Lyme Disease in Children

Lyme Disease in Children

Lyme Disease in Children

by Maria Rickert Hong, CHHC, AADP This article addresses the symptoms, causes, testing and standard and alternative treatments of Lyme disease in children. If your child has sudden and continued uncharacteristic behaviors, outbursts and mood swings, you may want to suspect Lyme disease. If your child has a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, OCD, ODD, Sensory Processing Disorder or mood disorders, you may also want to rule out Lyme. Many of these disorders have symptoms that are co-morbid with Lyme disease. Just because you live in an area that’s not “Lyme central” (Connecticut and the northeast United States), don’t think that Lyme disease isn’t possible. People, pets and ticks travel and carry the disease with them. The disease can also be spread by other insects such as fleas, mosquitoes, mites and spiders. Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease in Children Following are common symptoms of chronic Lyme disease in children: Fatigue Sleeping problems Headaches Nausea Abdominal pain Impaired concentration Poor short-term memory…

What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)?

What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)?

What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)?

“EMDR induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry similar to what happens in REM sleep — that allows the person undergoing treatment to more effectively process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of his or her life experience.” Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School Numerous research articles have established EMDR’s efficacy for emotional and physical trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And more recently, researchers are beginning to find EMDR to also be useful for those on the autism spectrum. [i] EMDR is a blend of psychotherapy and bilateral brain stimulation which is highly successful in treating a range of mental health, intellectual and developmental disorders when modified or adapted to the client’s developmental level of functioning. During this procedure, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. This often results in increased insight regarding…

ASTHMA

What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that inflames and narrows the airways making it difficult for a child to breathe. It can cause shortness of breath and reoccurring periods of a musical high-pitched whistling sound as the child breathes, known as “wheezing”. Coughing usually accompanies the breathing difficulties at night or in the early morning. An asthma attack can be triggered by an allergic reaction or some other form of sensitivity such as pollen, dry leaves, cats, smoke, air pollution, grass, dust mites and burning wood. Today, asthma is one of the most common long-term respiratory conditions found among children. What your doctor will tell you about asthma: Your pediatrician may tell you that your child has had many of the risk factors for developing asthma such as low birth weight, Cesarean Section, early antibiotic usage, early Tylenol usage, family history, frequent respiratory infections, second-hand smoke, poor hygiene, and allergies. Your child may be given an inhaler…

The Body Ecology Diet

Another diet for those with attention deficits, autism and related disorders! Enter the Body Ecology Diet (BED). Its developer, nutritional consultant Donna Gates, believes that the key to understanding these problems lies deep within the intestinal walls. Recognizing the value of the amazing “subculture” of microflora in our intestinal tracts could prevent and heal these and other disorders. Healing the Gut, Healing the Brain Of the many side effects of mercury toxicity, leaky gut (see New Developments, 5:3) is probably the most serious. Unable to absorb nutrients properly and to defend approximately 85% of the immune system it is home to, a wounded gut allows incompletely digested nutrients to pass into the bloodstream. The result: an infected brain. Aren’t a gluten-free casein-free (GF/CF) or Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) enough? “No,” says Gates. The BED takes GF/CF and SCD, and the best of macrobiotics, Fuhrman, and other diets, to the next level. The BED heals the gut by reestablishing a healthy inner…

Rule Out True Allergies

“Allergies” are defined as specific immediate reactions such as hives, congestion or swelling involving an antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). Traditional scratch testing identifies IgE triggers, such as pollen, peanuts, or strawberries that can cause symptoms ranging from annoying to lethal. A second type of reaction is an Immunoglobulin G (IgG) response, which is sometimes called “intolerance” or “sensitivity” rather than “allergy” because it can be delayed and is not usually life-threatening. IgG symptoms are cumulative in nature, and appear as chronic skin problems such as eczema and thrush, gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea and constipation, and behavioral reactions such as mood swings and hyperactivity. An extremely helpful test that many health care professionals order for those with autism spectrum disorders is the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay, known as ELISA. It screens for both immediate (IgE) and delayed (IgG) reactions in a panel of about 100 food proteins, including gluten and casein. A basic test of the 10 most common allergies…

What Is EFT?

What Is EFT?

