topic is near and dear to our hearts, because it is one of the first “symptoms” Lady A was impacted by. … Continue reading

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How to choose a Pediatrician: Pittsburgh Parent Magazine March 2016

Yikes! Somehow I forgot to post this back in March when it came out in Pittsburgh Parent Magazine. Again, I am honored to have one of my articles accepted into this publication! How to Choose A Pediatrician: Part 1 , … Continue reading

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MITOXIC- Why Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics (Cipro, Avelox, Levaquin) may not be good for any of us, especially Mitochondrial Disease Patients

This week the FDA released some new information about a class of antibiotics called Fluoroquinolones which include the names such as:ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (Floxin), and gemifloxacin (Factive). (more info here, here, here and here), specifically:  “FDA is … Continue reading


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Dear #ChicagoMed ~ #MitoIsReal

Last Tuesday I set my DVR to record ChicagoMed, a show I had never watched before, but one which I had heard would be featuring a storyline about mitochondrial disease. I was curious how this diagnosis would be portrayed on … Continue reading

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