Tuesday, 03 July 2012
There has been a recent media storm in response to some tweets by the intellectual RAPPER 50-Cent. At first I decided to ignore it, because the man's name is 50-Cent. And someone with a name like that isn't worth my time. And I've listened to his "music." A five year-old could place more meaningful words together and create something that sounds a lot better than that garbage. I came across Holly Robinson Peete's response to Fifty and saw what he had tweeted. I was disgusted to say the least.
Anyway, for those of you that don't know the 50-Cent situation, let me brief you. He responded to someone on Twitter stating, "I just saw your picture fool you look autistic."
He even tried to apologize:
"Just kidding about da special ed kids man, i was in special ed day said i had anger issues lol."
Translation: 50-Cent is an idiot.
First off, learn some damn grammar. Secondly, you can Google autism and easily find (on numerous websites) that there are really no physical characteristics of autism. So to say that some LOOKS autistic is just ignorant. A word that I'm sure he proudly walks around wearing, probably because he doesn't know what it means.
I'm not one to pay attention to stupid comments that people make. All throughout high school I had peers make horrible comments to me about my brother. "People with autism were put on this earth for natural selection; they were made to die," was probably one of the worst statements, but certainly not the only. And even now I receive evil tweets and emails from people that try to tell me that the only reason I became a public activist was to make money and gain notoriety and that I "used" my brother to obtain both. All of which I no longer respond to as I know neither are true.
I ignore the ignorant people and at times even put them in their place, but I do not let them bother me because they are essentially nobody. But when someone who has a public platform like 50-Cent makes a comment like that, then by all means, I say let's raise hell and show America what a stupid imbecile this jackass really is. And what a disgrace it is to have a man of his merit be paraded around and labeled a public figure.
Hey, 50-Cent, I just saw you on the internet. Fool, you look stupid.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
An Interview with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel by Zack Gonzalez
So, it's the holiday season. Basically, the time of year where we all eat just about twelve-times more than we promised ourselves we would. Goodbye Weight Watchers. It's time to dig in to the meals we've been starving ourselves all year around for. And although it’s winter, and it’s easy to hide our love handles under giant coats and jackets, digesting all the crap we're gonna eat is not going to be easy. Well, I say down for Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. The big-dawg MD, himself. And he gives me the TRUTH about enzymes and how they can help us out this month.
Consider it an early Christmas gift:
ZACK: Alright Doc, first off, it's the holiday season and with that holiday season comes a whole lot of holiday grubbing. Now, I heard that digestive enzymes help, not only to digest all that heavy food, but also help beat the holiday belly bloat. True or false?
DR JERRY: I’m afraid the answer is false. While enzymes do help break down food, they don’t do anything to help with all of those excess calories! I will add that they may help with the holiday belly bloat if its because you’re eating foods you’re a little sensitive to, but if you know you’re sensitive to those foods, it’s best not to eat them.
ZACK: What other products might be helpful this holiday season? For those with autism and for those without? And what makes them helpful?
DR JERRY: Overall, we have to treat the holiday season the same way as we do the rest of the year. Healthy living is always in season. That being said, it can’t hurt to add some fiber to your diet to help your body stay regular if you’re eating more than usual of foods that may not be best for you. A multivitamin will always help with good nutrition, especially since the traditional favorite holiday foods aren’t usually vegetables. Finally, a probiotic might be a great idea to help those gut flora stay in balance with the additional sugar some people may be consuming.
ZACK: Now, clearly there's gonna be little weight gain post-holiday season, but I read something online that says that enzymes can actually help you lose weight. True or false? If they do help, how so? If not, what might be a common misinterpretation?
DR JERRY: Once again, this one’s false. Enzymes will help you breakdown food, but they don’t make the calories go away. This misinterpretation probably comes from a misunderstanding of how the digestive system works, and what our food does in our body. Put simply, the process of digestion involves the breakdown of foods to produce energy usable by the body. Enzymes help with the breakdown of the foods. The catch is, if you are consuming more energy than your body is using, your body will store it. So, when I eat a little more than I usually do (and more than my body needs), and especially if what I’m eating is simple carbohydrates and sugar, I’m getting a lot of extra energy that my body is going to store up for a rainy day. Really, moderation and limitation of those simple carbohydrates and sugar consumption will go a long way towards minimizing your holiday weight gain and help you a lot more than any enzyme will.