What Is EFT?

by Robin Friedman EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, and it is sometimes also called Meridian Tapping. EFT is a simple-to-learn, powerful technique where you tap on meridian points of the face and body while saying affirmations about something that bothers you. This clears the energy system of the block and often the issue that bothered you will no longer have an emotional intensity. How Does EFT Work? EFT works by calming the fight-or-flight response in the brain, and reducing the stress hormone cortisol. What this means for us, in practical daily life, is that we have a simple way to change how we feel about an emotionally charged situation. The ancient Chinese mapped out the energy meridians about 5,000 years ago.  This is what is used in acupuncture. The meridians are pathways of energy that run throughout the body, kind of like rivers or highways.  There is a system of 14 different meridians that are all connected. This combination…

The Much Maligned Tonsils: Remove or Regenerate?

The Much Maligned Tonsils: Remove or Regenerate?

The Much Maligned Tonsils: Remove or Regenerate?

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND A study at the University of Michigan involving 22 children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), found that half of them no longer qualified for this diagnosis after their tonsils were removed. This shocking turn-around for a reportedly chronic brain condition has been attributed to better sleep. Improving sleep patterns is fast becoming an accepted tool for resolving attention issues, though the percentage of those improving after tonsillectomies was much higher than with other sleep enhancement strategies. What Are the Tonsils? The “tonsils” are a group of lymphatic tissues found at the back of the throat. Most people think of the palatine tonsils, those two only-visible-when-swollen lumps, as being “the tonsils.” However, five tissues including the adenoids, comprise “the tonsils.” In this article I call the palatine tonsils, “the tonsils” and refer to the whole system as the “tonsil tissues.” The tonsils, as components of the lymph system, carry immune cells that fight disease….

The Best Dyspraxia Program Ever

The Best Dyspraxia Program Ever

The Best Dyspraxia Program Ever

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Children with developmental delays demonstrate varying degrees of difficulty with motor planning. This disorder is called dyspraxia, a technical term derived from the Latin roots “dys” meaning “poor” and “praxis” meaning “coordination.” Apraxia is a more serious version of this disability, with severely limited motor planning. Dyspraxia can affect gross, fine and oral motor skills. Activities such as riding a bicycle, running, and eating with utensils require skilled motor planning. When dyspraxia affects the ability to coordinate sounds to make words, the result is impaired speech and language. Dyspraxia, Speech and Language How does an individual find the right words, sequence them into sentences, and converse? Since conversations can take many directions, mental flexibility and the ability to prioritize ideas are essential. If grandma asks Christopher what he likes about school, he could choose recess, or his new truck. Children with language motor planning issues often answer questions tangentially, with scripts, or by echoing. Fluid…

Piracetam: A Powerful Learning Tool for Learning Disabilities and Dyspraxia

Piracetam: A Powerful Learning Tool for Learning Disabilities and Dyspraxia

Piracetam: A Powerful Learning Tool for Learning Disabilities and Dyspraxia

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Rosie had multiple learning and language disabilities related to a seizure disorder that had resisted medical treatment. “The little men in my head make the lights go out,” Rosie told me on her first visit. “I never thought this would happen,” Rosie’s mother exclaimed excitedly, six months later. She was referring to a recent test result that revealed her eight year-old daughter was now reading at a first grade level. Joseph, a boy with severe language delays, had also been making little progress. Joseph’s mother was likewise thrilled when a speech evaluation found her son had gained 13 months in receptive language in just nine weeks. Jackson, a boy with a brain injury, began walking independently for the first time. Rene, an adopted toddler whose birth mother abused drugs, overcame an “incurable” swallowing disorder. What is responsible for these remarkable changes? Piracetam! What Is Piracetam? Piracetam, (2 oxo-pyrrolidone) is a “smart drug” developed in Belgium…

Choline and Complex Language Development

Choline and Complex Language Development

Choline and Complex Language Development

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LDN When I began recommending choline to improve motor planning, many parents reported spontaneous improvement in the complexity of expressive language in their children. I want to share my thoughts about this very exciting and unexpected outcome with our readers. What Is Choline? Choline is essential for brain development. In 1998 the National Academy of Science recognized it and established a daily requirement of 425–550mg. Research shows that lack of choline in a mother’s diet during pregnancy and lactation can permanently limit brain capacity later in life. Individuals must ingest choline. Since primary dietary sources are liver, eggs, wheat germ, lecithin and soy, it is unlikely that many kids, especially those on elimination diets, get enough of this critical nutrient. What Is Complex Language? Developmentally, children progress from labeling items, to asking for what they want, a form of “demand” language. The next step, the most difficult for many children on the autism spectrum, is conversing…