ZACK: Alright, so clearly enzymes aren’t magic weight loss pills. Now, with individuals with autism, their food sensitivities are more known than those of us without autism. So would enzymes be a good idea for all of us to have handy this holiday season? Primarily those of us who aren’t very familiar with their personal food sensitivities. Like me. I eat a lot during the holidays. But I don’t know anything about my own food sensitivities.
Screw it. Basically what I’m trying to say is, they don’t get rid of the calories, why should someone like me take them? You’re the car salesman. I don’t know why I NEED the car. Sell me the car, Doc. (And you know I want the car-fax.)
To find out the answer to this question and more, stay tuned for Part 2! (COMING SOON!)
You can watch Zack and Dr. Jerry on the all new season of it's on with Zack!
You be sure get your hands on Dr. Jerry’s line of supplements, Kartzinel Health.
For allergy-friendly holiday recipes, be sure to check out GFCF Done Easy!
Monday, 15 August 2011
So it's that time of year to get all the kiddos back in school. It's also that time of year where you are "required" to get your kids their routine vaccinations. Here's a little shot of truth: you can refuse to vaccinate. In fact, you have a legal right to refuse to vaccinate, and guess what, your schools have respect that right and allow you child to attend, even if they are not vaccinated.
It's a little magic piece of paper called an exempt. Now, get ready, because if you're refusing to vaccinate, you may be in for a rough battle. Then again, with autism in your life, this may be just another daily adventure.
I know people who have fought with their schools about vaccine exempts. Schools will lie and say that there is no such thing as an exempt or that THEY don't have an exempt for their school or that it's against the law to not vaccinate. That's all a crock of shit. And I have the proof.
Below is a chart, taken from the National Vaccine Information Center, that demonstrates the different reasons that are acceptable for choosing not to vaccinate your child.
Visit the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) website (www.nvic.org) for more information on vaccine laws, state requirements, informed consent, and other information on vaccines.
CLICK HERE [ NVIC State Vaccine Exempts ] TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE'S VACCINE EXEMPT POLICIES
Remember, vaccination is a CHOICE. And it is your choice. I am NOT telling you not to vaccinate. But do your research, read up on it, and then make an INFORMED decision. I suggest checking out 'The Vaccine Book' by Dr. Bob Sears. Lots of great unbiased information.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Here are the Forewords for my new book Charity Bites!: The Untold Stories of the Dog-Eat-Dog World of Autism Activism.
Reading Charity Bites! is like having the key to Zack Gonzalez’s journal and reading his innermost thoughts on what it’s like to be a young adult navigating the charity world. I learned that sometimes there isn’t a lot of charity to be found. And like any business, fundraisers aren’t always (often?) much fun for the planners.
As a Mom to three daughters with autism, I’ve been watching the sibling brigade as I call the brothers and sisters of the kids of the autism epidemic. I am convinced that it’s the siblings who’ve seen their own childhoods turned inside out by virtue of having a brother or sister with autism who will make the most impact on the future of treatment, prevention and care for autism. Few start as early as Zack though.
While some siblings become angry, resentful and may even turn their back on their sib, Zack is a very cool example of a young man who has stepped up and stepped into the limelight to help his family. How many teens do you know who would start a radio program, run charity events, and generally make themselves well known for a disability for a sibling? Few, I assume. Zack is something special.
Sometimes Zack has a potty mouth–and he’s magically snarkalicious, I can promise you that. Both attributes endeared him to me and serve to bring the reader fully into his sense of outrage, determination, and love for his brother “Deets.”
Look, autism families need all the support they can get, whether their child is severely or more mildly affected by autism. My husband and I don’t have any neurotypical kids in the family. But most of our friends have “NT” kids and the love and care they provide is pretty amazing. To have the support come from inside the home is a real blessing.
And so is Zack.
Settle back and enjoy the read. I sure did.
Kim Stagliano, Managing Editor of “Age of Autism” Online Publication, Author of All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa, Autism Activist/Mother
I met Zack a little over two years ago when his dumbass wanted to volunteer at the special needs summer camp I was running. Now I mean dumbass in the nicest way possible. Wait…is there a nice way? Pretty much this kid didn’t know what he was getting into when he befriended me. I’m a nut job. And I mean that in whatever way you want to take it.
I am a Therapeutic Programs Coordinator. I work with special needs kids in an aquatic setting. I am constantly trying to network with other charities on how we can work together FOR THE SAME CAUSE!!! Farfetched idea, I know. I told you I was a nut job. But it takes one to know one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to listen to Zack tell me about the horror stories of how people will do ANYTHING to screw someone over for a dollar. If I had a dollar for every time I heard a story…I’d be a millionaire. SHAME ON YOOOOOUUUU!!!!
Zack’s brother, Deets (Ethan), was attending my camp for the second year and Zack was bored during his summer vacation and I took him under my wing and we bonded pretty much instantly….over Kendra and the Kardashians, of course. We’ve kept in touch over Facebook and I was lucky enough to help Zack in being a co-host for his “it’s on with Zack” autism-based radio show. I’ve also helped with his charity events and do whatever I can to get the word out about autism.
Back to Zack and this book. First off, I want to congratulate you on purchasing this book. Yeah for You! High five, gold star, pat on the back. Now, I want you to read it. Don’t be like the douches and leave it on your coffee table or bookshelf, just so people think you’re intelligent, or under your broken table to prop it up. Assholes. Zack is an inspiration. How many teenagers do you know, care about something other than themselves? Seriously. I’ll give you a minute.
Can’t do it, huh? This kid by the time he was sixteenyears old, he had written a book, Saving Deets!, started an online radio show, a clothing line, a chain of charity events, and still went to school and helped out his family. I bet you feel a li’l unaccomplished, huh? Sucks, don’t it? Way to rub it in Zack. You make the rest of us look bad. But! It has been the most fun times planning and bitching and goofing around with you.
Fun Zack fact #1: He is by far, one of the most (if not the most) PALEST person of any sort Latin-decent, I know. Be sure to ask him about his botched self-tan experience.
So, to the Kourtney to my Khloe, the Chuy to my Chelsea (that’s right, you’re Chuy!), the up to my down, the LiLo to my Britney (you’re LiLo cuz you know I’d be the one crazy enough to beat someone down then shave my head), the Ross Matthews (you look like him, I’m sorry!) to my Kendra Baskett, and finally, to the Abbot to my Costello, you are an amazing friend and I know that no matter what I do, no matter how dumb it is…you’ll come right back at me with a dumber story. I can count on it.
Thanks kid. Love you!
Oh, Fun Zack fact #2: Zack LOVES to ask who you’d “tap!”
There are kids out there who don’t have a voice. It take the hardworking parents and tough organizations to give them a chance at a “normal” life, whatever that means. They need to be able to have the same opportunities as everyone else. I don’t care who you are, if you are a barrier between us and help for that child, watch out. We gon’ fiiind you! And you can run and tell that, homeboy! That’s right, we’ll go Antoine Dodson on your ass.
To those out there who have ever been involved with a charity, work with a charity organization, or who want to start a charity…don’t be an asshole. Remember the reason you’re helping. It’s not about the money, it’s not about the fame, it’s about helping those we love. If you’re in it for the money and fame, you’re…an ASSHOLE. I hope you get raped by goats and die. Suck on that. AND if you don’t realize why you’re into charity, don’t screw over Zack, he’ll write a book about you and everyone will know how big of a douche bag you are…unless you’re into that kind of thing. Creeper.
P.S. Zack, I can see your Pikachu!
P.P.S This book is so badass it has TWO forewords. Bitch, what?!
Deborah Noonan, Therapeutic Programs Coordinator, Autism Activist, Zack’s Bestfriend
Charity Bites! is on sale June 14, 2011
Pre-order on www.ZackGonzalez.com now!
Monday, 21 February 2011
AUTISM AWARENESS by Zack is getting ready to release some new designs for summer and we are asking the Mommas to design one!
A shirt just for Moms to say whatever you want it to. You submit your slogan via www.ZackGonzalez.com, via Facebook, or via Twitter. You choose! Your slogan must be quick and catchy. It can't be something someone else has already used, either. So be creative!
The five moms with the best slogans will go head-to-head as others vote for their favorite.
The Mom that gets the most votes for their slogan will be chosen as the winner. They will then go on to help design the actual shirt, choosing the layout, format, design placement, and will receive their name incorporated into the design.
They will receive a free shirt with their design on it, and a copy of each of my books, signed and personalized to them. What could be better than that sweet deal?!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING:
To submit via Facebook, simply visit the AUTISM AWARENESS by Zack Facebook Page and post your catchy and unique slogan on our wall with the words "Mommy Warrior Contest."
To submit via Twitter, simply tweet your slogan to @ZackGonzalez with hashtag #MomContest
To submit via www.ZackGonzalez.com, simply go to the site and there is a small form for you to put in your slogan along with your name.
Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!!
Finalists will be announced on March 14.
Voting for the winner will go on until March 31, 2011.
The winner will be announced in April 2011.